Happy Bank Holiday!
The UK island waiting to be discovered BBC. One of the world’s great short journeys is: ferry from Oban on the Scottish mainland to Mull, then across via road – I took a coach – before a final short hop to Iona, thus retracing the route of the ancient burial processions for Scottish kings.
Artist’s Massive Macrame Fiber Artworks Echo Local Landscapes TreeHugger. A blast from my past: when I was a teenager during the ‘70s, I made many things using macrame techniques: belts, handbags.
The tactics the police are using to prevent bystander video MIT Technology Review.
Tall Man Out Popula
Green gold: Avocado farming on the rise in Africa Deutsche Welle
What India needs to get through its covid crisis MIT Technology Review
Covid: It will get worse before it gets better Hindustan Times
The ruthless politics of the Centre’s vaccine strategy The Indian Express
COVID in India: 35 Questions for K. VijayRaghavan, V.K. Paul and Balram Bhargava The Wire Karan Thapar
“Botch-up”: By August 2020, US, UK and EU with a combined population of 80 crore had placed orders for 850 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. In contrast, India, with a population of “130 crore”, placed its first orders for 16.5 million vaccines in January 2021. @ttindia pic.twitter.com/k9SoCRTRCQ
— churumuri (@churumuri) April 19, 2021
Violent scenes as fans invade Manchester United stadium in protest at US owners BBC The match was cancelled, the first time ever in the Premiership.
Today’s must watch:
Thomas Frank describes Clintonism on Bill Maher: disastrous, catastrophic, world historical mistake. pic.twitter.com/nZLW1yRBdW
— Turncoat Don (@TurncoatD) May 1, 2021
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE 2020 ELECTION? AN INTERACTIVE EXPLORATION OF THE OUTCOMES New Geography. James Galbraith et al.
An Anti-Establishment Candidate In Alaska? American Conservative
Our Famously Free Press
Unraveling the Protest Paradigm Columbia Journalism Review
It’d be one thing if this were some rare occurrence. The opposite is true. Over and over and over, these same big corporate outlets purport to have “independently confirmed” one another’s stories that turn out to be totally false. Is that trustworthy?https://t.co/pUNdIpo8eo
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 2, 2021
Imperial Collapse Watch
The really telling thing about this video os that it speaks to the CIA’s assessment of who would be interested in working for them. Clearly, they think they have appeal to woke millenials – and they’re probably right. https://t.co/1hGuVRuE7B
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) May 3, 2021
Cash transfers, votes from women and Muslims: 7 reasons why Mamata Banerjee crushed BJP in Bengal Scroll. And as I posted yesterday, the higher relative percentage of Muslim voters in WB and Kerala is one reason the BJP has never commanded a majority in either WB or Kerala.
Antidote du Jour. ChetG writes:
I regret that the attached photos aren’t feline-related, but they represent the closest I’ve been to an osprey. Credit to the osprey! It flew directly toward me and so allowed a long sequence of photos, of which these three are my favorites.
There’s a large pond between the Toftrees golf course and game land, and for a week or so in spring, one or more osprey come along to rest and dine before moving on. It is one of my favorite times of year.
And a bonus video:
This little guy catches a huge fish then does the unexpected.👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/DxtggLGXEI
— Kevin W. (@Brink_Thinker) October 16, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.