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A California City Overrun With Crows Turns to Lasers and a Boombox to Scare Them Away Smithsonian Trapped by snakes, nature-exploring pre-teen Southlake girl rescued from drainage pipe Fort Worth Star-Telegram The System that Drives Our World The Drive 13 Top Takeaways From BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s Annual Letter InvestorPlace IMF sees cost of COVID pandemic rising beyond .5 trillion estimate Hellenic Shipping News #COVID How the civilized world does it (1): LOOK: The Makati Covid Home Care Kit – thermometer, masks, alcohol, cooling fever pack, Betadine throat spray & gargle, Kamillosan throat spray, Paracetamol, Vitamin C, Zinc & an oxymeter! This what many need for home recovery 🇵🇭 — Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) January 19, 2022 How the civilized

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Yves Smith writes Michael Hudson Talks with Katie Halper and Aaron Maté About the Broader Ramifications of the US/NATO Conflict with Russia

Yves Smith writes Links 5/3/2022

Nick Corbishley writes Could Spain’s Latest Spying Scandal, “Catalangate”, Topple the Pedro Sánchez Government?

Yves Smith writes Leaked Draft Opinion Shows Supreme Court Set to Strike Down Roe v. Wade

A California City Overrun With Crows Turns to Lasers and a Boombox to Scare Them Away Smithsonian

Trapped by snakes, nature-exploring pre-teen Southlake girl rescued from drainage pipe Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The System that Drives Our World The Drive

13 Top Takeaways From BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s Annual Letter InvestorPlace

IMF sees cost of COVID pandemic rising beyond $12.5 trillion estimate Hellenic Shipping News


How the civilized world does it (1):

How the civilized world does it (2):

NOTE On this thread, there are two photos of hands holding home packs from Uttar Pradesh and Goa that include a listing for The Drug That Shall Not Be Named, one from a physician in Scottsdale, AZ, another from a low-follower account. Sorry, on this topic I will accept nothing less than a photo of happy villagers holding up their home packs.

Canada throws in the towel:

The thread actually points to the Biden Administration as doing a better job than Canada is.

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Natural immunity against COVID lowered risk more than vaccines against Delta variant, new study says Euronews. The original from CDC: “Before Delta became the predominant variant in June, case rates were higher among persons who survived a previous infection than persons who were vaccinated alone. By early October, persons who survived a previous infection had lower case rates than persons who were vaccinated alone.”

Neutralization and Stability of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant (preprint) (PDF) bioRxiv (Ignacio). From the text: “We reported the ability of SARS-CoV-2 spike to mediate cell-to-cell transmission. To measure the efficiency of this process by Omicron S, we co-cultured with HEK293T-ACE2 target cells with HEK293T pseudotyping virus-producer cells and assessed cell-to-cell transmission after 24 hrs. Unexpectedly, we found that Omicron drastically increased the efficiency of cell-to cell transmission, with 4.8-fold higher levels than D614G and other variants (Fig. 2g), despite comparable levels of cell-free infection (Fig. 1b), reduced ACE2 binding (Fig. 2c), and reduce 162 cell-cell fusion (Fig. 2e)…. Cell-to-cell transmission is commonly used by many viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, and is a highly efficient mechanism of virus spread within a host. Enhanced cell-to-cell transmission may help compensate for other observed defects in the Omicron S protein, such as reduced ACE2 binding and fusogenicity. Notably, cell-to-cell transmission of SARS-CoV-2 does not absolutely require ACE2, and extended cell-cell fusion by its spike impairs cell-to-cell transmission. Additionally, cell-to-cell transmission is resistant to neutralizing antibodies, implicating another potential mechanism of Omicron immune evasion.”

Relationship between Anxiety, Depression and Susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Proof of Concept Journal of Infectious Diseases. n=102. From the Abstract: “Participants (n=102) completed measures of anxiety, depression, positive mood and loneliness and provided a blood sample for the measurement of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 spike and nucleocapsid proteins. SARS-CoV-2 seropositivity was significantly associated with anxiety and significantly positively associated with depression. The model remained significant after adjustment for age and gender, although anxiety and depression were no longer significant independent predictors.”

Nervous system consequences of COVID-19 Science (MR). “With millions of individuals affected, nervous system complications pose public health challenges for rehabilitation and recovery and for disruptions in the workforce due to loss of functional capacity.” Casualties include not just the dead, but the wounded.

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Without paid leave, the South’s COVID school policies cause a terrible trickle down for families Scalawag

New Jersey psychologist describes horrific conditions in K-12 schools during Omicron surge WSWS. C’mon, let’s be reasonable. The proles can’t be whipped back to work without a babysitting service, and the PMC don’t want the kids underfoot during their Zoom calls.

