Links 12/17/21

Links for you. Science:

How the mixed-race mestizo myth warped science in Latin America
New species of bacteria named after Singapore
Latest on Omicron Variant and COVID-19 Vaccine Protection
Challenges in inferring intrinsic severity of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant from early population-level impact
Scientists see a ‘really, really tough winter’ with Omicron
Efficacy and Safety of NVX-CoV2373 in Adults in the United States and Mexico (pre-Delta; seems pretty close to mRNA vaccines)

Other:

Text-gate fallout: Hannity, Ingraham and Don Jr. unveiled as whiny MAGA wimps! Donald Trump loved every second of the Capitol assault. But his Fox News toadies — and his own son! — wussed out
Notes on Web3
The question we need to ask the American right: ‘What is it you want permission to do?’
Agency overseeing Trump’s D.C. hotel lease failed to examine ethical, constitutional conflicts, report says
Who Actually Gets to Shrug Off COVID
Biden’s Twitter doc army turns on him (“And I think if you look back, many of them have gotten key decision points wrong – boosters being the primary example.” So will they listen to public health people who did favor boosters?)
The Vibes, They Are Bad
It’s not a lie if it confirms your reactionary priors
Long And Winding Email
Gorsuch’s Crusade Against Vaccine Mandates Could Topple a Pillar of Public Health (Democratic appointees haven’t done this)
DCHA Froze Rents, But Developer Buwa Binitie Got an Increase (Bowser is corrupt)
As the pandemic raged, at least 75 lawmakers bought and sold stock in companies that make COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and tests
Contrarian Doctors: The Pandemic is Over, Again (re-upping this)
Does Punchbowl News Play by the Rules? Where hosting a confab for lobbyists meets journalistic ethics (time for a blogger ethics panel!)
Why Are Democrats Enabling Republican Sabotage?
Retailers say thefts are at crisis level. The numbers say otherwise
America Is Not Ready for Omicron: The new variant poses a far graver threat at the collective level than the individual one—the kind of test that the U.S. has repeatedly failed.
How the GOP Engineers Crises to Blame on Biden
The Lawlessness That Cops Ignore. In New York, a failure to take quality-of-life complaints seriously reveals a city unaccountable to its residents.
If You Don’t Do This Thing, I’ll Do This Other Thing (yep)
A theory: How Trump’s Jan. 6 coup plan worked, how close it came, why it failed

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