Links 12/25/20

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Gut Yontif! Let’s celebrate with some links. Science:

How to Save Phallic Flowers From Being Inbred to Extinction
U.S. physicists rally around ambitious plan to build fusion power plant
Possible Aerosol Transmission of COVID-19 Associated with an Outbreak in an Apartment in Seoul, South Korea, 2020
Coronavirus cases recorded in Antarctica at Chilean research station
Half of College Biology Students in the United States Think Evolution is Atheistic

Other:

D.C. contact tracer says she was fired for a tweet that raised questions about overtime pay (this D.C. resident and voter thinks enforcing the Iron Law of Institutions during a pandemic by firing an apparently competent and committed contact tracer is fucking stupid)
‘There was no hospitality.’ Black couple claims they were wrongfully denied entry to Trump hotel. (oh my)
Reach For The Stars
White House task force kept airport Covid screeners in place despite known risk of infection, sources say
House Democrats seek CDC, HHS documents on Trump administration Covid response
Both Houses of Congress Finally Agreed on a COVID Relief Package, and Almost Nobody Was Happy With It
Is It Time to Impeach Now That the President Is Reportedly Discussing Martial Law in the Oval Office?
Help Is On The Way
After decades of activism, the Navajo coal plant has been demolished
3 lessons from Stanford’s Covid-19 vaccine algorithm debacle
Brandon Todd To Take Lobbying Job At Washington Gas After Leaving D.C. Council
As D.C. Activists Push To Expand Rent Control, A Tool To Keep Track Of It Has Been Delayed For Years
Bowser Picks Longtime Police Official Robert J. Contee To Be D.C.’s Next Police Chief
Beware the danger of ‘vaccine euphoria’
Good Riddance to Robert E. Lee… and to “very fine people on both sides” apologias for Confederate infamy.
Don’t let Mitch McConnell get away with his vile rewriting of history
The Full(est Possible) Story of the Four Seasons Total Landscaping Press Conference
Are they cutting in line to prove the vaccine is safe — or to save themselves?
Federal relief bill likely to save Metro from proposed ‘doomsday’ service cuts
Trump Officials Tried To ‘Cripple’ The CDC’s COVID-19 Response, House Panel Says
Mitch McConnell Successfully Blocked Mandatory Paid Leave For Workers With COVID
How Joe Biden can act boldly to address the climate crisis

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