Dear patient readers,
Apologies for what may come off as whinging. I am tired and even more out of sorts than usual (and you know by now that a sunny disposition is not my trademark). So you are again getting short rations on original posts.
I’ve had a low-grade bug for 2+ weeks, definitely not Covid but enough to make me even more fatigued than normal, plus frustration about my worsening orthopedic issues (and now some pain, and yours truly has exceedingly high pain tolerance, so this isn’t something I’m used to) and a lack of any good treatment options, plus more hassles with my mother (the latest being one of our four aides has recently started having trouble transferring my mother in and out of her wheelchair; I don’t like the idea of bringing in a new aide, and I have very limited options that way. The alternative would be hiring an occupational therapist to nominally train my mother but actually train the aide. That sounds great save for finding said occupational therapist. I know pretty much no one in the community. The agency who employs the aide had no leads and said to ask my mother’s MD. His past physical therapist referral was to a nursing agency that put my mother through such an exhausting “assessment” drill that she refused additional visits. I guarantee his office will again suggest that agency).
Scientists May Have Just Solved The Long-Standing Mystery of Earth’s ‘Missing Ice’ Science Alert (Chuck L)
Cutting down forests: what are the drivers of deforestation? Our World in Data
Francis Gooding · G&Ts on the Veranda: The Science of Man London Review of Books (Anthony L)
Coronavirus: 11 test positive on New York rescue flight to Israel Jerusalem Post. Resilc: “They are Hamas’ best weapon.”
Coronavirus Reinfection Will Soon Become Our Reality Atlantic (David L)
Why are we still disinfecting surfaces to stop COVID-19? Popular Science (resilc)
Pew survey finds low-income, minority respondents overwhelmingly support keeping schools closed until teachers vaccinated. Upper-income, white, and Republican respondents more likely to want schools reopened as soon as possible. https://t.co/ItYTtznm73 pic.twitter.com/I77J0ivt0g
— Andrew Kreighbaum (@kreighbaum) February 24, 2021
C.D.C. Traces Covid Outbreaks in Gyms, Urging Stricter Precautions New York Times. Resulting from energetic group classes. (David L)
A Reply to Perry Anderson on Europe Denis McShane (guurst). Quite the takedown on a number of important points.
Bank of England to ‘resist firmly’ EU raid on London, warns governor Guardian (Kevin W). Um, that horse left the barn and is in the next county. France and the ECB tried forcing Euro derivatives trading to the continent because euro many years back. The ECJ ruled they couldn’t do that because it amounted to discriminating against an EU member. With the UK outside the EU, there’s no impediment to the EU insisting Euro clearing take place in the EU…the same way dollar clearing takes place in the US (take note of all those foreign banks with New York branches for that reason).
The impact of the SNP fallout is hard to predict BBC (Kevin W)
The EU will choke off Europe’s recovery Thomas Fazi. Fazi is excellent on Eurobanking but a bit pathological on the topic of the EU.
Rage boils over amid Argentina’s unrelenting femicide crisis AlJazeera (Chuck L)
The real regional problem with the Iran deal Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
‘Failed’ at what? The F-35 won almost every battle for more and bigger contracts it ever fought… https://t.co/sCTd5aHBPr
— Jeffrey St. Clair (@JSCCounterPunch) February 24, 2021
Writing Our Own Foreign Policy Destiny American Conservative
What the Bond Market Is Telling Us About the Biden Economy New York Times. UserFriendly: “Kill me.”
President Biden Signs Executive Order Reviewing Supply Chains C-SPAN (Kevin C). As we said earlier, a study = a handwave
Ex-Capitol security chiefs say they didn’t receive FBI memo warning of Jan. 6 “war” Axios. Resilc: “They are using the same 9/11 excuse……..the dog ate my notice that Saudis were going to fly planes into buildings……notice the FBI, God’s gift to MSNBC, is always involved….”
Fascinating look at the top concerns for Democratic voters: https://t.co/i5dP3fe26O
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 24, 2021
Tennessee Republicans Propose Using Fingerprints For Voter ID Forbes. Resilc: “Next, strip searches.”
Drunk driving charge dropped against Springsteen; $500 fine for drinking at beach Reuters. Resilc: “Was this in his Obomba chat fest podcast.”
Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen’s Podcast Is Another Empty Appeal to Unity Vice. Resilc: “Why people for vote for trump is this bs?
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Texas’s deregulated electricity market raised consumer costs by $28B: WSJ The Hill (Kevin W). Note this does not include the cost after the deep freeze.
Surviving the Texas Freeze in a Gerrymandered City Slate (resilc)
News site Stuff left Facebook. Seven months later, traffic is just fine and trust is higher Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (furzy)
This mindset says there’s no need to engage with “bad” ideas directly, because “you allow them to steal your attention from better treatments of an issue.” So no need to actually read “bad” books. Just read the summaries by “better” sources. https://t.co/gH2eJ1c1ui
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) February 24, 2021
Is your house going to flood because of climate change? These maps will tell you Fast Company (David L)
Jet Fuel Demand Is The Only Thing Holding Oil Back Oilprice (Kevin W)
Cleveland Hopkins readies proposal for new airport terminal Cleveland. Carla R: “Illusions and delusions in Cleveland. Very sad indeed.”
As Buildings’ Life Spans Shrink, Developers Try to Adjust New York Times (resilc)
Duke is a Trademark Bully! Marginal Revolution
Fed Outage Raises Questions on Wall Street as Services Restored Bloomberg (furzy)
Chump change: The Romney–Cotton minimum wage proposal leaves 27 million workers without a pay increase Economic Policy Institute
Inside a Battle Over Race, Class and Power at Smith College New York Times
Nonsense! Job numbers are determined by public & private investment, not by undergraduate degree choice. A college education is not vocational training; it’s meant to transform students into well-rounded critical thinkers, communicators & community membershttps://t.co/ij9xLfZ3D0
— Scott Ferguson (@videotroph) February 24, 2021
Antidote du jour (furzy):
And a bonus (guurst)
— Arshad Sharif (@arsched) October 20, 2020
And a contrast (Chuck L):
Parkour trash panda: even better with the Mission Impossible soundtrack ? pic.twitter.com/pOC6kRSfOc
— Kurt Kohlstedt (@KurtKohlstedt) February 21, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.