Misc. stories worth noting, but that I don't have time to write about.
- Jamelle Bouie’s NYT column, How Has Joe Biden Become So Unpopular?, does a really good job of putting approval ratings into long-term historical context. (BTW, that is not a good title for that column).
- Daniel Larison raises some point worth thinking about: The Poor, Put-Upon Foreign Policy Establishment
- Via the NYT: The Strange Tale of the Freedom Phone, a Smartphone for Conservatives.
Reviews of the new phone haven’t been positive. CNET, the product-review site, said the $500 device appeared to be “nearly on par with a $200 budget Android phone.”
Yeah, but it comes with Parler pre-installed and has a PatriApp Store. Surely that is with the extra $300?
- Via UAB: UAB study, among others, shows masks are effective in preventing spread of COVID-19
- Jemelle Hill at The Atlantic: Most NFL Players Understand What Cam Newton Doesn’t
A popular saying in football is that a player’s best ability is his availability. The idea explains why injured players in professional football are often cut, released, or relegated to lesser roles.
- Via the NYT, the odds of infection are discussed: One in 5,000, The real chances of a breakthrough infection.
even with Delta, the overall risks for the vaccinated remain extremely small. As Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, wrote on Friday, “The messaging over the last month in the U.S. has basically served to terrify the vaccinated and make unvaccinated eligible adults doubt the effectiveness of the vaccines.” Neither of those views is warranted.