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Well, He Did Such a Great Job Combatting COVID

It would appear Jeff Zients will be Biden’s new White House Chief of Staff. And, no, he did not do a good job with COVID. Not at all. He was bad. Yep. Also, Zients seems to have done some very … Continue reading

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Because Republicans Are Going to Be Very Deceitful Today

Image by Bettmann/CORBIS It’s worth remembering the following: Too many workers are impoverished workers. Reproductive autonomy is under assault. Unions and public workers are still denigrated. The right to vote is still challenged. Anti-majoritarian political structures are a major source … Continue reading

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Links 1/4/22

Links for you. Science: Why scientists laid ‘murder’ to rest: These insects might be pests, but their names can be even more problematic. This phage actually spawned a new naming rule Long COVID: Could mono virus or fat cells be … Continue reading

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Crazy or Lying: The Abortion Edition

Amidst all of the pieces discussing the far worse than expected midterm performance by Republicans, I came across this shocking piece from Vox. While not the main thrust of the article, it is very revealing (boldface mine): When he was … Continue reading

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Conferences in a Time of COVID

Last week, posting was very light because I attended two conferences. Some observations: There seem to be more people than I would like or expected who are infectious disease microbiology-adjacent and who clearly aren’t masking, unless absolutely required. This is … Continue reading

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Links 9/13/22

Links for you. Science: The Gulf of Maine is simmering, but its lobsters seem fine — for now Monkeypox cases decline, but ethnic and racial disparities persist Selective whole-genome amplification reveals population genetics of Leishmania braziliensis directly from patient skin … Continue reading

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Flummoxed by Fascism (Except for Biden)

Last week, Lord Dark Brandon, aka “President Biden”, gave a speech in which he called out the American fascists in the Republican Party. As you might imagine the butthurt on display by Republicans and too many ‘centrists’ was enormous. Before … Continue reading

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Links 8/19/22

Links for you. Science: Some Light on Long Covid How does monkeypox spread? What scientists know COVID rebound is surprisingly common — even without Paxlovid A novel rRNA hybridization-based approach to rapid, accurate Candida identification directly from blood culture COVID-19 … Continue reading

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Links 8/2/22

Links for you. Science: The So-Called Murder Hornet Has a New Name. The Entomological Society of America has officially adopted the name “northern giant hornet” for the invasive, bee-eating wasp. (‘wokeists’ run amok no doubt…) Effectiveness Associated With Vaccination After … Continue reading

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NIMBY, in a Nutshell

The NY Times has an op-ed-ish piece about California NIMBYs (NIMBY stands for Not In My Back Yard). The article focuses on an anti-building activist, but once you clear away all of the rhetoric, this is what it’s all about … Continue reading

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