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Gunda: a wordless 90-minute animal movie of mind-blowing ordinariness – and a work of genius Guardian The Climate Solution Actually Adding Millions of Tons of CO2 Into the Atmosphere ProPublica (dk) Real-world tests of hybrid cars show higher-than-expected emissions Physics World Tesla’s Latest Solar Stumble: Big Price Increases NYT EXCLUSIVE Credit Suisse investors call for tougher coal finance policy -letter Reuters European Towns Remove Traffic Signs to Make Streets Safer Deutche Welle (lyman alpha blob). Texas enabled the worst carbon monoxide poisoning catastrophe in recent U.S. history NBC Here’s how your mental health depends on collective wellbeing World Economic Forum #COVID19 Should masks be worn outdoors? British Medical Journal. A debate, worth reading in full. Widespread

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Gunda: a wordless 90-minute animal movie of mind-blowing ordinariness – and a work of genius Guardian

The Climate Solution Actually Adding Millions of Tons of CO2 Into the Atmosphere ProPublica (dk)

Real-world tests of hybrid cars show higher-than-expected emissions Physics World

Tesla’s Latest Solar Stumble: Big Price Increases NYT

EXCLUSIVE Credit Suisse investors call for tougher coal finance policy -letter Reuters

European Towns Remove Traffic Signs to Make Streets Safer Deutche Welle (lyman alpha blob).

Texas enabled the worst carbon monoxide poisoning catastrophe in recent U.S. history NBC

Here’s how your mental health depends on collective wellbeing World Economic Forum

#COVID19

Should masks be worn outdoors? British Medical Journal. A debate, worth reading in full.

Widespread SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Among Attendees at a Large Motorcycle Rally and their Contacts, 30 US Jurisdictions, August–September, 2020 (PDF) Clinical Infectious Diseases. Sturgis. Conclusions: “These findings highlight the risk of COVID-19 transmission associated with a mass gathering event that resulted in preventable illness, hospitalizations, and at least one reported death across multiple jurisdictions. The Sturgis Rally had many characteristics of a superspreading event: large crowds, high intensity of contact between people, potential for highly infectious individuals traveling from hotspots, and events in poorly ventilated indoor environments.” Also, the data is absolutely terrible.

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Gene changes might explain long-haul COVID-19 symptoms (press release) EurekAlert

Researchers are closing in on long covid The Economist (Furzy Mouse).

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Trust, J&J Shot Key to Vaccinating Homeless People US News

Why some people don’t experience vaccine side-effects, and why it’s not a problem The Conversation (nvl).

Gov. Ned Lamont signs bill eliminating Connecticut’s religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations Hartford Courant

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Novel sublineage within B.1.1.1 currently expanding in Peru and Chile, with a convergent deletion in the ORF1a gene (Δ3675-3677) and a novel deletion in the Spike gene (Δ246-252, G75V, T76I, L452Q, F490S, T859N) (not peer reviewed) Virological (Expat2uruguay). C.37. From the Summary: “C.37 Initially reported in Lima, Peru, in late December, [C.37] now accounts for 50 of 105 (47.6%) genomes in Lima between January 1 and March 18. Further RT-qPCR screening for VOCs [Variants of Concern] suggests that it is widespread in other regions of Peru. It is also expanding in Chile and has been reported in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Germany, Spain, the UK, and the US.”
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SARS-CoV-2 elimination, not mitigation, creates best outcomes for health, the economy, and civil liberties The Lancet

Flu Has Disappeared Worldwide during the COVID Pandemic Scientific American

China?

China Launches First Section of Its New Space Station Sky & Telescope

Myanmar

No One Is Saving Myanmar The Atlantic. Except (most of) the people who live there. One hopes. “A senior official at one of Myanmar’s largest banks, who asked not to be named for security reasons, told me he fears that the economy cannot be saved. There is, he said, ‘no confidence in the government … They have lost not only the people but also their f*cking minds.’ He added, ‘Sooner or later, it will go kaput.'” Meanwhile, in the Karens:

Despite ASEAN consensus, military abuses continue around the country Myanmar Now. Not even a little child would believe an ASEAN consensus could affect Myanmar’s “internal affairs.”

