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This Math Explains Why Cauliflowers Look Too Oddly Perfect Science Alert Attention Investors: The President’s Council on Competition Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture. Important. The lurking threat to solar power’s growth MIT Technology Review Greenland to halt all oil exploration as it ‘takes climate change seriously’ Euronews Ford made a premium gas fragrance for EV owners who miss the smell of fossil fuels The Verge (Re Silc). #COVID19 The first two posts are the basis of the Guardian Ivermectin story in Links yesterday. The third is the FLCCC’s response: Why Was a Major Study on Ivermectin for COVID-19 Just Retracted? Jack Lawrence, GRFTR Some problems in the dataset of a large study of Ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19 Nick Brown’s Blog Joint Statement of the FLCCC Alliance and

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This Math Explains Why Cauliflowers Look Too Oddly Perfect Science Alert

Attention Investors: The President’s Council on Competition Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture. Important.

The lurking threat to solar power’s growth MIT Technology Review

Greenland to halt all oil exploration as it ‘takes climate change seriously’ Euronews

Ford made a premium gas fragrance for EV owners who miss the smell of fossil fuels The Verge (Re Silc).

#COVID19

The first two posts are the basis of the Guardian Ivermectin story in Links yesterday. The third is the FLCCC’s response:

Why Was a Major Study on Ivermectin for COVID-19 Just Retracted? Jack Lawrence, GRFTR

Some problems in the dataset of a large study of Ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19 Nick Brown’s Blog

Joint Statement of the FLCCC Alliance and British Ivermectin Recommendation Development Group on Retraction of Early Research on Ivermectin FLCCC Alliance. I don’t think it’s an answer to say that the results of a meta-study still hold if one of the papers is retracted. I would want to know how the retracted paper came to be included in the first place. Did nobody read the original studies? (This is not to put RCTs on a pedestal; far from it.)

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Povidone iodine (Betadine) allergy and radiocontrast hypersensitivity (letter) American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. “Povidone iodine allergy is very rare but has been reported.”

‘Pandemic Is Not Over’: Florida Republican Describes Harrowing COVID-19 Ordeal HuffPo. Report from the trenches:

Note the last line: “The vaccine, while 95% effective, is not 100% effective.” Why the public health establishment cannot convey this simple, comprehensible, realistic message is beyond me. When Walensky burbles: “[T]he science demonstrates that if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected,” people can see with their own eyes that what Walensky says is not true, because even if you assume that breakthrough cases are insignificant in percentage terms, this is an enormous country, and the absolute numbers can be quite large.

China?

Opinion: China’s Worrying Economic Signs That Only the Government Has Noticed Caixin Global

Chinese regulators swoop on Didi offices to conduct security probe FT

The top general of the US military: the coup will not succeed after Trump loses the election, we are the ones holding the gun What China Reads. Nice headline.

Myanmar

As Covid-19 rages in Myanmar, army hoarding oxygen, doctors say Straits Times. Long lines:

Junta wants US to extradite UN rep for prosecution on treason Coconuts Yangon

Apparel-producing areas in Asia will be underwater by 2030 unless they relocate to higher ground, study warns South China Morning Post

Malaysia to stop using Sinovac vaccine after supply ends: minister Reuters

India

Struggle, Conflict and Small Joys: A Selection of Danish Siddiqui’s Photographs The Wire

Syraqistan

Bennett: ‘Vaccines on their own won’t solve the problem’ Times of Israel

Forensic Architecture’s “Digital Violence: How NSO Group Enables State Terror” Tikun Olam

South Africa

Free Zuma campaign gives Ramaphosa 14 days to respond to demands IOL News

Fighting to stay alive in a broken country: No jobs, no food breed contempt for the law Daily Maverick

The Caribbean

How Venezuela’s Oil Crisis Triggered Mass Protests In Cuba OilPrice.com

The Bay of Tweets: Documents Point to US Hand in Cuba Protests Mint Press. About those protesters:

(Source for image in tweet.)

Cuba Today: Homeland, People and Sovereignty NACLA

Hundreds greet Aristide on return to troubled Haiti Stars and Stripes

Prelude to an assassination: Betrayal by guards and frantic call from Haiti to Florida Miami Herald

UK/EU

The Crumbling Foundations of the Conservative Party Tribune. Big if true.

I will sweat blood to win voters’ respect, says Sir Keir Starmer BBC

Biden Administration

Column: Biden takes aim at the multitude of ways that businesses can make your life miserable Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times. From last week, still germane.

Biden’s Spaghetti-at-the-Wall Vaccine Campaign The Atlantic

Federal judge finds DACA unlawful, blocks new applicants Politico. “‘Given the nine-year history of failed legislation in Congress, it is an inescapable conclusion that DACA is not interstitial to any congressional action,’ [U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hane] wrote. ‘Although Congress may someday enact such a DREAM Act, until it does, its continued failure to pass bills coextensive with the DACA population evinces a rejection of this policy.'”

2020 Post Mortem

AP: Few AZ voter fraud cases, discrediting Trump’s claims AP

Hunter Biden’s prosecutor rejected moves that would have revealed probe earlier Politico

RussiaGate

A blockbuster document purportedly from the Kremlin raises lots of questions — about itself Philip Bump, WaPo. “Purportedly” is a word that could have been used a lot more than it was. Mark Ames remarks:

Autre temps, autre grifts.

‘The Steele Dossier Was a Case Study in How Reporters Get Manipulated’ New York Magazine. From LeCarré, we do know that intelligence assets are in fact “manipulated” by their handlers. Nevertheless.

Assange

Julian Assange’s Brother: #FreeAssange, Plus Airstrikes on Cuba and An Art Critic on Hunter Biden (podcast) Useful Idiots

Health Care

Criminalized Borders and US Health-Care Profits Public Books

The Biggest Differences Between Now & The Housing Bubble A Wealth of Common Sense

Going for brokers: Justice Department takes on one of the country’s worst cartels Washington Examiner

Guillotine Watch

The rich and their real estate:

Open Space, Closed Gates Inquirer. The reporter summarizes:

Palm Beach is running out of mansions for sale CNBC

Class Warfare

At a Convention Like No Other, Teamster Challengers Turn a Corner Labor Notes

Listen to MSNBC Bosses Smoothly Trying to Bust Their Staffers’ Union Discourse Blog. Wow, Rachel should do a show on this.

Deductivism — the original sin in mainstream economics Lars P. Syll

Historian Heather Cox Richardson: ‘Now people see what’s happening. Thank God!’ FT

Antidote du jour (Bob):

Links 7/17/2021

Bob writes: “My wife, Janet, pointed out this to Norbert [who took the picture]. One advantage being married to a hunter-gatherer is that if anything is happening on land, sea, or air, she sees it.”

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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