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Mysterious sea beast that weighs four tonnes and stretches more than 23ft in length washes up on beach in Wales Daily Mail Long-Lost Babbler Bird Documented in Borneo for the First Time in Over 170 Years Smithsonian Big data and machine learning in central banking Bank of International Settlements We must clean up global finance to ‘build back better’ FT Talking (and reading) about Bitcoin Adam Tooze, Chartbook. Link-heavy, and quite a good read. Bitcoin, 11-years in Moneyness. From 2019, hoisted by Barry Ritholtz. Bill Gates Says Bitcoin Is Bad for the Planet. He’s Not Wrong. Popular Mechanics (re Silc). #COVID19 A Mixed Grade for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: More People See It as Effective but Frustration Is Still High Morning Consult Estimated SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Among Persons Aged

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Mysterious sea beast that weighs four tonnes and stretches more than 23ft in length washes up on beach in Wales Daily Mail

Long-Lost Babbler Bird Documented in Borneo for the First Time in Over 170 Years Smithsonian

Big data and machine learning in central banking Bank of International Settlements

We must clean up global finance to ‘build back better’ FT

Talking (and reading) about Bitcoin Adam Tooze, Chartbook. Link-heavy, and quite a good read.

Bitcoin, 11-years in Moneyness. From 2019, hoisted by Barry Ritholtz.

Bill Gates Says Bitcoin Is Bad for the Planet. He’s Not Wrong. Popular Mechanics (re Silc).

#COVID19

A Mixed Grade for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: More People See It as Effective but Frustration Is Still High Morning Consult

Estimated SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Among Persons Aged CDC

COVID‐19, children and schools: overlooked and at risk Medical Journal of Australia. Response to critics.

Thousands of students reported “missing” from school systems nationwide amid COVID-19 pandemic ABC

Alabama extends mask mandate 1 month, bucking other GOP-led states The Hill. Alabama’s Governor isn’t contemplating the Republican primaries in a Presidential run…..

Where Are We in Finding the Coronavirus’s Origin? Bloomberg. Good roundup.

China?

China targets 6% growth after reining in coronavirus FT

China’s economy could double in size by 2035, according to the Bank of America Business Insider

Hong Kong polls to be postponed for second year as part of Beijing’s planned overhaul of elections, with expansion in store for legislature, Election Committee South China Morning Post

Is China Killing off its “Little Fresh Meat”? Jing Daily

U.S., Vietnam Interests ‘Aligned’ Amid Some Tensions, Says U.S. Envoy Bloomberg

Asian Military Spending: A Sign of Worsening Security Environment The Diplomat

Myanmar

Fleeing Junta Orders, Nineteen Myanmar Police Seek Refuge in India The Wire

Myanmar junta tried to withdraw $1.3 billion from US bank Sydney Morning Herald

Battlefield by day, graveyard by night: one reporter’s view of the street protests Frontier Myanmar

India

Indian farmers plan major road blockade outside Delhi to mark 100th day of protests Reuters. This enormous story is undercovered, even on the left.

Google Invests Billions in India as Modi and Allies Stage Corporate Takeover of Agriculture Eyes on the Ties

When Meenakshi beats a pot 3000 times People’s Archive of Rural India

UK/EU

Nurses’ fury as ministers offer them ‘pitiful’ pay rise of just ONE PER CENT after a year at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus Daily Mail

Inside the ‘Covid Triangle’: a catastrophe years in the making FT

Northern Irish loyalist paramilitaries withdraw support for 1998 peace deal Reuters (Re Silc).

The Disappearing Spy Blogmire. The Skripal case.

EU blocks export of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to Australia Deutsche Welle

How a coronavirus variant is overrunning Brazil Deutsche Welle

Indigenous groups sue French retailer over destruction of Amazon rainforest France24

Lawyer and Chevron critic Donziger’s civil contempt finding mostly upheld; fees and sanctions vacated Westlaw

Biden Administration

Democrats can’t kill the filibuster. But they can gut it. Normal Ornstein, WaPo

Purging Inconvenient Facts in Coverage of Biden’s ‘First’ Air Attacks FAIR

ERCOT overcharged power companies $16 billion for electricity during winter freeze, firm says Texas Tribune

Brian Houston Apologizes For Hillsong NYC’s ‘Failings,’ Promises Whistleblower Policy The Roys Report

Dr. Seuss Books Deemed Offensive Will Be Delisted From eBay WSJ.

Capitol Seizure

The disputed timelines of the Capitol riot WaPo

A midlevel member of the Trump State Dept. has been arrested on charges related to the Capitol attack. NYT

Federal investigators are examining communications between US lawmakers and Capitol rioters CNN

Officers maced, trampled: Docs expose depth of Jan. 6 chaos AP

Court narrows law used to target white supremacists Politico

Democrats en Deshabille

Reports: NY officials altered count of nursing home deaths AP

Why ‘Cuomo’s death order’ didn’t really cause NY’s nursing home carnage. A reality check Syracuse.com

Health Care

Most older Americans take multiple prescriptions but haven’t received medication review, unaware Medicare covers it Becker’s Hospital Review

Imperial Collapse Watch

An “emotional” moment at an NSC meeting shows why withdrawing from Afghanistan is so hard Vox

Class Warfare

Twitter Worked With Amazon to Block Payday, Labeling Payday & Other Labor Reporters as “Suspicious Content” Payday Report

Amazon closes North Las Vegas warehouse for day after employee suicide Las Vegas Review-Journal

As coal dies, the US has no plan to help the communities left behind Grist

Disposable People Econoblog

The death of American dignity Unherd

How Law Made Neoliberalism Boston Review

Mars: Nasa’s Perseverance rover sends stunning images BBC

All Of Humanity’s Problems Are Caused By A Lack Of Awareness Caitlin Johnstone

Do conversations end when people want them to? PNAS

The Judgment of Paris The Baffler

Yoga influencers have stretched themselves FT

In Nogales, joy endures High Country News

Japan’s tsunami survivors call lost loves on the phone of the wind Reuters

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Links 3/5/2021

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