Links 1/15/2021

The Cat Who Came Back: Patches, Believed Killed In Mudslide, Shows Up 3 Years Later NPR (David L)

‘Fake’ US leg band may get pigeon a reprieve in Australia Associated Press (resilc)

YOUR BEES, YOUR HONEY. First ever beehive designed for home beekeeping​ BEEING and Lasso (Robert M). Promising pro-environment products featured at CES.

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.


Nigeria launches ‘biggest job creation scheme’ in its history after long delay Guardian. Resilc: “But USA USA can only muster a new space force…….”

The Securitization of the Coronavirus Crisis in the Middle East Academia


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.

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..


Coronavirus vaccine incentive: Trader Joe’s, Instacart and Dollar General to pay workers to get vaccinated USA Today

AFT’s Randi Weingarten Talks Tying School Reopening to Teacher Vaccine Rollout, Biden’s Ed Secretary Pick and $900B Relief Bill 74 Million. fk:

“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…

1 person dies every 6 minutes: How L.A. became the nation’s largest coronavirus hot spot NBC (furzy)


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?

I like John Siman’s headline better: Biden Already Sucks Caitlin Johnstone

Biden calls for extending national eviction moratorium through September 2021 as part of $1.9-trillion stimulus MarketWatch

Biden to include expanded child tax credit in major new stimulus proposal Washington Post (UserFriendly)

Jobless, Selling Nudes Online and Still Struggling DNYUZ (resilc)


Scottish fishermen threaten to dump rotten shellfish outside British parliament Reuters

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

Trump orders DoD to explore use of nuclear power for space DefenseNews

Trump Transition

Trump Ignites a War Within the Church New York Times

Donald Trump a ‘flight risk’ if criminal charges filed, experts say Washington Times (resilc)

Report: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Made Their Secret Service Detail Go to Extreme Lengths “to Find a Bathroom” Vanity Fair (furzy)

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.

DC attorney general wants to interview Donald Trump Jr. as part of Trump inaugural funds abuse probe CNN


Exclusive: Trump considering lawyer who spoke at rally for impeachment defense – sources Reuters (resilc)

Capitol Seizure

Learning from the Failure of Reconstruction New Yorker (UserFriendly)

Exclusive: Parler CEO says social media app, favored by Trump supporters, may not return Reuters (resilc)

Exclusive: Large bitcoin payments to right-wing activists a month before Capitol riot linked to foreign account Yahoo

Accused Drug Trafficker Was A Capitol Invader Smoking Gun (resilc)

Parler left its content, even deleted posts, out in the open — and archivists have saved it all Mashable

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.

Etsy Is Full of QAnon and Insurrection Merch Vice

Hoo boy (guurst):

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.”

Interventionist Samantha Power is latest pick to serve in Joe Biden administration as USAID head RT (Kevin W)

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?

Laura Poitras says she’s been fired by First Look Media over Reality Winner controversy. Now she’s questioning the watchdog’s integrity. Washington Post

A Co-Founder of The Intercept Says She Was Fired for Airing Concerns New York Times

Lack of Tiny Parts Disrupts Auto Factories Worldwide New York Times (resilc)

Tesla Would Take Nearly 1,600 Years To Make The Amount Of Money The Stock Market Has Put Into It Jalopnik (resilc)

When to trade bitcoin? When Saturn crosses Mercury, of course Reuters

“The World Is Watching in Shock”: Global Investors Are Getting Jittery as America Descends Into Political Turmoil Vanity Fair (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.

Class Warfare

Europe’s Army of Filipino Domestic Workers: Modern Slavery Der Spiegel (resilc)

Antidote du jour (DL). Apologies! Got this in Sept, and saw only now!

And a bonus (guurst):

See Yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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