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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Big bomb cyclone is set to wallop the West Coast UPI (David L)
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)
Brazilian Leader’s Pandemic Handling Draws Explosive Allegation: Homicide New York Times (Kevin C)
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:
Systemic physiological harm can be mapped to aging. This study shows evidence goes far beyond a general mapping to molecular markers:
Evidence for Biological Age Acceleration and Telomere Shortening in COVID-19 Survivors
— Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) October 17, 2021
Study: Evidence for Biological Age Acceleration and Telomere Shortening in COVID-19 Survivors MedRxIv. Preprint from June. I think we missed this then. Oops.
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”:
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…
King’s College Zoe study puts the new Covid cases at 78,993 today with 1,020,264 people symptomatic with Covid.
Yet our government sit back and pretend that the pandemic is over.
This is criminal negligence of the highest order. How are they getting away with this incompetence?
— Simon Holder (@red1hols) October 19, 2021
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.
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 military prepares an onslaught for the ages Asia Times (Kevin W)
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.
Poll: Iranians disillusioned with Biden, back turn toward East Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Navy probe finds major failures in fire that destroyed ship Associated Pres (K.O.)
Indicted Clinton lawyer hired CrowdStrike, firm behind dubious Russian hacking claim Aaron Maté (UserFriendly). Quelle surprise!
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.
I've made a lot of videos. This was the first one ever where I found so much improper shit on the subject of the video (Joe Manchin) that we literally could not fit it all into one video. So this is just Part 1. #JoeManchinSenatorForSale pic.twitter.com/vzRH137MOH
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) October 19, 2021
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.
John Siman: “Is it Psaki’s main assignment to antagonize working-class Americans??”:
WATCH: When asked about Biden's supply chain crisis, Psaki cracks a joke at the expense of Americanshttps://t.co/1GHy5hV6Mp
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 19, 2021
Don’t rant about short-staffed stores and supply chain woes Washington Post. John Siman: “Demographic entirely excludes non-PMC”
Diaper prices are up 14% this year due to diaper giants needing to pay billions more to buy back stock I mean supply chain disruptions. pic.twitter.com/6cucgb7nlV
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) October 18, 2021
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?”
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.
Netflix Co-CEO Says He ‘Screwed Up’ When Defending Dave Chappelle Special Wall Street Journal
Facebook Moves to Stop Illegal Sale of Amazon Rainforest on Marketplace TreeHugger (resilc)
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”:
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Even the animals know between right and wrong pic.twitter.com/9xGmylZTEu
— Raul (@specialarks) October 19, 2021
See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour here.