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New Report Highlights Corporate Funding of Police Foundations, Which Encourage Police Militarization and Thwart Reform

3 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.
One thing I learned from studying with Tom Ferguson: follow the money. That’s the Golden Rule for understanding American politics and other money-driven political systems.
Alas, political scientists and other students of politics often don’t do this, for a variety of reasons, not least that they don’t want to admit – let alone document – how our entire political system is awash with money, let alone completely dominated by it.
I was therefore pleased when this report crossed my desk earlier this month, Police Foundations: A Corporate-Sponsored Threat to Democracy and Black Lives, produced by Color Of Change and Public Accountability Initiative/

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Links 10/18/2021

4 days ago

Britain is now facing a pie crisis amid ‘perfect storm’ of foil tins running low due to rising global aluminium prices, labour shortages and inflation Daily Mail. Oh no! Running out of pie.
Dormice favoured by Italian mafia seized in drugs raid BBC. Reminds me that Francois Mitterrand ate ortolan for his last meal in 1996. See this NPR account, Francois Mitterrand’s Last Meal.
Jet Fuel Made From This Crop Could Cut Emissions by Up to 68%, New Analysis Proves Science Alert (chuck l)
Less ‘Prestigious’ Journals Can Contain More Diverse Research The Wire
9/11 Cinema: The Antiwar Film Audiences Were Never Supposed To See The Dissenter
Revealed: more than 120,000 US sites feared to handle harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals Guardian
Mistress of the macabre Times Literary Supplement
What Is Econyl?

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Insurance Focused on Virtual Visits? The Pros and Cons of a New Twist in Health Plans

4 days ago

Jerri-Lynn here. During the pandemic, I’ve done some telemedicine sessions, but only with doctors I’ve seen in person before. So I don’t know exactly how I view this trend, especially as so many medical ‘innovations’ are more focused on making profits, at the expense of patient care. So what may seem to be a good thing in theory, on reflection turns out to be just another vehicle for profit extraction. Because that’s what our neo-liberal health care system is designed to do.
Readers? What’s  your experience with telemedicine?  What do you think?
By Julie Appleby, Senior Correspondent, reports on the health law’s implementation, health care treatments and costs, trends in health insurance, and policy affecting hospitals and other medical providers. Her stories have appeared in USA TODAY,

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Swimming With Sharks in the Maldives

5 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.
I’m currently holed up in our place in Brooklyn and missing my former pre-Covid peripatetic life very much. Yet I’m far from unique in this regard.
A piece in Friday’s Guardian made me feel very wistful, These Maldives islanders once saw sharks as the threat. Now they fear the plasti. I learned to dive in the Maldives, earning my PADI certificates: open water, advanced open water, and then master scuba diver.
I’d been snorkelling one day with a young couple off of Flores, an Indonesian island east of Bali. And I found myself apologising as I’d done for most of my life, for behaving as a clumsy lummox in the water. Why? I’was never very good at

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Wolf Richter: The Amazing Explosion of New Businesses Continues as Americans Strike Out on their Own

5 days ago

By Wolf Richter, editor of Wolf Street. Originally published at Wolf Street.
New business formations, based on applications for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) with the IRS, exploded in June and July last year, then zigzagged up and down, and then this year exploded again and remained far above the historical range.
In September, 431,381 EIN applications were filed with the IRS, 49% above September 2019, and at the same red-hot level as September last year, according to data released by the Census Bureau today. For the first nine months of the year, EIN applications were up by 58% from the same period in 2019:

The historic high level of new business formations every month is part of the bizarre puzzle that this economy has become: The strange phenomenon of labor shortages, the

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Links 10/14/2020

8 days ago

9:40 AM addition by Yves.
It looks like Jerri completely punked out. She was on duty today but delivered no posts and only partial Links. I assume because reasons but yours truly is Not Happy. I hope nothing is wrong with her but she reported a WiFi fail yesterday which led to a partial posting.
I have to run to doctors ASAP so I am afraid I cannot do much.
Apologies.
Robert Reich: The Real Reason The Economy Might Collapse – OpEd Eurasia Review (David L). Robert Reich.
Hearth site in Utah desert reveals human tobacco use 12,300 years ago KSL (The Rev Kev)
Primate Memory (Antony L) Inference
California’s Justice Department is now investigating the cause of the oil spill NPR (David L)
#COVID-19
New AstraZeneca drug ‘prevents and treats COVID’ Yahoo News (furzy)
China
Failure by Taipei to

