Links 7/25/23

Links for you. Science:

Are Mendel’s Data Reliable? The Perspective of a Pea Geneticist
Gain-of-function research is about much more than dangerous pathogens
Study: 1 in 6 kids have persistent COVID symptoms for 3 months after infection (but the pandemic is over something something…)
When Greenland Was Green: Ancient Soil From Beneath a Mile of Ice Offers Warnings for the Future
‘Brain fog’ of long Covid comparable to ageing 10 years, study finds
Toxin-secreting hammerhead worms are invading the D.C. area. How to stop them. The snake-like worms contain a potent neurotoxin and can grow more than 22 inches long.


Long COVID Persists as a Mass Disabling Event (excellent)
U.S. sees biggest rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations since December
Was Closing Schools an Obvious and Colossal Mistake? Maybe it was a mistake to close schools. However, those who make this claim should honestly grapple with what would have happened had nothing been done rather than indulge an absurd fantasy that everything would have been fine and dandy.
Renting In And Around D.C. Is Hellacious Right Now. Just Ask Your Neighbors
The Redneck Army Refuses to Stay Buried
A New Lawsuit Alleges That Leonard Leo Called for the Arrest of a Pro-Choice Protester. The court filing claims that the Federalist Society leader, a champion of free speech, urged police to violate the First Amendment rights of a demonstrator near his Maine home.
America has too many political appointees. What’s the sense of having 1,300 Senate-approved appointments if the Senate won’t bother to approve them? (a bit too proceduralist-biased, but still worth reading)
Job applicants are battling AI résumé filters with a hack
Fans are encouraging others online to have better etiquette at concerts (I suspect a small percentage of people who’ve been infected with COVID have brains that are really fucked up)
Excess Death Rates for Republican and Democratic Registered Voters in Florida and Ohio During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Inside Voices: Jail ANC Transferred Out of D.C. After Council Testimony
Hollywood Is on Strike Against High-Tech Exploitation
With Parking Reimagined, Tysons lurches towards livability
Rage, Neoliberalism, and Phone Trees
We Can Solve Homelessness (If We Want To)
Donald Trump Is Running to Stay Out of Prison. Say It, Democrats!
How School Board Meetings Became Flashpoints for Anger and Chaos Across the Country
My father fits very much into that category of cognitive dissonance where he is trying to square the circle of what he’s told about LGBT people, versus having a kid and a grandkid who are LGBT.
Dwayne Johnson Contributes ‘Historic’ Donation to SAG-AFTRA Foundation Relief Fund, Says President Courtney B. Vance: ‘It’s a Call to Arms for All of Us’
The Curse of the Long Boom: “If you don’t make predictions, you’ll never know what to be surprised by”
Will A.I. Become the New McKinsey? As it’s currently imagined, the technology promises to concentrate wealth and disempower workers. Is an alternative possible?
Jason Aldean? Please spare me the small-town nostalgia.
Gradus ad Parnassum, or, Stepping up to Lev
Long COVID a Growing Threat to Latino Communities
Here’s the real problem with Florida’s school standards for slavery
My 43-Minute Reaction to Ben Shapiro’s 43 Minute Barbie Reaction Video
He’s just Ben: Shapiro’s impotent rage at Barbie (2023) and the hell he has built for himself

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