I'm not sure why this excellent article from Sonali Konatkar bears the title "How to Cure America's Vaccine Paranoia," since it doesn't really offer a cure, but it does describe pretty thoroughly how we got to be so paranoid about vaccines, and the root causes don't come exclusively from the right -- liberals hate big pharma, "liberal elites" "priz(e) natural remedies over chemical ones" even when doing that doesn't work, and "Black and brown communities" are wary due to "historical government-sanctioned medical abuse." There's hope in that Americans accept the idea of a COVID vaccine more than they did -- but then our soon-to-be-ex-President still has over a month to screw things up even more than he's already done.
From DJ Cashmere at Yes! magazine we learn about Shannon Foley Martinez, a former neo-Nazi who now helps white supremacists get out of the white supremacy gig. Chief insight, if you needed it, is that white supremacists typically have some kind of "unhealed trauma" in their past -- could be rape, could be abuse suffered at the hands of an adult. The article also reminds us how right-wing politicians threw a tantrum about the spectre of right-wing terrorism that helped delay any kind of federal law enforcement response to it for about a decade -- though I'm less willing to imagine that these politicians have any kind of "unhealed trauma" in their past, unless not creating drama counts as "trauma."
Wondering why Mitch McConnell has this jones for a "liability shield" for corporations that injure good Americans through their COVID-related negligence? Sarah Jones at New York magazine tries to explain. There's been no "wave" of COVID-related lawsuits, and they're actually hard to file (let alone win!) in the first place, but you know big corporate lobbyists, always looking for an opportunity to push their preferred policies on the populace, and this pandemic has been one big opportunity, and who loves big corporations more than Mitch McConnell, who has literally spent his entire career trying to make them more powerful? A lawsuit shield is not only unnecessary, but (in its potential deterrent effect) harmful to actual sufferers with actual grievances.
Yes, that was Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert wondering out loud why there were no Republican electors casting votes at Colorado's state capitol building on Monday when Colorado went for Mr. Biden by nine points, but no, she's not stupid -- she's hoping other people are either stupid or too rage-addled to think straight. Hey, it's worked for her so far. Democrats might reasonably counter her by running a candidate who looks like they might actually fight for their constituents, instead of a candidate who "fits the district" by "not supporting radical ideas," many of which, you'll have noticed by now, are popular ideas (and not particularly radical -- certainly nowhere near as radical as QAnon, which Ms. Boebert has both embraced and rather unconvincingly un-embraced).
The Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez finds our soon-to-be-ex-President "looking for fraud in all the wrong places," by which he means "voter fraud." Long story short: swing states have actually updated their voting machines -- and introduced paper trails -- while a lot of other (mostly red!) states still use electronic machines that don't create paper trails, and these are much more vulnerable to actual vote manipulation. "In other words," he writes, "voter anxiety about election security is being stoked in states that have behaved responsibly, while states that have been less responsive to expert advice get a free pass, because highlighting their shortcomings does nothing to advance a partisan narrative." (Also, paragraph 11 does the best job I've seen of debunking Dominion-related "vote switching" rubbish.)
Finally, speaking of stupid "voter fraud" tales, the Center for Media and Democracy spots the notorious American Legislative Exchange Council (or ALEC) at the heart of efforts by Pennsylvania state legislators to overturn election results there. So the next time some corporate ALEC member claims they only affiliate with ALEC because of economic issues and not all those controversial issues, you could respond but you support overthrowing a democratically-elected government. If you're feeling ornery, you could also respond you are objectively anti-democracy.