Links 7/18/21

Links for you. Science:

The science of heat domes and how drought and climate change make them worse
Stonehenge: Did ancient ‘machine’ move stones from Wales?
These Plants Act Like Bees in a Hive: The plants seem to divide labor to maximize the health of their colonies that grow up the sides of trees.
Why Are Gamers So Much Better Than Scientists at Catching Fraud? A pair of recent cheating scandals—one in the “speedrunning” community of gamers, and one in medical research—call attention to an alarming contrast. (one area this doesn’t seem to happen very often is genomics, where the expectation is that the underlying data will be publicly released for all to analyze)
Necessity of COVID-19 vaccination in previously infected individuals (remember that it’s one study)

Other:

The Tucker Carlson origin story: He grew up rich and decided he was better than you. Next question? (“We’re full up on explorations of whether Tucker is just pretending to be a sociopathic monster or really means it; give us an analysis of whether the multimillionaire rat bastards who keep him on the air are just in it for the cash or if they’re full-throated ideologic backers of Tucker’s attempts to wed “proper” conservatism to the white nationalist militia movement and wash his hands of what happens next.”)
Vermont’s and South Dakota’s covid infection rates are remarkably similar — but their outcomes are not
Timothy Snyder Is Exactly Right: American Conservatives Are Seeking Their Own ‘Memory Laws’
The decline in Covid-19 preceded vaccines. But we need jabs to finish the job
Study Looks At What Motivates Trump Supporters
An American Kingdom: A new and rapidly growing Christian movement is openly political, wants a nation under God’s authority, and is central to Donald Trump’s GOP
Despite Outbreaks Among Unvaccinated, Fox News Hosts Smear Shots
A Kick in the Ass. Sometimes it’s the right intervention
They stole prized lumber from a national forest. The trees’ DNA proved it, feds say.
Experts warn full Covid-19 vaccine approval is no quick fix for hesitancy
Lisa Murkowski Has Angered Trump With Her Insistence on Staying (Relatively) Sane
Delta
The War on History Is a War on Democracy
Making Room for Children Vulnerable to COVID
Anthony Fauci And Deborah Birx Warned Top Officials About The “Dangers” Of Scott Atlas Last Summer, Emails Show
Newsmax host suggests vaccines are “against nature,” and some diseases are “supposed to wipe out a certain amount of people”
POLITICO-Harvard poll: Americans sharply divided over vaccine mandates. The deepening split shows how difficult it may be for businesses and schools to require shots. (not as difficult as one might think)
The Most Powerful Man In America
Fox News and their ilk are losing viewers. Even conservatives are tiring of their BS
‘Get the Vaccine’: Anti-Vaxxer Changes Mind After Severe COVID-19 Case
What Infrastructure Really Means

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