Cuttlefish show self-control, pass ‘marshmallow test’ Live Science. Le Bourgeois Céphalopode.
Fukushima timeline from the perspective of workers in the control room; amazing stuff:
Later today I'm giving a talk on Fukushima Dai-Ichi as part of @UniLeiden's very cool semester-long study of a crisis, with different sector-area specialists invited to talk. I'm in mainly because of this report I co-wrote years ago for @suretenucleaire https://t.co/P58WiA6wMS
— Doctora Malka Older (@m_older) March 1, 2021
The Inflation Regime Change Is Already Upon Us John Authers
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Biden criticizes Texas and Mississippi for lifting restrictions: ‘Neanderthal thinking’ CNN. Liberal Democrats discover new way to call their opponents stupid, film at 11.
Texas – we hear you. You didn’t want to be part of our electrical grid. And now you’ve removed your mask mandate & are allowing large crowds to gather. We hear you! COVID is a hoax! So u don’t need our precious vaccine. We’ll send it to ppl who are saving lives by wearing masks.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 3, 2021
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Should Your School Be Fully Open? Here’s What the C.D.C. Says NYT. “Only 4 percent of the nation’s schoolchildren live in counties where coronavirus transmission is low enough for full-time in-person learning without additional restrictions, according to the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an analysis of the agency’s latest figures.” Oh. Lots of maps.
Clusters of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Elementary School Educators and Students in One School District — Georgia, December 2020–January 2021 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC suppresses ventilation measures again:
Multifaceted mitigation measures in schools, including promotion of COVID-19 precautions outside of school, minimizing in-person adult interactions at school, and ensuring universal and correct mask use and physical distancing among educators and students when in-person interaction is unavoidable, are important in preventing in-school transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Although not required for reopening schools, COVID-19 vaccination should be considered as an additional mitigation measure to be added when available.
FAQs: Portable Air Cleaners (PDF) San Francisco Department of Public Health
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Fast-spreading UK variant of coronavirus detected in wastewater samples throughout Missouri St Louis Today. From February, still germane.
US sets out security agenda ‘to prevail in strategic competition with China’, other nations South China Morning Post. For the agenda — which is short, labeled “interim,” and looks like an unserious effort for domestic consumption, to me — see the Biden Administration section.
China Is Not Ten Feet Tall Foreign Affairs
China Is Losing Influence—and That Makes It Dangerous Foreign Policy
Factbox: China’s controversial anal tests for coronavirus upset visitors Reuters. Soft power, eh?
Beijing public health workers the least willing in China to get Covid-19 vaccine, survey finds South China Morning Post
Hong Kong removed from economic freedom ranking it once dominated Channel News Asia
A rather unpalatable legal process Boase Cohen & Collins
How the CDM can win Frontier Myanmar
Migrant workers face dire conditions at South Korean farms Channel News Asia
Saudi sovereign wealth fund planes transported Khashoggi kill team Responsible Statecraft
All futurism is Afrofuturism Noah Smith, Noahpinion
It’s Time to Checkmate Nord Stream II Heritage Foundation
Team Biden surprises with positive vaccine news The Hill. This is good news.
Renewing America’s Advantages: Interim National Security Strategic Guidance (PDF) The White House. See the China section for China’s reaction.
Moderate Democrats Strip Stimulus Checks From 12 Million Voters for No Reason Eric Levitz, New York Magazine. 2020 margin was 7 million…..
Minimum Wage Increase Is One Priority That Democrats Need to Try to Pass Teen Vogue. Commentary:
If 6 House Dems pledged to vote against any COVID relief bill that didn't include a minimum wage, the entire dynamic would change, the entire city of Washington, D.C. would freak out, and the entire White House would have to use all its power to add a minimum wage into the bill.
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) March 3, 2021
Hostage-taking on this issue is, politically, much cleaner than on #MedicareForAll.
Biden’s strategic failure Politico. In the 11th dimension, however, Biden is not failing.
A Glimpse of Bill Burns’ CIA Cipher Brief
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Our Famously Free Press
Daily Mail owner buys New Scientist magazine in £70m deal Guardian. Weirdly, the Daily Mail’s science coverage has always been respectable.
Amazon Worker Who Suddenly Died After Working in COVID Testing Area Complained About Unsafe Conditions Status Coup. “According to her sister and other sources who worked with her in the DDC3 warehouse in Virginia, Brown had been administering COVID-19 nasal swab tests on co-workers for months before her death. While doing so, she wasn’t provided the proper N-95 mask, surgical gloves, gowns, goggles, or other protective measures nurses and doctors are supposed to wear while conducting COVID-19 testing.”
Antidote du jour:
A nice morning stretch by a Pallas’s cat caught by a trail camera set in the Daursky nature reserve, south of Trans-Baikal region. Pallas's cats are some of the world’s most secretive and fluffiest. Video from December 2020 pic.twitter.com/FoXjVUh00u
— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) March 1, 2021
Good kitty (1).
In the UK right now a train is delayed as a cat is sitting on the roof and refusing to come down. pic.twitter.com/I4WAC681Te
— RS Archer (@archer_rs) March 3, 2021
Good kitty (2).
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.