Links 1/20/22

Links for you. Science:

Microbial defenses against mobile genetic elements and viruses: Who defends whom from what?
The Worst of the Omicron Wave Could Still Be Coming
Israel Still Not Sure Omicron Causes Milder Illness, Despite Research. Which variant do seriously ill Israeli COVID patients have, and how many have underlying conditions? Lack of clear information is making it difficult for doctors to precisely assess the nature of severe illness caused by omicron
Muted and deferential, the UK’s scientists have failed the pandemic test. Throughout the pandemic, senior advisers and institutions have failed to challenge a post-truth government. It bodes ill for the climate crisis.
Immunological dysfunction persists for 8 months following initial mild-to-moderate SARS-CoV-2 infection (possible markers of long COVID)
Omicron thwarts some of the world’s most-used COVID vaccines


Family Capitalism and the Small Business Insurrection (very good)
‘Back Alley’ Advice Is Making The Pandemic Worse
Public Libraries Aren’t Essential Services
Voters Want the U.S. to Provide Free N95 Masks (Dear professional Dems, giving people nice things is good policy and politics)
Biden Under Fire for Resisting Calls to Distribute N95 Masks to All
Bernie Wants Democrats to Fight for the Working Class. They Won’t.
At-Home Coronavirus Tests Are Inaccessible to Blind People
Poll: Americans value “health and safety” over in-person learning
What fake 2020 Electoral College certificates tell us about America’s fragile democracy
D.C. Launches Pilot Program To Give Cash To New Parents And Pregnant People — With No Strings Attached
In a 6–3 Ruling, the Supreme Court Upholds the Covid Pandemic
Rollups: All Monopolies Are Local. How one supermarket chain, Stop & Shop, abuses property transfers to frustrate competition
Why Pizzeria Paradiso Is Done With Tipping After 30 Years in Business. Customers now see a 20 percent service charge for dine-in and a 12 percent service charge for takeout.
The Supreme Court’s golden rule: Only Republican leaders hold true power
The Subversive Genius of Extremely Slow Email
Here’s what you need to know for the week of January 14, 2022
Michigan AG refers Republicans behind fake electoral certificates to federal prosecutors
A Democrat won a US House seat this week with 79 percent of the vote. Her GOP opponent has not conceded.
Colors: Where did they go? An investigation. Why do so many TV shows and movies look like they were filmed in a gray wasteland?
As Omicron Surges, Effort to Vaccinate Young Children Stalls
Minus is the anti-Twitter that grants you 100 posts for life

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