Why do we think cats are unfriendly? BBC. From 2020, still germane.
Cyber attack shuts down U.S. fuel pipeline ‘jugular,’ Biden briefed Reuters. Oddly, Colonial’s enormous leak hasn’t generated the same level of coverage.
Amazon Fake Reviews Scam Exposed in Data Breach Safety Detectives
Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19 American Journal of Therapeutics (peer-reviewed; Wolters Kluwer; in MEDLINE). Conclusions: “Meta-analyses based on 18 randomized controlled treatment trials of ivermectin in COVID-19 have found large, statistically significant reductions in mortality, time to clinical recovery, and time to viral clearance. Furthermore, results from numerous controlled prophylaxis trials report significantly reduced risks of contracting COVID-19 with the regular use of ivermectin. Finally, the many examples of ivermectin distribution campaigns leading to rapid population-wide decreases in morbidity and mortality indicate that an oral agent effective in all phases of COVID-19 has been identified.”
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An evolutionary portrait of the progenitor SARS-CoV-2 and its dominant offshoots in COVID-19 pandemic (accepted manuscript) (PDF) Molecular Biology. From the Abstract: “However, multiple coronavirus infections in China and the USA harbored the progenitor [SARS‐CoV‐2] genetic fingerprint in January 2020 and later, suggesting that the progenitor was spreading worldwide months before and after the first reported cases of COVID‐19 in China.” Consistent with discovery of Covid infections in Italy in late 2019 (Links 2021-5-4).
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Covid Pitted Life Against Liberty and Vanquished Both John Authers, Bloomberg
CDC’s Guidelines for When It’s Safe to Still Wear Lounge Pants McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (nvl).
Huge Chinese rocket booster falls to Earth over Arabian Peninsula Space. Splashing down, apparently, near the Maldives in the India Ocean.
Beyond the Coup in Myanmar: A Northern View Just Security. Hmm.
India’s COVID-19 emergency The Lancet
A bit crude:
Red Crescent: 163 Palestinians have been injured, 23 hospitalized as Israelis fire sound bombs and tear gas inside the Al Aqsa Mosque compound pic.twitter.com/eb0RbGSNW1
— لينة (@LinahAlsaafin) May 7, 2021
Election results: Boris Johnson invites devolved leaders to Union summit – as he hails ‘Team UK’ Sky News. Surely “devolved leaders” casts a rather broad net?
SNP election win: Johnson sets up summit as Sturgeon pledges second referendum Guardian. Not enthusiastic about 50%+1 referenda.
The Left Must Take Back Labour Craig Murray. “Starmer is down now.” Periodically, I quote this passage from Pratchett’s Guards, Guards: “‘Corporal Nobbs,’ [Vimes] rasped, ‘why are you kicking people when they’re down?’ ‘Safest way, sir,’ said Nobby.”
Homelooseness London Review of Books. The North remembers….
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New Cold War
U.S. Doesn’t Accept ‘Spheres Of Influence,’ Blinken Says In Comments Aimed At Russia Radio Free Europe. Holy [family blog].
“The Russia question.” James W. Carden, Marshall Auerback, and Patrick Lawrence, The Scrum
El Salvador’s parliament removes checks and balances on President Bukele’s powers Global Voices (Re Silc).
American Family Values and Biden’s Families Plan Adam Tooze, Chartbook
Our Famously Free Press
Oh, my sweet summer child:
As an American journalist, you never expect:
1. Your own govt to lie to you, repeatedly
2. Your own govt to hide information the public has a right to know
3. Your own govt to spy on your communications
Trump's unAmerican regime did all of these.
No one should accept this.
— Michelle Kosinski (@MichLKosinski) May 8, 2021
Kosinski (net worth $5 million) has been a Senior Diplomatic Correspondent for CNN and White House Correspondent for CNN. She was a foreign correspondent for NBC News based in London; before that she was a correspondent based in Miami. Another illustration that journalists view themselves as in the same class as those they “cover.”
The BBC hadn’t prepared for this moment and it was beautiful. pic.twitter.com/TY859XCSzV
— Pelegeesi (@UgRwah) May 5, 2021
Journalists running PR for a US government privacy app Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
Trump Abused the System. Facebook Created It Wired (Re Silc).
“Keep As Much Money As You Can”: Hunter Biden Disclosures Offer New Details On His Chinese Financial Dealings And Association Jonathan Turley. If we’d crossed out “Hunter Biden” and written in, say, “Jared Kushner,” the news cycles on this biography would still be cranked up to 11, after months of coverage.
Police State Watch
Black Injustice Tipping Point
We Found the Textbooks of Senators Who Oppose The 1619 Project and Suddenly Everything Makes Sense The Root (marym).Interesting methodology. And, since Google will have censored it, this. Sadly, the opposite of false history is not false history, even in a textbook controversy.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Clown Show: Three Inept Foreign Policy Initiatives The American Conservative
It’s not a ‘labor shortage.’ It’s a great reassessment of work in America. WaPo. “‘The problem is we are not making enough money to make it worth it to go back to these jobs that are difficult and dirty and usually thankless. You’re getting yelled at and disrespected all day. It’s hell,’ said Sara, who is 31. She added that with two young kids, finding child care has also been a huge issue lately. The couple have decided to sell their suburban Detroit home and buy a camper van to travel the country. They hope to home-school their kids and spend more time as a family.”
The Business Class Has Been Fearmongering About Worker Shortages for Centuries The Intercept (Re Silc).
How copyright filters lead to wage-theft Cory Doctorow, Pluralistic.net
Do Communist-Led States Protect Public Health Better Than Capitalism? Marxism-Leninism Today
How Tech Loses Out over at Companies, Countries and Continents Bert Hubert (drumlin woodchuckles). From January, still germane.
Lying to the ghost in the machine Charlie’s Diary. On AI; important!
Antidote du jour (via):
And a bonus antidote (nvl):
— Sleaford Mods (@sleafordmods) May 7, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.