Links 2/16/2021

391-Year-Old Bonsai Tree Survived Hiroshima Bombings and Keeps Growing My Modern Met (furzy). It is exceptionally handsome.

Pattaya elephants starving, falling ill amid pandemic Pattaya Mail. Furzy is distressed about this.

Who was Hatshepsut? National Geographic (Chuck L)

Scientists Accidentally Discover Strange Creatures Under a Half Mile of Ice Wired (Chuck L)

This hydrogen paste has a similar range to that of gasoline and could revolutionize the transport industry Business Insider (David L)

Corn belt farmland has lost a third of its carbon-rich soil EurekAlert (Chuck L)

Can’t Get You Out of My Head review – Adam Curtis’s ’emotional history’ is dazzling Guardian

Inventing the Non-Smoker London Review of Books (Anthony L)

Skaters urged to stay off Europe’s thawing lakes BBC (resilc)

Cleaning Notre Dame ‘With Light’: Expert Says Lasers Will Help Restore Cathedral To Former Glory WBUR

Voice of Freedom – Marian Anderson PBS (Kevin C)

Heart failure cases soar globally MedicalXpress (Chuck L)

#COVID-19

Unvaccinated citizens’ names should be DISCLOSED, new proposal by Israeli PM suggests amid slowdown in immunization campaign RT (Kevin W). I suspect the Ultra Orthodox would wear it as a badge of honor.

Science/Medicine

New Covid variant with potentially worrying mutations found in UK Guardian (resilc)

Antibody-Dependent Enhancement and the Coronavirus Vaccines Science Magazine (UserFriendly)

Why the three biggest vaccine makers failed on Covid-19 Financial Times

WHO investigator claims China refused to hand over key Covid information Guardian (resilc). Summary data only. Just like Big Pharma with its vaccine clinical trials.

US

Florida Is a COVID Nightmare—Even for Vaccinated People Daily Beast

Defiant DeSantis blasts Biden administration amid report of travel limits Politico. I missed this spat. Not resolved: White House looks at domestic travel restrictions as COVID mutation surges in Florida Miami Herald

STAT-Harris Poll: 1 in 4 Americans were unable to get a Covid-19 test when they wanted one STAT. For me, would have been a no go for one out of two except I groveled and the urgent care center freed up one of their tests reserved for the next day.

She’s 90, and walked 6 miles through the snow for her COVID-19 vaccine Seattle Times (furzy)

Grape-Nuts Expected to Be Back on Store Shelves Next Month New York Times (David L)

Finance/Economy

How billions in pandemic aid was swindled by con artists and crime syndicates NBC

Airline industry alarm as vaccine-led recovery hopes take a dive Financial Times

COVID-19 and Pre-Pandemic Financial Distress St. Louis Fed (UserFriendly)

Biden announces extension of Covid mortgage program Guardian. Breaking story but I am turning in.

China?

The China model has come to America Asia Times (Robert M)

China targets rare earth export curbs to hobble US defence industry Financial Times

My warning to President Biden: Protect America from a rising China The Hill (resilc)

Why Joe Biden must resist Donald Trump’s tactic of using China as a bogeyman South China Morning Post:

China dethroned the US as Europe’s top trade partner in 2020 Quartz

India

Arithmetic is the biggest enemy of farmers Yogesh Upadhyaya

Pakistan ends death penalty for prisoners with severe mental health problems Guardian

Brexit

Brexit: road-kill Richard North (Colonel Smithers)

Downing Street refuses to publish Brexit deal impact assessment New European

Génocide des Tutsis : le document qui accable les autorités françaises Euronews. P J-K: “Explosive document from archive about French role in Rwanda genocide. English Google translation.

Interview with Wolfgang Streeck: “I definitely prefer a cooperative over an empire” LeftEast (Anthony L)

New Cold War

Great Reset? Putin Says, “Not So Fast” Gold Goats ‘n’ Guns (Chuck L). Not wild about the source but you have to look hard to read anything about the Putin speech at the WEF.

Germany aims for new deal with Washington on Nord Stream 2 Financial Times

Imperial Collapse Watch

Why America Won’t Be ‘Great’ Again Blair Fix (Dr. Kevin). From last year, still germane.

Texas power outages: How the largest energy-producing state in the US failed in freezing temperatures WFAA (Kevin W)

Texas’ power grid crumples under the cold ars technica (resilc)

Blackouts Hit 13 States Beyond Texas in Deepening Power Crisis Bloomberg

Impeachment

The Reality Behind Donald Trump’s Second Acquittal Heisenberger Report (resilc)

Trump acquittal: Biden urges vigilance to defend ‘fragile’ democracy after impeachment trial Guardian

Pelosi Vows to Move Forward With Independent Inquiry Into Capitol Riot – New York Times. Kevin W: ” Rule one in politics – never hold an inquest unless you know exactly what they are going to find.” Related link: Why was Capitol police chief’s request for National Guard denied ahead of riot? Republicans ask Nancy Pelosi RT

Trump Transition

Opinion: Trump may be done, but Trumpism is the GOP’s future Washington Post (Kevin W)

NYT: House Republican shunned by family members over Trump criticism CNN (resilc)

Biden

The agency founded because of 9/11 is shifting to face the threat of domestic terrorism MSN (Kevin W)

‘We the People’ gone and no one noticed: Biden removes Obama-era petition tool to thunderous media silence RT (Kevin W)

The war on voting Popular Information

How The Iowa Caucus Results Fell Apart Buzzfeed (UserFriendly). Odd this is appearing now.

Cancel Culture, Where Liberalism Goes to Die Chris Hedges (RR)

Maryland Becomes First State to Tax Big Tech’s Ad Revenue Gizmodo (BC)

Daimler recalls 1.29 million U.S. vehicles for software issue Reuters

Fake Amazon reviews ‘being sold in bulk’ online BBC (Kevin W)

Still Alive Astral Codex Ten (UserFriendly)

Class Warfare

Labor reporter Mike Elk’s dog Mickey died:

He was a beloved service dog, who volunteered regularly to work with the disabled and elderly. In addition, he was a near a constant presence on UE picket lines.

Bill Greider had vivid fantasy when he was dying that he went to a union BBQ & I like to think that Mickey is the big union BBQ w/ Bill, Anne Feeney & the old UE guys.

Mike is taking a few days off to recover so please consider making a donation. Even a small one helps.

The poverty of the middle-class: lack of savoir-faire Note on Liberty (Brandon C). Important.

Uber Proposes California-style Gig Work Reforms in Europe CNBC

Gender gap: Women represent two-thirds of doctorates, only one-third of academic jobs EurekAlert (Chuck L)

Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change Wired (resilc)

Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “2012, when our E. B. White was a child.”

And a bonus (guurst):

Another from guurst:

See yesterdays Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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