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Supply Chain Crisis; A Brooklyn View

9 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.
Lots of recent sturm und drang regarding the global supply chain crisis..
These problems have yet to hit us, although I suppose it might be prudent to stock up on toilet papa=
I continue to plow my small furrow, on the essential issues – food, basically.
Which means what  buy from the NYC greenmarket, supplemented local store.s As topped up by occasional visits to

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In 2021, US on Pace for Most Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters Since Records Began

9 days ago

By Kenny Stancil, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday in its latest monthly report that the United States endured 18 “billion-dollar weather and climate disasters” through the first nine months of 2021, putting this year on pace to be among the worst for such catastrophes.
For decades, scientists have sounded the alarm that extreme weather would become more frequent and intense amid the fossil fuel-driven climate emergency. With 18 calamities costing at least $1 billion already on the books and three months to go, 2021 is second only to 2020, when there were 22 such events.
Before it was surpassed last year, the previous annual record for billion-dollar disasters was 16—reached in 2011

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Waste Watch: Ocean Cleanup Yields Meager Results

29 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.
Ocean Cleanup. the much-hyped project to collect plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, limped back into port recently. yielding merger results,
Now, I’m loath to criticize this endeavor, as we must certainty clean up our environmental  messes. Yet what worries me about this project is that some might think that this technofix can substitute for what we urgently must do: Stop using so much plastic. Now. Not only to reduce  waste, but also so as not to generate the extra carbon that goes into making plastics in the first instance.
Cleaning up rubbish was necessary well before plastics became the scourge they are today.  Back in the

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Links 9/20/2021

September 20, 2021

Dickens’s Multitudes New York Review of Books
Taking a chance in Afghanistan: A Bengali traveller goes to Kabul in the 1920s Scroll
Robert Darnton and Zhang Chi: a conversation Voltaire Foundation
‘The Truffle Hunters’ review: A rich and poignant portrait of the quest for culinary gold Scroll
Big cats likely sick with COVID-19 at National Zoo in Washington NY Post
Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise – here are the harms researchers have been documenting for year The Conversation
HELP! I COULDN’T STOP WRITING FAKE DEAR PRUDENCE LETTERS THAT GOT PUBLISHED gawker
OK, Seriously Columbia Journalism Review
Instagram is bad for teenagers – and its owner Facebook has known this for more than a year The Conversation
Koalas are going

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Wolf Richter: What a Collapse of China’s Evergrande Would Mean

September 20, 2021

By Wolf Richter, editor of Wolf Street. Originally published at Wolf Street.
Foreign investors piled into the property sector over the years, buying hundreds of billions of dollars in bonds, including dollar bonds issued by China’s property developers. They bought those bonds because they liked those yields, in some cases over 10%, thinking that the Chinese government wouldn’t let those companies default, that it would bail out the bondholders as it bailed out so many bondholders before, and surely it would do it again, given how crucial the funding of the property sector is to the Chinese economy.
And now just about everything has gone wrong for these foreign investors. For months, there has been a massive crackdown by Chinese authorities on liquidity-driven inflows into the housing

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Global Coral Coverage Down by Half Since the 1950s

September 19, 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 study published in the journal OneEarth on Friday describes the drastic decline in the health of the world’s coral reefs since the 1950s, Global decline in capacity of coral reefs to provide ecosystem services.
From the summary:
Coral reefs worldwide are facing impacts from climate change, overfishing, habitat destruction, and pollution. The cumulative effect of these impacts on global capacity of coral reefs to provide ecosystem services is unknown. Here, we evaluate global changes in extent of coral reef habitat, coral reef fishery catches and effort, Indigenous consumption of coral reef fishes, and coral-reef-associated biodiversity. Global

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Links 9/19/2021

September 19, 2021

Bruce Is a Parrot With a Broken Beak. So He Invented a Tool. NYT
From Reviled to Adored bioGraphic. From February, still germane.
ROCK OF AGES: WHAT GRAHAM GREENE CAN TEACH THE MODERN NOVELIST Crime Reads
Signs Point to Sears Closing Brooklyn Store, Its Last Outpost in New York City The City
Flocculent and Feculent London Review of Books
Body composting a ‘green’ alternative to burial, cremation AP
What does the writing of Constitutions have to do with wars? Plenty, as this book proves Scroll
Iceland’s volcanic eruption the longest in half a century France 24
“I’M TRYING TO DO MORE LISTENING THAN TALKING”: TIMES COLUMNIST NICHOLAS KRISTOF IS LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE HE’S RUNNING FOR OREGON GOVERNOR Vanity Fair
#COVID-19
An International Agreement on Pandemic Prevention and Preparedness

