Links 1/5/2021

Jupiter Is Bigger Than Some Stars, So Why Didn’t We Get a Second Sun? Science Alert (Chuck L)

Girl Scout Cookies contain palm oil sourced using child labour, new study reveals Business Insider (Kevin W)



Weed and Seven Benadryl and Other Wild Lengths COVID Docs Are Taking to Get Sleep Daily Beast

Covid-19: Antibodies protect against reinfection for at least six months, study finds BMJ. Large but not fully representative sample. However, this doesn’t yet prove much, since I don’t think anyone suggested that immunity from getting Covid was generally less than six months, given that that’s the shortest immunity period among other common coronaviruses. However, I now know someone in my circle who has been reinfected after a few months…..

Covid-19 Was Consuming India, Until Nearly Everyone Started Wearing Masks Wall Street Journal (resilc)

The COVID-19 pandemic masks the way people perceive faces Nature


England will go back into full national coronavirus lockdown, Boris Johnson announces Business Insider (Kevin W)

Scottish MP Margaret Ferrier arrested and charged for making 400-mile train journey AFTER testing positive for Covid-19 RT (Kevin W)


‘Last Responders’ Brace for Surge in Covid Deaths Across US KHN

Hundreds of Arizona teachers stage sickouts to prevent in-person learning as cases skyrocket WSWS

Florida’s Disastrous Vaccine Rollout Has Seniors Camping Out for Shots Vice (resilc)

U.S. may cut some Moderna vaccine doses in half to speed rollout, official says Reuters

Meet the nurse who’s running a Texas COVID-19 clinic all on her own Popular Science (resilc)

At State Department, Some Concerned That Political Appointees Are Jumping the Line to Get COVID-19 Vaccine Foreign Policy

Georgia’s New QAnon Congresswoman Refused to Wear a Mask at Her Swearing-In Vice

UC San Diego installs coronavirus test kit vending machines KTLA (resilc)


Biden Shift Shows Pressure Can Work David Sirota. IMHO this is seriously overstating the case. Biden did give the $2000 checks lip service but did nada in the way of follow through. So now he’s made the promise again to bolster the GA Senate Dem candidates. How about trying to get it passed regardless and seeing if the Dems could get the moderate Rs in poor states (Murkoswki and Collins, the usual suspects) to join?

California and New York will start paying out an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits soon, but other states could take weeks Business Insider


NYSE Scraps Plans to Delist Chinese Telecom Stocks Wall Street Journal


Tweetstorm mentions that traffic at Dover now 85% below normal levels:

EU share trading flees London on first day after full Brexit Financial Times

From Clive:


Key U.S. allies ease years-long feud as Saudi Arabia lifts blockade of Qatar Washington Post

Iran Missile Program Must Be ‘On the Table’ in Nuclear Talks, Biden National Security Adviser Says Haaretz (Kevin W)

Yemeni boy, ravaged by hunger, weighs 7 kg Reuters

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Singapore Police Can Access COVID-19 Contact Tracing Data For Criminal Investigations ZDNet

MindGeek: The secretive owner of Pornhub and RedTube ars technica. fk: “A digital honeytrap?”

Imperial Collapse Watch

America The ‘Torn Superpower’ Is Biggest Global Risk, Not COVID: Report Heisenberg Report (UserFriendly)

America’s Defining Problem in 2021 Isn’t China: It’s America American Conservative. Chuck L: “The Richard Hanania piece that Bacevich channels”: China’s Real Threat Is to America’s Ruling Ideology Palladium

The U.S. Navy Paid $6,000 for Its First Airplanes — Today’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Is $110 Million Popular Mechanics (resilc)


Assange ‘free to return home’ once legal challenges over, Australia PM says Reuters

The Assange Extradition Ruling Is A Relief, But It Isn’t Justice Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W). The fact that this judge acceded to the appalling US request that Assange be given the Hannibal Lechter treatment in court, put in a cage in the back of the room where he couldn’t hear what was going on well, let alone communicate effectively with counsel, said she’d already decided before the facts were presented. Craig Murray, however, did say that the judge looked uncomfortable with the US high-handedness, so that may explain why the baby was split this way.

VIDEO: The Extraordinary Rejection of the U.S.’s Request to Extradite Julian Assange Glenn Greenwald

Julian Assange verdict does little to protect press freedom Guardian

Julian Assange: Imminent Freedom Craig Murray

Trump Transition

Why Congress Should Impeach Trump Again New York Times (David L)

Democrats ask FBI Director Wray to open criminal probe into Trump after leaked phone call NBC (furzy)

Attorney says Census count to determine congressional seats won’t be done until February The Hill. “The postponement of Census data delivery beyond Inauguration Day would dash Trump’s efforts to remove undocumented immigrants from the final count for states, thus reducing their representation in the House and their portion of allocated federal funding. “


“I’ll Be Fierce for All of Us”: Deb Haaland on Climate, Native Rights, and Joe Biden Mother Jones (Kevin C)

Expand the Postal Service in 2021 Nation


What Josh Hawley Is Teaching Democrats Washington Monthly (resilc)

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Proud Boys leader ‘held for burning Black Lives Matter flag’ BBC

Hedge fund manager Scaramucci launches cryptocurrency fund Reuters. Resilc: “I’m cashing out of my Trump collectible $2 space force dollars and into this….”

Dizzying Valuations, IPO Craze Tick Boxes on Bubble Checklist Bloomberg (Kevin W)

CalPERS Not Ready to Pick CIO Chief Investment Officer (Kevin W)

The world in 2030 may be worse than in 2020 Washington Post (resilc)

The Prophet of Maximum Productivity New York Review of Books

Class Warfare

White Hot Harlots — Anything changed yet? White Hot Harlots (UserFriendly)

Janet Yellen made $7 million for giving speeches over two years. How big of a deal is that? Vox (Kevin C)

More than 200 US Google employees form a workers’ union Guardian

Vons, Pavilions to Fire “Essential Workers,” Replace Drivers with Independent Contractors KNOCK (UserFriendly)

Statement of Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin on the Remarkable Life of Tommy Raskin Medium (Chuck L).

Antidote du jour (CV). Oh, would I like to lounge on a beach!

And a bonus. Lance N: “Now I’m fascinated, I didn’t know fish would grow outside the egg sac
and slowly suck it down.”

And another bonus (guurst). The colors!

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here

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