Dear patient readers,
Apologies for the dearth of original posts. Three got delayed for different reasons. Hopefully this big ration of links will partially compensate.
Photos: Surfing with goats at the San Clemente Pier Los Angeles Times (David L)
In pictures: Egypt’s epic Zalaga camel race Middle East Eye (resilc)
Bird population falls 40% in Maine throughout the past 52 years News Center Maine
Fishermen rescued from ice on Lake Superior Associated Press (Chuck L)
Conch shell in French museum found to be 17,000-year-old wind instrument Guardian (Kevin W)
Sea-level rise could threaten coastal nuclear waste facilities Yale Climate Connections
Fully vaccinated people can skip Covid quarantines, CDC says CNN (Kevin W). Kill me now. First, vaccines only 90% effective, and that assumes proper spacing of shots and handling. Already cases of people getting full blown Covid after 2 vaccines. And more important, as we have said repeatedly, we don’t know if these vaccines reduce transmission. They likely do to a degree, but the overwhelming majority of experts agree that a respiratory vaccine is exceedingly unlikely to achieve sterilizing immunity.
South Africa scraps AstraZeneca COVID vaccine Al Jazeera (Kevin W)
A lone infection may have changed the course of the pandemic Wired (David L)
Past coronavirus infections don’t seem to help with SARS-CoV-2 ars technica (resilc)
Why Swedish towns are banning masks Fast Company (resilc)
US will not accept World Health Organization findings out of Wuhan without independently verifying South China Morning Post (resilc). Help me.
Biden Administration Says Schools Have Reopened If They Are Open One Day a Week Wall Street Journal. Moving the goalposts is not going to impress parents who have to mind their children during what used to be the school week.
President Biden Meeting with Business Leaders on COVID-19 Relief C-SPAN. So they get relief. Ordinary people get “stimulus” as in they deserve help only as economic cannon fodder.
Biden has first call with China’s Xi since taking office Financial Times
Tencent Executive Held by China Over Links to Corruption Case Wall Street Journal
Trailer shortage fears as EU drivers question the viability of serving the UK The Loadstar (guurst). Consistent with what we said a while back. If shipping disruption continued, rates would have to rise high enough for haulers to feel it was worth their while.
Amsterdam ousts London as Europe’s top share trading hub Financial Times
Really interesting thread from Taylor about my contempt of court case. One thing it has undoubtedly shown is the complete lack of journalists in the UK MSM capable of writing something like this simple thread. https://t.co/FX6kXnS8eY
— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) February 10, 2021
The return of Marine Le Pen Politico (UserFriendly)
#Lula | "Brazil's Supreme Court decided today that former president Lula's defense team has the right to all of the leaked messages from the members of the defunct Car Wash Operation and former judge Sergio Moro, who convicted Lula and removed him from the presidential race." https://t.co/y6OL6BXb7y
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) February 9, 2021
New Cold War
Moscou n'a pas tardé à réagir au message US. Il y a quelques heures, des bombardiers stratégiques russes Tu-160 ont survolé l'espace aérien arctique, visitant le Groenland et la Norvège, qui comptent le plus grand nombre de bombardiers stratégiques américains. pic.twitter.com/Pk40S3UzoU
— SoHan Sun (@SunSohan) February 10, 2021
Iranian nuclear scientist killed by one-ton automated gun in Israeli hit Reuters (UserFriendly)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
A Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption Bloomberg (David L)
A Barcode Scanner App With Millions of Downloads Goes Rogue Wired (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
America’s Stockpiles Are Hardly Strategic Defense One (resilc)
‘Made for TV,’ and where it got us Columbia Journalism Review
The House case today has resonated with many of us who remain angry over this attack on our Capitol. However, it is more emotive than probative. It is like showing the remnants of a fire. That does not materially show that the accused is guilty of the arson.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) February 10, 2021
Democrats draft Plan B expecting Trump impeachment acquittal McClatchy. Resilc: “So trump runs Sen. Ivanka (T, Fla).”
Trump’s impeachment can answer a lot about the Capitol riot. But not who funded it. NBC (dk). Gah. Lambert made some back of envelope computation. It took very little dough to get the relatively small number (by historical DC demonstration standards) who traveled there transit costs and maybe a night or two of hotel/AirBnB.
More than 120 former Republican officials hold Zoom meeting to discuss forming breakaway anti-Trump third party based on ‘principled conservatism’ – as ex-president’s spokesman brands them ‘losers’ Daily Mail
John Kennedy Rips Neera Tanden’s Mean Bernie Sanders Tweets Mediate (resilc)
Mark Cuban Confirms Mavericks Won’t Play National Anthem Before Home Games Bleacher Report (resilc)
Our Famously Free Press
ADAM CURTIS: SOCIAL MEDIA IS A SCAM Idler (vlade). Important.
Biden Continues Trump’s War On The Press Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
This was on the back of the hubris that LG Chocolate was the world-beating phone. But of course, the first iPhone debuted in 2007 right after Chocolate and changed the cell phone world forever. LG tried to switch gears, but it was too late – it lost out to Apple and Samsung.
— The Blue Roof (@BluRoofPolitics) February 10, 2021
Uber’s food-delivery growth fails to offset rideshare decline Financial Times
Thieves Nationwide Are Slithering Under Cars, Swiping Catalytic Converters New York Times (David L). Surprised this is happening only now. They have platinum in them.
Bitcoin consumes ‘more electricity than Argentina’ BBC (resilc)
Nouriel Roubini: bitcoin is not a hedge against tail risk Financial Times (David L)
"I'm 24… I can't afford to live."
No more putting it off.
Universal healthcare now.
Universal basic income now.
Cancel ALL student debt now. pic.twitter.com/EblcrxDXPI
— y*ng's entire assh*le (@district12kitty) February 11, 2021
What Collapsed the Middle Class? Of Two Minds (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. This is David E’s handsome boy Theo:
All dressed up for Saturday Night. He was born in Asheville NC 9 years ago, and he’s got some bobcat in him. He was kind enough to pose before an Etruscan bowl reproduction. Flattering, I think.
And a bonus (guurst). Must be from NYC:
Разрешите присоединиться!🙂 pic.twitter.com/XnFtHMz0FT
— СанчоPenza (@sancho112Penza) February 7, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.