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The Secret Mission To Unearth Part Of A 142-Year-Old Experiment NPR Running Wells Fargo just got even more thankless Reuters ‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world Guardian Miscellaneous electric loads: Characterization and energy savings potential (preprint) Energy & Buildings. From the Abstract: “Over time, miscellaneous electric loads (MELs) are expected to increase both in magnitude and share of residential and commercial building energy consumption. This trend is most apparent in North America, but it is also occurring in Japan and Europe. However, the contribution of MELs to building energy use is not currently well understood, both because the products in this category are transforming rapidly and the definition and classification of MELs is ambiguous.

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The Secret Mission To Unearth Part Of A 142-Year-Old Experiment NPR

Running Wells Fargo just got even more thankless Reuters

‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world Guardian

Miscellaneous electric loads: Characterization and energy savings potential (preprint) Energy & Buildings. From the Abstract: “Over time, miscellaneous electric loads (MELs) are expected to increase both in magnitude and share of residential and commercial building energy consumption. This trend is most apparent in North America, but it is also occurring in Japan and Europe. However, the contribution of MELs to building energy use is not currently well understood, both because the products in this category are transforming rapidly and the definition and classification of MELs is ambiguous. This study estimated the national energy consumption of 36 MELs using bestavailable data and found them to comprise 12% of delivered electricity to the U.S. residential and commercial building sectors. If 26 of these MELs were replaced with the most energyefficient product models available on the market, their energy consumption could be halved to 6% of delivered electricity. National energy models will better account for building energy consumption by incorporating the MELs data collected and analyzed for this study, leading to improved policy decisions.” Handy charrt:

Links 4/28/2021

The destructive green fantasy of the bitcoin fanatics FT Alphaville

#COVID19

After a blistering start, Biden’s vaccine rollout faces new hurdles FT. We’re 100 days into the Biden administration, so Biden owns this. And “blistering” gives Biden far too much credit.

Contractor that ruined 15M doses of J&J vaccine is holding up vaccine to India Ars Technica

Vaccine IP v. manufacturing, a thread:

The poster is not a subject matter expert, but he makes a compelling argument. It is true that for elites, public relations campaigns are cheaper and easier than forcing capital re-allocation. That, they don’t like at all.

Soldiers are refusing the vaccine out of spite: ‘This is the first time I get to tell the Army no!’ Task & Purpose. Scold ’em. That”ll work.

Why Black And Latino People Still Lag On COVID Vaccines — And How To Fix It NPR

Children as young as 6 months old now in COVID-19 vaccine trials ABC

I’m an epidemiologist. Here’s what I got wrong about covid. WaPo. Worth a read.

So Anthony Fauci Isn’t Perfect. He’s Closer Than Most of Us. Frank Bruni, New York Times Magazine. Scold, scold, scold.

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China?

How Not to Win Allies and Influence Geopolitics Foreign Affairs

New immigration bill sparks fears of Hong Kong ‘exit ban’ Al Jazeera

‘Blind box’ craze grips China’s youth and mints toymakers a fortune Channel News Asia

Myanmar

Myanmar Junta Says ASEAN’s Views Will Be Considered After Stability Returns The Irrawaddy. Of course, of course.

Myanmar junta builds ‘walled garden’ of internet services Nikkei Asian Review

Opposition Karen forces capture military base in Myanmar EiuroNews

Japan approves world’s biggest free-trade deal after China’s call to boost Asian economy South China Morning Post

The Koreas

Both Seoul City And Paju City Confirm That BLACKPINK’s Jennie Did Not Break Any Social Distancing Regulations Koreaboo. The press covers a national champion.

India

Markets Are Insulated From India’s Agony, for Now John Authers, Bloomberg

Ten states account for over 78 per cent of new Covid-19 deaths in India Times of India

India Covid: Delhi builds makeshift funeral pyres as deaths climb BBC

Vaccine Hoarding May Backfire on Rich Nations as India Reels Bloomberg

COVID: Why is India censoring media during public health crisis? Deutsche Welle

How Cult Worship Drove Us Into Crisis The Wire

Daivas, dance and divine intervention People’s Archive of Rural India. For International Dance Day, April 29.

