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Links 2/20/2021

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Alaska woman using outhouse attacked by bear, from below Star Tribune (Chuck L) Moose And Her Family Sneak Into Man’s Backyard And Decide To Make It Their Own Animal Rescue (David L) Scientists clone black-footed ferret, first for endangered US species The Hill Alligators in Oklahoma Stick Their Mugs Out of Ice Amid Abnormal Freezing Temperatures Sputnik (Kevin W) Mars landing: Excitement builds over new images from Nasa Perseverance rover BBC. Resilc: “More excitement if Texans had drinkable water instead of this military jobs program.” How fires have spread to previously untouched parts of the world Guardian (resilc) John Deere Promised Farmers It Would Make Tractors Easy to Repair. It Lied. Vice (resilc) Making Sense of the Mass Data Generated From Firing Neurons Neuroscience News

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Alaska woman using outhouse attacked by bear, from below Star Tribune (Chuck L)

Moose And Her Family Sneak Into Man’s Backyard And Decide To Make It Their Own Animal Rescue (David L)

Scientists clone black-footed ferret, first for endangered US species The Hill

Alligators in Oklahoma Stick Their Mugs Out of Ice Amid Abnormal Freezing Temperatures Sputnik (Kevin W)

Mars landing: Excitement builds over new images from Nasa Perseverance rover BBC. Resilc: “More excitement if Texans had drinkable water instead of this military jobs program.”

How fires have spread to previously untouched parts of the world Guardian (resilc)

John Deere Promised Farmers It Would Make Tractors Easy to Repair. It Lied. Vice (resilc)

Making Sense of the Mass Data Generated From Firing Neurons Neuroscience News (David L)

A Marketplace and a Temple: Ancient Urbanism London Review of Books (Anthony L)

The penis: a life Aeon (Chuck L)

#COVID-19

African Union says Russia offers 300 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine Reuters (resilc)

Vaccine diplomacy: west falling behind in race for influence Guardian

Coronavirus Vaccine Nears Final Tests in Cuba. Tourists May Be Inoculated. New York Times. Honestly, looks easier to get it there than in Alabama.

The pandemic made the world realise the importance of human contact Economist. At the risk of oversharing, as a WASP, I can’t relate.

Science/Medicine

Why We Can’t Make Vaccine Doses Any Faster ProPublica (resilc)

Covid Pandemic: How Youyang Gu Used AI and Data to Make Most Accurate Prediction Bloomberg (resilc)

US

Two young women in Florida ‘dressed up as grannies’ to get vaccinated, health official says Seattle Times

School board members vent on hot mic about parents who ‘want their babysitters back’ The Hill (resilc)

Why Do Democrats Pretend Andrew Cuomo Did a Good Job With COVID? Slate (resilc)

Andrew Cuomo’s Week From Hell Will Test His Political Stranglehold Vanity Fair (resilc)

Getting a Covid shot at a time of health care corruption Lucy Komisar. More Cuomo watch.

Why Myanmar’s military will win in the end – Asia Times

Antonio Lettieri – The problematic future of Mario Draghi’s new Italian government Brave New Europe (Eileen Appelbaum)

An Inside Look at Cuba’s Constant Struggle for Clean Water New York Times (resilc)

If it were a narco lab, it would be working London Review of Books (Anthony L). On Honduras.

Norway to Decriminalize Personal Purchase, Possession, and Use Of All Drugs In Small Quantities Gizmodo (Dr. Kevin)

New Cold War

Russia: Origin and consequences of the debt repudiation of February 10, 1918 CADTM (Micael T)

Lipstick on a Pig, British Style: Or Why the UK’s Anti- Russian Propaganda Campaign is Bound to Fail  IRRUSSIONALITY (Anthony Li)

EU to impose sanctions on Russia over Navalny, but economy unlikely to be harmed — experts TASS (Micael T)

Syraqistan

U.N. Report Accuses Blackwater Founder of Libya Weapons Ban Violations Wall Street Journal. Oh, this is going to be FUN!

