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Links 1/23/2021

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The Cat Laughs Dublin Review of Books (Anthony L) RIP to This Huge Gigantic Dinosaur Who Was Chilling in Some Mud Slate A large number of gray whales are starving and dying in the eastern North Pacific PhysOrg (Robert M) :-( Thailand Serves Food with Cannabis to Happy Customers VOA (furzy) Game of Thrones getting another prequel series at HBO with fan-favourite characters Digital Spy (furzy) Forever Chemicals Are Widespread in U.S. Drinking Water Scientific American (Robert M) Real-life dystopia? Microsoft’s patent to reanimate dead as ‘chatbots’ has Black Mirror fans worried RT (Kevin W) #COVID-19 No freebies! Pfizer to charge for ‘extra’ Covid-19 vaccine doses as doctors squeeze vials of every drop to inoculate more people RT (furzy) Thailand’s ‘ghost’ fishing nets help COVID-19 fight

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The Cat Laughs Dublin Review of Books (Anthony L)

RIP to This Huge Gigantic Dinosaur Who Was Chilling in Some Mud Slate

A large number of gray whales are starving and dying in the eastern North Pacific PhysOrg (Robert M) :-(

Thailand Serves Food with Cannabis to Happy Customers VOA (furzy)

Game of Thrones getting another prequel series at HBO with fan-favourite characters Digital Spy (furzy)

Forever Chemicals Are Widespread in U.S. Drinking Water Scientific American (Robert M)

Real-life dystopia? Microsoft’s patent to reanimate dead as ‘chatbots’ has Black Mirror fans worried RT (Kevin W)

#COVID-19

No freebies! Pfizer to charge for ‘extra’ Covid-19 vaccine doses as doctors squeeze vials of every drop to inoculate more people RT (furzy)

Thailand’s ‘ghost’ fishing nets help COVID-19 fight CNA (furzy)

Earthling Ed: How can you prevent future pandemics? Go vegan Living (furzy)

Science/Medicine

Coronavirus: UK variant ‘may be more deadly’BBC. Vlade:

Governments in the Europe seem now to be very scared. Much more so than even before Xmas. For example, the CZ govt is locking things down and considering making it more strict even as the numbers from the third wave are coming (slowly) down, and at least one official mentioned the lockdown would last till Easter at the least. That in an election year, when the popularity of the main party already took massive hit, and the head of the party (an oligarch who runs it “as a company”) is exposed to a host of lawsuits if he goes, and his holding being stripped of EU subsidies, which amounted to the holding’s profit in the last year.

Interview with Virologist Christian Drosten:”I Am Quite Apprehensive about What Might Otherwise Happen in Spring and Summer” Der Spiegel (resilc)

National action on aerosol transmission of COVID-19 Health Care Workers Australia

Learning the language of viral evolution and escape Science (UserFriendly)

Double-Masking: Why Two Masks Are the New Masks New York Times (furzy)

Covid-19: Many ICU staff in England report symptoms of PTSD, severe depression, or anxiety, study reports BMJ

CHOP Researchers Find Elevated Biomarker Related to Blood Vessel Damage in All Children with SARS-CoV-2 Regardless of Disease Severity Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. From last year, still germane.

Swedish health agency investigates after 1,000 people receive Moderna vaccine kept at too low a temperature RT (Kevin W)

1,900 COVID vaccine doses ruined at Boston VA hospital after freezer accidentally unplugged CBS (Kevin W)

US

Biden says nothing can change the trajectory of the Covid pandemic over the next several months CNBC. OMG, the worst is he believe this. What about “six week hard lockdown” don’t you understand?

