/Links 12/30/2020

Links 12/30/2020

This African Gray Parrot Is the First Animal To Ever Ask an Existential Question My Modern Met (David L)

NEW YEAR DIET? Greedy pet ‘ruins Christmas’ after eating Prestwick family’s ENTIRE roast bird – before collapsing on the floor unable to move The Sun (furzy)

A well-preserved woolly rhino with its last meal still intact found in the extreme north of Yakutia Siberian Times (guurst)

Croatia earthquake: Seven dead as rescuers search rubble for survivors BBC :-(. I visited Croatia twice, and on one of trip, went through Glina.

The World’s Oceans in Distress Der Spiegel (resilc)

These Are 7 of The Strangest Experiments Humans Have Ever Done in Space ScienceAlert (Kevin W)

The International Space Station microfarm can now grow radishes InputMagazine

Boston Dynamics robots can now dance better than you can The Verge (David L)

Blame not the robot but the human behind it Financial Times (David L)

Well they can’t very well go after the UK without going after the US. Wall Street Journal

Brain imaging study pinpoints neurotransmitter that may be responsible for yoga’s mood-boosting effect PsyPost (David L)

Irish Book Reviews Dublin Review of Books. Anthony L was disappointed that no one was interested in a fine article on nihilism yesterday. Maybe the one-word title was too spare.


The Cruise Ship Suicides Bloomberg 🙁

Australia just recorded zero cases of COVID-19 again after a big spike last month in Melbourne. What can the US and the rest of the world learn Quora (furzy)


Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine approved by UK regulator CNBC

China’s Sinopharm says its Covid-19 vaccine is 79% effective Financial Times

ER nurse tests positive for COVID-19 eight days AFTER he received Pfizer vaccine Daily Mail. Experts saying this sort of thing is expected, he’d had only only shot…

Doctors discovered a new way to tell which coronavirus patients will get worse BGR (ma)

Explanations for ‘long Covid’ remain elusive. For now, believing patients and treating symptoms is the best doctors can do STAT. Finally some data:

A survey conducted in the U.K. concluded in November that 1 in 5 people who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid-19) suffered from symptoms lasting five weeks or longer; 1 in 10 said their problems lasted 12 weeks or longer.

Characterizing Long COVID in an International Cohort: 7 Months of Symptoms and Their Impact MedRxiv (preprint). dk:

Not a great study, basically a survey of online support group members self-reporting symptoms. But it’s extensive and well compiled and visualized. Chronic Lyme’s disease was also discounted for decades before eventual clinical confirmation.


NHS could face ‘horrendous choices’ over who gets coronavirus care Guardian (Kevin W)


First Case of New Coronavirus Strain in U.S. Reported in Colorado Wall Street Journal. Patient didn’t travel. I bet skiing was the vector. My youngest brother in Florida went to Utah to ski in December, I kid you not….then a bit later in the month drove 17 hours to Long Island to have dinner with one set of inlaws, lunch with another set, drove to Philly to have dinner and overnight with some friends, then drove to Virginia to see his three daughters, all adults, meaning three bubbles….and actually a fourth there, since they’d spent Christmas with their mother, his first wife. He reported this all cheerily as if we should envy him. With people like that, who needs super spreader events?

Luke Letlow, Louisiana congressman-elect, dies of covid-19 at 41 years old Washington Post (furzy)

State reports 2,201 new coronavirus cases Seattle Times. Furzy; “WA state not slowing down at all, after all this time….”

