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 COVID-19 Recovery in Preventing Reinfection
Unexplained post-acute infection syndromes
Community college science students are more than an ‘untapped resource’
Private buyer spends $6.1 million on dinosaur skeleton as scientists fume


Lost in the Archives. It isn’t obscure, but the National Archives is important
How the Secret Service Handling of Jan. 6 Looks to a Former Agent: “The whole thing stinks.”
It’s Past Time to Replace IRS Chief Charles Rettig. No more Trump cronies overseeing the tax authority
Monkeypox became an emergency because we’ve neglected LGBTQ community health
Joe Biden working while covid-sick was not ‘white supremacy’ (there is a subset of the left which is kinda dim and really bad with words)
DOJ investigation of Trump’s Jan. 6 actions sets off round of teeth-gnashing by Fox News pundits
A hero of the Trump right shows his true colors: Whites only
Every Time
The chips bill means the Era of Hands-Off Government is over
Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer Have a Surprise for You. An 18-month odyssey culminates in a smaller-than-promised, bigger-than-expected agreement to lower health care costs, tax corporations, and protect the planet.
This Grandma’s Dying Wish Was a Giant Dick on Her Grave
Gawk at these DALL-E renderings of DC streets freed from cars
Yes, Chili’s started in Dallas. And $100 per day was the goal.
Should DC’s Empty Office Buildings Get Turned Into Apartments?
The Yinzers vs. The Jagoff
A Legal Showdown Over Section 8 Discrimination Is Brewing in Dallas Suburb
On abortion, Dems begin offensive in Va. as GOP renews old attacks
By the Usual Standards of American Politics, Most January 6th Testifiers Would Be a Disgrace
The Anti-Abortion Movement Is in Denial
Why the third-party talk from Forward goes nowhere
Pennsylvania GOP Governor Candidate Doug Mastriano Refuses to Denounce Nazi Ally: An incredibly ominous sign in the GOP’s rightward lurch.
Here’s a test to see whether Supreme Court justices are above the law
Inside the GOP Freakout Over J.D. Vance’s Senate Campaign

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COVID and Blue People in Red States

I’ve suspected, without much evidence, one reason red states seem relaxed about COVID, even as it kills more people now in red states than blue states, is that, in those red states, it’s the ‘blue people’, which is to say non-White people, who are dying. A recent manuscript lays out who has been dying and where.

Even in rural areas, it’s Black and Hispanic people (Hispanic is the term used in the manuscript) who, in absolute terms, are dying more frequently than White people from COVID:


While much of the media coverage has focused on rural and mid-sized metro Whites dying more often from COVID now than they did in the pre-vaccine era (which is fucking horrible), White people, even in those dysfunctional communities (heh. SWIDT?), die less frequently from COVID than minorities. In other words, COVID is a disease of ‘blue people’, and that is limiting, in part, the urgency of the response.

If I made one mistake in prediction during the pandemic, it was believing the pandemic might change things for the better, instead of amplifying existing problems and attitudes. Silly me.

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Links 8/1/22

Links for you. Science:

Rare Bacteria Discovered on the Mississippi Gulf Coast: Burkholderia pseudomallei
Parrots of the Caribbean: Birding tourism offers hope for threatened species
Scientists hone argument that coronavirus came from Wuhan market
A Seaweed Farming Boom Is Preparing Maine for Life After Lobsters
Longtime HIV patient is effectively cured after stem cell transplant
How Polio Crept Back Into the U.S. U.S. public health agencies generally don’t test wastewater for signs of polio. That may have given the virus time to circulate silently before it paralyzed a New York man.


