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Puppies Are Born Ready to Communicate With Humans Smithsonian (David L) A herd of elephants has roamed 300 miles across China and is headed toward a city Washington Post (resilc) Black bears may play important role in protecting gray fox PhysOrg (Chuck L). No surprise. Wolves protect foxes because wolves eat the main predator of foxes, which is coyotes. Government Report Finds No Evidence U.F.O.s Were Alien Spacecraft New York Times. Nice to know, but why were people like Podesta and Harry Reid pushing this hard in 2016? And why does the sudden explosion of “OMG UFOs!” seem awfully non-organic? Amazing photos of rare sunset ‘quadruple’ microburst taken by stormchaser The Hill (dk) How many people has climate change killed already? Grist (resilc) Doctors, healthcare workers sound alarm

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Puppies Are Born Ready to Communicate With Humans Smithsonian (David L)

A herd of elephants has roamed 300 miles across China and is headed toward a city Washington Post (resilc)

Black bears may play important role in protecting gray fox PhysOrg (Chuck L). No surprise. Wolves protect foxes because wolves eat the main predator of foxes, which is coyotes.

Government Report Finds No Evidence U.F.O.s Were Alien Spacecraft New York Times. Nice to know, but why were people like Podesta and Harry Reid pushing this hard in 2016? And why does the sudden explosion of “OMG UFOs!” seem awfully non-organic?

Amazing photos of rare sunset ‘quadruple’ microburst taken by stormchaser The Hill (dk)

How many people has climate change killed already? Grist (resilc)

Doctors, healthcare workers sound alarm over health risks of climate change France24

Study: California fire killed 10% of world’s giant sequoias Associated Press (David L)

Climate tipping points could topple like dominoes, warn scientists Guardian (David L)

Mixed farming methods could reduce US emissions and increase productivity PhysOrg (Chuck L)

Can we take the high out of psychedelics? Wired (David L)

There is not enough money in the world to get me to do this (hat tip guurst):

Organoids Are Not Brains. How Are They Making Brain Waves? New York Times

#COVID-19

Pleas From Overseas: Seeking a Vaccine, and Entry Into the U.S. New York Times. Big props! The Grey Lady published furzy’s letter! A round of applause, please.

Science/Medicine

Why Scientists Worry About The CDC’s Approach To COVID Breakthrough Infections NPR (David L). When you’ve lost NPR….

Israel finds ‘likely’ link between Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and cases of heart inflammation in young males RT (Kevin W)

Coronavirus latest: Covid-19 risk cut sharply for up to 10 months after first infection, study finds Financial Times. First, merely a correlation. Not clear how much due to immunity and how much due to behavior change. Second, a not-representative population, medical workers.

Anthony Fauci urges China to release medical records of Wuhan lab workers Financial Times (furzy). Fauci would not be doing this if he didn’t have good reason to think it would be exculpatory as far as his hot-button lab is concerned (recall there are two and only one got funding for and performs research methods nixed in the US). Remember that even though the Wall Street Journal ran a breathless story in the last couple of weeks about 3 Wuhan lab workers getting flu-like symptoms, IIRC in Nov, a bit later the story said that they (and others) had tested negative for Covid antibodies in early 2020. The fact that all three went to the hospital is overblown; China does not have free standing primary care physicians. If you want to see a doctor, you go to the hospital.

Reader AP also made this point via e-mail, that the fact that the case cluster than blew into epidemic>pandemic occurred in Wuhan does not mean the disease originated in Wuhan. That implies the Wuhan bat cave is irrelevant. AP continues with the alternate theory:

For the record: I think we’ve been wrong in looking for bats in China – France24’s “Observers” debunked the “Chinese eating bats” memes which were making the rounds, noting that the videos in those memes were Chinese tourists visiting Palau, where they do eat bats, and I saw a well-heeled British woman get peed on by a bat in bat cave on Moyo Island – an hour away from Bali, a favorite young tourist spot – during Singapore’s CNA travel doc on “glamping”; so, I think we should be looking at Indonesian or Palauan bats – Germany found that their official “first case”, diagnosed at a hospital, arose from a group of young people who had gone skiing in Austria 6-8 weeks earlier, coming home with the “sniffles”. So, my theory is that young Chinese went for an island vacation, picked it up there and brought it home where it circulated in the young crowd before finally hitting people old enough to get hospitalized or need medical treatment.

