Why pigeons mean peril for satellite broadband BBC (Re Silc).
California wildfires are climbing higher up mountains, putting more forest at risk of flames San Francisco Chronicle (dk).
Predominance of antibody-resistant SARS-CoV-2 variants in vaccine breakthrough cases from the San Francisco Bay Area, California (preprint) medRxiv (mv). 1,373 persons of whom 125 (9.1%) were vaccine breakthrough infections. UCSF; Abbott. “These findings suggest that vaccine breakthrough cases are preferentially caused by circulating antibody-resistant SARS-CoV-2 variants, and that symptomatic breakthrough infections may potentially transmit COVID-19 as efficiently as unvaccinated infections, regardless of the infecting lineage.” See also the San Jose Mercury News (mv).
SARS-CoV-2 RBD antibodies that maximize breadth and resistance to escape Nature. From the Abstract: “[W]e identify neutralizing antibodies with exceptional sarbecovirus[*] breadth and a corresponding resistance to SARS-CoV-2 escape.” GSK’s sotrovimab is a treatment based on one such antibody, S309. US EUA; Australian approval. See also this GSK-funded preprint. NOTE * “Sarbecoviruses are respiratory viruses and can be detected by PCR on oral or nasal swabs, bronchial wash, lung tissue, or respiratory tract tissue.”
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US mask makers say they’re in danger of going broke The Hill. If only there were some way to set up the infrastructure to manufacture what we need….
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100,000 more COVID deaths seen unless US changes its ways AP. I applaud the technical excellence of the “live with it” talking point, which erases the lethal consequences for some. See Invariants #1 and #2 in “Neoliberalism Expressed as Simple Rules.”
The Origins of SARS-CoV-2: A Critical Review (pre-proof) Cell. Concluding sentence: “We contend that although the animal reservoir for SARS-CoV-2 has not been identified and the key species may not have been tested, in contrast to other scenarios there is substantial body of scientific evidence supporting a zoonotic origin. While the possibility of a laboratory accident cannot be entirely dismissed, and may be near impossible to falsify, this conduit for emergence is highly unlikely relative to the numerous and repeated human-animal contacts that occur routinely in the wildlife trade. Failure to comprehensively investigate the zoonotic origin through collaborative and carefully coordinated studies would leave the world vulnerable to future pandemics arising from the same human activities that have repeatedly put us on a collision course with novel viruses.” Well worth a read, but break out the espresso machine.
China holds firm on Xinjiang as neighbouring Afghanistan poses security concerns South China Morning Post
Six months on, pressure builds on NUG to turn talk into action Frontier Myanmar
Atrocious Myanmar Military at Risk of Splitting: Army Defectors The Irrawaddy. Wake me when a whole unit goes over to the NUG.
Michael Pascoe: What happens next isn’t ‘freedom’ – it’s triage The New Daily. Australia. Hat tip, Glad Gladys. All it takes is one defector, and everybody in the defector’s network is “living with it.”
The British Establishment Is Losing Its Mind Over Afghanistan (interview) Richard Seymour, Jacobin
Greece’s deadly wildfires were sparked by 30 years of political failure Yanis Varoufakis, Guardian
‘Once the World Looks Away, We Are All Dead’ Rolling Stone
Does Ethiopia’s War Mask an Even Deeper Crisis? The Elephant
New Cold War
Bolsonaro’s Coup: The Bolivia Model? Brasil Wire
Mexico’s Little-Known Attempt to Save Freud From the Nazis MIT Press Reader (nvl).
Top 20 healthcare lobbyists by 2021 spending through June Becker’s Hospital Review
Realignment and Legitimacy
To Stop War, America Needs a Third Party Matt Taibbi, TK News
Why Should We Build That Which We Cannot Trust? Capital Research Center
Imperial Collapse Watch
After the Debacle: Six Concrete Steps to Restore U.S. Credibility Foreign Policy. They’re bipartisan!
The Corporate Deterrent To More Vaccinations David Sirota, The Daily Poster. No paid time off. “Fundamentally, nothing will change.”
Preferred Terms for Select Population Groups & Communities CDC. I do support complete eradication of the term “stakeholder,” so I’m on the same page with CDC there.
Japan’s bullet trains replace smoking rooms with Zooming room The Register. “Also offers free mice, power bricks, lap pillows and fast WiFi in cars rated to allow 300km/h video chat.” Better than a plane, and I would bet the advantage lasts overnight, i.e., beyond the Northeast Corridor.
Antidote du jour (via):
— Ted Scouten (@CBS4Ted) August 29, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.