Links 9/15/23

Links for you. Science:

The case against bug zappers
Costs of antibiotic resistance genes depend on host strain and environment and can influence community composition
Call Your NIH Program Officer
Costs of resistance limit the effectiveness of cooperation enforcement
Bayesian phylogenetics on globally emerging SARS-CoV-2 variant BA.2.86 suggest global distribution and rapid evolution
The high infectivity of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant is associated with an exclusive S477N spike receptor-binding domain mutation


Are We All Unpaid Dem Operatives Or Not (absolute must-read)
Threads blocks searches related to covid and vaccines as cases rise: Public health experts denounced the platform’s moderation policies, which they say restrict access to critical health information
Pregnancy Deaths
GOP presidential hopefuls take renewed aim at efforts to combat covid
Along For The Ride
Elon Musk shouldn’t be calling the shots on how Ukraine fights (very good)
Anti-Vaccine Dog Owners Could Mean the Return of Rabies
Metro is testing new signage to help riders get around D.C. region: The transit agency also announced it is planning a two-week Red Line shutdown of some of its busiest downtown stations (note the subhead, which if you’re not a car-driving editor, is far more important)
Point And Laugh
You hate AI for all the right reasons. Now reconsider. (more convinced than ever after reading this, that it’s all bullshit)
America Already Knows How to Make Childbirth Safer
We disagree on abortion. Here’s a pro-family agenda both parties can support.
There’s a Lot of “Is Biden Too Old?” Coverage. Nate Silver Wants There to Be Even More. Claims that the press is glossing over questions about Biden’s age just don’t hold up to scrutiny.
7 state flags still have designs with ties to the Confederacy: Including Maryland and California. Yes, California.
Pity the Children of Oklahoma and Florida Who Are Being Pumped Full of PragerU Nonsense
Tim Scott’s girlfriend: The unmarried Republican presidential candidate doesn’t like talking about his new relationship very much. But he is talking about it.
“Queen City” Is A Testament To The Black Community Removed To Make Way For Roads To The Pentagon
He was Mormon royalty. Now his lawsuit against the church is a rallying cry.
Trayon White Says He’ll Run Again in Ward 8. Can Anyone Beat Him?
FDA advisers reject efficacy of common cold medication
A good man is hard to find: On Ashton Kutcher and patriarchy
How to protect your congregation from swatting and bomb threats during High Holiday services: Several Jewish institutions grappled with these threats from white supremacists this summer, and experts say preparing can help mitigate any disruptions
When Twitter Died, So Did Independent Journalism (I actually get more interaction and pushes to my blog via Bluesky at this point)
PragerU’s Confederate classroom propaganda: Co-opting history to prop up modern insurrectionists. Abraham Lincoln is portrayed making arguments that sound like modern Proud Boys begging a judge for forgiveness
Watch Footage of Lauren Boebert Getting Booted From ‘Beetlejuice’
CIA bribed its own COVID-19 origin team to reject lab-leak theory, anonymous whistleblower claims (this will be so stupid…)
IBM Software tells workers: Get back to the office three days a week: Managers warn company goals can’t be achieved unless coders get more face time and less FaceTime (seems these would be the people who really don’t need to be in the office so often)

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