Links 12/27/20

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Links for you. Science:

The Mysterious Link Between COVID-19 and Sleep
Many U.S. health experts underestimated the coronavirus — until it was too late (hard to know what “many” means; most of the people I work with, while not thinking the response would be so inept, thought this was going to be a doozy; the low end estimates were 50,000, higher end 500,000)
If the U.S. Already Had a Covid Variant, We Wouldn’t Know (been saying this…)
A Madagascar forest long protected by its remoteness is now threatened by it
Preliminary genomic characterisation of an emergent SARS-CoV-2 lineage in the UK defined by a novel set of spike mutations

Other:

Even with stimulus, US mass transit faces a death spiral
Mendelson Announces New Council Committee Assignments
70,000 Virginians Could Receive Backlogged Jobless Benefits Under New Northam Order
Metro Is Now Publishing Real-Time Crowding Data For Buses
The Democratic Divide in New York State
Where In The World Is Kamala Harris?
Trump Agrees With Bernie, The Squad & Ted Lieu– The Checks Should Be $2,000, Not McConnell’s $600
The PizzaGate election
Bowser Picks Robert Contee as Next Metropolitan Police Department Chief
Give Ron Rivera All the Awards
Your Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines In The D.C. Region, Answered
Nominee Buttigieg Vows To Dismantle ‘Racist’ Freeways
‘It Can Still Sneak In:’ Despite Lockdown Efforts, COVID-19 Cases In Local Nursing Homes Are Surging Again
How the School Reopening Debate Is Tearing One of America’s Most Elite Suburbs Apart
Trump Has Reached the ‘Railing Against Mike Pence’ Bunker Phase
If Trump Really Wants to Kill the Relief Bill, Congress Can’t Stop Him
Secular ‘Values Voters’ Are Becoming an Electoral Force in the US – Just Look Closely at 2020’s Results (but they still don’t vote at the frequency white evangelicals do)
Art of the New Deal: Trump is a 21st Century FDR (troll bait headline, but good points about how Biden should govern)
Miracle on Pennsylvania Avenue: Trump asks for $2,000 checks, and Democratic leaders call his bluff.
Biden aides weighing boosting vaccine production with Defense Production Act (what is to weigh? Fucking govern and do it)
Ohio’s anti-vaxxers shift aim toward COVID-19 laws
Republicans raging at Trump are getting exactly what they deserve
Parler is the new Gab, replete with violent far-right rhetoric, but a larger mainstream following
Democrats Should Spend Money to Help People and Loudly Take Credit For It

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