Links 10/7/21

Links for you. Science:

Massachusetts Start-Up Hopes to Move a Step Closer to Commercial Fusion
In Gratitude for mRNA Vaccines
The Ancient People Who Burned Their Culture to the Ground
Prophage-encoded phage defence proteins with cognate self-immunity
Was R < 1 before the English lockdowns? On modelling mechanistic detail, causality and inference about Covid-19
A 3,000-year-old, basal S. enterica lineage from Bronze Age Xinjiang suggests spread along the Proto-Silk Road

Other:

Top Biz Lobbyists Sing Song of WTFs and Woe Over BIF In the Balance! (this is an important dynamic)
Multimillionaire U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson paid a mere $2,105 in state income taxes in 2017, despite making big bucks
‘Government Bans Words’ Seems Like a Free Speech Issue
Ignore the Parliamentarian. Include Immigration Reform If You Want To. (but enough Democrats don’t want to)
A child on a bike was struck in a D.C. crosswalk — again (passive tense in the headline; “She describes seeing the driver of the SUV come over. The driver looked shaken, she says, and explained that she was from out of town, it was her first time driving in the city…” I walk through this intersection all the time. You can’t miss a person)
The Trump Hotel Lobby Is Very, Very Quiet
In a letter to the editor, a man said his relative ‘is past’ covid and ‘completely immune.’ Then came the twist.
‘Most Americans Today Believe the Stock Market Is Rigged, and They’re Right’
Vaccine holdouts are caving. Lesson for liberals? Respond to authoritarianism with force
Covid Is Killing Rural Americans at Twice the Rate of Urbanites
A Trump lawyer wrote an instruction manual for a coup. Why haven’t you seen it on the news?
Leader of Prestigious Yale Program Resigns, Citing Donor Pressure. The historian Beverly Gage, who has run the Grand Strategy course since 2017, says the university failed to stand up for academic freedom amid inappropriate efforts to influence the curriculum. (cancel culture tho)
Rikers Island: “Humanitarian Crisis” with Dead Cockroaches, Urine and Feces, Plastic Bags in Lieu of Toilets, Lack of Food and Water; Guards Call in Sick to Escape Appalling Conditions, Covid Risk
Hack Of Oath Keepers Militia Group Includes Names Of Active NYPD Officers, De Blasio Launches Investigation
The sucking political void of Democratic centrists. How do you negotiate with people who have no position?
Shakira says wild boars in Barcelona attacked her and stole her purse (at least it wasn’t 30-50 feral hogs tho)
Joe Manchin Preaching Fiscal Responsibility From His Yacht Feels a Bit on the Nose
How Biden Could End the Debt-Ceiling Crisis by ‘Minting the Coin’
Maybe Stop Pretending To Believe Them About Everything
The debt ceiling is an absurd problem. Only an absurd solution can save us.
Moderates
America faces supply-chain disruption and shortages. Here’s why
DC Council emergency bill calls for expanded virtual learning

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