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Scientists Have Studied the Mysterious Behavior of Cats Sitting on Squares Vice (JD). Bunny, the dog that can “talk,” starts asking existential questions Salon (DL). Kentucky Derby winner under scrutiny after positive post-race test Racing Post (Re Silc). How America Became the Money Laundering Capital of the World The New Republic. “The threat of a prison sentence is much more persuasive than the threat of a large money penalty,” Jim Richards, a former anti–money laundering director at Wells Fargo and other big banks who now runs Regtech Consulting, told me. “It’s pretty simple: Anything that can be fixed with money isn’t a problem to a large bank, it’s simply an expense.” “The Truth Turns Out to Be Ugly”: How Paul, Weiss Tried to Thwart Reporting on The Caesars Palace Collapse Vanity

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Scientists Have Studied the Mysterious Behavior of Cats Sitting on Squares Vice (JD).

Bunny, the dog that can “talk,” starts asking existential questions Salon (DL).

Kentucky Derby winner under scrutiny after positive post-race test Racing Post (Re Silc).

How America Became the Money Laundering Capital of the World The New Republic.

“The threat of a prison sentence is much more persuasive than the threat of a large money penalty,” Jim Richards, a former anti–money laundering director at Wells Fargo and other big banks who now runs Regtech Consulting, told me. “It’s pretty simple: Anything that can be fixed with money isn’t a problem to a large bank, it’s simply an expense.”

“The Truth Turns Out to Be Ugly”: How Paul, Weiss Tried to Thwart Reporting on The Caesars Palace Collapse Vanity Fair

Jonathan P. Baird: Chevron’s kill shot against Attorney Steven Donziger Concord Monitor. From April, still germane.

Regional emergency declaration issued over pipeline shut down after cyberattack The Hill

#COVID19

Free beer offer results in more vaccinations than all Erie County first-dose clinics last week Buffalo News. Stop moralizing and do what works.

‘Dracula’s Castle’ in Transylvania lures visitors with promise of free Covid-19 vaccine iNews

At nursing homes, fears of a viral rebound as workers decline COVID-19 vaccine and new residents struggle to get shots Boston Globe

“The Mark of the Beast”: Georgian Britain’s Anti-Vaxxer Movement Public Domain Review

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Fauci says indoor mask guidance should ‘start being more liberal.’ NYT (KW).

Fauci: ‘Unlikely’ US will see COVID-19 surge in fall, winter The Hill.

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Vascular alterations among young adults with SARS-CoV-2 American Journal of Physiology. From January, still germane. “Using a cross-sectional design, this study assessed vascular function 3–4 wk after young adults tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The main findings from this study were a strikingly lower vascular function and a higher arterial stiffness compared with healthy controls. Together, these results suggest rampant vascular effects seen weeks after contracting SARS-CoV-2 in young adults.”

66 Studies found for: Ivermectin | Covid19 ClinicalTrials.gov (pq). I count five in the United States (though not all studies have the location field filled in).

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A New Wave of Vaccines Is Coming, and They’re Not All Also-Rans Bloomberg. CureVac, Novavax, Glaxo + Sanofi, Valneva SE, and Altimmune Inc. Interesting round-up.

‘The vaccine changed my life’: Yale study to examine effects on COVID long-haulers New Haven Register

How SARS-CoV-2 first adapted in humans Science

How science has been corrupted Unherd

China?

China healthcare shares surge after COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver plan meets EU resistance Channel News Asia]

Chinese jabs dominate Latin American vaccination campaigns FT

Unused Shots Pile Up as Mistrust Mars Hong Kong Vaccinations Bloomberg

Fosun Pharma to provide factory with annual capacity of 1 bln doses of BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine Reuters. Oh.

Myanmar

Myanmar counts cost of coup, 100 days on Agence France Presse. 100 days is rather a long time for coup leadership not to be firmly in the saddle, especially a military as dominant as the Tatmadaw.

Myanmar’s journalists regroup on the run from the junta FT

Myanmar poet Khet Thi who died in detention had ‘organs removed’, wife says South China Morning Post

The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions (PDF) IEA

India

Panic in AMU as 18 professors die of Covid in 20 days, V-C wants campus samples probed The Print

A Report Card on the End Times Brought Upon Us by Hindutva The Wire

India’s biggest steelmaker slashes output as oxygen shortage bites FT

Cipla inks licencing agreement with Eli Lilly for Covid drug Baricitinib Times of India. FDA-authorized with remdesivir; study.

