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
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.
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 Syracuse.com
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
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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