/Links 3/2/2021

Links 3/2/2021


Father and Son Build ‘Stick Library’ for Local Dogs To “Borrow” Sticks My Modern Met (David L)

Your Indifferent Cat Won’t Choose Your Friend Over Your Enemy, Research Finds Science Alert (Chuck L)

To fight climate change, save the whales, some scientists say MongaBay (furzy)

Monarch butterfly population falls in Mexico Reuters

In a Momentous Discovery, Scientists Show Neanderthals Could Produce Human-Like Speech ScienceAlert (Kevin W; similar story from Chuck L)

Scientists describe ‘hidden biodiversity crisis’ as variation within species is lost PhysOrg (Chuck L)

A 1990s iMac Processor Powers NASA’s Perseverance Rover Gizmodo (Kevin W)

Deep Nostalgia: ‘creepy’ new service uses AI to animate old family photos Guardian (Kevin W)

Climate activists aim to ban new gas stations Axios (Chuck L)

Huge, Global Study of Plastic Toys Finds Over 100 Substances That May Harm Children Science Alert (Chuck L)

New Vaccine Developed By Massachusetts’ Doctor to Prevent Lyme Disease In Humans Field and Stream (David L)

#COVID-19

Donors bet on a US firm to fix testing in Africa. Then COVID-19 hit Reuters (resilc)

Science/Medicine

A bit heavy on J&J but this is an even stronger version of what we’ve been saying:

New York Covid-19 Variant Expands Reach in U.S. With 735 Cases Bloomberg (furzy)

US

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy plummets among Black and Latino Americans — but not white Republicans The Week (Dr. Kevin)

Finance/Economy

Housing insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Kevin C). Important. $90 billion in missed payments. Nearly 10% of Americans may lose housing.

The big-spending state may be here to stay—even after the pandemic ends Quartz (resilc). As if that’s a bad thing….absent our wee pervasive corruption problem.

As another stimulus package hangs in the balance, some programs like unemployment benefits are set to expire by the end of March Business Insider

Brexit

Brexit constipation Chris Grey (guurst)

France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to prison in corruption trial France24 (resilc)

New Cold War

Biden urged to back AI weapons to counter China and Russia threats BBC (David L)

Syraqistan

Why Hasn’t Biden Rejoined the Iran Deal? American Conservative. Resilc: “Because Kagan/Nuland driving this train now.”

Biden Betrayed His Promise to Defend Human Rights and Jamal Khashoggi New Yorker (furzy). As Lambert said:

The *only* reason this story matters is that some Washington journalists had cocktails in Georgetown with the dude, and being only ONE degree of separation away from a corpse is too much for their delicate sensibilities. Two, or better three or four degrees, no problemo!

Everybody pushing this story should grow the fuck up. Is Henry Kissinger still in everybody’s Rolodex? Alrighty then..

Pentagon: U.S. strike on Syrian compound killed one fighter, wounded two more Washington Post (furzy)

U.S. strike in Syria: Biden explains justification in letter to congressional leadership Axios

Soldiers in Cameroon, a Close U.S Ally, Commit Mass Rape Intercept

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Why Is Facebook Launching An All-Out War On Apple’s Upcoming iPhone Update? NPR

Republicans in Diasarray

CPAC 2021: Who won the Republican civil war? BBC

Biden

Joe Biden Approval Rating Buoyant Despite Donald Trump’s ‘Disastrous First Month’ Claim Newsweek

Biden officials urge patience on immigration amid border surge The Hill

Watch out! Biden wants to save the planet Asia Times (Kevin W)

Andrew Cuomo Is Screwed New Republic. About time.

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Tuesday in a case that could further gut the Voting Rights Act and its protections for minority voters Business Insider

How the 1st US city to fund reparations for Black residents is making amends ABC (UserFriendly)

Texas Deep Freeze Aftermath

Texas electricity firm files for bankruptcy citing $1.8 billion in claims from grid operator Reuters (resilc)

Texas power crisis deepens as more companies skip payments due to grid operator Reuters (Kevin W)

Woke Watch

There Is No Such Thing as “White” Math Bari Weiss (Dr. Kevin)

Stacy Graham-Hunt: Call me Black, not BIPOC New Haven Register (UserFriendly)

Our Famously Free Press

In Defense Of Substack Matt Taibbi. The gatekeepers are in meltdown mode. Good! They must really feel threatened. But it doesn’t seem to occur to them that they need to stop being in the business of toadying to power.

Note CodePink sent an e-mail blast with this headline to enlist support: “Twitter Suspends Prominent Activist for Palestinian Rights, No Explanation Given”

Hard to say if this is pathetic or genius. Won’t be (as) hostage to the usual revenue sources!

Torstar to launch online casino to help fund its journalism CBC (ma)

Oil Trade Group Is Poised to Endorse Carbon Pricing Wall Street Journal. Mirabile dictu. A capitulation to the inevitable. We first wrote about this in 2007, not long after the site started. It was then an old idea.

The missing trillions: The hidden cost of energy externalities University of Sussex (Robert M). So the price won’t be high enough.

Athol Williams on why companies involved in State Capture should be prosecuted Business Maverick (Mark T). SA whistleblower v. Bain. Note:

McKinsey entered into thoroughly corrupt contracts with Transnet, SAA and Eskom – and Bain with SARS and SAA. They should be subject to criminal investigation.

Undercover audit shows rehab centers use hard-sell tactics. Addicts might not need the care they’re selling. Academic Times (resilc)

Citi may face a shareholder vote on a racial equity audit New York Times. You need to scroll down a bit to find this story:

Citigroup has no legal basis for blocking an investor proposal demanding a report on how its practices affect minority communities , the S.E.C. ruled Friday. That increases the likelihood that the bank’s board will have to examine itself in the glare of the public.

Greensill Capital Faces Possible Insolvency After Credit Suisse Suspends Investment Funds Wall Street Journal. Paywalled, but a wild story and a WSJ exclusive. Try Googling the headline. Greensill provided supply chain financing. From the top of the piece:

Specialty finance firm Greensill Capital headed toward a rapid unraveling after Credit Suisse Group AG suspended $10 billion of investment funds that fueled the SoftBank Group Corp.-backed startup.

Servicing the National Debt St. Louis Fed. UserFriendly: “I like where this is going.”

Wall Street Bullishness Close to Flashing Contrarian Sell Signal Bloomberg

Class Warfare

Are Endowments Damaging Colleges and Universities? American Prospect (UserFriendly)

Antidote du jour (furzy):

And a bonus (guurst):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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