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Links 2/26/2021

Turtles Caught in Disastrous Oil Spill Treated With Mayonnaise Smithsonian

Sniffing out trouble! Blind and deaf ‘ninja’ spaniel Curtis is caught on camera stealing food off kitchen counters in the dead of night Daily Mail

Bond Tantrum Is a Big Test of Central Banks’ Mettle Bloomberg

McKinsey partners sacrifice leader in ‘ritual cleansing’ FT. That’s a damn shame.

Information on factory farms is spotty at best. The government has been hogtied from doing more. Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

1 big thing: The NFT frenzy Felix Salmon, Axios Capital


Why global Covid infections have plummeted FT

Mechanistic transmission modeling of COVID-19 on the Diamond Princess cruise ship demonstrates the importance of aerosol transmission PNAS

SPI-M-O: Summary of modelling on scenarios for easing restrictions (PDF) SAGE. Commentary:

Lessons from applied large-scale pooling of 133,816 SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests Science. From the Discussion: “Overall, we tested 133,816 samples using 32,466 RT-PCR tests with a global efficiency of 4.121, saving 101,350 (76%) RT-PCR reactions.” Pooling works!

CDC estimated a one-year decline in life expectancy in 2020. Not so — try five days STAT. Hmm. Readers?

We’ve been cooped up with our families for almost a year. This is the result. WaPo

An Inside Look at BC’S Illicit Drug Market During the Covid-19 Pandemic BC Medical Journal (IM).


China-US relations: ‘let’s fix our own national messes before competing with Beijing’, says former diplomat Chas Freeman, South China Morning Post. Interpreter for Richard Nixon during his trip to China in 1972.

How the WTO Changed China Foreign Affairs

China celebrates official end of extreme poverty, lauds Xi AP

What’s Behind China’s Divorce Crackdown? Bloomberg

Taiwan’s chip industry under threat as drought turns critical Nikkei Asian Review

For Cambodian workers, obscure new border crossing makes for uncertain journey home Globe_

Singapore: Police officer’s wife admits to killing Myanmar maid BBC


World Bank halts payment requests on Myanmar projects made after Feb 1 coup Reuters

Coup chaos in Myanmar leaves employers fretting over paying staff Reuters. As predicted.

Facebook bans Myanmar military from its platforms with immediate effect Reuters

Digital platform law approved by Australian Parliament The Hill

The Koreas

Zombies are everywhere in South Korea, feeding on fears and anxieties Los Angeles Times

Medical oxygen scarce in Africa, Latin America amid virus AP


Khashoggi killing report will test US-Saudi relations FT

10-20 American mouthpieces for Israeli government had unrivaled access to Obama White House — Rhodes Mondweiss

Fighting to Go Home: Operation Desert Storm, 30 Years Later The War Horse


Alex Salmond will give evidence to Holyrood inquiry today after Sturgeon claimed the ‘integrity of Scotland’s independent justice institutions’ was being ‘sacrificed on the altar of the ego of one man’ in bitter SNP civil war Daily Mail

£25,000 Reward Offered for Copy of Geoff Aberdein Testimony Craig Murray

Kingspan used BRE report on failed test as basis for 29 desktop studies, Grenfell Tower Inquiry reveals Inside Housing

The Great Cronyism Coverup Tribune

New Cold War

EU says it does not need Nord Stream 2, but only Germany can block it Hellenic Shipping News

Biden must freeze Putin’s pipeline and prevent this “bad deal for Europe” The Atlantic Council

Pushkin and Dostoyevsky’s Idiot: How to Understand Russia’s Foreign Policy Valdai Discusion Club

Free Private Cities: Brazil’s New Libertarian Dystopia Brasilwire=

Biden Administration

Senate parliamentarian nixes minimum wage boost in aid package Roll Call

Bernie Sanders unveils his Plan B for a $15 minimum wage after Senate parliamentarian setback The Week

Secret Memo Shows How Harris Must Now Advance Minimum Wage Hike Andrew Perez and David Sirota, Daily Poster

Lott to Oust Senate Parliamentarian Who Ruled Against GOP Los Angeles Times. From 2001, still germane. No man, no problem.

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The Memo: Biden faces first major setback as Tanden teeters The Hill

Biden’s Virus Relief Plan Threatens to Trigger Medicare Cuts Bloomberg. Paygo, Pelosi’s fetish object.

FCC votes to finalize rules for new temporary low-income internet subsidy Reuters

Biden’s COVID Plan Is Just a Beginning Scientific American

Why not tie minimum wage to local rent? Noahpinion

Trump Transition

Trump’s tax returns handed over to Manhattan prosecutors NBC


222 Boeing 787s Affected By New FAA Airworthiness Directive Simple Flying and Boeing, hit with US$6.6 million FAA fine, faces much bigger 787 repair bill: Sources Channel News Asia

Our Famously Free Press

YouTube Removes a CN Live! Episode Consortium News

Imperial Collapse Watch

‘A reckoning is near’: America has a vast overseas military empire. Does it still need it? USA Today

Ex-USA Gymnastics coach Geddert charged with human trafficking, sexual assault Lansing State Journal

Class Warfare

Race and America’s Long War: An Interview with Nikhil Pal Singh Salvage

The Power and the Silence The Unbound

Degrowth: A Response To Branko Milanovic Jason Hickel (john halasz).

Applause for Perseverance Ignores Plutonium Bullet We Dodged FAIR

PPE is the new plastic waste nightmare threatening the environment Euronews

Will the climate crisis tap out the Colorado River? High Country News

We Fought to Keep Frackers Out of the Delaware River Food and Water Watch

Antidote du jour (via):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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