‘Australia’s biodiversity just got a lot richer’: Two new mammals discovered Sidney Morning Herald
Scientists on guard over ‘mutant’ mink coronavirus Agence France Presse
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!
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
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Which Four Seasons? Oh, not that one. NYT. Wretched advance work:
And in a country hungry for heroes:
The hero of this story, obviously, is whoever answered the phone at Four Seasons Total Landscaping and had the presence of mind to quote the campaign a rental fee, rather than correcting the WH staffer making the call.
— Ted Genoways (@TedGenoways) November 8, 2020
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–
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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
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
We kept the republic! Congratulations to Joe Biden on his victory for the soul of our country. Congratulations to Kamala Harris for making history. It’s a time to heal and a time to grow together. E Pluribus Unum.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) November 7, 2020
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:
Per NPR guidance to reporters: Kamala Harris is NOT first POC VP. Charles Curtis, Hoover’s VP, was member of Kaw Nation.
— Joe Shapiro (@NPRJoeShapiro) November 7, 2020
Asked the guy working the register at this Mt. Pleasant liquor store about their champagne sales.
CRY WITH RELIEF: I am at 35,000 feet trying not to cry. But I will. As a native Philadelphian I thank all of you who voted for saving the American Democracy. YOU ALL SAVED AMERICA. THANK YOU. THANK YOU THANK YOU! NOW CHAMPAGNE!!! 🍾🍾🍾
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) November 7, 2020
The marchers — their numbers swelling every second, now at more than a hundred — is dancing to music from Hamilton and cheering as it passes through a tunnel, headed to the White House.
French media having to explain to readers who @GrittyNHL is as part of their election coverage wasn’t on my 2020 bingo card, but it’s definitely my fave moment of the cycle so far. pic.twitter.com/d8Pz0H8d9R
— Chris Sgro (@cristoferosgro) November 7, 2020
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:
Per @Politico, frontrunners for Biden cabinet include:
State: Susan Rice
AG: Doug Jones
HHS: Michelle Lujan Grisham
Transport: Eric Garcetti
Commerce: Meg Whitman
Energy: Ernest Moniz
Interior: Tom Udall
Agriculture: Heidi Heitkamp
VA: Pete Buttigieg https://t.co/SkN9Rsjhyr
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) November 7, 2020
I can’t imagine a better team to improve the material conditions of the working class.
Toomey calls for Fed special loan programs to end, setting up clash with Democrats Politico. So much for fiscal!
Trident Must Be Destroyed, Not Given to Westminster Craig Murray
Democrats in Disarray
Worth listening to, given the House debacle. Thread:
One thing I’ll say: for the last two years, I and progressive candidates have been unseating powerful Dem incumbents supported by DCCC.
Not *once* has anyone in the party asked me what weaknesses I’ve found in their operation.
If they stop blaming progressives, we can help.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 7, 2020
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
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
To see ourselves as others see us….
On ABC, Rahm Emanuel literally says a Biden White House should tell people laid off from retail stores like JC Penney to learn to code.
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.