Questions raised over cause of Ever Given grounding Lloyd’s List. Final sentence: “If it does turn out to be the bank effect, questions will need to be answered over how a ship that was under the control of a Suez Canal pilot was allowed to get so close to the shore.” Alternatively:
Is that boat blocking the Suez Canal or is it taking time out for itself as a radical act of self care?
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) March 27, 2021
Suez Canal: Effort to refloat wedged container ship continues BBC. Prematurely triumphal tugboats:
THE SHIP MOVED!! Although just 17 metres but this is good indication. The tugboats are all sounding their foghorns in jubilation. 👏👏👏#SuezBLOCKED #suezcanel #Suez #Evergreenship #Evergiven pic.twitter.com/YGuJaQv4mQ
— Guy With The Digger At Suez Canal (@SuezDiggerGuy) March 27, 2021
Not enough of you tried hard enough:
Anthony Eden’s barbiturate dream sequence pic.twitter.com/LJ7Aj2QRL9
— Hannah Rose Woods (@hannahrosewoods) March 27, 2021
The Chinese Logistical Sublime and Its Wasted Remains The Disorder of Things. From 2015, Container ship ethnography. From the following thread recommending reading on logistics:
Everyone is talking about the big ship getting stuck in the #Suez Canal. Here’s a critical logistics reading list on the politics of how we got here -why ships are so huge, why there is a manmade canal cutting through a continent, why global supply chains seem so brittle, & more.
— Charmaine Chua (@CharmaineSChua) March 27, 2021
$100 million geoengineering project proposed, to dim the sun Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Easier to imagine dimming the sun than ending capitalism….
COVID-19 vaccine response in pregnant and lactating women: a cohort study American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. From the Conclusions: “COVID-19 mRNA vaccines generated robust humoral immunity in pregnant and lactating women, with immunogenicity and reactogenicity similar to that observed in non-pregnant women. Vaccine-induced immune responses were significantly greater than the response to natural infection. Immune transfer to neonates occurred via placenta and breastmilk.” n = 131.
Another thread on getting vaccinated:
Since I’ve been writing about the COVID-19 pandemic for a year for @PressHerald, this thread is a bit of my experience getting a vaccine at the Portland Expo today. (operated by @NorthernLightH) I turned 50 in 2020, becoming vax eligible w 194K in Maine starting this week. pic.twitter.com/DayfAOmpOQ
— Joe Lawlor (@joelawlorph) March 26, 2021
This kind of operation, apparently, is something we seem to have the capacity to do, unlike building registration websites that work, for example.
Universities Are Still Gambling With Students’ Lives Current Affairs
No flu season:
With March almost over it seems pretty clear there will not be a #flu season in the US this year. I will continue to watch @CDCgov‘s weekly FluView reports, but probably won’t tweet unless something notable happens. The story is the same every week at this point: No flu. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/0yhV5Ia1FT
— Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) March 27, 2021
Myanmar security forces kill over 100 protesters in ‘horrifying’ day of bloodshed Reuters. On Armed Forces Day.
International Chiefs of Defense Condemn Use of Lethal Force in Burma United States Department of Defense. I am sure authoritarians around the world are following the simplicity and directness of the Tatmadaw’s tactics with great interest:
— Matthew Tostevin (@TostevinM) March 26, 2021
Myanmar’s ethnic rebels isolate junta ahead of Armed Forces Day Nikkei Asian Review. I think “isolate” is a bit strong. Nevertheless, Myanmar Federalism grows out of the barrel of a gun. Given the givens:
BREAKING: Karen National Union’s brigade no.5 was attacked by air strikes on 20:00 today. – KNU info team reported.
— Mratt Kyaw Thu (@mrattkthu) March 27, 2021
But holy moley:
KNU seizes control of Tatmadaw base in Kayin state
— Myanmar Now (@Myanmar_Now_Eng) March 27, 2021
Why QAnon Flopped in Japan NYT. “‘It’s too naïve for our readership,’ Takeharu Mikami, the editor of Mu [Japan’s leading purveyor of shadowy phenomena] since 2005, told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper last month.”
Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation agreement Al Jazeera. The Blob, good job.
“Here it is, the truffle, a blessing from God!” Reuters. Ditto.
US Intelligence Warns Withdrawal Could Lead To Afghanistan Being Controlled By Afghans Caitlin Johnstone. Ditto.
How do we talk about rebel groups? Africa Is a Country
What A Week Craig Murray. His site is back up.
Joe Biden Just Fixed Obamacare’s “Subsidy Cliff” The Bulwark
Biden Doesn’t Need to Be FDR or LBJ to Change America Eric Levitz New York Magazine
Democrats en Deshabille
Why Georgia’s New Voting Law Is Such A Big Deal FiveThirtyEight
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
P*ssing on Pedestrians London Review of Books. On Robert Maxwell.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Our Famously Free Press
Alternatives to Censorship: Interview With Matt Stoller Matt Taibbi, TK News. Stoller: “The question isn’t whether Alex Jones should have a platform. The question is, should YouTube have recommended Alex Jones 15 billion times through its algorithms so that YouTube could make money selling ads?”
Democrats Gave Americans a Big Boost Buying Health Insurance. It Didn’t Come Cheap. Kaiser Health News. You can pump more blood into a zombie, but it’s still a zombie.
‘Surprise and shock’: Was a key guideline for screening autism wrong for years? Academic Times. The NICE Clinical Guidelines, from the UK.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
An Antiracist Agenda for Medicine Boston Review
Imperial Collapse Watch
A Private Tech City Opens for Business in Honduras MSN (Re Silc). Franchulates?
Senator Bernie Sanders headlines a pro-union Amazon rally in Bessemer Alabama Public Radio
A Rich Man’s War, A Poor Man’s Fight Frank Interviews
The Lost Omidyar Chapter: Part I Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
What Happens When Investment Firms Acquire Trailer Parks The New Yorker
America’s first 3D-printed neighborhood is ‘the future of housing’ The Hill. $595,000 a pop? Really?
The Quest to Tell Science from Pseudoscience Boston Review
Antidote du jour (via):
Сразу четыре редчайших леопарда попали на видео 😻
Four rarest leopards in one video! And they have a high ground. https://t.co/iO6XxcBXwo#землялеопарда #дальневосточныйлеопард #леопард #приморье #amurleopard #leopard #leopardland pic.twitter.com/yA6iXV2xvG
— Земля леопарда (@Leopard_land) March 26, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.