A couple of biologists explain how COVID-19 could become endemic, meaning it won't go extinct like the much less-transmissible 2003 coronavirus did, and we'll have to keep dealing with it, much as we still have to deal with the flu and the common cold. Scientists tell us that wearing masks and keeping your distance works against the spread of COVID-19, and that vaccines will render COVID endemic more easily than anything else, but I guess right-wingers would prefer to listen to some eye doctor at America's Frontline Doctors, since that eye doctor will tell them they don't have to be responsible for their actions.
Ho hum, our "liberal" media read the Tuesday election results in apparently the only way they can: by demanding that Democrats move to the right. Democrats spend 40 years moving to the right and it's never enough! The poster child for right-wing Democrats runs for Governor in Virginia and it's never enough! And it should be fairly obvious to anyone who's watching that it's the most right-wing Democrats helping Republicans kill the Biden agenda, even though that agenda is actually fairly popular across the political spectrum, and that the progressive wing (which wanted a $6 trillion agenda, you may recall) has done by far the most compromising, but why bother paying attention when you can just dust off the same tired shit and your boss will print it?
You may celebrate when you hear that the Arizona state Supreme Court has unanimously stayed the state's ban on mask mandates in public schools because it's unconstitutional, until you realize that their beef is procedural -- the state constitution forbids anything but budgeting from appearing in state budgeting legislation, which is exactly where the legislature put their mask mandate ban. It'll save lives, but the legislature might just get more creative. Dig the Governor's spokeshack saying "(w)e respect the role of the judiciary, but the court should give the same respect to the separate authority of the Legislature." Again, "not letting us do whatever we want" equals "disrespect"? Waaaaaah! This is why we hate right-wingers.
Matt Stoller takes us "Inside the Pharmacist Rebellion at CVS and Walgreens." Just 40 years ago (it's like that's a theme or something!), most pharmacies were either stand-alone or small chains, as they still are in North Dakota by law, but now CVS ain't just bought out at least 10 smaller drug store chains but an entire health insurance corporation (in Aetna), and the evils of monopolies now result in pharmacists -- who we've long thought of as pretty well off -- making complaints about the workplace that resemble the complaints of Amazon warehouse workers. Overworked and understaffed pharmacies mean more medical errors and ultimately fewer pharmacists (who lose their license if they make mistakes), but understaffing means the workers who stick around have more leverage. Now if only the politicians would notice!
Speaking of which, ProPublica describes how rich politicians from both parties slashed their tax bills "using strategies unavailable to most of their constituents." I do so love understatement! "(S)trategies unavailable" includes deducting funds your charitable foundation uses to promote you (as Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has done), putting your assets in a trust for your heirs (as Republican Sen. Rick Scott and Betsy DeVos have done), and taking advantage of big corporate depletion deductions (as Republican-then Democratic-then Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia has done). Oh, and Darrell Issa voted against the Trump tax "reform" in 2017 because it capped SALT deductions, of which he made extensive use (and which some House Democrats have made their red line in Build Back Better negotiations!) Dig, also, some of the hostile spokeshackery offered by Republicans to ProPublica, though the gentler Democratic spokeshack prevarication is hardly better.
Finally, Amanda Marcotte at Salon tells us that "(t)rying to tiptoe around the culture war dragon is never going to work" and Democratic politicians should just stop worrying about "offending" Republicans and take the culture war fight to them. But by "culture war," Ms. Marcotte isn't talking so much about abortion or gay marriage, but Mr. Biden's failure to put vaccine mandates out in the spring, when they would have done more good; right-wingers have made the pandemic a culture war issue, after all. Just like they do with everything! Which is why you don't walk on eggshells around them.