And this doesn’t appear to be taken out of context (see Remarks by President Biden on the American Rescue Plan and Signing of Executive Orders). The spin: Biden’s early approach to virus: Underpromise, overdeliver ABC

Why Biden Inherited a Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Unlikely to Grow Before April New York Times

Special Report: How U.S. CDC missed chances to spot COVID’s silent spread Reuters (resilc)

Fauci: Trump administration’s Covid strategy ‘very likely did’ cost lives Politico

Pennsylvania moves smokers to top of coronavirus vaccine list The Hill

UK/Europe

EU hit by delay to Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine delivery Financial Times

Finance/Economy

Biden Signs Orders to Expand Food Stamps and Raise Wages New York Times (furzy)

Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief The Hill

China?

This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs Wired (resilc)

Brexit

Brexit Border Trouble Grows as Key Customs System Hits Limit Bloomberg

Britain’s hopes of a quick trade deal with US fade Financial Times (Kevin W)

Syraqistan

Gulf slave society aeon

Iran’s Supreme Leader Posts Drawing of Drone Strike on Golfing Trump Daily Beast (resilc)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

ADT technician admits hacking home security cameras to spy on naked women and couples having sex Daily Mail (BC)

Trump Transition

Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting AG New York Times (UserFriendly)

“The President Threw Us Under the Bus”: Embedding With Pentagon Leadership in Trump’s Chaotic Last Week Vanity Fair (resilc)

Democrats float 14th Amendment to bar Trump from office The Hill

Senate schedules Trump impeachment trial for week of February 8 Financial Times

Capitol Seizure

The capturing of the Capitol Michael Tracey. Lambert quoted this piece yesterday. I had said the OMG so feared Trump fascists/coupsters wannabes could be paper tigers. I was more correct than I imagined. John Siman flagged a different section that Lambert did:

I did not see a single protester anywhere in the city on Inauguration Day, much less any “insurrectionists” or “armed rebels” trawling around, as had been so gravely forecast. The FBI (then still technically under the jurisdiction of Donald Trump) had warned that all 50 state Capitols were at severe risk, and therefore also needed to fortify their defences with military deployments and obtrusive fencing and barriers. Then the day came and went, and… nothing. In both Albany, NY, and Sacramento, CA a total of oneTrump hat-wearing man showed up at each.

Lawyers for accused Capitol rioters outline a defense: The president made them do it Yahoo (furzy)

Chaos agent: Right-wing blames US Capitol riot on notorious instigator banished by Black Lives Matter Grayzone (furzy). Help me. Trump fans were blaming Antifa before they found a scapegoat.

Biden

Blinken’s diplomatic cart will have a bumpy ride Asia Times (Kevin W)

Kamala Harris’s Indian uncle plans US visit amid global celebrations for VP Guardian (furzy). Kill me now.

Canada must ‘respect’ decision to cancel Keystone XL, minister says Financial Times

Why Has AMLO Delayed Congratulating Biden On His Inauguration? Econospeak

Will the Return of Science Reinvigorate Forensics Reform? Intercept (resilc)

Biden’s executive order unlevels the playing field for girls New York Post (Kevin W)

Here’s why protesters say they’re gathering in Portland CNN (furzy)

Not An Easy Way Out: Democrats Share the Blame Simpler Than It Looks (UserFriendly)

The Unfinished Business of Flint’s Water Crisis ProPublica (resilc)

Our Famously Free Press

Facebook asks its new oversight board to rule on banning Trump Columbia Journalism Review

The Echo Chamber Era Matt Taibbi (UserFriendly)

NRA Bankruptcy Adam Levitin. Late to link to this, but terrific one-stop shopping on this situation.

Experts weigh in on $10,000 in student debt forgiveness CNBC (UserFriendly). Aargh. The average amount of student is over $32,000.

Census in talks for Sequoia-led Series A at $100 million valuation Business Insider (furzy)

Infowars and Goop sell the same exact pseudoscientific “wellness” products Quartz (resilc)

Shipping crisis: I’m being quoted £10,000 for a £1,600 container’ BBC

Class Warfare

Amazon tries to delay warehouse union vote in Alabama The Verge

Antidote du jour. Embarrassed to admit Alan T sent this lovely photo in 2017:

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