Links 12/11/22

Links for you. Science:

The host phylogeny determines viral infectivity and replication across Staphylococcus host species
Trends in Cases, Hospitalization and Mortality Related to the Omicron BA.4/BA.5 Sub-Variants in South Africa
Study on masks vs N95 respirators for health workers spurs concerns (CIDRAP doesn’t usually write stories about articles with this tone)
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Anti-Spike Antibody Levels Following Second Dose of ChAdOx1 nCov-19 or BNT162b2 Vaccine in Residents of Long-term Care Facilities in England (VIVALDI)
High Attack Rate of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 B.1.1.529 Among 2-Dose Vaccinated Populations in 2 Indoor Entertainment Setting Outbreaks (interesting how the effect of the recency of vaccination varied by venue)
Diversity helped mammals survive asteroid that killed the dinosaurs

Other:

Why Is Marjorie Taylor Greene Like This? (bored, wealthy people looking for ‘meaning’ and ‘purpose’ will be the death of us)
Earth to Reporters: Why Is No One Asking SFB What Happened to the $3.3 Billion He Borrowed?
New Zealand government suppressed COVID testing to keep infected people at work
Did I ever tell you guys about the only person who I felt was allowed to be bugnuts about chemtrails?
Let’s steelman Elon Musk’s concern about political influence on the content decisions of major platforms and come up with practical steps Musk could take to set a new standard
The COVID-19 impacts on bikeshare systems in small rural communities: Case study of bikeshare riders in Montgomery County, VA
The Supreme Court Has Officially Launched Its War on LGBTQ Rights
The Decline Of the European Garden
High early turnout in Georgia Senate runoff: More evidence that saving democracy motivates voters
Your Creativity Won’t Save Your Job From AI
Student loans as a strategy for social control
Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is GOP: Herschel Walker, Bill Bennett, and Donald Trump’s legacy.
Metro Seeks To Bring Back Automatic Train Operation Next Year
Flu Shots Drop Dramatically Among White Kids
Tesla’s Berlin Hub Can’t Hire Enough People, or Keep Them
Fare or Free? Fare evasion and stepped-up enforcement reignite the debate on fareless transit. If going fare-free is the answer, then the question is: Who pays?
No standing, no problem
The College Essay Is Dead. Nobody is prepared for how AI will transform academia.
The 2023 Senate Will be Exceedingly Unrepresentative
‘I Don’t Think Any New Law Will Fix This’: Can Legislation Repair D.C.’s Troubled Crime Lab?
Is Eric Adams Bringing Back the Asylum?
Why the Right Needs Hunter Biden: They think his story assuages their guilt, but it doesn’t.
Gaithersburg and the “law of the conservation of urban change”
Black Hebrew Israelites in the Spotlight: The journalist Sam Kestenbaum on the history of the religious tradition embraced by Kyrie Irving and Kanye West.

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