391-Year-Old Bonsai Tree Survived Hiroshima Bombings and Keeps Growing My Modern Met (furzy). It is exceptionally handsome.
Pattaya elephants starving, falling ill amid pandemic Pattaya Mail. Furzy is distressed about this.
Who was Hatshepsut? National Geographic (Chuck L)
This hydrogen paste has a similar range to that of gasoline and could revolutionize the transport industry Business Insider (David L)
Corn belt farmland has lost a third of its carbon-rich soil EurekAlert (Chuck L)
Inventing the Non-Smoker London Review of Books (Anthony L)
Skaters urged to stay off Europe’s thawing lakes BBC (resilc)
Voice of Freedom – Marian Anderson PBS (Kevin C)
Heart failure cases soar globally MedicalXpress (Chuck L)
— World Economic Forum (@wef) February 16, 2021
Unvaccinated citizens’ names should be DISCLOSED, new proposal by Israeli PM suggests amid slowdown in immunization campaign RT (Kevin W). I suspect the Ultra Orthodox would wear it as a badge of honor.
New Covid variant with potentially worrying mutations found in UK Guardian (resilc)
Antibody-Dependent Enhancement and the Coronavirus Vaccines Science Magazine (UserFriendly)
Why the three biggest vaccine makers failed on Covid-19 Financial Times
WHO investigator claims China refused to hand over key Covid information Guardian (resilc). Summary data only. Just like Big Pharma with its vaccine clinical trials.
Defiant DeSantis blasts Biden administration amid report of travel limits Politico. I missed this spat. Not resolved: White House looks at domestic travel restrictions as COVID mutation surges in Florida Miami Herald
STAT-Harris Poll: 1 in 4 Americans were unable to get a Covid-19 test when they wanted one STAT. For me, would have been a no go for one out of two except I groveled and the urgent care center freed up one of their tests reserved for the next day.
She’s 90, and walked 6 miles through the snow for her COVID-19 vaccine Seattle Times (furzy)
Grape-Nuts Expected to Be Back on Store Shelves Next Month New York Times (David L)
Airline industry alarm as vaccine-led recovery hopes take a dive Financial Times
COVID-19 and Pre-Pandemic Financial Distress St. Louis Fed (UserFriendly)
Biden announces extension of Covid mortgage program Guardian. Breaking story but I am turning in.
Biden is at Camp David, the Senate just put itself on recess, and there still hasn’t been a vote in the new Congress on “immediate” $2,000 checks for a starving nation. https://t.co/OeFzpMXBW1
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) February 15, 2021
The China model has come to America Asia Times (Robert M)
My warning to President Biden: Protect America from a rising China The Hill (resilc)
Why Joe Biden must resist Donald Trump’s tactic of using China as a bogeyman South China Morning Post:
Arithmetic is the biggest enemy of farmers Yogesh Upadhyaya
Brexit: road-kill Richard North (Colonel Smithers)
Every sector wants an exception to brexit… pic.twitter.com/jBcCz6Ix8q
— Political Motivation (?) (@Margin4Error) February 16, 2021
We’re adding to the Digby Jones Index daily too – now with 208 records of companies closing/relocating as a direct result of Brexit. Before the referendum, Lord Digby Jones said there wouldn’t be a single job lost because of #Brexit.
Did you believe him?https://t.co/AYJkVQHoRt
— Yorkshire Bylines (@YorksBylines) February 15, 2021
Génocide des Tutsis : le document qui accable les autorités françaises Euronews. P J-K: “Explosive document from archive about French role in Rwanda genocide. English Google translation.
Interview with Wolfgang Streeck: “I definitely prefer a cooperative over an empire” LeftEast (Anthony L)
New Cold War
Great Reset? Putin Says, “Not So Fast” Gold Goats ‘n’ Guns (Chuck L). Not wild about the source but you have to look hard to read anything about the Putin speech at the WEF.
Germany aims for new deal with Washington on Nord Stream 2 Financial Times
February 15, 2003 is known as “the day the world said no to war.” Considered the largest protest action in human history. Over 10 million people, in 600 cities across 60 countries, took part in a coordinated action against the criminal US plan to invade Iraq. pic.twitter.com/QAVbcy30ZW
— Mike Prysner (@MikePrysner) February 16, 2021
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why America Won’t Be ‘Great’ Again Blair Fix (Dr. Kevin). From last year, still germane.
Texas’ power grid crumples under the cold ars technica (resilc)
The Reality Behind Donald Trump’s Second Acquittal Heisenberger Report (resilc)
Pelosi Vows to Move Forward With Independent Inquiry Into Capitol Riot – New York Times. Kevin W: ” Rule one in politics – never hold an inquest unless you know exactly what they are going to find.” Related link: Why was Capitol police chief’s request for National Guard denied ahead of riot? Republicans ask Nancy Pelosi RT
Opinion: Trump may be done, but Trumpism is the GOP’s future Washington Post (Kevin W)
FBI arrests BLM protester, claiming his social media posts show he is “on a path to radicalization”. A judge determined he is dangerous bc of these posts and held him with no bond. This is where we’re headed if we accept this domestic terrorism frame. https://t.co/yM1azZqpHG
— Thomas B. Harvey (@tbh4justice) February 15, 2021
The war on voting Popular Information
How The Iowa Caucus Results Fell Apart Buzzfeed (UserFriendly). Odd this is appearing now.
Cancel Culture, Where Liberalism Goes to Die Chris Hedges (RR)
Fake Amazon reviews ‘being sold in bulk’ online BBC (Kevin W)
Still Alive Astral Codex Ten (UserFriendly)
Labor reporter Mike Elk’s dog Mickey died:
He was a beloved service dog, who volunteered regularly to work with the disabled and elderly. In addition, he was a near a constant presence on UE picket lines.
Bill Greider had vivid fantasy when he was dying that he went to a union BBQ & I like to think that Mickey is the big union BBQ w/ Bill, Anne Feeney & the old UE guys.
Mike is taking a few days off to recover so please consider making a donation. Even a small one helps.
The poverty of the middle-class: lack of savoir-faire Note on Liberty (Brandon C). Important.
Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change Wired (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “2012, when our E. B. White was a child.”
And a bonus (guurst):
Meet the man working at the world’s largest maternity hospital for polar bears. Up to 500 mother bears a year give birth on remote Wrangel island, also the last place to see woolly mammoths https://t.co/6l9PNIV46X pic.twitter.com/7GTI12W6J7
— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) February 8, 2021
Another from guurst:
— John Williams (@williamsjohn76) February 7, 2021
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