‘Like a bathtub filling up’: Alabama is slammed by the virus Associated Press (resilc)

The US is vaccinating people way too slowly. A top doctor says the federal government is to blame. Business Insider (Kevin W)

A California woman in her 30s who said she’s a Disney employee said she got the coronavirus vaccine, while the state is being overwhelmed by a surge in cases Business Insider (Kevin W)

Biden offers sober warning of road ahead on coronavirus The Hill

Wealthy hospitals rake in U.S. disaster aid for COVID-19 costs Reuters (resilc)


Push for $2,000 stimulus checks hits Senate buzzsaw following McConnell blocks vote on $2K checks, signals new package The Hill. This account appears to miss the point. Yes, it would be an uphill battle to get this passed; you need more defectors than just Josh Hawley. However,the Dems (or at least the ones not of the Pelosi cut of cloth) win even if they lose if they keep this issue in play and make the Rs look like greedheads. The question is whether McConnell overplays his hand, setting up a filibuster would keep the payment in the press, making Rs look bad. Rs voting down the $2000 or attaching too many corporate extras would be a big talking point in the Georgia Senate races. Yes, the R candidates there are saying the support the $2000, but so what if their ratfaced party succeeds in nuking it or giving out more in pork after poormouthing? The obvious retort is the Rs need to be voted down to assure McConnell is no longer Majority Leader.

Georgians Are Starving, Their Millionaire Senators Refuse To Force A Vote David Sirota and Andrew Perez


Apple’s longtime supplier accused of using forced labor in China The Hour (resilc)

China Eyes Shrinking Jack Ma’s Business Empire Wall Street Journal

China’s P2P purge leaves millions of victims out in the cold, with losses in the billions, as concerns of social unrest swirl South China Morning Post (furzy)


Banks Pile Into Government Debt, Setting Up ‘Doom Loop’ Sequel in Europe Wall Street Journal

UK parliament gears up to fast-track Brexit deal Politico. Subhead: “Britain never sought a ‘rupture’ with Europe, Boris Johnson to say as MPs prepare to back his Brexit deal.”

The Brexit deal calls for DNA profiles to use a 20-year-old email app The Verge (BC)

Imperial Collapse Watch

The International Criminal Court: Now Simply Indefensible Craig Murray. UserFriendly: “Well they can’t very well go after the UK without going after the US.”

The American System is One Big Grift American Conservative (Chuck L)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

She didn’t know her kidnapper. But he was using Google Maps — and that cracked the case. NBC (furzy) A reason to love your information overlords.

Trump Transition

Donald Trump’s influence will evaporate once he leaves office. Here’s why Guardian (ChiGal). Awful early call. He’s thinking about having a new TV show…


Biden’s Incoming National Security Adviser Faults Pentagon’s ‘Obstruction’ NPR

Why Senators Must Reject Avril Haines for Intelligence Antiwar (resilc)

Complaint targets group challenging Georgia voters Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Black Injustice Tipping Point

How the Police Killed Breonna Taylor New York Times. Impressive reconstructive

Louisville Police To Fire 2 More Officers Involved In Death Of Breonna Taylor NPR

The Columbus, Ohio, officer who killed Andre Hill has been fired CNN (fresno dan)

Nashville explosion: Woman warned MNPD Warner was building bomb in 2019 Tennessean

Our Famously Free Press

Real Journalism: Vanessa Beeley Exchanges With Chloe Hadjimatheou on BBC White Helmets/Mayday Rescue Cover-up BSNEWS (Chuck L). Wowsers.

Nashville bombing froze wireless communications, exposed ‘Achilles’ heel’ in regional network USA Today (dk). Ahem, Verizon and AT&T have been ripping out copper when they install fiber to escape common carrier regulations.

Thousands of Colorado residents without heat after attack on gas service ABC (Kevin W)

The SEC’s “token” enforcement action against Ripple for XRP Francine McKenna

Class Warfare

Corporate Power and the Future of U.S. Capitalism Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan, Capital as Power

Why Larry Summers MUST Believe $2,000 Checks Are A Bad Idea Ian Welsh

Antidote du jour. mgl:

This lamb’s name is Bronwyn (or, Bronwyn-Muffin), orphaned at two weeks of age. As seen in an obscure location in New Zealand in November. The back-story is both hilarious and fascinating. Too long for this caption. She has a love/hate relationship with her saviours; well, they have such a relationship w/her. She just loves them.

And a bonus. I have to confess to having a soft spot for cross species friendships:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here

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