/Links 2/15/2020

Links 2/15/2020

Canada driver captures rare sighting of mother lynx and her kittens Guardian

Researchers identify 1,500 dance moves bees use to communicate Daily Mail (David L)

Ski season in the Alps may soon be over, permanently CNN

Trafficking industry hit as ‘sex worker’ chatbots fool thousands Guardian (David L)

Scientists discover largest bacteria-eating virus. It blurs line between living and nonliving. LiveScience (David L)

A Radio Frequency Exposure Test Finds an iPhone 11 Pro Exceeds the FCC’s Limit IEEESpectrum

Mumps cases hit decade high in England BBC. Resilc: “All the antivacers in USA USA are a bigger risk than noko, Iran and ISIS put together.”

The joy of intimacy Aeon

Why Witchcraft Is on the Rise Atlantic (Adrien F)


Coronavirus: Death toll in China surges past 1,500 DW

How Patients Die After Contracting COVID-19, The New Coronavirus Disease NPR (David L)

Note I have already said to Lambert, the key isn’t only in part happens in the Northern hemisphere ex China in the next couple of months. Sinus and respiratory infections don’t transmit as much in the summer. But there is a reasonably-sized Chinese population in Australia and lots of business interests in Australia, and similarly, a lot of Chinese investment in Africa and resulting shuttling of people. If the virus takes hold in either continent, it’s hard to see how it doesn’t come back in the Northern Hemisphere next winter.

Eight planes locked down at Heathrow Airport over coronavirus fears New York Post

How to make your own mask: Hong Kong scientists reveal temporary solution for those unable to get protective gear because of panic buying and price-gouging South China Morning Post (resilc). Mind you, experts say masks are not a good idea: they don’t prevent airborne germs from getting in and create a favorable environment for them. Their use is to prevent you from infecting others! Frequent handwashing and social distancing are your best defenses.

Cats in China are wearing face masks amid coronavirus crisis New York Post and Cats in China Are Wearing Face Masks to Ward Off Virus Futurism (furzy)

How do we test for coronavirus, anyway? ars technica (DD)

How Xi Jinping’s “Controlocracy” Lost Control Project Syndicate (David L)


Strange bedfellows: Pelosi finds rare common ground with Trump in denouncing Huawei at Munich Security Conference RT (Kevin W)

Undersea cable to challenge China’s expansion Asia Times

An EU judge told Google it’s landed on Monopoly’s ‘Go to Jail’ square and reportedly threatened to increase its $2.6 billion antitrust fine Business Insider. Delicious. I hope Google is hoist on its own petard. Sadly, you have to read the WSJ version to learn this idea came from one of five judges, and there’s only one precedent for fines being increased, and then, it was not by much.


Brexit: out of court Richard North. North says Connelly in the story above has it wrong.

New chancellor Rishi Sunak challenged over hedge fund past Guardian (Kevin W)

Wallace reprimanded over European Parliament remarks about Juan Guaido RTE. PlutoniumKun: “Guido an ‘unelectable gobshite’ (apparently you can’t say this in the European parliament)”

Big Brother is Watching You Watch. Creeped me out. I went to a gym that I’ve visited when in Dallas since 2012 (and yes, I missed the Bernie rally, which bums me out, I’m can’t handle walking much plus getting a ride back wasn’t viable, but we had a very good small meetup). Said gym for members now makes you not just insert a card but put your finger in a print reader! No way!

Algorithms ‘consistently’ more accurate than people in predicting recidivism, study says TechXplore (Robert M). Precrime is coming….

Trump Transition

Appeals Court Rebukes Administration’s Attempt to Force Work Requirements, Other Barriers on Medicaid Program National Health Law. Ruling here.

White House considering tax incentive for more Americans to buy stocks, sources say CNBC. Kill me now.

Justice Dept. drops probe of ex-FBI official McCabe, a top Trump target Reuters (furzy)

Esper Defends Move to Defund Stars and Stripes, Says News Org. Not a Priority Military.com

‘Just Plain Ugly’: Proposed Executive Order Takes Aim At Modern Architecture NPR. Kevin W: “So Slate has their say – ‘Classical” Architecture Is Just One Way Tyrants Build in Their Own Image.

Roger Stone asks for new trial The Hill. My impression is usually this sort of thing goes nowhere, but it appears the juror who wound up being foreman had a case of TDS that he lied about during voir dire. If so, Stone might get somewhere with this argument.

Mistrial Declared in Kafkaesque D.C. Trial of Venezuela Embassy Protectors Mint Press (JALP)


Pollsters got it wrong in the 2016 election. Now they want another shot. MIT Technology Review (UserFriendly)


Why millions of Californians may not get to vote in the Democratic primary SF Examiner (Joe H)

For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing FAIR (UserFriendly)

Bernie Sanders Isn’t a Socialist New York Times (furzy)

Hear the Bern Episode 44| Big Tents & Iowa, YouTube. UserFriendly: “Wow. The First 13 min of this are must watch. Explains Iowa Ratfucking.”

On Fault Lines: The corruption of Buttigieg donors, the Ziff Brothers Lucy Komisar. Quite the read.

New Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows Sanders’s strength going head-to-head with rivals Yahoo

New Doubts From Iowa Caucuses: How ‘Satellite’ Votes Are Being Measured

Michael Bloomberg’s Polite Authoritarianism New Republic (UserFriendly)

Not so polite if you are not white:

Bloomberg once blamed end of ‘redlining’ for 2008 collapse Associated Press (Kevin C)


Bloomberg defied a flight ban to show support for Israel, defended the country shelling a school and killing sleeping children Mondoweiss (Dan)

The Price of a Bloomberg Nomination Is Too Damn High New York Magazine

a href=”https://muslimadvocates.org/2020/02/mayor-bloomberg-targeted-arabic-speakers-candidate-bloomberg-is-wooing-them/”>Mayor Bloomberg Spied on Arabic Speakers, Candidate Bloomberg is Wooing Them Muslim Advocates

Ryanair: Boeing 737 Max deliveries could be two years late CNBC. PlutoniumKun: “Boeing had negative aircraft orders in January.”

Technology is poised to upend America’s property market Economist

CalPERS refutes Chinese influence claims Fox (JPR). Rep. Jim Banks not deterred.

Gender Wars

Holy Crap! The Sexual Harassment Allegations Against The Late Judge Stephen Reinhardt Are Shocking Above the Law (J-LS)

Welcome to the Era of Fake Products Wirecutter (sporble)

How Did the Fed Funds Market Change When Excess Reserves Were Abundant? Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Help me. We said from early on that the repo mess was due to the Fed changing its practices from intervening in the repo market daily to post crisis managing policy rates via interest on reserves + reforms that required banks to keep large liquidity buffers + big banks having more profitable things to do with short term liquidity excesses than lend to the repo market. Or as Warren Mosler said: “Required reserve levels are set by institutional structure, and reserve balances come only via the Fed crediting accounts on its books.”

Class Warfare

Who’s Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills? New York Times (resilc)

Number of striking workers surged in 2018 and 2019 Economic Policy Institute

Antidote du jour. Nate P’s cat Calypso. He seems camera-averse. Or maybe someone just told him Bloomberg is running:

And a bonus (guurst):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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