Links 2/13/23

Links for you. Science:

The Last Drug That Can Fight Gonorrhea Is Starting to Falter
Women Have Been Misled About Menopause
The continuing puzzle of defining duration of SARS-CoV-2 infectivity (One issue I have is that 30% of infections occurred outside of the 5-day window; obviously, that’s better than 80%, but still seems like a 5-day benchmark wouldn’t stop transmission)
We have to talk about this Cochrane review of masking and handwashing that found “little to no evidence” masks (surgical & N95) reduce viral infections at the population level and some evidence that handwashing may help. (very good)
‘Incredibly concerning’: Bird flu outbreak at Spanish mink farm triggers pandemic fears. Spread among captive mink could give the H5N1 strain opportunities to evolve and adapt to mammals
How quickly does COVID immunity fade? What scientists know


The response to the ongoing pandemic in the short-term and a call for advocacy (excellent)
This is what it looks like to live in a country where work really isn’t valued
Why the Federal Reserve needs a new plan
GOP-Led House Will Vote To Overturn D.C. Bills On Non-Citizen Voting And Criminal Code Overhaul
An Even Deadlier Pandemic Could Soon Be Here (low-ish odds, high damage if it is; most infectious disease microbiologists I know have been worried about this for a long time)
He faked his way into the art world. Now Tony Tetro is explaining how.
Putin’s Plot Against America. There is a growing fear in Washington that Russia will resort to hybrid tactics to inflict pain on Western powers in ways that it can no longer achieve through conventional warfare alone.
NFL owners have a problem hiring coaches: They’re lousy at it
Call the police by their real name: occupying armies
Republicans aim to decimate abortion access in post-Roe haven states
QAnon Is the Latest American Conspiracy Theory
Nikole Hannah-Jones isn’t done challenging the story of America (we’ve reached the synthesis stage of the dialectic…)
Chief Justice Roberts Portrays His Court as Heroic
Sorry, Not Sorry: Jan. 6 Insurrectionists Change Their Tune Outside Of The Courtroom
So Who Was Tom Brady?
As new housing law takes effect, most towns fall in line, for now
Politicians Can’t Just Go Around Censoring Ideas That Anger Them
Tired Of Playing Whack-a-Mole
Seizing the means of computation – how popular movements can topple Big Tech monopolies
Blame Palo Alto. From Stanford to Silicon Valley, a small town in California spread tech’s gospel of data and control.
Doctors Aren’t Burned Out From Overwork. We’re Demoralized by Our Health System.
Why Did the Beatles Get So Many Bad Reviews?
Changes in the Relationship Between Income and Life Expectancy Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic, California, 2015-2021
The Americans Who Are Fleeing the United States
The gaping hole in the New York Times’ NCAA story: Race

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