Links 10/31/21

Links for you. Science:

Otters are taking over Singapore
COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage, Intent, Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs among Essential Workers, United States
Plasmid fitness costs are caused by specific genetic conflicts enabling resolution by compensatory mutation
Genic selection within prokaryotic pangenomes (in the second footnote of this post, had similar thoughts many moons ago)
Tackling the pandemic with (biased) data
Report calls for broader US effort against antimicrobial resistance


Build Less Better (excellent)
The Department of Justice Is Letting the Coup Plotters Get Away. While Congress is investigating the events of January 6, why isn’t the DOJ doing the same—and more?
Philadelphia is one of America’s most diverse cities — and one of the most divided.
I Used Facebook Without the Algorithm, and You Can Too
Why is the idea of ‘gender’ provoking backlash the world over?
The Truth About White America: The Census Bureau wanted to gather data about a changing nation, but ended up reinforcing old racial categories.
Whose Promised Land? A Journey Into a Divided Israel
Will Biden Rescue Vulnerable Student Borrowers From Default? The president can relieve 7.3 million student debtors from default, benefiting their credit scores and avoiding wage garnishment. He hasn’t committed to doing it.
This e-bike delivery experiment reduced CO2 emissions by 30% per package
My Chicago PD story: When I was a teenager, I was robbed at gunpoint while delivering pizzas. I was unharmed. I lost my empty wallet and a bunch of pizzas, but I was obviously shaken up and filed a police report.
Campaign Left, Rule Center
People Aren’t Meant to Talk This Much: Breaking up social-media companies is one way to fix them. Shutting their users up is a better one. (not sure I agree at all, but interesting)
Four Measures That Are Helping Germany Beat COVID. And why we’re failing to do the same things in America (yes, it’s Mounk so he has to both-sides masking, but there happen to be good suggestions there)
Could nixing parking requirements help transform Virginia’s cities?
Congress has bipartisan support to try to deal with the next pandemic. But those talks are already falling behind
Biden needs to get rid of the Trumpers embedded in government, ASAP (too many professional Democrats suck at governing)
Five points for anger, one for a ‘like’: How Facebook’s formula fostered rage and misinformation
This year’s Thanksgiving feast will wallop the wallet
“Want to See a Modern Country Commit Suicide? Take a Hard Look at Britain”
Where we embrace socialism in the US: Parking Lots (very good)
‘Are you familiar with Antifa?’ How to choose an impartial jury when white supremacists are on trial.
Conservative caller thought she had a ‘gotcha’ question on abortion for Elie Mystal. She was wrong (conservatives, when they leave their bubble, have a tendency to get thwacked hard)
More D.C.-area employers are coming to terms with telework flexibility and hybrid schedules, survey says
Charlottesville jury selection shows how deeply the right-wing smear of antifa has penetrated
Is anyone safe in DC crosswalks when one dangerous driver per minute passes by?

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