The Aging Student Debtors of America
Murals in downtown Windsor
A Manchin Miracle? The West Virginia coal baron has stunned Washington and struck a serious climate deal with Chuck Schumer.
Struggle to protect gay, bisexual men from monkeypox exposes inequities
America’s real college debt: How we failed an entire generation
Republicans recycle their mass shooting playbook to deflect blame for Roe overturn: The template for numbing Americans to mass murder is being used to evade responsibility for abortion ban horrors
You’re Going to Miss the Deep State When It’s Gone
Lucky for Whitmer, the moderate Michigan GOP is an endangered species
Neo-Nazi Marine Plotted Mass Murder, Rape Campaigns with Group, Feds Say. While tasked with protecting the nation, Matthew Belanger was plotting a killing spree against minorities and to rape “white women to increase the production of white children,” according to federal prosecutors (he seems nice)
How to stop Trump’s sneak attack on the civil service
Unbeknown to Most US Citizens, Washington is Preparing to Share Their Biometric Data With Dozens of Other National Governments
A Child Who Traveled To D.C. Has Been Diagnosed With Monkeypox, Officials Say
As Monkeypox Spread in New York, 300,000 Vaccine Doses Sat in Denmark
After court ruling, activists push prayer into schools
How Hybrid Working From Home Works Out
Rents Expected To Rise In Montgomery County After Lawmakers Delay Vote On Rent Control Bill
Life After Bernie. Progressives stare down an uncertain future
Montgomery County Recommends Masking Indoors Again As COVID Surges
Both Parties Are Getting It Wrong on Parental Leave. Congress is considering a series of terrible plans on a benefit the public absolutely needs.
Mayor Bowser Taps DC Health Veteran As New Interim Director
Four challenges impacting the bus operator shortage across the US
Democrats wonder if they should start pointing out that Republicans are extremists
Trump’s base will not abandon its modern-day Lost Cause. The former president embodies white supremacy. History proves that’s enough to sustain his supporters’ loyalty.

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The Forward Party Is Wealthy Centrists Threatening the Left

Recently, failed Democratic presidential primary candidate Andrew Yang along with other prominent sufferers of Compulsive Centrist Disorder announced the formation of a new third party for the 2024 presidential campaign, called the Forward Party. Jamelle Bouie, taking their claims of trying to offer a new direction at face value, does a very nice debunking of their political project.

But there’s no reason to take their claims at face value (no one does this with other political parties). When you look at who is funding this effort, it’s the same corporate centrist ideologues who fund ambulatory shit stains like Josh Gottheimer (D-FIRE Sector). This is nothing more than rich people who, realizing that the mainstream of the party, and not just the Radical Left, is moving away from centrist ideology out of political survival, have decided to take their ball and go home.

In other words, this is a barely veiled threat to the Democratic Party from the neo-liberal wing: move ‘too far’ to the left (which is to say, not left at all), and we’ll help elect a fascist.

Imagine 2020 with a ‘Forward Party’: Democrats likely lose Arizona and Georgia, and states like Virginia are much closer. This is not (just) a vanity campaign for Andrew Yang: it’s an attempt to force Democrats to cut back on whatever minor progress they make by threatening to throw the 2020 election to Republicans.

And supporters of this party must be treated as persona non grata by Democrats.

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Links 7/31/22

Links for you. Science:

The mystery of early milk consumption in Europe (paper here)
The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic
Symptoms and risk factors for long COVID in non-hospitalized adults (looks like long COVID is ~1% of infected, though control symptom rates seem lower than other studies)
Decades of systemic racial disparities in funding rates at the National Science Foundation
560 million-year-old tentacled creature may be the animal kingdom’s first known predator
The molecular epidemiology of multiple zoonotic origins of SARS-CoV-2


