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Trump Remains at the Heart of the Republican Party

8 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
To those who may have thought the absence of Trump tweets means the Republican Party has finally got over him,  I have one word: ha.
Two developments during the past week suggest that Trump remains a key – if not the key – player in the Republican Party.
Is that due to his charm, his grace, his savoir faire?
Uh no. Read on.
Texas Voter Law Change: Republicans Double Down on the Election Fraud Meme
The past couple of weeks have seen a wild ride in U.S. politics. Georgia passed its election law restrictions, triggering Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All Star Game from Atlanta to Denver. Other corporations or their officers- Delta, Coca

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Links 4/9/2021

8 days ago

Why Bumblebees Love Cats an Other Beautiful Relationships Longreads
The Woke Meritocracy Tablet
IN GOOD TASTE: MARILYN STASIO ON A LIFETIME OF BOOK REVIEWS Crime Reads
Amanda Gorman says she has declined around $17m in deals since inauguration Guardian
B.C. First Nations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada protect crab for Indigenous food, social and ceremonial purposes The Narwhal
Despite Pandemic Shutdowns, CO2 Now at Levels Unseen in 3.6 Million Years Common Dreams
‘The Mauritanian’ movie review: A powerful reminder of the horrors that followed 9/11 Scroll
Eclipsed by Fame New York Review of Books. The deck: “There’s a scientific story to tell about Stephen Hawking, but most of his later life served to conceal it.”
The Deceit and Conflict Behind the Leak of the Pentagon Papers New Yorker

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FTC, Where Art Thou?: Appliance Manufacturers Routinely Invalidate Warranties if Customers Use Third-Party Repair Services

8 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Appliance repair is on my mind at the moment.
Why?
The dishwasher at our winter rental beach hideaway, where my husband and I have sequestered ourselves to avoid the pandemic, died last Friday.
Leaving us to do the dishes.
I know, I know, a first world problem. And a task I’ve done before, and no doubt will do many times again.
We didn’t have a dishwasher in the flat we lived in for three years while my husband and I were both doing post-graduate studies in Oxford. Ditto for the over-priced Harvard University flat we lived in during three years of law school. Nor did I in the cabin in the woods where I lived during five winters spent as a ski bum

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Yellen Calls for Taxing Large Corporations on Puffed Up Earnings they Report to Shareholders, Which I Called for Years Ago

8 days ago

By Wolf Richter, editor of Wolf Street. Originally published at Wolf Street.
I was no fan of money-printing interest-rate-repressing Fed Chair Janet Yellen, though she did hike interest rates and kicked off the Fed’s balance sheet reduction. But she’s now getting huge brownie points as Secretary of the Treasury for trying to deal with the catastrophic corporate tax code by including something I have been jabbering about since 2012:
Large corporations – and there are only a few dozen to which this would apply, according to the proposal – should pay income taxes on the inflated and puffed-up income they report to their shareholders under our glorious accounting principles GAAP, rather than paying no taxes, or even getting paid tax benefits, on the losses they report separately to the IRS

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Stock Buybacks Stand in the Way of Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

8 days ago

By Lynn Parramore, Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website
President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure and climate proposal has a lot of people excited, and no wonder. Americans are sick of being stuck with frazzled electric grids, foul drinking water, falling bridges, far too many left out of prosperity, and feeling that the country’s global status is suffering.
On March 31st, President Biden described his vision to carpenters at a training facility in Pittsburgh: “It’s going to boost America’s innovative edge in markets where global leadership is up for grabs—markets like battery technology, biotechnology, computer chips, clean energy, the competition with China in particular.”
Sounds

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New York Joins Pot Party

12 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
New York became the fifteenth state to join the pot party when governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on March 31.
As The City explains:

The historic law, the culmination of drawn-out, fierce negotiations in Albany, will allow people to possess up to three ounces of pot and grow a limited amount of cannabis at home. The measure also will expunge the convictions of people whose offenses wouldn’t have been crimes under the new law.
But the law’s centerpiece is a set of social equity provisions that should pour 40% of tax revenues from legal weed sales into communities long-devastated by over-policing and offer marijuana business opportunities to

