/Links 12/5/2020

Links 12/5/2020

World’s oldest known, banded wild bird returns to nest at Midway Atoll Star Advertiser (chicken ticket). Nice pix!

One country, one picture, one year Reuters (resilc). Only looked a few, but good choices.

Evolved to run – but not to exercise Irish Times (furzy)

The Great Barrier Reef Is Now Officially in ‘Critical’ Condition Vice

The Wings of Insects Might Have Evolved From The Legs of Crustaceans ScienceAlert (Kevin W)

How Easy Is it to Build a Robot Assassin? LawFare (David L)

Alaska May Be Hiding a Huge Volcanic System Gizmodo (Kevin W)

Chinese photonic quantum computer demonstrates quantum supremacy PhysOrg (David L)

MOMENT massive Arecibo telescope collapsed caught in jaw-dropping footage RT (singnet)



Long COVID in the Faroe Islands – a longitudinal study among non-hospitalized patients Oxford

Covid-19: Asymptomatic cases may not be infectious, Wuhan study indicates BMJ

The COVID Vaccines Are Approaching. Is the FDA Ready to Inspect the Plants Where They’re Made? Vanity Fair (UserFriendly)

What it feels like to get an mRNA coronavirus vaccine CNN (furzy)

People with asthma less likely to contract COVID-19: study The Hill

How key decisions slowed FDA’s review of a Covid-19 vaccine — but also gave it important data STAT (Kevin C)


Joe Biden: Covid vaccination in US will not be mandatory BBC

Wall Street and finance workers could get COVID vaccines before most Americans MarketWatch. Marshall remarks: “There’s nothing more essential than doing God’s work.”

Six Bay Area regions — San Francisco, Santa Clara, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda counties, and Berkeley — to enact stay-at-home order starting Sunday Boing Boing (David L)

US Congress slow to issue directives as Covid spreads at a high rate among lawmakers Guardian

How Iowa Mishandled the Coronavirus Pandemic Atlantic (resilc)

The Freakout About Giving COVID Vaccines to Prisoners Has Already Begun Mother Jones (resilc)


Weakening Jobs Numbers Spur Pandemic Aid Efforts Wall Street Journal

It’s ‘OK now…we have a new president’: Pelosi willing to make smaller Covid-19 relief deal, is accused of having played politics RT (Kevin W)

Bernie Sanders announces opposition to $908 billion covid relief package as lawmakers push for deal Washington Post (UserFriendly)

Payment pause for student loan borrowers will be extended, U.S. Department of Education says CNBC


China becomes second nation to plant flag on the Moon BBC

Uighurs forced to eat pork as China expands Xinjiang pig farms Al Jazeera

China conducting biological tests to create super soldiers, US spy chief says Guardian (resilc)

So We’re Already At The ‘Chinese Super Soldiers’ Part Of The Propaganda Campaign Caitlin Johnstone


Exhausted negotiators struggle to strike Brexit deal Financial Times

Brexit: Johnson and Von der Leyen to take over with direct talks Guardian (Kevin W)

Progressive Media Promoted a False Story of ‘Conflict Beef’ From Nicaragua FAIR (UserFriendly)

New Cold War

Swiss drop Browder’s fake charges against Russians: no proof Lucy Komisar

Moscow Discovers Climate Change Can Be Good Business Forbes (resilc)


Biden inherits Middle East’s grapes of wrath Asia Times (Kevin W)

Imperial Collapse Watch

224 killed, 186 aircraft lost. Military pilots worry about being ‘the next accident’ Task & Purpose. Kevin W: “Most of the world’s Air Forces don’t have 186 aircraft.”

U.S. Marines Won’t Stop Taking LSD Vice (resilc)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Trickbot trojan found to now have the ability to modify a computer’s UEFI TechXplore and The Internet’s Most Notorious Botnet Has an Alarming New Trick Wired (Robert M)

Trump Transition

Trump orders Pentagon to pull nearly all troops from Somalia The Hill

Donald Trump will get Secret Service protection, classified briefings and a pension for life when he leaves the White House abc.net.au. This should not be treated as news…


Trump campaigns as wild card in Georgia runoffs The Hill. Remember his popularity is back up to the high end of its range.

Lamar stands firm in his last days in the Senate Politico. UserFriendly: “He killed Judy Shelton, Thank God!”


Joe Biden’s Role in the Student Debt Crisis Dates to the 1970s Intercept

The economy President-elect Biden is inheriting Economic Policy Institute

Will Michele Flournoy Be the Angel of Death for the American Empire? CodePink

Biden Is the Perfect Figure for the National Security Establishment Intercept

USAID inspector general is looking into possible violations of Federal Records Act by agency leaders, sources say CNBC

Confessions of a Clintonworld Exile Vanity Fair (UserFriendly)

It Wasn’t the First Time the NYPD Killed Someone in Crisis. For Kawaski Trawick, It Only Took 112 Seconds. ProPublica (UserFriendly)

Gambling on the future of food Farm and Dairy (Carla R)

Class Warfare

Liberalism, Class and the Politics of Austerity Counterpunch

US Senate passes bill eliminating per-country cap for H-1B work visas Deccan Chronicle. From Dave in Santa Cruz:

Millions of Americans are unemployed, but Facebook needs foreign workers changed to their desks by their visas. I’ve previously mentioned the San Jose police chief complaining about Obama’s regular — and unpublicized — visits to Silicon Valley to collect checks in exchange for certifying that U.S. STEM grads lacked necessary qualifications. Now they’re going to bump-up Green Cards for Indians, to free-up more H1-B slots.

These practices are far more pernicious than tolerating poor refugees from Latin America; as a prosecutor and judge pro gem in Silicon Valley I saw actual abuses by high-caste Indian immigrants far worse than the claims made against Latin American refugees. The DOJ suit is typical of the day late and a dollar short incompetence of the Trump administration — but Biden will be nothing but a subsidiary of Facebook on immigration, just like Obama was.

Antidote du jour. Furzy’s sister’s llamas, “Off on a trek in the Oregon hills.”

And a bonus (guurst):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here

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