Blue glass beads in Alaska’s tundra Polarjournal
Decentralized Finance: On Blockchain- and Smart Contract-Based Financial Markets Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis
Op-Ed: #ZeroCOVID or #HarmReduction? MedPage Today. “As I write this, the 7-day average for new cases exceeds 100,000 per day in the United States. Vaccination now exceeds a million doses a day, but a non-trivial portion of the population is not eligible for vaccination (i.e., <16 years old) or is reluctant to be vaccinated. In the absence of drastic measures, I do not see a path to #ZeroCOVID in the U.S.” IOW, if the West generally had not exercised what Michael Hudson calls “veto power” on #ZeroCovid, the United States would have ended up doing so by itself.
What If We Never Reach Herd Immunity? The Atlantic (Re Silc).
Covid-19: Social murder, they wrote—elected, unaccountable, and unrepentant British Medical Journal
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How You Make an Adenovirus Vaccine Derek Lowe, “In the Pipeline,” Science
Necessity of 2 Doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines JAMA
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Coronavirus unlikely to have leaked from China lab, WHO team says Los Angeles Times. Live blog of presser:
The @WHO's press conference in Wuhan has just started. I will 🧵 the important points here.
(You can also watch it here: https://t.co/Xc35FtQnnH)
— Annabelle Timsit (@BelleTimsit) February 9, 2021
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Antibodies elicited by SARS-CoV-2 infection and boosted by vaccination neutralize an emerging variant and SARS-CoV-1 (preprint) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “Here we examined whether sera and monoclonal antibodies from convalescent donors, prior to and following a single immunization with the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines, neutralize the Wuhan-Hu-1 strain and a variant, B.1.351 from South Africa. Pre-vaccination sera weakly neutralized Wuhan-Hu-1 and sporadically neutralized B.1.351. Immunization with either vaccine generated anamnestic B and CD4+ T cell responses and a 1000-fold increase in neutralizing antibody titers against both strains and SARS-CoV-1.”
China is marching closer to a population crisis Quartz (Re Silc).
Hanging Out (to dry) in Hong Kong Angela Tam
The best course for Biden is to help Taiwan help itself Reponsible Statecraft
Hillary Clinton: Aaron Sorkin’s ‘West Wing’ Studied by Burma’s New Government (Video). Hollywood Reporter, from 2012. So there’s your problem.
Vaccine Diplomacy Is Biden’s First Test in Southeast Asia Center for Strategic and International Studies. It’s madness that the US is not doing this.
COVID-19: Cats and dogs to get free coronavirus tests in South Korea’s capital Sky News. That’s because South Korea is a First World country.
Sergeant wants a girl who looks at him like Joint Chiefs look at Afghanistan Duffel Blog. The deck: “When the Joint Chiefs look at Afghanistan, it’s a look that says ‘I’ll never leave you.'”
OpenLux : the secrets of Luxembourg, a tax haven at the heart of Europe Le Monde. In English.
The Crony Ratio”: £800 Million In Covid Contracts To Donors Who Have Given £8 Million To Conservatives Byline Times. Impressive ROI.
New Cold War
Say hello to Alexei Navalny’s libertarian multimillionaire backer Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
4 takeaways from Day One of Trump’s second impeachment trial WaPo. “The day concluded with a significant vote on whether the Senate had jurisdiction to hold this trial. The result indicated Trump’s conviction is no more likely today than it was yesterday…. Only one Republican voted that the Senate had jurisdiction after previously voting the trial was unconstitutional: Cassidy. McConnell voted that it didn’t. In the end, 44 GOP senators voted not to move forward.”
Trump’s Impeachment Trial Offers a Chance to Seize the Initiative on the Future of Free Speech The New Yorker. “The brief’s weakness on the First Amendment issue signals a loss of clarity among Democrats and liberals about the unqualified defense of free speech.” No kidding. Has anybody made the “yelling theatre in a crowded fire” joke yet?
No Ordinary Lie Commonweal
Biden administration plans to continue to seek extradition of WikiLeaks’ Assange: official Reuters. Reassuring continuity.
A Rotating Group of Intelligence Analysts Will Brief President Biden NYT. Supervised by one Morgan Muir. Same.
Our Famously Free Press
The Beltway Media Is Manufacturing Consent David Sirota, The Daily Poster. Film at 11.
Realignment and Legitimacy
Who Spent Their Last Stimulus Checks? NYT. Are the checks for stimulus? Or relief? If the latter, is it so very bad that the working class might end up with a little money in the bank, for once?
Can human judgment handle avalanches? High Country News
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