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)
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…..
Study of 2,351 people with #COVID19 from Brazil, of whom 50% had previously been infected with dengue. Past dengue infection was associated with a halving in the risk of death from COVID-19, suggesting dengue might provide some immunity against SARS-CoV-2.https://t.co/EgD1U43WVL pic.twitter.com/RQlnOdS2Px
— Dr Zoë Hyde (@DrZoeHyde) January 3, 2021
Covid-19 Was Consuming India, Until Nearly Everyone Started Wearing Masks Wall Street Journal (resilc)
Musings of an anonymous, pissed off virologist. pic.twitter.com/IVU1COZPof
— Paul Bieniasz (@PaulBieniasz) January 2, 2021
England will go back into full national coronavirus lockdown, Boris Johnson announces Business Insider (Kevin W)
“The U.S. coronavirus death toll is forecast to hit around 502,601 on February 4, while the country’s daily COVID-19 death count is projected to peak about a week later at around 5,489 on February 10, according to the latest projections from (IHME).” https://t.co/oYBJgBSxwD
— Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) (@IHME_UW) January 5, 2021
Meet the nurse who’s running a Texas COVID-19 clinic all on her own Popular Science (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?
NYSE Scraps Plans to Delist Chinese Telecom Stocks Wall Street Journal
Tweetstorm mentions that traffic at Dover now 85% below normal levels:
And in a sign of potential trouble ahead, he said he'd received multiple calls from businesses today who thought they didn't need any new paperwork to cross the border, because the free-trade deal meant they could continue as normal (?) 5/
— Joe Mayes (@Joe_Mayes) January 4, 2021
EU share trading flees London on first day after full Brexit Financial Times
So… here's what happened.
Uk had to decide how to collect VAT on things people bought online from other countries…UK Govt decided *every company in the world* must sign up for a VAT number, charge VAT & send it to HMRC.
The world said "Nope"?♂️ https://t.co/iD92jf8ucr
— Bryan Smith #RejoinEU (@BpsmithUk) January 4, 2021
#BREAKING Firms across sub-Scandinavian Europe are refusing to deliver to addresses in reclusive island kingdom of Britain citing concerns over possible tribal violence as ongoing implementation of AU-brokered Brexit peace agreement raises ethnic tensions in the oil-rich nation.
— gathara (@gathara) January 4, 2021
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
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)
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture @nilsmelzer talks to German State Broadcaster @dwnews on todays Assange decision: “Only when I started to look into pieces of evidence – I saw that the whole narrative that had been spread about Assange for so long – was not supported by evidence” https://t.co/6saCIphxcJ
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 4, 2021
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.
Julian Assange: Imminent Freedom Craig Murray
Why Congress Should Impeach Trump Again New York Times (David L)
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)
What Josh Hawley Is Teaching Democrats Washington Monthly (resilc)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
I’m leary of all new accounts here that showed up suddenly with strong opinions on both sides of #ForceTheVote
There’s definitely a David Brock/CorrectTheRecord-style effort now to amplify division on the left. I suggest being skeptical of letting new accounts infiltrate groups.
— Pat the Progressive ?? (@PatTheBerner) January 4, 2021
The House just approved my proposal to shed light on conflicts of interest in Congressional hearings. As of today, expert witnesses must report grants they receive from foreign governments, and any legal obligations they have to organizations that they testify about.
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) January 4, 2021
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)
The biggest story in tech no one’s talking about is Uber discovering they’d been defrauded out of $100M – or 2/3 of their ad spend.
And all bc Sleeping Giants kept bugging them to block their ads on Breitbart. pic.twitter.com/SiS3MndewS
— Nandini Jammi (@nandoodles) January 3, 2021
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
White Hot Harlots — Anything changed yet? White Hot Harlots (UserFriendly)
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.”
— Adam P. Summers (@Fishguy_FHL) January 4, 2021
And another bonus (guurst). The colors!
This is the squirrel in the video below that people keep asking about.
It lives in India and it’s called the Malabar Giant Squirrel.
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) December 28, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here