Woman brings mini-service horse onto plane, into first class NY Post. What could go wrong?
A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off Wired (Re Silc). NC readers have been highlighting this phenomenon for sometime. Let’s not call it “anecdotal data.” Let’s call it citizen science! (OK, I exaggerate. But not entirely.)
Tesla Model 3 Teardown Reveals Why Other Automakers Are Lagging Behind The Drive. Important: “[O]utside of the raw materials needed, Tesla’s supply chain [for electronics technology] is non-existent. And because Tesla’s current lineup of vehicles isn’t muddied by non-modular architectures and multiple powerplants, the automaker is free to build a platform that interacts with all of its vehicles on a global scale…. Is it the automaker or supply chain that is stunting the growth of an industry?” Are vertically integrated companies more resilient against tail risks like, oh, pandemics?
Pay Up, Or We’ll Make Google Ban Your Ads Krebs on Security
Letter: Remove Zuckerberg and Sandberg from their posts George Soros, FT
“They Have Not Relented”: U.S. Maintains Support for Yemen War as Saudi Airstrike Kills 31 Civilians Democracy Now (Re Silc). Note that Yemen is another failed or failing state through which locusts passed on their way to the Horn of Africa
The Lebanese Uprising Continues Jacobin
Coronavirus: should we panic? (video; 10:13) FT. I like the analog production values.
Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk BBC (original study from CCDC, but I cannot get it to load at the time of this writing). “Largest” is doing a lot of work, there.
The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2 Virological.org
Hygiene tips: What’s the best way to disinfect your phone without damaging it? Channel News Asia. Doesn’t really answer the question. Who decided that being able to disinfect one’s phone was not a product requirement? Tim? Kun-hee? Zhengfei? Anybody?
Apple Warns Coronavirus Outbreak Will Affect iPhone Sales, Lower Q2 Revenue Internationa Business Times. Tim Cook bet the company not only on China sales, but China production.
747s Carrying Americans Exposed To Coronavirus Used New Quarantine Box For Infected Flyers The Drive. I can envision a lot of other uses for boxes like that, most of them very unpleasant.
Air pollution figures as a proxy for China’s containment effort:
Interesting charts from Morgan Stanley. Recent drop of air pollution in 4 major Chinese cities. 2 conclusions. #Corona does 10 x more than EU Green Deal to environment. The drop in Chinese manufacturing is unseen in history and should bring Q1 GDP of China in negative territory pic.twitter.com/DRfh2wl6J9
— Gino Landuyt (@GinoLanduyt) February 14, 2020
Boris Johnson’s 570 Billion Reasons for Wanting an EU Trade Deal Bloomberg. Handy chart:
New Cold War
Ups, downs and other major highlights from Trump’s 2021 budget request Federal News Radio
NSA whistleblower petitions Trump for clemency The Hill. Reality Winner.
Bernie breaks out of the pack Politico. Hence the hysteria.
Bloomberg’s Soon-to-Be-Released Higher Education Plan The Intercept
The New Rules of the Game Chris Hedges, Truthout
Electronic glitch triggers Dominican Republic vote suspension Reuters. Digital voting’s unique selling proposition.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell calls out massive US health spending, says Americans are ‘getting nothing’ in return Business Insider (Re Silc).
German public health insurance cheaper without private option, study says Deutsche Welle. So much for that talking point.
‘California refugees’ move to Idaho for lax vaccine laws. They want lawmakers to know why Idaho Statesman. They’ll have to wear moonsuits if they ever leave the state, but ok. Good premise for an SF story, there.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why the US is losing its war against Huawei Asia Times (KW).
West Point Prof Pens Blistering Takedown Of U.S. Military Academies The American Conservative
Black Injustice Tipping Point
American Bottom Black Agenda Report
After Neoliberalism The Nation
Inside the Pentagon’s Secret UFO Program Popular Mechanics (UserFriendly). Just the institution to put in charge of this important matter. On the black budget, of course.
Why the Mind Cannot Just Emerge From the Brain Mind Matters (DL).
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.