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Why cats are crazy for catnip Science. How management by metrics leads us astray Jakob Greenfield J.D. Greear’s Church Announces Investigation Into Allegations Bryan Loritts Covered Up Sex Crimes The Roys Report. And we wonder why there’s a decline in trust. #COVID19 Variants and chronic infection, a thread: Indeed, this particular chronic infection evolved some of the exact same mutations seen in these variant viruses including 484K, 501Y and a 144 deletion. 16/19 pic.twitter.com/BUgESbp1uk — Trevor Bedford (@trvrb) January 14, 2021 ‘A bloody mess’: Confusion reigns over naming of new COVID variants Nature. Consistent naming conventions are important both for reporting and search. Opinion: Standardizing gene product nomenclature—a call to action PNAS The Second-Generation COVID

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Why cats are crazy for catnip Science.

How management by metrics leads us astray Jakob Greenfield

J.D. Greear’s Church Announces Investigation Into Allegations Bryan Loritts Covered Up Sex Crimes The Roys Report. And we wonder why there’s a decline in trust.

#COVID19

Variants and chronic infection, a thread:

‘A bloody mess’: Confusion reigns over naming of new COVID variants Nature. Consistent naming conventions are important both for reporting and search.

Opinion: Standardizing gene product nomenclature—a call to action PNAS

The Second-Generation COVID Vaccines Are Coming Scientific American

Why Utah’s wild mink COVID-19 case matters High Country News

Testing in a Pandemic — Improving Access, Coordination, and Prioritization NEJM

It’s Not Just You: Everyone’s Mental Health Is Suffering Wired

What Could I Have Done Differently? Medpage Today

With six months to go, cancellation fears cloud Tokyo Olympics Agence France Presse

China?

Pompeo among key Trump officials sanctioned by Beijing for ‘disrupting China-US relations’ South China Morning Post. Note the timing:

Biden administration calls China sanctions on Trump officials ‘unproductive and cynical’ Reuters

Call for WHO to investigate US goes viral; US declares genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang; end of the Trump Era in US-China relations Sinocism

Twitter locks account of Chinese Embassy in U.S. over ‘dehumanization’ of Uighurs in tweet CBC

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Dozens of Bulkers Remain Stranded off China as Coal Standoff Drags On The Maritime Executive

Rare earths are getting rarer – China pushes for tighter control over critical minerals Stockhead

China’s Xinjiang more than doubled its US exports in 2020, despite Trump’s sanctions and bans South China Morning Post. “Exports of Christmas decorations made in Xinjiang soared by 132 per cent last year to more than US$25 million.” Looks like whoever bet against our ability to social distance at Christmas made money.

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Growing of seawater rice to be greatly expanded China Daily

Then and now: Wuhan bustles a year after world’s first COVID-19 lockdown Channel News Asia

Yes, but not in the South.” Handy chart:

Taiwan Invited To US Inauguration For First Time Since 1979 Agence France Presse

A Better U.S. Strategy For East Asia The American Conservative (original).

Trade Can Drive a Revived U.S. Strategy in Asia Foreign Policy

India

Fire at India plant of world’s biggest vaccine maker Al Jazeera

Eye on tractor rally, farmers prepare to start for Delhi Times of India

India Court Won’t Rule on Stopping Republic Day Farmers Rally Bloomberg

Brexit

The Breakaway Perry Anderson, LRB. A two-cups-of-coffee-er, but surprisingly terse for Anderson. The history of the UK and the EU, and well worth a read.

Brexit Border Trouble Grows as Key Customs System Hits Limit Bloomberg

British to face ban on entering EU under German plan to shut borders – The Times Reuters. Covid. “Separately, the EU is prepared to ease post-Brexit border friction if Britain drops its plan to create a ‘Singapore on the Thames.'” Oh.

UK/EU

Mountain of Small Loans Looms Over Europe’s Pandemic-Hit Banks WSJ

Police discover first ever cannabis factory in City of London in basement of building near the Bank of England as detectives say criminals are taking advantage of quiet streets in pandemic Daily Mail

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Can-Do Power Samantha Power, Foreign Affairs

New Cold War

Our advice to President-elect Biden: Break the dangerous pattern of nuclear competition with Russia Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Alexey Navalny’s Fearless Return to Russia Masha Gessen, The New Yorker. Navalny is having a moment (and I still insist that if [makes warding sign against evil] Putin poisoned him, he never would have been allowed to leave the country to go to a German hospital).

What the Navalny Arrest Means for Russia and the West The National Interest

Russia Sees Lowest Foreign Investment Since 1994 Moscow Times

What a sham! On fakery and the Russian avant-garde Apollo

Syraqistan

Joe Biden Will Have to Address the War in Afghanistan—Again The New Yorker. Drives me nuts. As if the entire political class didn’t fight tooth and nail to keep the troops there, and still is: just read all the comments from The Blob in the article.

Cuba aims to immunise its population this year with its own coronavirus vaccine Euronews

Biden Transition

How Biden sees an end to ‘uncivil war’ Politico

Biden signals return to normality on first day as president FT

In Inaugural, Biden Calls for Unity (Against Trump’s GOP) Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

How to reunite America: Commit as leaders to serving the civic good USA Today

The Biden Era Begins Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

France Knows How This Ends The Atlantic. “The repugnant embrace of lies by one half of society.” Interesting historical analogy that in my view breaks down at the binary.

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Biden’s 17 Executive Orders and Other Directives in Detail NYT. 17 is a big number. My concern is not that the Orders are not good; the question is whether they are good enough; see especially re-entering the Paris Agreement. Institutionally, this massive and instantaneous rollout suggests to me that the direction of the Biden administration has been already been set during the massive transition efforts orchestrated by the Obama Alumni Association. (Medicare for All and then the public option (!!), for example, having been carefully moved “off the table,” and during a pandemic ffs.) The strategy of “pushing Biden left,” then, is a plan to alter the course of a ship that has already sailed. Not as easy as one might think. No doubt this thesis could be tested by an examination of all the jobs on offer at liberal NGOs, if that data could somehow be aggregated.

Joe Biden, welfare king Ryan Cooper, The Week

Joe Biden’s Long Road to the Presidency (photo essay) NYT. Try reading the prose and looking only at policy.

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Jeff Zients: the ‘Mr Fix It’ in charge of tackling the US Covid crisis FT

Here’s the letter Amazon sent President Biden offering to help with Covid-19 vaccinations STAT

The 9 biggest challenges Biden will face on Covid-19, from today on STAT

Surgeon General Jerome Adams says Biden transition asked him to resign The Hill

Trump Transition

Witless Ape Rides Helicopter National Review

Trump as Othello in a Corporate Theater Black Agenda Report

Capitol Seizure

Trump supporters threatened state Capitols but failed to show on Inauguration Day NBC

Our Famously Free Press

The fight for the future of America’s local newspapers FT

Class Warfare

It Looks Like the Rich Aren’t Abandoning New York After All New York Magazine

Swedish Millionaires on the Rise Put Finance Minister on Edge Bloomberg

Back from the Afterlife The Baffler

The wisdom of surrender Aeon. On Samuel Beckett.

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