Monogamous Prairie Voles Reveal the Neurobiology of Love Scientific American. Please don’t tell the marketing department.
The tl;dr on Powell Stephanie Kelton, The Lens
Unraveling Dollarization Phenomenal World
Fusion Energy: A Different Take Mother Pelican. From January, still germane.
Facing the New Covid-19 Reality New England Journal of Medicine. “There is much to lament in the politicization of the Covid-19 pandemic.” Well worth a read; the authors seem to have achieved a level of sanity. Readers?
Global COVID-19 cases down, but deaths on the rise Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. “The WHO urged caution in interpreting the trends, due to reduced testing and delays in reporting.”
Using a Dynamic Causal Model to validate previous predictions and offer a 12-month forecast of the long-term effects of the COVID-19 epidemic in the UK Frontiers in Public Health. From the Abstract: “A previous 12-month prediction of the size of the epidemic to October 2022 underestimated its sequelae by a fifth. This analysis seeks to explain the reasons for the underestimation before offering new long-term predictions….. The increase in transmissibility together with the public’s response provide plausible explanations for why the model underestimated the 12-month predictions to October 2022. The 2023 projection could well-underestimate the predicted substantial next wave of COVID-19 infection. Vaccination alone will not control the epidemic. The UK COVID-19 epidemic is not over. The results call for investment in precautionary public health interventions.” Ah, “the public.”
In Myanmar, Resistance Forces Pursue Home Rule Foreign Policy. It’s hard to think otherwise than that the Myanmar NUG gets no support from the “In this house” crowd exactly because they’re fighting a fascist regime.
Adani abandons US$2.5 billion share sale in big setback to Indian tycoon Channel News Asia
Dear Old Blighty
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British workers unite in largest strike in a generation Al Jazeera. “Up to half a million British teachers, civil servants, train drivers and university lecturers…. About 300,000 people on strike on Wednesday are teachers, according to the Trades Union Congress.” Soon, firefighters.
Unions Get a Taste for Mass Strikes After UK’s Day of Action Bloomberg. Lead: “The UK’s labor unions emerged from the country’s worst [sic] day of strikes for a decade, threatening further coordinated action to force the government’s hand in pay negotiations.” ZOMG ZOMG this is very bad where are the whips and chains
New powers to curb strike disruption approved by MPs BBC. Wowsers:
Conservative MP [(!!)] also raised concerns about the bill, saying it was “badly written” and vague.
The former business secretary said he supported the aims of the legislation and would not vote against it but hoped it would be amended in the House of Lords.
He criticised a so-called “Henry VIII clause” in the bill, which would allow .
Or, in the original German, Ermächtigungsgesetz.
Hungarian President: Hungary strives for a quick ceasefire in Ukraine Daily News Hungary
New Not-So-Cold War
Patrick Lawrence: The Pathology of Ukrainian Nationalism ScheerPost. Thoughtful, well worth a read.
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Ukraine EU membership: No short cuts on joining, officials warn ahead of summit BBC. After rolling over on the tanks. Please.
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Ukraine Support Justified by Realism about U.S. Interests National Review
Politics and Strategy Valdai Discussion Club. Always worth a careful read; Valdai is like a combination of Brookings and CFR; propaganda with an analytical veneer. Or, indeed, vice versa. Fascinating example of mirroring by Russian “scholars” at the WikiPedia entry.
Police State Watch
AI as Systemic Risk in a Polycrisis (PDF) cepAdhoc. “As our increasingly dynamic and interdependent world deviates from past observations used for design and training, AI systems will become less reliable.”
Shape-Shifting Robot Resembles Terminator Model Manufacturing.net
Revealed: Sweden destroyed a substantial part of its documents on Julian Assange Il Fatto Quotidiano
‘Hospital purgatory’: Confidence in healthcare plunges as criticism grows louder and larger Becker’s Hospital Review
Walking the Basketball Dog Kottke.org
Imperial Collapse Watch
CEPR Sanctions Watch, January 2023 CEPR (GF).
Diplomatic Immunity London Review of Books
Owning Farmland Is Now Cool, Even If You Don’t Farm AgWeb. Plus, you can always hire sharecroppers!
What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started Daily Stoic. Granted, a Stoic store seems a little… contradictory?
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.