Links 9/5/21

Links for you. Science:

Delta’s rise is fuelled by rampant spread from people who feel fine. People infected with the Delta variant generally do not have COVID-19 symptoms until two days after they start shedding the coronavirus.
LED streetlights contribute to insect population declines
An immense mystery older than Stonehenge: Reshaping previous ideas on the story of civilisation, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey was built by a prehistoric people 6,000 years before Stonehenge.
Clinical and virological features of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern: a retrospective cohort study comparing B.1.1.7 (Alpha), B.1.315 (Beta), and B.1.617.2 (Delta)
Causes and consequences of purifying selection on SARS-CoV-2


This School Year Is Going to Be a Mess—Again: We have the tools to keep Delta in check, but schools have to actually use them.
Vaccine Mandates Work—but Only If They’re Done Right
Afghanistan is not going to sink Biden’s presidency — but the pandemic could. Biden’s pandemic grace period is over: Democrats are in trouble without a lot more vaccine mandates
The dark future of far-right Trumpist politics is coming into view
It’s Happening…The Unvaccinated are about to be Vaccinated
UGA professor resigns mid-class after student refuses to wear mask
Calls Grow to Discipline Doctors Spreading Virus Misinformation
The D.C. Peace Museum That Never Happened
Great Power Politics After Afghanistan: Resetting the global chessboard.
In Chicago, public schools are often called a mess. Truth is, they’ve improved — a lot.
The Real Existential Threat Is Our Overheating Planet. By 2049, China will be too busy dealing with climate disasters to launch a war with the United States.
CNN’s Leana Wen: ‘Public health is now under attack in a way that it has not been before’
We Should Hand Out Free Heroin to Drug Users: The idea that abstinence works is more about our fear of drugs than it is about science. (dunno)
Driver’s nightmare or urban oasis? Discover D.C.’s traffic circles — from the bustling to the bucolic.
Joe Biden Can Cancel Your Student Loan Debt: Legal experts, the Senate majority leader, and borrowers all agree that the president has the authority to cancel student loan debt. Why doesn’t Nancy Pelosi?
Most everyone gets the coronavirus vaccine in the arm. Butt this Brazilian city is shooting lower.
The bloodlust of Joe Biden’s Afghanistan critics: They have no solution but to get more American troops killed
Do You Need Another Covid Shot?
MAGA Election Clerk Tina Peters Accused of Not Counting Ballots in Local Races
The tyranny of work: Jobs have become, for so many, a relentless, unsatisfying toil. Why then does the work ethic still hold so much sway? (the URL is “how-the-work-ethic-became-a-substitute-for-good-jobs”)
Speaking of deaths that matter, let us remember that right wing media and the Republican party have conspired to effectively murder 30,000 Americans in just the past two months
The quiet horrors of Cally Gingrich: Every day of my life I wonder what she and Newt talk about when they’re alone.

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