Merry Christmas, for those who celebrate it! And regardless, hope you have a relaxed day and get some good grub!
We’re having a cold snap here in Alabama, and even some snow flurries in the area! How about you?
Whilst it’s tempting to stay huddled up in the warm today, why not take a festive stroll or head to the garden while dinner is cooking? It’s great to get outdoors whatever the weather ❄️🎅☃️ #Christmas pic.twitter.com/xmIaYHKxJf
— SomersetWT (@SomersetWT) December 25, 2020
The Butt Pajamas Will Follow You Forever Gizmodo (dk). I have yet to see this ad and I look at hundreds of sites a day. Hope it stays that way.
The Tasting Menu at the End of the World Eater. Glenn F: “Quite an amazing article about resilience and not giving up in the face of climate change.”
I was today years old when I learned about “human wine decanting” 😱
Infectious diseases is NEVER boring! pic.twitter.com/mV95bwd48O
— Ilan Schwartz MD PhD (@GermHunterMD) December 24, 2020
The Army’s New Howitzer Just Hit a Target 43 Miles Away. On the Nose. Popular Mechanics: “But can’t fix the algorithm to deliver Covid vaccine.”
Scientists set a path for field trials of gene drive organisms | PhysOrg. Chuck L: “What could go wrong?”
Africa CDC: New virus variant appears to emerge in Nigeria Associated Press (J-LS). Yes, folks. Possible third new variant.
What’s Your Risk of Catching COVID? These Tools Help You Find Out Scientific American (Robert M)
Study investigates effects of COVID-19 vaccine on male fertility Local10. Watch anti-vaxxer make hay with this.
Dark days: Experts fear the holidays will fuel the US crisis Associated Press. Resilc: “It amazes me to see the airports full, although 70mil + did vote for Trump, and there are lots of Demozzz flying too.”
U.S. to Require Negative Coronavirus Tests for Airline Passengers From U.K. Wall Street Journal. Both PCR and antigen tests accepted.
US coronavirus death toll could reach 731,000 by April if states ease mandates but up to 45,000 lives could be saved by vaccine rollout, IHME predictions show as a record 120,000 patients face Christmas Day in hospital Daily Mail
Locked-down California runs out of reasons for surprising surge Politico (J-LS)
Nursing homes face daunting task of getting consent before they give coronavirus vaccines Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Veto Corleone Heisenberg Report (resilc)
The Guardian view on a Brexit deal: relief that leaves a bitter taste Guardian (Kevin W)
Key moment yesterday: Johnson claiming his Trade Reduction Treaty didn’t impose non-tariff barriers on the half of British trade that is with the EU. Forced to correct, he claimed new red tape would ‘galvanise’ exporters!
‘Fuck business’. It’s why his Brexit deal will collapse
— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) December 25, 2020
Perhaps you can explain how the #Brexit that the Vote Leave Government has delivered matches the one they promised? #WeDidntVoteForThis and if you’re honest neither did you. We are all losers in this. pic.twitter.com/1gtrsx4A4r
— John Marshall (@mrjohngmarshall) December 25, 2020
She Stalked Her Daughter’s Killers Across Mexico, One by One New York Times (UserFriendly)
New Cold War
Russian and Chinese bombers fly joint patrol over Pacific Associated Press
President Trump Threatens Iran Over Baghdad Embassy Attack Antiwar (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Inside Trump and Barr’s Last-Minute Killing Spree ProPublica (Dr. Kevin)
Blackwater, Iraq and President Trump’s Pardon New York Times. Resilc: “Just to open the door on bombing Iran.”
One of Germany’s most prominent economists, Hans-Werner Sinn, warns of hyperinflation; he links it directly to Hitler’s rise to power. A distortion of history: the rise of the Nazis was preceded by deflation, exacerbated by fiscal austerity. Thread /1https://t.co/hmAz0tsyuv pic.twitter.com/bqCFE5Dwec
— Philipp Heimberger (@heimbergecon) December 22, 2020
A perfect end to 2020 for the left Yasha Levine
She Noticed $200 Million Missing, Then She Was Fired ProPublica (resilc, Dr. Kevin). Just like CalPERS. PR is more important than stopping incompetence and abuses.
Hyundai purchases the company behind the world’s most famous robots DriveTribe (resilc)
Laptops, Desktop Sales See ‘Renaissance;’ Shortages Won’t Ease Until 2022 Reuters. Maybe Apple will have to reconsider ruining the experience for laptop customers.
We’re Outsourcing Our Self-Awareness to Silicon Valley New Republic (resilc)
Is Amazon the next anti-trust target after Alibaba? Asia Times (Kevin W)
Bill Gross’s Playing of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Muted by Judge Bloomberg (Marshall)
The Dark History of School Choice Diane Ravitch, New York Review of Books
A ski resort, a dream and greed: How a $350M fraud happened in Vermont’s poorest region Burlington Free Press (David L)
Antidote du jour. mgl: “My friend’s pet (possibly rescue) donkey in New Mexico”:
And a bonus from reader Teton Time: “Taken in the National Elk Refuge just adjacent to Jackson Hole”:
And I am very fond of this little ad, which I remember from my childhood. Flora posted it in comments:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here