December 21, 2020

I've been watching Saturn and Jupiter get closer together the past few nights. They are supposed to virtually on top of one another tomorrow. s

When the moon is in the nth house, and Jupiter aligns with Saturn, does it mean the dawning of the age of coronavirus?


Afternoon walk; the wild daffodils are out.




Links blog

✭Dozens of Al Jazeera journalists allegedly hacked using Israeli firm's spyware | Al Jazeera | The Guardian
"In a stunning new report, researchers at Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto said they discovered what appears to be a major espionage campaign against one of the world’s leading media organisations, which is based in Qatar and has long been a thorn in the side of many of the region’s autocratic regimes."

✭How to pick more beautiful colors for your data visualizations | Chartable
 good colors for your charts is hard. This article tries to make it easier."

✭Early humans may have survived the harsh winters by hibernating | Science | The Guardian
Evidence from bones found at one of the world’s most important fossil sites suggests that our hominid predecessors may have dealt with extreme cold hundreds of thousands of years ago by sleeping through the winter.

✭Heated Oval Office meeting included talk of special counsel, martial law as Trump advisers clash - CNNPolitics
Martial law... wow.

✭Four men charged with rape and murder of Dalit woman in India | India | The Guardian
This story has everything - violence against women; rape and murder as an instrument of oppression of dalits; attempted police cover up by burning the body at 2:30 AM, whitewashing by the chief minister; arrest of journalist on charges of sedition(!)... eventually there are four suspects.

✭UR Ananthamurthy’s seminal political novel ‘Avasthe’ is out in English translation at the right time
"As a prime minister threatens to turn into a dictator, a revolutionary peasant leader looks back from his deathbed in this 1978 Kannada novel."
#india #books
He's a great author. I will look out for this next time I'm in India.

✭Zoom Executive Allegedly Doctored Child Porn to Smear Tiananmen Square Memorial Activists
"Activists wanted to commemorate the massacre’s 30th anniversary and had gathered on Zoom to do so. As the activists started organizing, they found their accounts had been suspended."

✭How Toxic Fumes Seep Into the Air You Breathe on Planes - Slashdot
"from January 2018 to December 2019 identified 362 fume events that airline crew members reported to the agency, with nearly 400 pilots, flight attendants and passengers receiving medical attention. During at least 73 of those flights, pilots used emergency oxygen. Four dozen pilots were described as impaired to the point of being unable to perform their duties. Because they're made voluntarily, the NASA safety reports are the "tip of the iceberg," according to a recent study"

✭Europe's Covid-19 vaccine rollout: The EU is plagued with divisions. Covid-19 vaccines are a golden chance to redeem the European project - CNN
 EU has secured enough potential vaccine doses to immunize its 448 million citizens twice over, with millions left over to redirect or donate to poorer countries."

✭How India's Covid-19 vaccination drive will cover 300 million people - CNN
 producers of three leading coronavirus vaccine candidates have applied for emergency use authorization, and all of them require two doses to provide sufficient immunity. That adds up to a total of 600 million shots, and Modi's government wants to complete the whole process by August."
#india #COVID-19

✭'This is big': US lawmakers take aim at once-untouchable big tech | Technology | The Guardian
“There’s not been a cluster of cases of this significance since the 1970s,” said William Kovacic, a law professor at George Washington University and a former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. “This is a big deal.” " will be years before we even see the case argued, let alone see Google or Facebook have to spin off or break up its subsidiaries."

✭Not Amazon: Canadian website takes on the online giant | Canada | The Guardian
"More than 350,000 people have visited the site, which not only helps shop owners, but taps into the growing frustration over the reach and influence of online giants."

✭The Guardian view on Julian Assange: do not extradite him | Julian Assange | The Guardian
"This attack on press freedom must be rejected"

✭'They are willing to sacrifice everything': Ai Weiwei pays tribute to the Hong Kong protesters | Ai Weiwei
"For Ai they are impressive because, while living in one of the most unaffordable cities in the world, they fought not for material improvement but for principles. “They are heroes because they were fighting for democracy and civil society with no real hope that they would achieve their aims. They are clear, well educated and above all sincere. They were fighting not for jobs or money but things that seem to be abstract. It is about human dignity. I really think I am one of them.”

✭Growing alarm as US government investigates extent of hacking campaign | Technology | The Guardian“This is a developing situation, and while we continue to work to understand the full extent of this campaign, we know this compromise has affected networks within the federal government,"

✭Life has got worse since Arab spring, say people across Middle East | Global development | The Guardian
"majority in nine countries across the Arab world feel inequality has increased"

✭'It's over for us': how extreme weather is emptying Bangladesh's villages | Global development | The Guardian
“Unfortunately, with climate change and rising sea levels, people in the lower coastal districts of Bangladesh will gradually lose their livelihoods as fishermen and farmers, They will be forcibly displaced. This needs to be actively addressed by both the national government and the international community.’’

✭How to Use Your DSLR Camera As a Webcam in Linux | Nerdery by Ben Chapman

I didn't succeed with my camera.

✭Planète Océan - YouTube
Planète Océan [FR] Yann Arthus-Bertrand & Michael Pitiot - le film Full HD
by Planet Ocean on YouTube
forward to watching this film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand with music by Armand Amer.

✭Njalla — A privacy-aware domain registration service
, a privacy-aware domain service."