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Rewilding: Beavers to be reintroduced in record numbers across Britain this year Trucker World Perseverance will make sure it has a safe landing Phys.org. How to watch. Exclusive: Whistleblower Accuses Exxon of ‘Fraudulent’ Behavior for Overvaluing Fracking Assets For Years DeSmogBlog. From earlier this month, still germane. Facebook reported revenue it ‘should have never made’, manager claimed FT. Accounting control fraud? Facebook Blocks Charities, Government Pages in Australia News Spat Bloomberg The Big Long The Refomed Broker Polar Vortex 2021 Desperation sets in as power outages and water issues continue ABC13 Big Freeze in Texas Is Becoming a Global Oil Market Crisis Bloomberg Natural Gas Shortage Forces Feedyards to Reformulate Feed, Packing Plants Pause Production AgWeb General

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Rewilding: Beavers to be reintroduced in record numbers across Britain this year Trucker World

Perseverance will make sure it has a safe landing Phys.org. How to watch.

Exclusive: Whistleblower Accuses Exxon of ‘Fraudulent’ Behavior for Overvaluing Fracking Assets For Years DeSmogBlog. From earlier this month, still germane.

Facebook reported revenue it ‘should have never made’, manager claimed FT. Accounting control fraud?

Facebook Blocks Charities, Government Pages in Australia News Spat Bloomberg

The Big Long The Refomed Broker

Polar Vortex 2021

Desperation sets in as power outages and water issues continue ABC13

Big Freeze in Texas Is Becoming a Global Oil Market Crisis Bloomberg

Natural Gas Shortage Forces Feedyards to Reformulate Feed, Packing Plants Pause Production AgWeb

General Motors, Volkswagen halt some Mexican operations on gas shortage Reuters

Perry says Texans willing to suffer blackouts to keep feds out of power market Houston Chronicle. There are plenty of non-Texans to dunk on (dk):

Tough-guy Texas mayor tells residents ‘fend for themselves’ and resigns Houston Chronicle. From the Mayor’s precipitating Facebook rant: “The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING!”

How They Used to Clear Snowy Roads Before Snowplows and Trucks Were Invented Core77 (Re Silc).

#COVID19

Hydrating the Respiratory Tract: An Alternative Explanation Why Masks Lower Severity of COVID-19 (pre-proof) (PDF) Biophysical Journal. From the Abstract: “We demonstrate that normal breathing results in an absorptiondesorption cycle inside facemasks, where super-saturated air is absorbed by the mask fibers during expiration, followed by evaporation during inspiration of dry environmental air. For double-layered cotton masks, which have considerable heat capacity, the temperature of inspired air rises above room temperature, and the effective increase in relative humidity can exceed 100%. We propose that the recently reported, disease-attenuating effect of generic facemasks is dominated by the strong humidity increase of inspired air. This elevated humidity promotes mucociliary clearance of pathogens from the lungs, both before and after an infection of the upper respiratory tract has occurred. Effective mucociliary clearance can delay and reduce infection of the lower respiratory tract, thus mitigating disease severity. This mode of action suggests that masks can benefit the wearer even after an infection in the upper respiratory tract has occurred, complementing the traditional function of masks to limit person-to-person disease transmission. This potential therapeutical use should be studied further. ” The Daily Mail’s retelling (nvl).

Reports of Anaphylaxis After Receipt of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines in the US—December 14, 2020-January 18, 2021 JAMA. See table: Median minutes to onset: 10 for both Pfizer (range: 1-1140), 10 for Moderna (1-45). Number/percentage of women: Pfizer 44(94%), Moderna 19 (100%).

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A new variant (PJ):

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Safety and efficacy of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) Covid-19 vaccine against the B.1.351 variant in South Africa (preprint) medRxiv. On AstraZeneca/Oxford. From the Conclusion: “A two-dose regimen of ChAdOx1-nCoV19 did not show protection against mild-moderate Covid-19 due to B.1.351 variant, however, [Vaccine Efficacy (VE)] against severe Covid-19 is undetermined.”

