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Links 5/13/2021

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‘Inseparable’ Kitten with His Pig BFF Is the Cutest Thing You’ll See This Week DailyPaws (David L) Two small planes collided over Colorado and both landed safely, one after deploying a parachute CNN. Crittermom: “This is the first I’d heard of an airplane having a parachute.” There’s a New Definition of ‘Normal’ for Weather New York Times (Dr. Kevin) Night mode ‘better sleep’ claims are nonsense, says university ZDNet (Dr. Kevin). Oddly relieved to read this. All I found that night mode did was make it hard to read (as in tire out my eyes). Business of science: Tips and tricks for a perfect investor pitch Nature (Dr. Kevin). Kill me now. Wearable bug pod protects you from Brood X cicadas and your dignity CNET (furzy mouse) Who’s in Charge of Psilocybin? Chacruna (PlutoniumKun) Philosophy

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‘Inseparable’ Kitten with His Pig BFF Is the Cutest Thing You’ll See This Week DailyPaws (David L)

Two small planes collided over Colorado and both landed safely, one after deploying a parachute CNN. Crittermom: “This is the first I’d heard of an airplane having a parachute.”

There’s a New Definition of ‘Normal’ for Weather New York Times (Dr. Kevin)

Night mode ‘better sleep’ claims are nonsense, says university ZDNet (Dr. Kevin). Oddly relieved to read this. All I found that night mode did was make it hard to read (as in tire out my eyes).

Business of science: Tips and tricks for a perfect investor pitch Nature (Dr. Kevin). Kill me now.

Wearable bug pod protects you from Brood X cicadas and your dignity CNET (furzy mouse)

Who’s in Charge of Psilocybin? Chacruna (PlutoniumKun)

Philosophy with children Aeon (Anthony L).

Chemical giants hid dangers of ‘forever chemicals’ in food packaging Guardian (David L, Robert M, Carla R)

Ovarian cancer population screening and mortality after long-term follow-up in the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS): a randomised controlled trial Lancet. See BBC summary: Ovarian cancer: Setback as major screening trial fails to save lives.

What 2,000-year-old poo says about our gut bugs ABC Australia (Kevin W)

#COVID-19

World’s Most Vaccinated Nation Is Spooked by Covid Spike New York Times. Reported six days ago at NC: Seychelles, World’s Most Vaccinated Country, Hit by Covid Surge….Including Among the Vaccinated

‘There is no time to waste’: WHO needs new powers to control future outbreaks, report says Sydney Morning Herald (Kevin W). As if the WHO has covered itself with glory. Comparing the WHO to national health regulators is what the Japanese would call a height competition among peanuts.

Merriam-Webster online dictionary expands definition of ‘ANTI-VAXXER’ to include those who oppose FORCED JABS RT (Kevin W)

Science/Medicine

How COVID broke the evidence pipeline Nature (Dr. Kevin)

Strongest Evidence Yet Shows SARS-CoV-2 May Insert Itself Into The Human Genome ScienceAlert. GM writes:

This happens to all RNAs if there is some reverse transcriptase activity around — the human genome is full of so called “processed pseudogenes”, which are reverse transcribed copies of our own genes that then inserted into the genome.

It also happens to other viruses, there are some classic papers about finding Ebola’s VP35 inserted millions of years ago into the genomes of bats (and also other mammals):

https://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1001030
https://bmcecolevol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2148-11-336
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4157239/
https://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1001191

The vast majority of the time these are dead on arrival as they have no promoter elements to drive their expression. Also, they are often partial copies, and this will be a lot more often the case for coronaviruses, which have a very long genome.

This is not HIV, which is an actual retrovirus and has those elements in its genome.

So nothing to worry about. Also, these are extremely rare events.

Why does COVID make people so sick, so quickly? Israeli geneticist has an answer Times of Israel (David L)

Normalizing Community Mask-Wearing: A Cluster Randomized Trial in Bangladesh NBER (resilc)

Ivermectin advised for India Dr. John Campbell, YouTube (Carla R)

Asia

Panic Grips Uttar Pradesh After Bodies Found Buried in Sand on Banks of Ganges River – Video Sputnik (guurst)

UK/Europe

COVID Variants and a Third Wave: Scientists Warn Government Is ‘Sleepwalking Into Disaster’ Byline Times (guurst)

US

FDA Clears Pfizer Shot for Teens; U.S. Cases Slow: Virus Update Bloomberg

Finance/Economy

Telehealth companies are fueling a lobbying frenzy to protect their Covid boom STAT

Pandemic propels makeover at shipping giant Maersk Hellenic Shipping News

China?