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Links 4/5/2021

12 days ago

Golden Parade: Mummified pharaohs moved to new Cairo home Deutsche Welle
Malaysian resort island Langkawi can avoid environmental disaster by making the most of flying lemur and other wildlife’s comeback during Covid-19 travel ban, scientist says South China Morning Post
How my uncle dodged death and escaped from East Pakistan to India (with a little help from a hen) Scroll
The Ethiopian who saved an Italian goat cheese BBC
Food, Not Steel, Is Our Biggest Climate Challenge Project Syndicate. Adair Turner.
‘Imminent’ collapse of Florida reservoir wall will flood Tampa Bay with 20ft wall of polluted water, officials warn: Gov. DeSantis tells residents to evacuate NOW Daily Mail
Dozens dead as torrential rain leads to floods and landslides in Indonesia and Timor-Leste ABC News
As endangered

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Why India is Banking on Health Diplomacy to Grow African Footprint

12 days ago

By Dan Banik, Professor of political science, Director of the Oslo SDG Initiative, Host of “In Pursuit of Development” podcast, University of Oslo and Renu Modi, Professor in African Studies, University of Mumbai. Originally published at The Conversation.
India has stepped up its global ambitions and foreign policy re-engagement with African countries in recent years. Its bilateral trade increased from $7.2 billion in 2001 to $63 billion in 2017/18. India is now the third largest export destination and the fifth largest investor on the continent.
While it plays catch-up with China’s commanding presence in Africa, India has signed numerous new bilateral agreements. It has also strengthened its diplomatic presence and is actively furthering trade, infrastructure and private sector

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Italy Bans Cruise Ships from Entering Venice’s Historic Center

13 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Italian ministers last week approved a ban on cruise ships entering Venice’s Giudecca Canal
This measure was enacted in response to a request from UNESCO, and also applies to large container ships, according to the BBC.
Coronavirus has for the moment called a halt to most global cruise ship traffic. But that can be expected to start again once the pandemic is under control.
Does last week’s action mean Venice has conquered its addiction to the cruise ship form of mass tourism?
Alas, that’s not to be so. Passengers will still be able to visit La Serenissima, in still excessive numbers, but henceforth, cruise ships must tie up at Marghera, the

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Links 4/4/2021

13 days ago

Happy Easter!
Spain To Try Nationwide 4-Day Workweek Treehugger
Why Did the Slave Trade Survive So Long? New York Review of Books
The Collapse of Puerto Rico’s Iconic Telescope New Yorker
The Slow Travel Trend Is Here to Stay Conde Nast Traveler From December, still germane.
Farms Are Coming To Cities American Conservative
What is Brood X? When do cicadas come out in 2021? Answering your buggiest questions. WaPo
Pete Buttigieg mocked for ‘phony’ Cabinet meeting bike stunt NY Post. Gotcha! I want to know: did he drink any water?
How did this crisis happen? A breach at Piney Point puts area in environmental peril Miami Herald
Florida residents are evacuated after reservoir contaminated with radioactive wastewater started collapsing: Gov. Ron DeSantis declares state of emergency Daily Mail

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Life in a Remote Alaskan Community on the Front Line of Climate Change

13 days ago

By Connor Dunleavy,Yale Climate Connections. Originally published at Yale Climate Connections.
WHITTIER, ALASKA – The world’s high-latitude regions experience climate change at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Prince Williams Sound in South Central Alaska. This shelter body of water off the North Pacific is home to some of the tallest coastal mountains in the world and dominated by glaciers and icefields. But with the extreme warming and drier than average summers the cryosphere here has undergone a massive transformation.
The fjords of Prince Williams Sound echo like thunder as glaciers calve off into the sea at an ever increasing rate. The ice loss from this region measures in the tens of billions of metric tons each year. For the

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For the Birds: Lights Out Philly

March 14, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
A bit of good news for the to celebrate on this sunny morning on the cusp of spring.
I’m writing this from our hideaway on Point Lookout, Long Island, looking out through a picture window festooned with a bird silhouette, to deter other birds from crashing to their deaths into an obstacle they do not see.
My husband and I have retreated to this haven to wait out the pandemic.
It’s a bright sunny day here today – ideal weather for our daily beach walk this afternoon. The last week has been unusually warm, signalling spring is on the way, after a snowy, icy winter that reminded me of the New Jersey winters of my childhood – although it’s not been not