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A Football World Cup Every Two Years? An Expert Runs the Numbers

September 19, 2021

By Christina Philippou, Principal Lecturer, Accounting and Financial Management, University of Portsmouth. Originally published at The Conversation.
In May 2021, Fifa began exploring the idea of holding a men’s football World Cup every two years instead of four. Further plans have since been unveiled, and the proposal, which originally came from Saudi Arabia, has received support from some international organisations.
Fifa’s chief of global football development and former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger says he is “100% convinced” it is the right way forward for the sport.
Others, including fan groups, have quickly called foul on the proposal. Uefa, responsible for governing football in Europe, has threatened a boycott, with its president Aleksander Ceferin commenting: “We can decide not to

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Links 9/18/2021

September 18, 2021

Scientists find evidence of humans making clothes 120,000 years ago Guardian (The Rev Kev)
Can Flight Attendants Tell If You Don’t Put Your Phone Into Airplane Mode? Conde Nast Traveler
Italy’s Book Doctor Craftsmanship Quarterly
New York Times essay complains it’s ‘sexist’ for Elizabeth Holmes to be held accountable for Theranos disaster Fox (The Rev Kev)
Why Facebook is using Ray-Ban to stake a claim on our faces MIT Technology Review
36,000 gigatons of carbon heralded history’s biggest mass extinction Ars Technica
It was complete pandemonium’: the towns grappling with bear attacks bear attacks Guardian
#COVID-19
Droplets with coronaviruses last longer than previously thought Medical Express (RM)
Coronaviruses with a SARS-CoV-2-like receptor-binding domain allowing ACE2-mediated entry

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Covax Misses its 2021 Delivery Target – What’s Gone Wrong in the Fight Against Vaccine Nationalism?

September 18, 2021

By Rory Horner, Senior Lecturer, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. Originally published at The Conversation.
The latest supply forecast for Covax – the programme for sharing COVID-19 vaccines around the world – suggests that accelerating vaccination in low-income countries looks unlikely. Covax estimates it will have distributed 1.425 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021, significantly less than the 2 billion doses it was aiming for earlier this year.
Only 280.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given out through Covax as of September 15 2021. With some high-income countries rolling out boosters and vaccinating children before many low-income countries have even given their adults a first dose, vaccine inequality is showing no sign of disappearing.
That

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US Urged to End Drone Strikes After Pentagon Says Killing 10 Afghan Civilians Was ‘Horrible Mistake’

September 18, 2021

By Brett Wilkins. Originally published at Common Dreams
Following a rare Pentagon admission Friday that a remote-controlled airstrike which killed 10 Afghan civilians in the closing days of the war in Afghanistan was a “horrible mistake,” anti-war and human rights advocates asserted that “war crimes are not oopsies,” while calling on the U.S. to end drone strikes in the so-called War on Terror.
On Friday, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), told reporters at a Pentagon press conference that the August 29 drone strike that killed 43-year-old Afghan aid worker Zamarai Ahmadi and nine of his relatives—including seven children—in the capital Kabul was carried out “in the profound belief” that an attack by militants of the so-called Islamic State

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Sports Desk: Top College Athletes Strike Endorsement Deals; Meanwhile, the NCAA Seeks to Influence Pending Federal Legislation

September 16, 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 2021-2022 ushers in a new era for college athletes: they may now strike commercial endorsement deals and benefit from the use or their names, images, and likenesses (NIL).
Before this season, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – the member-led organization that sets the rules for college sports programs – prohibited athletes from entering into NIL deals and tried instead to maintain the quaint fiction that big time college athletes  are mere amateurs. Profit opportunities – television deals, licensing arrangements –  were reserved for the colleges and universities that fielded the teams for which athletes play.
All that changed