Delayed Second Dose versus Standard Regimen for Covid-19 Vaccination NEJM (nvl).

The myth of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Covid vaccines: Why false perceptions overlook facts, and could breed resentment STAT

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Ireland’s toothless travel restrictions exposed as sunseekers take ‘dental’ holidays Politico

Who says theatre is dead:

US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII AP

China?

Credit crunch: Chinese infrastructure lending and Lao sovereign debt Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies

New Funding for Taiwan Studies Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

Decoupling denied: Japan Inc lays its bets on China FT

Southeast Asia would choose the U.S. over China if forced to pick sides, survey shows CNBC. Stupid headline. Southeast Asia wants to play all sides against each other and both ends against the middle. The very last thing they want to do is pick sides.

Biden Is Adopting a Militaristic Approach to the Far East The Nation

Myanmar

Swe Win on journalism in Myanmar, the coup, and what comes next CJR

Why Min Aung Hlaing has entered a blind alley Political Insider

Clever tactic:

I still want to know what’s going on out in the villages — where the reporters aren’t.

Cambodia sets up China-style Internet firewall The Star

Stay-at-home orders in Vietnam Covid-19 hotspot France24

Philippine Remittances See First Drop Since 2001 Bloomberg

India

The hills of hardship From People’s Archive of Rural India. From 2015, still germane.

Can Ganga be saved? What must be done to clean up India’s holy river? Channel News Asia

UGC wants students to write ‘cow science’ exam, asks vice chancellors to ensure wide publicity Scroll.in. Read all the way to the end.

Nigeria’s ecological emergency Africa is a Counrry

Mauritius

The devastation of the Mauritius oil spill is still unaddressed Al Jazeera

Syraqistan

Troop levels are down, but US says over 18,000 contractors remain in Afghanistan Stars and Stripes

The Arab Spring Failed But the Rage Against Misery and Injustice Continues Counterpunch (Re Silc).

Soviet Jews who fled Israel back to the USSR Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon

UK/EU

COVID-19 infection rate plummets in England, says Imperial College study Sky News

Keir Starmer’s big economy speech sounds awfully like business – or politics – as usual Independent

Cost of having someone killed across Europe falls as younger hitmen blamed for violence Irish Independent. Silver lining!

New Cold War

Estonia report: Russia bets on COVID-19 weakening the West AP

Russia’s Covid vaccine faces global production hurdles FT

“The Forgotten War.” The Scrum

Biden Transition

The Abruzzo Nomination is Great News For Labor Law Enforcement Labor Law Lite

After Pork Giant Was Exposed ror Cruel Killings, the FBI Pursued Its Critics The Intercept

Democrats in Disarray

Why the Democrats Tied Themselves in Knots During Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Jacobin. Putin?

Our Famously Free Press

Can Anyone Moderate Podcasts? The Verge. This new-found liberal lust to censor is really something.

The Clubhouse App and the Rise of Oral Psychodynamics Zeynep Tufecki, Insight

Groves of Academe

What a Public-Information Act Request Revealed About My College President The Chronicle of Higher Education (dk: “This is like all the terrible small college faculty stories I’ve heard in the last 20+ years all rolled into one.”) My worst imaginings….

Iowa Auditor Rob Sand accuses regents of ‘bad faith’ in keeping utilities deal secrets The Gazette

Imperial Collapse Watch

A Superpower, Like It or Not Robert Kagan, Foreign Affairs. Kagans gotta Kagan….

A Culture in Despair Unpopular Front. Journalism/activism in France during the Dreyfus Affair.

Class Warfare

Workers from home beware – pay cuts might be the price of freedom Reuters

It’s Not A Political Problem, It’s A Propaganda Problem: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix Caitlin Johnstone

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