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Ancient coins may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate AP Mastercard to Share Million Fine Over U.K. Welfare Funds Bloomberg. New Wells Fargo Employee Walked Through All The Crimes He’ll Be Asked To Commit The Onion Spac boom fuels strongest start for global mergers FT One of World’s Greatest Hidden Fortunes Is Wiped Out in Days Bloomberg. A family office. Bull Market Bull The Big Picture Why asset managers aren’t solving the climate crisis New Statesman State of Maine orders review of .6m Workday project as it alleges delivery failure and threatens cancellation The Register #COVID19 Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccines in Preventing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Health Care Personnel, First Responders, and Other Essential and

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Ancient coins may solve mystery of murderous 1600s pirate AP

Mastercard to Share $44 Million Fine Over U.K. Welfare Funds Bloomberg.

New Wells Fargo Employee Walked Through All The Crimes He’ll Be Asked To Commit The Onion

Spac boom fuels strongest start for global mergers FT

One of World’s Greatest Hidden Fortunes Is Wiped Out in Days Bloomberg. A family office.

Bull Market Bull The Big Picture

Why asset managers aren’t solving the climate crisis New Statesman

State of Maine orders review of $54.6m Workday project as it alleges delivery failure and threatens cancellation The Register

#COVID19

Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccines in Preventing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Health Care Personnel, First Responders, and Other Essential and Frontline Workers — Eight U.S. Locations, December 2020–March 2021 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC. From the Abstract:

“Prospective cohorts of 3,950 health care personnel, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers completed weekly SARS-CoV-2 testing for 13 consecutive weeks. Under real-world conditions, mRNA vaccine effectiveness of full immunization (≥14 days after second dose) was 90% against SARS-CoV-2 infections regardless of symptom status; vaccine effectiveness of partial immunization (≥14 days after first dose but before second dose) was 80%.”

This is the study of which out-of-her-depth CDC head Walensky said: “[O]ur data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus.” Walensky must have been a humanities major; neither 100% – 10% nor 100% – 20% equal zero. Commentary:

Of course, Walensky could be motivated by a desire to increase vaccine uptake by implying that the vaccinated need no longer wear masks; that would imply that Walensky, like Fauci, believes that Noble Lies from persons in positions of authority are an effective public health strategy.

“Vaccine Passport” Certification — Policy and Ethical Considerations NEJM

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Virus Variants Can Infect Mice, Scientists Report NYT

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Mix-up at Emergent BioSolutions Baltimore plant ruined COVID vaccine doses; plant not yet OK’d to distribute shots Baltimore Sun

Catching Covid-19 at a Covid-19 Vaccine Production Facility The Intercept

How Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine Became the Hot Shot New York Magazine

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I work at a Texas coffee shop. This is what it’s been like trying to enforce our mask policy CNN

Why indoor spaces are still prime COVID hotspots Nature. Amazingly, plenty of mentions for WHO, but none for CDC, which has butchered aerosol transmission/ventilation just as badly, if not moreso.

Can Wearing a Mask Reduce My Allergy Symptoms? NYT. Throwing a flag on the Betteridge’s Law violation.

Re-emergence of infectious diseases associated with the past The Lancet

China?

China Wants a ‘Rules-Based International Order,’ Too Foreign Policy

China manoeuvres near Taiwan fuel concerns of potential attack FT

U.S. in Talks With Australia on Responses to War Over Taiwan, Diplomat Says Bloomberg

Veteran Hong Kong democrats found guilty in landmark unlawful assembly case Reuters

Blinken reaffirms Trump-era ruling on Hong Kong autonomy ABC

‘Xinjiang cotton is my love’: Patriots on show at China Fashion Week Reuters

Chinese ships remain in Julian Felipe Reef, disperse to other West Philippine Sea areas Philippine Star

WHO report; Hong Kong election system fixed; Taiwan; Useful foreigners Sinocism. Fixed, indeed!

US, China consulted on safety as their craft headed to Mars ABC

Myanmar

Analysis: Quiet Singapore turns up volume on Myanmar as regional fears grow Reuters. “Singapore is the largest foreign investor in Myanmar.”

Ousted Myanmar Parliament Plans National Unity Government Bloomberg

Myanmar slides towards civil war as ethnic armies join urban protesters The Telegraph

Myanmar junta offers ceasefire to some, as UN envoy warns of ‘bloodbath’ CNN

Myanmar – yesterday, today and a new tomorrow Chris Lamb, AsiaLink. Lamb is a former ambassador to Myanmar and president of the Australia Myanmar Institute.

US to seize gloves from Malaysia’s Top Glove over forced labour South China Morning Post

Missed it by that much: Australia falls 3.4m doses short of 4m vaccination target by end of March Guardian

India

India’s Kumbh Mela stokes Covid surge fears as millions flock to Ganges FT

Once Heroes, Kerala’s Ex-Gulf Workers Forge New Futures The Wire

Farmers’ protest: SC-appointed panel on farm laws submits report Times of India

Undeterred by farmer protests, BJP says will fight with hope to form next govt in Punjab Indian Express

The Koreas

South Korea to issue blockchain-protected digital COVID-19 ‘vaccine passports’ Channel News Asia

Report: Ever Given’s Crew May Risk Arrest Maritime Executive

Great Bitter Lake Association 99% Invisible

EU/UK

Barnard Castle Revisited Craig Murray

Peak of French COVID-19 wave could be within ten days: Veran Reuters

It’s Game Over for Arizona’s Controversial App Store Bill The Verge

Biden Administration

What’s in Biden’s Infrastructure Plan? NYT

We’re Kind of Overwhelmed by Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Slate

And while there isn’t much for Romney and Murkowski, there is definitely fodder for Sen. Joe Manchin. There’s a heap of money for broadband expansion, with an emphasis on nonprofit co-ops, which is a passion project of his. There’s also a section on hiring workers for mine and oil well reclamation efforts (not hard to see how that would be a boon to West Virginia), and lots of money for development of carbon capture and sequestration, which is another must-have as far as Manchin is concerned.

Biden’s plan is pocked with potholes Politico

How Biden’s infrastructure plan will go after biopharma companies beyond drug pricing Endpoints News

President Biden chooses corporate tax increases to pay for jobs plan Westlaw

Reconciliation all over again CNN

Biden to hold first Cabinet meeting amid infrastructure push AP

Biden, the Blob & the Banderites Bandera Lobby Blog

Yellen Signals Scrutinizing Hedge Funds a Renewed FSOC Focus Bloomberg

Healthcare

The Problems With Prescription Refills Medpage

Police State Watch

Study finds not prosecuting misdemeanors reduces defendants’ subsequent arrests Commonwealth Magazine

The Dangerous Gamification Of War The Banter

Guillotine Watch

Sackler family values. Thread:

What on Earth Is Amazon Doing? The Atlantic

Class Warfare

The Dilemma Over How to Reproduce the Elite Benjamin Studebaker. I think Studebaker is onto something here.

Why we can’t stop talking about billionaires Recode

Return of the city-state Aeon

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Links 4/1/2021

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Double-bonus antidote:

We may have run this video before, but from the video’s ending it occurred to me that elephants must have a childhood memory of standing in their mother’s shade.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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