Domestic Affairs Archive

COVID19 Wins the Race for the Bomb

TLDRUpFront: A new variant SARS-COV-2 undermines current vaccines and is better able to reinfect people previously infected. It’s probably too late to stop the global spread of this strain. We still need swift, substantial action to slow the spread while we develop vaccines that work against the new strain.

Moving Goalposts: COVID19 Variants & Herd Immunity from Vaccines

TLDRInTheFront: Currently-known variants of SARS-COV-2 move the goalposts on public health responses and raise the bar for reaching herd immunity through vaccination. Evolution, too, is a complicated "frenemy" in this fight and understanding the forces involved help us make sense of how to better manage the pandemic going forward.

Playing Darts: Explaining Mutation, Isolate, Strain & Variant for COVID19

TLDRUpFront: Science Decoded decodes COVID19 technical terms related to strategic risk: mutation, isolate, strain, and variant.

Impeachment’s Indictment is Insurrection’s Incitement: Part II

TLDRUpFront: A mega-mullet focusing on the standards of judgment, relevant laws, and analysis of the evidence on the key charges facing President Trump in the Senate Trial. Part two of two.

Impeachment’s Indictment is Insurrection’s Incitement: Part I

TLDRUpFront: A mega-mullet of the key issues: charges, evidence, procedures, and Constitutionality arising during President Trump’s Senate Trial. But if you want to skip to the end, just watch for the Senate vote on a Secret Ballot. That alone will probably determine his fate. Part I of II.

Failed Insurrection fitting end to Shit-Hole Administration

TLDRUpFront: Tallying the aftermath of the Capitol Hill insurrection, we also look to the way ahead. The Capitol Hill riots clearly qualified the President, and many of his supporters, for charges of both sedition and insurrection, and meet both the legal criteria and past cases of the same. A rapid move to Impeach, followed by

Dreaming of a White-Architecture Christmas

TLDRUPFront: If 2020 couldn't get any weirder. President Trump issued a massive Executive Order mandating "classical architecture style" on Federal buildings and appointing a Presidential Council to oversee it. Nope. Not kidding. Following the money however reveals that this is likely a pay-to-play money grab for Trump on his way out the door. Federal construction

InfoMullet: Something Minks in the state of Denmark

TLDRUpFront: The Danish government has killed several million mink in order to control the spread and mitigate the danger of COVID-19. Several mutations have already been observed in the minks, and one that might constitute the beginnings of a new "strain" of COVID-19. That threatens the efficacy of a vaccine, and so it is very

InfoMullet: Bamlanivimab da bang, da bang, diggy, diggy, said up jump the boogie

TLDRupfront: Bamlanivimab is not the game-changer drug hoped for. Complexities and ethical questions in administration, distribution, and prescription remain. Still struggling with a drug that works is better than having no drugs that work at all.

InfoMullet: Moderna Joins Pfizer in the ‘Pfight Club’ of COVID19 Vaccines

TLDRUpFront: There is a lot of promise in Pfizer's announcement, but we should be cautious about investing too much hope in it too soon. It bodes well for the pandemic long term, and I hope that we get similar announcements from AstraZeneca and Moderna soon, but there are major challenges ahead in both approval and