Vasya the cat chases away a brown bear in the woods of Eastern Siberia Siberian Times (furzy)
Future Space Travel Might Require Mushrooms Scientific American (guurst)
Summer Temperature Anomaly Distribution Berkeley Earth (David L)
Athletes Break Down Under Extreme Heat at the Olympics Gizmodo (Kevin W)
U.S. Forest Service modifies disputed ‘let it burn’ policy Los Angeles Times (Kevin W)
Cargo bikes deliver faster and cleaner than vans, study finds Guardian (AE90)
Meet Surfside’s Disaster-Data Forensic Sleuths IEEE Spectrum (resilc)
Poison hemlock spreads across US parks, gardens: Beware of toxic plant USA Today (furzy)
Erectile dysfunction is 3x higher in covid positive men according to this study… pic.twitter.com/v0NWAlg65b
— griselda (@KiaSpeaks) August 3, 2021
Favorable outcome on viral load and culture viability using Ivermectin in early treatment of non-hospitalized patients with mild COVID-19 – A double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial MedRxIv (Li). Small sample.
Startling Discovery Suggests 40% of Wild Deer in The US Have Had The Coronavirus Science Alert (Chuck L). Recall a survey in Michigan found >50%.
After Russiagate, Why WOULDN’T People Be Skeptical About Covid? Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates Split Corporate America Wall Street Journal
New York Auto Show Canceled Because of Delta Variant Wall Street Journal
China vows to hit back at US$750 million US arms sale to Taiwan South China Morning Post
How a fake network pushes pro-China propaganda – BBC. Resilc: “Sort of like Fox and MSNBC?”
Israel’s Gantz Calls for International Military Action Against Iran Antiwar (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Mirror, Mirror 2021: Reflecting Poorly Commonwealth Fund (PlutoniumKun). US at the bottom. UK falls: NHS drops from first to fourth among rich countries’ healthcare systems Guardian (Kevin W)
Calling ‘liberal internationalism’ what it is: American primacy Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
Biden Picks Diplomat With Polish Ties to Manage Key NATO Relationship US News, Kevin W: “FFS – it is a son of Zbigniew Brzezinski.”
Andrew Cuomo Didn’t Act Alone His inner circle enabled him. They should go down with their leader. New York Magazine (AE90)
GOP Clown Car
Rare bid to repeal war resolution advanced by U.S. Senate committee Reuters (resilc)
The Voters Who Could Turn California Red Atlantic (resilc)
Our Famously Free Press
Judge denies Elizabeth Holmes’ request to suppress patient complaints about Theranos CNBC (Kevin W). We said you could stick a fork in her when the judge ruled that superlawyer David Boies did not have attorney-client privilege with respect to Holmes (his client was Theranos, not Holmes personally). This only adds to how bad her prospects are. Hurrah!
Another reminder that you do get something for your tax dollars in the Communist State of New York:
— John Carney (@carney) August 5, 2021
The most anyone can be subject to involuntary psych detention (this includes drunk tank incidents) is 72 hours. To be held longer, you have to be deemed by two doctors to be a danger to yourself or others. I know of Stage 4 alcoholics who have been released.
The Two Economists Who Fought Over How Free the Free Market Should Be New York Times (resilc)
George Soros’ right-hand man was accused of BDSM assaults in his sex dungeon New York Post. Not my class at HBS but I know people in that class who knew both Howie and Mary. More generally, there is a lot of BDSM on Wall Street, but most who play that way know the rules…as in a “Cut it out” word that is taken seriously.
Nuding Out The Baffler. Chuck L: “Perhaps nudism could spark a resurgence of interest in socialism and social democracy in the 21st century USA as it did in Weimar Germany.”
US blocks seafood from Fiji ship accused of enslaving crew Al Jazeera (resilc)
Antidote du jour. The is Bliss, whose human servants are Bob H and Janet. I am not clear as to whether Bliss artfully chose to pose near flattering artwork, or whether the artwork was chosen to compliment Bliss.
And a bonus (Jim D):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.