When It Comes to TRI, We Want TMI The Brockovich Report
Effectiveness of Mask Wearing to Control Community Spread of SARS-CoV-2 JAMA. Includes a very handy review of the literature in table form.
Why COVID Vaccines Are Taking So Long to Reach You Scientific American
The science of school reopenings Politico
The Fall Surge Is Finally Noticed, If Barely Mike the Mad Biologist
The Cherokee Response to Covid-19: Face Masks, Made in the Cherokee Nation Native News Online
China’s Inequality Will Lead It to a Stark Choice Foreign Affairs. Well worth a read.
Why a takeout deliveryman in China set himself on fire Los Angeles Times
Chinese consumers stuck at home step up spending on poker, mahjong sets this Lunar New Year holiday South China Morning Post. And on the television:
Was that blackface in the CCTV chunwan gala opener? pic.twitter.com/D5cHPPJ8tG
— Austin Ramzy (@austinramzy) February 11, 2021
Myanmar junta’s proposed cyber bill alarms Internet giants Reuters. As might this:
Chinese Embassy in Myanmar released a statement about the 'cargo planes' yesterday. It says those planes are usual cargo aircrafts and carried 'seafood', not 'IT professionals'. #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar #ChineseCargoYGN pic.twitter.com/LqMVGYjhBq
— Mratt Kyaw Thu (@mrattkthu) February 11, 2021
The rumor, unconfirmed, is that China will help the Myanmar set up its own Great Firewall.
Myanmar military releases more than 23,000 prisoners as protests against coup continue CNN. They need the cells….
Can Myanmar’s Protesters Succeed? Foreign Policy
Following the money behind Myanmar’s coup Asia Times
Ethiopia re-enters the abyss of war Ethopia Insight
Justice in chains Wings over Scotland
New Cold War
Putin’s Majority? New Left Review
Four takeaways from Day 3 of Trump’s impeachment trial WaPo. Not paywalled.
Democrats recreate January 6 riot using previously unseen footage FT. I know that impeachments are not Court proceedings, but isn’t “unseen footage” a graceful way of saying “evidence the accused was not allowed to examine”?
“Much To Do About Nothing”: The Withdrawal Of The Lee Claim Has “Much To Do” With A Glaring Flaw In The House Case Jonathan Turley. “Senators could conclude that the decision to rely on media reports rather than witnesses leaves the case inclusive and speculative on Trump’s state of mind or purpose.”
Opinion: Biden needs to figure out how to manage the Trump endgame David Ignatius, WaPo. Commentary:
Langley mouthpiece David Ignatius explains that a) last summer's BLM protests may help get a domestic terrorism bill passed, and b) a ruling under the 14th Amendment is the next step when impeachment fails. https://t.co/18tsVhzf6x pic.twitter.com/VIXgfkDK7S
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) February 11, 2021
The Fed Gives Democrats the Green Light on Large Stimulus New York Magazine
Democrats in Disarray
California Is Making Liberals Squirm Ezra Klein. Wait ’til Ezra hears about CalPERS!
Democrats eye big ACA changes in COVID relief bill Axios. “Notably absent from all of this are policies that would meaningfully reduce the actual cost of care.” Oh.
Bonfire of the Shorts Is a Precedent-Busting Black Swan John Authers, Bloomberg
GameStop: Intentionally Dying Chris Arnade, American Compass. Or, in gaming circles, “int-ing.”
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Police State Watch
3 years later, Parkland school shooting trial still in limbo Associated Press
200 Rounds of 55gr MC .223 Ammo by Remington UMC Ammo for Sale (Re Silc). “Out of Stock.” Oh.
Our Famously Free Press
How the Media Cracks Down on Critics of Israel Current Affairs
Facebook to pilot new ways to reduce political content Politico. “Our democracy.”
‘Independent, Culturally Relevant, Trusted Local Sources Are the Way’ FAIR. On Prometheus v. FCC.
Realignment and Legitimacy
Fix the Senate III: Stochastic Gong Show Interfluidity
North Adams Trying to Address Failing Hydrant System iBerkshires (Re Silc: “Multiply this by about every town in USA USA…. But we have a space force!”
The Children Are Starving Heisenberg Report (Re Silc).
Getting Back to a Strong Labor Market Chair Jerome H. Powell, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. “Back”?
Boston Dynamics’ Spot Robot Is Now Armed IEEE. With a robot arm, not an actual weapon. Of course. Who would be crazy enough to think that?
“The great reset.” The Scrum
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