Cute Experiment Reveals How Your Cat Probably Wants Its Meals Served Science Alert (Chuck L). I always made my cats sit up (as in stand on their hind legs briefly) to get dinner. But that’s a lot less work than doing a puzzle.
NY woman, 29, is cuffed and thrown in cell after cops caught her walking her dogs without a leash and she couldn’t remember her new address Daily Mail. What is wrong with these Karens, um, people? This article takes up the NY Post spin, but reading between the lines, what got this woman in trouble was her making clear she intended to continue to defy the requirement to leash her dogs in the park. What do you think would happen if you were caught speeding and got all stroopy with the cops and told them you’d do it again? Then when the police went to ticket her, she tried to get out of it by saying she didn’t know her address (her offer to take them to her apt was playing the odds that they wouldn’t bother or couldn’t leave the park as park police).
A Mural-Making Spree Lifts Spirits in Buffalo Bloomberg (David L)
Instagram says sorry for removing Pedro Almodovar film poster BBC. One of my film buff friends points out, with some annoyance at the industry, that Almodovar is the only director to show frontal male nudity.
Fashion boom in recycled plastic comes with a price tag Financial Times. Including environmental.
July was world’s hottest month ever recorded, US scientists confirm Guardian (Kevin W)
A Sicilian Town Sends an Omen of a Much Hotter Future New York Times (furzy)
Amid Extreme Weather, a Shift Among Republicans on Climate Change New York Times. Just as they all become Keynesians when useful, as Richard Nixon pointed out.
Can AI Make a Better Fusion Reactor? Spectrum IEEE (David L)
Deleting unethical data sets isn’t good enough MIT Technology Review (David L)
THE NEW ERA OF EXTRACTIVISM — AND HOW TO DEFEAT IT Foreign Policy in Focus
Existential Matters Point Magazine (Anthony L)
Loners help society survive, say Princeton ecologists EurekaAlert (David L)
This is the sort of story that drives me crazy: Peru study finds Sinopharm COVID vaccine 50.4% effective against infections Reuters. First, this is pretty much what Sinopharm found in its clinical trails. Second, this is ALL INFECTIONS, not tracked by Pfizer and tracked but not reported by Moderna and Astra Zenaca. Third, buried is that the performance v. deaths is in line with some Western vaccines: “The vaccine, however, was 94% effective at preventing deaths after two doses.”
The study does not show this. Anyone following the data on infection in school children since delta knows that the infection rates in 2ndary school children have been higher than seen in the entire pandemic, but trust the BMJ to platform this headline:https://t.co/8cGvCinE0Y
— Deepti Gurdasani (@dgurdasani1) August 12, 2021
Covid study: How to avoid catching virus in a shared car https://t.co/zNO0D15rAI
— BBC Health News (@bbchealth) August 13, 2021
The World May Never Reach Herd Immunity Against Covid-19 Bloomberg. This is the lead story! The stupid, it burns (as in the perceived necessity to write this piece).
The most vaccine-hesitant group of all? PhDs UnHerd (resilc). Circulate widely.
— Paul Kedrosky (@pkedrosky) August 13, 2021
Don’t Be a Schmuck. Put on a Mask. Atlantic (David L)
DELTA is Coming For Your Economic Recovery Big Picture. Um, as has been clear for a while to NC readers.
The value of space during a pandemic Economic Letters (resilc)
New questions over China’s role in Leaving Cert exam RTE (PlutoniumKun)
U.S. Embassy Shredding, Burning Documents in Case Taliban Wins Bloomberg. Resilc: “In case????????”
A Saigon moment looms in Kabul Asia Times (Kevin W)
From Dan K. Please read the whole thread:
2. So, the Taliban knows who the ANA Kandak commanders are. Everyone's got a cousin in the Taliban and a cousin in the ANA/ANP/ABP/CTPT whatever.
The ANA Kandak commanders get a phone call from the Taliban commanders: we've got your family in X province under our protection now
— TheHuntForTomClancy (@HuntClancy) August 14, 2021
Afghanistan’s Unraveling May Strike Another Blow to U.S. Credibility New York Times. Resilc: “I cannot stop laughing.”
Water wars in the West Bank Modoweiss
US Wins Right to Appeal Health Grounds on Assange Extradition Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
One Bad Apple Hacker Factor. Important even if you aren’t an Apple person, since Apple is about to kick off a new race to the bottom. Paul R:
It describes in detailed but I think not too technical terms how the scheme works, what its failings are, and why Apple wants to do the scans on your phone instead of on its own servers (answer: they can’t access your files on their servers without a warrant, but somehow they *can* do it on your phone).
Using AI to Scale Spear Phishing Bruce Schneier (David L)
The Vanishing Legacy of Barack Obama Matt Taibbi
Will Hillary Clinton run for NY governor? Expert weighs in amid Cuomo scandal WNCT (UserFriendly)
Anthony Weiner announces NY governor bid in wake of Cuomo resignation BeetPress (UserFriendly)
Nina Turner’s Defeat Wasn’t Only About the Onslaught of Big Money Smears Status Coup (UserFriendly)
Meet The Democratic Socialist Holding Barack Obama’s Old State Senate Seat Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
Making Sense of the Census Sardonicky (UserFriendly)
Contra Hanania On Partisanship Scott Alexander (UserFriendly)
Police State Watch
Squirrel Leaps Could Help Scientists Create Flexible, Jumping Robots Daily Beast (David L). As in Parkour-using robot dogs the better to chase “suspects” which have included protestors.
Portland Looks Like Shit. Who’s to Blame? What Can be Done? Alex Beyman (furzy)
The end of Bretton Woods after fifty years Money Inside and Out (guurst)
I interviewed with Opendoor a few years ago and at the time they told me they were there to smooth out transactions for buyers; they weren’t there to flip houses or speculate. I guess that changed.
Amazon Installs Huge Lockers On A Chicago Park’s Sidewalk, Confusing And Frustrating Neighbors Block Club Chicago (Paul R). A new wrinkle on privatizing the commons.
Antidote du jour (Alan T):
And a bonus from AE90. That kitten is so calm!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.