The Democrats Didn’t Just Fail to Defend Social Programs. They Actively Undermined Them. (important)
We Are a Joke to Them. Don’t let conservatives laugh while we die (excellent)
A Word of Advice to Chief Justice Roberts: Retire
Every Day
How to stop gun violence? End poverty and racism.
Five Points On Doug Mastriano’s Relationship With An Anti-Semitic Tech Founder
Why a Middle-Class Lifestyle Remains Out of Reach for So Many
What Did You Think Recession Causing Policies Were Going To Do
Faceblocked. Finally antitrust enforcers act against a big tech merger. The Federal Trade Commission filed suit to stop Facebook from buying a popular VR app maker and thus dominating the virtual reality space.
Dem Sens Call On GOPers To Go On Record About Support For Right To Contraception
Kenyan McDuffie’s At-Large Bid Scores Fundraising Help from GOP Donor and Lobbyist David Carmen (in this era, any Democrat who has Republican advisors and donors should be persona non grata)
Alabama Takes From the Poor and Gives to the Rich
France’s mustard shortage fuels drama and panic in grocery stores
Will the House Find a Way to Screw Up Electoral Reform?
Not So Unacceptable
Why Jessica Ramos Went After AOC
Large Numbers Of D.C.’s Youth Experiencing Homelessness Are LGBTQ+. Here’s What They Need
Without Media Accountability, Republicans Will Govern Like a One-Party State
Trumpification of all politics: The Lee Zeldin mess should be a career ender. Instead it’s a boost.
He’s Baseball’s Only Mud Supplier. It’s a Job He May Soon Lose.
It’s no wonder right-wing justices didn’t weigh Dobbs’s awful impact on women
GOP senators have a plan to avoid a marriage equality vote. Are Democrats really falling for it?
How Did Maryland Republicans Nominate Two Extremist Screwballs for Statewide Office?

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Rails, Not Jails

Observed at the corner of 15th and T Streets NW, Dupont Circle, D.C.:


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Links 7/30/22

Links for you. Science:

No evidence for nudging after adjusting for publication bias
The feud between a weed influencer and scientist over puking stoners
Oxytocin receptor is not required for social attachment in prairie voles
Botanists are disappearing – just when the world needs them most
Immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 vaccines
Evolution of β-lactamase-mediated cefiderocol resistance


Crime is of the essence
Pregnant Women Can’t Get Divorced in Missouri
Tucker Carlson is wrong. America is more than its blood and soil.
GOP lawmaker attended gay son’s wedding 3 days after voting against same-sex marriage. The gay son of Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., got married on Friday. A few days earlier, his father voted against the Respect for Marriage Act.
Structuring the Economy to Give Money to the Rich Is Inflationary
Officials reorganize HHS to boost pandemic response. Plan would elevate ASPR, which plays key role in emergencies, to be an agency on par with CDC, FDA
The Israel Lobby’s New Campaign Playbook. Israel advocacy groups have developed strategies to raise huge sums for their candidates by appealing to corporate interests.
Passive Aggressive Work Emails With My Toddler About Dinner
Once Hysterical on Gay Marriage, Conservatives Are Now Incoherent: The gay-marriage apocalypse never destroyed society. What now?
Let’s Give Duke Ellington the Pulitzer Prize He Was Denied in 1965
Documents detail the secret strategy behind Trump’s census citizenship question push
The Secret History Of The Internet’s Funniest Buzzer-Beater
The One Where a Finance Bro Paid Me to Run His Tinder Account for (and While Pretending to Be) Him
Who cares what Pamela Paul thinks?
What’s Really Going on in Those Police Fentanyl Exposure Videos?
House Passes Crew Mandate Called ‘Gut Punch’ to Offshore Wind
Statue of Black Educator Replaces Confederate General in U.S. Capitol
How L.A. Got Hooked on Adderall
Sharp Drop in Childhood Vaccinations Threatens Millions of Lives
Inside Traitor King and the Case That Edward VIII Was a Nazi Sympathizer
What Joe Manchin Cost Us
Is Abortion Sacred?
Your Guide to Local Elections Where Abortion Is on the Line This Year
It’s So Important

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In Case You Missed It…

…a week of Mad Biologist posts:

Sign of the Times

‘Schedule F’ and Republicans

Democrats Need to Push Harder on Social Issues

‘Losing the Working Class’

Is Our Democrats Learning?

Will Republicans Denounce Mastriano’s Anti-Semitic Consultant?

