Game, Asset, Match: “The world’s three largest asset managers (BlackRock, Vanguard, and UBS) alone control $21 trillion, roughly equivalent to the entire U.S. economy in 2017 and nearly twice as much as the entire world’s hedge fund, private equity, and venture capital industries combined.” How BlackRock, Vanguard, and UBS Are Screwing the World.

+ Brain Drain “Analysis of the ‘before’ and ‘after’ images from the UK Biobank showed that people infected with COVID-19 had a greater reduction in their brain volumes overall and performed worse on cognitive tests than those who had not been infected.” Even a mild case of COVID-19 can cause brain changes. It’s too soon to know if the damage lasts. This is a small study. But there’s no doubt that long covid symtoms will be a big issue in a world where we just passed 6 million deaths.

+ Meadow Lark: This is a really weird story. The New Yorker: Why Did Mark Meadows Register to Vote at an Address Where He Did Not Reside?