Why do cats purr? BBC Science Focus (Furzy Mouse).
Study: Antifouling May be a Major Source of Microplastic Pollution Maritime Executive
Immunizing the World: Can We Do It? The Globalist
Finland Had a Patent-Free COVID-19 Vaccine Nine Months Ago — But Still Went With Big Pharma Jacobin (KLG25). Today’s must-read.
Vocabulary for variants:
A lot of SARS-CoV-2 variants, "scariants", chatter over the last few days.
Let's cut through the atrocious reporting and sloppy science, since there are signals in the underlying data that are of interest and may, or may not, be important.
— Kristian G. Andersen (@K_G_Andersen) February 27, 2021
In the Beltway, “concern” means “hair on fire,” so “Variant of Concern” is a good phrase.
Central banks of China and United Arab Emirates join digital currency project for cross-border payments Bank of International Settlements
Why the tanks keep rolling WaPo. “Militaries are getting better at overthrowing elected governments.”
Revealing the dubious links of an Australian company in troubled Myanmar Sydney Morning Herald
‘A lost generation’: COVID-19 takes emotional toll on Indonesia’s young Channel News Asia
North Korea’s Missed Opportunity: The Unique, Dovish Moment of the Overlapping Trump and Moon Presidencies (PDF) Korea Institute for Defense Analysis
David Oliver: Lack of PPE betrays NHS clinical staff British Medical Journal
Europe should ‘go big’ on fiscal policy too Adam Tooze, Chartbook
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Anti-Big Tech crusader poised to join Biden admin Politico. Tim Wu. Big if true and in good faith.
Exclusive: Biden in no rush to lift Venezuela sanctions, seeks ‘serious steps’ by Maduro Reuters. Serious like what? Autodefenestration?
The Lies Aren’t Secret The American Conservative
Democrats en deshabille
Andrew Cuomo Is Finished Ross Barkan, Political Currents. That’s a damn shame.
Bernie’s loss, and two theories of capitalism Carl Beijer
The Texas Blackout Is the Story of a Disaster Foretold Texas Monthly
ERCOT pulls the plug on electricity retailer Griddy’s ability to operate in Texas Dallas Morning News (MV).
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Little League Wants All Your Information Kirk Strauser, Honeypot.net
Our Famously Free Press
New York Times Columnist David Brooks Blogged For Facebook’s Corporate Site Buzzfeed. Ka-ching.
Groves of Academe
Atlas, Ferguson, and Hanson: On Free Speech at Stanford Stanford Review
I think we’re getting to a tipping point Welcome to Hell World. Includes an interview with a health insurance billing coder.
Measuring Colonial Extraction: The East India Company’s Rule and the Drain of Wealth (1757–1858) (PDF) Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics. The whole issue is free. It’s pretty impressive.
Gig companies prepare to bring their fight for independent work nationwide under a more skeptical Biden administration CNBC. “Independent work” my Sweet Aunt Fanny.
9-year-old girl cries to virtual class that she’s ‘starving,’ local food bank steps in Today. Reading between the lines, complex eligibility requirements are doing their job.
Measuring Household Distress and Potential Policy Impacts Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis
The Mars Helicopter is Online and Getting Ready to Fly Universe Today
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.