The financial system after Covid-19 Bank of International Settlements
A tale of two SEC enforcement actions, Part 1 – GE and Luckin Coffee Francine McKenna, The Dig
Tesla’s Elon Musk asks about converting ‘large transactions’ to bitcoin Channel News Asia. Oh.
Mutant coronavirus in the United Kingdom sets off alarms but its importance remains unclear Science. Good information on this fast-breaking story.
COVID-19 vaccine distribution algorithms may cement health care inequalities VentureBeat. Of all places.
Why Two Vaccines Passed the Finishing Line In a Year and Others Didn’t, and a Month 12 Roundup Hilda Bastian, “Absolutely Maybe,” PLOS. Excellent review of the bidding.
What the Vaccine’s Side Effects Feel Like The Atlantic
Covid-19: politicisation, “corruption,” and suppression of science British Medical Journal
Engineers of the Soul: Ideology in Xi Jinping’s China by John Garnaut Sinocism (from 2019, still germane. Recommended by China Law blog).
Farmer unions announce relay hunger strike on Monday, observe ‘Shradhanjali Diwas’; Amit Shah hints at resumption of talks Times of India. Relay hunger strike: “a form of protest in which a number of persons go without food by turns” (Gene Sharp #159b). Some tactical advantages here.
Wakashio Shows Need for Spill Response Plans in Western Indian Ocean Maritime Executive
Extra police are deployed at train stations in bid to stop non essential Tier 4 trips and halt spread of mutant Covid strain, as Matt Hancock slams travellers fleeing London as ‘totally irresponsible’ Daily Mail. What did the Government expect when they announced a lockdown?
Germany and Europe Could Fall Short on Vaccine Supplies Der Spiegel (Re Silc). They’re supposed to be better than we are….
Congress seals agreement on $900 billion COVID relief bill AP. Commentary:
Totally inadequate, but only reason people will be getting any stimulus money is cause Sanders worked with a Republican and threatened to keep Congress there til Christmas. The Dems' supposed leader was, as usual, absent, except to tell them to take the first, even worse deal. https://t.co/rHaUhkL324
— Branko Marcetic (@BMarchetich) December 20, 2020
This Deal Is Good Enough Editorial Board, NYT. Nothing too meh for our working class!
Bring Back the Superdole! Jacobin
For the First Time, a Woman Will Take Command of an Aircraft Carrier Military.com. This hardy perennial:
Misting the White House between administrations won’t kill Covid-19 — and it could be harmful, experts say STAT. Great theatre though!
Boeing 737 MAX
Black Injustice Tipping Point
The truth in Black and white: An apology from The Kansas City Star Kansas City Star
Birx travels, family visits highlight pandemic safety perils AP (MV). This keeps happening (and it’s bipartisan).
The first global event in the history of humankind Branko Milanovic, Social Europe
Crime Shouldn’t Pay: Why Big Tech Executives Should Face Jail Matt Stoller, Big
Antidote du jour (via Steve McManus in Galion OH):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here