Links 9/1/21

Links for you. Science:

Why You Might Want an mRNA Booster Shot, In One Simple Graphic: Booster shots may be coming to the US soon, for better or worse.
This Rattlesnake Dares You to Call Its Bluff. Scientists designed a virtual reality experiment to understand just how tricky rattlesnakes can be.
The CDC Only Tracks a Fraction of Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections, Even as Cases Surge. A May 1 decision by the CDC to only track breakthrough infections that lead to hospitalization or death has left the nation with a muddled understanding of COVID-19’s impact on the vaccinated.
Attack of the giant rodents or class war? Argentina’s rich riled by new neighbors
How the strange idea of ‘statistical significance’ was born

Other:

Costa Ricans Live Longer Than Us. What’s the Secret? We’ve starved our public-health sector. The Costa Rica model demonstrates what happens when you put it first.
As Democrats run away from Biden over Afghanistan, one senator gets it right
Objective Reporting Breaking Out All Over
Trump and top ally get booed by the monster Trump’s GOP created
Covid-19: Social murder, they wrote—elected, unaccountable, and unrepentant
I fought and bled in Afghanistan. I still think America is right to accept defeat.
The biggest military evacuation in US history is going pretty well (don’t know if ‘in history’ is correct, but the point is valid)
The Afghanistan outcome is ugly. Biden was still right to say: Enough.
Cuomo leaves Hochul with staff crisis at Health Department amid COVID
Mayor and Chancellor’s Back to School Plans Have Parents and Educators Worried for Kids
Last Jew in Afghanistan will stay put in Kabul — despite efforts to rescue him
Vaccine resistance in the military remains strong, a dilemma for Pentagon as mandate looms
Portland Mayor and Police Chief: “You Should Not Expect to See Police Officers” Intervene in Violent Street Brawls This Weekend (seems like a good reason to cut funding…)
New York Times, CNN and failed Afghanistan coverage: But Her Emails, part II
‘It’s impossible’: Lack of Covid safeguards overwhelm school nurses
CNN scolded on live TV for ‘over-the-top’ Afghanistan coverage: ‘5,000 people died of Covid in this country’
A Little Reminder For The Kids Today
In Florida, DeSantis cut jobless aid just as virus began terrifying new wave
The Ides of August
Savvy Punditry Isn’t Smart
Exchange of gunfire in downtown Portland culminates Proud Boys’ latest incursion into city (if the police aren’t going to stop this, why fund them?)
Barbara Lee Was Right About Afghanistan in 2001. We Should Listen To Her Now.
Any Report on Afghanistan That Doesn’t Include These Facts Is Not Worth Your Time: The elite political media is making a Benghazi-sized dog’s breakfast out of this.

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