Links 9/30/23

Links for you. Science:

Scientists found the most intense heat wave ever recorded — in Antarctica
Scientists want to rename the Hitler beetle — but not for the reason you think
Scientists have become sitting ducks. We need leaders to step up and defend us
The Lab-Leak Illusion: The laboratory accident hypothesis of COVID-19’s origins is a bust, but the popular consensus is unwilling to accept it. (yes, it’s from Quillette, but it does capture most of the critical points)
A molnupiravir-associated mutational signature in global SARS-CoV-2 genomes
Mammals’ Time on Earth Is Half Over, Scientists Predict: A new model suggests that in 250 million years, all land will collide into a supercontinent that boosts warming and pushes mammals to extinction.


The Looming Government Shutdown Is Not the Fault of Dysfunction: There’s only one culprit for the chaos gripping Capitol Hill—the Republican Party.
The War on Cities: For nearly two decades, Washington, D.C., had been carefully revising its criminal code. It took a month to blow it all up.
Apple fucked us on right to repair (again)
The Mass Disappointment of a Decade of Mass Protest
The Left Can’t Stop Wondering Where Bill Clinton Went Wrong. The Answer Explains a Lot.
Breaking the Menendez Cycle: He’s indicted for public corruption, he beats the charges thanks to the Supreme Court, Democrats restore him to a position of power, and he’s indicted again. But this time, Democrats aren’t as welcoming.
HPO Recommends Approval For 157-Unit Office-to-Residential Conversion Proposed in Dupont Circle
The Summer That Reality Caught Up to Climate Fiction
Arizonans can now receive workers comp benefits for getting Covid-19 on the job
Plans Filed For DC’s Largest Residential Conversion Along Connecticut Avenue
The Truth about Hybrid Work (Hint: It’s Messy—and It’s Not Going Away)
Wisconsin’s Republicans Went to Extremes in Gerrymandering. Now They’re Scrambling to Protect That Power.
Airbnb Really Is Different Now
After Four Years, Mark Plotkin is Finally Laid to Rest
The Wrecking-Ball Caucus: How the Far Right Brought Washington to Its Knees: Right-wing Republicans who represent a minority in their party and in Congress have succeeded in sowing mass dysfunction, spoiling for a shutdown, an impeachment and a House coup. (worth reading for just how nutty they are)
California workers who cut countertops are dying of an incurable disease
In Arlington, New Recognition For Women Codebreakers Of World War II
Biden Should Work The Media Refs On Impeachment: Everyone knows the impeachment is b.s., so he should say that
D.C.’s Inspector General is Investigating a Troubled Agency’s Contract with Former City Administrator Robert Bobb
‘Feels horrible to say no’: abortion funds run out of money as US demand surges
The Vice of Spice: Confronting Lead-Tainted Turmeric
Sabine is Wrong Again: Capitalism Would’ve Killed Penicillin
Republican Congressman Calls For General Mark Milley to Be Executed in Shockingly Homophobic Screed
Trump suggests Mark Milley should be executed in possible breach of pre-trial release conditions
Statement from President Joe Biden on Tentative Agreement Between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Writers Guild of America
Gen Z falls for online scams more than their boomer grandparents do

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