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Three Months In Web3: What I Learned Heisenberg Report
What a Single Metric Tells Us About the Pandemic David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine. I’m so glad the adults are in charge:
On February 1, 2021, just after the inauguration of Joe Biden, the U.S. had registered, according to The Economist, 178 excess deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, quite close to Britain’s 166, Belgium’s 162, and Portugal’s 201. Fast-forward a year and those gaps have exploded. The U.S. has now registered 330 excess deaths per 100,000 — meaning our total has roughly doubled. In Britain, the excess mortality grew only 30 percent; in Portugal, it was 17 percent.
The Next COVID Crisis: Funding (with Jeff Zients and Zeke Emanuel) (podcast) In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt. Remarkable series of admissions from medical ethicist Emmanuel, worth reading in full:
Emanuel: "The problem is we don’t know the long covid thing…I hear from a lot of people that’s what they’re obsessed by…Brain fog, fatigue, shortness of breath on a chronic basis…No one wants to risk that. That ruins your life."
— wsbgnl (@wsbgnl) March 26, 2022
Seems like “take that mask off” is the policy goal, and forcing people to play “Russian Roulette” with Long Covid is just a bump in the road.
How it started, how it’s going:
13 months, or nearly 1/2 million US Covid deaths ago. pic.twitter.com/QnYPuDfM45
— Kawasaki_KR-1 (@KawasakiKR11) March 25, 2022
China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735: second black box found South China Morning Post
‘Stronger together’: Myanmar, Russia parade military relationship Al Jazeera (Re Silc).
P&O and the Tory Road to Serfdom Craig Murray
New Not-So-Cold War
Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 26 Institute for the Study of War
What the city of Mariupol means for Ukraine — and for Russia’s military campaign NPR. “The Azov Regiment, a unit with neo-Nazi origins that has been folded into Ukraine’s National Guard….” Folded into.
Who’s “isolated” again?
Yellow states have sanctioned Russia, gray have not. Nearly the entire Global South hasn’t sanctioned Russia and their condemnation likely isn’t coming any time soon. Vast majority of the Indo-Pacific is included in this group. pic.twitter.com/hyAajAsUCm
— Derek J. Grossman (@DerekJGrossman) March 26, 2022
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Biden says Putin cannot ‘remain in power’ as he warns of ‘long fight’ FT. Biden: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” Staffers try to put the toothpaste back in the tube:
From a White House official after Biden's speech: “The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”
— Tarini Parti (@tparti) March 26, 2022
Biden’s Comments About Putin Were an Unforced Error The Atlantic. Of course, a political party wouldn’t invest all its capacity in making Putin a hate figure without expecting a return on the resulting asset; this war is that return (and would have started in, say, 2017 if Clinton the candidate had lived up to expectations).
What Thai coups tell us of Putin’s chances of removal Pattaya Mail (Furzy Mouse).
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President Biden demonstrates proper masking technique in the presence of children:
I visited Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Poland this afternoon. You don’t need to speak the same language to feel the roller-coaster of emotions in their eyes. I want to thank my friend Chef José Andrés, his team, and the people of Warsaw for opening your hearts to help. pic.twitter.com/VU3Oe0EXAL
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 26, 2022
It has occurred to me that one more reason elites hate masks is that they interfere with their photo ops.
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Duty Bound to Disaster: Beware the Imperative in Foreign Policymaking War on the Rocks. PMC moralizing in the saddle.
Why Aren’t We Hearing More Calls for Diplomacy to End War in Ukraine? The Intercept. I guess Biden just gave us our answer.
What If Russia Makes a Deal? Foreign Affairs
We Should Take the Ukrainian – Russian Negotiations Seriously Verfassungsblog
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Sean Penn Says He Will “Smelt” His Oscar if Ukrainian President Is Not Invited to Ceremony Hollywood Reporter. Best Actor, then?
Is Peru becoming an ungovernable country? FT. Uh oh….
President Joe Biden to propose new 20% minimum billionaire tax CNBC. Seems low.
Green Pastel Redness London Review of Books. On the Supreme Court
Tax Regimes Phenomenal World
Farmers on the Brink Doomberg
Frankly, we do give a damn: improving patient outcomes with swearing Archives of Physiotherapy
Elite Pete! Saint Peter’s tops Purdue, makes 15 seed history AP. Pretty neat!
Sauron, Dark Lord of Mordor and Lord of the Rings Star, Dead at… Hoo Boy Gizmodo. “[O]ur thoughts go out to his followers at this unfortunate time.”
Love and Longing in the Seaweed Album Public Domain Review
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.