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‘Platypus Fish’ Discovery Changes What We Know About One Type of Evolution Inverse

Christine Lagarde: Climate change and central banking (PDF) Bank of International Settlements

Beyond State Capacity: Bureaucratic Performance, Policy Implementation, and Reform (PDF) Martin J. Williams. From the Abstract: “To advance the study of state bureaucratic quality, researchers should seek to understand the implications of bureaucracies’ collective nature, engage with contextual specificity and contingency in policy implementation, and focus measurement and reform efforts on actual performance rather than hypothetical capacity.”

The Coronavirus Vaccine Fail and International Elites Center for Economic and Policy Research

#COVID19

How Monopolies Slowed the Vaccine Roll-Out, and Small Business Sped it Up Matt Stoller, BIG

Blue Shield of California tapped to run state vaccine system KCRA. “Kaiser did not respond to emailed inquiries for comment.” I’ll bet. Let’s hope they do better than Massachusetts:

Are vaccine providers selling your health data? There’s not much stopping them. Recode

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Efficacy of Colchicine in Non-Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 (preprint) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “Evidence suggests the role of an inflammatory storm in COVID-19 complications. Colchicine is an orally administered, anti-inflammatory medication beneficial in gout, pericarditis and coronary disease. We performed a randomized, double-blind trial involving non-hospitalized patients with COVID-19 diagnosed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing or clinical criteria…. Conclusion: Among non-hospitalized patients with COVID-19, colchicine reduces the composite rate of death or hospitalization.”

Coronasomnia: Pervasive Sleeplessness, Self-medicating Raise Concerns of Sleep Experts Medscape

More seasonal affective disorder this winter? ‘It’s obvious this year is different’ NBC

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This breakthrough mask is a ‘smoke detector’ for COVID-19 Fast Company. Sadly, “the promising research is still being validated.” But the idea seems good.

How the CARES Act Forgot America’s Most Vulnerable Hospitals Pro Publica

China?

China reports a growing shortage of factory workers CNBC

Chinese New Year: Clamping down on going home for the holidays BBC

China’s Xi Champions Multilateralism at Davos, Again The Diplomat

China’s Xi Signals More Hong Kong Curbs With Call for ‘Patriots’ Bloomberg.

Jack Ma Can Call Ant Group Whatever He Wants, But Xi Jinping Is Gonna Call It A Bank Dealbreaker

Why Attempts to Build a New Anti-China Alliance Will Fail Foreign Policy

White House: ‘great concern’ over Covid origin ‘misinformation’ from China Guardian

As Bali attempts to forge a new era, we need to stop spinning fables about it and listen to Balinese Travelfish

Cambodia’s cash-strapped cyclo drivers treated to pedal-in movie Reuters

This is Asia’s top-performing economy in the Covid pandemic — it’s not China CNBC

Rumours and fear dog Philippine plan for coronavirus vaccine drive Reuters

India

Tractor rally: On the road despite disruption People’s Archive of Rural India. “Disruption” being the Red Fort seizure.

Indian police use facial recognition in search for farmer protesters FT

India Has Plenty of Coronavirus Vaccines But Few Takers Bloomberg

Syraqistan

Turkey enraged by Clintons’ TV show exalting Syrian Kurdish women fighters Al Monitor

UK/EU

A Time of Trial and My Sworn Evidence on the Sturgeon Affair Craig Murray

Exclusive: BoD and JLM given veto to exclude expert nominees from Labour’s ‘independent’ antisemitism ‘advisory board’ Skwawkbox

EU and AstraZeneca fail to resolve vaccine supply dispute FT

Sanofi confirms its will supply over 125 million Pfizer-BioNTech doses to the EU Reuters

New Cold War

Vladimir Putin warns of ‘dark anti-Utopia’ world in Davos speech South China Morning Post

How not to Help the Russian Opposition Irrussianality

The Truth Behind Russia’s Navalny Protests The National Interest

Where surveillance cameras work, but the justice system doesn’t Rest of World

Mexico’s pandemic policy: No police. No curfews. No fines. No regrets. WaPo

Biden Transition

Can President Joe Biden mend a torn America? Thomas Frank, Le Monde Diplomatique. A must read, full of good, clean fun. This splendid transition paragraph:

If we are truly dedicated to truth, as Biden calls on us to be, we must consider the entire sweep of the Trump era and in particular the sort of voters who, over the last few decades, have been shifting from the Republican to the Democratic Party. As it happens, these are Americans I know well: people of taste and education, for whom modern life is a succession of splendours and pleasantries. I mean the residents of the nation’s richest white-collar suburbs.

No wonder Frank doesn’t get invited to cocktail parties in Georgetown anymore.

Democratic Fascists Prepare to Drop the Hammer Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report. With typical extravagance….

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Biden prioritizes climate change as national security concern, pauses oil drilling on public lands USA Today

Biden Freezes Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE Antiwar.com. The article body uses “pause,” not “freeze.”

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Biden’s Pandemic Plan Might Just Work The New Yorker. Worth a read, if only — this being The New Yorker — to marvel at the logistical precision with which the blame cannons are already being deployed, one week after the adults were put back in charge.

Biden administration takes cautious approach as it touts using Defense Production Act CNN. “‘As much as the Biden administration talks about it, we sense that it’s going to be consultative, nuanced and strategic,’ in using the Defense Production Act, said one industry source.” Oxford comma issues aside, come on, man.

Senate rules could pose hurdles for vaccine funds STAT

They use cards for the miserably inadequate $600 stimulus?!

Global Speeds December 2020 Speedtest. Mobile: United States, #20. Broadband: United States, #10, good job.

GameStop

Discord bans server tied to Reddit stock surge page The Hill. Attaboy. Deplatform them!

Occupy Wall Street spirit returns as traders upset the elites FT. No.

How Trumpism explains the GameStop stock surge Chris Cilizza, CNN. Similarly:

Um, that’s GSE. No, I’m not bored at all:

The country is being buffeted by groups that couldn’t exist 30 years ago Philip Bump, WaPo

What happened with GameStop? Markets Weekly. “It’s not David vs Goliath. It’s Goliath vs. Goliath, with David as a fig leaf.”

How Redditors Beat Hedge Funds at Their Own Game(Stop) Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

Late Cycle Bubblicious? The Big Picture. If a basement-dwelling family member is speculating in stonks, this might be a good link to somehiw induce them to read.

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Understanding Multiracial Whiteness And Trump Supporters NPR. “Multiracial whiteness.” See, the Hispanic Latinx voters who didn’t vote for Biden are… white. Musical interlude (lyrics).

The Logic of Eugenics Still Haunts Virginia Boston Review

California’s forgotten investor-backed genocide squads Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon

Imperial Collapse Watch

The ‘Humanitarian’ Left Still Ignores the Lessons of Iraq, Libya and Syria to Cheer on More War Counterpunch

Class Warfare

In a Six-Day Strike, Bronx Produce Workers Doubled Their Raise and Inspired New York Labor Notes

How to Shut Down ICE Detention in Your Community, a Detention Watch Network Guide Teen Vogue. Now do Amazon warehouses:

It’s time for a new, progressive supply-side economics The Center for Growth and Opportunity

You Are Witness to a Crime The Baffler. On ACT-UP, a social movement to learn from.

Antidote du jour (via PM):

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Najin and Fatu.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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