Links 2/9/2022

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Custom-Made Aquarium Gives Cat Front-Row Seat to Watching Fish My Modern Met (David L)

Crocodile with tyre around neck freed after six years BBC (furzy)

This Community In Denmark Lives In Surreal Circle Gardens Bored Panda. Kevin W: “You have to see the images to believe them. Related to this is an article, also in Denmark, at https://wonderfulengineering.com/the-surreal-round-shaped-community-gardens-of-copenhagen/

Earth’s water was around before Earth PhysOrg

These Animals Are Feasting on the Ruins of an Extinct World Atlantic (Kevin W)

Decoding Dickens’s Secret Notes to Himself, One Symbol at a Time New York Times (David L)

#COVID-19

Sask. COVID-19 dashboard goes dark in transition to ‘Living with COVID’ CTV (GM). So if you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist? Will pols next try that with hunger and teen pregnancy?

Science/Medicine

Boston University epidemiologist Dr. Eleanor Murray speaks on COVID-19 and endemicity WSWS

Some long Covid patients see improvement, but full recovery is elusive STAT (fk)

Johnson & Johnson stops Covid-19 vaccine production – NYT RT (Kevin W)

Asia

Coronavirus Hong Kong: new cases expected to top 1,100 amid exponential spike South China Morning Post (J-LS)

US

Blue states move to drop mask mandates Axios

The Doctor Will See You Now—Wait, Not You Wall Street Journal

America Still Isn’t Ready for the Next Pandemic Atlantic (Kevin W). “Next”?

Right-Wing Americans Want In on Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ Vice

Climate/Enviroment

Please see the rest of this chart from ritholtz.com (hat tip resilc). The tradeoff between less carbon use and other environmental costs looks worse than even yours truly had feared.

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Mountain glaciers may hold less ice than previously thought – here’s what that means for 2 billion downstream water users and sea level rise The Conversation

Some rare good news: Sharp decline in reported severity of ocean acidification impacts on fish behaviour PhysOrg (Robert M). Shellfish get no respect? The biggest impact of acidification is to make it difficult to impossible for shellfish to make shells.

China?

China’s Great Wall plows into Brazil as Daimler and Ford flee Asia Times

China Winter Olympics: Athletes complain about isolation ‘horror’ Daily Mail. Resilc: “Whining assholes
Hope is dead in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria……..”.

Brexit

Tied in knots: Despairing fishing fleet bound up by red tape after Brexit Sunday Post. Guurst calls this “Long Brexit.”

NI Protocol: Who needs Article 16 when crisis prevails? Tony Connelly, RTE. From earlier this week, still germane.

The dangerous end of Northern Ireland’s Unionist Ascendancy Philip Stephens (guurst)

The Cutting Room Files, Part 3: The Future of Canada Peter Zeihan (resilc)

Millions face hunger in Horn of Africa as drought worsens: UN Al Jazeera

New Cold War

The fatigue factor: the ongoing marathon of European diplomacy is a useless distraction Gilbert Doctorow (guurst). Important. Macron showed up with effectively no plan. And consider:

The whole issue of reducing the Russian troop numbers was dealt with by Macron and his spokesmen as if that by itself would reduce the chances of armed conflict breaking out at any moment. The issue of the 150,000 Ukrainian forces massed at the border with Donbas and armed to the teeth with new Western toys for the boys was not addressed in any way by Mr. Macron, whereas it is precisely that which explains the Russian troop concentrations on their side of the border and explains why the bulk of the Russians are not leaving any time soon. We heard from Macron only upbeat and empty remarks on how the Normandy Format would be continued in further efforts to implement the Minsk Accords.

Putin Wants His Own Monroe Doctrine Antiwar

Revisiting Russia’s 5th and, especially, 6th columns The Saker

Germany, US show ‘disunity’ on Russia policy, says expert DW

From WhiteHouse.gov (guurst):

PRESIDENT BIDEN: The first question first. If Germany — if Russia invades — that means tanks or troops crossing the — the border of Ukraine again — then there will be — we — there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2. We will bring an end to it.

Q: But how will you — how will you do that exactly, since the project and control of the project is within Germany’s control?

PRESIDENT BIDEN: We will — I promise you, we’ll be able to do it.

Going to War with Russia Over Ukraine May Be Suicide for America – Larry Johnson Turcopilier (Chuck L). From a few days back. May be useful in attempting to communicate with those who haven’t questioned the senseless rush to war.

We must do everything possible to avoid an enormously destructive war in Ukraine Bernie Sanders Guardian (furzy). The fact that this op-ed ran in the UK and not any US outlet speaks volumes.

Why is a regional security collective with Russia so hard to imagine? Responsible Statecraft

Cryptocurrency Is Funding Ukraine’s Defense—and Its Hacktivists Wired (resilc)

Syraqistan

US: Houthis Must Accept Yemen War Is Unwinnable Antiwar. Moi: The stupid, it burns. Kevin W: “(Picard facepalm) They don’t have to win. They only have to not lose and outlast their enemies

The Jews dressing as Muslims to get around a prayer ban BBC

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Middle East is a self-perpetuating cycle of conflict and arms sales Responsible Statecraft (resilc). Confirming reader suspicions.

US gunning for nuclear edge in military satellite race Asia Times (Kevin W)

US defense to its workforce: Nuclear war can be won Bulletin of the Nuclear Scientists (guurst)

Biden

U.S. Refinery Outages Are Another Headache For Biden OilPrice. Resilc: “Caused by Putin for sure….ABC news this morning harping on oil prices UP! because of uUkraine…….non stop propaganda.”

ICYMI: Supreme Court, in 5-4 Vote, Restores Alabama’s Congressional Voting Map New York Times (Kevin W) and Comment on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Alabama Redistricting Case ACLU of Alabama (furzy)

GOP Clown Car

McConnell calls Jan. 6 a ‘violent insurrection,’ breaking with RNC NBC (resilc)

In his fight against ‘woke’ schools, DeSantis tears at the seams of a diverse Florida Stamford Advocate

How Greg Abbott’s “Operation Lone Star” Could Be Exported in the War Against the Right to Vote New Republic (resilc)

Gunz

Gun-waving St. Louis couple placed on probation as lawyers Politico. Total train wrecks in gun safety. Should have put their guns on probation…and for a lot longer…

Elon Musk hits out at the media’s ‘relentless hatestream’ of bad news in a week of setbacks for Tesla Fortune

Big Oil Has a Plan to Turn Appalachia Into Hydrogen Country Vice (resilc)

The Bezzle

As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow New York Times

US arrests couple for allegedly laundering $4.5BN in Bitcoin Al Jazeera

Class Warfare

Starbucks fires Memphis workers involved in unionization efforts. New York Times (resilc)

The coming backlash against growth and jobs The Week (resilc)

Opioid Overdose Deaths Cost U.S. Economy $1 Trillion A Year, Study Finds Forbes

Manchin skeptical of congressional staff union The Hill

Antidote du jour (ChetG):

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And a bonus. Tracie H:

This was taken through a windshield, and so may be too faint.

We were driving along Pacific Coast Highway when a couple of motorcycles overtook us. One had this especially attractive passenger.

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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