Links 12/26/20

Links for you. Science:

The Four Black Deaths
Modeling Research Project Grant Success Rates from NIH Appropriation History: Extension to 2020
Fruit Flies Are Essential to Science. So Are the Workers Who Keep Them Alive. Sustaining the world’s biggest Drosophila collection during the pandemic has been a challenge, but the people in Indiana who supply the insects to labs around the world stay dedicated to the task.
Trump administration delays endangered species protection for monarch butterfly “on the brink of collapse”
Updating the Erosion of the Purchase Power of the Modular NIH R01 (“it now takes two R01 grants to have a lab running at the production level that one R01 would cover in 2001.”)


‘Subpoenas are necessary’: House watchdog details extensive meddling with CDC Covid-19 reports
‘Simply not enough’: Small business allies decry Congress’ short-term fix
Living With Karens: A white woman calls the police on her Black neighbors. Six months later, they still share a property line.
How the D.C. Police Department, DOJ, and D.C. Attorney General’s Office Shield Cops’ Bad Acts (the D.C. Police Chief nominee should be asked about this)
The last days of Donald
As the Vaccine Arrives, Death and Denial Rage in a California Coronavirus Epicenter
Dr. Sebastian Gorka, PhD and the MyPillow Guy Just Gave Away the Game on Trump’s Election War
Bring Back the New Deal’s Federal Writers Project
The ‘Red Slime’ Lawsuit That Could Sink Right-Wing Media
The Left’s Most Naïve Cynics Have Turned on AOC
Cranky Me
Some Said the Vaccine Rollout Would Be a ‘Nightmare.’ They Were Right.
Museum of the Bible considers suing D.C. mayor over virus shutdown, citing religious freedom claims
CrossFit Is Feeling The Weight Of Gym Owners Downplaying COVID-19
Travel bans aren’t an effective response to the new Covid variant
We Are Not Done With Abolition
They Beat Back the Virus (Again and Again and Again). Hard-to-trace clusters, along with pandemic fatigue, have forced officials in Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan to keep recalibrating their responses.
China is forcing hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other minorities into hard, manual labour in the vast cotton fields of its western region of Xinjiang.
A Neighbor Describes What Happened When Law Enforcement Stopped Responding to an Armed Encampment in North Portland
All Of Them

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