Tiny Wolf Pup Tries Howling for the Very First Time Laughing Squid (Re Silc).
Nouriel Roubini On Bitcoin, Blockchain Amid Crypto Turmoil Heisenberg Report. For example:
BREAKING: DeFi100 coin exit scams, and runs away with $32 million in investors funds.
Website is now updated with the message “We scammed you guys, and you can’t do shit about it” pic.twitter.com/uyeYUDgbwo
— Mr. Whale (@CryptoWhale) May 22, 2021
Colonial Pipeline Seeks To Postpone New Estimates On Historic NC Spill Robbie Jaeger, Medium. An engineering memo describes spilled gasoline as “free product.”
Mix-and-match COVID vaccines trigger potent immune response Nature (nvl). Spanish announcement. “That is what researchers hoped for and expected from mixing different vaccines, a strategy known as a heterologous prime and boost, which has been deployed for vaccines against other diseases, such as Ebola.”
Data and Safety Monitoring of COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials (accepted manuscript) Journal of Infectious Diseases. From the Abstract: “Challenges have included the scale and pace of the trials, the frequency of safety events related to the combined enrollment of over 100,000 participants, many of whom are older adults or have comorbid conditions that place them at independent risk of serious health events, and the politicized environment in which the trials have taken place.”
Your COVID-19 vaccine was likely free — what about the booster? MarketPlace. Ka-ching.
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Sacramento City schools halts $6 million air cleaners order, as investigation continues Sacramento Bee. Good. Somebody came to their senses (see Dr. Richard Corsi here).
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Mortality From Drug Overdoses, Homicides, Unintentional Injuries, Motor Vehicle Crashes, and Suicides During the Pandemic, March-August 2020 JAMA (dk). From the Discussion: “Provisional mortality data showed that deaths from some but not all external causes increased during the pandemic, representing thousands of lives lost and exceeding prepandemic trends. Explanations for these changes are unknown.”
Caption: “Cause-Specific Mortality Due to Select External Causes in the US, January 2015-August 2020 from January 2015-August 2020; for cause-specific expected deaths from March-August 2020 using the seasonal adjusted model. The y-axes are raw death counts.”
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The potential health and economic value of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination alongside physical distancing in the UK: a transmission model-based future scenario analysis and economic evaluation The Lancet. From March, still germane.
China’s top diplomat heads to Russia as ties reach ‘best level in history’ FT. Barry, Don, Joe, The Blob: Great work on the two-front war thing. Good job.
Opinion: Duterte’s Accommodation With China in the South China Sea Maritime Executive
Sending a message?
#Exclusive 🇲🇲#Myanmar’s top leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing début on Phoenix TV’s flagship political interview program Talk with World Leaders, hosted by my good friend Ms. Fu Xiaotian. pic.twitter.com/hRFm6n7TIB
— Shen Shiwei沈诗伟 (@shen_shiwei) May 21, 2021
UP panchayats: teacher death toll hits 1,621 People’s Archive of Rural India
Coming soon: A neutral South Korea? Lowy Interpreter. “The dominance of North Korea in any analysis of the Korean Peninsula always amazes me. In a strategic context, South Korea is more important – significantly stronger economically, more populous and, most importantly, substantially more socio-politically dynamic.”
‘There’s No Happy Ending’: Cia Chief of Station Assesses Crumbling Afghan Security Coffee or Die (Re Silc). “The Taliban blame Biden’s timeline for the current fighting, saying it violates the Trump administration’s promise in the Doha agreement from early 2020, which set a US withdrawal date of May 1, 2021.” They say that because it’s true.
Exactly How Helpless Is Europe? Foreign Policy
The mess in Maricopa WaPo. And it is a mess. Voting machines are, of course, not themselves a mess. Not at all.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reveals she’s in therapy following ‘attempted coup’ at Capitol The Independent. TMI.
Our Famously Free Press
CNN’s Jerusalem correspondent:
My baby cousin entered the Israeli army today 😭 pic.twitter.com/yDtMtbjPQ6
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) October 26, 2016
Why Emily Wilder got fired and Chris Cuomo didn’t The Week. Wilder’s statement:
My statement on my termination from The Associated Press. pic.twitter.com/kf4NCkDJXx
— emily wilder (@vv1lder) May 22, 2021
Wilder was fired for pro-Palestinian activism while at Stanford in 2020. If you want to know whether NGOs are part of the Democrat Party and follow its line (see, e.g.), or are truly independent entities, their collective silence on a young woman‘s firing should give you your answer.
Police State Watch
The Way We Feel Now NYT. “We.” An aggregation of other articles. The headlines: “There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling,” “How to Start Flourishing,” “Welcome to the YOLO Economy”, and “The Joys of Biking at Night.” In Berlin. I love Berlin. But I knew “we” wouldn’t include the voice of one single solitary essential worker. I was right.
Everything Keeps Getting Weirder And Weirder Caitlin Johnstone
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli can travel to Mexico for vacation, judge rules NBC. The deck: “Loughlin, best known for her role on “Full House” and Giannulli, a fashion designer, pleaded guilty last year to paying half a million dollars to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California.”
London’s Biggest Divorce Case Hinges on a $353 Million Superyacht Bloomberg. Two helipads; Jeff Bezos’s yacht has only one.
BREAKING: Draft Legislation in New York Would Put Gig Workers into Toothless ‘Unions’ Labor Notes (the bill). Important!
New Face-Mask Rules Put Grocery Workers Back at Center of Debate WSJ. The lead: “Supermarket workers are back in the middle of a national conversation about face masks.” Never has the phrase “national conversation” seemed so vacuous.
Writing as a public good Interfluidity
Misinformation in and about science PNAS. From the Abstract: “Most analyses of misinformation focus on popular and social media, but the scientific enterprise faces a parallel set of problems—from hype and hyperbole to publication bias and citation misdirection, predatory publishing, and filter bubbles. In this perspective, we highlight these parallels and discuss future research directions and interventions.” Worth reading in full. More reasons “trust the science” is such a pernicious slogan.
Antidote du Jour (via):
Sunday night pic.twitter.com/uOB83TtMJf
— Vyvanse Vanse Revolution (@bombsfall) May 17, 2021
We have not choice but to stan.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here/