Dear patient readers,
I contacted some respectable economists about this tweet. They said they are willing to make a stink with Instagram but they would like a few more examples. They don’t want to saddle up and have Instagram claim this was a one-off algo brain fart. So please provide more examples in comments if you have seen them. Thanks.
— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) February 15, 2022
Study finds elk are too smart for their own good, and the good of Utah PhysOrg (Robert M)
How ancient plants ‘learnt’ to use water when they moved on to land – new research The Conversation (Kevin W)
JILA atomic clocks measure Einstein’s general relativity at millimeter scale National Institute of Standards and Technology (Kevin W)
Examining sudden evolutionary change University of California, Santa Barbara (Robert M)
Their Bionic Eyes Are Now Obsolete and Unsupported IEEE Spectrum (Dr. Kevin). OMG horrible.
How many words does it take to make a mistake? London Review of Books (Anthony L)
Nasal Approach to COVID Vaccination Gains Traction Yale School of Medicine (fk)
Pandemics disable people — the history lesson that policymakers ignore Nature (Dr. Kevin)
Coronaviruses are ‘clever’: Evolutionary scenarios for the future of SARS-CoV-2 STAT. Do not like positioning of endemicity as benign.
Omicron Sub-Variant May Cause New Surge of Infections in Current Wave Bloomberg. BA.2. Um, how long have we been warning that it was displacing original Omicron?
dk’s TLDR: Pigs get better ventilation than office workers and nursing home residents:
In contrast, before Covid, research on ventilation/filtration & disease in human buildings was quite sparse. @linseymarr, @Don_Milton, Julian Tang, Yuguo Li, & a few others were lone voices in the wilderness, shouting into a void, ignored by CDC & WHO. 10/40 pic.twitter.com/1mBC5uedyr
— Ryan Hisner (@LongDesertTrain) February 17, 2022
Mysterious Link Between Vitamin D And COVID-19 Reaffirmed in ‘Striking’ New Findings Science Alert (Chuck L)
Some served patients. Others served Prosecco.
(Location: Atherleigh Way, Leigh) pic.twitter.com/78XtRyvx3U
— Led By Donkeys (@ByDonkeys) February 16, 2022
The CDC wants to ‘give people a break’ from masking up indoors as hospitalizations, cases, and deaths drop Business Insider. To add insult to injury, look at the Walensky photo. Here the CDC has been finally recommending KN/N95s just before yet more exhortations to stop masking as if it’s a punishment. Yet what is Walensky wearing? A cloth mask over a procedure mask? Help me.
Philadelphia establishes metrics for masks and vaccine mandates Inquirer (Joshua S)
Serious, Salty Trouble Is Brewing Under Antarctic Glaciers Wired (Robert M)
City trees and soil are sucking more carbon out of the atmosphere than previously thought Boston University (David L)
Drugs have dangerously polluted the world’s rivers, scientists warn Guardian (resilc)
Microplastics increase the toxicity of organic pollutants in the environment by a factor of 10 Tel-Aviv University (Robert M)
Assembly Elections: How Does Indelible Ink Work? The Wire (J-LS)
New Cold War
Another All-Time Media Faceplant, this time over Ukraine: https://t.co/Td8WLqovcc
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) February 17, 2022
Chomsky: US Push to “Reign Supreme” Stokes the Ukraine Conflict TruthOut (Kevin C)
Israeli settler violence is not legitimate discourse – opinion Jerusalem Post (resilc)
BREAKING: While all eyes are on Ukraine, Israel just bombed Syria’s Damascus, terrorizing Syrians in the middle of the night.
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) February 16, 2022
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Google Plans to Curtail Cross-App Tracking on Android Phones Wall Street Journal
Democrats Helped Build The Social Safety Net. Why Are Many Now Against Expanding It? FiveThirtyEight. Resilc: “More into NATO expansion and space force.”
Our Famously Free Press
Twitter Officially Launches Labels To Identify the ‘Good Bots’ TechCrunch. Kill me now.
Today’s article was ostensibly about a school board recall in San Francisco. As it has done so many times, however, the NYT let its San Francisco “Bureau Chief” Thomas Fuller insert a gratuitous paragraph about crime. https://t.co/GcDzbMQOai pic.twitter.com/VwV73zSjWr
— Alec Karakatsanis (@equalityAlec) February 16, 2022
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warns there’s ‘a very real risk’ the US won’t be a democracy in 10 years Business Insider (Kevin W)
Elon Musk’s brain chip company, Neuralink, faces animal abuse claims Guardian (furzy)
FCC Bans Deals That Block Competition In Apartments ars technica
EV charging stations need repairs—but who’s going to foot the bill? Popular Science (resilc)
The Big Mac Index: A Measure of Purchasing Power Parity & Burger Inflation Visual Capitalist (furzy)
‘Crypto Ruined My Life’: The Mental Health Crisis Hitting Bitcoin Investors Vice (resilc). It’s called having a gambling addiction.
NYC Restaurants Brace for a Potential Avocado Shortage Grub Street (J-LS)
Saudi Arabia: 28,000 apply for 30 female train drivers’ posts Al Jazeera (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Furzy: “Stacy’s barn kitty, minding the store on Maryland’s Eastern Shore”:
And a bonus (Chuck L):
My beautiful daughter just sent me this from Tasmania. She saw it on her way to work!! pic.twitter.com/Tv0byAXbct
— Murray Smythe (@Murray_J_Smythe) February 16, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.