Lambert here: Yves asks me to say that if you don’t see a second CalPERS post, it’s coming. She had a power failure, due to thunderstorms (!).
The Revolt Against the 30% Mafia Moe Tkacik, Marker
New-Fangled Tulips (NFTs):
Out of curiosity I dug into how NFT's actually reference the media you're "buying" and my eyebrows are now orbiting the moon
— Jonty Wareing (@jonty) March 17, 2021
And the technical catch:
THAT file refers to the actual media you just "bought". Which in this case is hosted via a @cloudinary CDN, served by Nifty's servers again.
So if Nifty goes bust, your token is now worthless. It refers to nothing. This can't be changed.
"But you said some use IPFS!"
— Jonty Wareing (@jonty) March 17, 2021
So I guess we’ll be seeing a market in “NFT insurance” any day.
School reopening without robust COVID-19 mitigation risks accelerating the pandemic The Lancet. While I have questioned the fungibility of data sans epidemiology across national borders, I do note that Lancet recommends the following:
- Open windows and doors
- Teach outdoors (or in large halls) wherever possible
- Use CO2 monitors to assess air quality
- Install High Efficiency Particulate Air filters with air cleaning devices
- All physical education outdoors
- No high-risk lessons (eg, singing, brass or wind instruments), except remotely
In its school re-opening guidelines, CDC emphatically makes no recommendations on ventilation whatever. Commentary on the article in this thread:
An update on evidence on childhood transmission now that schools have opened in England, and have been open in Scotland for >2 wks – the biased narratives that have led us here, & a summary of these biases, recent evidence, and what this means for the near term in the UK.
— Deepti Gurdasani (@dgurdasani1) March 13, 2021
COVID-19 has closed a Philly school that just reopened for in-person learning Inquirer. Nobody could have predicted….
How to Build a Better Homemade Face Mask, According to Science Smithsonian. Citizen science!
Crying wolf in time of Corona: the strange case of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. Is the fear of failure withholding potential life-saving treatment from clinical use? Signae Vitae. Peer-reviewed and indexed, albeit Croation.
A day of tragedy and terror in Hlaing Tharyar Frontier Myanmar. Still going:
— Matthew Tostevin (@TostevinM) March 17, 2021
In Myanmar’s Yangon, Scenes Reminiscent of a War Zone
The carnival-like atmosphere of the early protests has given way to fear and death; some residents are making DIY weapons, and police hunt and kill people at will. https://t.co/TUA5BlMXFG#WhatIsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/YSKRmuJLUR
— The Irrawaddy (Eng) (@IrrawaddyNews) March 18, 2021
The military’s war on journalists Frontier Myanmar. Along with Internet and mobile shutdowns:
Confirmed: Fixed-line/wifi internet has been shut down in #Myanmar for the 32nd consecutive night from 1 am local time, while mobile data has been disabled for three days, producing a vacuum of information as the people fight for their country's future.
— NetBlocks (@netblocks) March 17, 2021
The Risky Business of Emerging Manufacturing Hubs Business of Fashion
Night life in the darkness of White Town People’s Archive of Rural India.
Biden on US meeting looming Afghanistan withdrawal deadline: ‘Could happen, but it is tough’ CNN. Meanwhile, a lovely example of a self-licking ice cream cone:
VIDEO: Dozens of women widowed by the Afghan war have been given a lifeline by the army, stitching military uniforms indistinguishable from the ones their husbands died in pic.twitter.com/VmGe0I2mT1
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) March 17, 2021
The Libya Allergy Foreign Policy
Coronavirus: Knesset okays electronic bracelet for returnees from abroad Jerusalem Post (Re Silc).
Baby bottle craze sweeps Gulf Arab states, sparks backlash Channel News Asia
4 Dutch election takeaways Politico
Proud Boys Leaders in Four States Are Charged in Capitol Riot NYT (Furzy Mouse).
Treasury and IRS extend filing and payment deadline to May 17 U.S. Department of the Treasury
The Filibuster, Aaron Burr, and Mitch McConnell Hogeland’s Bad History
Surge in Migrants Defies Easy or Quick Solutions for Biden NYT. But the babies! In cages!
House Democrats Push To Revive ‘Medicare For All’ Effort Kaiser Health News. A round-up.
Rip Up the Unemployment System and Start Again The New Republic
America’s Drinking Water Is Surprisingly Easy to Poison Pro Publica (Re Silc).
Our Famously Free Press
A doctor dreams of moving to Canada Libby Watson, Sick Note
Tesla reportedly had 450 cases of coronavirus at its California plant after reopening last May The Verge. Twitter thread from the source that actually broke the story:
Excellent lying skills. The Department very well knows that the factory was operational in March and April in violation of the multi-county-wide shutdown order. pic.twitter.com/PDMkwkYrBV
— PlainSite (@PlainSite) March 13, 2021
Goldman Sachs executive buys Jeffrey Epstein mansion The Hill. Perfect.
Column: Why do so many Mexican Americans defend Speedy Gonzales? LA Times. That’s Mexican Americanx.
Wagnermania The Baffler. “Russian revolutionary Mikhail Bakunin [was] later cited by George Bernard Shaw as the model for Siegfried, anarchic Übermensch of the Ring cycle” (!!!!). “Dumb as a tenor” certainly isn’t the first opera cliché I’d apply to Bakunin!
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus antidote (with sound up). Good kitty:
My cat staring down a blue tit on the bird feeder while playing her own Alfred Hitchcock-style theme tune of suspense is probably the best thing I’ve seen all year… 🎹 🔈 pic.twitter.com/wTMW7stVMv
— Library Cat (@edinlibrarycat) March 16, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.