Links 7/29/23

Links for you. Science:

RSV vaccines will be available soon. Older adults should get the shot.
Gulf stream could collapse as early as 2025, study suggests
Syphilis Emergency Looms in the US as Drugs Run Low
“100% coral mortality” found in coral reef restoration site off Florida as ocean temperatures soar
Wastewater surveillance may be best marker of community COVID-19 prevalence (best is relative, since we should have a sentinel system of hospital intake (asymptomatic & symptomatic) data; paper here)
Astounding Diversity of Giant Viruses Discovered in Massachusetts Forest (preprint here)

Other:

By publishing Christopher Rufo, the New York Times demonstrates contempt for its readers. Rufo famously describes himself as a propagandist. That got him an op-ed in the New York Times. (excellent, must-read)
Congress is About to Pass a Very Bad Internet Bill. Here’s How You Can Stop It. The misleadingly named Kids Online Safety Act will censor the internet, not protect kids.
The Assault on Democracy Won’t Stop with Trump. A massive conservative effort to politicize federal agencies and law enforcement bodes ill no matter who wins the Republican presidential nomination or when the GOP retakes power, which they eventually will.
Fox News staffer: “It is hard to talk about the Holocaust and rising anti semitism without discussing Jewish presence in banking” (he seems nice)
‘Jackasses,’ ‘little s‑‑‑‑’: GOP congressman curses out teenage Senate pages
The Perfect Game That Also Sucked
What We Can Learn From Falling Crime
Green Industrial Policy in Deep-Red Georgia. In the former carpet capital of the world, a solar manufacturing boom is taking hold. Will conservative residents credit Biden’s industrial policy?
Researchers Poke Holes in Safety Controls of ChatGPT and Other Chatbots
Elon Musk and company take @x handle from its original user. He got zero dollars for it.
The lessons Florida public school students will learn from PragerU Kids. Media Matters reviewed the right-wing propaganda Florida recently approved for use in public schools, including lessons that celebrate colonialism, downplay the harms of slavery, and analogize climate denialism to the Warsaw Uprising
This Senate Is the Second-Oldest in History
“Trump thinks he has this big army out there still”: A MAGA movement betrayed has now morphed. In his new book “The Age of Insurrection,” David Neiwert traces the path of the far-right since the Capitol riot
A confused Dianne Feinstein tried to give a speech in the middle of a Senate hearing vote and was told to ‘just say aye’ instead
Fed-up teachers in Tennessee find a novel answer to anti-woke hysteria
Property crime is going viral in D.C., putting shoppers on edge
Building Power Is Not Optional
Twitter placed ads for USA Today, National Women’s Soccer League, and other major brands on a terrorism-linked neo-Nazi account
Sinéad O’Connor’s radical honesty: The uncompromising Irish musician was not afraid to speak truth to power, from the pope to MTV
What’s at Stake in the Hollywood Writers’ Strike: Streaming has given the studios one more way to exploit writers—and the writers are pushing back.
Ukrainian fencer DQ’d after refusing handshake with Russian opponent (what did they expect her to do? Russia invaded her country.)
Barbenheimer Reveals the Drastic Choices of Hollywood Executives. The big opening weekend contrasts with everything the studios have been doing for the last couple of decades.
Ivy City Residents Call For Shutdown Of Chemical Plant
Amtrak’s Endless Ridership-vs-Coverage Problem
Ketanji Brown Jackson Has Perfected the Art of Originalism Jujitsu
Elon Musk’s Twitter bans ad showing Republican interrupting couple in bedroom: ‘Elon Musk loves free speech, but only when it’s convenient for him and his far-right political agenda,’ says founder of Progress Action Fund

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