/Links 3/4/2021

Links 3/4/2021

Cuttlefish show self-control, pass ‘marshmallow test’ Live Science. Le Bourgeois Céphalopode.

Astonishing moment ‘Britain’s hardest cat’ sees off a much bigger FOX after tense standoff over food Daily Mail

The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima’s nuclear zone Reuters

Fukushima timeline from the perspective of workers in the control room; amazing stuff:

The Inflation Regime Change Is Already Upon Us John Authers


COVID-19: Police arrest 84 people as thousands of fake coronavirus vaccines seized in China and South Africa Sky News

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New mask wars threaten Biden’s pandemic response at critical moment Politico

Biden criticizes Texas and Mississippi for lifting restrictions: ‘Neanderthal thinking’ CNN. Liberal Democrats discover new way to call their opponents stupid, film at 11.

These Texas chains will still require masks once the state’s mandate is lifted CNN

Collective punishment:

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Should Your School Be Fully Open? Here’s What the C.D.C. Says NYT. “Only 4 percent of the nation’s schoolchildren live in counties where coronavirus transmission is low enough for full-time in-person learning without additional restrictions, according to the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an analysis of the agency’s latest figures.” Oh. Lots of maps.

Clusters of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Elementary School Educators and Students in One School District — Georgia, December 2020–January 2021 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. CDC suppresses ventilation measures again:

Multifaceted mitigation measures in schools, including promotion of COVID-19 precautions outside of school, minimizing in-person adult interactions at school, and ensuring universal and correct mask use and physical distancing among educators and students when in-person interaction is unavoidable, are important in preventing in-school transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Although not required for reopening schools, COVID-19 vaccination should be considered as an additional mitigation measure to be added when available.

FAQs: Portable Air Cleaners (PDF) San Francisco Department of Public Health

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Fast-spreading UK variant of coronavirus detected in wastewater samples throughout Missouri St Louis Today. From February, still germane.

COVID vaccination studies: plan now to pool data, or be bogged down in confusion Nature

The key ingredient that could hold back vaccine manufacturing Recode

The Vaccine Revolution Is Coming Inside Tiny Bubbles of Fat Bloomberg

A universal coronavirus vaccine could stop the next pandemic Wired


US sets out security agenda ‘to prevail in strategic competition with China’, other nations South China Morning Post. For the agenda — which is short, labeled “interim,” and looks like an unserious effort for domestic consumption, to me — see the Biden Administration section.

US vs China: Biden bets on alliances to push back against Beijing FT

China Is Not Ten Feet Tall Foreign Affairs

China Is Losing Influence—and That Makes It Dangerous Foreign Policy

Factbox: China’s controversial anal tests for coronavirus upset visitors Reuters. Soft power, eh?

Beijing public health workers the least willing in China to get Covid-19 vaccine, survey finds South China Morning Post

Back-to-Back Defaults in China Shrugged Off in Credit Market Bloomberg

How Factory Workers Turn the Tables on China’s Big Online Lenders Sixth Tone

Hong Kong removed from economic freedom ranking it once dominated Channel News Asia

A rather unpalatable legal process Boase Cohen & Collins


Myanmar army tells U.N. it is ready to weather sanctions, isolation, envoy says Reuters

Couchfish: “Oh sh*t this is real—there is a coup” Couchfish

How the CDM can win Frontier Myanmar

The Koreas

Migrant workers face dire conditions at South Korean farms Channel News Asia


Saudi sovereign wealth fund planes transported Khashoggi kill team Responsible Statecraft

The road to nowhere: Israel tarmacs over peace with the Palestinians Prospect UK

All futurism is Afrofuturism Noah Smith, Noahpinion


Covid-19, trust, and Wellcome: how charity’s pharma investments overlap with its research efforts British Medical Journal

5 takeaways from Nicola Sturgeon’s evidence in Salmond probe Politico

Tensions between EU and UK inflamed over Northern Ireland FT

Doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine Pile Up in Europe Amid Government Restrictions WSJ

It’s Time to Checkmate Nord Stream II Heritage Foundation

Head of French church child abuse probe says there may be 10,000 victims France24

Biden Administration

Team Biden surprises with positive vaccine news The Hill. This is good news.

Renewing America’s Advantages: Interim National Security Strategic Guidance (PDF) The White House. See the China section for China’s reaction.

Biden’s Bare-Minimum Response to Russia’s Attempted Navalny Assassination The New Yorker

Moderate Democrats Strip Stimulus Checks From 12 Million Voters for No Reason Eric Levitz, New York Magazine. 2020 margin was 7 million…..

Minimum Wage Increase Is One Priority That Democrats Need to Try to Pass Teen Vogue. Commentary:

Hostage-taking on this issue is, politically, much cleaner than on #MedicareForAll.

Biden’s strategic failure Politico. In the 11th dimension, however, Biden is not failing.

Column: Biden’s $1.9-trillion big spend is a big bet on modern economic theory Los Angeles Times

Intelligence Community

A Glimpse of Bill Burns’ CIA Cipher Brief

Capitol Seizure

House cancels Thursday session after police warn of ‘possible plot to breach the Capitol‘ The Hill

Lawmakers grill officials on Jan. 6 timeline for deploying National Guard to Capitol ABC

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Verizon’s NFL Covid-19 Screening Cameras Are Based on Bad Science and Questionable Chinese Hardware The Intercept

Our Famously Free Press

Daily Mail owner buys New Scientist magazine in £70m deal Guardian. Weirdly, the Daily Mail’s science coverage has always been respectable.

Michael Tubbs on disinformation, racism, and news deserts CJR

Health Care

Rural Hospitals Risk Closure Due to Covid-19-Related Drop in Revenue in 2021 Daily Yonder

Guillotine Watch

Wealthy Keys enclave received COVID vaccines in January before much of the state Miami Herald

Class Warfare

Young vs Old in Amazon’s Divide vs. Conquer Strategy – Dem Machine Revved Up to Fight Back – Terri Sewell & Doug Jones Speaks Out Payday Report

Amazon Worker Who Suddenly Died After Working in COVID Testing Area Complained About Unsafe Conditions Status Coup. “According to her sister and other sources who worked with her in the DDC3 warehouse in Virginia, Brown had been administering COVID-19 nasal swab tests on co-workers for months before her death. While doing so, she wasn’t provided the proper N-95 mask, surgical gloves, gowns, goggles, or other protective measures nurses and doctors are supposed to wear while conducting COVID-19 testing.”

25 Days of the British Gas Strike Tribune

125 people got $500 per month free for 2 years. Here’s what happened. WFAA

US policymakers lose faith in official unemployment rate FT

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass The Conversation

Climate Change and Infrastructure Collapse Are Our Future If We Don’t Act Teen Vogue

Antidote du jour:

Good kitty (1).

Bonus antidote:

Good kitty (2).

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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