First Atlantic satellite tracks of ‘lost years’ green turtles support the importance of the Sargasso Sea as a sea turtle nursery Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Investment fraudsters found guilty of £2m scam after eight-year-long investigation City of London Police. A call made back in 2013 by our own Richard Smith: “Paul Seakens of Gemmax Solutions Limited Takes an Idiotic Pop at “Naked Capitalism” and ‘redd-monitor’” (other Seakens hilarity here). Eight years is a long time; it reminds me of perhaps the most famous Twitter account ever….
AbbVie repeatedly hiked Humira, Imbruvica prices and abused patents to keep competitors at bay: report Fierce Pharma. Katie Porter on the case:
Helpful hint: If Katie Porter asks you a question, she already knows the answer. https://t.co/6eSslHRH2V
— Four Pounds of Meat (@hockeenight) May 18, 2021
The Counterlife of COVID-19: What Might Have Been MedPage Today
Novelty Means Severity: The Key To the Pandemic The Insight
Yes, lockdowns were good Noah Smith, Bloomberg
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Neutralizing antibody levels are highly predictive of immune protection from symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection Nature. From the Abstract: “. Neutralization titers against some SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern are reduced compared with the vaccine strain, and our model predicts the relationship between neutralization and efficacy against viral variants. Here, we show that neutralization level is highly predictive of immune protection, and provide an evidence-based model of SARS-CoV-2 immune protection that will assist in developing vaccine strategies to control the future trajectory of the pandemic.”
Persistence of Antibody and Cellular Immune Responses in COVID-19 patients over Nine Months after Infection Journal of Infectious Diseases. n = 59. The Conclusion: “SARS-CoV-2-specific immune memory response persists in most patients nearly one year after infection, which provides a promising sign for prevention from reinfection and vaccination strategy.”
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My Life After COVID Brian Beutler, Crooked Media. Long-haul.
OEMs Have Long Enabled China to Out-Compete the US Industry Week
Apple is 100% committed to protecting its users from commercial surveillance. But it's also 100% committed to accessing the Chinese market and maintaining its Chinese manufacturing. Warlord Apple will defend you from ad-tech bandits, but not the People's Liberation Army.
— Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) May 18, 2021
‘Courageous’ China May Impose Losses On Huarong Bondholders: NYT Heisenberg Report
Taiwan’s face-time work culture is hurting its pandemic response Quartz. Here is a thread on the same topic:
“But I literally don't have a camera on my computer so I just let my manager throw a fit and then ignore her.”
— Tricky Taipei (@trickytaipei) May 18, 2021
Myanmar’s coup is uniting a country riven by ethnic divisions. Will it last? Vox. Finally, a Vox explainer.
Communities defy junta’s attempts to rule wards and villages Frontier Myanmar
Myanmar Navy Deserters Speak Out Against Military Regime The Irrawaddy
Myanmar’s Buddhist monks split over opposition to coup South China Morning Post
Thirteen Warnings for Myanmar Junta Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing The Irrawaddy. If ASEAN has teeth, that’ll be a first. Still, interesting.
Malaysia reports record 6,075 new cases amid COVID-19 third wave Channel News Asia
Ilhan Omar’s Senior Communications Director/Strategist, a thread:
As Jews we are told from a young age that our identities are intrinsically tied to the modern State of Israel.
It is taught to us in Hebrew School, in services, and is a deeply held belief by many of our parents, grandparents and family members.
— Jeremy Slevin (@jeremyslevin) May 15, 2021
Rights group says Israel may still be arming Myanmar; NGOs call for arms embargo The Times of Israel. Arms and money being fungible, Biden’s latest arms deal with Israel could help the Tatmadaw.
Mapping Israeli occupation Al Jazeera
Israel is Making the Same Errors as Britain did Over Northern Ireland 50 Years Ago Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch
Germany authorizes pipe-laying for Nord Stream 2 in its waters TASS and Scoop: Biden to waive sanctions on company in charge of Nord Stream 2 Axios. ZOMG Putin has kompromat on Biden ZOMG ZOMG.
— George Eaton (@georgeeaton) May 16, 2021
On the other hand–
New Cold War
Chile votes for radicals and independents to write new constitution FT. 2021 – 1973, the year of the Pinochet coup = 48 years. That’s the time it’s taken to even begin to undo the damage caused by the neoliberals at the University of Chicago and their torturers.
Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen on A Better Deal for Americans to The U.S. Chamber of Commerce U.S. Department of the Treasury
Would the PRO Act Actually Deter Employer Violations? Labor Law Lite
Adversary Drones Are Spying On The U.S. And The Pentagon Acts Like They’re UFOs The Drive. From April, still germane.
The Colonial Pipeline Was Fine, But Its Owner Shut It Down To Make Sure They’d Get Paid Correctly Jalopnik. As NC readers know, but it’s good to see the detail aggregated.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Server glitch allowed Eufy owners to see through other homes’ cameras The Verge. Commentary:
An IP camera that cannot easily be viewed past most firewall setups is not a viable consumer-installed product.
An IP camera that gets breached and allows non-users to see private video feeds, generally remains a viable product once patched.
— Naomi Wu 机械妖姬 (@RealSexyCyborg) May 19, 2021
Boeing rehires aircraft inspectors Leeham News and Analysis. After the failure of another hare-brained management union-busting scheme.
Congress demands records from Boeing to investigate lapses in production quality Seattle Times. My favorite Boeing quality assurance story is the ladder and string of lights left in the tail section of one plane. Pilot to co-pilot: “Is something rattling around back there?”
An interview with Gail Haines of Green Mountain Spinnery Grassroots Economic Organizing. This reads like an Ursula Leguin short story in real life, and I mean that as a compliment.
America’s Dead Souls The Paris Review
Ancient Australian Aboriginal memory tool superior to ‘memory palace’ learning Phys.org (ctlieee).
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.