Trump Remains at the Heart of the Republican Party

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. To those who may have thought the absence of Trump tweets means the Republican Party has finally got over him,  I have one word: ha. Two developments during the past week suggest […]

Links 4/9/2021

Why Bumblebees Love Cats an Other Beautiful Relationships Longreads The Woke Meritocracy Tablet IN GOOD TASTE: MARILYN STASIO ON A LIFETIME OF BOOK REVIEWS Crime Reads Amanda Gorman says she has declined around $17m in deals since inauguration Guardian B.C. First Nations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada protect crab for Indigenous food, social and ceremonial purposes […]

Stock Buybacks Stand in the Way of Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

By Lynn Parramore, Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure and climate proposal has a lot of people excited, and no wonder. Americans are sick of being stuck with frazzled electric grids, foul drinking water, falling bridges, far […]

Links 4/7/2021

3 eggs found, 18 lieutenants lost at base Easter egg hunt Duffel Blog. A couple of days late but still amusing. The Joy and Privilege of Growing Up in an Indie Bookstore Literary Hub The Strange Convulsion in Scottish Politics Craig Murray COPS CROWDFUNDED THEIR K-9’S HOSPITAL BILLS — THEN QUIETLY ADMITTED THEY HAD SHOT […]

Marcus Rashford Promotes Healthy Start

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. I’m not a Manchester United supporter. But I am a big fan of Marcus Rashford. No introduction is needed of this Manchester United and UK national football player for UK readers. I’m […]

IMF, World Bank Must Support Developing Countries’ Recovery

By Anis Chowdhury, Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University and University of New South Wales (Australia), who held senior United Nations positions in New York and Bangkok and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, who was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of […]

New COVID Variants Have Changed the Game, and Vaccines Will Not Be Enough. We Need Global ‘Maximum Suppression

By Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, UCL, Chris Bullen, Professor of Public Health, University of Auckland, Jeffrey V, Lazarus, Associate Research Professor, Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), John N. Lavis, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Health Systems, McMaster University, John Thwaites, Chair, Monash […]

New York Joins Pot Party

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. New York became the fifteenth state to join the pot party when governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on March 31. As The City explains: The historic law, the culmination of drawn-out, fierce […]

Links 4/5/2021

Golden Parade: Mummified pharaohs moved to new Cairo home Deutsche Welle Malaysian resort island Langkawi can avoid environmental disaster by making the most of flying lemur and other wildlife’s comeback during Covid-19 travel ban, scientist says South China Morning Post How my uncle dodged death and escaped from East Pakistan to India (with a little […]

Why India is Banking on Health Diplomacy to Grow African Footprint

By Dan Banik, Professor of political science, Director of the Oslo SDG Initiative, Host of “In Pursuit of Development” podcast, University of Oslo and Renu Modi, Professor in African Studies, University of Mumbai. Originally published at The Conversation. India has stepped up its global ambitions and foreign policy re-engagement with African countries in recent years. Its […]

Italy Bans Cruise Ships from Entering Venice’s Historic Center

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Italian ministers last week approved a ban on cruise ships entering Venice’s Giudecca Canal This measure was enacted in response to a request from UNESCO, and also applies to large container ships, […]

Links 4/4/2021

Happy Easter! Spain To Try Nationwide 4-Day Workweek Treehugger Why Did the Slave Trade Survive So Long? New York Review of Books The Collapse of Puerto Rico’s Iconic Telescope New Yorker The Slow Travel Trend Is Here to Stay Conde Nast Traveler From December, still germane. Farms Are Coming To Cities American Conservative What is Brood […]

Life in a Remote Alaskan Community on the Front Line of Climate Change

By Connor Dunleavy,Yale Climate Connections. Originally published at Yale Climate Connections. WHITTIER, ALASKA – The world’s high-latitude regions experience climate change at a rate twice as fast as the rest of the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Prince Williams Sound in South Central Alaska. This shelter body of water off the […]

‘Disturbing’: Rich Nations Vaccinating Person Per Second While Blocking Effort to Share Recipe With Poor Countries

By Jake Johnson, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams The governments of the world’s wealthiest countries—including the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom—are facing growing backlash for continuing to block an India and South Africa-led proposal to temporarily waive a restrictive global intellectual property rights agreement, an effort aimed at spurring […]

For the Birds: Lights Out Philly

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. A bit of good news for the to celebrate on this sunny morning on the cusp of spring. I’m writing this from our hideaway on Point Lookout, Long Island, looking out through […]

Links 3/14/2021

Philadelphia calls for ‘lights out’ after skyscrapers cause hundreds of bird deaths Guardian 102-year-old woman goes viral after joining great-grandson’s virtual gym class NY Post Review | Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception by Cass R. Sunstein on how to live with lies SCMP Pakistan’s beloved ‘poor man’s burger’ BBC Eli […]

Sports Desk: DoJ Files Amicus Brief in Support of College Athletes, While Congress Mulls Giving Them Rights to Their Names, Images, and Likenesses

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Both the Biden administration and Congress are separately taking on the National Collegiate Athletic Organization (NCAA)’s control over collegiate sports and the compensation student athletes can receive. According to the the WSJ : […]

Links 3/11/2021

The People We Know Best New York Review of Books Medieval ‘birthing girdle’ parchment was worn during labour, study suggests University of Cambridge What Is the True Cost of Closing a Restaurant? Grub Street The Pope-Sistani riddle  Asia Times Pepe Escobar Two teenagers placed in foster care after weight loss plan fails Guardian Upstate NY […]

Why the U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance Is Essential for U.S. Survival

