Links 7/16/21

Links for you. Science:

A Group of Scientists Presses a Case Against the Lab Leak Theory of Covid
Richard C. Lewontin, Eminent Geneticist With a Sharp Pen, Dies at 92
COVID-19 vaccine rollout fast enough to save nearly 300,000, study says
Did a Cuttlefish Write This? Octopuses and squid are full of cephalopod character. But more scientists are making the case that cuttlefish hold the key to unlocking evolutionary secrets about intelligence.
The Delta Variant Isn’t Just Hyper-Contagious. It Also Grows More Rapidly Inside You (paper here)

Other:

Tennessee’s former top vaccine official: ‘I am afraid for my state’
Landlords Are Going to Take Away All Your Wage Gains: This is what happens when you treat housing as just another market.
Is the Rise of the Substack Economy Bad for Democracy?
The Oncoming Ransomware Storm
Three months, 700 steps: Why it takes so long to produce a computer chip
Cars, Or People? National Park Service Kicks Off Study On Whether To Reopen Beach Drive To Cars
Nearly 900 Secret Service members were infected with the coronavirus. A watchdog blames Trump. (one wonders how many D.C. residents were made ill–or died–due to this)
‘This Is Like My Front Yard’: Locals Celebrate The Removal Of The Capitol Fence
The U.S. didn’t start Cold War 2. A revisionist China smashes the global order at its own peril
Abolish the Olympics. They’ve long been a financial boondoggle that ruins lives and enriches the corporate class. This year, they might also spread a deadly Covid variant among a largely unvaccinated population.
Non-partisan institution continues to vote along strictly partisan lines in any case that counts
New Voter Analysis and Polling Shows that Climate Action is Essential to Motivate Key Voting Groups in 2022
Progressives Don’t Need to Downplay Rising Homicides
Drug Test: Everybody knows that many athletes cheat by using performance-enhancing drugs like steroids, testosterone, and EPO. But what is it like to take these banned substances? Do they really help you win? To find out, we sent an amateur cyclist into the back rooms of sports medicine, where he just said yes to the most controversial chemicals in sports.
What if the truth isn’t out there? The wishful thinking behind the search for alien life.
What a park redevelopment reveals about a community: Beyond the city’s plans to renovate the park at NJ Ave and O St NW
Let’s celebrate this Fourth of July without the myth of white Christian innocence
Long Covid
Covid Didn’t Kill Cities. Why Was That Prophecy So Alluring?
The open-plan office hijacks your brain
These Profoundly un-American Activities Occur Every Sunday
Fox News wants to have it both ways on Trump and Carlson’s nonstop lies. The strain is showing

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