Alaska woman using outhouse attacked by bear, from below Star Tribune (Chuck L)
Moose And Her Family Sneak Into Man’s Backyard And Decide To Make It Their Own Animal Rescue (David L)
Mars landing: Excitement builds over new images from Nasa Perseverance rover BBC. Resilc: “More excitement if Texans had drinkable water instead of this military jobs program.”
How fires have spread to previously untouched parts of the world Guardian (resilc)
Making Sense of the Mass Data Generated From Firing Neurons Neuroscience News (David L)
A Marketplace and a Temple: Ancient Urbanism London Review of Books (Anthony L)
The penis: a life Aeon (Chuck L)
Coronavirus Vaccine Nears Final Tests in Cuba. Tourists May Be Inoculated. New York Times. Honestly, looks easier to get it there than in Alabama.
The pandemic made the world realise the importance of human contact Economist. At the risk of oversharing, as a WASP, I can’t relate.
Why We Can’t Make Vaccine Doses Any Faster ProPublica (resilc)
Andrew Cuomo’s Week From Hell Will Test His Political Stranglehold Vanity Fair (resilc)
Getting a Covid shot at a time of health care corruption Lucy Komisar. More Cuomo watch.
Why Myanmar’s military will win in the end – Asia Times
Antonio Lettieri – The problematic future of Mario Draghi’s new Italian government Brave New Europe (Eileen Appelbaum)
An Inside Look at Cuba’s Constant Struggle for Clean Water New York Times (resilc)
If it were a narco lab, it would be working London Review of Books (Anthony L). On Honduras.
New Cold War
Lipstick on a Pig, British Style: Or Why the UK’s Anti- Russian Propaganda Campaign is Bound to Fail IRRUSSIONALITY (Anthony Li)
U.N. Report Accuses Blackwater Founder of Libya Weapons Ban Violations Wall Street Journal. Oh, this is going to be FUN!
Untold Chaos: living through Libya’s wars – documentary Guardian (resilc)
How to Write About Iran: A Guide for Journalists, Analysts, and Policymakers McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (Anthony L)
Garbage collectors in Ankara open a library with books rescued from the trash. “The only regret the men have, is that they didn’t start collecting sooner.”https://t.co/wWpWAeFA2H pic.twitter.com/hDNEUhuMNt
— Caroline de Gruyter (@CarolineGruyter) February 19, 2021
Imperial Collapse Watch
The F-35’s Engine Is a Bit Busted Right Now Popular Mechanics
Texas Deep Freeze
President Biden to declare major disaster in Texas BBC. Isn’t this a little late?
Fundraisers For Texas—From AOC, Beyoncé, Reese Witherspoon And More—Net MillionsEfforts follow the White House’s promise for more aid. Forbes (resilc). Charming. As Lambert stressed yesterday, the government should be the first line of social services in emergencies…..
Texas inmates stuck with clogged toilets, freezing cells, advocates say: ‘So cold that their bodies are numb’ Houston Chronicle (resilc). Turtles got better treatment.
Q&A: What was behind Nebraska’s rolling blackouts? Why did an outside group decide? Omaha World-herald (Kevin W)
After acquittal, Trump 2024? Maybe not so fast Associated Press (furzy)
Police suggest keeping Capitol fence for months, source says Federal Times (Kevin W)
President Biden Addresses the Munich Security Conference C-SPAN (Kevin C)
Newsmax guest attacks Biden’s dogs for being dirty and “unlike a presidential dog” pic.twitter.com/6yitOlM765
— aliciasadowski (@aliciasadowski6) February 20, 2021
Beto O’Rourke’s response to crisis rekindles speculation about his political plans. New York Times (Kevin W)
The Tea Party Began 12 Years Ago. What’s Changed—and What Hasn’t. Washington Monthly
Georgia Republicans in sweeping new effort to make it harder to vote Guardian (Kevin W)
Bernie Sanders lays out ambitious Budget Committee agenda Washington Post
Our Famously Free Press
What people who call @ggreenwald right-wing are actually saying is that his views – opposition to monopoly, surveillance, and censorship, skepticism of secret police agencies, belief in journalistic fairness – are incompatible with current Democratic Party orthodoxy.
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) February 19, 2021
Judge rejects Rep. Devin Nunes defamation suit against CNN Associated Press (furzy). As we said, defamation suits are hard to win in the US.
Once again, @BBCNews reveals itself as an establishment mouthpiece.
Lead item on BBC News at Ten: fully five minutes on Harry & Meghan not returning as ‘working’ royals.
Virtually buried: brief 30-second item on government breaking the law in failing to publish Covid contracts. pic.twitter.com/zcPGp1MOFo
— Media Lens (@medialens) February 20, 2021
Lawmakers in U.K., Canada Slam Facebook After Australia News Blackout Wall Street Journal (furzy)
Facebook makes a power move in Australia – and may regret it Associated Press (furzy)
Google fires Margaret Mitchell, another top researcher on its AI ethics team Guardian (Kevin W). Looking like Google has problems with ethics, as opposed to particular people. Google claims Mitchell removed company documents….but I’d like to hear Mitchell on this issue. If she thought she was being fired or about to be scapegoated, she might have taken copies so as to assist if she needed to litigate (having docs is a hell of a lot easier than suing to get them via discovery).
Meg Mitchell, lead of the Ethical AI team has been fired. She got an email to her personal email. After locking her out for 5 weeks.
There are many words I can say right now. I’m glad to know that people don’t fall for any of their bull.
To the VPs at google, I pity you.
— Timnit Gebru (@timnitGebru) February 19, 2021
If serious, it’s desperate, heavy-handed, and unproductive, but could just as well be understood on both sides to be optics:
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 20, 2021
FAA Tracking All Boeing 737 Max Flights Around World With Satellites Bloomberg. Not a good look.
Antidote du jour (furzy):
And a bonus (Jules):
This cat is tearing up the slopes pic.twitter.com/74uEvQZl4y
— Aaron Cohen (@ImoveCar) February 19, 2021
See yesterdays Links and Antidote du Jour here.