Jerri-Lynn here. I would have framed this article differently, focusing on the importance of maintaining viable manufacturing is to U.S. economic survival, and less on national security points. I’m posting it for the useful information it contains on industries and supply chains By Tom Conway, the international president of the United Steelworkers Union (USW). Produced […]

Links 3/10/2021

Final thoughts Aeon Egyptologists translate the oldest-known mummification manuals Technica Suspected dog and cat meat factory in China raided after owner traces missing pet by GPS SCMP Russia turns away from NASA, says it will work with China on a Moon base Ars Technica Wildfires Will Keep Getting Worse — Even in “Best Case” Climate […]

Consider This Pineapple: Some Thoughts on Food Waste

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. What’s on this week’s table for your patriotic Taiwanese? Freedom pineapples! As the WSJ reports: …These days, pineapple consumption is seen as an act of patriotism. Taiwan residents have been gobbling up […]

Links 3/8/2021

Thai navy rescue four cats from burning ship BBC Great apes given Covid vaccines after outbreak at San Diego zoo Guardian The Right to Live in Peace Consortium News. Vijay Prashad. China’s Donghai Airlines suspends pilot and male attendant after allegedly fighting mid-flight over a toilet incident SCMP Flying the not so friendly skies. Wagnermania […]

New Report: U.S. Dams, Levees Get D Grades, Need $115 Billion in Upgrades

By Jeff Masters,Yale Climate Connections. Originally published at Yale Climate Connections. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave America’s infrastructure a C- grade in its quadrennial assessment issued March 3. ASCE gave the nation’s flood control infrastructure – dams and levees – a D grade. This is a highly concerning assessment, given that climate […]

Waste Watch: Europeans Get Right to Repair for Some Consumer Electrical Goods, While Jean Deere Reneges on Promise to U.S. Farmers to Make Diagnostic Software Freely Available

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. New right to repair rules for some consumer electrical goods, including hairdryers, refrigerators, television displays, and washing machines, came into effect in the 27-nation EU on Monday, mandating that products be repairable […]

Links 3/7/2021

Friends by Robin Dunbar review – how important are your pals? Guardian Cronkite signed off 40 years ago; it seems like an eon in news standards The Hill The Dangers of Brain Science Overdetermining Legal Outcomes Literary Hub. Judge Jed Rakoff. Originalism’s Original Sin Chronicle of Higher Education Egypt’s el-Sisi visits Sudan for Nile dam […]

Yes, Export Bans on Vaccines Are a Problem, But Why Is the Supply of Vaccines so Limited in the First Place?

By Deborah Gleeson, associate professor, La Trobe University. Originally published at The Conversation. News of the blockage of a shipment of 250,000 COVID-19 vaccines from Europe to Australia has caused concern and outrage. The immediate problem will probably be quickly solved through diplomatic channels. Even if it is not, onshore manufacturing of the AstraZeneca vaccine […]

Yes, Export Bans on Vaccines Are a Problem, But Why Is the Supply of Vaccines so Limited in the First Place?

By Deborah Gleeson, associate professor, La Trobe University. Originally published at The Conversation. News of the blockage of a shipment of 250,000 COVID-19 vaccines from Europe to Australia has caused concern and outrage. The immediate problem will probably be quickly solved through diplomatic channels. Even if it is not, onshore manufacturing of the AstraZeneca vaccine […]

Links 2/22/2021

Are Cities Finished? Project Syndicate The Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Be Meaningful After All Wired What would a truly wild Ireland look like? BBC When Engineers Were Humanists New York Review of Books Postures of Transport Public Domain Review NYC backtracks on de Blasio’s plan to close Trump-owned ice rinks New York Post Entire California […]

Sanders ‘Confident’ $15 Minimum Wage Possible Through Senate Reconciliation

By Brett Wilkins,  staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not incidental to the federal budget and is permissible under the rules,” the independent senator from Vermont said Saturday.  Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday said he is “confident” that the $15 hourly federal […]

Links 2/21/2021

What would human history look like if told through our relationships with animals? Scroll 21-year-old UK teacher becomes youngest woman to row Atlantic solo Guardian Tea With Martin Amis Tablet Can Historians Be Traumatized by History? The New Republic America’s Hidden Gulag New York Review of Books Gov. DeSantis to order flags lowered after Rush […]

Feds OK’d Export of Millions of N95 Masks as U.S. Workers Cried for More

By Christina Jewett, Senior Correspondent with the KHN enterprise team, is writing about health care workers dying of COVID-19 for the Lost on the Frontline project. Her reporting on secretive FDA device-reporting loopholes resulted in the release of 5.7 million records and was recognized with the Barlett & Steele Gold award, the SPJ Sunshine Award […]

Waste Watch: News from the U.S. and the Maldives

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. A depressing email popped into my in-box last week, containing a photograph of a rubbish-choked Maafushi harbor. I know the place well, having visited at least four times and completed months of […]

Links 2/15/2021

Retired general on Pepsi board vows to win War on Thirst Duffelblog US cold snap: Why is Texas seeing Arctic temperatures? BBC Winter storm alerts, power outages cover the map as storms slam US AccuWeather Historic Arctic outbreak brings dangerous cold, snow and ice to central and southern U.S. WaPoGuinea declares Ebola epidemic after three […]

Links 2/14/2021

A Field Guide to Heart-Shaped Foods New Yorker 14 Pink Animals That Wow and Woo TreeHugger Kraft Introduces…Pink Mac and Cheese? Leite’s Culinaria Chart: How Many People Are Looking for Love Online? The Wire How a public uprising caused a province built on fossil fuels to reverse course on coal mining The Narwhal Deepfake porn […]