A note from dcblogger:
From National Nurses United:
Leave a Valentine’s Day message at CVS
For months, we’ve been organizing together across the country to call on CVS Health to cut ties with the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future — the largest anti-Medicare for All front group that exists today. And our Valentine’s Day request to CVS is simple: quit breaking our hearts by blocking Medicare for All.
Monica Vitti, ‘Queen of Italian Cinema,’ Dies at 90 New York Times (J-LS)
Weather predicting Milltown Mel dies just before Groundhog Day Fox5NY (J-LS). An omen….
Secrets of Early Animal Evolution Revealed by Chromosome ‘Tectonics’ Quanta (Kevin W)
What’s So Hard About Understanding Consciousness? Nautilus (David L)
Ulysses at 100: why Joyce was so obsessed with the perfect blue cover The Conversation (J-LS)
Mall Customers Shop for New Hips or Knees as Surgery Centers Fill Store Vacancies Wall Street Journal (J-LS). Anyone who goes this route needs their head examined. Knee replacements have a not great success rate as it is.
Does Quitting Smoking Increase Obesity? Evidence From Accounting for Misreporting NBER (resilc). The plural of anecdote is not data, but my middle brother, who was once the fittest of the three of us, is now over 400 lbs and attributes his weight gain to quitting smoking. He went from being a compulsive smoker to a compulsive eater.
The Coronavirus Will Surprise Us Again Atlantic (David L)
The Investigation of Pulmonary Abnormalities using Hyperpolarised Xenon Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Long-COVID MedRxIv. Note previously discussed here but absent link to study.
Omicron Is Receding, but New Variants Are Coming. This Algorithm Will Help us Keep Up SpectrumIEEE (David L). Help me. An algo would never have predicted Omicron.
A Chief Physician on the Perils of Germany’s Omicron Strategy Der Spiegel (resilc)
A Normal Supply Chain? It’s ‘Unlikely’ in 2022. New York Times
Climate change has likely begun to suffocate the world’s fisheries ScienceDaily (Kevin W). Selfishly, I will miss fish.
The Oyster Tongers of Apalachicola Bay Are Losing Their Way of Life Esquire (resilc)
Coming soon: Climate lockdowns? The Hill
Global warming causing early plant blooms DW (resilc). They are waking up to this only now? Plants and flowering trees started being one month ahead of the old normal in Alabama in about 2017.
Is the Future of the Persian Gulf Chinese? National Interest
Northern Ireland minister orders halt to Brexit agri-food checks Guardian (Kevin W)
Met officer was promoted despite misconduct over sexist and racist messages Guardian. Kevin W:
Cressida Dick is a protected member of the establishment who was groomed from the get-go. First heard of her in connection with the killing of that innocent Brazilian guy in a London tube station because they thought he might possible have been a terrorist – and so get several rounds into his head from point blank range as he was held down. And Dick was in charge of that operation.
New Cold War
The West’s two replies, just a few disjointed thoughts The Saker (Chuck L). The docs in English: http://thesaker.is/both-us-and-nato-replies-leaked-to-spanish-paper-full-texts/
Leaked drafts of NATO, US responses to Russia are surprisingly revealing Responsible Statecraft (Colonel Smithers). Subhead ouch: “Have you ever heard the saying, ‘you should talk to the organ grinder, not his monkey’?”
Putin, Put’n, and Peace in Ukraine Quincy Institute (Colonel Smithers)
Gopnik Wars: Donbass Edition YouTube. Resilc: “Makes complete sense to start a nuke war with Russia over this prize region so essential to my wellbeing as a USA USA citizen.”
Inside The Russian Tax Havens Set Up By Putin To Help Sanctioned Billionaires Forbes. Resilc: “Sort of like Delaware and Wyoming in USA USA”
US to send destroyer, fighter jets to UAE amid Houthi attacks Al Jazeera. Resilc: “We just are getting set up to being beat by little guys in sandals with AK47s once again. We never learn.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Me on App Store Monopolies and Security Bruce Schneier (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Surprise: China COMPETES bill is boon for military spending Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
Biden Moves To Block Student Debt Victory Daily Poster. The Dems deserve midterm slaughter for this alone.
Universal health care is unrealistic. A cabinet can end cancer. https://t.co/Jupmi8Nsl6
— Andrew Perez (@andrewperezdc) February 3, 2022
Remember all the videos trying to make these things look "fun" and "cool" ? https://t.co/EkD5VtEFo1
— Read The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin (@JoshuaPotash) February 3, 2022
Democrats en déshabillé
Democrats Can Win the Pennsylvania Senate Seat—if They Don’t Slaughter One Another First New Republic (resilc)
GOP Clown Car
Our Famously Free Press
Spotify spat shows why Joe Rogan and his podcast matter Financial Times
Police State Watch
Sen. Tester’s bill gives farmers ‘right to repair’ Farm Progress (J-LS)
The “right to repair” movement grows, but the devil’s in the details Stacey on IoT (J-LS)
Tesla recalls cars that may roll past stop signs BBC (David L)
Tesla drivers report a surge in ‘phantom braking’ MSN (resilc)
Musk: Robots to be bigger business than Tesla cars BBC. Resilc: “Failing on cars, and crashing on the moon, let’s move on to the next failure…….all a con for sci fi fans.”
A new study has some surprising findings on car fires Popular Science
Why Is Matt Damon Shilling For Crypto? New York Times. Because actors perform for money. Look at all of the smiling bouncy actors in drug ads, fer Chrissakes. And then cognitive research has also shown that people start to believe in causes they tout, even when they know otherwise (the research is on lawyers are defending clients they know are guilty…). All sorts of A list actors make embarrassing commercials in Japan because the money is really good and they are guaranteed to stay in Japan. And Mike Huckabee now touts OTC sleep aids and Newt Gingrich, some sort of “anti title theft” product on cable TV. As Churchill famously said, “Madam, we’ve already established that [what kind of woman you are]. Now we are haggling about the price.”
Manufacturing job losses particularly devastating for Black workers Economic Policy Institute
New York Times Confronts Labor Strife as Tech Workers Push to Organize Wall Street Journal
Traffic Fines Should Be Higher for Rich People Atlantic (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “Sphynxie after a long hard day of watching out the window.”
And a bonus:
Watching birds.. ? pic.twitter.com/VP1HBI2JRI
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) January 30, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.