Links 3/5/2021

Mysterious sea beast that weighs four tonnes and stretches more than 23ft in length washes up on beach in Wales Daily Mail

Long-Lost Babbler Bird Documented in Borneo for the First Time in Over 170 Years Smithsonian

Big data and machine learning in central banking Bank of International Settlements

We must clean up global finance to ‘build back better’ FT

Talking (and reading) about Bitcoin Adam Tooze, Chartbook. Link-heavy, and quite a good read.

Bitcoin, 11-years in Moneyness. From 2019, hoisted by Barry Ritholtz.

Bill Gates Says Bitcoin Is Bad for the Planet. He’s Not Wrong. Popular Mechanics (re Silc).


A Mixed Grade for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: More People See It as Effective but Frustration Is Still High Morning Consult

Estimated SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Among Persons Aged CDC

COVID‐19, children and schools: overlooked and at risk Medical Journal of Australia. Response to critics.

Thousands of students reported “missing” from school systems nationwide amid COVID-19 pandemic ABC

Alabama extends mask mandate 1 month, bucking other GOP-led states The Hill. Alabama’s Governor isn’t contemplating the Republican primaries in a Presidential run…..

Where Are We in Finding the Coronavirus’s Origin? Bloomberg. Good roundup.


China targets 6% growth after reining in coronavirus FT

China’s economy could double in size by 2035, according to the Bank of America Business Insider

Hong Kong polls to be postponed for second year as part of Beijing’s planned overhaul of elections, with expansion in store for legislature, Election Committee South China Morning Post

Is China Killing off its “Little Fresh Meat”? Jing Daily

U.S., Vietnam Interests ‘Aligned’ Amid Some Tensions, Says U.S. Envoy Bloomberg

Asian Military Spending: A Sign of Worsening Security Environment The Diplomat


Fleeing Junta Orders, Nineteen Myanmar Police Seek Refuge in India The Wire

Myanmar junta tried to withdraw $1.3 billion from US bank Sydney Morning Herald

Battlefield by day, graveyard by night: one reporter’s view of the street protests Frontier Myanmar


Indian farmers plan major road blockade outside Delhi to mark 100th day of protests Reuters. This enormous story is undercovered, even on the left.

Google Invests Billions in India as Modi and Allies Stage Corporate Takeover of Agriculture Eyes on the Ties

When Meenakshi beats a pot 3000 times People’s Archive of Rural India


Nurses’ fury as ministers offer them ‘pitiful’ pay rise of just ONE PER CENT after a year at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus Daily Mail

Inside the ‘Covid Triangle’: a catastrophe years in the making FT

Northern Irish loyalist paramilitaries withdraw support for 1998 peace deal Reuters (Re Silc).

The Disappearing Spy Blogmire. The Skripal case.

EU blocks export of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to Australia Deutsche Welle

How a coronavirus variant is overrunning Brazil Deutsche Welle

Indigenous groups sue French retailer over destruction of Amazon rainforest France24

Lawyer and Chevron critic Donziger’s civil contempt finding mostly upheld; fees and sanctions vacated Westlaw

Biden Administration

Democrats can’t kill the filibuster. But they can gut it. Normal Ornstein, WaPo

Purging Inconvenient Facts in Coverage of Biden’s ‘First’ Air Attacks FAIR

ERCOT overcharged power companies $16 billion for electricity during winter freeze, firm says Texas Tribune

Brian Houston Apologizes For Hillsong NYC’s ‘Failings,’ Promises Whistleblower Policy The Roys Report

Dr. Seuss Books Deemed Offensive Will Be Delisted From eBay WSJ.

Capitol Seizure

The disputed timelines of the Capitol riot WaPo

A midlevel member of the Trump State Dept. has been arrested on charges related to the Capitol attack. NYT

Federal investigators are examining communications between US lawmakers and Capitol rioters CNN

Officers maced, trampled: Docs expose depth of Jan. 6 chaos AP

Court narrows law used to target white supremacists Politico

Democrats en Deshabille

Reports: NY officials altered count of nursing home deaths AP

Why ‘Cuomo’s death order’ didn’t really cause NY’s nursing home carnage. A reality check

Health Care

Most older Americans take multiple prescriptions but haven’t received medication review, unaware Medicare covers it Becker’s Hospital Review

Imperial Collapse Watch

An “emotional” moment at an NSC meeting shows why withdrawing from Afghanistan is so hard Vox

Class Warfare

Twitter Worked With Amazon to Block Payday, Labeling Payday & Other Labor Reporters as “Suspicious Content” Payday Report

Amazon closes North Las Vegas warehouse for day after employee suicide Las Vegas Review-Journal

As coal dies, the US has no plan to help the communities left behind Grist

Disposable People Econoblog

The death of American dignity Unherd

How Law Made Neoliberalism Boston Review

Mars: Nasa’s Perseverance rover sends stunning images BBC

All Of Humanity’s Problems Are Caused By A Lack Of Awareness Caitlin Johnstone

Do conversations end when people want them to? PNAS

The Judgment of Paris The Baffler

Yoga influencers have stretched themselves FT

In Nogales, joy endures High Country News

Japan’s tsunami survivors call lost loves on the phone of the wind Reuters

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered.
To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.