This Little Mesh Bag Helps Me Bathe My Cats With Ease Daily Beast (Furzy Mouse).
NASA’s astrobiology rover Perseverance makes historic Mars landing Reuters (Re Silc). The landing. Two hours:
Personally, I don’t think the human species deserves to get off-planet, and I hope the aliens intervene if we try, but I think Perserverance is a neat, heartening project anyhow.
Money Conquers Fear Is the Lesson of Covid Markets Bloomberg. Cf 1 John 4:18.
FortressIQ just comes out and says it: To really understand business processes, feed your staff’s screen activity to an AI The Register. The deck: “Everything will be anonymised, promises vendor.”
Polar Vortex 2021
It’s Always The Same Lie Defector
How to Boil Water Without Power or Water The Brockovich Report
Massachusetts’ Vaccine Scheduling Website Crashed. Here’s How People Reacted NBC Boston (Re Silc).
System Failure Foreign Affairs. On global heatlh governance. This is interesting:
The U.S.-led global health order of the past did achieve major victories, with the high-water mark being the bid by the George W. Bush administration in 2003 to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic through the program known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Activists capitalized on the moral standing that the United States had gained in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to build an unprecedented coalition with conservative Christian policymakers. They launched PEPFAR with an initial budget of $15 billion over five years. Since then, Congress has reauthorized the program every five years. Having devoted to date over $95 billion, it remains the largest commitment of any government in history to address a disease and the largest commitment by the U.S. government to any cause since the Marshall Plan. It has been enormously successful, preventing, by one estimate, 18 million deaths.
Myanmar’s politics of disaster: How the coup could worsen the pandemic Globe_. Little mention of Myanmar’s enormous and border-hopping working class diaspora.
Will the Indo-Pacific become the new battleground for US- and China-led alliances? South China Morning Post
Quad vows to work with ASEAN and Europe in first Biden-era meeting Nikkei Asian Review
Why Are Farmers Protesting in India? Lawfare. Finally, the Blob reacts.
It’s Not The 90s Any More Stumbling and Mumbling
UN Special Rapporteur’s Report on Impact of US Blockade Against Venezuela Venezuelanalysis. Meanwhile, in Bolivia:
The stunning and complete reversal of the OAS-engineered coup in Bolivia at the end of 2019, and the full-scale reinstatement of Bolivian sovereignty by the democratically elected successor to Evo Morales, is a story of great consequence and inspiration. https://t.co/EHttI9Jnu5
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 18, 2021
Biden privately tells governors: Minimum wage hike likely isn’t happening Politico. That’s OK. My $2,000 check will make up for it. Oh, wait….
Biden pledges $4 billion for COVAX vaccinations program Deutsche Welle. So much for this America First bushwa! (To be clear, I think this move by President Jellyby is sound both morally and in terms of realpolitik, but the contrast is a little stark. I certainly hope the COVAX program is means-tested!)
Beware Economists Warning Against “Too Much Stimulus” (Again) The Big Picture. Creeps bearing grifts.
Democrats en Deshabille
Cuomo-gate: A Nixonian Scandal Is Engulfing New York David Sirota, Daily Poster. See, e.g. (Bob).
6 Capitol Police officers suspended, 29 others being investigated for alleged roles in riot CNN. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Rush Limbaugh, Who Should Have Stayed Jeff Christie Matt Taibbi, TK News. Situates Limbaugh in the radio business. (Funny to imagine Limbaugh as a funhouse-mirror reflection of the equally radio-centric Garrison Keillor.)
Don’t Read This If You Were a Rush Limbaugh Fan The Atantic. For due diligence, the classic:
What’s the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenberg?
One’s a flaming gasbag, the other is a Nazi dirigible.
Too soon? I think not.
Our Famously Free Press
Imperial Collapse Watch
The F-35’s Engine Is a Bit Busted Right Now Popular Mechanics (Re Silc). “Problems have forced the Air Force to reduce appearances by the service’s F-35 air show team.” Lockheed’s marketing department must be all in a dither.
As the U.S. innovation ranking falls, real critical thinking is needed The Hill (Re Silc).
Oakland Chinatown turns to private, armed security in wake of assaults, robberies San Francisco Chronicle. Next, warring states.
U.S. life expectancy fell by a year in the first half of 2020, CDC report finds STAT. Including this story again to make the point that similar headlines are everywhere. That was never the case with falling life expectancy in flyover due to deaths of despair, despite a three-year trend. I would hate to think tnat’s because in the United States, Covid struck the first hard blow in New York, a media and financial center. Or that the political class and the PMC generally are so embubbled that they only notice near-genocidal levels of fatality when it affects them personally.
End Capitalism Boston Review
Homeless Living in Vehicles, Screwed Again CIty Watch. Vehicles including RVs.
All fracked up: A debut memoir wrestles with toxic masculinity in the oil fields HIgh Country News. Normally, I deprecate “toxic ____” as pop psychology, but this video makes one think:
Would you do this job for R45 000 a month? pic.twitter.com/wx2PpoRcME
— Kgoshi Ya Lebowa (@Marcellomj) February 17, 2021
Uruk and the Emergence of Civilization Patrick Wyman, Perspectives
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