Links 1/9/2021

Rare Sighting of a White Moose in the Swedish Woods MyModernMet (David L)

Dog Domestication May Have Begun Because Paleo Humans Couldn’t Stomach the Original Paleo Diet Scientific American

Michael Apted: TV documentary pioneer and film-maker dies aged 79 BBC (Kevin W)



‘Close To A Worst-Case Scenario’—Former CDC Director Issues ‘Horrifying’ Outlook For New Covid Strain Forbes (David L). Despite the alarmed reaction, I don’t much/any new information.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appears To Work Against New Coronavirus Strains, Study Finds CNN. Don’t uncork the champagne:

The study — conducted by researchers at Pfizer and the University of Texas Medical Branch — does not test the full array of these mutation, nor has it been peer-reviewed.

Over Half of COVID Transmission May Occur via Asymptomatic People Medscape (RR)

Immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2 assessed for up to 8 months after infection Science. Sample only in the OK range, 188. And it looks like it effectively excluded Long Covid patients.

Your nose knows you have COVID before you do. Is a scratch-and-sniff card the best tool for mass testing? Colorado Sun (resilc)

6 Months After Leaving the Hospital, Covid Survivors Still Face Lingering Health Issues New York Times (Robert M). Note the sample is hospitalized patients.

High-content screening of Thai medicinal plants reveals Boesenbergia rotunda extract and its component Panduratin A as anti-SARS-CoV-2 agents Nature. From November but still germane.


Europe’s slow start: How many people have had the Covid vaccine? BBC

EU member states cannot negotiate their own Covid-19 vaccine deals – von der Leyen RT


Coronavirus: US smashes record with more than 300,000 daily cases — as it happened Financial Times

Biden to quickly release nearly all vaccine doses in shift from Trump The Hill. Biden has already made his first bad decision.

Mass vaccination for Virginia (from my email) Tyler Cowen


Lunar New Year lockdown fears spread across China Asia Times (Kevin W)

Indonesian clerics declare Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine halal Reuters (resilc)


Manchin on proposed round of $2K checks: ‘Absolutely not’ The Hill

Biden assembling multitrillion-dollar stimulus plan with checks, unemployment aidAusterity, Democrats and the State CounterPunch


Brexit: The reality dawns BBC (Kevin W)

Brexit: a sense of unease Richard North

Scottish fishermen halt exports due to Brexit red tape AlJazeera (Kevin W)


Biden Appoints Mideast Advisor Who Resigned Over Trump Syria Withdrawal (Kevin W)

Donald Trump’s parting gift to the world? Signs suggest it may be war with Iran Guardian (resilc). Any effort might lead Congress to reassert its abandoned control over warmaking.


Wednesday’s Other Story Matt Taibb9 (Glenn F, Chuck L)

Trump Transition

QAnon Doesn’t Think Trump Conceded Vice (resilc)

With the Capitol riot the Trumpists have become a de facto third party Guardian (resilc). Third parties don’t have much of a record of success in the US, by design.

Pelosi calls Gen. Milley to block Trump from using nuclear codes New York Post

Trump will have the worst jobs record in modern U.S. history. It’s not just the pandemic. Washington Post (Scott). Marshall: “Well, in fairness to the Donald, they only started to compile the employment data properly by 1939, and I suspect that Hoover’s record stacks up worse.”


The economy President-elect Biden is inheriting Economic Policy Institute

President-elect Biden Announces Economic Team C-SPAN

Capitol Seizure

House Democrats to Introduce Article of Impeachment Against Trump Wall Street Journal. Lead story, full first page banner.

Lindsey Graham begs Joe Biden to order Nancy Pelosi and the squad to call off second impeachment of Donald Trump as he warns it ‘will destroy the country’ – and reveals he spent the day with the president who will now ‘focus on his agenda’ Daily Mail

What I Saw At The Capitol Riot American Conservative

As riot raged at Capitol, Trump tried to call senators to overturn election CNN. So classy. RH: “Trump and Giuliani called wrong numbers. Fire the intern.

Photo of Sen. Josh Hawley saluting the mob that beat a cop to death Boing Boing

1871 provides a road map for addressing the pro-Trump attempted insurrection Greenwich Time (resilc)

Handcuffs Await Idaho Man Who Bragged About Illegally Entering House Chamber Smoking Gun

Internet exposes rioters who stormed congress after police let them go Independent (resilc)

Trump Fur-Ever: Costumed Capitol Rioter Is Son Of Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Gothamist. Remember that confusingly the Supreme Court in New York is the lowest trial court.

Facebook, Twitter Do Slightly More Than Literally Nothing About Trump Intercept (furzy)

Twitter permanently suspends Trump’s account The Hill

Twitter plays whack-a-mole with Donald Trump as it deletes his tweets sent from other people’s accounts after he was banned – as he uses @POTUS to say he might build his own platform and warn Twitter is in cahoots with ‘Radical Left’ Daily Mail

Even Mark Zuckerberg Has Had Enough of Trump Wired

Google Suspends Parler From App Store Wall Street Journal. E-mail headline in update to original story. Reddit has also banned r/donaldtrump

YouTube terminated Steve Bannon’s account Media Matters

Vermont Trooper Suspended for Social Media Posts Supporting D.C. Insurgency Vermont Seven Days (resilc)

Violence in the Capitol, Dangers in the Aftermath Glenn Greenwald and:

The Pointless Putsch CounterPunch

‘It’s gonna be like this wherever you go!’: Trump supporters confront & heckle Lindsey Graham at DC airport/ RT (Kevin W)

Coons calls on Cruz and Hawley to resign Politico

F*** You, Ted Cruz Nicholas Grossman Arc Digital (resilc)

The Actual Death Toll From the Pro-Trump Riot Won’t Be Known for Weeks New Republic

How the Trump-incited mob may have caused a COVID superspreader event ars technica

Why Do Capitol Police Have Striped Tape on Their Pistols? Core77 (resilc)

The Squad Won’t Fight Pelosi and Corporate Power Black Agenda Report


New Senate majority jolts K Street The Hill (resilc)

Kraken Lawyer Sidney Powell Is Being Sued for $1.3 Billion for Election Conspiracies Vice (resilc). Defamation suits are hard to win.

Tesla’s sudden accelerations were user error, US government says The Verge (Kevin W)

GM changes brand logo to highlight EV future Reuters (resilc)

Ford to idle Kentucky plant due to semiconductor shortage Reuters (resilc)

Prosecutors allege Theranos fraud fueled Elizabeth Holmes’ lifestyle CNBC

Class Warfare

Unions Mobilize for General Strike Against Trump – UFCW Criticized for Inaction at Waterloo Tyson Plant – 600 Mass Nurses Unionize PayDay Report

Antidote du jour. Anne M: “Penny has decided that the guitar case makes an excellent bed.”

And a bonus (Bob H):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here

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