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Links 10/20/2021

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Bones or no bones: Noodle the pug predicts the internet’s mood NPR (David L) Slideshow: The incredible images that won the 2021 Epson International Pano Awards DPReview (David L) Big bomb cyclone is set to wallop the West Coast UPI (David L) Physicists announce results that boost evidence for new fundamental physics PhysOrg Traffic Camera Mistakes Woman for Car, Issues Ticket to Car Owner PetaPixel (Paul R) Tuberculosis, Like Covid, Spreads by Breathing, Scientists Report New York Times (David L, resilc) Lang Lang, again New Criterion (Anthony L). I must confess to not knowing this pianist. Have a listen: “Für Elise” Performed by Lang Lang #COVID-19 Brazilian Leader’s Pandemic Handling Draws Explosive Allegation: Homicide New York Times (Kevin C) Science/Medicine Offshoot of Covid Delta

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Bones or no bones: Noodle the pug predicts the internet’s mood NPR (David L)

Slideshow: The incredible images that won the 2021 Epson International Pano Awards DPReview (David L)

Big bomb cyclone is set to wallop the West Coast UPI (David L)

Physicists announce results that boost evidence for new fundamental physics PhysOrg

Traffic Camera Mistakes Woman for Car, Issues Ticket to Car Owner PetaPixel (Paul R)

Tuberculosis, Like Covid, Spreads by Breathing, Scientists Report New York Times (David L, resilc)

Lang Lang, again New Criterion (Anthony L). I must confess to not knowing this pianist. Have a listen: “Für Elise” Performed by Lang Lang

#COVID-19

Brazilian Leader’s Pandemic Handling Draws Explosive Allegation: Homicide New York Times (Kevin C)

Science/Medicine

Offshoot of Covid Delta variant on the rise in England Guardian (resilc)

GM: “From the ‘How could we have known?’ (other than by not blatantly ignoring what has been known for 40 years) department: Without Covid-19 jab, ‘reinfection may occur every 16 months’ Guardian. He highlighted:

Dr Nisreen Alwan, associate professor in public health, at the University of Southampton, said: “With rising levels of Sars-CoV-2 infections in the UK, many of us are personally aware of children and adults who got reinfected, sometimes after a relatively short period from their first infection.

Another reason not to get Covid:

Study: Evidence for Biological Age Acceleration and Telomere Shortening in COVID-19 Survivors MedRxIv. Preprint from June. I think we missed this then. Oops.

Politics is derailing a crucial debate over the immunity you get from recovering from Covid-19 STAT (Dr. Kevin)

Prior Covid Infection Is As Effective At Preventing The Virus As Vaccination, U.K. Study Suggests Forbes

Aspirin lowers risk of COVID: New findings support preliminary Israeli trial Jerusalem Post. Note the date.

Children could be dangerous carriers of virus Harvard Gazette. Um, we’ve been saying this since sometime mid 2020 when that was a finding in the large-scale periodic Imperial College studies (absent the scare word “dangerous”) but now this has become A Thing now because vaccines? Why want this A Thing earlier?

GM: “Take a look at this”:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FCD213hXsAYUjpV

The Netherlands was stable at 2K cases and ~5 deaths during most of the summer, and even during the huge spike once they reopened (and then promptly had to again shut down) the nightclubs, there weren’t many deaths. But this chart shows you why — it was restricted to the young. Now it is in the old again. This is around the time we expected the vaccines to start fading for those who got them first in Europe. But I don’t expect to see the well organized military-style booster campaign that stopped the summer wave in Israel. So fun times should lie ahead…

UK/Europe

Why Are UK Covid Infection Rates So High Compared To The Rest Of Western Europe? HuffPost (Kevin W)

Covid: Bring back rules amid rising cases, urge NHS chiefs BBC

US

Southwest Airlines CANCELS plan to fire unvaxxed workers awaiting exemptions after denying sickouts forced mass flight disruption RT (Kevin W). So the Southwest CEO committed securities fraud when he told CNBC the day before the internal memo went out that flight cancellations had nada to do with pilot vax mandate resistance.

China?