Information suppression in Myanmar Radio Free Asia [snort of derision]. As the Tatmadaw strangles the Internet, we are getting fewer organic videos and images, and more material from NGOs, color revolution stans, and now the opponents of those entities.

Rural migrants return to Hlaing Tharyar – and an uncertain future Frontier Myanmar

The Koreas

S.Korea says Novavax, Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines submitted for regulatory approval Reuters

India

Anti-masking and community mobility alone can’t explain the second wave of Covid-19 in India The Scroll

Questions About Modi Govt’s Handling of the COVID Surge That We Don’t Have Answers To The Wire

A desperate and determined diaspora scrambles to help India breathe Agence France Presse

‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe Guardian (km).

The unmaking of India FT

Syraqistan

World Powers Want an Iran Deal by Mid-May to Avoid Monitoring Tussle Bloomberg

A bombshell recording in Iran threatens to complicate nuclear negotiations in Vienna NBC

Religious festival stampede in Israel kills 44, hurts dozens AP

Broken-hearted in Beirut Agence France Presse

UK/EU

Euro-Area Economy Slips Into Double-Dip Recession: GDP Update Bloomberg

Germany must tighten climate law to protect young people’s future, court rules Reuters

Everyone loves Germany’s Greens (for now) Politico

What Europe Must Do Project Syndicate

Brazil

Brazil passes 400,000 Covid-19 deaths as vaccine rollout stalls France24

Brazil Rejects the Gamaleya Vaccine Derek Lowe, “In the Pipeline,” Science. Hilda Bastian, a thread:

Note South Korea link above.

With 400,000 Dead, Brazil Regulator Slammed For “Political” Veto Of Russian Vaccine BrasilWire

Watchdog: US aid to Venezuela driven by more than just need AP

Biden Administration

OnPolitics: ‘America is ready for a takeoff’ USA Today

By the numbers: How do 100 days of Biden and Trump (and Obama) compare? NBC

Biden Erased Decades of Historic Crimes in His Speech to Congress Siraj Hashmi, Glenn Greenwald. The deck: “Biden’s claim that the Capitol Riot was the ‘worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War’ is ahistorical garbage.”

White House ready to grind through next pandemic steps: ‘Every 1% from here on out will represent incredible progress’ CNN. They’re only now just figuring this out?

300,000 Deported in Biden’s First 100 Days Consortium News. Continuities with Trump…

Is Biden Accidentally Giving the Green Light to Mega-Mergers? Matt Stoller, BIG

Police State Watch

NYPD’s robot dog will be returned after outrage NY Post (Furzy Mouse).

Our Famously Free Press

Joe Rogan walks back anti-vaccination comments Axios

Why Is Facebook Targeting Washington Babylon? Washington Babylon

Assange

Revealed: The UK government campaign to force Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy Declassified UK

Boeing

Boeing faces FAA audit of latest manufacturing flaw in 737 Max Crains Business Review

Groves of Academe

‘Everybody Is a Target Right Now’ Chronicle of Higher Education. “Concerned, he emailed his work account from a personal account, and received the following auto-reply: ‘Daniel Pollack-Pelzner is no longer an employee of Linfield University.’ And that’s how Pollack-Pelzner, a tenured professor of English, found out that he had been fired from the university where he’d worked for more than a decade.”

Imperial Collapse Watch

America’s Military Risks Losing Its Edge Michelle Flournoy, Foreign Affairs. Of WestExec. “U.S. warfighting concepts can no longer rely on attrition-based warfare—the notion that the side that can inflict the greater losses in personnel and materiel will prevail, which has long shaped U.S. war planning.”

Everything Is Illuminated Badly Fluorescents were terrible. But LEDs can drive you insane. New York Magazine.

Class Warfare

Adolph Reed Jr.: The Perils of Race Reductionism (interview) JSTOR Daily (nvl).

The Rise of ‘Woke Capital’ Is Nothing to Celebrate Elizabeth Bruenig, New York Times.

Inequality’s deadly toll Nature

Empire of Pain — the story of the Sacklers and OxyContin FT. Yes, Harvard still has a Sackler Museum.

Why garden? – Attitudes and the perceived health benefits of home gardening Cities Journal

Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia Tended ‘Forest Gardens’ Smithsonian

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Links 4/30/2021

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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