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100 year-old enormous fresh water fish caught in Detroit River Boing Boing (resilc) !!!!! Scientists Are Relocating Nuisance Beavers to Help Salmon Smithsonian Magazine Drones show California’s great white sharks are closer — and more common — than you think Los Angeles Times This Unappealing Beer Offers a Taste of Climate Change TreeHugger Bugging out: EU approves beetle larvae as food France 24 (resilc) Siberia Is on Fire—and It’s Only May Gizmodo. But then again: And another sign of spring, also from Norilsk in Krasnoyarsk region – who wouldn’t remember falling through thawing snow like these two guys, losing shoes or ending up with boots full of snow. Video by Danil Vashurov pic.twitter.com/AqXb08mO2U — The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) May 3, 2021 Pesticides Threaten the

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100 year-old enormous fresh water fish caught in Detroit River Boing Boing (resilc) !!!!!

Scientists Are Relocating Nuisance Beavers to Help Salmon Smithsonian Magazine

Drones show California’s great white sharks are closer — and more common — than you think Los Angeles Times

This Unappealing Beer Offers a Taste of Climate Change TreeHugger

Bugging out: EU approves beetle larvae as food France 24 (resilc)

Siberia Is on Fire—and It’s Only May Gizmodo. But then again:

Pesticides Threaten the ‘Foundations of the Web of Life,’ New Soil Study Warns EcoWatch (David L)

Repairing the Soil Carbon Rift Monthly Review (Anthony L)

Global Vaccine Crisis Sends Ominous Signal for Fighting Climate Change New York Times. Resilc: “Fighting climate is PR BS. If we can’t agree on masks, how can we agree on anything? We will fight two things. 1. jack, 2 shit. Kids are kooked.”

Mathematics for gamblers Aeon (Anthony L)

Doctors investigate mystery brain disease in Canada BBC

#COVID-19

COVID-19 Death Rates Are Impressively Low In Haiti NPR (David L)

Travel agents jittery over jab tours Bangkok Post (furzy)

Science/Medicine

Spike Protein Behavior Science Magazine (UserFriendly)

Venezuela to begin clinical trials of Cuba’s vaccine candidate Al Jazeera. Our KLG says that Cuba is eminently capable of developing a vaccine.

Pfizer is testing a pill that, if successful, could become first-ever home cure for COVID-19 Montreal Gazette. Lance N:

This article includes the phrase “keeping schtum” for “staying
close-mouthed”. Apparently this is a Yiddish-ism occasionally used in the UK. I’m fascinated that it would pop up in a Montreal newspaper.

Asia

India suspends exams for trainee doctors and nurses amid coronavirus surge abc.net.au (Kevin W)

Covid cases at Everest base camp raise fears of serious outbreak BBC

Covid: Japan town builds giant squid statue with relief money BBC (resilc)

UK/Europe

Herd immunity: can the UK get there? The Conversation (Kevin W)

US

So Much For ‘Herd Immunity’ Heisenberg Report

Biden Gets U.S. Into Vaccine Diplomacy Race as Stockpiles Rise Bloomberg

US Air Force, Navy Extend 50% Work-From-Home Indefinitely Defense One. See also: Proposed Space National Guard Gathers Momentum Defense One. Resilc: “I plan on joining the National Guard Space Force work from home group.”

Biden’s new goal: get 70% of Americans vaccinated by Fourth of July Guardian (resilc)

Social Security Sees Slowdown in Retiree Rolls Amid Covid Deaths MSN. Resilc: “According to plan?”

Births in U.S. Drop to Levels Not Seen Since 1979 Wall Street Journal

China?

Time for China to show the love Asia Times

How CBS’s Norah O’Donnell tried to out-hawk Antony Blinken on China Responsible Statecraft (Kevin W)

The Wider Ramifications Of A China-Aramco Deal OilPrice. 1% is not a strategic stake. It’s symbolic. But it does say that Chinese government interests are acceptable if MbS can’t find investors at prices it likes.

Myanmar

A wider war coming to Myanmar Asia Times

5 Years of Duterte: A Calamity Reaching Its Crescendo The Diplomat

Brexit

France threatens to cut off power to Jersey in post-Brexit fishing row Guardian (Kevin W)

New Cold War

Kremlin: Russia is preparing to be disconnected from SWIFT

Syraqistan

Report: US and Taliban in Talks Over Full Withdrawal By July Antiwar (resilc)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Biden Team May Partner With Private Firms To Monitor Extremist Chatter Online CNN

60% of School Apps Are Sharing Your Kids’ Data With Third Parties Gizmodo (Kevin W)

This Motorcycle Airbag Vest Will Stop Working If You Miss a Payment Vice (resilc)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Andrew Yang Promised to Create 100,000 Jobs. He Ended Up With 150. New York Times. From last week, still germane

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Derek Chauvin files motion for new trial in George Floyd case, alleging jury misconduct NBC. Experts expected a filing along these lines and did not anticipate it would succeed.

‘Curbside Karen’, 35, faces hate crime charge for dialing 911 on black Amazon delivery driver and calling him ‘the N-word’ in public rant after she claimed she saw him speeding Daily Mail. Lead story in US edition.

Woke Watch

Here Be Monsters… Rhyd Wildermuth (UserFriendly). OMG one of the best opening lines evah: “I once went on a date with a bat.”

CIA Embraces Left-Wing Ideology, Leftists Deny That This Is Happening Michael Tracey. Hate the conflation of academically oriented PMC promotion of intersectionality with the left.

Fried-Chicken Craze Is Causing U.S. to Run Low on Poultry Bloomberg (resilc)

Elizabeth Holmes back in court for first time in 15 months, putting Silicon Valley culture under scrutiny CNBC (Kevin W)

Another reason why Alex Oh was not tenable as chief of enforcement at the SEC:

Tech Giants Could Send Helium Prices Soaring as War For Supply Grows OilPrice (resilc)

Rent-to-Own Dogs Adam Levitin

Class Warfare

Government official working a shift as Meituan courier is featured in new Communist Party documentary South China Morning Post

Higher Ed 2.0 (What We Got Right/Wrong) No Mercy/No Malice (resilc)

Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed CounterPunch

Funny, one of our aides and her husband (before he died) operated a 3 bay garage in Connecticut, so as a side benefit she does car diagnosis and minor maintenance. From resilc:

I had an interesting interaction with an owner/operator of a small 2 bay garage in Clarksburg, MA yesterday. I drop my 2003 Tacoma with 90k miles to get its first brake job ever (why I buy Toyotas) and get a call to pick it up mid day. I get there and the shop is all open, tens of $dollar of tools all sitting there. A sign, “back soon”. Bob the owner drives up and says on a quick lunch break. I’m here all alone, have a p/t retired guy who wants to work 2 days, but I can’t find help. Kids from a pretty good tech high school are generally a very mixed lot. Hired one kid who was great, hoped to sell him the business in 10 years, but he left to join the Marines….we’ll be locked into dealers on everything soon. He said kids can’t afford the capital needed to buy or start-up something like his operation. And he said he’d be a plumber if he was younger. All you need is a van, a few tools and a cell phone/website.

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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