Puppies Are Born Ready to Communicate With Humans Smithsonian (David L)
A herd of elephants has roamed 300 miles across China and is headed toward a city Washington Post (resilc)
Black bears may play important role in protecting gray fox PhysOrg (Chuck L). No surprise. Wolves protect foxes because wolves eat the main predator of foxes, which is coyotes.
Government Report Finds No Evidence U.F.O.s Were Alien Spacecraft New York Times. Nice to know, but why were people like Podesta and Harry Reid pushing this hard in 2016? And why does the sudden explosion of “OMG UFOs!” seem awfully non-organic?
How many people has climate change killed already? Grist (resilc)
Study: California fire killed 10% of world’s giant sequoias Associated Press (David L)
Climate tipping points could topple like dominoes, warn scientists Guardian (David L)
Can we take the high out of psychedelics? Wired (David L)
There is not enough money in the world to get me to do this (hat tip guurst):
Luke Aikins 25k ft jump without a parachute got my heart pumping this morning.pic.twitter.com/hRBljhrcph
— Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi) June 2, 2021
Organoids Are Not Brains. How Are They Making Brain Waves? New York Times
Pleas From Overseas: Seeking a Vaccine, and Entry Into the U.S. New York Times. Big props! The Grey Lady published furzy’s letter! A round of applause, please.
Why Scientists Worry About The CDC’s Approach To COVID Breakthrough Infections NPR (David L). When you’ve lost NPR….
Coronavirus latest: Covid-19 risk cut sharply for up to 10 months after first infection, study finds Financial Times. First, merely a correlation. Not clear how much due to immunity and how much due to behavior change. Second, a not-representative population, medical workers.
I am getting sick of the constant attempts to explain away any bad news.
I get the desire to be optimistic (honestly) but minimising delays action and ultimately makes things worse.
Exponential growth is a red flag. Delta has been growing exponentially since early April. 1/3
— Prof. Christina Pagel (@chrischirp) June 3, 2021
Anthony Fauci urges China to release medical records of Wuhan lab workers Financial Times (furzy). Fauci would not be doing this if he didn’t have good reason to think it would be exculpatory as far as his hot-button lab is concerned (recall there are two and only one got funding for and performs research methods nixed in the US). Remember that even though the Wall Street Journal ran a breathless story in the last couple of weeks about 3 Wuhan lab workers getting flu-like symptoms, IIRC in Nov, a bit later the story said that they (and others) had tested negative for Covid antibodies in early 2020. The fact that all three went to the hospital is overblown; China does not have free standing primary care physicians. If you want to see a doctor, you go to the hospital.
Reader AP also made this point via e-mail, that the fact that the case cluster than blew into epidemic>pandemic occurred in Wuhan does not mean the disease originated in Wuhan. That implies the Wuhan bat cave is irrelevant. AP continues with the alternate theory:
For the record: I think we’ve been wrong in looking for bats in China – France24’s “Observers” debunked the “Chinese eating bats” memes which were making the rounds, noting that the videos in those memes were Chinese tourists visiting Palau, where they do eat bats, and I saw a well-heeled British woman get peed on by a bat in bat cave on Moyo Island – an hour away from Bali, a favorite young tourist spot – during Singapore’s CNA travel doc on “glamping”; so, I think we should be looking at Indonesian or Palauan bats – Germany found that their official “first case”, diagnosed at a hospital, arose from a group of young people who had gone skiing in Austria 6-8 weeks earlier, coming home with the “sniffles”. So, my theory is that young Chinese went for an island vacation, picked it up there and brought it home where it circulated in the young crowd before finally hitting people old enough to get hospitalized or need medical treatment.
The UK Has a Plan for a New ‘Pandemic Radar’ System Wired (David L). Tracing app failure redux.
Donald Trump demands China ‘pay $10 trillion’ for its handling of covid News.com.au (Kevin W)
Fauci emails: Here’s what we learned New York Post (Lee)
Income, Religion, Politics: US Vaccine Demand Explained Heisenberg Report (resilc)
ICYMI new UCLA research shows CA’s Covid lockdowns, mask mandates & social distancing protected its economy far better than looser policies did in states such as TX, FL & IN.
Overall, U.S. GDP shrank 3.5% last year, vs 2.8% for CA.https://t.co/d7cX8A6V57
— Margot Roosevelt (@margotroosevelt) June 3, 2021
From Aero Engine Corporation of China to Huawei Technologies, here is the full list of Chinese companies barred from receiving U.S. investment.https://t.co/rBCoHOHKyk
— Nikkei Asia (@NikkeiAsia) June 4, 2021
X-Press Pearl Fire Could Mean Environmental Disaster For Sri Lanka NPR (David L) :-(
This week, @pmdfoster scooped the story that Brexit shrank UK exports of services by £110bn in 2016-19 (i.e. excluding the Covid impact). But the most disturbing part of this? 1/https://t.co/6C22U2z3wZ
— Best for Britain (@BestForBritain) June 3, 2021
Labour, not the Conservatives, was the largest party among low-income workers in 2019 New Statesman (guurst)
France Is Becoming More Like America. It’s Terrible. New York Times
New Cold War
Revealed: The American Money Entwined with Israel’s Jewish Terrorist Groups Mint Press (Chuck L)
Kurdish Forces Kill Protesters in Syria’s Manbij EA WorldView (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
What Is America’s Spy Court Hiding From the Public? New York Times
Secret Chats Show How Cybergang Became a Ransomware Powerhouse New York Times (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Biden now willing to drop corporate tax hike to get infrastructure deal done New York Post (Kevin W)
Democrats en deshabille
Cuomo’s pricey fundraiser may signal 2022 bid Syracuse (bob)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
BREAKING: City workers begin clearing George Floyd Square, the south Minneapolis intersection where George Floyd was killed. https://t.co/Iserp0Qkix
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) June 3, 2021
Meat and Its Enemies National Review (Li). Yes, NR, but it’s worth knowing what the right is worked up about.
Our Famously Free Press
The people @ggreenwald is shitting on are not “the left.” They’re aristocrats and authoritarians whose idea of heaven is a Dick Cheney spy state with unlimited censorship and a press corps of obedient snitches. https://t.co/CZgkGoWo2J
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) June 3, 2021
Elizabeth Holmes Emails With Boies Are Fair Game for Trial Bloomberg (BC). Ooh, you can stick a fork in her.
Bill Gates’ next generation nuclear reactor to be built in Wyoming Reuters. Kevin W: “Oh god. A nuclear reactor. Built by the man who gave us Microsoft Windows.
New piece. Jamie Galbraith unpacks Larry’s inflation narrative. “The economic arguments used to justify such fears simply do not stand up to scrutiny.” https://t.co/J4wPfcOdXD
— Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) June 3, 2021
Are we better off? Noahopinion. All based on various sorts of averages. Totally missed costs of inequality (which even exacts a health cost), much shorter average job tenures (ie, insecurity), and the deterioration in pretty much all measures of well being, like life expectancy, use of anti-depressants, incarceration rates, teen births.
CEOs Are the Problem Project Syndicate (David L)
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus:
Eventually they all come to mommy.. 😊pic.twitter.com/QXvMshTle7
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) June 2, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.