Prague zoo’s month-old Sumatran orangutan finally has a name AP (Vlade). Must read, at least as far as paragraph five.
He Was a Stick, She Was a Leaf; Together They Made History NYT. “The augmentation of the complexity and intensity of the field of intelligent life.” –Ursula LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness.
Stablecoins: risks, potential and regulation (PDF) Bank of International Settlements
Repealing Section 230 as antitrust Interfluidity
Will the U.S. Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Vaccine Victory? Zeynep Tukecki, Insight
2 strip clubs can stay open and set own COVID rules, California judge rules CBS. It’s madness to be closing businesses by social function, instead of by epidemiologically-relevant criteria that affect transmnission like ventiilation, square-footage, average length of stay (and masking enforcement) — especially because we’re not incentivizing improving the built environment along those criteria!
Comparing bad apples to orange soda: Flaws and Errors in an Estimation of Years of Life Lost Associated With School Closures and COVID-19 deaths by Christakis, Van Cleve, and Zimmerman (preprint) OSF Preprints. Big if true, but above my paygrade. Readers? Yves interjects: More confirmation here, for instance: Can We Really Compare Covid-19 School Closures To Life Expectancy?
Autoantibody Problems Derek Lowe, “In The Pipeline,” Science
US should permanently place a new First Fleet in Darwin: Babones Sky News. Maybe check with the Northern Territories on this.
China Is Not The Big Bad Guy In This Story The American Conservative
China to Provide Financial Support to Key Foreign Companies Bloomberg
1000 cases a day, hoo boy:
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 18, 2020
Whenever I see a photo of a Covid test in Asia, the swabbing is done by mouth, as in the picture above, and not through nasal brain-stabbing, as done here. Do they have alien technology we do not?
How Multiculturalism Has Fared in South Korea Amid the Pandemic Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Unlike the UK, many African nations have an effective test and trace system – this is why Independent (Colonel Smithers).
How the Black Blocs seized French streets Unherd (DC).
The Semblance of a Bolivarian Bureaucrat Venezuelanalysis
New Cold War
How Russia Wins The Climate Crisis NYT. I don’t see what the problem is, as soon as we invade Canada, send their water southward to Las Vegas, and fortify the Artic circle. Ha ha, only serious.
* * *US says cyber hack poses ‘grave risk’ to critical infrastructure FT
Candidates for censorship (1):
It’s entirely possible this cyber attack was Russia, but is it just me or did it go very quickly from “these are the hallmarks of Russian hackers to” media just saying this was Russia’s hack? pic.twitter.com/rWJxjOGEAE
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) December 18, 2020
Candidates for censorship (2):
I cannot underscore enough that you’re claiming we need an aggressive response to info that you’re also acknowledging we haven’t found out yet: https://t.co/vlBpTmichk
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) December 18, 2020
Secret, Invisible Evidence Of Russian Hacking Is Not Actually Evidence Caitlin Johnstone. Cf. Heb 11.1.
U.S. Republicans seek firm end to Fed’s coronavirus loans, complicating aid talks Reuters. Austerity, here we come. Well done, all.
House Democratic majority will be 3-vote margin after Biden picks Haaland for interior post CNN. Options for the sc-called Squad, should they decide to exercise them.
Democrats in Disarray
I should probably say en dishabille instead of “in disarray.”
Congressional Democrats Are Raking in Huge Donations from War Profiteers Jacobin. Film at 11.
Our Famously Free Press
Why Speech Platforms Can Never Escape Politics National Affairs
Platform Civics: Facebook in the Local Information Infrastructure Digital Journalism
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here