Links 1/2/21

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Links for you. Science:

What scientists have learned about the Covid-19 variants in the UK, South Africa, and now, the US.
They’re Among the World’s Oldest Living Things. The Climate Crisis Is Killing Them.
Novichok nerve agent poisoning
The curse of the incidental illness: Seen as side effects to Covid vaccinations, ailments may have little to do with them (someone should determine how many people die from car crashes 1-2 weeks after vaccination)
COVID-19 Vaccines and Herd Immunity

Other:

The Plague Year: The mistakes and the struggles behind America’s coronavirus tragedy. (excellent, mostly not new, but the retrospective is critical)
Neoliberal Champion Larry Summers Opens Mouth, Inserts Both Feet
Pythons might become a new menu item in Florida if scientists can confirm they’re safe to eat
What census data tells us about growth in Tysons
These Were The Most Popular Books Of 2020 In D.C., According To The Public Library
BUT IT SHOULD BE TARGETED TO THOSE WHO NEED IT
Trump’s Delay In Signing Stimulus Expected To Result In Benefit Gaps For Unemployed In D.C. Region
That Seems Easy
Elimination could be the optimal response strategy for covid-19 and other emerging pandemic diseases
Shunned, Shattered, Shamate: A New Film Spotlights China’s Most Hated Subculture
Baltimore’s new, young mayor says he will chart his own path for battered city
NO, THE DEATH OF LUKE LETLOW WON’T CHANGE THE COVID DEBATE IN AMERICA
Josh Hawley Is Madison Cawthorn Is Marjorie Taylor Greene
Legendary Quarterback Doug Williams on the 1980s DC Hangout That Opened a Country Boy’s Eyes: “Let me tell you, men did not hold up the wall. Women held up the wall.”
Old Is, What, Anybody Over 30?
The Year 2020 in Local Politics
Trump’s big policy win: Stronger showers, faster dishwashers. It’s something almost no one asked for.
Australia just recorded zero cases of COVID-19 again after a big spike last month in Melbourne. What can the US and the rest of the world learn from this?
My Emergency Room Is Full of Patients No Vaccine Can Help
Trump’s worst pardon is one you haven’t heard about
Pfizer decision to turn off temperature sensors forced scramble to ensure Covid-19 vaccines kept ultra-cold

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