Relocate AFRICOM Headquarters To Africa, Buhari Tells US Govt Leadership (Re Silc).

If you want to get the West’s attention, talk about the Holocaust Africa is a Country

Syraqistan

US Navy Ship Fires Warning Shots After Run-in with Iranian Vessels Marine Link

A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid B’Tselem

UK/EU

MEPs brand Brexit a ‘historic mistake’ as they approve trade deal FT

In the court of King Boris, only one thing is certain: this will all end badly Guardian

The Dark Prince Returns Tribune. Peter Mandelson, ZOMG.

Like billionaire-controlled media, The Guardian misinforms its readers on the UK’s role in world Declassified UK

Arlene Foster’s leadership of DUP hangs in balance RTÉ (PD)

Self-driving cars could be allowed on UK motorways by the end of this year Sky News. Also unicorns!

Le Pen on Defensive as Retired French Generals Talk of Revolt Bloomberg. The story is better than the headline.

Germany’s Greens ahead of Merkel’s CDU/CSU in new poll Deutsche Welle

Biden Administration

What’s in Biden’s American Families Plan Matt Yglesias, Slow Boring

Scoop: Biden plans to ask Congress to pay for $1.8 trillion in new spending Axios

A new deal for the young: building better jobs FT

The Path to Higher, More Inclusive Economic Growth and Good Jobs Center for American Progress. “Inclusive,” “good.”

On Key Issues Like the Civilian Climate Corps, Joe Biden Is Still Thinking Far Too Small Jacobin. As he would, given that as of now elites are not responding to any material threat, so naturally their adjustments are underpowered with respect to the non-elites they hope to appease and divert, and to the scope of our situation globally (or rather planetarily, if that is a word). Their minds are not, as it were, concentrated.

U.S. to help Guatemala train its border protection force Politico. School of the Americans too wussy?

Some foreign students will be allowed back into U.S. this fall Axios

A meta-analysis of climate migration literature (PDF) Center for Economic Policy Analysis, University of Potsdam. From the Abstract: “We find that extremely high temperatures and drying conditions increase migration. We do not find a significant effect of sudden-onset events. Climate migration is most likely to emerge due to contemporaneous events, to originate in rural areas and to take place in middle-income countries, internally, to cities.”

Intelligence Community

SCOOP: Generals seek new ammo for ‘waging the truth‘ Politco. “The internal memo from nine regional military commanders last year, which was reviewed by POLITICO and not made public, implored spy agencies to provide more evidence to combat ‘pernicious conduct.'” Really? I would have sworn the majors already have bureaus embedded at Langley and Fort Meade*. Who’s not doing their job, here? NOTE * What an unfortunate use of a great Union general’s name.

Our Famously Free Press

America’s profit-driven media system promotes disinformation FLUX

Health Care

The vig:

So at 65-65, the vig is (1061. – 770) / 1061 = 27%? Is that fair?

Guillotine Watch

Burning Man 2021 is officially canceled. But 2022 reservations are on sale for $2,500 San Francisco Chronicle

Lexmark’s toxic printer-ink Cory Doctorow, Pluralistic. Doctorow has been on fire lately; sometimes the tweet storms are more fun to read than their post versions.

Class Warfare

How the Federal Reserve Is Increasing Wealth Inequality ProPublica

Making the Top 1% Its Own Tax Class The Big Picture

Rich Americans Face Biden Tax Hike With Anger, Denial and Grief Bloomberg. And meetings with their accountants (if the family office isn’t already handling that).

Staten Island Amazon Workers Begin Union Drive, Drawing Lessons From Bessemer Truthout

Commentary: Saving City College Richmond Review/Sunset Beacon. “Public schools are at the center of the manufactured breakdown of the fabric of everyday life. They are under attack not because they are failing, but because they are public.” –Henry Giroux

The man who stole a hotel Capital Daily

The Gatekeeper Adam Tooze, LRB. On Paul Krugman

Antidote du jour (DK):

Links 4/28/2021

The owl of Minerva is upside down only in daylight.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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