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Happy Groundhog Day! Are you snowed in?

National Zoo panda cam Washington DC snow Giant Pandas enjoy snow WUSA9 (furzy)

PHOTOS: NYC Nor’easter Brings Snow Globe Scenes The City

Travel Photographer of the Year 2020 – in pictures Guardian

Spitting cobras may have evolved unique venom to defend from ancient humans The Conversation (Chuck L)

The More We Learn About Crow Brains, the More Humanlike Their Intelligence Seems Discover (David 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)

The Right to Repair Movement Is Poised to Explode in 2021 Vice (resilc)

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)

#COVID-19

Mandates and guidances about switching from cloth masks to medical ones Portzebie Review (Paul R)

Line cooks are at the highest risk of dying from COVID, says UCSF study SFGate

Science/Medicine

80% of COVID-19 Patients May Have Lingering Symptoms, Signs MedPage

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.

US

‘I don’t really trust experts,’ says New York Gov. Cuomo, as 9 health officials resign in protest over his Covid-19 ‘leadership’ RT (Kevin W)

UK/Europe

Ursula von der Leyen : « La stratégie de vaccination européenne est la bonne » Le Monde

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.

Asia

China’s new coronavirus outbreaks expose vulnerable economic recovery as January factory activity slows South China Morning Post (resilc)

Finance/Economy

Biden faces crossroads on virus relief bill The Hill

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?

China rejects Hong Kongers’ UK-issued passports Bangkok Post (furzy)

Brexit

Northern Ireland suspends Brexit checks amid safety fears for port staff Guardian. Hoo boy.

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.”

Syraqistan

Thousands join in Jerusalem funerals, flout pandemic rules Associated Press. Resilc: “Hamas’ best weapon.”

Israel’s failure to inoculate Palestinians against Covid should be considered a war crime under international law Defend Democracy

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

Capitol Seizure

Officer Who Shot Capitol Rioter Ashli Babbitt Shouldn’t Be Charged, Investigators Advise Wall Street Journal

They stormed the Capitol to overturn the results of an election they didn’t vote in CNN (resilc)

AOC hiding in her office during the insurrection. YouTube (UserFriendly). The full version is apparently annoying due to the excessive commentary.

McConnell says Taylor Greene’s embrace of conspiracy theories a ‘cancer’ to GOP, country The Hill

Trump Transition

A hack job,’ ‘outright lies’: Trump commission’s ‘1776 Report’ outrages historians Washington Post (Chuck L)

Biden

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)

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy Wired

Marge & Darrell & Ted & Alex Sardonicky (UserFriendly)

Police State Watch

‘I want these officers fired!’ Outrage after police pepper-spray handcuffed NINE-YEAR-OLD girl in Rochester, New York RT (Kevin W)

Market Follies

Robinhood was asked for $3 billion to cover the risk from the volatility in GameStop and other ‘meme-stocks,’ CEO Vlad Tenev told Elon Musk Business Insider

The GameStop saga is already headed to Hollywood Quartz (resilc)

Tesla’s dirty little secret: Its net profit doesn’t come from selling cars CNN (resilc)

Class Warfare

Millennials are not only buying homes, they’re buying multimillion-dollar ‘starter’ homes — and it defies 2 common myths about the generation at once Business Insider

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)

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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