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Ideology and the science of vaccination

And how the Democrats’ plans to boost capital-gains taxes may discourage future innovation...The federal government expedited drug approvals and helped to fund the vaccine roll-out. But how were Moderna and BioNTech able to design and deliver highly effective vaccines so quickly — in months, rather than the years it usually takes for vaccines?

Mexicans ban further GMO planting

A story that began at UC Berkeley almost 20 years ago seems to have ended this fall. We don't mean to credit UCB with a positive role because its administration did what it could to buery the research and the head researcher, Ignacio Chapela. But Chapela persisted and prevailed and now the government and highest court of Mexico, the natal home of corn, appears to fully recognize the danger GMO-corn cultivation poses to the diversity of corn varieties that grow in Mexico. -- blj

Giroux's warning

Nobody we know can discuss the relationship between education and society with both the focus and the breadth that Henry Giroux brings to this complex, vital collection of topics. And in these desperate times when the numbnut knuckleheads appear once again to be winning, Giroux's voice is more welcome and needed than ever. This is a long essay; take it bit by bit, let it enlighten and encourage you even as he describes the horrible intellectual and moral geology of the particular cave we're in right now. -- blj

DECEMBER 10, 2021

Waste of precious open space

The VST development project was first conceived of in the 1990s, when the trust property was pledged to a burgeoning UC Merced. The university, which opened in 2005, was built on the trust land… In total, more 2,400 jobs and $8.9 million in city revenue is projected to come from the project, according to Merced Planning Manager Kim Espinosa. Merced City Council’s action on Monday gave support to the potential annexation of the VST development project. representing a critical step in a vision that is still decades in the making. – Merced Sun-Star, Nov 17, 2021