99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn’t Hear About in 2021 Future Crunch (Dr. Kevin)
THIS CAT FURNITURE SYSTEM FEATURES MULTIFUNCTIONAL MODULES FOR CATS AND THEIR HUMANS BOTH TO ENJOY! Yanko Furniture (David L). Hoo boy, I first read the headline as “malfunctional modules” and was trying to puzzle out how furniture could be selectively broken for the betterment of felines and their humans.
Fish fall from the sky during rain in east Texas, city reacts KXXV (J-LS). Weird stuff like that is usually a post tornado event. And poor fishies!
World’s Largest Flying Animal – With a Wingspan Nearing 40 Feet – Leaped Aloft To Fly SciTech Daily (Chuck L)
15 jaw-dropping weather photos on 500px ISO (David L)
Astronomers uncover largest group of rogue planets yet ScienceDaily (Chuck L)
Ontario Police Are Looking Long & Hard For Thieves Who Stole Over $90K Worth Of Condoms Narcity (Dr. Kevin). Must have been planning quite the New Year event!
Don’t throw your old laptop in the dumpster—here’s what to do instead Reviewed (David L)
How Disgust Explains Everything New York Times (Anthony L)
GM: “Florian Krammer is one of the very top scientists in the world working on respiratory viruses, studying flu prior to the pandemic, then coronaviruses too. So this coming from him is quite significant:”
I lost faith in our ability to stop pandemics and pandemic waves. Especially in ‘developed’ countries. We can do it from a technology point of view, but I think policymakers, political leaders and society as a whole have failed over and over again.
— Florian Krammer (@florian_krammer) December 31, 2021
Remote Antarctic station hit with Covid-19 outbreak RT (Kevin W)
Omicron is spreading at lightning speed. Scientists are trying to figure out why NPR (David L). NPR is waking up to this only now?
Look I don’t know either that B.1.640.2 will take off and conquer the land of Delta and Omicron. But it is concerning that this small number of patients have “moderate to severe” condition. What happened to SARS2 evolving into cold virus?
— Brian Hjelle, virologist (@hjelle_brian) December 31, 2021
Paris reintroduces an outdoor mask mandate. New York Times
INFORMED CONSENT ACTION NETWORK v. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. Seeking the release of Covid vaccine safety data, which the CDC claims it will take 75 years to anonymize.
A short thread on the magnitude of public maladministration in Australia in the past 50 years, driven by libertarian populists in more recent times and more general neoliberal ideas prior to that. And how Covid throws this disaster into stark relief. /1 #COVID19Aus #auspoll
— 💉💉 Dr Henry Madison (@RageSheen) December 31, 2021
Average figure since 1990 about 25% of GDP. Whether that’s too little or too much is another question, a bit more on that below. What you can see clearly here though is that extra government spending for Covid raised this to about 35% of GDP. Compare with the previous graph,…/3 pic.twitter.com/YSUfBLZ2rE
— 💉💉 Dr Henry Madison (@RageSheen) December 31, 2021
China helping Saudi Arabia build ballistic missiles Asia Times (Kevin W)
Brexit returns to its roots Chris Grey (guurst)
How the US plans to re-insert itself into Afghanistan The Cradle (Chuck L)
Parents selling children shows desperation of Afghanistan Associated Press (J-LS)
Imperial Collapse Watch
CIA Experimented on Hundreds of Orphans, Torturing Them to Reveal Psychopathic Traits—Report Free Thought Project (BC)
How we benefit from the Cockburn’s ‘Spoils of War‘ Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
The Unbearable Double Standard of the US Press, judging Biden Harshly and Abruptly Forgetting Trump’s Bizarre Antics Juan Cole (furzy). The Clinton efforts to overturn the 2016 election (asserting the military should have a say, briefly scheming to flip electors) and Russiagate are completely omitted from this account.
Trump-appointed bank regulator resigns after partisan fight Financial Times
Retired general warns the military could lead a coup after the 2024 election NPR (David L). Note Clinton allies in 2016 talked way too loudly about how the military should approve of an incoming president, so this is merely taking that line of thought to its logical conclusion.
Democrats en déshabillé
Pelosi Announces Events to Mark 6 Jan. Anniversary ‘in Spirit of Unity, Patriotism, Prayerfulness’ Sputnik (Kevin W). Kill me now.
Our Famously Free Press
New anti-protest laws cast long shadow on First Amendment rights Florida Bulldog (Chuck L)
Nonstandard Measures. Why artists should oppose “Stay Down”… Cory Doctorow (fk)
A Blueprint for Woke Medicine City Journal (furzy)
L’affaire Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein’s prison guards to complete community service New York Post (BC)
Speculation grows that Maxwell may try to cut a deal for reduced sentence Guardian (J-LS). This is ridiculous. The time to bargain is before a suit is filed. And the deal is contingent on the information leading to successful indictments. She has no leverage.
Louisville, Co First light shows destruction from Marshall Fire- Drone 4k YouTube (Dr. Kevin). 🙁
More Marshall fire images: href=”https://www.reddit.com/r/boulder/comments/rt5cge/marshall_fire_from_waneka_lake/” rel=”nofollow”>https://www.reddit.com/r/boulder/comments/rt5cge/marshall_fire_from_waneka_lake/
Dollar’s year of living dangerously awaits Asia Times (Kevin W)
2021 Bye Bye
From IM Doc:
2021: a biscuit (cookie) retrospective. 🍪
Thys 🧵 beginneth wyth these illuminated manuscript morsels. All painted by hand and flavoured with orange, cardamom & vanilla. (1/?) pic.twitter.com/vuVI0DooLW
— Dr Ella Hawkins (@EllaMcHawk) December 29, 2021
Responsible Statecraft 2021: Top 5 most-read articles of the year Responsible Statecraft (J-LS)
In 2021, New York’s Housing Market Made a Stunning Comeback DNyuz (J-LS). We did say the predictions of New York’s demise were way ahead of themselves.
#Microsoft and #Exchange starting off 2022 with a 💣as of 00:00UTC with freezing transport of all emails flowing through it On-Prem due to failure converting the new date… 🤦♂️. Solution is to disable the AntiMalware Scanning temporarily via Disable-Antimalwarescanning.ps1. 1/x https://t.co/grYeBW1Ygh
— Joseph Roosen (@JRoosen) January 1, 2022
The Selective Sovietization of American Capitalism Amar Bhide, Project Syndicate. Important.
Bulgari Offers a $39,000 Hotel Suite for Those Who Might Spend Millions on a Necklace Wall Street Journal (J-LS)
Happy New Year!
Wishing you all a happy 2022. pic.twitter.com/AgX2JRP4Y9
— Yo-Yo Ma (@YoYo_Ma) December 31, 2021
IMHO Sydney does fireworks the best because Sydney Harbor is such a great staging ground. I saw then live at the end of the Olympics and at New Years 2004.
Antidote du jour (Alison L):
And a bonus (Tom H):
“BIGGER THAN A SOCCER BALL”
I’ve been studying jellyfish for 12 years and this is a first for me! This stunning box jelly was spotted around Papua New Guinea, and is possibly a rare Chirodectes says @collins_noaasi!
📽️Scuba Ventures Kavieng https://t.co/zvQxeIEa1x#DailyJelly pic.twitter.com/Zo0cvM5BWB
— Open Ocean Exploration (@RebeccaRHelm) December 29, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.