Is that ship still stuck? As of this writing: “Sort of?”
Mega-ship in Suez Canal moved ‘80%’ in right direction Agence France Presse. But the front is still stuck:
“We have seen many celebratory messages over the past week, but I will stick to the facts,” Peter Berdowski of Boskalis (SMIT salvage) told @NPORadio1 on Monday morning.
“The facts are that it has indeed rotated. But the bow is still strongly stuck in the clay.”
— Mick Krever (@mickbk) March 29, 2021
She starts,—she moves,—she seems to feel / The thrill of life along her keel–
🚨The Ever Given is floating🚨pic.twitter.com/GNzlzaom8q
— Evan Hill (@evanchill) March 29, 2021
America Is Now in the Hands of the Vaccine-Hesitant The Atlantic
Amish community in Pennsylvania becomes first in US to achieve herd immunity after reopening churches led to 90% of households being infected with the virus last year Daily Mail. I would want to know much more about the effects of Amish intermarriage on the community’s collective immune system before drawing any sort of conclusion. (The Daily Mail’s image is of the very same Amish food stall in Philly’s Reading Terminal Market, where I used to shop regularly!)
Core Recommendations for Reducing Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure (PDF) The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Trust science, just not “the science,” let alone scientists:
1/ A sad anniversary: 1 year since one of the worst errors in the history of Public Health
SARS-CoV-2 is mostly transmitted through the air
But @WHO said, just a year ago, "FACT: IT IS NOT AIRBORNE"
And that saying it was airborne was "misinformation"https://t.co/GGkqQrnK5M
— Jose-Luis Jimenez (@jljcolorado) March 28, 2021
WHO, CDC, good job. “Misinformation,” forsooth.
Give pause before you raise a glass to the prospect of a vaccine passport Guardian. Commentary:
8/ But before that, Nazis created exactly what ‘Vaccine Passports’ explicitly promise: separation of society into two tiers: the ‘clean’ (privileged, with access) and ‘unclean (restricted, stigmatized, marginalized). There is no going back once this platform unrolls; no escape.
— Dr Naomi Wolf (@naomirwolf) March 28, 2021
We don’t have AIDS passports, or measles passports, or tuberculosis passports. I’d also speculate, from Wolf’s clean/unclean dichotomy, that one of the lesser-known emotions that authoritarianism feeds off may well be hatred’s mannerly sibling, disgust (“deplorables”). Liberal calls for out-group censorship also fit into this frame.
The Week in Fascism Unpopular Front
Chafing At Xinjiang Rebuke, China Ready To Burn Off Some Fingers Heisenberg Report
How Should the United States Compete With China’s Belt and Road Initiative? Council on Foreign Relations
Thousands take to the streets in Myanmar after bloodiest day since coup Reuters. Armed groups, warlords, or proto-states? Impressive:
— Myanmar Now (@Myanmar_Now_Eng) March 29, 2021
Inside Myanmar’s Army: ‘They See Protesters as Criminals’ NYT. “Criminals”? Maybe. I don’t know anything about Myanmar policing, but I have to say that taking down a criminal with a shot to the head seems excessive, even by Myanmar standards.
Asia-Pacific, the Gigantic Domino of Climate Change International Monetary Fund
Haruhiko Kuroda: Addressing climate-related financial risks — from a central bank’s perspective (PDF) Bank of International Settlements
Iran’s alleged suicide boat plot against Washington DC is far-fetched as hell Task & Purpose (Re Silc).
‘Worse than a jungle’: the cartel controlling Iraqi borders Agence France Presse
7 states will be green on coronavirus stoplight risk map starting Monday Mexico News Daily
Understanding Political and Social Unrest in Bolivia ACLED. Useful timeline, but “Jeanine Añez… was appointed as interim president” shows a revealing lack of agency. And then there’s this:
I'd love to see reporting on how this comes to be. What concretely motivates Biden's Secretary of State to single out a country that just extraordinarily undid a coup, democracy against all odds, while Brazil sits gigantically next door? I know, ideology, the blob. *Concretely.* https://t.co/WwZPEu8Esa
— Steve Randy Waldman (@interfluidity) March 27, 2021
Boris Johnson cheated with lover Jennifer Arcuri in family home while wife was away Mirror. I see the “Boorish Johnson” joke has been made already. Oh, well.
In Quest of a Multi-Polar World Michael Hudson and Pepe Escobar, Consortium News
New Cold War
Fresh sanctions may barely dent Fortress Russia Financial Times
Biden and the Blame Game at the Border The New Yorker
Stop Anti-Chinese Hate, But Not Anti-China Politics? Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
Groves of Academe
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Ten Months After George Floyd’s Death, Minneapolis Residents Are at War Over Policing NYT. “I’ve never seen people so on edge like they are today.”
Seashell Art and Rock Gardens NYT. The deck: “With the New York charity circuit on hiatus, here is how some philanthropists and society figures are spending their time and resources during the pandemic.”
How to Map Nothing Places Journal
Red lights and bathroom posters: Amazon’s all-out fight to block a union Agence France Presse
Elite philanthropy mainly self-serving Academic Times
Hugs are good for us. But when will they be safe? Globe and Mail
How to Be Animal Orion
Antidote du jour (via):
Blossom trees and Fawn in Nara, Japan
This has to be what heaven looks like ?pic.twitter.com/OwVJtSKTmh
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) March 28, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.