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Links 9/16/2021

September 16, 2021

Saudi Arabia camel carvings dated to prehistoric era BBC
Animal House: Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Lizards Accompany Students to Campus WSJ
The world’s most expensive animals BBC
Outcry over killing of almost 1,500 dolphins on Faroe Islands The Guardian (David L)
No escape: Prince Andrew is seen with Fergie at Balmoral hideout after High Court agreed that he WILL be served court papers in Virginia Roberts rape case – meaning royal could face having to give evidence in US court Daily Mail
Prince Andrew: Settlement agreement protects me from Jeffrey Epstein victim’s lawsuit McClatchy
Psychologists Are Learning What Religion Has Known for Years Wired (David L)
The Best Photos Taken Through Microscopes Will Blow You Away Buzzfeed News (David L)
The Godmother of the Digital Image NYT (David L)
More

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New York Bans Sale of Fossil Fuel Vehicles From 2034 Onward

September 16, 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 state of New York this week passed a law that bans the sale of fossil fuel powered vehicles after 2034. This deadline applies to all new passenger vehicles, making New York the second state to move forward with such a plan, following California’s lead.
Last September, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order directing the California Air Resources Board to develop regulations to mandate zero emissions for all new passenger cars and trucks by 2035.
My first impression is that the time frame for implementing New York’s legislation looks lax – especially given the gravity of the climate change crisis – although I appreciate that

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Wolf Richter: Business Travel, Conventions, Office Occupancy Stuck in Collapse: Been so Long, People Forgot What Old Normal Was

September 16, 2021

By Wolf Richter, editor of Wolf Street. Originally published at Wolf Street.
Even as American leisure travelers have been out in force, for US hotels, the all-important and lucrative business travel revenues – corporate, group, government, and other commercial travel – are expected to be down by $59 billion in 2021 from 2019, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) and Kalibri Labs today.
For the 20 largest destinations in the US, hotel business travel revenues are expected to collapse by 80% from $38 billion in 2019 to $7.6 billion in 2021, according to AHLA data.
The largest destination, the New York City metro, is expected to see an 88% collapse in annual hotel business travel revenues, from $4.6 billion in 2019 to a projected $531 million in 2021.
In Orlando, the

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Over Half of States Have Rolled Back Public Health Powers in Pandemic

September 16, 2021

By Lauren Weber, Midwest correspondent, Kaiser Health News, and Anna Maria Barry-Jester. Originally published at Kaiser Health News.
Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases.
A KHN review of hundreds of pieces of legislation found that, in all 50 states, legislators have proposed bills to curb such public health powers since the covid-19 pandemic began. While some governors vetoed bills that passed, at least 26 states pushed through laws that permanently weaken government authority to protect public health. In three additional states, an executive order, ballot initiative or state Supreme Court ruling

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18 Vaccine Experts, Including Top FDA Scientists, Publish Review in The Lancet Saying Current Evidence Doesn’t Support Need for COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for the Fully Vaccinated

September 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.
Eighteen international vaccine experts published a review in The Lancet yesterday, Considerations in boosting COVID-19 vaccine immune responses, saying current evidence does not support a need for boosters for the fully vaccinated general population at this time.  The authors include Philip Krause and Marion Gruber, two top Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists who two weeks ago  announced their sudden and imminent departures from the agency, reportedly over frustration with how the FDA had been undermined on Biden booster policy and other issues.
In this post, I’ll quote at length directly from The Lancet. Yet I should mention that

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Links 9/14/2021

September 14, 2021

Michelangelo’s Hidden Drawings Atlas Obscura (chuck l)
Barack Obama, the Hollow Icon Jacobin
Photographs from the edge The Architects Newspaper
The young Vietnamese helping tackle the illegal wildlife trade Al Jazeera
A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click MIT Technology Review
Salvador Allende Was Overthrown Because His Government Showed Chile Could Be Transformed Jacobin
Supernova Requiem: Rerun of Massive Blast From Exploding Star Expected To Appear in 2037 Sci Tech Daily (chuck l)
Solar ‘Superflares’ Rocked Earth Less Than 10,000 Years Ago—and Could Strike Again Scientific American (RM)
Apple Patches Zero-Click iMessage Hack Used by NSO (David L)
Hurricane Nicholas makes landfall on the Texas coast AP
#COVID-19
WTO Set to Meet as Rich Nations Continue to

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EPA Takes Steps to Block Pebble Mine on Alaska’s Bristol Bay, Thus Protecting World’s Largest Sockeye Salmon Run

