Links 11/29/21

Links for you. Science:

Do vaccines protect against long COVID? What the data say (the willingness of The Discourse™ to pretend long COVID doesn’t exist–and thus shouldn’t be accounted for when making policy decisions–is an abomination)
If academia better supported women scientists like me, I may have opted to stay
The real risk of heart inflammation to kids is from COVID-19—not the vaccine
“Vulture bees” evolved a taste for flesh—and their microbiomes reflect that
Genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Belgium
What the COVID Omicron Variant Really Means, and What Experts Are Worried About. The new COVID omicron variant – discovered in South Africa and identified in Israel – has a very large number of mutations in critical parts of its spike protein

Other:

SCHMUCK IN REVERSE (this whole post is excellent, must-read)
The Great Escape: Why workers are quitting their jobs, after the trauma of the pandemic.
Why Moderna Won’t Share Rights to the COVID Vaccine With the Govt That Paid for It
Free-bus experiment could lead to something bigger (it does make the buses go faster)
Frustrated by vaccine inequity, a South African lab rushes to replicate Moderna’s shot
For the MFA, Benin Bronzes are a troubling gift
The hypocrisy argument on the filibuster is itself phony
When pets kill. I was viscerally reminded of our cat’s catness when he bumped off another animal in the house. How was I supposed to feel about him now?
D.C.-area business owners greet news of omicron variant with anxiety and resignation (interesting that most of the businesses interviewed want a return to mandatory masking. Bowser really fucked up)
Closer to Home. Getting beyond the transportation debate of city versus suburb
Could artificial intelligence have written this story?
Moderna says an omicron variant vaccine could be ready in early 2022
I Guess Regulated Taxi Fares Were Good, Akshually
Man Who Went To COVID Party to Build Immunity Dies From the Virus
The dangerous extremism that’s killing the Democrats is extreme centrism
How will the media cover Trump in 2024? Insiders are sounding the alarm.
Inside the ‘big wave’ of misinformation targeted at Latinos
D.C. Council Bill Seeks to Close Gap in Librarians and Literacy
Build Back Better Does Not Implement the Child Care and Pre-K Plans (professional Democrats are still not serious about governance)
Republican caught denouncing vaccines to Fox News then supporting them to CNN just hours later
Climate Change Is Messing With the Smithsonian Collections (NYT story here)

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