Filmmaker Ami Vitale Tells the Story of Kenya’s First Community-Owned Elephant Sanctuary Nuvo Magazine (David L)
The Grand Canyon Is Missing a Billion Years’ Worth of Rocks. Scientists May Know Why Science Alert (Chuck L)
Why Are Farmers in Senegal Creating Gardens That Look Like Crop Circles? Atlas Obscura (resilc)
Researchers rediscover coffee plant that could thrive in a warmer world Yale Climate Connections. The world is going to hell, but coffee addicts might be protected for a bit.
Climate Change Powered Tennessee Floods NPR (David L)
This AI Can Spot an Art Forgery IEEE Spectrum (David L)
Spanish volunteers remove eucalyptus in bid to prevent wildfires Al Jazeera. They go up like torches in Australian bushfires.
#COVID-19. Some of these were also in today’s Covid post. The duplication here is because I saw them as particularly important.
NSW Covid update: mask-wearing and vaccine passports may be needed for years as 753 cases recorded https://t.co/RaMjr5EgyT
— Guardian news (@guardiannews) August 24, 2021
NIH begins study of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy and postpartum National Institutes of Health
“…More than half of children aged 6-16 years old who got COVID-19 had at least one symptom lasting more than 120 days. Even more alarming, the study reported that an astonishing 42.6% of those kids were impaired in their daily activities by the symptoms.” https://t.co/yw9RHkHPaM
— Laura Miers (@LauraMiers) August 23, 2021
What’s causing long COVID? Naked Scientists (guurst)
Third Pfizer dose 86% effective in over 60s, Israeli HMO says Reuters. GM is not impressed:
86% protection is not a win at all. That is what they are starting with fresh off the 3rd shot. It is going down from there, as it did with the second shot. That is just not compatible with full reopening.
Wuhan lab leak theory: How Fort Detrick became a centre for Chinese conspiracies BBC. As we’ve said repeatedly, China has made a huge domestic push to depict the US as the source of SARS-Cov-2. So any China origin, be it zoonotic or lab leak, is very damaging politically. Hence the refusal to cooperate in investigations.
Biden urges vaccine mandates for workers after Pfizer jab approved Financial Times. That was the point of the rushed approval, as if you had any doubt.
Vaccination Mandate Battle Awaits Kathy Hochul as She Ascends to Governor THE CITY. A friend in New York City is leaving permanently as a result. And this individual works at home and is very much isolated in the normal course of events.
Popular at-home Covid-19 tests, available without a prescription, were launched without a mechanism for reporting results to health officials https://t.co/LpOPsSk7Ha
— Bloomberg (@business) August 24, 2021
Would It Be Fair to Treat Vaccinated Covid Patients First? Wired. OMG I cannot believe that this idea has gotten out of the swamp. It was repudiated in less than 12 hours despite having been circulated in a memo. First e-mail from an MD in Texas outraged when this original story went live:
My retired ethics professor emailed me today. He long ago quit the panel they are talking about in the article – “it has been taken over by the non-profit corporations. It is no longer about ethics – it is all about the money and placating the Twitter mob. I grieve for medicine. It has become evil. Why is John Wiley Price not all over this?”
FYI – John Wiley Price is a long time black county Judge in Dallas. Very very vocal civil rights type guy. And I have no answer to his question.
Let me make this straight to you all – the “ethics” committee of the North Texas Hospital Association led by Dr. Fine, the leading ethics doc in all of Dallas has decided that when the ICU beds run out, vaccine status will be in the triage mix. HOW IS THAT GOING TO LOOK TO ALL THE AFRICAN AMERICANS and LATINOS who are not getting vaccinated because of their cultural past? Are they going to exempt them all and just apply this to Bubba? What about all the people who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons?
Later e-mail from the same Texas MD when the hospital system went rapidly into reverse:
1) I do not think it was John Wiley Price, but members of the black community did apparently immediately contact the administrations of these hospitals – and were informed that any attempt to pull this kind of stunt would immediately unleash the BLM Kraken on the hospitals.