September 10, 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.
Biden’s’s  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  yesterday took steps to block the proposed open-pit Pebble Mine, an on-again, off-again project, on Alaska’s Bristol Bay, southwest of Anchorage and close to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run. The proposed mine would extract gold, copper, and molybdenum.
The fight to preserve Bristol Bay isn’t a simple one pitting business interests on one side against environmentalists on the other.  According to Stop Pebble Mine, an initiative sponsored by the Bristol Bay Defense Fund — a coalition of business, tribal, nonprofit, and community organizations dedicated to protecting Bristol Bay from the Pebble

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Links 9/10/2021

September 10, 2021

Why the world still loves 1970s detective show Columbo BBC
Art, terror and erections show VR potential at Venice France 24
‘A Loveable Anarchist’: The Oral History of Mr Blobby Vice
Wingwalker to the Rescue Air & Space
NO LAUGHING MATTER? WHAT THE ROMANS FOUND FUNNY Antigone
The unlikely protector against Bangladesh’s rising seas BBC
World’s First ‘Climate Change Famine’ Devastates Madagascar TreeHugger
‘The climate crisis is a reality for all of us’: Africa’s unreported summer of extremes Independent
Life in the heart of B.C.’s brutal summer drought The Narwhal
After Ida, small businesses face uncertainty on many fronts Independent
NASA is going to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid. Things might get chaotic. MIT Technology Review
Smart Glasses by Facebook and Ray-Ban Mix Cool With Creepy

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Big Oil Deploys Social Media To Shape Agenda on Climate Change and Environmentalists Have Failed to Respond Effectively

September 10, 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.
I’ve long taken a jaundiced view of the influence business has on politics and public policy – a perspective I first developed by studies with Tom Ferguson at MIT in the early ‘80s.
The most obvious way business shapes our politics directly is via campaign contributions (or even more directly, outright bribes).
Business also wields various carrots and sticks,  proffering – or withholding,  promises to site a particular plant or facility somewhere. Politicians engage in unseemly beauty contests to win: Pick me! No,me! These contests purport to bring jobs and other benefits, but often extract tax and other concessions that leave the ‘winning’ bid

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New York Times Exalts Vegan Frankenfoods

September 9, 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.
One silver lining to being more or less voluntarily confined to home during the latest phase of the pandemic is the chance it’s provided for reacquainting myself with Brooklyn’s outdoor greenmarkets (double-masked.) Since I’m avoiding public transit, I’ve confined myself to the nearest ones, located at in opposite corners of Prospect Park. The Grand Army Plaza market, the second largest of New York City’s  greenmarkets, behind the Union Square flagship, is held each Saturday; and the smaller Prospect Park West market, is open on Wednesdays and Sundays. If I’m not planning on buying much, I walk; for a bigger shop, my husband gives me a lift (as I

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Links 9/9/2021

September 9, 2021

Space station astronaut captures breathtaking view of the edge of the Earth CNET
Prince Andrew has avoided NY sex accuser’s attempts to serve him legal papers NY Post
Research on gecko tails presents unique movement applicable to robotics The Daily Californian
Gecko stowaway travels 2,500 miles in Altrincham family’s suitcase BBC
Jean-Paul Belmondo: the beaten-up icon who made crime sexy Guardian
With No Tourists to Bully, Bali’s Hungry Monkeys Are Raiding Villages Afar
Rescued bear cubs receiving care at Ramona Wildlife Center Ramona Sentinel (Wukchumni)
“Failure is not a crime,” Theranos founder’s lawyers tell jury Ars Technica
#COVID-19
UK start-up uses AI to design antiviral pills to prevent pandemics FT
Pfizer’s chief scientist defends vaccine booster push and jab potency FT
Florida

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Removing Urban Highways Can Improve Neighborhoods Blighted by Decades of Racist Policies

September 9, 2021

By Joan Fitzgerald, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University and Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University. Originally published at The Conversation.
The US$1.2 trillion infrastructure bill now moving through Congress will bring money to cities for much-needed investments in roads, bridges, public transit networks, water infrastructure, electric power grids, broadband networks and traffic safety.
We believe that more of this money should also fund the dismantling of racist infrastructure.
Many urban highways built in the 1950s and 1960s were deliberately run through neighborhoods occupied by Black families and other people of color, walling these communities off from jobs and opportunity. Although President Joe

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