Odds and Ends — 10 May 2021

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Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

Modi Helped Create ‘Inexcusable’ Horror In India

Despite warnings about the risks of superspreader events, the government allowed religious festivals to go ahead, drawing millions of people from around the country, along with huge political rallies—conspicuous for their lack of COVID-19 mitigation measures. Modi’s actions in attempting to stifle criticism and open discussion during the crisis are inexcusable.

Mucormycosis: The 'black fungus' maiming Covid patients in India

Macron calls on US to drop vaccine export bans

Covid mask fights make plane travel more dangerous.

With all the ambient stress, it’s easy to see how a conflict can escalate. And conflicts on board are escalating fast. As NBC News reported earlier this week, airlines have referred more than 1,300 unruly passenger cases to the FAA since the start of 2021. In a normal year, we’d see around 150 referrals. Just four months into this year — and with passenger volume still barely half of 2019 numbers — we’ve already seen nearly 10 times the normal number of incidents for a whole year.
What’s causing these incidents? Overwhelmingly, it’s passengers who refuse to wear masks.

Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, Economy, and Debt:

Literally to the moon — SpaceX payload funded by DOGE plans to reach lunar orbit in 2022

Washingtonian staff goes on publishing strike after CEO's op-ed about remote work

Call it a guess, but some will not be convinced: Commerce Secretary Refutes Notion That Unemployment Relief Impedes Job Growth

“There are two broad ways to cleanse today’s imbalance – fiscal/monetary orthodoxy with a very deep domestic recession or inflation to revalue assets and devalue liabilities. This is precisely why there is scant domestic focus on today’s imbalances – a weaker dollar is the cure, and scares nobody. It is the foreigners who are growing nervous.”
— Eric Peters, CIO of One River Asset Management

Politics:

Kinzinger compares Republican Party to the Titanic

Right now, it's basically the Titanic. We're like, you know, in this in the middle of this slow sink, we have a band playing on the deck telling everybody it's fine. And meanwhile, as I've said, you know, Donald Trump's running around trying to find women's clothing and get on the first lifeboat.

”They Just Launched a War”

“Mr. Mayor, you know from your consultants that there is a substantial portion of your police force that you cannot rely on ... to report misconduct by other officers?” asked attorney Gittes.
“Based on the findings of the Matrix report, yes, that is correct,” the mayor replied.

Bernie Sanders Skeptical of Biden’s Dealmaking

House GOP Not Told About Bad Trump Polling Data

When staff from the National Republican Congressional Committee rose to explain the party’s latest polling in core battleground districts, they left out a key finding about Trump’s weakness, declining to divulge the information even when directly questioned about Trump’s support by a member of Congress.
Trump’s unfavorable ratings were 15 points higher than his favorable ones in the core districts, according to the full polling results… Nearly twice as many voters had a strongly unfavorable view of the former president as had a strongly favorable one.

Has anyone ever interdicted American weapons sent to the Saudis? If they do it, it’s piracy. If we do it, fine and dandy: US Navy seizes weapons in Arabian Sea likely bound for Yemen

Serendipity:

Two Assholes Lost in the Woods: An Oral History of ‘Pine Barrens’

Twenty years after it aired, David Chase and Co. look back on one of the wildest, boldest, funniest episodes of ‘The Sopranos’ ever made.

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