Links 2/3/23

Links for you. Science:

Cornucopia of mushrooms
Why no Pi? Variants are still stuck on Omicron even as coronavirus continues to mutate
A ‘Big Night’ for Newts, and for a California Newt Brigade
Long Covid Is Keeping Significant Numbers of People Out of Work, Study Finds (study here)
Another bacteria that digests plastic could be the key to solving an old mystery

Neutralization of BA.4–BA.5, BA.4.6, BA.2.75.2, BQ.1.1, and XBB.1 with Bivalent Vaccine (if this holds up long term, this is very good news; data are only for one month after vaccination)


The Constitution Has a 155-Year-Old Answer to the Debt Ceiling
Welcome to the Shoppy Shop: Why does every store suddenly look the same? (is ‘post-twee’ a thing?)
Moderna’s COVID Vaccine Price Hike Reveals Government’s Failure
Biden’s devious plan to break the MAGA fever just might work
Q&A With Long COVID Patient, Researcher: Treatments Lagging as Cases Rise
“Died Suddenly” Is Anti-Vaxxers’ New Favorite Phrase
Florida is offering an advanced lesson in anti-Blackness
Klaus Bürgle, 1968.
Ron DeSantis is counting on journalists not connecting him to Floridians losing their health coverage
Pritzker: Don’t change high school AP course to appease DeSantis and ‘Florida’s racist and homophobic laws’: In a letter, Pritzker told the nonprofit College Board that Illinois will reject a revised African American Studies course if it doesn’t include “a factual accounting of history, including the role played by black queer Americans.”
Macroeconomic Changes Have Made It Impossible for Me to Want to Pay You
Going To Have To Shut The Emanuel Family Down Until We Can Figure Out What’s Going On
House Democrats introduce bill targeting ban on federal funding for most abortions
What Happened to the Washington Post?
How I would fix Twitter if I were CEO: My name was floated as a potential head of the social media platform. Here’s what I’d do if I were suddenly in charge
We are all playing Covid roulette. Without clean air, the next infection could permanently disable you
Trump and Facebook’s Mutual Decay
The 14th Amendment’s Time to Shine Has Come
Conservatives Have a Sketchy New Legal Plot to Ban the Abortion Pill. By forum-shopping their way to a hearing before a zealot judge, conservatives hope to win an unwinnable case—and not for the first time.
The Uprising That Ran Out: The death of Keenan Anderson marks the end of an era.
Defund the FBI
Joe Biden’s Rooseveltian Ambitions Are Officially Dead
Pandemic Lesson #3: We Need an Air-Quality Revolution
Twitter descends into white nationalism thanks to Musk’s incoherent approach to hate speech

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