Links 8/7/21

Links for you. Science:

Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections, Including COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections, Associated with Large Public Gatherings — Barnstable County, Massachusetts, July 2021 (the variance seems higher for the vaccinated group)
Can This Houston-Born COVID Vaccine Save the Developing World?
Sponge fossils suggest animals already existed 890 million years ago
Researchers Find Signs of COVID-19 Mutations in NYC Sewage, Pointing to Possible Dog and Rat Infections: Scientists studying coronavirus in local wastewater say that city environmental officials initially had “zero willingness to help explore this potential public health risk.” Officials stress that the findings are preliminary. (maybe. Very maybe).
Oak-mite bites: Cicadas may have left D.C. region an itchy gift


You’re going to be asked to prove your vaccination status. Here’s how to do it.
Making Sure There’s No Such Thing As Society
Democrats must control the crime narrative before it controls them
“It Failed Miserably” – What If the US Lost a War and Nobody Noticed?
America’s ‘Great Retreat’ is well underway
The Congressional Black Caucus’s Ideological Primary Adventures
Democrats Are Fighting To Hold Onto Democracy– Where’s Joe Biden? Reminder: Biden Is Jim Clyburn’s Fault
The Dangerous Ideas of “Longtermism” and “Existential Risk”
Proud Boys come creeping back out of the woodwork, one hijacked local event at a time
What’s in it for McConnell? Why the ‘grim reaper’ is backing a Biden priority
Republicans to block UW virus testing, vaccination rules
Why Critical Race Theory Should Be Taught In Schools
Fox has undermined vaccination efforts in nearly 60% of all vaccination segments in a 2-week period (a few weeks old, but never forget they did this)
Industrial Policy Coming Into Vogue After China Cleans US Clock by Using It
“Both sides” journalism isn’t even journalism — at this point, it’s Republican propaganda. Journalists who present the GOP’s attack on democracy as normal politics have no excuse. They’re complicit
Already Distorting Jan. 6, G.O.P. Now Concocts Entire Counternarrative
Trump supporters going door to door in Pennsylvania demanding to know which candidate voters backed
What HIPAA is and is not: A primer on the healthcare privacy law
How To Prevent the Next Social Media-Driven Attack On Democracy—and Avoid a Big Tech Censorship Regime
What Ever Happened to IBM’s Watson?
FDA vows ‘all hands on deck’ effort to get Pfizer coronavirus vaccine full approval as quickly as possible (you had one job, just one job)

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