Rare Sighting of a White Moose in the Swedish Woods MyModernMet (David L)
‘Close To A Worst-Case Scenario’—Former CDC Director Issues ‘Horrifying’ Outlook For New Covid Strain Forbes (David L). Despite the alarmed reaction, I don’t much/any new information.
Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Appears To Work Against New Coronavirus Strains, Study Finds CNN. Don’t uncork the champagne:
The study — conducted by researchers at Pfizer and the University of Texas Medical Branch — does not test the full array of these mutation, nor has it been peer-reviewed.
Immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2 assessed for up to 8 months after infection Science. Sample only in the OK range, 188. And it looks like it effectively excluded Long Covid patients.
6 Months After Leaving the Hospital, Covid Survivors Still Face Lingering Health Issues New York Times (Robert M). Note the sample is hospitalized patients.
High-content screening of Thai medicinal plants reveals Boesenbergia rotunda extract and its component Panduratin A as anti-SARS-CoV-2 agents Nature. From November but still germane.
Biden to quickly release nearly all vaccine doses in shift from Trump The Hill. Biden has already made his first bad decision.
Mass vaccination for Virginia (from my email) Tyler Cowen
Lunar New Year lockdown fears spread across China Asia Times (Kevin W)
Indonesian clerics declare Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine halal Reuters (resilc)
Biden assembling multitrillion-dollar stimulus plan with checks, unemployment aidMSN. UserFriendly: “I will be holding my breath, but only because I’d rather die than get this run around again.”
Austerity, Democrats and the State CounterPunch
Brexit: The reality dawns BBC (Kevin W)
Brexit: a sense of unease Richard North
Trucks are facing days-long delays to move goods between the U.K. and EU, as the Brexit red tape reality bites 1/ https://t.co/LRqQc7W1W9
— Joe Mayes (@Joe_Mayes) January 8, 2021
“Our own government has thrown us into the cold Atlantic waters without a life jacket”
— Glenn Campbell (@GlennBBC) January 8, 2021
Scottish fishermen halt exports due to Brexit red tape AlJazeera (Kevin W)
Biden Appoints Mideast Advisor Who Resigned Over Trump Syria Withdrawal Antiwar.com (Kevin W)
Donald Trump’s parting gift to the world? Signs suggest it may be war with Iran Guardian (resilc). Any effort might lead Congress to reassert its abandoned control over warmaking.
Wednesday’s Other Story Matt Taibb9 (Glenn F, Chuck L)
QAnon Doesn’t Think Trump Conceded Vice (resilc)
With the Capitol riot the Trumpists have become a de facto third party Guardian (resilc). Third parties don’t have much of a record of success in the US, by design.
Trump will have the worst jobs record in modern U.S. history. It’s not just the pandemic. Washington Post (Scott). Marshall: “Well, in fairness to the Donald, they only started to compile the employment data properly by 1939, and I suspect that Hoover’s record stacks up worse.”
The economy President-elect Biden is inheriting Economic Policy Institute
House Democrats to Introduce Article of Impeachment Against Trump Wall Street Journal. Lead story, full first page banner.
Lindsey Graham begs Joe Biden to order Nancy Pelosi and the squad to call off second impeachment of Donald Trump as he warns it ‘will destroy the country’ – and reveals he spent the day with the president who will now ‘focus on his agenda’ Daily Mail
What I Saw At The Capitol Riot American Conservative
As riot raged at Capitol, Trump tried to call senators to overturn election CNN. So classy. RH: “Trump and Giuliani called wrong numbers. Fire the intern.
1871 provides a road map for addressing the pro-Trump attempted insurrection Greenwich Time (resilc)
“Police officers stood by as the mob entered the building” https://t.co/3WKBXKJNid
— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) January 8, 2021
Internet exposes rioters who stormed congress after police let them go Independent (resilc)
Trump Fur-Ever: Costumed Capitol Rioter Is Son Of Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Gothamist. Remember that confusingly the Supreme Court in New York is the lowest trial court.
Facebook, Twitter Do Slightly More Than Literally Nothing About Trump Intercept (furzy)
Twitter plays whack-a-mole with Donald Trump as it deletes his tweets sent from other people’s accounts after he was banned – as he uses @POTUS to say he might build his own platform and warn Twitter is in cahoots with ‘Radical Left’ Daily Mail
YouTube terminated Steve Bannon’s account Media Matters
Violence in the Capitol, Dangers in the Aftermath Glenn Greenwald and:
That the ACLU can’t issue a clear, definitive statement about Silicon Valley oligarchical monopolies radically expanding their control over political speech – see if you can figure out what this even means — speaks volumes not only about ACLU but how repressive this moment is: https://t.co/DrcyI1KI2f
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 9, 2021
The Pointless Putsch CounterPunch
F*** You, Ted Cruz Nicholas Grossman Arc Digital (resilc)
Why Do Capitol Police Have Striped Tape on Their Pistols? Core77 (resilc)
The Squad Won’t Fight Pelosi and Corporate Power Black Agenda Report
New Senate majority jolts K Street The Hill (resilc)
Kraken Lawyer Sidney Powell Is Being Sued for $1.3 Billion for Election Conspiracies Vice (resilc). Defamation suits are hard to win.
Tesla’s sudden accelerations were user error, US government says The Verge (Kevin W)
GM changes brand logo to highlight EV future Reuters (resilc)
Ford to idle Kentucky plant due to semiconductor shortage Reuters (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Anne M: “Penny has decided that the guitar case makes an excellent bed.”
And a bonus (Bob H):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here