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The Best Touchscreen Gloves to Prevent Frostbitten Fingers While Texting Popular Mechanics (resilc)
Two Forever Chemicals More Toxic Than Previously Thought EcoWatch (David L)
New mRNA anti-tick vaccine may protect from more than just Lyme disease New Atlas (David L)
We are all frail Aeon
JAB RAGE MMA fighter who called himself the Unvaccinated Assassin ‘stabs doctor to death with animal bone in row over Covid jab’ Sun (resilc). ‘Roid rage on top of, um, strongly held views?
Getting a foothold in global opera: the cost of COVID openDemocracy
So @trishgreenhalgh has been right all along about mask-wearing.
And the @BBC this morning added that it was more effective ☆than anything else☆ in reducing Covid transmission.
Now let's see all the apologies for her loathsome abuse come flooding in…. https://t.co/ZFIAdIWcmx
— James Willis (@JARWillis) November 18, 2021
Europe Becomes COVID-19 Epicentre Again, Countries Look at Fresh Curbs – The Wire (J-LS)
Lufthansa pays back German bailout early Agence France-Presse (Micael T)
Gains and disappointments from COP26, and now to tend to the gaps Yale Climate Connections
1. it confirms my warning 2 weeks ago that even foreign firms like @google, @Meta
& @Twitter are required to comply with the new law even if they are not operating in China, and further expands the list of covered activities under Art. 3 of PIPL by adding https://t.co/ie29xEL4Ry
— Henry Gao (@henrysgao) November 14, 2021
The founder of Evergrande has used $1.1 billion of his own money to pay down company debt, pledging mansions and selling art to raise funds Business Insider. Why do I suspect that he was leaned on, big time? Flip side is this sort of thing doesn’t happen in the Anglosphere.
China’s Belt and Road chugging along in Central Asia Asia Times. Kevin W:
Check out the two paragraphs starting with ‘The main hitch…'”
New Delhi suspends coal-fired plants and closes schools indefinitely amid ongoing air pollution ABC Australia (Kevin W)
An Unlikely Threat to the Western Alliance Atlantic. Wowsers, overlooks multiple issues: 1. EU offered many concessions on the supposed sticking point, intra UK trade, exempting that don’t or are unlikely to wind up going from NI to the EU. EU has every reason not to allow NI to become a backdoor for evading EU rules. 2. The GFA was never EU’s problem to solve, yet Barnier went further than needed in offering the UK three options in December 2018; 3. The UK has made clear that it won’t be happy until it is free of the jurisdiction of the ECJ over certain issues….which so far have not come into play. So the EU expects the UK to keep retrading the deal bit by bit if it doesn’t make that ask now; 4. Northern Ireland will do worse economically than under current arrangements.
Coming to the US:
Interesting messaging here by @NickTriggle – the devastation of the NHS is inevitable, and there isn't anything we can do to stop what's happening now- long A&E waits, and people dying in ambulances. Manufactured inevitability is how we normalise death.https://t.co/omoCR4Rlai
— Deepti Gurdasani (@dgurdasani1) November 16, 2021
MINISTER PUSHING VENEZUELA REGIME CHANGE DISCUSSED ITS OIL WITH PETROL COMPANY Declassified UK (Micael T)
Bolivian President Luis Arce on Country Recovering from US-Backed Coup & Latin American Unity Orinoco Tribune (Micael T)
Cuba Faces CIA’s Most Complex Cultural Warfare Operation TeleSUR (Micael T)
New Cold War
Frozen Deutschland Pepe Escobar (Micael T)
Why Marib’s liberation will break the Saudis and shake West Asia The Cradle (guurst)
John Pilger: The Great Game of Smashing Nations TeleSUR (Micael T)
At #AHLC meeting in Oslo tomorrow, Israel will ask European & int'l donors to restore aid to the PA, which dropped by 85% over last 13 years, leading to severe budget crisis.
But while asking donors to pay up, Israel itself cuts funds from PA tax revenues it collects for the PA: https://t.co/WsS5hwQ8Cn
— Martin Konečný (@MartinKonecny) November 16, 2021
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk Wired. Resilc: “Oh noooooooooo, someone could hack my Internet connected bird feeder.”
Biden, top officials spread out to promote infrastructure package The Hill. Smacks of desperation and disconnect. Once you’ve passed a spending bill, voters want to see results, not more talk.
Sen. Sanders on ‘No’ Vote to $778 Billion Defense Budget YouTube (Kevin C)
GOP Clown Car
Marco Rubio Is Burnishing His Nihilist Credentials in a Political Party Gone Mad Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc)
California Plans for a Post-Roe World as Abortion Access Shrinks Elsewhere Kaiser Health News
‘The woods next door’: U.S. community forests take root Reuters (resilc)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
I wish Dems got rid of jargon like equity, marginalized, underserved and used words like people, power, bargaining, etc. We need to stop sounding like a giant corporate HR department.
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) November 17, 2021
Hochul pledges hire of new Italian-American Affairs director amid backlash New York Post (resilc)
Right to Repair
Apple will sell you iPhone parts to fix your own phone at home The Verge. Resilc: “Next John Deere I hope.”
CalPERS Board Selects New Asset Allocation for Investment Portfolio and Adding Leverage SWF Institute (Kevin W)
California public employees’ pension bill to go up after CalPERS lowers market expectations Center Square (Kevin W)
Ranked: The Best and Worst Pension Plans, by Country Visual Capitalist (Micael T)
‘Where’s the Scam?’ – Inside the Viral ‘Plant a Tree’ Instagram Trend Vice. Resilc: “I do about 300 a year in Vermont. Depending on rain late spring, I keep maybe 50% over next winter.”
Visa Tumbles on Amazon Ban in U.K. as Fight on Card Fees Expands Bloomberg. Vlade: “Hahah. Amazon vs Visa fight (so far, in the UK). Let’s get out the popcorn…”
Caught On Camera: DoorDash Driver Seen Using Brentwood Lobby As Toilet Los Angeles CBS Local (resilc). Don’t blame me for the scatological turn of the news….
Justice Dept Sues Uber for Price Gouging the Disabled With “Wait Times” US News (Eric the Fruit Bat). Two minutes??? Most NYC cabs don’t start the meter until the passenger tush is in the seat.
Antidote du jour. Bob H: “Low tide in Maine”:
And a bonus (guurst):
King Bird-of-Paradise (Cicinnurus regius)???️?❤️ pic.twitter.com/OlaQi08Hdg
— World birds (@worldbirds32) November 4, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.