It’s National Dog Day! Here Are Some Of NPR’s Pups NPR (David L)
The Mysterious Coral Cousin Swarming the Palmyra Atoll Atlas Obscura (Chuck L)
An immense mystery older than Stonehenge BBC (Chuck L)
Ocean heat ‘blob’ has wide-reaching impacts Newsroom.co.nz (rfd)
Carbon Costs Quantified Scott Alexander (UserFriendly)
More And More Humans Are Growing an Extra Artery, Showing We’re Still Evolving Science Alert (Chuck L)
When the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts Punched Mick Jagger Vulture (Anthony L)
Study confirms virus variants reduce protection against COVID-19 MedicalXpress (Robert M)
Japan temporarily halted the use of 1.63 million Moderna vaccine doses over claims that tiny particles were found floating in unused vials Yahoo (Kevin W) https://www.yahoo.com/news/japan-temporarily-halted-1-63-075042943.html
Coronavirus: Wuhan study finds nearly half of recovered patients still had symptoms a year later South China Morning Post (fk)
IM Doc vis e-mail:
In August and September of last year – Texas Florida and the rest of the south were getting killed – and then it kind of let up by October.
And just like last year – the action moved to the Northern Tier – Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Dakotas, and Nebraska and the surge started right around Labor Day – and crescendoed through NOV and DEC – just like it is right now. In OCT and NOV last year – it began the surge into the upper Midwest and New England – and the West Coast – and then eventually into the South again –
We are starting just like we did last year –
And Texas and Florida are slowly receding just like last year.
And we are on a definite upswing here – almost literally the same week it started last year.
It is so far exactly like last year as far as the timing and geography. Thankfully – the case numbers and deaths are not as high so far.
But maybe not: Florida COVID update: 901 added deaths, largest single-day increase in pandemic history Miami Herald (allan)
Jail rewarding inmates with free ramen if they get vaccinated Boing Boing (resilc)
China Plans to Ban U.S. IPOs for Data-Heavy Tech Firms Wall Street Journal
Can The Chinese Diaspora Speak? Qiao Collective (Anthony L)
Australian public fed nonsense as country heads to “irreversible” decision. Matt Barrie (Scott L)
When the flawed succeed: Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings and the corrosion of morals Times Literary Supplement (Anthony L)
British Melodrama Over Afghanistan Withdrawal Masks Their Own Impotence And Irrelevance Michael Tracey (UserFriendly)
Banks in Kabul reopen, drawing crowds of cash-starved Afghans Al Jazeera (resilc)
Who are the Islamic State in Afghanistan? Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The All-Seeing “i”: Apple Just Declared War on Your Privacy Edward Snowden (flora, Kevin W). Lambert also featured in Water Cooler, but a must read if you didn’t have time to get to it.
Most interesting to me: Users must be provided with a convenient way to see and delete the keywords that the algorithm is using to profile them. 2/
— Kendra Schaefer 凯娜 (@kendraschaefer) August 27, 2021
Imperial Collapse Watch
Trumpism Has Entered Its Final Form Atlantic (resilc)
NYC federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself to close New York Daily News (BC)
Planet of Cops Freddie deBoer (UserFriendly)
Does Theresa Taylor Represent SEIU or Marcie Frost and Matt Jacobs at CalPERS? Tony Butka, LA Citywatch
Now you can own a replica of the rocket that sent Jeff Bezos into space for just $69 Business Insider. Kevin W: “For an extra twenty bucks, you can get the sex toy version.”
Blood, labs and fraud: Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes is about to go on trial Washington Post, This is gonna be FUN!
Apple CEO Poised to Get $750 Million Final Payout From Award Bloomberg (BC)
The dream economy (We Have Lift-Off!) LA Review of Books (Anthony L)
Four perspectives on deficit spending. Fourth, economist @StephanieKelton speaks to @AliVelshi. “Every deficit is good for someone.”#DeficitSpending #PublicPriorities #OurMoney @arappeport, @jonathanweisman pic.twitter.com/NvUKFX5901
— Our Money (@ourmoneyus) August 26, 2021
O Canada! Stay-At-Home Macro (UserFriendly)
Rent-a-robot: Silicon Valley’s new answer to the labor shortage in smaller U.S. factories Reuters. Right. After a robot was responsible for the $1 billion Bolt recall.
Tiny Houses It’s simpler than it looks (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour (CV):
And a bonus:
— The Levity Dept. (@LevityDept) August 21, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.