UK/Europe

The UK Has a Plan for a New ‘Pandemic Radar’ System Wired (David L). Tracing app failure redux.

US

Donald Trump demands China ‘pay $10 trillion’ for its handling of covid News.com.au (Kevin W)

Fauci emails: Here’s what we learned New York Post (Lee)

Income, Religion, Politics: US Vaccine Demand Explained Heisenberg Report (resilc)

Anheuser-Busch to give away free beer when America hits its vaccination goal New York Times

Finance/Economy

China?

X-Press Pearl Fire Could Mean Environmental Disaster For Sri Lanka NPR (David L) :-(

Brexit

Labour, not the Conservatives, was the largest party among low-income workers in 2019 New Statesman (guurst)

France Is Becoming More Like America. It’s Terrible. New York Times

New Cold War

Going for gold: Russia to eliminate US dollar from sovereign wealth fund THIS MONTH amid warning of politics sabotaging currency RT (Kevin W)

Syraqistan

Revealed: The American Money Entwined with Israel’s Jewish Terrorist Groups Mint Press (Chuck L)

Arab Islamist helps clinch Israel’s new anti-Netanyahu government Reuters

Kurdish Forces Kill Protesters in Syria’s Manbij EA WorldView (resilc)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

What Is America’s Spy Court Hiding From the Public? New York Times

New Details Emerge On The “Highly Modified Drone” That Outran Police Helicopters Over Tucson The Drive (furzy)

Secret Chats Show How Cybergang Became a Ransomware Powerhouse New York Times (David L)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Darth Vader and Stormtroopers Attend U.S. Military Ceremony Vice (resilc)

Why The U.S. Is Losing Immigrant Entrepreneurs To Other Nations Forbes

Biden

Biden now willing to drop corporate tax hike to get infrastructure deal done New York Post (Kevin W)

White House: Biden will not appoint presidential Jan. 6 commission The Hill

Democrats en deshabille

Sinema defends filibuster, sparking progressive fury The Hill

Republican Funhouse

Marjorie Taylor Greene among GOP members marking Pride month with bill to ban rainbow flag at embassies Independent

Cuomo’s pricey fundraiser may signal 2022 bid Syracuse (bob)

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Food Fight

Meat and Its Enemies National Review (Li). Yes, NR, but it’s worth knowing what the right is worked up about.

Our Famously Free Press

‘Ammon Bundy coming soon.’ Federal water cutoffs igniting rebellion in Northern California SacBee (Lucy L)

A Law Student Mocked the Federalist Society. It Jeopardized His Graduation. New York Times

Elizabeth Holmes Emails With Boies Are Fair Game for Trial Bloomberg (BC). Ooh, you can stick a fork in her.

EXCLUSIVE Private equity bet on troubled Caribbean refinery blows up on retirement funds Reuters (resilc)

Rhetoric and frame analysis of ExxonMobil’s climate change communications Cell (David L)

Microsoft Irish subsidiary paid zero corporate tax on £220bn profit last year Guardian (resilc)

Bill Gates’ next generation nuclear reactor to be built in Wyoming Reuters. Kevin W: “Oh god. A nuclear reactor. Built by the man who gave us Microsoft Windows.

Congratulations, Elitists: Liberals and Conservatives Do Have Common Interests Now Matt Taibbi

The parents hoped an existing drug might keep their kids from having seizures. Then they saw the price STAT

Now You Can Mine Crypto From Your Norton Antivirus App Gizmodo

Class Warfare

The jobs went, the drugs moved in’: America’s addiction nightmare – in pictures Guardian (resilc)

Are we better off? Noahopinion. All based on various sorts of averages. Totally missed costs of inequality (which even exacts a health cost), much shorter average job tenures (ie, insecurity), and the deterioration in pretty much all measures of well being, like life expectancy, use of anti-depressants, incarceration rates, teen births.

CEOs Are the Problem Project Syndicate (David L)

Antidote du jour (Tracie H):

Links 6/4/2021

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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