UK recognizes animals as sentient beings Inhabitat (David L)
Baby whale shark pleads with fishermen to save its life Pattya Mail (furzy)
An Introduction to Asshole Cat Behaviors New Yorker (furzy). Cats are like women who follow The Rules…except it isn’t a technique, it’s what they are. They are entirely in control of if and when they are into you.
Herd of rare banteng spotted in Huai Kha Khaeng Nation Thailand (furzy). Handsome!
From guurst, you can’t even trust NASA: Fact check: Heavily edited viral image of sun’s surface wasn’t taken by NASA USA Today
The Clearest NASA Picture of the Sun Ever Taken NFT. pic.twitter.com/f3cFtiu0An
— Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) May 8, 2021
Chainsaw massacre: tree poaching hits Canada amid lumber shortage Guardian (resilc)
U.S. has entered unprecedented climate territory, EPA warns Washington Post (furzy)
How clothing and climate change kickstarted agriculture Aeon (Anthony L)
Welcome To The Terrible World Of Prescription-Only Apps Astral Codex Ten (UserFriendly)
People are jerks: Pandemic puppies returned to shelters as COVID-19 restrictions lift The Hill (UserFriendly)
The people who want to keep masking: ‘It’s like an invisibility cloak’ Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
Chinese firm’s COVID-19 drug claims draw skepticism Reuters (furzy)
Cuba’s Covid Vaccines Proceed even with US Sanctions Angry Bear. A bit surprised to see this depicted as news. Cuba has prioritized health care despite its generally impoverished state and has built a first-class biotech industry.
This is Why the World is Facing a Covid Apocalypse Umair Haque, Eudaimonia and Co (furzy(
The Biden Administration has lost its mind. Dealing with a pandemic is not performative. And public health in the US is a state matter under the Constitution, as part of policing powers. The Feds can control interstate commerce and fund programs, but that only goes so far.
I am also bothered by the trash-talking of vaccines other than the US champions. I have to keep repeating this: Pfizer and Moderna measured efficacy ONLY against serious infections and deaths. Pfizer didn’t even test participants regularly; its protocol asked them to call a nurse if they had symptoms and the nurse would decide if they needed to be tested. So Pfizer would never capture an asymptomatic case and could easily have missed mild ones. By contrast, Bloomberg on Sinovac, which is less effective than Sinopharm (used in the Seychelles):
Russell: The Sinovac study was to look at how the vaccine works against the entire range of clinical symptoms, from mild infections to severe ones, including death. The efficacy data of about 50% is for very mild disease, requiring no treatment. For infections requiring some medical intervention, it’s about 84% and for moderate-to-severe Covid cases, it’s 100%.
So the Sinovac data, on an more comparable basis, is in the same ballpark as Pfizer and Moderna (you’d need more granular data on how each company classified severity of infections and what the outcomes were to have a real apples to apples look).
10) despite Singapore having decent pace in vaccinations, albeit slightly behind, it knows that vaccine only strategy isn’t enough. https://t.co/ilAD8wdjxi
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) May 14, 2021
18) let this sink in— if Singapore can’t hold back community outbreak, then is it really safe to lift mask rules and allow indoor dining? Singapore is a bell weather for the world. https://t.co/3tfEHMElaN
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) May 14, 2021
CDC’s Mask U-Turn Puts Business in a Bind Bloomberg. We got to be good about masking in the South, at least around Birmingham (where the medical industry is the biggest employer). I am now going to be even more reluctant to go out and shop (not that I do much as it is).
This is not actually a rule. https://t.co/9n1dqOvyJV
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 13, 2021
China census reveals the true scale of the Northeast’s decline Andrew Batson’s Blog (resilc)
Glasgow Kenmure Street: Protesters force Home Office to release detained men The National (Richard Smith). Nicola Sturgeon supported the protestors.
MP for #Glasgow Central @alisonthewliss tells me “people are not going to let their neighbours be taken away” – as protesters continue to block UK Immigration Enforcement reportedly carrying out a forced eviction on Kenmure Street. @LBC @LBCNews pic.twitter.com/bSEndbjzX2
— Alan Zycinski (@AlanJZycinski) May 13, 2021
Thanks to the people of Glasgow, politicians including @PaulJSweeney @alisonthewliss to @NicolaSturgeon @HumzaYousaf & the many activists including @MohammadAsif_1 who mobilised 100s, immigration raid failed today & 2 men are now free ❤️✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/2P4rGiCOz4
— Aamer Anwar🎗✊🏽#BlackLivesMatter (@AamerAnwar) May 13, 2021
Rightwing violence grips Israel Middle East Eye. Resilc: “Because it is now a well established right wing apartheid state…..”
The “dogs” have teeth. Pat Lang. Resilc: “Col. Lang is a right wing kook on domestic issues, but spot on here.”
Mob ‘lynching of Arab’ aired live on Israeli TV Agence France-Presse
US funds make Israel’s bombardment of Gaza possible. When will they be halted? Guardian (resilc). Um, this has been an obvious choke point forever. Or how about not delivering replacement parts for all the materiel we provide as a sighting shot?
So, Biden is giving Israel the green light to continue its deadly air strikes and prepare for an invasion. Tell me how this is different from Trump?
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) May 13, 2021
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Hijacked and Paying the Price – Why Ransomware Gangs Should be Designated as Terrorists Institute for New Economic Thinking. Confucius said that the proper naming of things was the beginning of wisdom. I am therefore not keen about the ongoing broadening of the use of the term “terrorist”. It comes off as a manifestation of NewSpeak, an effort to impoverish used vocabulary so as to achieve better messaging control. Better to take the (not much) time it would require to come up with more precise terminology (economic extortionists?) and corresponding criminal sentences.
Why is a Billion Dollar Pipeline Incapable of Defending Itself Against Ransomware? American Conservative
Imperial Collapse Watch
What “politics” does to history: The saga of Henry Kissinger and George Shultz’s right-hand man Salon (UserFriendly). Mythmaking is important to power.
The Evil Military-Industrial Complex Frank Li, Econintersect
GOP Civil War
The Splitting of the Ticket Split Larry Sabato (UserFriendly)
As a longtime consumer advocate, I know that bad actors will often try to take advantage of older Americans. This SATURDAY, I'm hosting a town hall on common scams against older Americans and how seniors can protect themselves. Leave your questions ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/2pB3EeGCUX
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) May 13, 2021
Our Famously Free Press
Reporters Once Challenged the Spy State. Now, They’re Agents of It Matt Taibbi (Kevin W)
The World Is Facing A Lithium Supply Crunch As Demand Soars OilPrice (resilc). Quickly becomes stock-tout-ish, but does not make the headline point invalid.
‘Green’ bitcoin alternative Chia is leading to hard disc shortages New Scientist (furzy)
Fighting the Big Grocery Monopoly Washington Monthly (resilc)
Column: Bitcoin, dogecoin, NTFs, GameStop — is this the peak of investment absurdity? Mike Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times. Hiltzik generously quotes your humble blogger!
Bad Bezos American Conservative (resilc)
The Resurrection Of Reagan’s “Welfare Queen” Andrew Perez and David Sirota
Thomas Piketty and Capital in the 21st century: accuracy in research and confusion in theory CADTM (Micael T). So glad to see someone pick this apart. Picketty’s definition of capital struck me as all wet but I didn’t have the time or energy to pick it apart, and his r>g as an absolute rule, as opposed to a propensity with reversals, was also obviously nuts (trees do not grow to the sky, and r>g as an absolute rule means capital will eat the entire GDP).
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.