Links 9/6/21

Links for you. Science:

Potential effect of previous HCoV-NL63 infection on the rate of infection and the clinical course of COVID-19 (small sample size, but worth investigating; maybe we need a HCoV-NL63 booster?–I kid)
Neutralization of SARS-CoV-2 variants by convalescent and BNT162b2 vaccinated serum
Model-driven mitigation measures for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic
Massive nest containing 1,500 ‘murder hornets’ discovered in US
COVID-19 Projections for K12 Schools in Fall 2021: Significant Transmission without Interventions (this is the paper I discussed here with its implications for D.C. schools)

Other:

The Incoherence of American History: We ascribe too much meaning to the early years of the republic. (excellent)
The Whole Country is the Reichstag
In Los Angeles, price for admission at nation’s second-largest school district is a negative covid test — every single week
They would do anything for DeSantisism, but they won’t do that
More on the American Taliban
Lee “Scratch” Perry, Reggae Icon & Dub Pioneer, Dead At 85
Fired, sick or both: The financial price you could pay for choosing not to get vaccinated
Force, Future and Thinking Seriously About How Governments Fall
The radical question at the heart of the Boston mayor’s race: A new generation of leaders is pushing a city-level Green New Deal and cuts to the police budget. Can Boston’s next mayor transform the city?
Restaurants are desperate to hire. My coworkers aren’t ready to come back.
Happy Masks became a COVID must-have. That sparked a back-to-school frenzy
The Perverse Reason It’s Easier to Build New Highways Than New Subways
There’s chaos and risk in Afghanistan exit, but Biden critics are getting it mostly wrong
The Gentrification of Blue America (Krugman dips his toe in…)
When Will Biden Join the Fight for Voting Rights?
Rejecting Covid Inquiry, China Peddles Conspiracy Theories Blaming the U.S. A new wave of disinformation follows President Biden’s order for the United States to investigate the origin of the pandemic, including the possibility of a lab leak in Wuhan.
5 Crucial Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy
The farcical grift that is contemporary college football
Get Police Vaccinated. And prison guards, and jail workers, and anyone else charged with protecting the public’s safety.
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author JD Vance is running for Senate as a savior of the Rust Belt. Insiders and experts say otherwise.
We’re Hitting the Limits of Hurricane Preparedness: Cities simply don’t have enough time to run from a storm like Ida.
Is It Time to Break Up Big Ag? Renewed attention to antitrust has been focussed on Big Tech, but concentration in agriculture may be an underlying source of rural America’s pro-Trump political backlash.

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