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Links 4/14/2021

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Pet detective says stolen giant rabbit is ‘still hot’ and a smuggling risk Guardian (Re Silc). Distinct Species of Adorable Weasels Have Been Hiding in Plain Sight Gizmodo The new TV show ‘Unicorn Hunters’ will feature Steve Wozniak and allow viewers to invest in pre-IPO companies MarketWatch (Mikel). There’s Nothing to Do Except Gamble New York Magazine. The deck: “Welcome to the non-fungible, memeified, cryptodenominated, degenerate future of finance.” Bank of England says chief economist Haldane to quit Reuters What if Working at Home Makes Us Drive More, Not Less? Slate #COVID19 Governors question Biden decision on J&J, warn of potential hit to vaccine confidence ABC. Another public relations/messaging debacle: I see it's "people should stop commenting", "begging the editors to

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Pet detective says stolen giant rabbit is ‘still hot’ and a smuggling risk Guardian (Re Silc).

Distinct Species of Adorable Weasels Have Been Hiding in Plain Sight Gizmodo

The new TV show ‘Unicorn Hunters’ will feature Steve Wozniak and allow viewers to invest in pre-IPO companies MarketWatch (Mikel).

There’s Nothing to Do Except Gamble New York Magazine. The deck: “Welcome to the non-fungible, memeified, cryptodenominated, degenerate future of finance.”

Bank of England says chief economist Haldane to quit Reuters

What if Working at Home Makes Us Drive More, Not Less? Slate

#COVID19

Governors question Biden decision on J&J, warn of potential hit to vaccine confidence ABC. Another public relations/messaging debacle:

The J&J Vaccine Is Safer Than the Birth Control Millions of Women Take Every Day Vice (Re Silc).

Pausing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is wildly irresponsible The Week

Trump criticizes FDA on Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause The Hill

Biden officials bracing for possibility of weekslong disruption to J&J vaccine supply Politico

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Opinion: The CDC finally admits it was wrong about surface transmission of COVID-19 Denver Post. After a year.

Deep Cleaning Isn’t a Victimless Crime The Atlantic. This and the previous article imply that once formites are out of the picture as the main mode of tranmission, #CovidIsAirborne has won the day. Not so. Both CDC and WHO are still clinging desperately to droplets (ballistic, falling within a radius) and not aerosols (floating, filling a room).

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One big problem with New York’s Excelsior Pass Chortle Chortle

Doctors Forgot to Warn People With Breasts That the Covid Vaccine Could Affect Their Next Mammogram Jezebel. To be fair, the “shots in arms” theory of our public health establishment implies proceeding directly to vaccination, without consulting a doctor (though to be even more fair, to many “talk to your doctor” is only a dream).

China?

Secrecy and Abuse Claims Haunt China’s Solar Factories in Xinjiang Bloomberg

Philippines summons Chinese ambassador over reef dispute Philippines

Lawmaker urges more propaganda to boost poll turnout RTHK News

Myanmar

“Federal Army for Federal Democracy”: The Dawn of Myanmar’s New Politics FORSEA. Bank run:

Rally:

Despite turmoil, POSCO sends Transocean deep-water rig to Myanmar Energy Voice. This is extremely ugly and bad. All POSCO’s contact points are by phone, sadly.

“Every Journalist’s Worst Nightmare”: CNN’s Myanmar Misadventure New Naratif

The Koreas

Asian-American as an identity, a thread:

India

India’s Covid-19 cases hit new record as crowds mass at Ganges for Hindu festival France24

Syraqistan

Mossad Bombed Natanz Nuclear Facility in Campaign to Sabotage US Iran Policy and JCPOA Deal Tikun Olam

Israel Is Walking Straight Into an Iran Crisis With Eyes Wide Open Haaretz. Has Bibi cleared his moves with Biden?

US to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 AP. Showing once again that the United States is not agreement-capable:

The decision defies a May 1 deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year, but leaves no room for additional extensions. A senior administration official called the September date an absolute deadline that won’t be affected by security conditions in the country.

What Did the U.S. Get for $2 Trillion in Afghanistan? NYT

Erdogan’s Pact with the Ultra-Nationalists Der Spiegel (Re Silc).

UK/EU

Senior civil servant held Greensill role while still in government FT

How Blairism Failed the Working Class Tribune

Keir.

Completely unserious:

Rich vs poor: Peru’s Castillo lays down socialist marker for election runoff Reuters

Biden Administration

Biden proposes summit with Putin as US-Russia tensions escalate FT

US pushes Japan to back Taiwan at Biden-Suga summit FT

Surging Virus Has Michigan’s Democratic Governor at Loggerheads With Biden NYT

Big Corporations Now Deploying Woke Ideology the Way Intelligence Agencies Do: As a Disguise Glenn Greenwald

Due Process Is Good, He Said Controversially Matt Taibbi, TK News

Democrats en Deshabille

Exclusive: Texas nonprofit got massive border contract after hiring Biden official Axios

Both Dems Running to Represent ‘Cancer Alley’ Take Fossil Fuel Donations After Promising Not To Sludge Report

Idaho lawmakers hear pitch to absorb three-fourths of Oregon The Oregonian

George Floyd

Chauvin Defense Expert Destroyed on the Stand Andrew McCarthy, National Review

Police State Watch

Brooklyn Center Police Chief and Officer Who Fatally Shot Daunte Wright Resign New York Magazine

A Portland Vigil for Daunte Wright Ends in the First Riot of 2021 Portland Mercury. Impressive:

Note the target.

Minnesota Police Say Officer Accidentally Discharged Weapon After Being Startled By Sight Of Gun In Own Hand The Onion

Health Care

Medicaid Estate Claims: Perpetuating Poverty & Inequality for a Minimal Return Justice in Aging. See NC here and here, in 2014, which would be 2021 – 2014 = seven years ago.

Microsoft Makes Big Bet on Health-Care AI Technology With Nuance Bloomberg (timotheus).

Groves of Academe

Harvard and its peers should be embarrassed about how few students they educate WaPo. The headline is a bit deceptive; it’s a call for more admissions, not more education.

Quitting QAnon: why it is so difficult to abandon a conspiracy theory FT

Class Warfare

The one-click civilization The.Ink

Foodcrime Cory Doctorow, Pluralistic

Unemployed workers defect and debate their next moves, leaving restaurant owners to contend with a labor shortage The Counter. If only there were some mechanism to match demand and supply.

Katherine Gibson and the Community Economies Research Network Grassroots Economic Organizing

Why was the ancient city of Cahokia abandoned? New clues rule out one theory. National Geographic

A Theory of Thorstein Veblen The Baffler

The Death of Neoliberalism Is Greatly Exaggerated James Galbraith, Foreign Policy

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Links 4/14/2021

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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