‘Fake’ US leg band may get pigeon a reprieve in Australia Associated Press (resilc)
An Eden’s #whale trap feeding in the Gulf of #Thailand. This extraordinary behaviour (where the whale treads water) is thought to have developed because #pollution has made the Gulf of Thailand a hypoxic #environment. pic.twitter.com/OnPur033UR
— Big Blue Ocean Cleanup (@bigbluecleanup) January 14, 2021
Animal Planet New York Times (Robert M)
How the famed Arecibo telescope fell—and how it might rise again ScienceMag (Kevin W)
On the Rise of Hyper-Individualism Plebity (Mark W)
Turn off that camera during virtual meetings, environmental study says PhysOrg (Robert M). I’ve always hated the idea of any form of video calls. Now you have an excuse for opting out.
New Study Claims Your Face Can Tip Off Your Political Beliefs Gizmodo (David L)
From guurst. When I lived in Escanaba, Michigan, it was a big deal when the ice breaker would come in every March (Escanaba is the biggest iron ore port on Lake Michigan). But they didn’t use cute tugs. The Coast Guard cutters would open a path and the ice breaker would widen it.
Some tugs & ice to brighten things up https://t.co/5x47Vs9P6p
— Ron Aird (@ron_aird) January 5, 2021
Nigeria launches ‘biggest job creation scheme’ in its history after long delay Guardian. Resilc: “But USA USA can only muster a new space force…….”
Post-COVID lungs worse than the worst smokers’ lungs, surgeon says CBS News. Kevin W; “Image – and it’s not good.” Aargh, I had thought this was only hospitalized patients, but read the story….this large sample includes asymptomatic patients. This confirms the notion that Covid is going to produce a lot of health care costs down the road, and shortened lifespans, due to various types of lasting damage.
Study showing simple modifications can improve mask effectiveness. For example, tucking in the corners of a procedure mask & tying the loops increased filtration from 39% to 60%. Covering the mask with a nylon stocking increased it to 80%.
— Dr Zoë Hyde (@DrZoeHyde) January 12, 2021
Caffeine and caffeine-containing pharmaceuticals as promising inhibitors for 3-chymotrypsin-like protease of SARS-CoV-2 Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics
Latest Articles. Published last year, still germane.
Decontamination of SARS-CoV-2 and Other RNA Viruses from N95 Level MeltblownPolypropylene Fabric Using Heat under Different Humidities ACS (Tom B). From last year. Problem is I don’t know how mere mortals create a 100% RH environment..
“Schools also don’t have [proper] refrigeration. [The Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored in ultracold settings; Moderna’s is also maintained in specially regulated, chilled settings.] The refrigeration needs are intense, so one of the things we suggested is that schools make themselves distribution sites, like what happened with polio, but you’d have to bring in the refrigeration.”
Gee, if only there was an alternative to the mRNA vaccines…
Struggling London hospitals sending Covid patients to Newcastle Guardian (Kevin W)
Cracks in the vial of China’s vaccine diplomacy Asia Times (resilc)
President-elect Biden on $1.9 COVID-19 Relief Proposal C-SPAN (Kevin C).
And what happened to that $2,000 that Biden promised if the Dems won the Senate?
$1,400 ≠ $2,000
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 15, 2021
I like John Siman’s headline better: Biden Already Sucks Caitlin Johnstone
So let me get this straight, they COULD immediately pass relief but instead they want to waste time being held hostage by Republicans. Fantastic. https://t.co/5bUDjr8OZU
— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) January 14, 2021
Biden to include expanded child tax credit in major new stimulus proposal Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Jobless, Selling Nudes Online and Still Struggling DNYUZ (resilc)
New Cold War
RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 14 JANUARY 2021 by Patrick Armstrong Sic Semper Tyrannis (Kevin W)
Iraq issues arrest warrant for Trump over Soleimani killing Military Times (resilc). If the US only had an extradition treaty with Iran, this would solve a lot of Biden’s problems.
Imperial Collapse Watch
That Lincoln bust being carried away had better not belong to the permanent White House collection:https://t.co/gYcNdMq120
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 14, 2021
Trump Ignites a War Within the Church New York Times
Donald Trump a ‘flight risk’ if criminal charges filed, experts say Washington Times (resilc)
Trump demands his staff not pay Giuliani’s legal fees for helping him try to overturn the election: report Raw Story (resilc). OMG tacky but may be just a gambit to get the bill lowered.
Learning from the Failure of Reconstruction New Yorker (UserFriendly)
Accused Drug Trafficker Was A Capitol Invader Smoking Gun (resilc)
Etsy Is Full of QAnon and Insurrection Merch Vice (resilc)
Until U.S. Capitol riot, Amazon expressed scant concern about violent content on Parler, social network says Seattle Times (furzy). This is a legally ridiculous argument. Tolerating or not being fully aware of the extent of a breach of contract is not tantamount to a waiver.
Hoo boy (guurst):
“I actually got sexually excited over it. That’s how much I loath you!”
Nobody can say Trump didn’t succeed in bringing previously unheard voices into the political process. pic.twitter.com/FTwXWflyvu
— Richard Hanania (@RichardHanania) January 12, 2021
Cumulus Media orders conservative radio hosts to temper election fraud rhetoric Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Inside Joe Biden’s plan to avoid a midterm ‘shellacking’ Politico. UserFriendly: “Insert DOOMED in the headline. They don’t even know what the problem is and are as usual relying on better propaganda. And sending Vilsack out as a surrogate to rural America? ROFLMAO.”
Our Famously Free Press
Open Letter from Laura Poitras Praxis Films (BC). On her firing from The Intercept over the Reality Winner source-burning. The long delay between the firing and Poitras going public is very odd. Normally if you want to gag someone, you pay for their silence. Did First Look try to threaten Poitras about saying anything more, and did she and her attorneys need to paper the record before she issued her statement?
Lack of Tiny Parts Disrupts Auto Factories Worldwide New York Times (resilc)
Toxic positivity is real, and this is the antidote Fast Company (resilc). IMHO, anxiety and anger are extremely productive, albeit a drag to harbor.
Europe’s Army of Filipino Domestic Workers: Modern Slavery Der Spiegel (resilc)
Breaking: CA Supreme Court says Dynamex is RETROACTIVE. https://t.co/SmRn9Uljd3
— Veena Dubal (@veenadubal) January 14, 2021
The “worst problem you’ve never heard of” is the leading cause of Black land loss in this country. Over the years, it’s seen Black families stripped of hundreds of billions $$$ in land. It’s called “heirs’ property.”https://t.co/Kyu2gcQ8Vr
— ProPublica (@propublica) January 15, 2021
Antidote du jour (DL). Apologies! Got this in Sept, and saw only now!
And a bonus (guurst):
I have a few questions…pic.twitter.com/DLsXtDlJuF
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) September 9, 2020
See Yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.