A Dire Evolutionary Timeline by ‘Blu’ on the Streets of Italy Colossal (Chuck L)
Watch: Vegan leather made out of mangoes Boing Boing (resilc)
Astronomers have spotted x-rays from behind a supermassive black hole MIT Technology Review (David L)
A Soil-Science Revolution Upends Plans to Fight Climate Change Quanta (Robert M)
COVID-19 breaking news: NSW cases reach new high of 239; Tough new rules for hotspot Sydney LGAs; Victoria records six new local cases; Infectious backpacker in Brisbane has Alpha strain 9News. Hoo boy.
Norway Unseats the U.S. as Best Place to Be in Covid Bloomberg (resilc)
In Montgomery Cty, ALA, people are dropping off the dogs that they adopted during the pandemic. As many as 100 dogs a day are being dropped off, and are being euthanized. WTF!!!People adopt dogs like crazy. Their lives get that going and they drop them off without a 2nd thought
— Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback) July 28, 2021
Last NSW outbreak we had one #COVID19 positive pediatric patient the entire time, this time we already have over 100
Suggests there’s a LOT more to this than we’re seeing yet
— Dr Greg Kelly (@drgregkelly) July 28, 2021
Pfizer Data Suggest Third Dose of Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Strongly’ Boosts Protection Against Delta Variant CNN. Help me. Based on 23 people when IM Doc says based on intel from local investigators that Pfizer has been running trials on boosters…yet per Reuters its official trial started last Monday. That suggests the earlier trials were likely aborted. So why should we trust this? Smacks of cherry-picking.
Here in a blue pocket of Alabama (my ZIP is in the top 100 in the US in BAs per capita; many medical, finance, and law professionals; many many more Doug Jones than Tommy Turberville signs within a 15 minute drive in pretty much every direction), no change in masking behavior, based on a short foray to the local shopping area, including, shockingly, among CVS employees. And masking here was pretty good until the CDC pissed all over it.
From square coats. Please circulate!
I saw this sign at the veterinary services counter when I was stopping in today to get my cat her new medical diet. I asked the woman who was helping me if I could take a picture and she said of course and told me that one of the nurses who works there took the pictures at home with her own dog. I thought it was such a sweet way to promote mask wearing and have trouble imagining anyone getting angry about it (though I’m sure they’re out there somewhere…). I only intended to share it with my mom but she happens to be a totally avid nc reader and thought I should submit it for an antidote du jour, so here it is (post-file compression! )! Happy if it makes it onto the site somehow or just to hopefully spread at least a few smiles.
Biden’s new weapon against Covid-19: Don’t call it a mandate Politico. Pathetic. Continued fixation on narrative management.
Google Delays Return To Office, Mandates Vaccines Associated Press. See related Facebook action further below.
Media Promotes Fake “Vaccine Hesitancy” Narrative To Justify Coercion And Scolding Michael Tracey. Glenn F: “As he explains in the post, using many prominent Republican examples, there hasn’t really been a shift by the elite Rs. They are just getting some notice now. The hesitancy is bi-partisan.”
White Evangelicals Resist Covid-19 Vaccine Most Among Religious Groups Wall Street Journal
The Cruise Industry Stages a Comeback New York Times. Resilc: “These people, and the person who wrote this, are crackheads.”
Warren, Schumer & Pressley Urge Biden: Pause Student Loan Payments Until March Truthout. Another cliff effect not getting as much attention as rent/mortgage moratorium expirations.
And while on this sorry topic: Pelosi disputes Biden’s power to forgive student loans The Hill. UserFriendly: “Utter bullshit from the worst people alive.”
He. Ran. On. It. https://t.co/rCYTzhPEfm
— Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) July 28, 2021
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back in the Struggle Against Anti-Democratic Corporate Trade Rules Foreign Policy in Focus
HK banks may soon need to choose between US and China Asia Times (Kevin W)
Chinese businessman who challenged Beijing jailed for 18 years Financial Times
We’re Ben and Jerry. Men of Ice Cream, Men of Principle. New York Times (David L)
Biden isn’t withdrawing troops from Iraq, he’s relabeling their mission Responsible Statecraft. Quelle surprise!
Americans evenly divided on whether Afghanistan War was a mistake: Gallup The Hill. Resilc: “Dumbassistanis.”
Three questions from the Nixon era for Joe Biden Gillian Tett, Financial Times. Debt scaremongering.
White House Calls on America’s Most Critical Companies To Improve Cyber Defenses Reuters. Tryigng to close the barn door when the horse is in the next county
Simone Biles was a victim of sexual abuse facilitated by the USA gymnastics and Olympics establishment. If her head isn't in the sport – and it's dangerous to compete if it isn't – it is not at all reasonable to blame her.
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) July 28, 2021
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Bravo David Remnick for finally getting over his grudge-ban against anything related to the eXile. Shows a lot of courage and maturity. pic.twitter.com/hcQqxtltN2
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) July 28, 2021
Tesla Model 3’s “boat mode” videos are frightening and amazing at the same time Teslarati (Dr. Kevin)
Everything Is for Sale in George Floyd Square American Conservative :-(
Who Actually Gets to Create Black Pop Culture? Current Affairs. UserFriendly: “Important!!!”
Credit Market Pain Seen Potentially Spreading From China to U.S. Bloomberg (furzy)
Fed moves closer to decision on ‘tapering’ massive stimulus Financial Times
Antidote du jour. Tracie H:
This is my brother’s pet, Princess Pig, dressed for the holidays. It was taken back when she was a spry young pig. She is now 12 years old and just had surgery last Monday at UC Davis to remove a tumor that weighed over 40 pounds. We are holding good thoughts for her that it was benign and she can fully recover.
And a bonus. Bob H: “Betsy finds a mysterious obelisk on the Maine coast.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.