Links 10/13/21

Links for you. Science:

Effects of Synonymous Mutations beyond Codon Bias: The Evidence for Adaptive Synonymous Substitutions from Microbial Evolution Experiments
Close cousins of SARS-CoV-2 found in a cave in Laos yield new clues about pandemic’s origins
Can Nuclear Fusion Put the Brakes on Climate Change?
Spin Glasses and Lazy Journalism: In which the Nobel Committee sets me up to be annoyed.
Please avoid the term “paradigm shift” unless you’ve got something really surprising
Massive New Analysis Confirms Just How Many COVID-19 Cases Are Truly Asymptomatic (missed this; paper here)


Academia After the Pandemic
The truth about crime in America
Taylor Swift fans are getting caught up in the Virginia gubernatorial race
Let’s Call Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema What They Are: Extremists
Anybody Fighting Joe Biden Is Helping Trump’s Next Coup: All Republican politics is now functionally authoritarian.
Kyrsten Sinema doesn’t need to be saved by Republicans: Ignore Republicans wringing their hands about the alleged incivility of the left
Why the Media Is (Mostly) Screwing Up What’s Happening With Democrats
The Jan. 6 Select Committee & Disinformation: Start Pre-bunking The Lies Now
When hope is a hindrance. For Hannah Arendt, hope is a dangerous barrier to courageous action. In dark times, the miracle that saves the world is to act
Democrats Must Raise the Debt Limit to a Quadrillion Dollars
Activists are Designing Mesh Networks to Deploy During Civil Unrest
The trillion-dollar coin is both legal and responsible
Emma Allen is redefining what a New Yorker cartoon can be
Kyrsten Sinema Is So Bad at This
Secret trove illuminates the lives of billionaires
The Trump threat may soon get worse. Here’s the under-the-radar reason for it.
American Authoritarianism Hasn’t Ended. While much of the world is liberalizing its abortion laws, America is joining an authoritarian few in limiting ours
We Burned These Cities
Leaving Afghanistan Behind
Wow That’s A Big Number
Stephanie Grisham confirms that prime-time Fox News is state news
Let Them Eat Pizza
‘Trying To Chase A Train’: Fairfax’s Effort To Vaccinate Unhoused Residents

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