Sorry to be thin on original posts. Impressive thunder and lightening led to a service interruption but not a fatal one. Powerful Winds Carve Surreal Sand Sculptures Across a Frozen Beach My Modern Met (David L) Spain’s festival of Las Luminarias – in pictures Guardian (resilc) World’s Deepest Squid Discovered at Staggering Depth Under The Sea Science Alert (Chuck L) Tonga volcano eruption created puzzling ripples in Earth’s atmosphere Nature (furzy) It’s time for science to abandon the term ‘statistically significant’ Aeon (Dr. Kevin) Ultralow-field MRI scanner could improve global access to neuroimaging Physics World (Dr. Kevin) A huge project is underway to sequence the genome of every complex species on Earth The Conversation (Kevin W) Does marmalade exist? London Review of Books
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Sorry to be thin on original posts. Impressive thunder and lightening led to a service interruption but not a fatal one.
Powerful Winds Carve Surreal Sand Sculptures Across a Frozen Beach My Modern Met (David L)
Spain’s festival of Las Luminarias – in pictures Guardian (resilc)
World’s Deepest Squid Discovered at Staggering Depth Under The Sea Science Alert (Chuck L)
Ultralow-field MRI scanner could improve global access to neuroimaging Physics World (Dr. Kevin)
A huge project is underway to sequence the genome of every complex species on Earth The Conversation (Kevin W)
Does marmalade exist? London Review of Books (Anthony L). On Malcolm Bull. So much to read, so little time…
Face masks can make you more attractive: study Reuters. Haha! Readers discussed this the other day and came to same conclusion.
Israel 🇮🇱, the only quadruple-vaxxed country in the world (also using mask mandates and Covid passports), just broke global record for daily Covid cases 💪 pic.twitter.com/G1ZDuVG2Ru
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) January 18, 2022
‘Nocebo effect’: two-thirds of Covid jab reactions not caused by vaccine, study suggests Guardian. As someone who is continuing to suffer a serious side effect, and have medical reports that attribute my symptoms to my J&J shot, I find this offensive.
Antigen Tests: Real World Data Katelyn Jetelina. Dr. Kevin” “How to keep from screwing up when using rapid Covid tests.”
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 20, 2022
UK PM JOHNSON DROPS COVID RULES: “The government will no longer mandate the wearing of face masks anywhere…We will no longer require face masks in classrooms…We will trust the judgment of the British people and no longer criminalize anyone who chooses not to wear one.” pic.twitter.com/wgE1pBgSdb
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 19, 2022
Top Florida health official on leave over support for vaccination BBC. Only in America…
Why Covid-19 Didn’t Create the Nursing Crisis New York Times (resilc). IM Doc I am sure will beg to differ. One our aides had been a CNA in hospital and quit when her floor was turned over to Covid duty. We had other aides, CNAs in nursing homes, who quit those jobs for similar reasons. But these vantages may not be representative. What do nurses and other front-line medical personnel think?
Why Joe Biden Gave Up on Covid New Republic
More protected areas won’t save biodiversity, warn experts PhysOrg (Robert M)
Residents in Cheshire flats ‘trapped’ in homes that have plummeted to value of 1p Cheshire Live. Kevin W: “Fallout from the Grenfell fire.”
Bombing the ‘Irish Beatles’ – who ordered their murder? Declassified UK (Chuck L)
Examining the poor reputation of African armies DW (resilc)
New Cold War
Biden expects Putin will order Ukraine invasion, vows ‘disaster for Russia’ CNBC (furzy). Lotta college tuitions must be riding on this….
Putin’s Challenge to Western hegemony Adam Tooze
Germany Has a Russia Problem Der Spiegel (resilc)
How Russia Went Wrong American Conservative
CIA says mysterious condition dubbed ‘Havana Syndrome’ is NOT the result of a sustained global campaign by hostile power against American citizens – but admits two dozen cases in Cuba remain unexplained Daily Mail
Brzezinski becomes US ambassador to Poland RT (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The White House Is Worried About Open Source Software Security Bloomberg (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Can Humanity Survive Washington’s Delusional Belief in its Omnipotence? Paul Craig Roberts (Chuck L)
America Needs War. Andrei Martyanov (Chuck L)
Supreme Court rejects Trump’s bid to shield records from Jan. 6 committee The Hill. Not to defend Trump, but given that he regularly flip flops between extreme positions, it’s going to be easy to find incriminating statements. And they are sure to be taken out of context and given more weight than they should given the context of the entire discussion. Trump was a terrible president, so you think just a fair and square presentation of his erraticness, emotional instability, cronyism and shambolic conduct would do. Nope. He has to be made into Hair Furore.
Joe Biden’s Awesome First Year Matt Taibbi
‘Total disaster’: Biden is slammed after his ‘rambling’ first press conference in 78 days in which he claimed he had ‘over-performed’ during first year despite 7% inflation, tanking approval, COVID chaos and woeful Afghan withdrawal Daily Mail
Joe Biden one year on: Has the United States become ungovernable? BBC. Resilc: “That’s the plan.”
Democrats en déshabillé
RDemocrats Fail in Push to Change Senate Filibuster, Sinking Elections Bill Wall Street Journal
The Voting-Rights Debate Democrats Don’t Want to Have Atlantic (resilc)
Why Democrats Keep Bringing Up Voting Rights Legislation FiveThirtyEight
Our Famously Free Press
Police State Watch
Police in this tiny Alabama town suck drivers into legal ‘black hole’ al.com (UserFriendly)
Godzilla v. Mothra, 5G Edition
Trains intended for unbuilt Milwaukee-Madison high-speed rail line going to Nigeria Wisconsin Public Radio
Crypto.com CEO Confirms Hundreds of Accounts Were Hacked The Verge. Not just hacked, contents stolen.
As the world reels, Bentley sales skyrocket Globe and Mail
I asked Wharton students what they thought the average American worker makes per year and 25% of them thought it was over six figures. One of them thought it was $800k. Really not sure what to make of this (The real number is $45k)
— Nina Strohminger (@NinaStrohminger) January 20, 2022
Antidote du jour. CV: “Look what Santa left under the catnip plant”:
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)🐦🦜🕊️🎵🐤❤️🐤 pic.twitter.com/ozwPGQElYV
— World birds (@worldbirds32) January 19, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.