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The Republican Long Game: Killing Social Security

While the Republican white Christian supremacist base wants to establish a theocracy, never forget what the moneyed interests of the Republican Party want (boldface mine): Social Security is an enormously popular program. It’s also hugely effective. Minus their monthly check, … Continue reading

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Links 8/10/22

Links for you. Science: Association of Receiving a Fourth Dose of the BNT162b Vaccine With SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Health Care Workers in Israel Aeromonas salmonicida intra-species divergence revealed by the various strategies displayed when grazed by Tetrahymena pyriformis Antigenic characterization … Continue reading

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Democrats Feel Good, Now Professional Democrats Need to Mobilize Them

Lara Putnam and Micah L. Sifry made a very good point a couple of weeks ago (boldface mine): National Democratic and progressive groups together burned through the surge of liberal organizing under Mr. Trump, treating impassioned newcomers like cash cows, … Continue reading

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Links 8/9/22

Links for you. Science: The mystery virus that protects against monkeypox (very good) The campaign to rename monkeypox gets complicated For Some COVID Long Haulers, an Oxygen Chamber Offers Long-term Relief (?!?) NY county with polio has pitiful 60% vaccination … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the IRA

Of course, until the House passes it, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is only provisional (SWIDT?). Anyway, some thoughts in no particular order: It was the best of bills, it was the worst of bills. Regardless of the issue, whether … Continue reading

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Links 8/8/22

Links for you. Science: Halitrephes maasi JBrowse 2: A modular genome browser with views of synteny and structural variation Risk of BA.5 infection in individuals exposed to prior SARS-CoV-2 variants Say Hello to Hells Bells, the World’s Largest Collection of … Continue reading

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Will No One Think of Saint Meijer of the Midway?

Last week, Megan McArdle, who inexplicably get paids to write silly opinions, argued that it was wrong for Democrats to run ads describing how conservative the MAGA Republicans were in districts where the pro-impeachment, non-Trump Republican was fighting for his … Continue reading

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Links 8/7/22

Links for you. Science: How long is COVID infectious? What scientists know so far When you have covid, here’s how you know you are no longer contagious Evolution of SARS-CoV-2 Shedding in Exhaled Breath Aerosols Horizontal transfer of bacteriocin biosynthesis … Continue reading

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Mumbo, Saucy

Observed at the corner of Florida Ave and W Street NW, U Street Corridor, D.C.:

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Links 8/6/22

Links for you. Science: ‘Rebound’ coronavirus cases: What to know after Biden tests positive again The Most Fascinating Birds Will Be the First to Go Extinct Antibiotic resistance genes are differentially mobilized according to resistance mechanism It Looks Awkward, but … Continue reading

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