Links 10/1/23

Links for you. Science:

Health misinformation now has powerful allies
Queen’s Brian May Reveals He Helped NASA Team That Returned First Asteroid Sample from Space
Art Historians Join Ecologists To Study Landscapes Of The Past
First Came ‘the Great Dying,’ Then This Strange Reptile Evolved
A blood test for long Covid is possible, a study suggests (a bit overhyped; paper here)
South Africa’s Missing Sharks Have Been Found


Elon Musk and the Infinite Rebuy: Walter Isaacson tried to write a “Great Man” biography of the rockets-and-cars genius. That’s not an effective way to understand Elon Musk. (not short, but really good)
Fetterman’s hoodie vs. Boebert’s handsy night: Why Republicans can’t see their own hypocrisy
Biden is presiding over a labor renaissance
There Are Standards Other Than “Actual Criminal Conviction”
Another ‘family values’ Republican is allegedly a hypocrite
The Democratic Party Has an Old Problem and Won’t Admit It (good companion piece here)
NFL star likes Bud Light, COVID shots, and Taylor Swift, and the right is raging
Inside the Wagner Group’s Armed Uprising
As COVID cases rise, Biden administration offers free tests again
COVID-19 rampant among musicians despite “end of the pandemic”
Buying Clarence
Fetterman Plans to Give Back Menendez Donation In Cash-Filled Envelopes
An autistic man kept failing Maryland’s driver’s test. Officials changed it.
Merrick Garland’s DOJ indicted a Democratic senator. MAGA pundits responded with wild conspiracy theories.
Truck driver who fatally struck diplomat on bike in Maryland fined $2,000 (note that two years ago, the killer driver caused an accident in the same vehicle and claimed he couldn’t see a car; it was only a matter of time before he hit a cyclist or pedestrian)
These 183,000 Books Are Fueling the Biggest Fight in Publishing and Tech
Fukuyama’s Defense of the Deep State: Why bureaucratic autonomy matters to administrative capacity
Inside ShadowDragon, The Tool That Lets ICE Monitor Pregnancy Tracking Sites and Fortnite Players
I saw firsthand how Project Veritas paved the way for MAGA
The Growing Threat of Republican Election Vigilantes
Don’t Blame Drug Decriminalization for What the Housing Crisis Has Caused
The Open Plot to Dismantle the Federal Government
Books About Elites That Elites Will Probably Enjoy: The Substack pundit Fredrik deBoer and the political scientist Yascha Mounk feel that liberal ideologues and “woke” pretenders have marred American life. (ouch, and this isn’t Pamela Paul’s book reviews anymore…)
Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson review – arrested development

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