Pattaya mahouts put elephants online, hoping for food donations Pattaya Mail (furzy)
— Indigenous (@AmericanIndian8) August 18, 2021
— Mobones (@mofilly) August 17, 2021
Tokyo robot cafe offers new spin on disability inclusion France 24 (furzy)
The Teenage King’s Historically Bad Sex Education Narrtively (Anthony L)
The ID/PH Evidence-Based Medicine gatekeepers, driven by biased #DropletDogma groupthink, and sunk cost fallacy, smugly dismissed these studies. They threw rocks at the conclusions, and perpetually raised the bar of evidence to accept and mitigate Airborne Transmission.
— C Pita (@CPita3) August 20, 2021
'British women have made 30,304 reports of changes to their periods after having received a Covid vaccine. I am one of them.'
✍️ Lara Prendergasthttps://t.co/I9EmDq6Q3B
— The Spectator (@spectator) August 19, 2021
Fears of ‘violent’ delta offshoot arise in Israel with 10 new cases of AY.3 reported i24 News. GM has been warning of this variant.
India approves world’s first DNA Covid vaccine BBC
The eradication of COVID-19 is the only way to stop the pandemic WSWS. WSWS and our GM are on the same page.
9,000 Covid cases linked to Euro 2020 games in mass events scheme Guardian (Kevin W)
The CDC Only Tracks a Fraction of Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections, Even as Cases Surge ProPublica (resilc). So now it’s official.
Maker of Rapid Covid Tests Told Factory to Destroy Inventory New York Times (Kevin W)
F.D.A. Aims for Full Approval of Pfizer Covid Vaccine on Monday New York Times. Lambert: “No confidence builders here IMSHO. Regulatory approvals are not ‘paperwork.'”
Biden’s no-jab-no-job order creates quandary for nursing homes Quartz (resilc). You heard it first here! But at the end of this piece, evidence that the order is virtue signaling:
In practice, nursing homes rarely are thrown out of the Medicare and Medicaid programs for violating the government’s conditions of participation. The government generally gives facilities multiple opportunities to correct violations before proposing termination, even when facilities have repeatedly flouted the rules.
Taliban’s return in Afghanistan ‘boosts morale’ of militant groups in Southeast Asia South China Morning Post (resilc)
Beijing avoids Hong Kong showdown by delaying anti-sanctions law Financial Times
New Cold War
RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 19 AUGUST 2021 Patrick Armstrong (Kevin W)
The Ides of August Sarah Chayes (Chuck L). Important.
In Afghanistan, Americans were the fools who tried to hustle the East Turcopolier (Chuck L)
— Drop The MIC (@DROPTHEMIC2020) August 19, 2021
Pentagon contradicts Biden MINUTES after his fumbling speech by saying Americans HAVE been attacked by the Taliban on the way to Kabul airport and al-Qaeda IS still operating in Afghanistan Daily Mail
Tariq Ali, Debacle in Afghanistan New Left Review (Anthony L)
Please read the thread:
1. A big thing I see driving the Afghanistan conversation that no one is talking about is something I've seen quite often in 40 years in journalism: People's personal relationships — a.k.a., access journalism — matters more than looking at the big picture
— Will Bunch (@Will_Bunch) August 16, 2021
I spoke to a veteran communications professional who has been trying to place prominent voices supportive of the Afghanistan withdrawal on television and in print.
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 19, 2021
Biden ignored Boris Johnson for 36 hours as Afghan chaos grew: report New York Post (Kevin W)
Senators now investigating Biden’s withdrawal were mum on ‘Afghanistan Papers’ Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
More on Apple’s iPhone Backdoor Bruce Schneier
The T-Mobile Breach Is Much Worse Than It Had to Be Wired (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The All-American Base World TomDispatch
The census shows that vast stretches of America are shrinking. Almost all of them voted for Donald Trump. Slate. Resilc: “So what, they still get two senatorzzzzzzzz in each Trumpistan.”
Police State Watch
Senators question DOJ funding for AI-powered policing tech Associated Press (David L)
United Airlines tells employees not to duct tape unruly passengers The Hill. So flight attendants will be equipped with more discrete zip ties?
We will do anything to get you to work for us except pay you enough McSweeney’s (Paul R)
Judge Rules California Ride-Hailing Exemption Is Unconstitutional Associated Press (David L)
The Typical U.S. College Professor Makes $3,556 Per Course Blue Book Diaries (resilc)
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus (guurst):
Needs a bit more time, this one, to get better at fishing. The South-Kamchatsky Nature Reserve, the Kamchatka Peninsula, pictures taken and shared by biologist, wildlife expert and photographer Sergey Kolchin pic.twitter.com/RXrJ2KmzC4
— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) August 20, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.