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Links 11/8/2020

‘Australia’s biodiversity just got a lot richer’: Two new mammals discovered Sidney Morning Herald

A Plan to Save Appalachia’s Wild Ginseng Wired

The foul-smelling fuel that could power big ships BBC

Mount Everest Empties as Covid-19 Strikes Tourism in Nepal NYT

Can you trust that Amazon review? 42% may be fake, independent monitor says. Chicago Tribune

How a UK supermarket nourished Silicon Valley’s critics FT


Scientists on guard over ‘mutant’ mink coronavirus Agence France Presse

Could a Covid vaccine bring back normality? Guardian

Will vaccination refusal prolong the war on SARS-CoV-2? FREE British Medical Journal. From the Conclusion: “It is very important to start conducting educational public health activities on the topic of vaccination as soon as possible, before a vaccine becomes available, in order to improve attitudes towards SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. Only by educating the general public about the benefits, safety and efficacy of vaccines can we hope to avoid the unnecessary prolongation of the COVID-19 pandemic.” I think the best approach would be scolding and shaming, especially when done by experts!

Small Tribe in Pacific Northwest Drop AZD1222 & Seek Participation in Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial Trial Site News

COVID-19 Patient Zero: Data Analysis Identifies the “Mother” of All SARS-CoV-2 Genomes SciTech Daily. “They found the proCoV2 [progentior] virus and its initial descendants arose in China, based on the earliest mutations of proCoV2 and their locations. Furthermore, they also demonstrated that a population of strains with as many as six mutational differences from proCoV2 existed at the time of the first detection of COVID-19 cases in China. With estimates of SARS-CoV-2 mutating 25 times per year, this meant that the virus must already have been infecting people several weeks before the December 2019 cases.”

COVID-19 Wastewater Epidemiology: A Model to Estimate Infected Populations (preprint) medArxiv

Estimated Association of Construction Work With Risks of COVID-19 Infection and Hospitalization in Texas JAMA. More natural experiiments.

Contact Tracers Eye Cluster-Busting to Tackle Covid’s New Surge Bloomberg. Good litmus test for the Biden Covid task force.


Could China’s new dam plans unleash more trouble with India? South China Morning Post


Joe Biden & Kamala Harris Election Acceptance & Victory Speech Transcripts November 7 Rev


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‘This isn’t over!’: Trump supporters refuse to accept defeat AP

Which Four Seasons? Oh, not that one. NYT. Wretched advance work:

And in a country hungry for heroes:

Republicans solidify grip on state legislatures, which is likely to lead to redistricting and gerrymandering efforts in 2021 CNBC

Texas Democrats Thought 2020 Would Be a Banner Year. Instead, It Was a Catastrophe. Texas Observer. Beto, good job.

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Senate Control Likely Decided By Fate Of 2 Georgia Runoff Races NPR. But not so fast–

Meet David Keith, the brains behind ‘Bear Doctor’ Al Gross’ unorthodox, underdog and utterly colorful run for U.S. Senate Anchorage Press. This race has yet to be called.

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Biden Can’t Be F.D.R. He Could Still Be L.B.J. Anand Giridharadas, NYT

President-elect Biden has what America needs E.J. Dionne, WaPo

A president-elect with big ambitions but more prosaic skills FT

Ding-dong, the jerk is gone. But read this before you sing the Hallelujah Chorus Thomas Frank, Guardian

What we owe to Donald J Trump Branko Milanovic, Global Inequality

America’s Next Authoritarian Will Be Much More Competent Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic

The White House has been without dogs for four years – that’s changing with Joe Biden USA Today

Stress Of Presidency Already Ages Biden 10 Years The Onion

2020 Reax


My problem with the “heal” trope is that the nature of the wound is never explained (beyond platitudes like “division”), the treatment is never identified (beyond “unity”), and those who inflicted it are never identified.


“We”? Is there any data that shows Harris helped Biden anywhere but the Hamptons? Also, idpol erasure alert:

Champers (1):

Champers (2):

The Press:

Beltway Youth:

The French:

Biden Transition

Obama-Era Alumni Are Favorites for Biden’s Top Economic Posts Bloomberg. A survey of candidates for all Cabinet positions. See especially Flournoy for Defense and Haines for CIA. Politico’s list is similar:

I can’t imagine a better team to improve the material conditions of the working class.

Scoop: Biden to announce COVID-19 task force Monday Axios

Biden’s ready to start his pandemic response immediately STAT

Now Trump has lost the election, Pence could pardon him — but it’s Biden who should Independent

Toomey calls for Fed special loan programs to end, setting up clash with Democrats Politico. So much for fiscal!


Explosion at gas pipeline leads to blackout in Syria, says energy minister Energy World


Trident Must Be Destroyed, Not Given to Westminster Craig Murray


Brexit: ‘Significant differences remain’ over trade deal BBC

Trump Transition

Trump Dumps 3 Agency Leaders In Wake Of Election NPR

Democrats in Disarray

Worth listening to, given the House debacle. Thread:

Realignment and Legitimacy

‘Trump Has Given Us a Gift’: GOP Insiders See Victory in Potential Loss New York Magazine

The movement that backed Donald Trump is here to stay Christopher Caldwell, FT

A View from Trump Country? Tarance Ray, Verso. Ray is one of the Trillbillies.

No Matter the Liberal Metric Chosen, the Bush/Cheney Administration Was Far Worse Than Trump. Glenn Greenwald

Health Care

As pivotal ACA case heads to Supreme Court, potential outcomes are many Health Care Dive

Voters rejecting the war on drugs is a win for public health Ars Technica

Our Famously Free Press

Why the networks can’t bear to call the election Ryan Grim, Bad News

Imperial Collapse Watch

If Biden Wins, He Should Start By Ending American Primacy The American Conservative

The elephant (and the donkey) in the room Tempest

To see ourselves as others see us….

Class Warfare

Rahm Emmanuel:

Uber says it wants to bring laws like Prop 22 to other states MSN. So, the investment is worth it… Even if the benefits don’t show up on the balance sheet of any one firm.

Right temporoparietal junction underlies avoidance of moral transgression in Autism Spectrum Disorder Journal of Neuroscience (dk).

Antidote du jour (via):

I wouldn’t try this at home, even with a baby squirrel as cute as this one.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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