2) You know things are not going well for the narrative when the 1st question out of the chute from the reporters in a conference call was something like the following – “You have been saying for weeks that less than 1% of the ICU and critical care patients are vaccinated. So, if that is true, why would you be having to come up with mandates like this? You can see that does not really make much sense right? Why would there be this kind of mandate, if vaccinated patients are not even involved in the critical care issues?” —— There was apparent dead silence for several seconds followed by the usual redirecting answer that never even touched the substance of the question. Hilarious.
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson hospitalised with COVID-19 Al Jazeera. Subhead: “Jackson, who is vaccinated against the virus…”
Pike County first of Alabama districts to temporarily close schools due to COVID-19 cases Montgomery Advertiser. Notice this bit:
The district reported 45 positive cases among its five schools, with two of those cases among adults, according to data posted Aug. 16 by the district on its website. The largest percentage of positive cases were among pre-K through third grade students, representing about half of the total. In addition to the positive cases, another 124 students and two staff members were in quarantine.
Come on. Pre-K through third grade children will quarantine, as in stay isolated in their bedrooms, have parents put food outside their door and retrieve their dishes later, and have a bathroom dedicated to their use for 11 days? Never gonna happen.
Workers Can’t Wait to Return, but Delta Variant Upends Plans New York Times (Kevin W)
Can slow-building democracies compete with China? Asia Times (resilc)
China passes new privacy law aimed at protecting users’ personal data The Verge (Kevin W)
New Cold War
Nord Stream 2 pipeline ‘dangerous geopolitical weapon’: Ukraine Al Jazeera (resilc). Help me. It was Ukraine that pulled the cute stunt of cutting supply to Europe via a pipeline through Ukraine. Now they are mad at being cut out because unreliable?
Biden’s US-first approach leaves NATO in the lurch Asia Times. Kevin W: “Holy f*ck. Read the first two paragraphs. They did a Bagram on their own allies.”
How climate change helped strengthen the Taliban CBS. BC” “Seriously?”
Twenty Years After 9/11, Are We Any Smarter? New Republic
Afghanistan Fiasco Raises Hard Questions for Europe New York Times. Resilc: “Cheap to do if you are not running around the world invading and staying for years. EU will say bye bye.”
Peeling The American Onion Michael Moore
See also: 3rd July 1979: President Jimmy Carter authorizes $500,000 to aid the mujahideen in Afghanistan YouTube (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Apple Has Been CSAM Scanning Your iCloud Mail Since 2019 9to5mac. Quelle surprise
Imperial Collapse Watch
DARPA’s ‘guided bullets’ are a sniper’s dream Asia Times. Resilc: “We have no chips for cars and refrigerators, but guided ammo, noooooooooooo problem.”
Resilc: “Should be the national anthem”:
Meet the Imperial Feminist Baffler (Anthony L)
Hundreds clash in Portland as Proud Boys rally descends into violence Guardian (resilc)
The January 6 corporate accountability index Popular Information (resilc)
Can Newsom resignation stop the recall? Orange Juice (Paul R)
Patagonia boycotts Wyoming ski resort over owners’ GOP event Associated Press
Police State Watch
What More Needs to Happen before Something Happens? notesfromdisgraceland (resilc)
Cops Threaten Illegal Kickball Players With Child Abuse Charges Reason. dk: “Not the Onion.”
Boeing Employees’ Safety Independence Under Scrutiny by U.S. FAA Bloomberg. Awfully slow in coming…
The Whole Country is the Reichstag Adolph Reed (fk)
‘Future Of Work’ PBS Series Showcases The New ‘Precariat’ – People Who Go From One Gig To Another– Digital Nomads And Other Fast-Growing Job Trends Forbes. Oh, so the PMC deigns to notice> Or perhaps a few here and there have noticed the desperate condition of their grad student kids?
Antidote du jour. Bob H: “Monarch caterpillars, on a milkweed patch in Maine.”
And a bonus of sorts, from guurst:
Villagers of Nan Palmis on #Haiti‘s offshore island of Grande Cayemite travel to Pointe Sable, a nearby village that was hit hard by the earthquake and abandoned by the regime, to bring them aid: 4 donkeys, loads of plantains, melons, avocados, cassava and other stuff. pic.twitter.com/lhPuy12abz
— Madame Boukman – Justice 4 Haiti ?? (@madanboukman) August 21, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.