This Elaborately Armored Samurai Was Folded From A Single Sheet of Paper This Colossal (David L)
The best photography of 2020 New Atlas (David L)
Galway turf cutters turn environmental protectors in bid to preserve bogs Irish Times (PlutoniumKun)
America on a new fast track to fusion energy Asia Times
The Problem with Technosolutionism American Conservative. Resilc: “Look inside the hood of your current car vs a 55 Chevy……..We are a techo throw-a-way culture. not sustainable. You will never see a 2020 Chevy in 15 years on the road. I see 55 Chevys all the time.” Moi: Although I am not keen about driving, I like using a 2003 Buick. It works, has decent pickup, and is unfussy.
The Fascinating Second Lives of Stuff American Conservative (UserFriendly). On a roll!
Why the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Oil Lease Sale Flopped Backpacker (furzy)
Newly-identified nutrient helps the gut recall prior infections and kill invading bacteria News Medical Life Sciences (furzy). What kind of article is this??? Doesn’t even say taurine is an amino acid. It’s an essential amino acid for cats, fer Chrissakes.
Man ‘too scared to go home’ because of coronavirus allegedly hid in US airport for three months ABC Australia (UserFriendly)
Almost a third of recovered Covid patients return to hospital in five months and one in eight die Telegraph. But these were hospitalized patients, not all Covid cases.
From CanChemist: “Be sure to scroll down to read the whole thread. Grim.” Very very small sample. Still:
BREAKING—new #B117 variant & vaccine data from 🇬🇧 research lab shows mutations in B117’s spike protein yields a ~3.8x reduction in efficacy of vaccine-generated neutralization antibodies compared to wildtype (WT) #SARSCoV2 strain. 10 of 15 people had >3x lower neutralization. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/Qbp2TkHo4A
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 18, 2021
Joggers and cyclists should wear masks – here’s why The Conversation (Kevin W)
China and US clash at WHO over coronavirus investigation in Wuhan South China Morning Post
The COVID-19 death toll in the US could reach 500,000 by mid-February, the incoming CDC director warned Business Insider. And the mutants, um, mutations are coming….
Fauci says federal approval of Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca vaccines is ‘weeks away’ New York Daily News (fk). Perhaps my memory is off, but I though I had read that the AstraZeneca approval wasn’t set to happen until April, so this change is welcome (assuming the approval process hasn’t been more
trashedrushed than it was for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines….
Vaccine Reserves White House Released Don’t Exist: Report New York Magazine
Biden to deploy FEMA, National Guard to set up Covid vaccine clinics across U.S. CNBC: “How can they use the National Guard? They are busy protecting us from other ‘merikins…..”
The assumption is that Tories would rather children be brought up in poverty. Have we moved on that much from Oliver Twist? Really? https://t.co/yfdu5SLjcl
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) January 19, 2021
One British Industry, Brexit’s Red Tape Is Just Beginning New York Times (resilc)
Brexit: incompetence all round Richard North
Dawning realities Chris Grey
We welcome @samskip's announcement of a new direct container shipping route between Dublin & Amsterdam, which will link our two countries ever more closely. 🇪🇺
The first sailing between the 🇮🇪 & 🇳🇱 capitals is next Monday. Stay tuned!
— Embassy of Ireland in The Netherlands (@IrelandinNL) January 18, 2021
A Yemeni Famine Made in Washington and Riyadh CounterPunch
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Cell Phone Location Privacy Bruce Schneier (David L)
Apple’s iPhone 13 Could Ditch the Lightning Port, Feature Next-Gen Vapor Chamber Cooling and In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor Apple Insider. Fingerprint sensor? Kill me now.
Imperial Collapse Watch
What ‘Democracy’ Is Under Attack? Caitlin Johnstone (Tom D)
Historians having to tape together records that Trump tore up Guardian. Charming.
The Capitol Riot Revealed the Darkest Nightmares of White Evangelical America New Republic (resilc)
Capitol Mob Has Roots in Anti-Lockdown Protests Intercept. Consistent with our speculation.
Lessons From the 6 January Insurrection CounterPunch (resilc)
Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for undocumented immigrants Associated Press
My god the establishment Democrats are a joke https://t.co/P7SpxWk1sG
— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) January 18, 2021
Context: BLM protest on MKL Day:
NYPD attacking protesters at City Hall Park pic.twitter.com/BHtH76kyde
— Isabelle Leyva (@isabelle_leyva) January 19, 2021
Our Famously Free Press
US-UK media should be making at least as much noise over Assange’s unjust solitary confinement in Belmarsh as they are over Navalny’s unjust jailing. Our media has far more influence in London-Washington than in Moscow. They could help free a journalist if they cared to.
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) January 19, 2021
HOW ARE JOURNALISTS SUPPOSED TO CHRONICLE HISTORY IF YOUTUBE-AND OTHERS-ARE OUTLAWING IT? pic.twitter.com/PzD5EmR4MU
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) January 18, 2021
With this, we formally enter the era of journalists from one outlet publicly calling for their commercial rivals to be punished for sedition. https://t.co/6Ms7KvMhnj
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) January 19, 2021
Former Wells Fargo general counsel fined $3.5 million in OCC settlement American Banker. Lower than expected :-(
Antidote du jour. Chris H: “Mother and child reunion.”
And a bonus (David L). Mute the sound:
See Yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.