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‘Extraordinary’ research finds electric eels hunt in packs CNN

Google’s Revolving Door (US) Tech Transparency

A new and innovative way for Google to kill your SaaS startup GoMox, Medium. “We by no means correctly established the reason for the difficulty, however we chalked it as much as some AI tripping on acid at Google’s HQ.”

Amazon is filled with fake reviews and it’s getting harder to spot them CNBC

SPACs are a new part of the same market story Yahoo Finance. Musical interlude.

Credit card firm Capital One fined for violating U.S. anti-money laundering law Reuters

Big Meat: facing up to the demands for sustainability FT

Capitol Seizure

The American Far-Right Is Dangerous but Disorganized Overseas Coverage and Capitol riots: Police describe a ‘medieval battle.’ BBC Techniques and weaponry.

Federal official walks back allegation rioters intended to ‘capture and assassinate’ NBC. Notice the unique URL: “strong-evidence-shows-rioters-intended-capture-assassinate-elected-officials-prosecutors.”


Why Has Israel Succeeded At COVID Vaccination? Elad Weblog (Re Silc). “[I]t is extra essential to maneuver quick to save lots of lives than to create and implement advanced guidelines. Nonetheless, it seems these advanced guidelines will not be wanted.” Whaddaya know, advanced eligibility necessities. Hey, how about we incentivize vaccination uptake with tax credit?

Nearly 170,000 get 2nd COVID shot; initial study shows no major side effects Occasions of Israel. 13 instances of non permanent facial paralysis is the worst facet impact.

Thousands of Covid-19 vaccines wind up in the garbage because of fed, state guidelines NBC. The final mile drawback, essential thread:

Isolation of SARS-CoV-2 from the air in a car driven by a COVID patient with mild illness (preprint) medRviv. From the physique of the paper: “Taken collectively, our information spotlight the potential threat of SARS-CoV-2 transmission by minimally symptomatic individuals within the closed house within a automobile (with closed home windows and air-con operating), and counsel {that a} substantial part of that threat is by way of aerosolized virus.” Right here is an effective thread on airborne transmission, beginning with this text:

Badger Seal (Mask Fitter) UW Makerspace. With one more thread on mask-hacking:

New coronavirus variants could cause more reinfections, require updated vaccines Science

The Future of the Coronavirus? An Annoying Childhood Infection NYT

Mysterious Wheat Deals Complicate Hunger Fight in Ethiopia Bloomberg

Coronavirus second wave surges across Africa FT


China builds 1,500-bed hospital in five days amid surge in Covid cases Unbiased

Coronavirus: China reports 96 new infections, links superspreader to 102 asymptomatic cases South China Morning Publish. The deck: “Authorities in Jilin province say superspreader is a 45-year-old man who has been touring the area giving lectures on well being.” Extra attention-grabbing element within the textual content.

Hong Kong civil servants given four weeks to pledge loyalty to the government Reuters

COVID-19: Indonesia vaccine rollout bucks trend by targeting younger generations Sky Information

A black market for illegal coronavirus vaccines is thriving in the Philippines WaPo

PM Muhyiddin and govt can’t be ousted while emergency is in effect, says Malaysian gazette Straits Occasions

Why is Laos building Mekong dams it doesn’t need? Deutsche Welle

Fire-Resistant Tropical Forest at Brink of Disappearance in Indonesian Regions Due to Human Modification (press launch) Swansea College


U.S. Navy Ohio Class Submarine Filmed By Iranian Navy While Submerged Naval Information

Israel to push Biden to take it easy on Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt Axios

How Israel Built a Nuclear Program Right Under the Americans’ Noses Haaretz


Falklands disappointed and frustrated with Brexit deal Penguin Information


French prosecutors open probe into influence-peddling by ex-president Sarkozy France24

5 things to know about German CDU chief Armin Laschet Politico. Merkel’s alternative.