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Links 7/29/22

Links for you. Science:

Antibiotic-resistant infections could dwarf the COVID-19 pandemic
Ring Vaccination Beat Smallpox. Could It Work for Monkeypox?
Acne bacteria, study suggests, thrive when skin oil turns infection-fighting cells into accomplices
The untold story of the lithium-ion battery’s roots in Boston
Why Rain Smells So Good But Tastes Really Bad
Swedish study on COVID vaccines and DNA misinterpreted


No President Is Safe From His Own COVID-19 Policy (I wish N**e S****r would read other 538 writers…)
Alex S. Vitale on Rethinking Policing in The Wake of Uvalde
The most dangerous threat to America? White male entitlement.
Why “Crime” Isn’t the Question and Police Aren’t the Answer
Atrios Always… Always Angry
More product from the Both Sides Do It anti-woke assembly line
I used to be optimistic about America’s future. Not anymore.
The biggest obstacle to a better night-life in Boston? The T.
The Gun Industry Created a New Consumer. Now It’s Killing Us.
It’s the virus, stupid.
Dems fume at Disney’s Hulu for blocking ads on abortion, guns, Jan. 6
Steve Bannon’s bluster falls flat: Trumpism is weakened when its leaders face consequences
A white nationalist moved to Idaho in search of an ‘ethnic enclave.’ He’s not alone.
The Pete Buttigieg Fake Governing Problem. Biden antitrust enforcers and bank regulators are cracking down on the powerful. Pete Buttigieg is doing the opposite. This administration is a contest between real governing and fake governing.
The Myth of the Good Trump Official
The Hidden Fees Making Your Bananas, and Everything Else, Cost More
Is Democracy Constitutional? In Moore v. Harper the Supreme Court will decide if anyone besides itself should be able to adjudicate American election law.
An Economy of Overfed Middlemen. A venture capitalist called Equal Ventures just says it straight-up, we seek to invest in monopolization.
Democrats’ Problems Go Beyond Joe Manchin: The West Virginia senator is more a consequence than a cause.
The white-nationalist Patriot Front is getting bigger, and more visible, in New England
America Is Running Out of ‘COVID Virgins’
The Monkeypox Vaccine Hunger Games Are On Everybody’s angry, some are in denial, and … it’s hot out here.
Doug Mastriano is deleting his videos from Facebook as he runs for Pa. governor
Youngkin appoints Confederate statue defender to historic resources board

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Will Republicans Denounce Mastriano’s Anti-Semitic Consultant?

A consultant for Republican Pennsylvanian gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano sure seems nice (boldface mine):

Andrew Torba, Gab CEO and consultant to Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano, responded to criticism of Mastriano using his antisemitic platform by telling Jews that “we’re not bending the knee to the 2% anymore.” He also said that people are “done” with them and they won’t be “told what we’re allowed to do in our own country by a 2% minority.”

Torba himself is antisemitic and has complained that “pagans, Jews, non-believers, atheists” have too much political power, which has purportedly led to destructive results. He has also explicitly said that he does not want Jews in his movement, stating last week: “We don’t want people who are atheists. We don’t want people who are Jewish. We don’t want people who are, you know, nonbelievers, agnostic, whatever. This is an explicitly Christian movement because this is an explicitly Christian country.”

Media outlets and politicians have criticized Mastriano’s embrace of Gab, but he has continued to support the platform by posting there. He recently liked a tweet accusing his Democratic opponent Josh Shapiro of “‘shoving’ his religion by playing the antisemitic card.

…Torba responded to the ADL in a video posted yesterday by saying that he and his allies are taking back the country from Jews.

“We’re not going to listen to 2%. You represent 2% of the country, OK? We’re not bending the knee to the 2% anymore.” He added that Christians are “done being controlled and being told what we’re allowed to do in our own country by a 2% minority or by people who hate our biblical worldview, hate our Christ, hate our Lord and savior.”

Of course, if they chose to do so, the political press corps along with the Substack Bois could turn this into a scandal. This is, at best supremacist rhetoric and, at worst, eliminationist (for small minorities, the supremacy historically tends to turn into outright elimination, not de facto or de jure apartheid).

Meanwhile, professional Democrats likely won’t use this to bash Republicans–would be ‘divisive.’ We’re so fucked.

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