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Links 3/14/2021

March 14, 2021

Philadelphia calls for ‘lights out’ after skyscrapers cause hundreds of bird deaths Guardian
102-year-old woman goes viral after joining great-grandson’s virtual gym class NY Post
Review | Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception by Cass R. Sunstein on how to live with lies SCMP
Pakistan’s beloved ‘poor man’s burger’ BBC
Eli Lilly releases detailed results on Alzheimer’s drug, as data divide researchers Stat
What Can We Learn From the Terrible Fate of Sarah Everard? Craig Murray
‘Impossible travel conditions’ as spring storm delivers historic snow and severe storms CNN
Graham Greene Against the World The New Republic. Big GG fan. I’ve read all the novels, the collected film criticism, much else besides, but somehow missed the short stories, which I’ll turn to later today,

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Meet the “New Koch Brothers” – the Hedge Fund Activists Wrecking America’s Green New Deal

March 14, 2021

By Lynn Parramore. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website
Think the government should do more to deal with climate change? You’re not alone – so do most Americans, according to a 2020 Pew poll.
With Biden in the White House and Democrats controlling Congress, plans to get moving on some form of a Green New Deal could finally emerge. The Texas blackout heightened the sense of urgency, and everybody’s talking about upgrading the power grid, renewable energy, and what it will take to have a greener, cleaner future. Meanwhile, the climate change-denying political right is determined to crush any proposals before they have a chance.
Here’s what you might not know: Players on Wall Street have been torpedoing our chances of averting environmental catastrophe for

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Sports Desk: DoJ Files Amicus Brief in Support of College Athletes, While Congress Mulls Giving Them Rights to Their Names, Images, and Likenesses

March 11, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Both the Biden administration and Congress are separately taking on the National Collegiate Athletic Organization (NCAA)’s control over collegiate sports and the compensation student athletes can receive. According to the the

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Links 3/11/2021

March 11, 2021

The People We Know Best New York Review of Books
Medieval ‘birthing girdle’ parchment was worn during labour, study suggests University of Cambridge
What Is the True Cost of Closing a Restaurant? Grub Street
The Pope-Sistani riddle  Asia Times Pepe Escobar
Two teenagers placed in foster care after weight loss plan fails Guardian
Upstate NY ice cream shop owner made racist taunts to protesters, wrongly called cops, says AG NY Daily News
Fukushima anniversary: Loss of life is still ‘unbearable’ Deutsche Welle
How Fukushima triggered Germany’s nuclear phaseout Deutsche Welle
#COVID-19
California launches way any resident can become vaccine eligible SF Gate
Biden says there is ‘real reason for hope’ as he praises drugmakers’ vaccine deal The Hill
‘The problem with moving to Florida is you have

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Woodlands and Wetlands Could be Worth More When Left to Nature Than When Farmed

March 11, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
University of Cambridge scientists, with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds,  this week released a study – the largest to date of its kind – suggesting that the idea that economic development, in the form of farming, logging  or other resource extraction – necessarily produces more value than leaving wetland and woodland ecosystems intact is false.
The team examined dozens of sites, worldwide, rinclding some in China, Fiji, Kenya, Nepal, as well as the U.K.
In other words, as the Guardian tells the story in Land could be worth more left to nature than when farmed, study finds:
….further modifying nature for human use could be costing

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Why the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance Is Essential for U.S. Survival

March 11, 2021

Jerri-Lynn here. I would have framed this article differently, focusing on the importance of maintaining viable manufacturing is to U.S. economic survival, and less on national security points. I’m posting it for the useful information it contains on industries and supply chains
By Tom Conway, the international president of the United Steelworkers Union (USW). Produced by the Independent Media Institute
Sam Phillips and Trey Maestas fought tirelessly to save TIMET’s titanium sponge plant, both to protect the jobs of about 420 coworkers and to safeguard America’s future.
The decades-old facility in Henderson, Nevada, was the nation’s last remaining producer of the coral-like material essential for manufacturing warplanes, munitions, satellites, civilian jetliners, ships and even joints for

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Waste Watch: Europeans Get Right to Repair for Some Consumer Electrical Goods, While John Deere Reneges on Promise to U.S. Farmers to Make Diagnostic Software Freely Available

March 7, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
New right to repair rules for some consumer electrical goods, including hairdryers, refrigerators, television displays, and washing machines, came into effect in the 27-nation EU on Monday, mandating that products be repairable for ten years.
Tech Republic reported that the the European Parliament voted to approve the policy in November 2020.
Each year, Europeans produce about 35 kilos of electrical waste per person, about half of which comes from household appliances, of which only 40% is recycled, according to Tech Explore. The EU new right to repair rules aim to reduce that waste.
As per Tech Explore:
“This is a really big step in the right