India, Indonesia benefit as China’s ban on Australian coal reshapes trade flows Hellenic Shipping News

Syraqistan

The one that gets away: Joe Biden’s jaded romance with Iran Politico

China holds US responsible for Afghanistan schoolgirl deaths South China Morning Post

UK/EU

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer reshuffles top team Politico. I went to bed, and Angela Rayner had been sacked. I woke up, and she had four (4) new job titles. Here they are (Rayner is first):

… and Rightful Heir to the Iron Throne. Commentary:

Scotland has voted for a second independence referendum, says Nicola Sturgeon Holyrood

Revealed: The UK’s largest intelligence agency is a significant emitter of greenhouse gases Declassified UK. The headline doesn’t match the story, whose point is that GCHQ does an awful lot of air travel for an organization that supposedly has no bases abroad.

Bayer Loses Fight Over Chemicals EU Blamed for Killing Bees Bloomberg

Chávez’s Excesses Venezuelanalysis

New Cold War

Where Ukrainians Are Preparing for All-Out War With Russia NYT

Biden Administration

Why Joe Biden Punched Big Pharma in the Nose Over Covid Vaccines Matt Stoller, BIG. “The people in charge of money and guns took the progressive position, because the progressive position was a way to counter Russian and Chinese vaccine diplomacy, and to keep the economy free from a renewed pandemic threat.” So where’s the PR campaign from the Biden administration? From this humble blogger’s perspective, the vaccine waiver story is yet another story that vanished as soon as Biden said he’d do something about it.

Gates Foundation reverses position on COVID vaccine patent protections after mounting pressure GeekWire. I would bet this is a sign the WTO effort will go nowhere.

The U.S. Is Playing Catch-Up at Vaccine Diplomacy New York Magazine. All that AZ still sitting in inventory? Joe? Joe? Joe?

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Democrats hit crucial stretch as filibuster fight looms The Hill

With civil rights charges, Justice Dept. signals priorities AP

Bernie Sanders opposes push to reinstate SALT deduction Axios

America Is Becoming a Social Democracy Foreign Policy. They may actually believe this.

Pushback stalls tribal sovereignty proposal Indian Country

Republican Funhouse

The making of a myth WaPo.

At meetings beginning late in 2018, as Republicans were smarting from midterm losses in Texas and across the country, Russell J. Ramsland Jr. and his associates delivered alarming presentations on electronic voting to a procession of conservative lawmakers, activists and donors.

Ramsland, a failed congressional candidate with a Harvard MBA, pitched a claim that seemed rooted in evidence: Voting-machine audit logs — lines of codes and time stamps that document the machines’ activities — contained indications of vote manipulation.

WaPo on Trump, so take with a dose of salts. That said, it’s always entertaining to watch particularly seamy political operatives in action; we’ve had too little of that with Axelrove out of action. And that said, the way Republicans have fastened upon a real problem — that electronic ballot marking devices are inherently not auditable — and so polluted the careful work of voting machine activists over many years with stupid arguments, idiotic claims, and yarn diagrams really makes me pound my head on my desk so that I don’t focus on the pain that grinding my teeth is causing me. People ought to be “alarmed” about electronic voting. So why, oh why, don’t the Republicans sue to see source code for the devices? Why are we focusing on bamboo shreds in ballot paper?

Trump’s Big Lie Devoured the G.O.P. and Now Eyes Our Democracy Thomas Friedman, NYT. Ol’ Dean wheeling out the big guns, I see.

Police State Watch

Border Police Wants a Bite of Burgeoning Anti-Drone Industry The Intercept

L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

Melinda Gates met with divorce lawyers in 2019 amid Epstein revelations Axios

Gunz

Armed Doesn’t Mean Dangerous WaPo. The deck: “Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that.” Have I mentioned woke hegemony in the PMC?

Class Warfare

CEO dismissed working from home. Her employees went on strike CBS. CEO was editor of the Washingtonian.

Clever tactic:

We have housed them far away from where we can see them Welcome to Hell World. Our normalization strategy. Scroll to “She walked out of a crashing plane into the air and pulled the parachute.”

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