If US and EU were divided on China, Aukus ‘betrayal’ just dug the trenches deeper South China Morning Post (J-LS)

Learning to Manage the China Threat Project Syndicate (David L)

Piraeus port deal intensifies Greece’s unease over China links Financial Times

Myanmar

Myanmar military prepares an onslaught for the ages Asia Times (Kevin W)

Old Blighty

Austerity in England linked to more than 50,000 extra deaths in five years Defend Democracy

Haiti kidnapping: ‘400 Mawozo’ gang wants $17 million ransom for American and Canadian missionaries CNN (furzy)

New Cold War

Russia to host international talks with Taliban as Putin looks for gains in U.S. absence Washington Post (Kevin W)

Russia Signals Europe Won’t Get Extra Gas Without Nord Stream 2 Bloomberg (Kevin W). Anyone who hasn’t worked that out is pretty dense. The fact that Russia had to clear its throat is what is noteworthy.

Syraqistan

Poll: Iranians disillusioned with Biden, back turn toward East Responsible Statecraft (resilc)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Long-Term NAEP Scores for 13-Year-Olds Drop for First Time Since Testing Began in 1970s — ‘A Matter for National Concern,’ Experts Say 74 (resilc)

Navy probe finds major failures in fire that destroyed ship Associated Pres (K.O.)

1/6

January 6 committee approves Steve Bannon criminal contempt report, setting up key vote later this week CNN

Russiagate

Indicted Clinton lawyer hired CrowdStrike, firm behind dubious Russian hacking claim Aaron Maté (UserFriendly). Quelle surprise!

Biden

Democrats Agree to Drop Community College From Biden Plan Bloomberg. What is wrong with these people? Free community college reduces inequality and adds to groaf.

Democrats Try to Salvage IRS Bank-Account Reporting With Scaled-Back Plan Wall Street Journal

“The Bidens”: Is the First Family Corrupt, or Merely Crazy? Matt Taibbi. Labert included this in Water Cooler but holy moley.

Federal grand jury indicts Nebraska GOP lawmaker The Hill

The Supreme Court sides with police in 2 qualified immunity cases NPR. Resilc: “Never enough force unless they are coming to the capital.”

The last days inside Trailer 83 Washington Post (resilc). Camp Fire victims with no where to go.

Manslaughter conviction of 21-year-old Oklahoma woman who suffered miscarriage sparks outcry CBS (resilc)

Supply Chain

John Siman: “Is it Psaki’s main assignment to antagonize working-class Americans??”:

Shipping Containers That Spent Weeks Aboard Ships Stuck At Ports Now Being Dumped In Nearby Neighborhoods CBS Los Angeles

Don’t rant about short-staffed stores and supply chain woes Washington Post. John Siman: “Demographic entirely excludes non-PMC”

Health Care

Police say hospital discharged seriously ill man, left him on the street WSB-TV – Atlanta (resilc). Story worse than headline.

2018-2019 Drug Overdose Death Rate Increases Map CDC. Resilc: “It says Oct 2021 on my calendar, where is the 2020 data?”

A New, Cheaper Form of Meth Is Wreaking Havoc on America Atlantic

More non-prescription meds are coming to Md. vending machines WTOP (resilc)

Police State Watch

MUST WATCH: Avi Yemini steps in for woman violently arrested in Melbourne Rebel News (RR). Not the Australia I once knew. Police in Kings Cross (high crime area) were pretty even-handed with incidents.

Our Famously Free Press

YouTube Sued Over Animal Abuse Videos, Accused of Not Enforcing Ban New York Times (furzy). Google yet again acting as if it can do as it damned well pleases.

Woke Watch

Netflix Co-CEO Says He ‘Screwed Up’ When Defending Dave Chappelle Special Wall Street Journal

J&J spent $1.4bn on legal move to shield it from talc cancer claims Financial Times

Oil Prices Remain Elevated As The Energy Crunch Worsens OilPrice

The Bezzle

Facebook Moves to Stop Illegal Sale of Amazon Rainforest on Marketplace TreeHugger (resilc)

Class Warfare

John Deere, the Great Resignation, and the Revenge of the Essential Worker New Republic

Does the Gig Economy Mean We’re Going to Work Forever? Vice. Resilc: “Reverting to the historic norm.”

Empathy For The Bedeviled Heisenberg Report (resilc). Inflation and class blindness.

Antidote du jour. Bob H: “Tippy in Maine during hunting season”:

Links 10/20/2021

And a bonus (Chuck L):

See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour here.

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