Links 1/7/21

Links for you. Science:

Earth hears a possible signal: We are here, we are here, we are here
What New Science Techniques Tell Us About Ancient Women Warriors
Cuttlefish Took Something Like a Marshmallow Test. Many Passed.
Nature is not healing: Pollution was still a problem in 2020
If we want to generate difficult viral escape mutants in the lab (e.g. for epitope mapping), we subject the virus to low antibody pressure and then slowly move up. A little bit like after one vaccine dose. I think it would be good to give the second dose as soon as possible.


Deterrence (related points here)
Inside the Whale: An Interview with an Anonymous Amazonian (this entire interview is terrifying)
Trump: the Final Daze
The Next Trump. His enigmatic hold on tens of millions of Americans will be a lesson to future demagogues. (“How much collaboration would an invading enemy enjoy? It seems a crazy thought, but some European countries learned hard lessons in World War II. An aspiring American autocrat might be smart enough to take notice.”)
Trump’s latest crime “shocks” the media: His niece, Mary Trump, is not surprised. Mary Trump on her uncle’s desperate attempt to escape being a “loser”: It’s a “uniquely terrifying situation”
QAnon and the Fragility of Truth
Distributional Analysis of the $2000 Survival Checks
Ron DeSantis Is TNR’s 2020 Scoundrel of the Year
Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020
Thailand’s Social Security Office to pay out workers at 50% of daily wages for up to 90 days if forced to stop work due to Covid-19 (and in the U.S….)
Red Vienna: How Austria’s capital earned its place in housing history
Best of Mankiw: Errors and Tangles in the World’s Best-Selling Economics Textbooks
USPS delays are threatening small-town newspapers. So is a postage price increase.
A Black VMI cadet was threatened with a lynching, then with expulsion
The case for large cities in a post-pandemic world (interesting, not sure I agree)
Pelosi Statement on the Introduction of the Washington, D.C. Admission Act
How Biden will try to fix our vaccine rollout mess
We Can’t Let Our Elections Be This Vulnerable Again
Trump’s Georgia shakedown call is the same scheme that led to his impeachment — only worse. Sorry, Susan Collins, Trump learned nothing from impeachment: He’s doing it again, except it’s even more dangerous
The Next Indiana Jones Movie Should Star a Guy in a Cubicle. Congress has finally moved to address money laundering, including in the antiquities trade.

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