Father and Son Build ‘Stick Library’ for Local Dogs To “Borrow” Sticks My Modern Met (David L)
Your Indifferent Cat Won’t Choose Your Friend Over Your Enemy, Research Finds Science Alert (Chuck L)
To fight climate change, save the whales, some scientists say MongaBay (furzy)
In a Momentous Discovery, Scientists Show Neanderthals Could Produce Human-Like Speech ScienceAlert (Kevin W; similar story from Chuck L)
A 1990s iMac Processor Powers NASA’s Perseverance Rover Gizmodo (Kevin W)
Deep Nostalgia: ‘creepy’ new service uses AI to animate old family photos Guardian (Kevin W)
Climate activists aim to ban new gas stations Axios (Chuck L)
Huge, Global Study of Plastic Toys Finds Over 100 Substances That May Harm Children Science Alert (Chuck L)
New Vaccine Developed By Massachusetts’ Doctor to Prevent Lyme Disease In Humans Field and Stream (David L)
Donors bet on a US firm to fix testing in Africa. Then COVID-19 hit Reuters (resilc)
A bit heavy on J&J but this is an even stronger version of what we’ve been saying:
New York Covid-19 Variant Expands Reach in U.S. With 735 Cases Bloomberg (furzy)
6) But wait, didn’t we just see the J&J vaccine being 64% efficacious overall and 81.7% efficacious against severe #COVID19 in South Africa 🇿🇦 after 28 days? YES!!!
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 2, 2021
8) Furthermore, the J&J trial was done in a middle of the WORST SURGE periods in each country that implemented the J&J trial! What does this matter? In epidemiology, we call this high background rate—which can skew efficacy vs the Pfizer/Moderna trials with low rates—here is how: pic.twitter.com/Zq5Qe1Eok5
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) March 2, 2021
Housing insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Kevin C). Important. $90 billion in missed payments. Nearly 10% of Americans may lose housing.
The big-spending state may be here to stay—even after the pandemic ends Quartz (resilc). As if that’s a bad thing….absent our wee pervasive corruption problem.
This idea that the parliamentarian “rules” on something in some formal sense that you then have to override in some kind of unorthodox move is just not true. The parliamentarian is not even mentioned in the congressional budget act, only the presiding officer, i.e. Kamala Harris.
— Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenig) March 2, 2021
Brexit constipation Chris Grey (guurst)
New Cold War
Why Hasn’t Biden Rejoined the Iran Deal? American Conservative. Resilc: “Because Kagan/Nuland driving this train now.”
Biden Betrayed His Promise to Defend Human Rights and Jamal Khashoggi New Yorker (furzy). As Lambert said:
The *only* reason this story matters is that some Washington journalists had cocktails in Georgetown with the dude, and being only ONE degree of separation away from a corpse is too much for their delicate sensibilities. Two, or better three or four degrees, no problemo!
Everybody pushing this story should grow the fuck up. Is Henry Kissinger still in everybody’s Rolodex? Alrighty then..
Pentagon: U.S. strike on Syrian compound killed one fighter, wounded two more Washington Post (furzy)
Soldiers in Cameroon, a Close U.S Ally, Commit Mass Rape Intercept
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Republicans in Diasarray
Watch out! Biden wants to save the planet Asia Times (Kevin W)
Andrew Cuomo Is Screwed New Republic. About time.
How the 1st US city to fund reparations for Black residents is making amends ABC (UserFriendly)
Texas Deep Freeze Aftermath
There Is No Such Thing as “White” Math Bari Weiss (Dr. Kevin)
Stacy Graham-Hunt: Call me Black, not BIPOC New Haven Register (UserFriendly)
The ultimate example of woke-washing. Man who oversaw torture, surveillance, and drone assassination programs says what embarrasses him is… this? https://t.co/H1iJO16jtI
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) March 2, 2021
Our Famously Free Press
In Defense Of Substack Matt Taibbi. The gatekeepers are in meltdown mode. Good! They must really feel threatened. But it doesn’t seem to occur to them that they need to stop being in the business of toadying to power.
Note CodePink sent an e-mail blast with this headline to enlist support: “Twitter Suspends Prominent Activist for Palestinian Rights, No Explanation Given”
CODEPINK’s @ArielElyseGold is BACK!! 🎉
After days of suspension, and endless support from the online and anti-war communities, Twitter has reinstated Ariel’s account (surprise, surprise, she was never in violation). Thank you to all who signed the petition in support! 🙏🏾🙏🏻🙏🏿🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/5fFIIWb2CG
— CODEPINK (@codepink) March 1, 2021
Hard to say if this is pathetic or genius. Won’t be (as) hostage to the usual revenue sources!
Oil Trade Group Is Poised to Endorse Carbon Pricing Wall Street Journal. Mirabile dictu. A capitulation to the inevitable. We first wrote about this in 2007, not long after the site started. It was then an old idea.
The missing trillions: The hidden cost of energy externalities University of Sussex (Robert M). So the price won’t be high enough.
Athol Williams on why companies involved in State Capture should be prosecuted Business Maverick (Mark T). SA whistleblower v. Bain. Note:
McKinsey entered into thoroughly corrupt contracts with Transnet, SAA and Eskom – and Bain with SARS and SAA. They should be subject to criminal investigation.
The real reason to worry about MMT is not the theory but the practice, Ross Gittins, SMH, 01/03/21 https://t.co/1BFIG5K0db
Public sector debt is not the problem. Private debt is 200% of GDP, four times public borrowing. XS private debt (and low wages) undermine the economy.
— Irvine Enmore (@guauen) February 28, 2021
Citi may face a shareholder vote on a racial equity audit New York Times. You need to scroll down a bit to find this story:
Citigroup has no legal basis for blocking an investor proposal demanding a report on how its practices affect minority communities , the S.E.C. ruled Friday. That increases the likelihood that the bank’s board will have to examine itself in the glare of the public.
Greensill Capital Faces Possible Insolvency After Credit Suisse Suspends Investment Funds Wall Street Journal. Paywalled, but a wild story and a WSJ exclusive. Try Googling the headline. Greensill provided supply chain financing. From the top of the piece:
Specialty finance firm Greensill Capital headed toward a rapid unraveling after Credit Suisse Group AG suspended $10 billion of investment funds that fueled the SoftBank Group Corp.-backed startup.
Servicing the National Debt St. Louis Fed. UserFriendly: “I like where this is going.”
Are Endowments Damaging Colleges and Universities? American Prospect (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour (furzy):
And a bonus (guurst):
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— Марфа (@Kajenskajasmes) February 27, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.