Beverly Cleary, Beloved Children’s Book Author, Dies at 104 New York Times (David L)
I Have Come to Bury Ayn Rand Nautilus (Anthony L)
Scientists Pin Down When Earth’s Crust Cracked, Then Came to Life Quanta (Anthony L)
The ancient fabric that no one knows how to make BBC (UserFriendly). Paging Jerri…..
We are at a crossroads in the search for a new physics Aeon (Anthony L)
Native Americans tried to help the starving Donner Party, research shows. They faced gunshots. California Sun (Anthony L)
Solar Geoengineering Should be Investigated, Scientists Say Scientific American. UserFriendly:
Honestly there is about a zero percent chance no one pulls the trigger on this once the shit starts hitting the fan, which is all but guaranteed to happen soon.
Top scientists warn of ‘ghastly future of mass extinction’ and climate disruption Guardian (UserFriendly)
Interferon Resistance of Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants bioRxiv (UserFriendly)
Study of 184,786 people from England, providing further evidence the UK (#B117) variant is more dangerous.
— Dr Zoë Hyde (@DrZoeHyde) March 25, 2021
Control of the global pandemic is a balance between achieving population immunity (vaccines, natural infection) and containing/suppressing/eliminating the virus through public health measures (find, test, trace, isolate, behaviour change). Lockdowns are a sign of failure. (1) Anthony Costello, Threadreader (guurst)
COVID-19 vaccines are $500 on the dark web Boing Boing (resilc)
Democrats call for $1bn shift from weapons of mass destruction to ‘vaccine of mass prevention’ Guardian. Resilc: “A billion = a pint of warm spit.”
North Korea’s new missile a strategic game-changer Asia Times (Kevin W)
Why the Deloitte clause for drafting ministerial answers is a further assault on civil service norms David Allan Green (guurst)
“This is just project fear,” they said. “We can have our cake and eat it,” they said. There will be no downside to Brexit, only considerable upsides,” they said.
This is what has happened to the UK’s top 10 EU export products. This is merciless reality. ~AA pic.twitter.com/DUYtRrcJSb
— Best for Britain (@BestForBritain) March 26, 2021
Brexit Impact Report UK Meat Industry (guurst)
SNP Civil War
Alex Salmond to take Scottish government back to court Politico (UserFriendly)
The War in Iraq Exposed Huge Flaws in American Strategic Thinking National Interest. Resilc: “Big assumption that they think at all.”
Hawkish Iran letter falls flat in the Senate Responsible Statecraft
Unlikely kingmaker Mansour Abbas is playing for the pot YNet (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Blow Up the Global Trading System Clyde Prestowitz, Washington Monthly. Prestowitz is a former USTR. Subhead: “Yes, really. U.S. and international efforts to stop Beijing’s economic onslaught haven’t worked. It’s time for President Biden to go big.”
In Quest of a Multi-Polar World Consortium News. Michael Hudson and Pepe Escobar.
Pentagon Official Says Moving Troops Out of Somalia Had ‘Significant Downsides’ Antiwar. Resilc: “For their careers and combat pay.”
Reagan's CIA chief Bill Casey in a ghoulishly candid moment in 1983—boasting about insurgencies while his Central American death squads were genociding peasants.
Speaking of CIA-backed insurgencies, 1983 was also the year Casey created the National Endowment for Democracy. pic.twitter.com/ds4hg6NqQX
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) March 26, 2021
Border Crossings by Migrant Children to Rise Sharply, U.S. Estimates Show Wall Street Journal
Biden spokesperson Jen Psaki worked for Israeli spy firm Electronic Intifada (resilc)
Is Democracy Still Possible? Los Angeles Review of Books (Anthony L)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Aides Receive Subpoenas in Sexual-Harassment Investigation Wall Street Journal. Linking to them because it looks like they broke the story.
Federal Bump Stock Ban Blocked by Divided Appeals Court BloombergLaw (Dr. Kevin)
At Least 36% of Mass Shooters Have Been Trained By the U.S. Military CounterPunch (resilc)
US tensions with China risk fueling anti-Asian harassment at home The Hill. I am old enough to recall the loud and repeated demonization of the French by many prominent government officials after France not only refused to join the Iraq War “coalition of the willing” but had the temerity to clear their throat as to why. Some French restaurants in NYC closed as a result of the decline in business but I don’t recall any incidents of violence against French nationals.
Our Famously Free Press
Suez Canal: Sisi is a danger not only to Egypt, but to the world Middle East Eye (Chuck L)
For current status, see: Is that ship still stuck?
111 Texans Died In Last Month’s Shock Winter Storm, State Says Forbes (resilc) :-(
The Australian underwriter who provided Greensill Capital’s lifeline Financial Times. UserFriendly: “David Cameron broke the law against lobbying he implemented. For this clusterf***. What a moron.”
Amazon argues it’s not liable for product that severely injured toddler ars technica (resilc)
Student loans: How much the government collects each year. Slate (resilc)
Fast Food Giant Claims Credit For Killing $15 Minimum Wage Walker Bragman, Andrew Perez, and David Sirota
Twitter is playing serious games. Local TV had clips of Bernie Sanders speaking in Bessemer. So I went to Twitter and searched on “Bessemer Bernie”. The first tweet that came up was the one below, from Sanders’ account featuring Killer Mike. I like Killer Mike so I listened to it and was about to grab the embed code. The feed suddenly refreshed. Even though I scrolled down to view >60 tweets, I didn’t see the Killer Mike tweet. I had noticed Sanders’ account had tweeted it, so I went to find it there. I put in Bernie Sanders, but not in quotes, and Twitter did NOT offer dropdown with links to individual accounts, as in particular a link to Sanders account, even after I switched from the “News” header to “People.” But I did get the expected dropdown when I tried Russell Brand, Adam Schiff, and Joe Manchin. And I follow Sanders!!!!
"I'm going to say absolutely you should vote for that union. What the union does is allows you to plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize." – @KillerMike in Bessemer, Alabama pic.twitter.com/zOiilM2NU0
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 26, 2021
An unholy union: “With a struggling economy and few work prospects, Bessemer, Alabama, has been called an “unlikely” place for an epic union battle with Amazon. They don’t know Bessemer.” Vox. Not buying it. The South is very religious; one of our aides calls her company God Sent Me 4 U. However, Birmingham is a post Civil War iron and steel town. Unions were important until they went under attack in the Reagan era. There’s a lot of labor muscle memory here.
Virtually No One in US Is Dangerous Enough to Justify Jail Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)
Vive Madame Roland! Aeon (Anthony L)
Antidote du jour. An almost-Easter bunny. Tracie H:
The lighting could be better, and maybe it’d be nice to see the little bunny’s face, but I loved he was on his back feet, and that lovely red stripe! Plus, he wouldn’t turn around for me.
And a bonus (resilc):
Watch this noisy confrontation between two lynxes in Ontario, likely a territorial dispute. Credit: Nicole Lewis pic.twitter.com/RgAmZHk438
— Wonder of Science (@wonderofscience) March 21, 2021
Another bonus (guurst, Chuck L):
no matter what you think is gonna happen in this video, you’re wrong
— Noted Elitist (@SortaBad) March 20, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.