Untold Chaos: living through Libya’s wars – documentary Guardian (resilc)

NATO Increasing Troops in Iraq From 500 to 4,000 Antiwar

Middle East Roundup: Biden Takes Steps Forward on JCPOA & What Iran’s Feb. 23rd Deadline Means NIAC Action (Micael T)

How to Write About Iran: A Guide for Journalists, Analysts, and Policymakers McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (Anthony L)

Imperial Collapse Watch

The F-35’s Engine Is a Bit Busted Right Now Popular Mechanics

Texas Deep Freeze

President Biden to declare major disaster in Texas BBC. Isn’t this a little late?

Fundraisers For Texas—From AOC, Beyoncé, Reese Witherspoon And More—Net MillionsEfforts follow the White House’s promise for more aid. Forbes (resilc). Charming. As Lambert stressed yesterday, the government should be the first line of social services in emergencies…..

Texas inmates stuck with clogged toilets, freezing cells, advocates say: ‘So cold that their bodies are numb’ Houston Chronicle (resilc). Turtles got better treatment.

Ted Cruz LEFT BEHIND family poodle named Snowflake when he fled frigid Texas for resort in Cancun Daily Mail (resilc)

Deconstructed: The Roots of the Texas Energy Crisis Intercept

Texas Is Facing a Food Supply Nightmare in Wake of Blackouts Bloomberg

Texas family forced to ration oxygen for their baby amid power outage Independent

‘An Ordinary Country With Serious Shortcomings’: U.S. Foes Blast Deadly Texas Outages US News

Q&A: What was behind Nebraska’s rolling blackouts? Why did an outside group decide? Omaha World-herald (Kevin W)

Trump Transition

After acquittal, Trump 2024? Maybe not so fast Associated Press (furzy)

Capitol Seizure

More Members Of Oath Keepers Charged With Conspiracy In January 6 Capitol Riot NPR (furzy).

Police suggest keeping Capitol fence for months, source says Federal Times (Kevin W)

Militant preppers, ‘boogaloo’ members and QAnon adherents can push products on Amazon Seattle Times

Biden

President Biden Addresses the Munich Security Conference C-SPAN (Kevin C)

Sen. Manchin opposes Neera Tanden as Biden’s budget chief, imperiling nomination NBC (resilc)

Beto O’Rourke’s response to crisis rekindles speculation about his political plans. New York Times (Kevin W)

The Tea Party Began 12 Years Ago. What’s Changed—and What Hasn’t. Washington Monthly

Georgia Republicans in sweeping new effort to make it harder to vote Guardian (Kevin W)

Bernie Sanders lays out ambitious Budget Committee agenda Washington Post

Our Famously Free Press

They Don’t Work To Kill All Dissent, They Just Keep It From Going Mainstream Caitlin Johnstone

Judge rejects Rep. Devin Nunes defamation suit against CNN Associated Press (furzy). As we said, defamation suits are hard to win in the US.

Facebook

Lawmakers in U.K., Canada Slam Facebook After Australia News Blackout Wall Street Journal (furzy)

Facebook makes a power move in Australia – and may regret it Associated Press (furzy)

Exclusive: Coming bill would allow U.S. news publishers to team up when negotiating with Facebook, Google Reuters (resilc)

Google fires Margaret Mitchell, another top researcher on its AI ethics team Guardian (Kevin W). Looking like Google has problems with ethics, as opposed to particular people. Google claims Mitchell removed company documents….but I’d like to hear Mitchell on this issue. If she thought she was being fired or about to be scapegoated, she might have taken copies so as to assist if she needed to litigate (having docs is a hell of a lot easier than suing to get them via discovery).

If serious, it’s desperate, heavy-handed, and unproductive, but could just as well be understood on both sides to be optics:

FAA Tracking All Boeing 737 Max Flights Around World With Satellites Bloomberg. Not a good look.

Dozens of WWE wrestlers sue company for brain damage at US Supreme Court Independent

Analysis: Carmakers wake up to new pecking order as chip crunch intensifies Reuters (resilc)

Class Warfare

Share of US Workers Holding Multiple Jobs is Rising, New Census Report Shows Reuters

Uber Drivers Are Entitled to Worker Benefits, a British Court Rules New York Times

Gig Economy Coming for Millions of U.S. Jobs After California’s Uber, Lyft Vote Bloomberg (resilc)

As U.S. pork plant speeds up slaughtering, workers report more injuries Reuters

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