Links 4/6/2021

Why more of us are seeing stars: Lack of light pollution from pubs and restaurants during lockdown is a boon for skygazers Daily Mail

Can we engineer our way out of the planetary problems we’ve engineered our way into? Science

Demand boom on collision course with ocean transport ceiling Hellenic Shipping News

Some of the World’s Top Artists Are Trying Their Hand at NFTs. The World’s Top Galleries Are a Bit More Skeptical Artnet News

NFT Price Crash Stirs Debate on Whether Stimulus-Led Fad Is Over Bloomberg

As ransomware stalks the manufacturing sector, victims are still keeping quiet Cyberscoop


Children now playing ‘huge role’ in spread of COVID-19 variant, expert says ABC7 (mv). Osterholm on B117.

Estimation of secondary household attack rates for emergent spike L452R SARS-CoV-2 variants detected by genomic surveillance at a community-based testing site in San Francisco Clinical Infectious Diseases. Genome sequencing. From the Abstract: “The increase in prevalence, relative household attack rates, and reproductive number are consistent with a modest transmissibility increase of the West Coast variants.”

Attack rates amongst household members of outpatients with confirmed COVID-19 in Bergen, Norway: A case-ascertained study The Lancet. The Interpretation: “Serological assays provide more sensitive and robust estimates of household attack rates than RT-PCR. Children are equally susceptible to infection as young adults. Negative RT-PCR or lack of symptoms are not sufficient to rule out infection in household members.”

Estimates and Projections of COVID-19 and Parental Death in the US JAMA. From the Abstract: “As of February 2021, 37 300 children aged 0 to 17 years had lost at least 1 parent due to COVID-19, three-quarters of whom were adolescents…. When we rely on excess deaths, we estimate that 43 000 children have lost a parent. ”

“Herd immunity,” a thread:

Common-sense walkthrough.

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Researchers Are Hatching a Low-Cost Coronavirus Vaccine NYT

Johnson & Johnson takes control at troubled Emergent vaccine plant after major production snafu Fierce Pharma

Watching mRNA Do Its Thing, In Living Cells Derek Lowe, “In The Pipeline,” Science. Results begin at paragraph five.

Coronavirus Today: Lessons from the Auntie Sewing Squad Los Angeles Times

Why It Pays to Think Outside the Box on Coronavirus Tests NYT


The Longest Telegram: A Visionary Blueprint for the Comprehensive Grand Strategy Against China We Need War on the Rocks. From April 1, still germane.

U.S.-China Cold War Will Have More Than Two Sides Bloomberg

China Creates its Own Digital Currency, a First for Major Economy WSJ

China Asks Banks to Curtail Credit for Rest of Year Bloomberg

China, US send warships into disputed waters as tensions rise over Whitsun Reef South China Morning Post

UK lawyers feel ripples of Chinese sanctions on Essex Court Chambers FT

Singapore to accept COVID-19 digital travel pass from next month Reuters


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warns Asean to be alert to external forces interfering in Myanmar South China Morning Post

S.Korea steel giant POSCO weighs how to exit Myanmar military-backed venture -sources Reuters

Cut off from the outside world:

In the line of fire: the deadly job of covering Mandalay’s protests Frontier Myanmar

CNN bigfoots Myanmar:

With predictable results:

Myanmar Coup Opponents Announce ‘Unity Government’, Interim Constitution The Diplomat. Complete with Constitution:

All that should have been the CNN story. But no, the story was two military-owned malls that mysteriously burned down well after curfew, and which were then featured by that same military on a credulous or corrupt CNN as examples of protester violence.


What’s Behind India’s Second Coronavirus Wave? Foreign Policy

Broken bow: Dhanushkodi’s forgotten people People’s Archive of Rural India


Turkey’s Canal Istanbul dispute explained Al Jazeera

Jordanian intrigue points to outside meddling FT

Iran, world powers to discuss US return to nuclear deal Al Jazeera


Strain on NHS as tens of thousands of staff suffer long Covid Guardian

Discreet charm:

Draghi and austerity champion Italy Notes on macro policy debates

Why Brazil Still Matters Glenn Greenwald, The Nation

“Poor Rich Haiti” or How Imperialists and Local Oligarchy Have Sought to Destroy Agriculture in Haiti Black Agenda Report

New Cold War

Again, Washington jumps to conclusions over Ukraine-Russia skirmish Responsible Statecraft

Demise of the Dollar? The Big Picture

Republican Funhouse

Matt Gaetz Defended Me When My Nudes Were Shared Without My Consent. Now He’s Accused of Doing Just That Katie Hill, Vanity Fair. And we’re not talking about Cuomo anymore, are we? Either Cuomo.


Boeing’s freighter dominance threatened Leeham News and Analysis

Imperial Collapse Watch

Drones that swarmed U.S. warships are still unidentified, Navy chief says NBC

The pathology of economics Developing Economics

Funding the Recovery of Low-income Countries After COVID IMF

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Chauvin used excessive force, unsanctioned technique, police chief testifies Star Tribune

‘The Narrative Is, “You Can’t Get Ahead”’ (interview) Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

Identity Politics and Civic Imagination Tikkun

Class Warfare

‘I’ll probably get fired’: Amazon drivers in Henrietta walk out to protest working conditions Democrat & Chronicle

Labor board says Amazon illegally fired outspoken workers AP

The zombie economy and digital arm-breakers Cory Doctorow, Pluralistic

The costs of a secretive ‘wealth defense industry’ of shell companies, offshore tax havens, and empty luxury condos Boston Globed

America Has a Ruling Class Samuel Goldman, NYT

‘The rich shouldn’t feel like the enemy’: Is New York turning on the wealthy? FT

This Again Eschaton

Why millions of students are missing out on food-assistance benefits Popular Science (Re Silc).


And perhaps inevitably:

Chocolate’s Secret Ingredient Is Fermenting Microbes Scientific American

Antidote du Jour (via):

Out of season. But still cute cats.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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