Thursday’s news links – Feb. 18, 2021

Amazon changed traffic light timing during union drive, county officials say The Verge

Organizers say the change made union efforts harder

Fight for 15: Workers across the US strike for dignified wages Peoples Dispatch

Texas

Texas wholesale electric prices spike more than 10,000% amid outages Reuters

The Absurd Electric Bills Slamming Texans Yahoo! News

Now, his bill has skyrocketed over $7,000 in the last two days, he said. As of Wednesday, Pierce owes Griddy $8,162.73 for the month of February—a shocking price considering the bill for his two-story house was $387.70 just last month. Last February, Pierce said he only paid $330.

Texas Power Crisis Is Getting Worse With Millions in Dark Bloomberg

U.S. Oil Production Slumps by Record 40% as Permian Freezes Bloomberg

Texas Was Warned a Decade Ago Its Grid Was Unready for Cold Bloomberg

Fossil Fuel Apologists Crafted Lies Now Heard on Fox, Blaming Wind Power for Texas Blackouts Intercept

Millions of jobs probably aren’t coming back, even after the pandemic ends Washington Post

#COVID19

DeSantis under fire for giving vaccine access to wealthy Floridians Daily Mail

US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII AP

Wearing a face mask can reduce your risk of severe Covid-19: Humidity inside coverings limits the spread of the virus to the lungs leading to milder infection, study shows Daily Mail

 

A technician working on the Sovereign 2 vaccine in Havana.

Cuba

Coronavirus Vaccine Nears Final Tests in Cuba. Tourists May Be Inoculated. NYTimes

Spain

Spain: Protests Reach 30 Cities After Rapper Jailed teleSUR

Protests demanding the release of Pablo Hasel gain momentum in Spain Peoples Dispatch

Biden Is Adopting a Militaristic Approach to the Far East The Nation

Troop levels are down, but US says over 18,000 contractors remain in Afghanistan Stars and Stripes

GPS Only Exists Because Of Two People: Albert Einstein And Gladys West Forbes

One of those technologies that’s been revolutionary for our society is GPS: the Global Positioning System. …

Unbeknownst to most people, however, the science underlying this technology was primarily developed by two people: Albert Einstein, whose theories of special and general relativity both play an important role, and Gladys West, a still-living and largely unheralded Black woman whose scientific contributions enabled us to understand geodesy and the shape of the Earth well enough to make GPS technology possible.

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