Links 1/20/21

Links for you. Science:

After ~10 months of relative quiescence we’ve started to see some striking evolution of SARS-CoV-2 with a repeated evolutionary pattern in the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern emerging from the UK, South Africa and Brazil.
Biden announces Science and Technology Policy director, elevates position to Cabinet-level
Pipetting in TV and Movies is bad and I feel very passionately about it.
Electric Eels Hunt in Packs, Shocking Prey and Scientists
Intranasal ChAdOx1 nCoV-19/AZD1222 vaccination reduces shedding of SARS-CoV-2 D614G in rhesus macaques


The Good, the Bad, and the Odd in Biden’s Stimulus Plan
The best way to secure the Capitol is to make D.C. a state
‘We’re The Ones Who Saved Congress’: Meet Three D.C. Police Officers Who Fought For The U.S. Capitol
Lawmakers Calling for “Unity” Should Support Policies Voters Actually Want
Why Didn’t The Alibi Face Harsher Consequences for Having Customers Inside on Jan. 6?
Some Democrats in Congress are worried their colleagues might kill them
Players Rip a ‘Fucking Corrupt’ College Football Season
The Capitol riots prove we need to strengthen our democracy. That begins with voting rights.
The fantasy-industrial complex gave us the Capitol Hill insurrection
This is what it looks like when the mob turns on you
Your Metrorail trips in 2021 might get quicker – five seconds at a time
Democrats pressure Pelosi to expel Madison Cawthorn
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner flush their reputations down the toilet
Capitol Mob Has Roots in Anti-Lockdown Protests: Reopen and anti-mask groups were a crucial recruiting ground for the Stop the Steal effort that culminated in last week’s deadly siege.
How Biden will try to reverse one of Trump’s most destructive failures
Vigilante militias organizing to invade state Capitols this weekend operate outside the law
Joe Scarborough: ‘We made the same mistake that people made during Hitler’s rise’
Outlets that are just now deciding to cover extremism are about to make this mistake.
You don’t need to interview far right extremists. You don’t need to quote them or put them on TV and set up cute little debates with them.
Trump administration staffers are getting snubbed while hunting for jobs. One recruiter tried to place 6 of them and couldn’t land any interviews. (“They’re all very all about themselves with narcissistic attitudes, thinking any company in the country will want to hire me. I listened to one for about 20 minutes, and it was so much baloney, what he was spewing out to me.”)
Make. Them. Testify. Call the Trump officials who resigned in protest to testify at the impeachment trial.
Vaccine reserve was already exhausted when Trump administration vowed to release it, dashing hopes of expanded access (criminal negligence)
Among the Insurrectionists: The Capitol was breached by Trump supporters who had been declaring, at rally after rally, that they would go to violent lengths to keep the President in power. A chronicle of an attack foretold.

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