Links 3/12/21

Links for you. Science:

As private companies erode government’s hold on space travel, NASA looks to open a new frontier. With companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX taking off, the space agency is facing a fundamental change in its identity
Scientists underestimated the coronavirus — and are racing to keep up with evolution
How nature can help solve our infrastructure crisis amid extreme weather, climate change
First vaccine to fully immunize against malaria builds on pandemic-driven RNA tech
Want to track pandemic variants faster? Fix the bioinformatics bottleneck

Other:

The ‘Progressive Multiplier’: How Democrats Can Defeat Trumpism. Democrats need their governing agenda to serve the additional function of expanding progressive political power.
All hail the bus as the answer to vaccine inequities: Turning public buses into mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics could increase vaccine adoption rates.
Post-insurrection crackdown on far-right extremists leads to arrests, charges around the country
The Senate filibuster has a racist past and present. End it so America can move forward.
Corporate ‘Mindfulness’ Programs Are an Abomination
Paul Gosar: MTG In Lifts. An insurrection-planning, white-nationalist-collaborating congressman remains uncensored and unchallenged. Why?
Republicans Are Gaslighting The Country About The Capitol Riot
At Boston’s public exam schools, it’s equity vs. privilege
Progressives Should Be Celebrating The Senate’s COVID-19 Relief Bill: The big story isn’t what Biden and Democratic leaders gave away. It’s what they got and the boost it provides future efforts.
If you’re upset about Hunter Biden, Elaine Chao should send you into fits of rage
144 cities could lose status as metro areas
White House fires Trump EEOC official after she refuses to step down
Want to Buy a Scrunchie Mask? Great. But Forget About That N95.
Backlash Forever: It’s time to abandon the assumption that workers have a “natural” home on the center-left. But we should also reject the idea that social conservatism always lies latent within working-class culture, ready for right-wing politicians to activate.
A Mexican restaurant in Texas kept its mask rule. People threatened to call ICE on the staff.
David Graeber: After the Pandemic, We Can’t Go Back to Sleep
Apple Threatens North Dakota, Suffers Crushing Loss in Arizona: “A Lot of It is Just Fear”
Bar and bat mitzvah dates have been locked in for years. When the pandemic changed everything, families got creative.
Black farmers may finally get the help they deserve
Streets that put people first, not cars. Cities around the world are reconfiguring their urban grids to support local communities and economies. Boston should do it too.
Kyrsten Sinema’s Swamp Tale. The former Green Party icon, with her thumbs-down on a $15 minimum wage, personifies the timeless story of the earnest do-gooder turned Washington monster. (though she’s always struck me as a narcissist)

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