Links 3/2/21

Links for you. Science:

Headlines reporting an “89.4% reduction in transmission” from the Pfizer vaccine are wrong because the Israeli pre-print overstated its main results.
Octopuses Have a Secret Sense to Keep Their 8 Arms Out of Trouble
An Ode to Basic Research
And Then the Gorillas Started Coughing
AstraZeneca vaccine more effective the longer you wait for second shot, study shows (maybe)

Other:

The Window for D.C. Statehood Won’t Be Open Forever: But Democrats are taking their time weighing their next move.
It took a year, but Gwyneth Paltrow figured out how to exploit the pandemic
Fears of AstraZeneca Could Have Dangerous Consequences
Cuomo’s Nursing Home Scandal Vindicates His Critics in the Press
The Austerity Politics of White Supremacy
With Hunger Growing, Brooklyn Food Pantries Look to Expand Before Passover
On TV, abortion is the road less traveled. Life’s not like that.
Smiling on the outside: Super Happy Fun America always claimed to be kidding. But the group’s history suggests otherwise.
Pundits are wrong. We don’t need a functional GOP.
Now that science fiction is reality, it’s time for new laws of robotics
Defector.com’s journalistic experiment began with a staff walkout. It might actually be working.
Facecrook: Dealing with a Global Menace
He drove a truck in World War II, but he wasn’t allowed to drive a streetcar in D.C.
One Seat Ward 7
The Problem With Influencers
Almost 19,000 Pennsylvania voters have left the Republican Party since the Capitol attack
Cold Truth: The Texas Freeze is a Catastrophe of the Free Market
Restaurants don’t need indoor dining. They need a bailout.
Nine Lessons I Learned About Political Reporting While Covering Trump
Christian Cooper, The Central Park Birder Accosted By A White Woman, Has A New Cause: D.C. Statehood
Bowser will make case for D.C. statehood at congressional hearing next month

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