Links 2/20/21

Links for you. Science:

Virus variant first detected in the U.K. has been deadlier, study confirms
7 Virus Variants Found in U.S. Carrying the Same Mutation
The rollout of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine was roundly criticised, now more than a billion doses have been ordered around the world
Stonehenge: Did the stone circle originally stand in Wales?
A Mysterious, Lethal Chimp Disease Is Linked to a Human Illness


The massive GOP betrayal of our democracy requires a forceful Democratic response
‘A moment of truth’? After years of Trump’s lies, amplified by MAGA media, that proved impossible for most Republicans
Covid-19: Five ways to avoid lockdown eye strain
Welcome to Iowa, a state that doesn’t care if you live or die: The governor lifted all covid-19 restrictions — showing what we really mean when we say ‘Iowa nice’ (and she will likely pay no electoral consequences)
I work in a nursing home. Here’s why my colleagues are skipping the vaccine.
The House Sets the Marker: Two main outstanding issues in the Biden relief bill have been, at least for now, decided in progressives’ favor.
My wife and I got covid-19. Our doctor prescribed a medication used to treat parasites in livestock.
A false sense of security…
Why Are There So Few Black Economists at the Fed?
Breaking the Rule of One: After upending a racial norm in the rural South, a Black councilwoman contends with defiance from a community she wants to serve
Postcard From Peru: Why the Morality Plays Inside The Times Won’t Stop (background here)
Biden administration urged to allow states to cancel spring standardized testing
Biden moves quickly to make his mark on federal courts after Trump’s record judicial nominations
She was stunned by Biden’s inauguration. How this South Carolina mom escaped QAnon
The Shocking Meltdown of Ample Hills — Brooklyn’s Hottest Ice Cream Company
Out of Options: Recessions have not, at least historically, made the nonrich rich
Library Associations, Agencies, Workers Advocate for Early Vaccination Priority
This is one surefire way to shore up the U.S. economy
D.C. Could Get More Than $2 Billion In Federal Aid Under Proposed COVID Stimulus Bill
Black restaurant servers were tipped less than others in retaliation for enforcing social distancing, report says

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