Antarctic Stunner: Mysterious Creatures Discovered Under a Half Mile of Ice Mother Jones (furzy)
The White Dots in This Image Are Not Stars or Galaxies. They’re Black Holes ScienceAlert (David L)
A first-of-its-kind geoengineering experiment is about to take its first step MIT Technology Review
People with extremist views less able to do complex mental tasks, research suggests Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
Before and after: how the 2011 earthquake changed Christchurch Guardian (Kevin W)
How Antidepressants Work, At Last? Science (UserFriendly). Um, “work” is doing a lot of work in that headline. Antidepressants either didn’t work at all or only worked for six weeks to four months on the depressive men on my father’s side of the family.
Covid-19 nightmare across Maharashtra.
34% rise in active cases between February 7-21.
— News18 (@CNNnews18) February 23, 2021
COVID/Vitamin D: Much More Than You Wanted To Know Astral Codex Ten (vlade)
Scientists say clinical trials for ‘variant-proof’ vaccines could start very soon Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
These are your lungs.
These are your lungs on COVID.
Any questions? pic.twitter.com/CayKttAy1d
— Sam Ghali, M.D. (@EM_RESUS) February 23, 2021
For 78 days in a row
the 7-day moving avg for number of daily deaths from COVID was above 2000
Over the weekend, it fell under 2,000 for first time in nearly 3 months
By next week, it'll be at 1500
And its falling a bit faster than I was expecting
— Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (@ashishkjha) February 23, 2021
The Population of China Compared with the Rest of the World Visual Capitailst Furzy points out: “They left out Russia, India and Africa…..”
Alex Salmond – After Massive Suppression Attempts, Testimony Finally Published Craig Murray (UserFriendly)
Getting some traction: Alex Salmond accuses Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP chief husband and party figures of ‘conspiracy’ to ‘ruin his life’ and have him jailed ahead of Holyrood inquiry appearance Daily Mail (Kevin W)
Biden: End U.S. Hypocrisy on Israeli Nukes Foreign Policy. UserFriendly: “File under things that won’t happen.”
They Built Libraries to Honor Loved Ones, Women Felled by Bombings New York Times. From resilc, who worked for the Peace Corps and USAID:
Who writes this shit? I know who funds it. The Taliban will run the whole shithole in 6 mos. It’s China and Pakistan’s problem. not mine. What about the unheated and unwatered libraries in Texas??????????? At least they are guarded by the space force.
Pentagon Chief Pledges Continued Support to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Democracy Now!(furzy)
Imperial Collapse Watch
An engine shortage is the newest problem to hit the F-35 enterprise DefenseNews. Kevin W: “The problems with the Pratt & Whitney engines here sound like that they may be related with that airliner that had it’s engine get shredded by a broken fan blade.”
Stevie Wonder is moving to Ghana CNN (furzy)
Tanden’s path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable The Hill. Bwahhhaaa!
Normalizing Foreign Trade Relations Angry Bear
Supreme Court Denies Trump Bid to Block Access to Tax, Financial Records Wall Street Journal. Top tax expert contact maintains this is a nothingburger, that 1. There are very different bases for valuation for tax v. lending and the bank is supposed to do its own valuation, including verifying rent rolls; 2. The Trump income for forgiveness of debt was offset by losses. But Trump has been hiring such terrible lawyers of late that who knows how he’ll come out of this.
Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen team up for new podcast Guardian (Kevin W)
The Vote lawsuit: How GOP donor Fred Eshelman came to want his money back Washington Post (UserFriendly)
MyPillow C.E.O. Sued Over Election Fraud Claims New York Times. As we said, defamation suits are hard to win and you can also win and not get meaningful damages (Harry Shearer won a defamation suit and was awarded $1). The key hurdle is showing “actual malice” or negligence. If MyPillow dude believed the Trump cray cray and can show he did, it’s hard to see this going much of anywhere except costing MuPillow dude a lot in legal fees.
Confirming the thesis above: The MyPillow Guy Is Totally Stoked to Get Sued for $1.3 Billion Vice. MyPillow dude gets to do discover on Dominion.
Texas Froze by Design James K. Galbraith, Project Syndicate (J-LS)
Consumers and Price Volatility: Texas Electricity Prices Adam Levitin, Credit Slip. He sees the parallel, as I did, with pre-crisis adjustable rate mortgages (which BTW Alan Greenspan himself touted). However, what I have yet to understand is why there aren’t risk sharing products. When I bought my first apartment in NYC, it was a co-op, and hence outside the Fannie/Freddie paradigm. It was also 1983, when mortgage rates were still very high. A standard product (which I took) was an adjustable rate mortgage with a ceiling and a floor. The interest rate would vary, but only in a 3% range. Caps and collars were a well-established product back then. Why aren’t they more widely used? Well, yes, I know if the rubes will happily buy a dangerous, defective product, why suffer the small reduction in profit to save them from self destruction?
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Our Famously Free Press
Postcard From Peru: Why the Morality Plays Inside The Times Won’t Stop New York Times (UserFriendly)
Facebook reverses Australia news ban after government makes media code amendments Guardian. Just broke at 1:00 AM EST; unlikely to get much insight by the time I turn in, so if you come across good commentary or tweets, please add them in comments.
Microsoft throws Google under the bus in European news fight arstechnica (Kevin W)
FAIR Act is being revived in Washington, raising hopes for end to forced arbitration MarketWatch (UserFriendly)
America’s Future: Trillionaire Trust Fund Babies? CounterPunch (fk)
Antidote du jour. Jules:
One of my favorite places around here is the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY (https://nywolf.org/). In season and when there is no covid, the center gives educational programs and allows people to view their ‘ambassador wolves’ that come close to the fence and watch them feed. The wolves are treated respectfully and not as show animals; the purpose of the center is to prevent extinction by raising and then releasing endangered wolves.
Currently they have several wolves that they are breeding to eventually be released into the wild in the US. They also have wolf cams so you can click on them any time to see what the wolves are doing. I just checked and got a rare closeup of this beautiful gray wolf (I know it looks red but it was in the area for gray wolves Rosa, Alleno and family, and the families do NOT mix).
Please consider donating to the Conservation Center and maybe even ‘adopting’ a wolf
And a bonus (Kevin W). When I looked, it was night and the eagle was sleeping with a wing over its head.
Another bonus (guurst) of a tiger cub, erm, vocalizing. Here he’s quite chatty, maybe because he’s bored and wants attention.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.