Saturday’s news links – Oct. 16, 2021

Indigenous demonstrators make statement at Interior Indian Country Today

Indigenous environmental leaders occupied the BIA today for first time in nearly 50 years, dozens were arrested

The Unvaccinated May Not Be Who You Think zeynep tufekci

Reality has refuted dire predictions about how Americans would respond to vaccine mandates. In a poll in September, 72 percent of the unvaccinated said they would quit if forced to be vaccinated for work. There were news articles warning of mass resignations. When large employers, school districts, and hospital systems did finally mandate vaccines, people subject to mandates got vaccinated, overwhelmingly. After United Airlines mandated vaccines, there were only 232 holdouts among 67,000 employees. Among about 10,000 employees in state-operated health care facilities in North Carolina, only 16 were fired for noncompliance. …

Access to regular health care may be an important explanation of why those over 65 are the most-vaccinated demographic in the country. They have Medicare.

Breonna Taylor’s death transformed the politics of no-knock raids Washington Post

Southlake school leader tells teachers to balance Holocaust books with ‘opposing’ views NBC

Teachers in the Carroll school district say they fear being punished for stocking classrooms with books dealing with racism, slavery and now the Holocaust.

The brutal trade in enslaved people within the US has been largely whitewashed out of history The Conversation

Professor Rabab Abdulhadi (second from right, in front) stands with student supporters at San Francisco State University.


SFSU told to protect professor against censorship Electronic Intifada

San Francisco State University failed to protect a professor from censorship by a major Silicon Valley company, an investigation has concluded. The probe – carried out by a faculty rights panel within the California college – upheld a complaint filed by Rabab Abdulhadi, the only full-time professor in SFSU’s Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas studies program.


“Workers Have No Interest in War with China” – Australian Unions Oppose Nuclear Sub Pact Solinet


Built on the bodies of slaves: how Africa was erased from the history of the modern world Howard W French

Nearly a century ago, WEB Du Bois had already affirmed much of what we needed to know on this topic. “It was black labor that established the modern world commerce, which began first as a commerce in the bodies of the slaves themselves,” he wrote. Now is the time to finally acknowledge this.

The Real-Life Auto Strike Behind the Runaway Netflix Hit Squid Game Labor Notes


What can masks do? Part 1: The science behind COVID-19 protection

Editor’s Note: Part 1 of a two-part commentary explains the differences in cloth face coverings and surgical masks, the science of respiratory protection, and the hierarchy of disease controls. Part 2 outlines what makes a good mask study and why so many fail.

It is completely understandable that the public and even the scientific community expresses confusion over how well masks protect against a respiratory disease like COVID-19. In part 1 of this commentary we will cut through the murk …

Despite early overwhelming evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted primarily by inhalation of infectious particles in the air (aerosols), it took the WHO and CDC many months to recognize this mode of transmission in their scientific briefs. Neither agency, however, has adequately directed its guidance away from droplet and contact transmission toward interventions that focus primarily on preventing aerosol inhalation.

What can masks do? Part 2: What makes for a good mask study — and why most fail

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