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Links 4/20/2021

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Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 The Hill Soli Bailey Gets Dropped in on by a Dolphin Inertia (David L) How Dürer shaped the modern world New Statesman (Anthony L) Scientists send 1000s of pairs of underwear to volunteers, who will bury them in their backyards BoingBoing (resilc). Underpants gnomes for real! Latest Neural Nets Solve World’s Hardest Equations Faster Than Ever Before Quanta (David L) How product placements may soon be added to classic films BBC (David L). Kill me now. Offshore wind is poised to take off in the U.S.—but it won’t be easy National Geographic Nasa picks Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build spacecraft to return humans to moon Guardian Results From The World’s Largest Wellbeing Study Are In: Here’s What We Know ScienceAlert (David L) Habitual coffee

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Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 The Hill

Soli Bailey Gets Dropped in on by a Dolphin Inertia (David L)

How Dürer shaped the modern world New Statesman (Anthony L)

Scientists send 1000s of pairs of underwear to volunteers, who will bury them in their backyards BoingBoing (resilc). Underpants gnomes for real!

Latest Neural Nets Solve World’s Hardest Equations Faster Than Ever Before Quanta (David L)

How product placements may soon be added to classic films BBC (David L). Kill me now.

Offshore wind is poised to take off in the U.S.—but it won’t be easy National Geographic

Nasa picks Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build spacecraft to return humans to moon Guardian

Results From The World’s Largest Wellbeing Study Are In: Here’s What We Know ScienceAlert (David L)

Habitual coffee drinkers display a distinct pattern of brain functional connectivity Nature

Microplastics found to alter shape of and de-cluster human lung cells New Atlas

#COVID-19

Coronavirus latest: Colombia and Peru set new daily records for deaths Financial Times

The Pandemic Proved That Our Toilets Are Crap Wired

How Bhutan Out-Vaccinated Most of the World New York Times (furzy)

Science/Medicine

Confirming that INET was right on schools as a transmission vector for Covid and the CDC is wrong:

COVID vaccines and blood clots: five key questions Nature (furzy)

UPDATE 1-Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine 97.6% effective in real-world study Reuters

EXCLUSIVE Canada’s Ontario to expand use of AstraZeneca COVID vaccine as epidemic rages Reuters

Infections of South African and Kent coronavirus variants have already been recorded in vaccinated people, NHS expert warns Daily Mail

The obscure maths theorem that governs the reliability of Covid testing Guardian

Asia

Covid-19 Pushes India’s Middle Class Toward Poverty New York Times

UK/Europe

US

US coronavirus cases rise 8% in two weeks as more states ease restrictions Guardian

Evictions in Violation of CDC Moratorium May Violate Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Adam Levitin, Credit Slips. Important.

GOP governor ‘abruptly canceled’ PreK-12 mask rules — but school districts quickly rejected it: report Raw Story

China?

China-Iran pact boosts Pakistan’s trade hub dream Asia Times (Kevin W)

Xi Challenges U.S. Global Leadership, Warns Against Decoupling Bloomberg

Philippines Ready To Claim Oil Resources With Military OilPrice (Brian C)

Xi says China ‘will never seek hegemony’ no matter how strong it becomes CNBC

The Price for Closing Ranks Defend Democracy

India

The man at the center of India’s shift to oligarchy Asia Times (Kevin W)

Urgent reform of the EU resolution framework is needed Bruegel

New Cold War

Biden’s zigzag diplomacy aims to agitate Russia Asia Times (Kevin W). Headline contradicted by subhead: “US leader’s muddled messaging towards Moscow signals he may have lost control of policy to the ‘Deep State.'”

WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVEKIN – LONDON PRIZE FOR THE BEST BOOK OF RUSSIA-IS-EVIL, RUSSIANS-DESERVE-TO-DIE-IN-HELL-FIRE John Helmer

Syraqistan

Elizabeth Warren Suggests Exploring Conditional Aid to Israel Intercept

How to Make a Gulf Monarchy All-American TomDispatch (resilc)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

U.S. banks deploy AI to monitor customers, workers amid tech backlash Reuters

MI5 warns of spy threat from professional networking sites Financial Times

The Incredible Rise of North Korea’s Hacking Army New Yorker (furzy)

Biden

Liberals warn Biden against lengthy talks with GOP Politico

Capitol Seizure

US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes after pro-Trump riots, examiner concludes Abc.net.au

Our Famously Free Press

Is Facebook Buying Off The New York Times? Washington Monthly (resilc)

George Floyd

Derek Chauvin trial judge warns Maxine Waters’ comments ‘may result in this whole trial being overturned’ MarketWatch

McCarthy to introduce resolution to censure Waters The Hill

Woke Watch

Florida’s new transgender sports ban permits schools to require genital inspections of children Independent (resilc)

Gunz

Texas House Passes Bill Eliminating Training, Background Check Requirements for Carrying a Gun Sputnik (Kevin W)

Spain dismantles workshop making 3D-printed weapons BBC (resilc)

Five people shot in Louisiana incident; 3rd U.S. multiple shooting in one day Reuters

Father of teen arrested with AK47 in New York subway station was killed in police shootout Independent (resilc)

Nations Need Ambassadors to Big Tech Wired (Dr. Kevin). The headline is maddening. No, Big Tech is not the equal of nations. JP Morgan and the trusts of his era also tried acting as if they could dictate to government, and they were cut down.

SEC charges Israel’s main binary options firm, and its 2 chiefs, with vast fraud The Times of Israel (furzy)

How Puerto Ricans Are Fighting Back Against Using the Island as a Tax Haven Time

Musk Says Autopilot Off in Texas Tesla Crash That Killed Two Bloomberg. With the car cooked in a fire so hot and persistent that it took 32,000 gallons of water to put it out, only Tesla knows through its extensive spyware what really happened. Its incentives to be honest aren’t strong. Put it another way: it’s hard to imagine these passengers didn’t at least believe they had Autopilot turned on.

Lumber futures limit up as breakneck rally continues Seeking Alpha (resilc)

Class Warfare

What Happened After Elite Universities Made Standardized Test Scores Optional? New York Times

Two blocks from the Federal Reserve, a growing encampment of the homeless grips the economy’s most powerful person SFGate

Proposing an Alternative To Renting or Owning a House: Publicly-Owned Housing Atlantic

Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “Visiting the Canebrake Ecological Reserve off Highway State Route 178 in Onyx, California, we had an excellent view of the adjacent cow pastures.”

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