Chuck Yeager, 1st to break sound barrier, dies at 97 Associated Press
‘Everything is drying up’: As springs on Hopi land decline, a sacred connection is threatened Arizona Central (David L)
The Rising Tide Underfoot Hakai Magazine (UserFriendly)
Lack of Sleep Could Be a Problem for AIs Scientific American (Robert M)
Climate Change Is Ushering in a New Pandemic Era Rolling Stone (resilc)
C4 rice’s first wobbly steps towards reality PhysOrg (resilc). From November, still of interest.
Scientists are turning away from brain scan studies after years of flashy results Associated Press (David L)
How Hunters Can Help During a COVID-19 Winter: Shoot More Deer, and Donate the Venison Outdoor Life (resilc). Um, you also need to provide tips on how to cook it. Wild venison is super lean. Even tenderloin needs to be sauteed in butter; it’s not fatty enough to grill or broil (well, and have it come out any good). Stews work. My father did well with venison sauerbrauten and venison spaghetti sauce. Probably fine for a chili too. If you want to make the odd bits into sausage, you’ll need to add pork.
it gnaws Fredrik deBoer (UserFriendly)
‘Nobody Sees Us’: Testing-Lab Workers Strain Under Demand New York Times (UserFriendly)
CureVac has registered its phase 2/3 trial for its nanoparticle Covid-19 vaccine – the 2nd mRNA vaccine from Germany. 40,500 people, but no word yet on where it will be. https://t.co/BQ5K69XiMl
Other records on this vaccine: https://t.co/0lnRTuzXlq
— Hilda Bastian (@hildabast) December 8, 2020
Pandemic pushing America’s 911 system to breaking point, ambulance operators say Washington Post (resilc). From last week, still germane. PE hoovered a lot of ambulance companies. How much of this distress is real, as opposed to whinging about mere lower profits?
Agents raid home of fired Florida data scientist who built COVID-19 dashboard Tallahassee (dk). Federal laws on hacking are pretty sweeping, and Florida’s statutes probably have similar provisions. Mere unauthorized access = hacking, even if the host effectively left the doors open. That does not mean the allegations are valid, mind you. And the thuggishness was clearly deliberate. Buried in one of the accounts is that Jones had filed suit over her firing. Seizing her computers denies her and her counsel of information….and the state may well wipe her machines.
This Is How Trump’s Executions Are Spreading The Coronavirus HuffPost (UserFriendly)
Millions of unemployed Americans are over $5,000 behind on rent, utilities Washington Post (UserFriendly)
‘Real Households Are Going To Be In Dire Straits’: JPMorgan Liaises With Biden On Stimulus Heisenberg Report (resilc)
‘It Makes Me Angry’: These Are the Jobless in a City Filled With Wealth New York Times (resilc)
The Gardner Institute at the @UUtah has recently released a study that conducted the impact of mask mandates on the economy. The results? Mask requirements can increase consumer confidence and lead to higher economic activity.
— State of Utah COVID-19 Response (@UtahCoronavirus) December 7, 2020
Brexit: Boris Johnson expected to travel to Brussels DW. In case you missed it.
Just as the UK Govt withdraws one clause of the UKIM Bill that would breach the NI/IRL #Protocol, it publishes the resolutions for the #TaxationBill that shows it plans to introduce new even more hefty ones.
— Katy Hayward (@hayward_katy) December 7, 2020
Deep divisions in post-Brexit fisheries talks RTE (PlutoniumKun)
From Colonel Smithers:
To sum up, no matter what happens we can now safely assume that most if not all movements GB to NI in January will be subject to tariffs.
Deal or no deal. At risk or not.
That's just the reality of it.
— Dr Anna Jerzewska (@AnnaJerzewska) December 7, 2020
Which means that even if there is to be a deal, there will be those in the Tory Party constantly looking to undermine it, to find ways of breaking the deal. These people will only be happy, if even then, if the EU were to break up. That's their end game.
— Tom Hayes (@BEERG) December 6, 2020
Sorry, Johnson Will Not Disappear Craig Murray
New Cold War
Along Russia’s ‘Road of Bones,’ Relics of Suffering and Despair New York Times. UserFriendly: “Stunning visuals… once you get past the ‘OMG they still like Stalin?'”
How China Is Learning From Russia’s War In Syria National Interest (resilc)
Biden’s Iran Deal Faces Iran’s ‘Red Pill’ Strategic Culture (Chuck L)
— Allegra Harpootlian (@ally_harp) December 7, 2020
Biden picks retired general Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief Politico (Kevin C)
Biden Picks Raytheon Board Member To Lead The US War Machine Caitlin Johnstone (furzy)
Old Obama hands on Korea policy could pose new problems for peace Responsible Statecraft (guurst)
Biden’s Young Hawk: The Case Against Jake Sullivan Consortiumnews
Per its FEC report yesterday, Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the election have cost his campaign about $8.8 million so far, including about $2.3 million on lawyers.
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 4, 2020
The Democrats Are Blaming the Wrong People Atlantic. UserFriendly: “God I hate this fool but this is the best smack down of ‘the left lost us the election.'”
Uber Sells Self-Driving Research Unit to Startup Aurora NPR (David L). Reported last week but other news seemed more pressing.
Economics is going through an intellectual revolution on public debt Washington Post (UserFriendly)
How Monopolies Have Taken Over Our Everyday Lives The Nation (UserFriendly)
Fair value? Fixing the data economy MIT Technology Review (David L)
Google workers reject company’s account of AI researcher’s exit as anger grows Guardian (UserFriendly)
Divide, Conquer & Stay Rich Heisenberg Report (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Britt:
My puppers, Bear, would be humbly honored to be an antidote du jour ? here he is channeling Cousin Eddie and his evacuation of the rv toilet which was full ?—“Merry Christmas! Sh*tter’s Full!” ?
And a bonus (guurst):
The 1st steps that would travel thousands of kilometres? pic.twitter.com/d3Hvcl9zVr
— Susanta Nanda (@susantananda3) November 29, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here