Links 5/17/21

Links for you. Science:

The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill. All pandemic long, scientists brawled over how the virus spreads. Droplets! No, aerosols! At the heart of the fight was a teensy error with huge consequences.
Why we should wear masks post-pandemic: They are protecting us from deadly diseases besides COVID-19.
How a genetic trait in Black people can give the police cover
What is Brood X? When do cicadas come out in 2021? Answering your buggiest questions.
Why is COVID killing so many young children in Brazil? Doctors are baffled


May 14, 2021 (must-read)
Does Liz Cheney really care about democracy? Renouncing Trump’s Big Lie isn’t enough. She should condemn the voter fraud falsehoods it has spawned. (Exactly. Why aren’t there ten Republicans–a minyan if you will–who are willing to cross the aisle and protect voters?)
‘Pale, Male and Yale’: Can The State Department Be Fixed?
Why personality cults and democracy don’t mix
Let’s Throw Away These Rules of the Road: The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which lays down the law on U.S. street markings and design, is up for revision. Bike and pedestrian safety advocates want big changes.
Joe Biden Says Trump Is an Aberration. He’s Wrong. The former V.P. seems set to build his 2020 run on the idea that the current president has hijacked the GOP.
NYPD “Goon Squad” Manual Teaches Officers to Violate Protesters’ Rights
Breaking up with your favorite racist childhood classic books
Israel’s unraveling: The wave of riots sweeping Israeli cities reflects the damage done by a decade of divisive right-wing government.
The NRA just had a major legal setback. But its hold on the gun-control debate endures.
Trump’s signature Israel policy had a key flaw. We’re seeing it now.
Dallas prosecutor disbarred for withholding evidence that could have cleared men of murder charges
It Was The Government That Produced COVID-19 Vaccine Success
‘Government Money That’s Gone Into Vaccine Development Is Being Privatized by a Handful of Companies’
Bernie Sanders: The U.S. Must Stop Being an Apologist for the Netanyahu Government
Democrats Are Forgetting What’s Popular About Their Big Democracy Bill. Ditching the anti-corruption provisions of the For the People Act could turn a political winner into a partisan food fight.
California’s Taxes: The Only Ones Suited for the 21st Century
Liebenberg & Kaplan, Maco Theater (1938) Virginia, MN
Group that can’t find systemic voter fraud eager to help combat systemic voter fraud
A shot and a fear: The virus is still a thing. So is the rightwing rewrite of COVID history.
‘Housing is health care’: It’s 30% cheaper to provide housing to people with mental illness

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