U.S. Tariffs Drive Drop in Chinese Imports Wall Street Journal. Key section:

The Trump administration imposed the levies in 2018-19, aiming to boost U.S. factory production by making Chinese imports more expensive for the American companies that bring them in. That so-called re-shoring of manufacturing hasn’t happened in any appreciable way, economic data show, as U.S. companies instead turned to other countries in Asia for supply….

“If the goal was to reduce imports from China then it succeeded,” said Craig Allen, president of the U.S.-China Business Council, which represents U.S. companies that do business in China. “But if the goal was to increase manufacturing employment in the United States I don’t see any evidence that that’s happened. If the goal was to increase imports from other countries in Asia or increase manufacturing employment in Vietnam, it’s succeeded.”

Meituan: China tech giant’s shares slide over ancient poem BBC (resilc)

In Biden meet, Moon gets a late chance to shine Asia Times (Kevin W)

Brexit

France wants to delay UK-EU Brexit financial services pact over fishing row City AM (guurst)

THE COST OF BREXIT: MARCH 2021 Center for European Reform

NI protocol ‘not sustainable for long’, says UK cabinet minister Irish Times (guurst)

Old Blighty

Blair needs to crawl back under his rock. The whinging about Corbyn supporters who voted with their feet after Labour’s shameful treatment of him is sore looserdom. Labour arrogantly thought they could kick the left to the curb and win campaigning on “We’re not Tories”. Pinko-bashing is so much more satisfying than a cold clinical look at campaign failures.

Pain that Begets Pain: Ethiopia is Hemorrhaging, Only Empathy Can Heal a Breaking Nation Ghion Journal

Syraqistan

Israel-Gaza: Rockets pound Israel after militants killed BBC. Breaking story just after midnight EDT.

Ocasio-Cortez hits Biden for taking ‘the side of occupation’ in Mideast violence The Hill (UserFriendly)

Israel-Palestine conflict erupts in new dangerous ways Asia Times (Kevin W)

Battle between Israel and Hamas is an unwelcome surprise for Biden CNN (Kevin C)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Insider view: the tragedy of the US Deep State Pepe Escobar (Chuck L)

Biden

Rahm Emanuel Gets Another Job He Doesn’t Deserve New Republic

Democratic fissures start to show after Biden’s first 100 days The Hill

2021 Open Letter from Retired Generals and Admirals Flag Officers 4 America (resilc). Hoo boy.

Trump

The Heartwarming Tale of How a Co-Founder of Students For Trump Is Going to Prison After His Co-Founder Snitched On Him to the Feds Jezebel (Dr. Kevin)

Health Care

Bernie Sanders and Pramila Jayapal: We must fix the gaping holes in Medicare Washington Post

Woke Watch

Sorry, but they’re called ‘mothers’ — not ‘birthing people’ New York Post (furzy)

Our Famously Free Press

Elon Musk says Teslas can no longer be purchased with Bitcoin The Hill (UserFriendly)

FAA Approves Boeing Fixes for Latest 737 MAX Problem Wall Street Journal. “Latest 737 MAX Problem” does not inspire confidence.

Human rights groups based in the US and China issue joint statement condemning Apple’s app store monopoly Fight for the Future

Uber used 50 Dutch shell companies to dodge taxes on nearly $6 billion in revenue, report says Business Insider (Lucy Komisar)

Uber, Lyft want more public subsidies to meet California EV mandates Reuters (resilc)

Class Warfare

Talk of labor shortages is everywhere. What is really going on? Economic Policy Institute. Key point:

The footprint of a labor shortage is very fast wage growth. Does that mean wage levels in leisure and hospitality are now too high? No. These wages plummeted in the recession and have just regained their pre-COVID trend—i.e., they are now roughly where they would be if COVID had never happened. In fact, the current average weekly wage for nonsupervisory workers in leisure and hospitality translates into annual earnings of $20,628. Yes, you read that right. $20,628.

Union Nurses in Massachusetts Are Waging the Longest Current Strike in the US Jacobin (resilc)

Despite Weeks of Union-Busting, Workers at Imperfect Foods Vote to Unionize Truthout (Heresy101)

Residents revolted over a ‘tent city’ in their neighborhood—until they saw how well it worked UpWorthy (David L)

CT Gov Threatens National Guard to Bust Nursing Home Strike – Factory Workers in Rural PA Strike – Rise in Restaurant Walkouts Mike Elk

Antidote du jour (Tracie H). My guess is that this is an ocelot.

Links 5/13/2021

And a bonus (Robert M):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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