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Links 3/7/2021

March 7, 2021

Friends by Robin Dunbar review – how important are your pals? Guardian
Cronkite signed off 40 years ago; it seems like an eon in news standards The Hill
The Dangers of Brain Science Overdetermining Legal Outcomes Literary Hub. Judge Jed Rakoff.
Originalism’s Original Sin Chronicle of Higher Education
Egypt’s el-Sisi visits Sudan for Nile dam talks Al Jazeera
‘Who would feel safe?’ Site C dam concerns build in downstream communities The Narwhal
#COVID-19
David Graeber: After the Pandemic, We Can’t Go Back to Sleep Jacobin
Lucy Kellaway: what is the point of schools? FT. The always interesting Lucy Kellaway.
Schoolchildren Around the World Face a Steep Uphill Battle Der Spiegel
‘This isn’t done’: Experts warn that no matter what our Covid end goal is, we have a ways to go Stat
Coronavirus:

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Yes, Export Bans on Vaccines Are a Problem, But Why Is the Supply of Vaccines so Limited in the First Place?

March 7, 2021

By Deborah Gleeson, associate professor, La Trobe University. Originally published at The Conversation.
News of the blockage of a shipment of 250,000 COVID-19 vaccines from Europe to Australia has caused concern and outrage.
The immediate problem will probably be quickly solved through diplomatic channels. Even if it is not, onshore manufacturing of the AstraZeneca vaccine will soon make up for any shortfall in Australia’s vaccine supply.
But to avoid these types of supply shortfalls in future, it’s important to address the underlying problems behind this example of vaccine nationalism. Australia is both a victim of these problems, as well as a contributor.

Interesting stat given Italy’s decision to block export of 250k AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia.
Italy has currently received

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FAIR Act: Will Congress Finally Complete the Project the CFPB Fumbled and Ban Mandatory Arbitration Clauses?

February 22, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) did not cover itself in glory even before the hostile Trump became President and started actively opposing its efforts. In fact, under its first director, Richard Cordray, the bureau fumbled its biggest opportunity, its attempt to ban pre-dispute mandatory arbitration agreements. After withering and dithering, in 2017 the CFPB adopted the Arbitration Agreements Rule “[banning] companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses to deny groups of people their day in court.”
Alas, the agency’s delay in promulgating the rule until well into the Trump administration  meant it was soon overturned under the

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Links 2/22/2021

February 22, 2021

Are Cities Finished? Project Syndicate
The Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Be Meaningful After All Wired
What would a truly wild Ireland look like? BBC
When Engineers Were Humanists New York Review of Books
Postures of Transport Public Domain Review
NYC backtracks on de Blasio’s plan to close Trump-owned ice rinks New York Post
Entire California School Board Resigns After Chewing Out Parents on Accidental Zoom Broadcast Gizmodo. Oops!
Boeing Calls for Global Grounding of 777s Equipped With One Engine Model NYT
A tale of two provinces: how coal mining plowed ahead in the B.C. Rockies while Alberta hit the brakes The Narwhal
A Friendly Debate About Herbert Marcuse, with R.J. Eskow Matt Taibbi. Hoisted from comments (flora)
#COVID-19
The Rural Alaskan Towns Leading the Country in Vaccine

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Sanders ‘Confident’ $15 Minimum Wage Possible Through Senate Reconciliation

February 22, 2021

By Brett Wilkins,  staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not incidental to the federal budget and is permissible under the rules,” the independent senator from Vermont said Saturday. 
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday said he is “confident” that the $15 hourly federal minimum wage he has long championed can be achieved via the Senate reconciliation process.
If Republicans could use reconciliation to try to take healthcare away from 32 million Americans by repealing the ACA, please don’t tell me we can’t use the same rules to provide a raise to 32 million workers by increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour,” Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted, referring to the Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare.
Sanders, who chairs the

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Plastics Watch: Annie’s Homegrown Vows to Eliminate Ortho-Phthalates from Its Mac and Cheese

