Links 2/17/2022

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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.

From tiger to snow leopard: 50 years of conservation science in India Scroll (J-LS)

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)

9 out of 10 ticks in this Pennsylvania park carried a potentially fatal neurological virus LiveScience (David L)

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:

Mysterious Link Between Vitamin D And COVID-19 Reaffirmed in ‘Striking’ New Findings Science Alert (Chuck L)



Xi Jinping intervention raises threat of ‘more draconian’ Hong Kong Covid measures Financial Times


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.

COVID-19 deaths continue to rise among children in the US WSWS

Philadelphia establishes metrics for masks and vaccine mandates Inquirer (Joshua S)


Employers take note: Most remote workers don’t want to go back to the office CNN (Kevin W)


Serious, Salty Trouble Is Brewing Under Antarctic Glaciers Wired (Robert M)

Wildfires used to ease in intensity at night. A study says it’s not the case anymore CNN

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)


China’s New ‘Robotic Yak’ Will Support Ground Troops, But Its Abilities Appear to Be Overhyped Popular Mechanics


Assembly Elections: How Does Indelible Ink Work? The Wire (J-LS)

Gujarat Official Suspended After School Elocution Contest on ‘My Idol Nathuram Godse’ The Wire (J-LS)

New Cold War

Russian Claims of Ukraine Pullback Are False, U.S. Charges Bloomberg

China says U.S. is exaggerating Russian threat to Ukraine Reuters

Chomsky: US Push to “Reign Supreme” Stokes the Ukraine Conflict TruthOut (Kevin C)


Israeli settler violence is not legitimate discourse – opinion Jerusalem Post (resilc)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Google Plans to Curtail Cross-App Tracking on Android Phones Wall Street Journal

New York Is Now Using Cameras With Microphones To Ticket Loud Cars Road and Track


Mexican president says Biden is using avocado ban as a political weapon against his country Daily Mail (resilc).

AMLO may not be wrong, see: Outrage after Mexico exonerates ex-defense minister in drug case Guardian (DS)

Migrants sew mouths shut in quest for Mexico passage to U.S. border Reuters

Democrats Helped Build The Social Safety Net. Why Are Many Now Against Expanding It? FiveThirtyEight. Resilc: “More into NATO expansion and space force.”

The Biggest Midterm Challenge for Democrats in 2022: Winning Back Parents New Republic

In New Yorker interview, Ocasio-Cortez defends Biden and Pelosi, urges readers not to lose “hope” in reforming two-party system WSWS

Our Famously Free Press

Britain Just Delivered a Crushing Blow to the Press Bloomberg

Twitter Officially Launches Labels To Identify the ‘Good Bots’ TechCrunch. Kill me now.

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)

Families of Sandy Hook victims announce $73 million settlement with Remington NPR (Kevin W)

Elon Musk’s brain chip company, Neuralink, faces animal abuse claims Guardian (furzy)

FAA chief Steve Dickson announces resignation midway through term CNBC

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)

Why the surge in retail sales is not as good as it looks MarketWatch

The Big Mac Index: A Measure of Purchasing Power Parity & Burger Inflation Visual Capitalist (furzy)

The Bezzle

‘Crypto Ruined My Life’: The Mental Health Crisis Hitting Bitcoin Investors Vice (resilc). It’s called having a gambling addiction.

NYSE Moves Closer To NFT Trading With Trademark Application Reuters

Class Warfare

Dutch Cities Ban 15-Minute Delivery Services Vice

Bernie Sanders sarcastically congratulates billionaires for making America an ‘oligarchic form of society’ Business Insider

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”:

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And a bonus (Chuck L):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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