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Perseverance Reveals The Speed Of Sound On Mars IFL Science
I Want You Back: Getting My Personal Data From Amazon Was Weeks of Confusion and Tedium The Intercept. Commentary:
Amazon boasts endlessly of its efficiency, ease of use and speed – so whenever you find Amazon being inefficient, hard to use and slow, it's reasonable to assume that this is a deliberate choice. Like, say, when Amazon is giving you the data it has collected on you. 3/
— Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) March 27, 2022
The entire Doctorow thread is worth a read, too.
SARS-CoV-2 shedding sources in wastewater and implications for wastewater-based epidemiology Journal of Hazardous Materials. From the Abtract: ” Recent studies found that SARS-CoV-2 RNA concentration in wastewater (CRNA) could not be accounted by the fecal shedding alone….. Sputum discharging behavior of patients also resulted in great fluctuations of CRNA under a certain prevalence. Thus, sputum is a potential critical shedding source for COVID-19 WBE surveillance.” Hmm.
7/ You don't wait for studies that aren't being done before using physics to protect yourself. It was beyond insulting that public health, ID and IPAC doctors were getting people to sanitize their hands 50 times a day, but stopping N95s, HEPA filters and airborne mitigation.
— Joey Fox, P. Eng, M.A.Sc (@joeyfox85) March 27, 2022
Your homework assignment for “Let ‘Er Rip” 101:
5 Qs for vulnerable people to prepare for BA.2 surge:
1) What is your risk for severe illness?
2) Do you have extra tests?
3) Can you get an additional booster?
4) Are you eligible for Evusheld?
5) What's your plan if diagnosed with covid?@postopinionshttps://t.co/dLldmWeJef
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) March 26, 2022
You’re on your own, kid! Let me know how it works out!
Two Ukraine war scenarios and what they mean for US-China power rivalry South China Morning Post
How COVID Exploded in Hong Kong The New Yorker
What a Time for Japan to Matter to Markets Again John Authers, Bloomberg
Renowned forest monk murdered in Mandalay monastery Democratic Voice of Burma
Why India and China should make nice South China Morning Post
New Not-So-Cold War
Just where is Joe Biden going to find gas for the EU? Politico. “A senior U.S. official that the promise of 15 bcm this year is actually a commitment to try and help convince companies in Asia or elsewhere that were expecting cargoes this coming winter to agree to send them to Europe instead. That would be a repeat of what happened this past winter, the official said.” Oh. There seems to be rather a lot of clarification going on just now.
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New Ukraine-Russia talks this week Channel News Asia
Ukraine IS willing to accept neutral status in any peace deal with Russia, Zelensky reveals, as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calls Putin to urge for a ceasefire ahead of peace talks today Daily Mail
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, Moscow, March 25, 2022 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
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Biden Confirms Why the US Needed This War Consortium News
Re-Visiting Russiagate In Light Of The Ukraine War Caitlin Johnstone
Beware the redux: America’s violent Cold War history Responsible Statecraft
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Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 27 Institute for the Study of War
Problems With Russia’s Political Prepwork in the Russo-Ukrainian War The National Interest
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Ukraine promises “immediate investigation” after video surfaces of soldiers shooting Russian prisoners CNN. Made it through the filters, oddly.
Poland and the United States: Warsaw and its ‘big brother‘ Deutsche Welle
Zurich Insurance removes Z symbol after letter used to show support for Ukraine war Reuters. Good thing Putin didn’t pick “e.” Rutrs would have a problem.
No, Justice Thomas Did Not Commit an Impeachable Offense Jonathan Turley
Tanker Market Mired With Uncertainties Hellenic Shipping News
Black Ops in Hollywood: From Censorship to Normalization Covert Action Magazine (AC).
Our Famously Free Press
Invasion of the Fact-Checkers The Tablet. On the terrain of the platforms:
YouTube restored Azov's account in record time. So many people/media projects have had their accounts deleted and livelihoods destroyed for stepping out of line. But if you're a neo-Nazi, the right kind of neo-Nazi, you get VIP treatment.https://t.co/JSFP8hJ75m pic.twitter.com/WxwdSNNa1a
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) March 27, 2022
Fascist normalization proceeds apace….
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Howard Historian Daryl Scott on ‘Grievance History,’ the 1619 Project and the ‘Possibility that We Rend Ourselves on the Question of Race’ (interview) The 74. Well worth a read on the 1619 Project, among other things.
Despotism centre-stage Times Literary Supplement (NL). “The pit exercised power. By applauding or hooting, it determined the success or failure of plays. Its antics were part of the performance, and they illustrate an argument that I would like to advance about the immediate origins of the Revolution: theatricality and violence went together.”
Shikoku Pilgrimage Emergence Magazine. Multimedia, but reasonably laptop-friendly.
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.