How humble Quaker origins inspire James Turrell’s otherworldly light art Aeon and An Exclusive Look at James Turrell’s Roden Crater Smithsonian Magazine (Chuck L)
EARTH RESTORED Toby Ord (Chuck L)
Watch the Navy’s new drone fly using just sunlight and hydrogen Popular Science (resilc)
Algorithm Detects Deepfakes by Analyzing Reflections in Eyes Futurism (David L)
Solving the Climate Crisis Hinges on US-China Cooperation Gizmodo (resilc). Telling that this has to be said….
American Honey Still Contains Nuclear Fallout From the 1950s Popular Mechanics (resilc)
The Weak Case for Grit Nautilus. Yours truly is tenacious. It is why despite being a phys ed failure as a kid I now have a very strong upper body and wrecked lower body joints (please don’t try giving helpful advice, I have seen just about every type of practitioner and trainer that exists). I don’t give up when I should. Similar results in other areas of my life, where getting what I thought I wanted despite difficulties proved not to be such a hot idea.
Nina Burleigh, The Pandemic Memory Hole TomDispatch
Patients With Long Covid Face Lingering Worrisome Health Risks, Study Finds New York Times (Robert M)
This is the latest data on the number of patients with VITTs in the UK, issued today from the MHRA & covering up to 14/4/21
Note they report one case after second dose of A-Z, but not enough detail to know if this individual was positive for ant- platelet factor 4 antibodies pic.twitter.com/eCnnMgIIt0
— Beverley Hunt (@bhwords) April 22, 2021
Pregnant women with COVID-19 20 times more likely to die, UW study finds Seattle Times (furzy). Study: Maternal and Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality Among Pregnant Women With and Without COVID-19 Infection JAMA
Scientists launch study to find out if COVID-19 vaccines are causing period changes after hundreds of women notice irregularities Daily Mail. Personally does not strike me as a big deal (I thought regularity is overrated but women who get periods like clockwork likely feel otherwise). But what I don’t like is “heavy and early”. Stress and flus would if anything normally produce delays. Note even though Daily Mail is the source, their science reporting is good and a small study really is contemplated. From IM Doc:
I am repeatedly being told by the media that the vaccine hesitancy group is mainly Republican Caucasians. That is true to some degree….
What is being completely missed by the media – and what is the largest and most skeptical/hesitant group in my life – are the under 50 women – and especially child-bearing-age and younger women.
Stories like this are all over the place – and young women – as in NH workers – and nurses – as one group for example – are just not going to be taking the vaccine.
These stories like this are everywhere online – I really do not know if they have any validity – but at this point – because of the things I have repeatedly pointed out – no one believes the authorities anyway.
Scientists are trying to understand the new double-mutant coronavirus variant, which was first detected in India https://t.co/dn4M4kHZEy
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 23, 2021
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 23, 2021
Contractor that ruined 15M doses of J&J vaccine hiked price of another by 800% ars technica (resilc)
Covid-19 Rates in Los Angeles Have Gone From Worst to Among the Best Wall Street Journal
China’s central bank fights Jack Ma’s Ant Group over control of data Financial Times. Fun!
Say hello to the new multilateral boss Saker (Kevin W). Note we featured some other takes on this speech.
Ally with Vietnam Noahopinion (resilc)
Federal government tears up four Victorian government deals with foreign nations leading to rebuke from Chinese embassy abc.net.au (Kevin W). From a couple of days ago but big consternation.
— Murray Hiebert (@MurrayHiebert1) April 23, 2021
New Cold War
Afghanistan — the long defeat The Spectator (resilc)
Afghanistan’s Green Future? Foreign Policy in Focus
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
How a Chinese Surveillance Broker Became Oracle’s “Partner of the Year” Intercept (resilc)
In epic hack, Signal developer turns the tables on forensics firm Cellebrite ars technica. Bill B clears his throat:
The difference is that Cellebrite isn’t painting themselves as the ironclad defender of personal privacy.
With very few exceptions software is buggy, hence hackable.
Signal marketing promises “secure messaging.” It’s a promise they simply cannot keep. It doesn’t matter how many personal endorsements they get.
EU outlines ambitious AI regulations focused on risky uses Associated Press (Kevin W)
CISA gives federal agencies until Friday to patch Exchange servers Bleeping Computer (dk)
Sonia Sotomayor rips Brett Kavanaugh with a warning Alternet (furzy)
Biden nominated three people to fix USPS. Here’s how the Postal Service’s leadership works. Washington Post (Kevin W)
Biden Aims at Top 0.3% With Bid to Tax Capital Gains Like Wages Bloomberg. This is the fastest and easiest way to start going after wealth. A transactions tax would be nice too, not for fundraising mainly but to discourage speculative trading and cut into middleman incomes.
Big Tech $100 Billion Foreign-Profit Hoard Targeted by Tax Plan Bloomberg. Finally, a headline that gets the issue more or less right. I am so sick of the FT saying “cash piles”. The profits are offshore for tax purposes. The actual cash can be anywhere, and is usually in US banks. Apple’s is managed out of what amounts to an internal hedge fund in Nevada.
White House dances around a big contributor to climate change: agriculture Politico (Kevin W)
Chauvin trial was life-changing experience, says alternate juror Star/Tribune (Chuck L)
Why the body count hasn’t slowed down America’s gun industry Popular Information (resilc)
It’s never been this expensive to finance a new coal power plant Quartz (resilc)
The Crisis in Home Care New Republic. As yours truly has been saying…..
Companies can’t stop talking about higher costs Yahoo. From earlier in the week. Not sympathetic. Corporate profit share of GDP has been at record highs for a few years.
Tesla’s Autopilot ‘tricked’ to operate without driver BBC (David L)
Used car prices explode in US inflation alert Asia Times (Kevin W). Funny, I mentioned yesterday 2 of our 4 aides were buying/had just bought used cars, one with an unemployment check (big one very delayed), the other had been saving for a while. Both still report generally tight finances, so at least in their cases, the car purchases are spending one-offs.
A global database on central banks’ monetary responses to Covid-19 Bank of International Settlements (Kevin C)
Welcome to the YOLO Economy New York Times (Scott)
American capitalism has passed its peak — and the signs of decline are piling up Richard D. Wolff, Independent Media Institute
The road from Rome Aeon (Micael T)
Why is AFL-CIO So Worried About Its Vermont Affiliate? CounterPunch (resilc)
Antidote du jour (CV):
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Because you want to see a sea lion body surfing. 🦭 pic.twitter.com/VN1aey3QFs
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) April 22, 2021
More species shows of prowess:
Goats climbing a steep wall.. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/xgxXA4vC2a
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) April 22, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.