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Two new species of see-through frog named in Ecuador National Geographic (furzy)
Should Leopards Be Paid for Their Spots? New Yorker (furzy)
James Webb teams successfully align mirror, commissioning continues NASA Spaceflight (Kevin W)
Outdoor long-range transmission of COVID-19 and patient zero MedRxIv (Raymond Sim)
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis associated with COVID‐19 infection ?
"In this study, a case of previously healthy child apart from COVID-19 infection who was admitted to the intensive care unit with TEN involving 30% of body surface area."
— Gabriel Hébert-Mild™ ⓥ (@Gab_H_R) March 19, 2022
Pfizer CEO Pushes Yearly Shots for Covid. Not So Fast, Experts Say. The Conversation
Covid Analysis: Vitamin D for COVID-19: real-time meta analysis of 186 studies C19VittamineD (Chuck L)
Corona-card: incidence values in the counties NDR (guurst)
At Site of China Eastern Airlines Crash, No Survivors Found Wall Street Journal
China Has a Huge Strategic Opening With India The Diplomat (RobertC)
In maglev innovation, Chinese researchers transfer power wirelessly to moving train South China Morning Post (resilc)
Ukraine war fortifies North Korea’s urge to arm Asia Times (Kevin W)
Replacements for P&O Ferries crew paid £1.80 an hour, unions say Guardian (Kevin W)
New Not So Cold War
I understand there was an effort to walk this back, but there are some things you cannot unsay:
— Nina ? Byzantina (@NinaByzantina) March 21, 2022
Mariupol YouTube. This is a rambling presentation, and if you’ve heard Lira before, he covers old ground in the opening section. At 32:30, he discusses the humanitarian corridors. At 37:15, and his is the key section, he gives an overview of the civilian accounts coming out of Mariupol, including a long-form one from someone he knows personally.
U.S. Sending Soviet Air Defense Systems It Secretly Acquired to Ukraine Wall Street Journal (Li). Huh? We are sending antiques? The WSJ excuse is Ukrainians know how to use this stuff, but Scott Ritter said they were trained to NATO standards on NATO equipment, to the degree that they’d be interchangable with NATO units from Germany or Poland.
Ukraine Update: Biden Says Hypersonic Missile Shows Desperation Bloomberg. Help me. But this is to set up the claim that Russia will engage in chemical weapons attacks, something we’ve been flogging for weeks. See more: LIVE: Putin’s back against the wall in Ukraine – Biden BBC
Day 24 Summary – Ukraine counteroffensive in Mykolaiv-Kherson region YouTube. woozel recommends this map as from multiple sources and updated daily.
How Russia is using intellectual property as a war tactic The Conversation (Kevin W)
Far from Ukraine, Indonesia’s favourite noodles run out of stock Al Jazeera (resilc)
Putin puts Xi between a rock and hard place Asia Times (resilc). Um, sure looks like this guy did not read the Chinese readout or forceful articles in Global Times about the call. And that continues today, see below:
The US is reestablishing a new Inquisition, infamous in medieval Europe, and all who disagree with the US have been labeled “heretics.” And the US also wants to tie and burn the “heretics” on the pillars of international public opinion.
Yet, to the disappointment of the US and its attendants, although they have been clamoring that countries should take sides, they cannot cover the fact that they are still the minority in the international community. The US wishes that the whole world will follow it to condemn and sanction Russia, but more than 100 countries are not involved in imposing sanctions against Russia.
BIDEN: "There's going to be a new world order out there and we have to lead it." pic.twitter.com/jNfUmUO80p
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 21, 2022
Zelensky says ‘time for Israel to make its choice’ and back Ukraine France 24 (resilc)
Numbers don’t lie: more Saudi attacks on Yemen came after new US support Responsible Statecraft
F1 bosses ‘monitoring’ Saudi Arabian GP after missile attack PLANET F1 (resilc)
Animated Chart: Nuclear Warheads by Country (1945-2022) Visula Capitalist (furzy)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Russia invasion is a boon for the post-GWOT war machine Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
9/11: FBI links Saudi Arabia spy to attacks on Sept. 11 Northern Jersey (resilc)
Our Famously Free Press
World’s Dullest Editorial Launches Panic Matt Taibbi
S.E.C. Considers Climate Disclosure Rule New York Times (Kevin W)
How Big Tech lost the antitrust battle with Europe ars technica (Kevin W)
Central Banks, BIS Develop Digital Currencies Platform Prototype Bloomberg. I need to tackle the embarrassing Fed paper on digital currencies. It does not articulate a single good reason for proceeding, which means the initiative has to be a combination of trying to be hip plus wanting to get rid of cash for better taxation and surveillance.
85,000 birds euthanized as South Dakota sees first avian flu outbreak since 2015 SDPB (resilc). We warned about this. Stockpile chicken and turkey if they are part of your regular menu.
Fifth Iowa outbreak of bird flu confirmed in a backyard Warren County flock Des Moines Register (Late Introvert)
Inflation stings most if you earn less than $300K. Here's how to deal:
— Kyla Scanlon (@kylascan) March 20, 2022
Most of all, it's clearly a bad deal for many students, or we wouldn't have the student debt crisis.
Cancelling student debt is good if it's tied to fixing the problem going forward, which means not offering it, or having the colleges be the guarantor, or ISAs, or something.
— Sam Altman (@sama) March 20, 2022
Still struggling to digest this: While in the UK we are fighting our employers to stop the continuous decline of academic working conditions, news from the US suggest that worse is still to come: UCLA advertising UNPAID professorships! SHAME ON @UCLA! Glad we r on #UCUstrike! pic.twitter.com/1VuaUHxCdH
— Gerhard Schnyder (@GerhardSchnyder) March 19, 2022
Google settles with engineers who said they were fired for trying to organize The Verge (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour. An old picture of Tracie H’s EB White:
And a bonus video (furzy):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.