Links 4/1/2022

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New Research Decodes the Sea Cow’s Hidden Language Scientific American

Global dealmaking falls to lowest level since start of pandemic FT

Climate

Temporary nature-based carbon removal can lower peak warming in a well-below 2 °C scenario Nature

A thread on “primary energy,” so-called (dk):

#COVID19

“This Shouldn’t Happen”: Inside the Virus-Hunting Nonprofit at the Center of the Lab-Leak Controversy Vanity Fair. Commentary:

One thing seems clear: Our grant-making machinery is utterly hosed.

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Vermont to schools: Ignore CDC guidance on masking Valley News

Schools left ‘scrambling’ after Missouri treasurer tied bond deals to AG’s COVID demands Missouri Independent

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Which Comorbidities Increase the Risk of a COVID-19 Breakthrough Infection? Epic Research. Handy chart, which I have highlighted:

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COVID vaccines: head-to-head comparison reveals how they stack up Nature

Exclusive: The pushback against WHO’s imminent COVID-19 excess deaths estimate Devex

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Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in domestic cats imposes a narrow bottleneck (PDF) PLOS Pathogens. From the Abstract: “. Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in cats involved a narrow bottleneck, with new infections founded by fewer than ten viruses. In RNA virus evolution, stochastic processes like narrow transmission bottlenecks and genetic drift typically act to constrain the overall pace of adaptive evolution. Our data suggest that here, positive selection in index cats followed by a narrow transmission bottleneck may have instead accelerated the fixation of S H655Y, a potentially beneficial SARS-CoV-2 variant. Overall, our study suggests species- and context-specific adaptations are likely to continue to emerge. This underscores the importance of continued genomic surveillance for new SARS-CoV-2 variants as well as heightened scrutiny for signatures of SARS-CoV-2 positive selection in humans and mammalian model systems.”

China?

Shanghai Hospital Harbors Unreported Covid-19 Outbreak, Deaths WSJ

As Shanghai Locks Down, Netizens Are Equating Vegetables to Luxury Jing Daily

Solomon Islands says won’t allow Chinese military base and knows ‘ramification’ Channel News Asia

How Japan survived covid-19 British Medical Journal

Japan Won’t Exit Joint Oil Project With Russia, PM Kishida Says Bloomberg

India

Central Trade Unions begin two-day nationwide strike National Herald

COVID-19: India Is the Only Country To Approve Corbevax. But Where’s the Data? The Scroll. I so want Corbevax to be a feel-good story:

But:

New Not-So-Cold War

Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 31 Institute for the Study of War

Ukraine strikes fuel depot in Russia’s Belgorod: Regional governor Al Arabiya. Cheeky! Maybe somebody wants the peace talks to fail?

NATO ‘has been DEFEATED’ by Putin calling the alliance’s bluff and should be replaced with a smaller coalition of nations prepared to be more offensive, says Britain’s former army commander Daily Mail

The Ukraine War Is Over But the Biden Administration Hasn’t Noticed William Arkin, Newsweek

Winners and Losers in Putin’s War Richard Haass, Council on Foreign Relations

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Is a peace treaty to end the Russia-Ukraine war in sight? Gilbert Doctorow

Mariupol’s fate is the key to a Ukraine deal Asia Times

Avoiding the Dangers of a Protracted Conflict in Ukraine Quincy Institute

Biden, Putin and the danger of Versailles Edward Luce, FT

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Putin signs order on new ruble payment mechanism to come into force April 1 S&P Global. Commentary:

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Ukrainian Journalist Finds Charred Remains Where Alleged War Crime Was Filmed The Intercept

Zelenskyy is Not a Jewish Hero Times of Israel

Ukraine says Russia is seeking to form ‘occupation administrations’ FT

Ukraine war: Russian forces leave Chernobyl after radiation exposure South China Morning Post

Nuclear War with Russia? ‘A Wall of Fire that Encompasses Everything Around Us at the Temperature of the Center of the Sun.’ Scheer Post (AC).

UK/EU

Did Sweden beat the pandemic by refusing to lock down? No, its record is disastrous Michael Hiltzik, LA Times

P&O Ferries has ‘got away with it’, say unions as Shapps backtracks on action Guardian

Supply Chain

Overflowing Inventories and the Supply Chain Crisis Dean Baker, Counterpunch (Re Silc).

Supply chain crises force corporate America into a ‘what if’ mindset Gillian Tett, FT

Long-term ocean freight rates up almost 100% year-on-year Hellenic Shipping Newsxxx

Global schedule reliability records largest improvement in the last two years Container News

Seafood biz braces for losses of jobs, fish due to sanctions AP

General Average declared on Ever Forward as second refloat attempt fails Seatrade Maritime News

Our Famously Free Press

The news flow:

Wartime Propaganda Classics:

Zeitgeist Watch

As Part of His NFT Debut, Jeff Koons Will Launch Sculptures Into Space and Place Them Permanently on the Moon Artnet. Can’t we launch Koons instead?

Black Injustice Tipping Point

White Anxiety, Redefined African-American Policy Forum. A bit more intellectually disciplined than Robin DiAngelo….

America’s Retirement Crisis Is a Financial Crisis Too Bloomberg. Maybe we could turn to Andy Cuomo for a final solution?

Class Warfare

Amazon union has strong lead in NY vote count; losing in Alabama Reuters

Seeking the killers with humility at work Axios. Maybe a little too on-the-nose?

Ban Secret Deals Boondoggle. NDAs for economic development deals. What could go wrong?

Antidote du jour (via):

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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