Dear patient readers,
Many of you expressed concern about Lambert not posting his usual Water Cooler yesterday. Not to worry. He got confused about which day of the week it was.
The planet is dying faster than we thought LiveScience (David L)
This Seagrass Traps Marine Plastic Smithsonian (David L)
A Big Science Publisher Is Going Open Access. But at What Cost? Undark (Dr. Kevin)
We are delighted to announce that the 33rd stamp in the US Postal Service Literary Arts series honors Ursula. Stamp release will be later this year, date TBD. From then on, all our letters will be three ounces! Thank you @USPS for this distinction. https://t.co/H0jw1KmhUb pic.twitter.com/NA8Yz7I7fl
— Ursula K. Le Guin (@ursulaleguin) January 15, 2021
Every small improvement in the seal/ filtration of your mask helps mitigate risk and reduce the viral load you are exposed to.
— Dr Sandhya Ramanathan (@SandhyaRamanat1) January 15, 2021
COVID-19: Ice cream tests positive for coronavirus in China Sky (resilc). Nothing is sacred.
Covid-19 infection grants immunity for five months, UK study suggests CNN. We’d warned about banking on happy talk about immunity of a year or longer. Having said that, there is a school of thought that the vaccines may confer longer-lived immunity.
New variants are a shot across the bow: the virus can become much more dangerous. Scary study: “SARS-CoV-2 has the potential to escape an effective immune response and that vaccines and antibodies able to control emerging variants should be developed” https://t.co/XVu782nm9L 10/
— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrTomFrieden) January 16, 2021
The bacteria in your gut may play a role in the severity of COVID-19 infection and the strength of your immune system response, a new study suggests. https://t.co/b5xNm7a4fF pic.twitter.com/HXDBe1A4VQ
— WebMD (@WebMD) January 16, 2021
Covid-19 vaccination associated with adverse drug reactions in elderly people who are frail Statens legemiddelverk (Halcyon)
President-elect Biden on COVID-19 Vaccination Plan CSPAN (Kevin C). I am proven wrong. Biden says he will use the Defense Production Act. But yours truly wonders if that is a threat as opposed to a commitment.
Covid-19 Vaccine Leaders Waited Months to Approve Distribution Plans Wall Street Journal. Looks like they assumed a can opener, that the private sector could largely handle the last mile of distribution.
Microsoft, Oracle & Co full speed ahead on Covid-19 vaccine passports, citing incipient government demand RT (Kevin W). “Incipient demand” = like stocks, this will be sold, not bought.
All UK travel corridors to be closed, says Boris Johnson Guardian (Kevin W)
The covid social study asked people how many days they isolated for after they had symptoms
This results are frankly horrifying pic.twitter.com/G3U39yL0Fv
— Rowland Manthorpe (@rowlsmanthorpe) January 13, 2021
‘Spend as much as you can,’ IMF head urges governments worldwide Reuters (resilc)
Awake worrying – Yesterday @DPDgroup_news said we cannot ship products to EU – horse pet food – 30% of business gone unless we can find a new shipper. 100 plus parcels returned – list of prohibited items is huge @guardian @thetimes @northwaleslive @talkRADIO #BrexitReality pic.twitter.com/QBmixFcOet
— forageplus (@forageplus) January 15, 2021
New Cold War
Russia follows US to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty DefenseNews. Kevin W: “Biden has only three weeks to decide whether to renew the only arms control treaty left between Russia and the US – the new START treaty.”
No, We’re Not Going to War with Iran National Review (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Signal is a government op Yasha Levine
FAA Approves First Fully Automated Commercial Drone Flights Wall Street Journal
No matter Impeachment 2.0, Trumpism will haunt America Asia Times (Kevin W)
GOP divided over Liz Cheney’s future The Hill
The Radicalization of Kevin Greeson: How one man went from attending President Barack Obama’s inauguration to dying in the mob protesting Donald Trump’s election loss during the Capitol insurrection. ProPublica (resilc)
American democracy is still under attack—by corporate influence Quartz (resilc)
Stop Biden’s Neocon Nominee to the State Department American Conservative
Why Joe Biden Can’t Bring His Peloton to the White House Popular Mechanics (resilc)
Our Famously Free Press
Twitter, Facebook and Co.: The Growing Problem of Online Radicalization Der Spiegel. Resilic: “Gee, who wooda thunk it?”
Big Tech Has Helped Trash America New York Times (David L)
Democrats cheer as NRA declares bankruptcy, seeks to escape ‘corrupt’ New York by moving to Texas RT (Kevin W). Sadly less consequential than this sounds, see below.
NRA to move to Texas, fleeing litigation brought against it by New York state Washington Post (furzy)
A Reckoning for Political Science Chronicle for Higher Education (Robert M)
Is Tesla a car company, or a casino? New Statesman (resilc)
America Abandoned Its Economic Prophet. The World Embraced Him. Foreign Policy (Kevin C)
A Story of Use and Abuse: Athenian democracy in the political imagination Lapham’s Quarterly (Anthony L)
Hannah Arendt YouTube (Thomas R)
Antidote du jour (CV):
And a bonus:
oh my god pic.twitter.com/WQh6YxB0co
— Cute Animal Vines (@CuteAnimaIVines) January 14, 2021
See Yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.