Because we have no theory of transmission:

I actually feel for the Superintendant. The complete collapse of the public health establishment has left him bereft of guidance.

Congress Addresses Child Care Crisis By Loosening Restrictions On Locking Children In Car For 8 Hours The Onion. From October, still germane.

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Is Robert Malone crazy? (excerpt) Nonzero

Why UCSF COVID expert Bob Wachter will soon be ‘over’ the pandemic San Francisco (dd). He will? Oh.

Vital Signs: disclosure please, we shouldn’t be playing bingo with COVID statistics The Conversation

Drugmakers Sign Pacts to Widen Access to Merck’s Covid Pill Bloomberg. “Molnupiravir” is literally the last word in the article. What could go wrong?


Report on Pandemic Response is Slashed Ahead of WHO Executive Board Meeting Health Policy Watch. “The entire clause that suggested that the WHO should have speedy access to disease outbreak sites has been removed – at the insistence of China, diplomatic sources told Health Policy Watch.” However, from Xi’s Davos speech (transcript): “The fourth [challenge] is to come together against global challenges and jointly create a better future for humanity. In the era of economic globalization, public health emergencies like Covid-19 may very well occur, and global public health governance needs to be honest…. We need to give full play to the role of the World Health Organization in building a global community of health for all.” Hmm.

China’s wealth gap laid bare by contrasting lives of two coronavirus carriers in Beijing South China Morning Post

Corruption investigators coming for platform monopolies?; Contract tracing highlights need for Common Prosperity (excerpt) Bill Bishop, Sinocism


Myanmar army laid landmines along oil, gas pipelines in northern Shan State, rights group says Myanmar Now. Handy map:

‘To Support Democracy in Myanmar, Engage with Ethnic Armed Organizations War on the Rocks

Myanmar Regime’s Reliance on Air Power a Sign of Weakness: US Security Expert The Irrawaddy. Air power can’t hold ground, especially against a country-wide insurgency, no matter how ill-armed and ill-trained.

Indonesia to Propose New Global Health Agency at G20 Summit Bloomberg


UK Labour says Boris Johnson ‘incapable of leading’ in Ukraine crisis Politico. The deck: “Opposition party’s John Healey strikes hawkish tone on Russia as Labour seeks to move on from Jeremy Corbyn years.” “Opposition” my sweet Aunt Fanny.

Corbyn is making libertarian arguments about Covid Carl Beijer

How Norway Popularized an Ultra-Sustainable Heating Method Reasons to be Cheerful

New Cold War

Joe Biden hardens warning to Russia after Kyiv says no attack is ‘minor’ FT

What Putin Really Wants in Ukraine Foreign Affairs. The deck: “Russia Seeks to Stop NATO’s Expansion, Not to Annex More Territory.” To which I would add that Putin wants in addition whatever leverage is needed to make the deal stick, given that he believes, correctly, that the United States is not “agreement-capable.”

Sergey Karaganov: “NATO is a cancer. While metastases are only spreading ” (Google translation)

Hackers Were in Ukraine Systems Months Before Deploying Wiper Zero Day

Biden Administration

The IRS will soon make you use facial recognition to access your taxes online The Verge. What could go wrong?

How Did Get Between You and Your Identity? Bloomberg

Molasses for brains:

Supply Chain

Suez Canal Expansion Due to Complete in July 2023 Vessel Finder

Our Famously Free Press

Chicago Public Media will acquire the Chicago Sun-Times WBE

ASPI – The Gov’t-Funded Conspiracist Think Tank Now Controlling Your Social Media Feed Mint Press. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Misinformation and the saga of ‘Paul is Dead’ Columbia Journalism Review

The Formation of Reuter-Havas-Wolff News Monopoly and Cartel Bill Totten’s Weblog

Imperial Collapse Watch

A Dam in Syria Was on a ‘No-Strike’ List. The U.S. Bombed It Anyway. NYT. Rawther late to the party!

Pentagon Seeks Refunds as Pressure Piles on Spare Parts Maker TransDigm Bloomberg

Class Warfare

The Pandemic and Our Broken Social Contracts Project Syndicate

Boston Pizza Shop Employee Attacked Over Store’s Mask Policy NECN

Woman refuses mask on flight to London. So, the pilot took her back to Florida USA Today

He thought tending bar sounded like fun. Then the entire kitchen staff quit on Christmas Eve. The Experiment

Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee on privacy, data sharing, and the web’s future The Register. I subscribed to TBL’s “Solid” platform, but the UI/UX was bad and I haven’t gotten any mail from them. Odd TBL can’t get funding….

This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage Wired

The Intel Split Stratechery. Very readable, and a must-read, even for the supposed “non-technical.”

Antidote du jour (via):

Links 1/21/2022

Bonus antidote (sound down):

I have linked to this before, but it’s a propos and anyhow I love it:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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