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Whales Once Walked Along the Coasts of North America Smithsonian Fossils Suggest an Aquatic Plant That Bloomed Underwater Was Among First Flowering Plants Plantings Seattle amateur scientist helping to unlock the secrets of slime molds Oregon Public Broadcasting How NFTs became a bn market in 2021 FT On the Intraday Behavior of Bitcoin (PDF). The Ledger. From the first peer-reviewed journal on Bitcoin. Possible subject matter: I have only read the introduction and am already RIVETED (it is called The Great Beanie Baby Bubble). Truly the most batshit time to be alive. pic.twitter.com/pVesXr2061 — Elizabeth May (@_ElizabethMay) January 2, 2022 Repealing Section 230: Giving Mark Zuckerberg What He Wants? Dean Baker, Counterpunch (Re Silc). The Creepy TikTok Algorithm Doesn’t Know You

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Whales Once Walked Along the Coasts of North America Smithsonian

Fossils Suggest an Aquatic Plant That Bloomed Underwater Was Among First Flowering Plants Plantings

Seattle amateur scientist helping to unlock the secrets of slime molds Oregon Public Broadcasting

How NFTs became a $40bn market in 2021 FT

On the Intraday Behavior of Bitcoin (PDF). The Ledger. From the first peer-reviewed journal on Bitcoin. Possible subject matter:

Repealing Section 230: Giving Mark Zuckerberg What He Wants? Dean Baker, Counterpunch (Re Silc).

The Creepy TikTok Algorithm Doesn’t Know You Wire

Climate

California’s Forever Fire ProPublica

#COVID19

When Three Shots Are Not Enough NYT

A third dose too much for seniors who have had COVID-19 (translation) Le Devoir (original). Moderna.

FDA authorizes Pfizer booster dose for 12 to 17 year-olds Center for Indectious Disease Research and Policy

A WHO official weighs in on Covid, vaccines, and mistakes that were made Helen Branswell, STAT. “Mistakes were made.” Really?

Covid-19: An urgent call for global “vaccines-plus” action British Medical Journal

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Leading Causes of Death Among Adults Aged 25 to 44 Years by Race and Ethnicity in Texas During the COVID-19 Pandemic, March to December 2020 JAMA. Commentary: “It’s an important piece of work because it counters a still pervasive narrative that COVID-19 is a disease of the elderly — that young people can shrug it off. True, fewer young people have died from COVID-19 than older people, but more young people have died from COVID-19 during the pandemic than from nearly any other cause.”

Decreased severity of disease during the first global omicron variant covid-19 outbreak in a large hospital in Tshwane, South Africa International Journal of Infectious Diseases. Conclusion: “There was decreased severity of disease in the Omicron driven fourth wave in the City of Tshwane, its first global epicentre.” Beware! South Africa’s population is very different from our own, both demographically and (at this point) immunologically.

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Explainer. Long Covid: why do some people have symptoms months after infection? FT

NY COVID Hospitalizations Top 2021 Surge Levels; Omicron Quintuples Risk of Breakthrough Cases NBC

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COVID-19: Workers Need Respirators American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (upstater). Handy guide. Meanwhile, CDC and the Administration continue shambolic:

Encouraging practice like this:

Because freedom!

Speaking of shambolic, read the sign:

Doublethink, or?

Newsom promised 6 million COVID tests for students. Only half have arrived LA Times

China?

Tesla Opens Showroom in China’s Xinjiang, Region at Center of U.S. Genocide Allegations WSJ

World’s largest trade deal is in force, but there’s still ‘work to be done,’ says Singapore minister CNBC. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. China in, US out.

Myanmar

Myanmar confirms 1st 4 cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 Xinhua. Porous borders with China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Laos; Myanmarese migrant workers everywhere…

Pro-Military at Heart, Myanmar Ex-Minister Once Dubbed a ‘Reformer’ Reveals True Colors The Irrawaddy

Cambodia workers face court action over NagaWorld casino strike Nikkei Asia

The Koreas

First “I’ve never seen anything like this” of 2022:

How South Korean TV took over the world The Face

Syraqistan

How 19th Century Western Archaeologists Made Jerusalem a Zionist Dream Haaretz

South Africa: Parliament fire flares up again Maravi Post

UK/EU

Why Portugal Is So Compliant With Covid-19 Restrictions Forbes (Re Silc).

New Cold War

Ukrainian neutrality: a ‘golden bridge’ out of the current geopolitical trap Responsible Statecraft

Strategic Ambiguity and the Risk of War with Russia over Ukraine War on the Rocks

Asia and Eurasia in a Multipolar World Valdai Discussion Club

Prognosis For 2022: Cautiously Pessimistic – Part I Awful Avalanche. Part II.

The Caribbean

One shot dead in Haiti’s City of Independence during attack on Henry The Haitian Times

Biden Administration

Verizon, AT&T reverse course and will delay 5G expansions for two weeks as the FAA requested The Verge

Scoop: Biden plans to give Warren a win with Fed vice chair pick Axios

Democrats en Déshabillé

Omicron surge poses political peril for Democrats The Hill

Supply Chain

LA port pressures ocean carriers to remove empty containers faster Hellenic Shipping News

Global chip shortage: Engineer shortfall is the next big problem 9to5Mac (Re Silc).

New Year’s Post-Game Analysis

Happy New Year! Celebrate With Our 2022 Global Internet Map Telegeography

Pulp non-fiction: the worst business books of 2022 FT

The Groves of Academe

On Corsi boxes:

Administrators!

L’Affaire Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew faces crunch week in United States sexual assault lawsuit Agence France Presse

Realignment and Legitimacy

The American polity is cracked, and might collapse. Canada must prepare Globe and Mail

The risk of a coup in the next US election is greater now than it ever was under Trump Lawrence Tribe, Guardian

Disney’s Hall Of Presidents Opens Exhibit Of Historic Shadow Leaders Who Really Ran Country The Onion

Class Warfare

Nurses ratify new contract, end nearly 10-month strike AP

Mathematicians Outwit Hidden Number Conspiracy Quanta

NASA’s Retiring Top Scientist Says We Can Terraform Mars and Maybe Venus, Too NYT. Oh?

Things are getting tense for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, literally Space.com. See NASA’s Where is Webb? for updates.

Antidote du jour (via AA):

Links 1/4/2022

Links 1/4/2022

AA writes:

In January 16, 2009 we had an unreal cold snap here on the SE coast of North Carolina. Living right at the ocean adjacent to a large tidal creek (Futch Creek) a group of 4 trumpeter swans briefly visited….. trumpeting their arrival in single digit temps. Had never heard such a call – before or since… I grabbed the Nikon and gloves and heaviest winter coat … heading out to the end of our dock to see what it was all about… You have the arrival … the visit… I thought it worthy to send along my wonderful encounter… In 2009 not sure “Polar Vortex” was a termed used in the mainstream media… have to believe it was a PV …

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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