Happy Groundhog Day! Are you snowed in?
Spitting cobras may have evolved unique venom to defend from ancient humans The Conversation (Chuck L)
World’s oldest known cave painting found in Indonesia PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Scientific investigations of believed remains of two apostles Eurekalert (Anthony L)
Ice fishing: Warmer winters create new risks for a cherished Minnesota pastime Yale Climate Connections. See this death in Escanaba, for instance.
Inevitable Planetary Doom Has Been Exaggerated Atlantic (resilc). Not sure anyone has suggested “planetary doom” although there was a ~300 million bad stretch after ~96% of life on the planet died. It’s civilization and present human population levels that are at risk. Plus hope isn’t a great motive for action. You can, for instance, just hope the forecasts are wrong, which is what most people seem to be doing. I am really tired of hopium. Fear is more effective.
Climate change in antiquity: mass emigration due to water scarcity Eurekalert (Chuck L)
You’re Doing It Wrong: Notes on Criticism and Technology Hype Lee Vinsel. fk highlighted this section:
It is outrageous that I can point to gobs of people in my field working on synthetic biology, “AI,” self-driving cars, and blockchain but not a single person researching septic tanks, mobile homes, trailer parks, or even housing more generally, even though these latter topics are full of technological issues and true human suffering that IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.
Empty office buildings are still devouring energy. Why? Fast Company (resilc)
Scientists Find a Mysterious ‘Ghost Lineage’ In the DNA of West Africans Discover (Chuck L)
Alzheimer’s Prediction May Be Found in Writing Tests New York Times (furzy)
Mandates and guidances about switching from cloth masks to medical ones Portzebie Review (Paul R)
Thrown in twitter jail for being an artist pic.twitter.com/KzCTOZBRin
— Fr. Tom Bombadil (@calix517) January 31, 2021
2) Moreover, they believe the 11 samples of #b117 variant that acquired the new E484K acquired them independently of each other (not just one single origin). This suggests convergent evolution taking place—where it evolves to acquire E484K separately—which indicates it is key. pic.twitter.com/RuIDxaRnni
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) February 1, 2021
Molecular Docking Identification for the efficacy of Some Zinc Complexes with Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine against Main Protease of COVID-19 Journal of Molecular Structures. This is the medical analogue to an economics theory paper. Provides a mechanism but still needs to be proven out in patients. And the search for treatments appears to have moved on. Ivermectin looking better than HCQ.
Why the Second Wave of the 1918 Flu Pandemic Was So Deadly History (Chuck L). From December, still germane.
DHL boss lambasts lack of ‘foresight’ in vaccines rollout Financial Times
EU imposes vaccine export controls on rich nations from Saturday Politico. In case you missed the date this measure became effective.
China’s new coronavirus outbreaks expose vulnerable economic recovery as January factory activity slows South China Morning Post (resilc)
MASHUP: $2,000 STIMULUS CHECKS. pic.twitter.com/XBHhcp7l8y
— Watchdog (@demswatchdog) February 1, 2021
Biden meets with Republican senators pushing for reduced $1,000 stimulus checks – as it’s revealed President is also ‘open’ to scaling down payments to families making more than $150,000 Daily Mail (Kevin W)
China rejects Hong Kongers’ UK-issued passports Bangkok Post (furzy)
Northern Ireland suspends Brexit checks amid safety fears for port staff Guardian. Hoo boy.
The fact that that decision – to go for a hard Brexit – could be taken in that way, with no consultation, discussion, or even letting her own Chancellor know – is an extraordinary indictment of our constitutional arrangements. https://t.co/xpikpjO5Cq
— George Peretz QC (@GeorgePeretzQC) February 1, 2021
UK Government Humiliated over Chagos Islands Again Craig Murray (UserFriendly)
Myanmar coup: Aung San Suu Kyi detained as military seizes control BBC. Resilc: “A year ago they were going to yank her Nobel Peace Prize for killing Muslims, now she is a beacon of democracy.”
Thousands join in Jerusalem funerals, flout pandemic rules Associated Press. Resilc: “Hamas’ best weapon.”
Podcast Ep 29: Israel convicts Issa Amro for protesting apartheid Electronic Intifada
Dubai creates ‘space court’ for out-of-this-world disputes The Times of Israel. Kevin W: “But if Dubai builds it, will litigants come?”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Toward an Inclusive & Balanced Regional Order: A New U.S. Strategy in East Asia Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
The Longer Telegram’ Is a Recipe for Costly Failure American Conservative
A hack job,’ ‘outright lies’: Trump commission’s ‘1776 Report’ outrages historians Washington Post (Chuck L)
Can President Joe Biden mend a torn America? Thomas Frank, Le Monde diplomatique (Anthony L)
Are Libertarians Domestic Terrorists? Antiwar.com (Kevin W)
White House Reporters: Biden Team Wanted Our Questions in Advance Daily Beast (furzy). Doing this from the Wayback Machine, as Furzy did, because Daily Beast has the WORST site imaginable. Unreadable and almost impossible to navigate.
Everything About The Biden Administration Is Fake Caitlin Johnstone (furzy)
Marge & Darrell & Ted & Alex Sardonicky (UserFriendly)
Police State Watch
“police reform please”
the police reform: pic.twitter.com/xAsuZ2Fxdj
— shoe (@shoe0nhead) February 1, 2021
The GameStop saga is already headed to Hollywood Quartz (resilc)
Via Goldman Sachs: Last week was the largest active hedge fund deleveraging event since February 2009, with long positions sold and shorts covered in every sector.
— Tracy Alloway (@tracyalloway) February 1, 2021
THREAD: With #silversqueeze trending on Twitter, it appears that this week’s market spectacle may well be in the silver market.
A perfect moment for a thread on the Hunt Brothers and their alleged attempt to corner the silver market… pic.twitter.com/nfgo9Ps9hD
— Sahil Bloom (@SahilBloom) February 1, 2021
Older Workers Accounted for All Net Employment Growth in Past 20 Years St. Louis Fed (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. Normally I don’t deviate this far from our cute animal picture formula, but I liked this woodblock print sent by William B. Plus you have the panda snow vids and some great animal pix in the travel photo award winners at the top of Links.
“A Couple of Cats” (1958, first edition) by 20th century Japanese printmaker Inagaki Tomoo (稲垣知雄, 1902 – 1980)
And a bonus:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.