February 21, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Annie’s Homegrown has vowed to eliminate ortho-phthalates from its packaged mac and cheese, according to the New York Times, Annie’s Pledges to Purge a Class of Chemicals From Its Mac and Cheese.
Company strategy stands in contrast to that of Kraft, which has yet to match the pledge, and instead has focused on rosy-tinged marketing gimmicks, as I wrote last week in Valentine’s Day Food Security Special: Hold the Pink Kraft Dinner, Serve Up Comfort Food. The eponymous Annie’s was started by a real person but is now owned by General Mills.
Fear not, patient readers, my decision to write two posts a week apart on boxed macaroni and cheese doesn’t

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Links 2/21/2021

February 21, 2021

What would human history look like if told through our relationships with animals? Scroll
21-year-old UK teacher becomes youngest woman to row Atlantic solo Guardian
Tea With Martin Amis Tablet
Can Historians Be Traumatized by History? The New Republic
America’s Hidden Gulag New York Review of Books
Gov. DeSantis to order flags lowered after Rush Limbaugh’s death Click Orlando
NYC shutting Central Park ice rinks to kids to freeze out Trump Organization NY Post
On Thin Ice: How climate change is wrecking the Himalaya Mint
The Savages and the Summer of ’69 Trincas
#COVID-19
It took a year, but Gwyneth Paltrow figured out how to exploit the pandemic Ars Technica
Deforestation and Mining Increased in Tropically Forested Countries During COVID Treehugger
Covid’s health legacy demands radical

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Feds OK’d Export of Millions of N95 Masks as U.S. Workers Cried for More

February 21, 2021

By Christina Jewett, Senior Correspondent with the KHN enterprise team, is writing about health care workers dying of COVID-19 for the Lost on the Frontline project. Her reporting on secretive FDA device-reporting loopholes resulted in the release of 5.7 million records and was recognized with the Barlett & Steele Gold award, the SPJ Sunshine Award and an Edward R. Murrow award and was a Goldsmith Award finalist, among others. She previously worked at Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting, where her work on hospital billing practices with colleagues was recognized with a George Polk Award. Before that, she worked at. Originally published at Kaiser Health News.
In the midst of a national shortage of N95 masks, the U.S. government quietly granted an exception to its export ban on

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Waste Watch: News from the U.S. and the Maldives

February 15, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
A depressing email popped into my in-box last week, containing a photograph of a rubbish-choked Maafushi harbor. I know the place well, having visited at least four times and completed months of diving training there.
Maafushi is an island in the Maldives, where ‘local tourism’ is allowed. In a 2016 piece for the Dubai newspaper, The Nationa,l in Paradise done cheap: visit the Maldives without breaking the bank, I wrote:
Long a favoured destination for honeymooners and high rollers, the ­Maldives is seeking to broaden its appeal. Once upon a time, government policy sequestered luxury tourists on separate dedicated islands, away from the local

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Links 2/15/2021

February 15, 2021

Retired general on Pepsi board vows to win War on Thirst Duffelblog
US cold snap: Why is Texas seeing Arctic temperatures? BBC
Winter storm alerts, power outages cover the map as storms slam US AccuWeather
Historic Arctic outbreak brings dangerous cold, snow and ice to central and southern U.S. WaPo
Guinea declares Ebola epidemic after three deaths Al Jazeera
America’s oldest juvenile lifer, 83, who was jailed in 1953 aged 15 for his role in string of drunken, fatal armed robberies, is freed after 68 years Daily Mail
Pinhookers and Pets London Review of Books
An Enterprise of Solid Gold Lapham’s Quarterly
How to be a genius Aeon
How to Have a Meaningful Video Chat … With Your Dog Wired
Newly unearthed letter from Admiral Horatio Nelson to his mistress Lady Emma Hamilton in 1801 reveals how

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How to Make COVID Vaccines More Effective: Give People Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

February 15, 2021

Jerri-Lynn here. It amazes me that one year into this pandemic, public health authorities are not already providing vitamin and mineral supplements to boost immune system function, not only for the elderly, but for everyone, and without relying on the rationale that such a course of action is necessary to boost the effectiveness of COVID vaccines.
By Margaret Rayman, Professor of Nutritional Medicine, University of Surrey, and Philip C Calder, Head of Human Development and Health and Professor of Nutritional Immunology, University of Southampton. Originally published at The Conversation.
If we’re going to rely on COVID-19 vaccines to bring an end to the pandemic, we need to maximise their effects. But one thing that risks undermining their protectiveness is nutritional deficiency,

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