Links 12/28/20

Links for you. Science:

How Much Herd Immunity Is Enough? Scientists initially estimated that 60 to 70 percent of the population needed to acquire resistance to the coronavirus to banish it. Now Dr. Anthony Fauci and others are quietly shifting that number upward.
The Ensembl COVID-19 resource: Ongoing integration of public SARS-CoV-2 data
Africa CDC: New virus variant appears to emerge in Nigeria
Ivory From Shipwreck Reveals Elephant Slaughter During Spice Trade. A trove from a Portuguese trading ship that sank in 1533 preserved genetic traces of whole lineages that have vanished from West Africa.
The Infectious Diseases Society of America Guidelines on the Diagnosis of COVID-19: Molecular Diagnostic Testing


Biden could push IRS to audit rich tax dodgers—but it would be an act of war
Larry Is Lying
Sidney Powell’s secret intelligence contractor witness is a pro-Trump podcaster (the best people)
Trump’s election support from evangelicals shows we’re the biggest obstacle to racial justice
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may cause side effects for those with cosmetic facial fillers
There’s a Way Biden Can Raise More From the Rich Without Higher Taxes
Uninstalling Stephen Miller
How New Yorkers Want to Change the Streetscape for Good
If We Don’t Break Up Big Tech, We’ll All Be Uber Drivers Soon
Coronavirus study that found US school closures cut life expectancy criticised by epidemiologist
Meet the Paramedic Whose OnlyFans Was Outed by the ‘New York Post’
Vaccine allocation, age, and race: The challenge of using statistics to determine life-and-death policy
The Influence of the Anti-Vaccine Movement
Anti-vaxxers Think This Is Their Moment: Society’s well-being depends on how well public-health officials and average internet users combat misinformation.
COVID’s ‘untold story’: Texas Blacks and Latinos are dying in the prime of their lives
DeSantis gave son of billionaire Trump buddy millions in no-bid COVID contracts
Tradition of Jews Eating Chinese Food on Christmas Began on the Lower East Side
Hospital CEOs Have Gotten Rich Cutting Staff and Supplies. Now They’re Not Ready for the Next Wave.
How Biden Can Move His Economic Agenda Without Congress
The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World
Health Care Workers Still Face Daunting Shortages of Masks and Other P.P.E. (a national healthcare system could buy American)
A ‘Dangerous Moment’ as End of Eviction Ban Looms
The Battle for Waterloo: As COVID-19 Ravaged This Iowa City, Officials Discovered Meatpacking Executives Were the Ones in Charge (this is why Republicans wanted a liability shield)

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