The Louvre Just Put Its Entire Art Collection Online so You Can View It at Home for Free Travel & Leisure (Kevin W)
THREATS FROM GREENLAND ICE LOSS Climate Central. You can flip to the Antarctica map.
Scientists built a perfectly self-replicating synthetic cell LiveScience (David L)
Canada pauses AstraZeneca vaccine for under 55 ABC (Kevin W)
Stanford Scientists Reverse Engineer Moderna Vaccine, Post Code on Github Vice (David L). Does this solve the “third world can’t get vaccines till 2023” problem? Not that Moderna is the best candidate for them, because cold storage. However, recall that our KLG said plenty of labs and manufacturers have the capability to make mRNA vaccines, including in the global South. Moderna could of course sue any infringers, but what if they are in places like Cuba that presumably don’t enforce US intellectual property laws? Comments on the practical aspects appreciated.
New Covid vaccines needed globally within a year, say scientists Guardian. You heard it early at NC….
Patient in Bosnia was found carrying 2 variants of #SARSCoV2 – Brittish B. 1.1.7 and the South African B1.351 – just some Monday news 😂 2 brighten your day….
— Dr. Faris Durmo Biber MD., BSc. (@Dr_FarrisD) March 29, 2021
The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are very effective in real-world conditions at preventing infections, the C.D.C. reported New York Times. Furzy highlights this section, rather at odds with CDC chief Rochelle Walensky’s remarks yesterday:
There also has been concern that variants may render the vaccines less effective. The study’s results do not confirm that fear. Troubling variants were circulating during the time of the study — from December 14, 2020 to March 13, 2021 — yet the vaccines still provided powerful protection.
‘I’m empty.’ Pandemic scientists are burning out—and don’t see an end in sight ScienceMag. Consistent with the Financial Times story we quoted at some length in our Monday post on Covid (seemingly) forever.
Biden vows to expand vaccine access as CDC chief raises alarm Financial Times
Health-Care Workers Are Bragging on TikTok About Forging Vax Cards Daily Beast (furzy)
Unemployment benefits: Fraud victims getting tax bills — and major headaches CNN (UserFriendly)
US eating out and travel surge with vaccine MacroBusiness
CDC extends coronavirus eviction ban through June 30 The Hill (furzy)
NYC is facing an eviction crisis, and the same neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19 have almost 4x as many eviction cases. Now, community leaders and city council members have a bold idea for cutting evictions: Invest in Community Land Trusts. https://t.co/O9lXYxMgl7
— The Appeal (@theappeal) March 29, 2021
China’s SWIFT joint venture ‘defensive move’ against US refuted by former bank executive South China Morning Post (resilc)
China and Iran: A Major Chinese Gain in “White Area Warfare” in the Gulf Center for Strategic and International Studies (resilc)
America losing the future to China Asia Times (Kevin W)
Upcoming NATO Summit and the Great Game for the Asia-Pacific Antiwar (Kevin W)
No Longer Stuck Ship
Why the fallout from the Suez Canal blockage will take years to resolve Independent (Kevin W)
EU wrestles for control of euro clearing after Brexit Politico (UserFriendly). Not a new issue. ECB +France tried pre-Brexit with euro derivatives clearing. Lost case in ECJ because ECB could not discriminate against a then EU member.
Tories fear Welsh independence push if Labour loses power in May’s elections The Times. UserFriendly: “lol 51% of Welsh Labour support independence. I doubt this would pass but even getting a vote would be interesting.”
New Cold War
Iran’s next hardline president coming into view Asia Times (resilc)
How a U.S.-Iran Deal Helps Red States Foreign Policy (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Personal Data: Instagram Is a Real Tattletale Statista (Micael T)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The F-35 Reportedly Has a New Capability: Shooting Itself Esquire (resilc)
The dark Prince Spectator (Kevin W). As in Erik Prince of what was initially called Blackwater.
Vast sums are wasted on high-tech warfare, while the lessons of failures in real wars are ignored Independent. Kevin W: “Infuriating section – ‘I remember an American combat engineer outside Ramadi in Iraq telling me that the US army had refused to let him see a textbook on mines and boobytraps used in the Vietnam War because this might suggest that the Vietnam and Iraq conflicts had a lot in common when it came to battlefield tactics. The soldier complained that he had had to buy a copy of the manual on the black market.'”
This USS Michael Mansoor Is About to Control Unmanned Ships and Aircraft Popular Mechanics (resilc)
The Three Factions of the American Left Ross Barkan. UserFriendly: “Can’t say I agree with all of this but it’s interesting.”
The States Where Efforts To Restrict Voting Are Escalating FiveThirtyEight
Mitch McConnell Working With Kentucky Legislature on Senate Exit Strategy Intercept (UserFriendly). Presumptuous up to the very end. AG Daniel Cameron is top of the list, so the denouement could also affect Mayberry v. KKR.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
The Memo: Nation relives Floyd death as Chauvin trial begins The Hill. Here in Alabama, one of the free to air networks (“Ion Plus”) was replaced with Court TV, which is giving gavel-to-gavel coverage
Our Famously Free Press
Nike sues over ‘Satan Shoes’ with human blood Yahoo (furzy). This will be an interesting case. Nike is fabulously aggressive. My guess is re-selling the bloodied shoe isn’t a problem (because purchased) but the video might be. I love MSCHF and hope they prevail. They gave us the robot dog shooting up an art gallery.
Ford stops sales of its home charging station The Verge (resilc)
The US Is Real Close to Screwing Up Electric Vehicle Charging Forever Vice (dk). This is so American. We can’t set a friggin’ standard? No, because carmakers.
Rising Market Power—A Threat to the Recovery? IMF Blog. UserFriendly: “Even the IMF is on the antitrust bandwagon. Making good points too.”
Confronting the Hazards of Rising Leverage IMF Blog. UserFriendly: “AND they figured out private sector debt is the key to booms and busts!!”
Fed won’t keep interest rates low so Washington can cheaply finance record debt, Waller says MarketWatch (resilc). No, they’ll keep them low for the reason we saw during the 2014 taper tantrum: the Fed is afraid to tank asset prices. Look at the blowup above. Even if no lenders suffer, plunging stock prices are a bad look.
Wow. Seila Law fallout — CFPB failed to protect its right to sue while director was unconstitutionally appointed. https://t.co/QosAMxoOHu
— Alison Frankel (@AlisonFrankel) March 29, 2021
Prince Harry’s New Fake Mental Health Care Job Is a Farce New Republic. US press finally starting to take the gloves off.
Biden stocks cabinet with prep school grads New York Post. UserFriendly: “Hell just froze over. The Post quoted Chomsky and Jacobin approvingly while making an excellent point!”
Financial Capitalism: The Endgame Renegade Inc (Chuck L)
Beyond the Sprouts of Capitalism Monthly Review. Anthony L warns that it’s long!
Amazon’s anti-union campaign is part of a long history of employer opposition to organizing Economic Policy Institute. Shame they don’t mention past lynchings.
Antidote du jour. I managed to miss this chick from CV early this year….so you can pretend it’s an Easter Chick:
Rare elephant twins… pic.twitter.com/G7HmKC3MGB
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) March 30, 2021
And another bonus (dk):
Canadian whales are just a bit different pic.twitter.com/H0iX3dulsk
— 𖤐 Father Drinks McGee 𖤐 (@drinksmcgee) March 28, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.