MARLIT: Artificial Intelligence Against Marine Litter Eurasia Review (David L)
China, Russia steal a vaccine diplomacy march Asia Times (Kevin W)
Feeling the strain: stress and anxiety weigh on world’s workers Financial Times
BioNTech-Pfizer COVID vaccine effective against 2 variants DW (resilc). You have to read carefully to see that this is in vitro. See here: Neutralization of SARS-CoV-2 spike 69/70 deletion, E484K and N501Y variants by BNT162b2 vaccine-elicited sera.
Vaccines Alone Are Not Enough to Beat COVID Scientific American (Robert M)
I have pointedly avoided reporting on accounts by MDs of Grade 4 reactions, but this is in the press: Man in his 70s collapses and dies just 25 minutes after receiving COVID-19 vaccine in NYC – as officials say he ‘didn’t have allergic reaction Daily Mail. And FWIW, the Mail is generally a vaccine cheerleader. Good charts in the article. Note Alabama and Oklahoma look to have the biggest gap between vaccine availability and uptake. Here, the process is a mess, so it may be that v. vaccine hesitancy.
Why the U.S. Is Underestimating COVID Reinfection Scientific American (Robert M). We’ve made occasional noises about observed cases of reinfections seeming to contract cheery analyses saying immunity lasts >6 months. And for those living in areas with high early infection rates, like NYC and California, we are more than six months past a case spike.
Wuhan mission unlikely to settle charged debate on virus origins Financial Times
Biden’s Herd Immunity Reality Check And Trouble In South Africa Heisenberg Report (resilc)
Nearly 10% of Americans Have at Least One Covid-19 Shot Wall Street Journal
Inside the Worst-Hit County in the Worst-Hit State in the Worst-Hit Country New Yorker (furzy)
A new study from a collaboration of scientists finds the faster spreading UK COVID-19 variant (B117) is spreading rapidly in the U.S.– particularly in FLORIDA. @DrEricDing on what that means and how to stop it. ?
More of our interview to come. pic.twitter.com/LYGuOduv9x
— Jay O'Brien (@jayobtv) February 8, 2021
Washington state hospitals scramble to find counterfeit N95 masks, test staffers Seattle Times (furzy)
People are fed up with broken vaccine appointment tools — so they’re building their own MIT Technology Review. Resilc has been trying for a week to get a vaccine appointment for an 85 in North Carolina. Today he sent a photo of three laptops next to each other all dedicated to this task. I didn’t get an explanation as to how three machines in parallel seeking a time might advance the cause….
‘It’s not safe or smart. It’s stupid’ MarketWatch
The NFL Honored Health Care Workers By Throwing A Superspreader Super Bowl Vice (resilc). Party across the street, and munchies looked cleaned out at the grocery store.
OUTBREAK OF #B1351 VARIANT IN AUSTRIA ??—B1351 ?? variant now identified in 293 cases in western Austria state of Tyrol—at least 140 active cases. Germany?? is considering closing the border to Tyrol. Austria govt has issued urgent travel warning. #COVID19https://t.co/87oqfd8XJ8
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) February 8, 2021
Gene Sperling: Joe Biden’s $1.9tn plan is necessary as economic recovery insurance Financial Times (David L)
I find it obscene that a Congress full of millionaires (funded by billionaires) is trying to means test the difference between $50,000 and $75,000 for a life-saving survival check during a pandemic. We need more working people in our government.
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) February 8, 2021
As an EU member, the UK was party to the ban on importing shellfish from 3rd countries. For a decade, UK suppliers did very nicely. Now outside the EU, the UK is subject to that ban. The Govt knew this was an inevitable consequence of Brexit. It has no grounds for complaint.
— Keith Burge (@carryonkeith) February 9, 2021
Cancel the public debt held by the ECB and “take back control” of our destiny Defend Democracy. Impressively long list of signatories. Above my pay grade to identify how many are seen as Serious Economists.
Robert Tombs – Perry Anderson: A Devastating Indictment of the EU Brave New Europe (Anthony L)
Myanmar: Military Coup d’état violates principles of rule of law, international law and Myanmar’s Constitution International Commission of Jurists (furzy). I find this bizarre. “What about ‘coup’ don’t you understand?” Perhaps I missed it, but did this group make any noise when the Maidan lot tore up Ukraine’s constitution?
India—like the rest of the world—is moving away from the path of economic austerity Quartz. When you’ve lost Modi…
Pacific Islands Forum in crisis as one-third of member nations quit Guardian (Kevin W)
Can Biden get the US out of Afghanistan? Asia Times (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Demagogues vs. Dictators by Michael Lind Project Syndicate (UserFriendly)
Where As a Nation Do We Go from Here? Pairagraph. UserFriendly: “A+++ back and forth between Chris Arnade and Michael Lind (addressed to each other).”
Former FBI Agent Questions Police Response At US Capitol KSL. Useful confirmation.
In America’s ‘Uncivil War,’ Republicans Are The Aggressors FiveThirtyEight
The Boogaloo Bois Have Guns, Criminal Records and Military Training. Now They Want to Overthrow the Government. ProPublica. I only skimmed this piece, but I don’t see the key factoid, which is how many of them there are. The FBI keeps tabs on these groups (and if anything has an incentive to exaggerate their numbers because funding). They said the Proud Boys had 600 members, meaning their media presence was way out of proportion to their actual ability to do anything. Hence I am suspicious of the same re the new militia threat du jour.
Shelby won’t run for reelection The Hill. Really too bad. Shelby is tough on Wall Street and in the shrinking minority of not cray-cray conservatives. But he is an old coot. DiFi should take notice.
Hacker attempted to poison water supply of Florida city, officials say Guardian (Kevin W)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Our Famously Free Press
Police State Watch
NRA Examiner Motion Adam Levitin, Credit Slips. Schadenfreude alert! Way more fun than the headline.
Tesla’s Balance Sheet Not Volatile Enough. Needs Bitcoin, Musk Reckons Heisenberg Report (resilc)
Boeing Board Failed to Challenge CEO on 737 MAX Safety, Lawsuit Says Wall Street Journal
Exclusive: Congressional Democrats set to back more than $50 billion for transportation sector Reuters. Resilc: “The Boeing/Delta et al welfare bill. The only trains we’ll see soon are Lionel.”
woah. just had time today to review Australia's report on adtech (222 pages!) – hands-down the best report I've ever seen on adtech complex – creates an overwhelmingly clear picture of the problem. Hint in this image of a monopoly participating in all sides of the market. /1 pic.twitter.com/EWCYgRFUJ4
— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) February 8, 2021
Regulation of Big Tech will decide the fate of Western democracies Business Insider (furzy)
A Historic Union Vote Gets Underway at Amazon Wired (resilc)
Orthodoxy of the Elites New York Review of Books (Jim B)
It’s Easy to Fix Inequality: Tax the Rich Counterpunch
What Jeff Bezos Hath Wrought New York Times (David L)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “Sebastian engrossed in bug watching.”
And a bonus (guurst):
— John Williams (@williamsjohn76) February 7, 2021
And another bonus (Lance N):
This is Statler..
He is a 33 year old bat and loves to go on his daily morning ‘flights’.. pic.twitter.com/FkTgJbkvWY
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) February 1, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.