Dolphin intelligence and humanity’s cosmic future Aeon Essays (Anthony L)
Mice biting hospital patients, ravaging farms as plague escalates across NSW Sky News (Anthony L)
Experience: Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle erupted in my front room Guardian (Dr. Kevin). Um, people admit to having bought them? Even as a joke? Don’t they realize that rewards her?
NASA and SpaceX sign agreement on spaceflight safety SpaceNews (Kevin W)
The High Speed Rail development by country (1976-present) pic.twitter.com/m7Ut8Q3cpu
— Carl Zha (@CarlZha) March 19, 2021
Jason Hickel introduces Degrowth – book review Monthly Review (Anthony L)
The Haunted Imagination of Alfred Hitchcock New Republic (Anthony L)
Covid-19: West Bank hospitals inundated while Israel tosses surplus vaccines Middle East Eye (resilc)
Scandinavian countries keep AstraZeneca vaccine on hold Financial Times (Kevin W)
Injecting MEN with the female hormone progesterone could reduce the severity of their COVID-19, study claims Daily Mail. Hahaha. Only 40 patients, so preliminary, BUT 1. We pointed to work from UCSF many moons ago that idenitified progesterone as a potential Covid treatment/prophylactic; 2. We years ago highlighted a reader comment (scientist) many years ago on the heart health benefits for men of progesterone. But dunno why injections. Testosterone and progesterone are regularly administered by topical creams and pills.
(7/7) This study provides yet more evidence that we do not fully understand what the long-term effects of contracting this virus might be.
COVID-19 is really not “just a flu”, and we should not accept living with it.
Elimination of COVID-19 should be our goal.
— Dr Zoë Hyde (@DrZoeHyde) March 20, 2021
Push to make Covid vaccines causes US drug shortages Financial Times
Fauci has consistently proved himself to be a political operator.
He largely toed the line under Trump, helped legitimize Cuomo’s failed response, and now he’s leant his credibility to the Biden administration’s reopening push even as epidemiologists sound the alarm.
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) March 19, 2021
Fireworks and fury set New Cold War tone in Alaska Asia Times (Kevin W)
Too young, too naive! https://t.co/9LThpXdLzt
— Victor Shih (@vshih2) March 20, 2021
The Sports Pages of Death Tom Engelhardt
China’s millennials, Generation Z leading nation away from Hollywood films, American culture, US brands South China Morning Post (resilc)
The Bayswater Grocer London Review of Books. On “Singapore: A Modern History.”
The great Brexit bodge job Chris Grey (guurst)
Incase your wondering why you’ve not heard from me lately – it’s because absolutely anything I try and move is made impossible by paperwork , VAT and insurance costs . In December we only needed a CMR – now you need a magic wand
— ciaran the euro courier ???? (@donnyc1975) March 18, 2021
PT4 – As you can see a ream of paper by the side to give scale…
— Matt Wilkin MS (@MattWilkinMS) March 17, 2021
‘Pandora’s box’ of Northern Ireland could be opened unless EU changes Brexit deal, loyalists warn Reuters. Buyer’s regret is not a good look.
The Tories are coming for the BBC Middle East Eye
New Cold War
Ahem, Trump was pilloried for coming to a similar view:
Biden made a mistake, there is no reason for hostility with Russia. The U.S. created the problem in the 1990s, Putin has amply paid us back. But there's nothing inherently incompatible with our two systems.
The Chinese government by contrast is actively fostering war.
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) March 19, 2021
10-year civilian bloodbath follows NATO airstrikes in Libya Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
Report: Biden Considering Keeping Troops in Afghanistan Until November 2099 Antiwar (resilc). That’s further out that the USPS advance pension funding requirement! Is he gonna pay for that now too?
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Camera Google Arts & Culture. Resilc: “Great scam.” Moi: Can’t prove it , but highly confident this is at least in part to enable Google to have a good face shot for snooping purposes.
Imperial Collapse Watch
This Is the F-36 Kingsnake. It Could Be the Air Force’s Next Fighter Jet Popular Mechanics. Resilc: “Kingsnakes = nonvenomous.”
The US Navy’s shaky plan to save its shipyards is getting overhauled DefenseNews (Kevin W)
President Joe Biden trips climbing the stairs to Air Force 1 pic.twitter.com/x8UD7q0a48
— The Hill (@thehill) March 19, 2021
The Purge of the Stoners Sardonicky (UserFriendly)
Deconstructed: Medicare for All Just Got a Massive Boost Intercept (resilc). Biden will still whip against it.
Vacuous Valor The Baffler (Anthony L). “Cawthorn’s unrepentant brand of stolen valor is the logical endpoint of a political culture that grossly overvalues military service.”
Report: FBI Now Probing Cuomo’s Corporate Immunity Law David Sirota (Kevin C)
Andrew Cuomo is not a victim of cancel culture Albany Times-Union (Tom D)
Our Famously Free Press
Unpresidented by Jon Sopel review: How not to be a foreign correspondent Times Literary Supplement (Anthony L)
Beware of Books! Persuasion (Anthony L)
NFTs are a dangerous trap Seth’s Blog (UserFriendly)
CalPERS whittles CIO pool to 3 before calling off search Pensions & Investments (Kevin W). Smacks of what we reported before, that the search committee is hostile to white men.
Covid-19 Supercharged the Advertising ‘Triopoly’ of Google, Facebook and Amazon Wall Street Journal (Paul R)
The government’s lawyers saw a Google monopoly coming. Their bosses refused to sue. Politico (Chuck L). From earlier in the week, still germane.
E-bike suspected cause of huge Australia house fire BBC (resilc). In Darlinghurst, a Sydney suburb (“suburb” in Oz-speak is a residential neighborhood and so can be pretty urban).
The Original Karen The Drift (Anthony L)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “Members of a wild burro family pack.”
Posting a Richard Smith bonus, where a similar vid was on a site that got yanked entirely from YouTube!
And another bonus:
i know a snack when i hear one pic.twitter.com/cfeRqPIBge
— Humor And Animals (@humorandanimals) March 2, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.