When Usually Solitary Octopuses Get Together, Odd Things Happen Atlas Obscura (furzy)
‘Hug-buddy’ is Flemish word of the year Politico
Monarch butterflies denied federal protection as California population plunges Merced Sun-Star (David L)
Small Modular Reactors Produce Clean Hydrogen Popular Mechanics
Covid-19 vaccine stickers could encourage people to get vaccinated CNN (Kevin W). Sigh. Psychological research finds that presenting people with information that contradicts their priors only leads them to double down.
Hong Kong lawmaker floats idea of HK$5,000 pay-off for taking Covid-19 shot https://t.co/6KYB7Nwj00
— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) December 16, 2020
Saudi begins registering people for COVID vaccination Al Jazeera (resilc)
America Is Running Out of Nurses New Yorker
They argue that this is within expected range. Total nonsense, unreferenced, and is something I know quite a bit about.https://t.co/Zf4fbZMiEc
Any vaccination program should definitely pay attention to neurological side effects moving forward, esp with the GBS-Flu Vax history pic.twitter.com/rEBNMtBTI7
— Andrew Morris (@ASPphysician) December 8, 2020
“Throughout the safety follow-up period to date, there were three reports of facial paralysis (Bell’s palsy) in the vaccine group and one in the placebo group.” https://t.co/ycUn09tc4U https://t.co/IFIYIORnwv
— Karina (@KarinaRa1776) December 16, 2020
New CDC study from Mississippi:
📍SHOCKER—Children’s parties, playdates, weddings/funerals, and visitors to one’s home ➡️ increased odds of #COVID19.
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 16, 2020
Covid Second Wave: Sweden Offers Hard Reality Check Ahead of Christmas Bloomberg (furzy)
Locked Down and Broke: 20,000 Vermonters Could Lose Unemployment Benefits Seven Days Vermont (resilc)
I’m watching Fox News, and they’re citing @mtaibbi on the stimulus deal (made a whole graphic out of it) while talking to Josh Hawley about why there should be more stimulus checks.
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) December 16, 2020
Confirming our cross post yesterday:
Global South countries, led by South Africa and India, have requested a suspension of the WTO’s patent rules to enable them to manufacture or import affordable generic versions of the COVID-19 vaccine. Shockingly, Britain and other rich countries have refused.
— Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel) December 15, 2020
Revealed: China suspected of spying on Americans via Caribbean phone networks Guardian. Resilc: “Sort of like Walmart, Amazon, Google, NYTimes, Fox, Home Depot?”
Progress on Brexit issues, next days critical, EU says Reuters. Wowsers, is the press desperate to amplify any scrap of positive news. Other headlines more boosterist, when von der Leyen almost exactly repeats Barnier’s early “narrow path” formulation.
Global Britain ditches EU for an Asian future Asia Times (Kevin W). Good luck with that.
Camp closures force Iraqi families back to shattered homes Associated Press
Julian still hasn’t been given his warm clothes. The prison gave him two blankets, but it’s not enough to keep the cold out. His window is permanently boarded up with books for insulation. It’s still freezing at night.#FreeAssangeNOW#Assange#PardonAssange@realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/GAqMpM4zCl
— Stella Moris (@StellaMoris1) December 15, 2020
Imperial Collapse Watch
French and Russian Trolls Wrestle For Influence In Africa, Facebook Says Reuters. But American trolls receive no mention.
President Trump to veto national defence bill, White House says Al Jazeera. Subhead: “Broad support in Congress for bill containing language that would impose limits on US troop withdrawals from overseas.”
William Barr: The Carl Schmitt of Our Time New York Review of Book (resilc)
Biden Taps Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary New York Times (Kevin W)
Some quality #wokewashing from @Timodc & of course super woke @11thHour host Bryan Williams. LGBTQ kids everywhere can look at Mayor Pete & see that they too can grow up to work at McKinsey, enable police brutality, wax poetic about civilizing natives in Afghanistan. Williams… pic.twitter.com/wxjIyM6Qh4
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) December 16, 2020
Joe Biden has created the most diverse cabinet in the history of Goldman Sachs
— Fishbones (@Fishbones2020) December 15, 2020
I’m sure you can find a way to avoid ActBlue:
BREAKING: IT’S HAPPENING – @ninaturner has announced her run for U.S. Congress if Marcia Fudge is confirmed as Secretary of HUD
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) December 15, 2020
Paris city hall fined for putting too many women in senior roles Guardian (Kevin W)
FDA funding study around blood donations from gay men: report The Hill (UserFriendly)
Police State Watch
Defund Campus Police Slate
“It is rare for such a simple measure to promise such an enormous impact,” Gary Kalman of @anticorruption says of a historic bill requiring U.S. companies to report their true owners to @USTreasury and allow banks and law enforcement to request that info. https://t.co/vGEn81xd9c
— ICIJ (@ICIJorg) December 16, 2020
Antidote du jour (furzy):
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here