Let me add to your New Year wishes! Hope your 2021 got off to a good start.
And see, people you don’t even know have been praying for all of us (guurst):
The temple bells are nearly done, 107 seven times on 31st, and one on the 1st, for a total of 108. Each ringing represents the subjugation of one of the 108 human sins. https://t.co/Yz2r6eXLYR
— Wrath Of Gnon (@wrathofgnon) December 31, 2020
Was I wrong to fall for a cheating cat? BBC (resilc)
With Centuries-Old Techniques, This Farm Is Preparing for the Future Reasons to be Cheerful (guurst)
This burp-catching mask for cows could slow down climate change Wired (Kevin W)
These solar-powered barges can scoop up 50 tons of plastic from rivers each day The Optimist Daily (David L)
Yes to Masks. No to Parties. 2021 Will Be a Lot Like 2020 Wired (resilc)
If Thailand can take care of its citizens affected by the virus, ya would think Amerika The Wealthy could too….but OH NO….”socialism”, “communism”, lazy people….can’t do that….what a heartless country the USA has become….
The Staggering, Heartless Cruelty Toward the Elderly Atlantic (Chuck L). From early-ish last year, still germane.
Brain damage of patients with Covid-19 National Institutes of Health (Robert M). Eeek.
All primary schools in London to remain closed after U-turn Guardian (Kevin W)
Dr. Paul Farmer: Centuries of Inequality in the U.S. Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Devastation DemocracyNow! (Kevin C). See also: Who Lives and Who Dies: Paul Farmer on the iniquities of healthcare funding. London Review of Books (guurst). From 2015.
To all those who think this means the system works: No, it doesn't. Pfizer's profit is partially due to its control of manufacturing contracts. The govt needs to take over the license and make its own manufacturing deals so we have enough doses. https://t.co/6U4AhjegbZ
— Michael Hiltzik (@hiltzikm) January 2, 2021
We Came All This Way to Let Vaccines Go Bad in the Freezer? New York Times (resilc). Editorial. Note also I’ve seen no evidence that vaccines will “go bad” in a super-cold freezer. They keep eggs and embroyos in them for years. This whine appears to reflect the failure to build a real cold chain, or more accurately, Pfizer requiring a cold chain that is too costly to build for this one use. The Pfizer vaccines can be kept in their shipper boxes, presumably with dry ice replenishment, for 30 days and then at 2-8 degrees C (meaning fridge, not freezer temps) for another 5 days.
This Is an Embarrassment to the Idea of a Civil Society Esquire (resilc)
FWIW, one of my friends who lives near Pelosi’s nominal residence finds her offensive because she doesn’t live in the district. She comes in only rarely and all too visibly since her security details is super noisy:
Nancy Pelosi's house was vandalized with $2k crossed-out and "Cancel Rent! We want everything!" ? pic.twitter.com/gS7tSPJQ3x
— Tamburlaine (@tamburlaine01) January 1, 2021
Federal checks salvage otherwise dreadful 2020 for US farms Associated Press
Why China is anti-fragile Asia Times (Kevin W)
EU-China deal may give Biden’s team more options Asia Times (Kevin W)
The Final Hours of Ethiopia’s TPLF Regime Counterpunch (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Alphabet unit Wing blasts new U.S. drone ID rule, citing privacy Reuters (resilc)
Google’s Wing warns new drone laws ‘may have unintended consequences’ for privacy The Verge (Kevin W). Another reason not to use Amazon.
Imperial Collapse Watch
The U.S. Shouldn’t Bother with a ‘Summit for Democracy’ American Conservative (Kevin W). Pathetic.
Will Trumpism outlast Trump? Financial Times (Kevin W)
Trump: the Final Daze CounterPunch (resilc)
FBI: Another Fraud on the Court? Ray McGovern (Anthony L). Sadly, people like McGovern, with a much better grasp of facts, have lost. The official narrative is well cemented.
The one time in his entire presidency that Congress has overridden Trump is to enact a bill that prevents him from withdrawing troops with 20 days to go
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 1, 2021
Biden’s “Cabinet of Firsts” Betrays Cynical Diversity Approach Intercept (resilc)
Jeff Ricchetti to lobby for Amazon as brother becomes Joe Biden’s counselor CNBC (UserFriendly)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Detroit is Suing BLM Protesters for “Civil Conspiracy” Intercept (UserFriendly)
Violence Against Women Act Blocked Angry Bear
Occupy the SEC Criticizes NCUA over Proposal to Expand Derivatives Trading at Credit Unions Occupy the SEC. Still kicking!!! Letter here.
Joseph Bachelder III, Engineer of the Golden Parachute, Dies at 88 New York Times (resilc)
The Customer Is Not Always Right Food & Wine. Today’s must read. The article attributes the worsening of bad behavior to Covid, but the ultimate origins are income inequality, which has gotten much worse under the pandemic.
Management guru Michael Schrage has long said most businesses need to fire ~15% of their customers because they are abusive and/or demand things the enterprise never said it would provide. But restaurants feel they can’t turn anyone away, plus the bad attitude often isn’t evident until the customer is seated.
Political Consciousness From the Daily Grind Prem Thakker. UserFriendy: “Important backstory from that viral clip.” See below:
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus (guurst):
A fully grown Acanthurus olivaceus is very hard to beat. Stunning fish. The species is widely distributed but is replaced in Marquesas by its sister species, Acanthurus reversus. https://t.co/dUTAXzOmDS
— KaiTheFishGuy (@FishGuyKai) December 20, 2020
And yet another bonus (bob h):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here