Links 12/1/21

Links for you. Science:

New Concerning Variant: B.1.1.529
Bee gold: Why honey is an insect superfood
It’s time to fear the fungi: Humans have long been protected from fungal infections. Climate change could ruin that.
Mysterious Vanishing of Advanced Chinese Civilization 4,000 Years Ago Finally Solved
Genome Sequences of Mycobacterium smegmatis Phages Fefferhead and ShamWow (names aren’t as bonkers as Myxococcus llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochensis though)
BNT162b2 mRNA Vaccine Effectiveness Given Confirmed Exposure: Analysis of Household Members of COVID-19 Patients


As omicron variant spreads, China senses vindication over ‘zero covid’ strategy
Prince George’s County Extends Mask Mandate To January 2022
Trump-appointed judges are pushing a huge right-wing lie in order to block vaccine mandates
Fish Hook
The Effect of Teacher Evaluation on Achievement and Attainment: Evidence from Statewide Reforms
The “Sister Souljah moment” is a revealing pundit’s fallacy
Omicron is a reminder of how little we’re doing on pandemic prevention (it’s Yglesias, but he’s not entirely wrong)
How to fix Twitter. Will a new CEO do better than Dorsey?
Omicron and inflation: Covid is not through with us. It continues to be more aggressive than our efforts to fight it. Please, get vaccinated, mask, and educate. And leaders must lead. Our lives and livelihoods depend on it.
Why A ‘Sister Souljah Moment’ Won’t Save Biden. Clinton’s polling didn’t actually change much after his tack to the center on race. Biden should ignore the pundits calling for a 1990s reboot.
Is McConnell going soft on the debt limit? There’s a lesson here for Democrats.
100 Diner Interviews Won’t Tell You as Much as This Story of One Farming Family in Nebraska
Trump called aides hours before Capitol riot to discuss how to stop Biden victory
Trump tested positive for Covid few days before Biden debate, chief of staff says in new book (yes, Biden in many ways has been mediocre, but Trump was murderous, both at a policy and an individual level. Never forget that.)
Democrats’ Bill Would Go Far Toward ‘Patching the Holes’ in Health Coverage
Sorry, fam, count me out
Stricter coronavirus testing being weighed for all travelers to U.S. Biden administration also considering measures such as a 7-day self-quarantine and retesting several days after arrival. (but no vaccine mandates….)
I’ve Been Trying To Explain The New York Times To People For Years And He Just Tweeted It Out
Death threats, mock hangings and a used condom: Anti-vaxxers target Australian politicians
Halim Flowers Was Given Two Life Sentences At 17. Decades Later, His Art Is Shown In Galleries Worldwide
Marcus Lamb, head of Daystar, a large Christian network that discouraged vaccines, dies after getting covid-19 (FAFO)

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