Links 4/8/2021

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Mulligan? Golfers consult rule book after ball lands on alligator’s back at SC course Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Peter Thiel Calls Bitcoin ‘a Chinese Financial Weapon’ at Virtual Roundtable Bloomberg

Can Blood from Young People Slow Aging? Silicon Valley Has Bet Billions It Will Newsweek. Actual blood-sucking parasites! Intriguing!

Record rise in global methane emissions in 2020 FT

Analysis: High stakes at sea in global rush for wind power Reuters

Emerging Markets Need a Savior. It’s Not the Fed John Authers, Bloomberg

Greenland elections: Left-wing opposition Inuit Ataqatigiit party wins snap vote Euronews. “According to the US Geological Survey, the sparsely inhabited island has the world’s largest undeveloped deposits of rare-earth metals.” No wonder Trump wanted to buy it.

Party like it’s 2045? Thin Ink. On food. Well worth a read.


Escaping Catch-22 — Overcoming Covid Vaccine Hesitancy NEJM. “[B]efore you attempt to persuade, try to understand.” Well worth a read.

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CDC Director on reports of clusters of cases associated with daycares and youth sports KMOV. For many, sports were the #1 reason to open the schools. In any case, I suppose that now this sentence — “The occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in schools reflects transmission in the surrounding community” — from CDC’s school re-opening guidance is now inoperative? Who could have known…

The Next Trick: Pulling Coronavirus Out of Thin Air NYT. From March, still germane.

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6-month neurological and psychiatric outcomes in 236379 survivors of COVID-19: a retrospective cohort study using electronic health records The Lancet. This is the study that’s being headlined as “brain disease” with inflated figures, because (in my view unfortunately) “neurological and psychiatric outcomes” are combined. Here is a handy chart that separates the two:

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Interim report: Safety and immunogenicity of an inactivated vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 in healthy chilean adults in a phase 3 clinical trial (preprint) medRxiv. CoronaVac. n = 434. From the Interpretation: “Immunization with CoronaVac in a 0-14 schedule in adults of 18 years and older in the Chilean population is safe and induces specific IgG production against the S1-RBD with neutralizing capacity, as well as the activation of T cells secreting IFN-γ, upon recognition of SARS-CoV-2 antigens.” Two doses are needed, however.

In rare instances, AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine linked to blood clots, regulators say STAT

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Why US coronavirus tracking can’t keep up with concerning variants Nature

SARS-CoV-2 is detectable using sensitive RNA saliva testing days before viral load reaches detection range of low-sensitivity nasal swab tests (preprint) medRxiv. From the abstract: “SARS-CoV-2 RNA first appears in saliva and then in nasal-swab samples.”

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Top Official Warned That Covid Vaccine Plant Had to Be ‘Monitored Closely’ NYT

Global Vaccine Equity Is Much More Important Than ‘Vaccine Passports’ Scientific American


China’s bitcoin mines could derail carbon neutrality goals, study says South China Morning Post

China weighs carrots and sticks in push to vaccinate millions Agence France Presse

China’s Film Authority Orders All Cinemas to Screen Propaganda Films at Least Twice a Week Variety. In this country, we don’t need to be told!


Relations between China and Myanmar have long been fraught, resulting in imperial invasions and wars South China Morning Post

Myanmar’s Junta Has a New Problem. Diplomats Abroad Are Joining the Resistance. Vice. From my armchair at 30,000 feet: Why not occupy an embassy and then set up a government in exile?

How Myanmar’s post-coup violence is transforming a generation Nikkei Asian Review

Mutual aid:

More onCNN bigfooting Myanmar, a thread:

Ward’s deployment of identity politics as a defense is quite striking.

Cambodia’s Angkor site shut for 2 weeks to curb coronavirus AP

Thailand detects first domestic cases of UK coronavirus variant – expert Reuters

Indonesia’s Jokowi Wants Growth. And Something More Bloomberg. More:

The central question is whether a sprawling archipelago of 17,000 islands and atolls, astride the Pacific and Indian oceans, needs to extract all the carbon trapped for thousands of years in its peaty wetlands. Everything else — from putting more palm oil in biodiesel and setting up fewer coal-fired plants to decongesting the sinking capital city, Jakarta — will emanate from that vision.

Widodo wants to demonstrate that he’s serious about making up for lost time with new regulations expected later this year. The world’s top exporter of thermal coal finally sees the need to put the right price on carbon, tax it properly, and plow resources into a barely tapped reservoir of renewable power. But a low-carbon future is difficult in a resource-rich nation with entrenched business interests.

Peat, eh? (See NC here, here, and here.)


Maharashtra raises alarm: stocks running out, may have to pause Covid vaccination India Express

Is India’s vaccine diplomacy hurting its fight against Covid? Times of India

Coming to terms with Gandhi’s complicated legacy Al Jazeera


Jordan’s King Abdullah describes ‘most painful’ royal rift BBC

The Latest Reported Israeli Attack on an Iranian Ship Seems Like a Deliberate Escalation Haaretz

Iraq: Paramilitaries feeling the heat as Kadhimi steps up moves against them Middle East Eye

Questions about BBC producer’s ties to UK intelligence follow ‘Mayday’ White Helmets whitewash The Grayzone

China’s Iran Deal Is Just the Beginning The National Interest

Brazil prostitutes strike for first-line Covid shots Agence France Presse

AMLO’s Teflon: an opposition divided, masterful PR and common touch Mexico News Daily

Former Bolivian VP Álvaro García Linera on How Socialists Can Win Jacobin

Undocumented Venezuelans Given Protected Status In United States NPR (Alex Cox). Swell. More gusanos? (If I have the slang for “reactionary dregs” correct).


Nematodes become latest casualty of post-Brexit trade glitches FT


NI violence must stop ‘before somebody is killed’ – Coveney RTE

Loyalists planning more protest parades Irish Times

‘Dishonesty’ over Brexit fuelled loyalist anger, says Stormont minister Guardian. And speaking of Brexit, I’m no Brexit maven, so I present this Venn diagram as grist for those who are:

French winemakers set candles and straw ablaze to save vines from frost Reuters

Biden Administration

Biden Can Go Bigger and Not ‘Pay for It’ the Old Way Stephanie Kelton, NYT (Furzy Mouse).

Biden on “caregiving infrastructure”:

A Better Corporate Tax for America Janet Yellen, WSJ. Yellen comments:

Big if true, since this would halt or even reverse financialization.

US offers new plan in global corporate tax talks FT

1 big thing: Dimon calls on companies to be policymakers Axios. Oh.

Corporate America tears down Biden’s infrastructure plan Politico

Police State Watch

NYPD “Goon Squad” Manual Teaches Officers To Violate Protesters’ Rights The Intercept

Our Famously Free Press

Substack shows publishers the value of journalists FT

Imperial Collapse Watch

Freedom Rider: The U.S. Can’t Control the World Black Agenda Report

Class Warfare

Amazon union drive in Bessemer, Alabama:

It’s great that Kim Kelly is there, but why is Teen Vogue’s labor reporter the only one on the ground? I guess real journalists are too busy sitting with their feet up on their desks, servicing their Washington contacts…

Complaint may spur review of meat industry’s virus response Star-Tribune

Small businesses versus the platforms The Counterbalance

Take On Wall Street With Local Banking The American Conservative

Sun, sea and cybernauts: the long road for Greece’s digital nomads Reuters. Interestingly, countries seem to be competing on visas for digital nomads.

Antidote du jour (via):

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Bonus antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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