New Chilly Warfare

What Will 2021 Bring the Russian Regime and Society? Carnegie Moscow Heart

General Madness Irrussianality

Trump Transition

Governors angrily accuse Trump administration of misleading states on vaccine supply ABC


6 questions about Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial answered, much still unknown ABC

Impeachment is more dangerous than Trump Michael Tracey, Unherd

Biden Transition

Biden plans dozens of executive orders for early days of presidency Politico

How Joe Biden’s team hopes to turn five vaccine doses into six Gradual Boring

Statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico only needs 50 votes The Week. It’s really wonderful what liberal Democrats will do to keep away from interesting to voters with common concrete materials advantages. After all, occasions could knock some sense into Biden. We’ll see.

Cynical Realism LRB. On the Supreme Court docket.

Rock Bottom for Democracy Should Focus Americans on Election Reforms Sightline Institute. Alaska simply adopted RCV.

Democrats in Disarray

Dems Reject Bigger Survival Checks, Float Tax Breaks For The Rich David Sirota, Each day Poster. Too dangerous the Democrats campaigned on these $2,000 checks — sure, literal checks — whereas successful the Senate in Georgia:

Parsing Warnock, he did say — utilizing the everyday Democrat trope — that he can be “combating for” the $2,000 checks. He didn’t say he’d ship them. Harris tries to place the toothpaste again within the tube:

Biden’s toothpaste, because it occurs:

Parsing Biden, he solely stated that we “want” $2,000 checks. He didn’t say he’d ship them both. Subsequent, I suppose, “entry” to checks.

Properly, I’m certain the Biden administration will have the ability to execute on advanced challenges, even when they will’t get easy issues proper.

Republicans in Disarray

Post Trump, Republicans Are Headed for a Bitter Internal Showdown NYT. Frank Luntz focus group:

Well being Care

Joe Biden to shore up Affordable Care Act after Trump assault on health law ABC

FTC to Study the Impact of Physician Group and Healthcare Facility Mergers (press launch) FTC

‘Slippery slope territory’: Health officials propose waiving regulatory review of medical AI tools STAT


NASA’s Delayed Deep-Space Rocket Suffers Test Failure on the Ground WSJ. Oopsie. Extra oopsie:

Massive Brother Is Watching You Watch

Everything We Know About The Mysterious Dark Helicopters That Have Been Circling Los Angeles The Drive

Here Are 4 Better Responses to the Capitol Riot Than Expanding “Domestic Terror” Crackdowns Jacobin

A New Film Details the FBI’s Relentless Pursuit of Martin Luther King Jr. Smithsonian

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Rise and Fall and Rise (and Fall) of the U.S. Financial Empire Adam Tooze, Overseas Coverage

The Excellent Empire or the Prison of the Peoples? A review of Pieter Judson’s “The Habsburg Empire: A New History” world inequality

Guillotine Watch

Some wealthy Americans accused of getting vaccines before they’re eligible: “Really disturbing inequity” CBS

Class Warfare

Rebuilding Worker Power Lawrence Mishel, IMF (!). “[W]ages have been saved low in the US as a result of staff have been systematically disempowered because of company practices and financial insurance policies that had been adopted—or reforms that had been blocked—on the behest of enterprise and the rich.” Musical interlude.

GWU Worker Co-op Resource Sport Staff Unite

Business Exit During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Non-Traditional Measures in Historical Context (PDF) Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. “Wanting forward, exit expectations seem traditionally elevated amongst small companies in mining, transportation & warehousing, info, training, leisure & hospitality, and different providers (this latter sector consists of many ‘native’ companies like magnificence salons, auto mechanics, and church buildings). However some sectors seem set to do higher than common, comparable to building, finance & insurance coverage, actual property, {and professional}, scientific, and technical providers.”

Bill Gates: America’s Top Farmland Owner The Land Report

Ex-Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones ‘turning herself in’ to face new charge USA Right now

Most Execrable and Abominable or Irreligious Lapham’s Quarterly. Testing and knowledgeable consent…

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