Links 1/18/22

Links for you. Science:

Calling Omicron ‘Mild’ Is Wishful Thinking. We are far past the point of hoping that this variant will spare us. (must-read; accessible to non-specialists)
Effectiveness of BNT162b2 Vaccine against Critical Covid-19 in Adolescents
COVID-Hospitalization Numbers Are as Bad as They Look: Many supposedly “incidental” infections aren’t really incidental, and cannot be dismissed.
COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report, Week 2, 13 January 2022
Omicron Variant: NYC Report for January 13, 2022
Mutation bias reflects natural selection in Arabidopsis thaliana


Why Don’t The People Who Serve Me Understand It Is Time To Get Back To Normal (excellent)
Look Outside It’s Fucking Raining (also excellent)
Let us now celebrate the retirement of Pat Leahy
It’s time to acknowledge reality. Many schools will likely have to close because of omicron. (yep)
Republican Opposition To D.C.’s Vax Mandate Has Escalated To Nazi Comparisons
What The Fuck Is Wrong With These People (“…maybe masks are dumb, but you guys are in charge and you better figure something out, aside from yelling at people to go to work sick.”)
The Tom Friedman Party
The Filibuster Is Made-Up and Stupid, and So Is the Made-Up, Stupid History to Justify It
He fell in love with D.C. R&B as a child and has spent his life tracing every last note
As state ignores at-home COVID test data, boards of health come up with their own solutions
‘Crime tourists’: An international spree targets D.C. area’s wealthy Asian residents
A new plan to ‘Trump-proof’ the 2024 election quietly comes together
Hot takes on remote schooling are all over the place, but most of them miss the point
36 million families won’t get a child tax credit check this week, thanks to Sen. Joe Manchin
John Kuczwanski killed in Tallahassee road rage incident (looks like the shooting actually was self-defense; cars suck)
Oakland students threaten to boycott classes unless school district meets covid demands
Omicron Isn’t Milder for Everyone, Like Our Patients
New York City high school students stage walkout, citing inadequate covid measures
The Real Estate Industry and New York Progressives Are Headed for a Showdown
Judge critical of Biden administration’s progress on student debt relief claims (failure of governance)
Why the GOP is suddenly running scared from Trump’s Big Lie
What a progressive champion from rural Maine can teach Democrats about winning
As Pandemic Strains School Workers, Substitute Teachers In D.C. Demand Higher Pay

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