Links 12/26/21

Links for you. Science:

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launches in French Guiana
I haven’t done a San Francisco update for a while. Now seems like a good time, since SF – the most vaxxed big city in the U.S. – may offer lessons for the nation about how an Omicron surge is influenced by high vax (& masking) rates.
Analytical sensitivity of seven SARS-CoV-2 antigen-detecting rapid tests for Omicron variant (n=2 for each kit-dilution combination; I would like to see this reproduced by another group)
mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine boosters induce neutralizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant
Snow is glowing in the Russian Arctic. The culprit? Tiny sea creatures.
With omicron, it may be harder to tell if you have covid, the common cold or flu

Other:

Tourist drug demand is bringing cartel violence to Mexico’s most popular resorts
The Pandemic Shows Why We Need Universal Health Care
The first Christmas as a layperson: Burned out by the pandemic, many clergy quit in the past year
Soul Train and the Desire for Black Power
‘White Christmas’ was the song America needed to fight fascism
How Democrats Lost Build Back Better
Surprisingly, there has been a redistricting turnaround
NBA and NFL to America: Drop Dead
Omicron and children: Pediatric hospitals in parts of U.S. filling fast
As 3G dies, old phones aren’t the only victims
‘Maid’ author Stephanie Land on what it feels like to be shamed for being poor
Selling luxury apartments where Oliver Twist once asked for gruel
Why Christmas was the best time of year to escape slavery
How Does VaxDC, DC’s New Vaccine Mandate, Compare to Other Cities and other FAQ
The Slackers are the ska stalwarts who keep on going
Michael Mina can’t stop talking about the need for rapid COVID tests. The country may finally be listening. But is it too late?
A late music producer’s grandsons found a ‘treasure’ of lost songs in his D.C. basement
Top DeSantis official embraced critical race theory in dissertation
With omicron, many vaccinated Americans will at some point test positive. Here’s what to do.
Beneath a COVID vaccine debacle, 30 years of government culpability
What if Everything You Know About Murder Rates and Policing Is Wrong? Five common myths about the FBI’s homicide data, debunked.

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