Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, 94, Is Dead; Struggled to Transform France New York Times. From Covid.
The Social Life of Forests New York Times (Robert M)
New mystery metal monolith appears on a California mountaintop Guardian (David L)
Price of electricity new renewables vs new power plants Barry Ritholtz
The Dark Side Of Solar Power Hackaday (Kevin W)
The Sadness of the Trips Not Taken New York Times. Resilc: “Sadness is not having enough food or heat.”
We’re just beginning to understand how our genes and COVID-19 mix Popular Science (resilc)
Taking Two Different Vaccines? Science (UserFriendly)
Possible HHS Pick Shielded Nursing Homes From Liability During COVID Outbreak The Daily Poster (UserFriendly)
Inside the cutthroat bidding war for Covid-19 nurses Quartz (resilc)
How Many Died From Coronavirus at the Bronxwood Assisted Living Facility? No One Knows. New Republic (UserFriendly)
At tiny rural hospitals, weary doctors treat friends, family Associated Press
Middle class, professional… and forced to feed our families from food banks: They’ve lost their income, used up years of savings, put their homes on the market and even sold off furniture to make ends meet in the pandemic Daily Mail
Democrats just moved toward Republicans on the stimulus. What’s their plan? Washington Post (Kevin W)
Janet Yellen calls for action to prevent US economic ‘devastation’ Financial Times (furzy)
The details might be off, but the sentiment ain’t wrong. Wall Street got bailed out, and Main Street is getting fucked. https://t.co/dYJo3dxyxJ
— austerity is theft (@wideofthepost) December 3, 2020
Congress Sets Stage for Exiling Chinese Stocks From U.S. Over Audit Dispute Wall Street Journal
Unreasonable Force Jeremy Harding, London Review of Books (Anthony L). On police violence in France.
UK seeks site for first nuclear fusion power station Financial Times (furzy)
New Cold War
‘Harsh revenge’: How will Iran respond to scientist’s killing? Al Jazeera (furzy)
THE ANGRY ARAB: Robert Fisk & the Decline of Western Reporting on the Middle East Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)
Imperial Collapse Watch
It’s Official: The USS Bonhomme Richard Can’t Be Saved Popular Mechanics. Resilc: “Santa will bring a new war toy.”
Will Trump be Prosecuted? American Conservative (UserFriendly)
Report: Trump has raised more than $150 million since Election Day The Week (resilc)
Mnunchin’s over-the-top bullying efforts confirm what a textbook case of Dunning Krueger effect he is:
When I tried to read @stevenmnuchin1 the law that contradicts his bogus claim to get people less COVID relief, he questioned whether I’m a lawyer.
Just want to make sure he has the answer: one of us is a lawyer, and it’s not him. pic.twitter.com/iFYzAyflle
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) December 2, 2020
The Obamas are producing a Netflix comedy series about the Trump administration Boing Boing (resilc). Late to the party. New York Magazine was making fun of Trump in the 1980s.
Top Biden Adviser Lobbied on Behalf of Trump Corporate Tax Cut Intercept (UserFriendly)
Black Lives Matter movement at a crossroads as Biden prepares to take office Washington Post (Kevin W)
The Consultant-Class Feminism of Joe Biden’s Cabinet New Republic
This would be a moving story if her “lived experience” didn’t include pushing to cut the very programs she relied on. Condemning others to the poverty you escaped is not, actually, noble. https://t.co/2hmnSc6i9l
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) December 3, 2020
More on the Claudia Sahm/Heather Boushey controversy. Please read the entire thread (hat tip UserFriendly):
Claudia writes that she was fired because she outed Larry Summers for his own ongoing abuse, recently, not just back when he said nasty things as President of Harvard. Heather & Larry have a sick symbiotic professional relationship, which I will elaborate on below.
— Marshall Steinbaum 🔥 (@Econ_Marshall) December 1, 2020
Central America Is Really Hoping Biden Will Fix Their Corruption Problems VICE. Resilc: “Before or after USA USA’s?”
VW’s Hitzinger says complexity of new cars to drive consolidation Reuters. Resilc: “Complexity up/ reliability down.”
Former California pension CIO scrutinized for China ties was highest paid state employee: watchdog Fox Business (Kevin W). So let me get this straight: it’s a scandal that the state’s top investment official was paid more that a football coach? For instance, Nick Saban’s salary at the University of Alabama is $8.6 million, versus total comp for Meng of $1.7 million.
Couch Surfing the Waves of American Poverty Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. CV: “A Red Spotted Purple resting on a native blueberry shrub.”
And a bonus (guurst):
Xavi Bou’s starlings leaving a pre-roost assembly tree in winter Catalonia. Truly one of the greatest bird photos I’ve ever seen – scientifically and artistically. Read a bit about in @GrantaMag pic.twitter.com/2sYWg2xJLG
— Tim Dee (@TimDee4) November 27, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here