Links 10/30/21

Links for you. Science:

Mysterious fatal infections tied to room spray sold at Walmart. Better Homes & Gardens aromatherapy spray faces nationwide recall (genomic epidemiology works)
Bat Research Group Failed to Submit Virus Studies Promptly, N.I.H. Says. The federal agency told a G.O.P. House member that it had notified EcoHealth Alliance, a group criticized for its U.S.-funded work with Wuhan scientists, to file data within five days.
American eel, marbled salamander among ‘critters in crisis’ in D.C. region, experts say. Pollution and development in Montgomery County and the wider D.C. region are making it harder for certain species to survive
SARS-CoV-2 Neutralization with BNT162b2 Vaccine Dose 3
NIH demands unpublished data on coronavirus experiment, but says research is not linked to the pandemic (the strains involved aren’t closely related to SARS-CoV2)
The Dream of Scooping Plastic From the Ocean Is Still Alive—and Problematic
African Elephants Evolved Tusklessness Amazingly Fast


A bizarre oversight in Facebook coverage (called interoperability)
Amazon accidentally makes a case for its own regulation
Kyrsten Sinema is having a really bad week. Even other out congress members are condemning her now. Five of her advisors quit this week, saying her recent actions have made it impossible to continue. And now her fellow queer legislators are turning against her.
The misleading campaign against a Biden-nominated bank regulator
Ok, let’s not call it Critical Race Theory. We won’t even call it “Black History.” Instead, let’s accept the premise they propose. So, how does American history look if K-12 social studies & history teachers don’t teach kids about racism white supremacy?
Implications of suboptimal COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Florida and Texas
The Slippery Dutch Slope from Drug Tolerance to Drug Terror
The Fed’s Lame New Standard on Trading: It relies on ethics officials who have waved through prohibited trades before, and doesn’t even cover the kind of trade that embarrassed Fed Chair Jay Powell.
I have labeled the “hyperinflation.”
Where’s Garland
The case against Mark Zuckerberg: Insiders say Facebook’s CEO chose growth over safety
‘History Will Not Judge Us Kindly’: Thousands of pages of internal documents offer the clearest picture yet of how Facebook endangers American democracy—and show that the company’s own employees know it.
Biden’s Excuse for Delaying the Release of JFK Assassination Records Stopped Playing Decades Ago
“The Liberty Way”: How Liberty University Discourages and Dismisses Students’ Reports of Sexual Assaults
How Facebook Failed the World: Internal documents show the company routinely placing public-relations, profit, and regulatory concerns over user welfare. And if you think it’s bad here, look beyond the U.S.
SEPTA rape case is latest in a U.S. pandemic of police lying. There must be consequences.
The Last Days of The Romanovs at the Port of Los Angeles (and Where Is Everybody?) (as one of my dissertation committee members once told me, “Those stupid fucking natural history facts matter.”)
Not actually remotely like a martyr
Howard University Protest Continues For 10 Consecutive Days, Into Homecoming Weekend
American Law Firms Are Enabling Foreign Kleptocrats
Why Cars Don’t Deserve the Right of Way: The simplest way to make roads safer and reduce police violence at the same time
Any Imaginary Threat Can Have Real Consequences With the Help of Cowardly Politicians
New York Times gets humiliatingly played by an anti-vaxx activist

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