Monday’s news links – Sept. 13, 2021

Amazon’s warehouse rules lead lawmakers to press for worker protections Washington Post

Louis Armstrong and the spy: how the CIA used him as a ‘trojan horse’ in Congo Guardian

‘The harm to children is irreparable’: Ruth Etzel speaks out ahead of EPA whistleblower hearing Guardian

After the recent escape of the six inmates, Israel adopted collective punitive measures against Palestinian prisoners.

Palestine

Israeli Forces Attack Pro-Prisoners Rallies in West Bank Palestine Chronicle

Afghanistan

How mass killings by US forces after 9/11 boosted support for the Taliban

Some Afghan families were all but wiped out by massacres and airstrikes, provoking survivors to take up arms against the west

#COVID19

The U.S. isn’t vaccinating most of the world — but China might Axios

The debate over Covid-19 vaccine boosters, what to call them, and whether they’re needed STATnews

Massive numbers of new COVID–19 infections, not vaccines, are the main driver of new coronavirus variants The Conversation

I’m a Black Doctor. My Mom Still Won’t Get Vaccinated. Elaine Batchlor

I think there’s a connection between Black vaccine hesitancy, how Black people are treated within the existing health-care system, and the need for a more diverse workforce that will treat Black people with the respect and compassion that builds trust. And I think my mother’s story illustrates this connection.

‘Joe Rogan Is Getting This Completely Wrong,’ Says The Scientist Who Conducted The Vaccine Study Forbes

Joe Rogan’s public misrepresentation of a 2015 vaccine study has gone viral. His misunderstanding of the study leads Rogan to wrongly conclude that vaccinating people against COVID-19 will increase the chances of some hyper-virulent mutation. The lead scientist and author of the study who spent 10 years conducting this research has something to say. Because he’s horrified.

“Joe Rogan is getting this completely wrong,” says Andrew Read, professor of biology and entomology at Pennsylvania State. “He’s taking very careful work about evolutionary scenarios of the future, and from that, erroneously concluding that people should not be vaccinated now.”

There’s nothing in any of that 20 years work that argues in favor of withholding lifesaving vaccines. It’s just shocking to me.” He adds, “There are 600,000 Americans dead so far. The vast majority of those deaths are vaccine-preventable.

More transmission increases the likelihood of mutation. Thankfully, COVID-19 vaccines reduce transmission and reduce opportunity for mutation.

I Got A ‘Mild’ Breakthrough Case. Here’s What I Wish I’d Known NPR

China prepares to test thorium-fuelled nuclear reactor Nature

The reactor is unusual in that it has molten salts circulating inside it instead of water. It has the potential to produce nuclear energy that is relatively safe and cheap, while also generating a much smaller amount of very long-lived radioactive waste than conventional reactors.

China opens first plant that will turn nuclear waste into glass for safer storage SCMP

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