Links 12/21/21

Links for you. Science:

Rapid epidemic expansion of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant in southern Africa
Why Paxlovid is a Just-in-Time Breakthrough
The race to defuse Congo’s carbon bomb
The scientist in Botswana who identified omicron was saddened by the world’s reaction
A tale of two plasmids: contributions of plasmid associated phenotypes to epidemiological success among Shigella
Persistent symptoms following SARS-CoV-2 infection among children and young people: a meta-analysis of controlled and uncontrolled studies

Other:

My career of treating patients has ended
Why more than half of Taco Bell workers are unvaccinated (a useful boycott–one that would keep you safer–is boycotting establishments that don’t really take vaccination seriously)
All Praise to Our Glorious Leader for His Current Vaccine Message. Donald Trump backed vaccination for the MAGA crowd and was booed in an exchange that proved hugely revealing.
When facts have a liberal bias, New York Times editors can get squirmy
Joe Manchin’s “No” Might Be Just What Democrats Need. Alternatively, it’s a disaster.
How Biden Is Cracking Down on Global Kleptocrats
What to Do About Very Bad Parents?
Mayor Wu said she’ll know she’s succeeded on transportation when more people are riding the T with her
Emperor Manchin Speaks
Upzone the Side Streets! Putting apartments on busy roads and houses on quiet ones is an injustice.
Trump met with boos after revealing he received Covid-19 booster
Walking America’s car-centric hellscape
Manchin’s rebuff of Build Back Better is the latest failure of Democrats playing soft
The ‘Cowboy Cocktail’: How Wyoming became one of the world’s top tax havens
Just Admit You Didn’t Want To
Coal Miners Urge Manchin to Rethink Opposition to Spending Bill
Goldman Sachs cuts US economic forecast after Joe Manchin rejects Build Back Better
Republicans gear up for a torrent of Benghazi-style investigations
Democratic leaders fire a new shot at Manchin as his isolation deepens
Justice Breyer’s obstinate rejection of reality proves why the Supreme Court needs to be expanded
Biden to announce plan to mail 500 million free rapid tests to Americans next month

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