Squirrels Use Gymnastics to Navigate Treetop Canopies Scientific American
Observation-based early-warning signals for a collapse of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation Nature. Abstract only (for [family blog] sake). Press release. Science Alert. See post here.
How the Northern Sea Route will change the world’s major traffic flows Nikkei Asian Review. Mobile-friendly, and takes forever to load. That said, it’s a very good visualization and worth the wait.
How the Fed’s digital currency could displace crypto Gillian Tett, FT
Are households indifferent to monetary policy announcements? (PDF) Bank of International Settlements. Yellow card for the Betteridge’s Law violation.
The Origins of Covid 19 (PDF) House Foreign Affairs Committee Report Minority Staff. The Biden Administration/’s 90-day review on this topic is due on August 24. If this story turns into Benghazi/RussiaGate/2020 election theft, that would be bad.
Zero possibility! Legal experts involved in the safety certification of the Wuhan virus laboratory refute the “laboratory leak theory” What China Reads. Not sure “lawyer” is right, but interesting nonetheless.
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How COVID-19 vaccine supply chains emerged in the midst of a pandemic (PDF) Petersen Institute for International Economics. Horrid source, interesting work. Here’s a useful chart:
Not exactly the Manhattan Project; perhaps that is the scale on which Xi (see below) proposes to work.
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A vaccine-only strategy won’t prevent a fourth wave of COVID-19 Toronto Globe and Mail
Subcutaneous REGEN-COV Antibody Combination to Prevent Covid-19 NEJM. From the Discussion: “This trial showed that, throughout the 28-day observation period, the achieved concentrations of a single subcutaneous dose of REGEN-COV prevented symptomatic infection; thus, REGEN-COV has potential use as long-term prophylaxis in persons at risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection. Over the same period, the incidence of asymptomatic infection was also lower among participants who received REGEN-COV than among those who received placebo.” CIDRAP summary. The treatment is expensive. Still, good to see advances that are not vaccine-related.
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Covid-19 Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated Health Care Workers NEJM. From the Discussion: “In this study, we characterized all Covid-19 breakthrough infections among 39 fully vaccinated health care workers during the 4-month period after the second vaccine dose and compared the peri-infection humoral response in these workers with the response in matched controls. We found a low rate of breakthrough infection (0.4%). Among the 39 workers who tested positive for Covid-19, most had few symptoms, yet 19% had long Covid-19 symptoms (>6 weeks).”
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California orders health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID by Sept. 30 KTLA. FDA be damned.
Why it might be good for China if foreign investors are wary Michael Pettis, FT
Biden offers Hong Kong residents in US temporary safe haven Channel News Asia
Entirely by coincidence, several Myanmar articles simultaneously appear in the mainstream press:
The Diplomats Without a Country The Atlantic
Myanmar Opposition Leader: We Need More Help From Biden to Defeat the Military Junta David Corn, Mother Jones. Madness. We have form. We’ll [family blog] it up.
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Vietnam emerges as Southeast Asia’s next fintech battleground Nikkei Asian Review
‘Stealth investment’: Chinese money finds its way into Indian tech as IPOs boom South China Morning Post
Lord Bethell’s new phone Good Law Project
Haiti: On Interventions and Occupations Black Agenda Report
Russia and Venezuela to Implement Energy Security Joint Projects Venezuelanalysis
New Cold War
The Right Way to Split China and Russia Foreign Affairs
Splitting Russia and China Irrussianality
CBO says bipartisan infrastructure bill would add $256B to deficit over 10 years The Hill. Pocket change.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Apophenia Edward Snowden, Continuing Ed
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Bill Gates calls divorce ‘a sad milestone,’ friendship with Jeffrey Epstein a ‘huge mistake’ NBC. So how’s that divorce going, Bill? Good try:
GATES SAYS HE WAS UNAWARE OF EPSTEIN'S ACTIVITIES BECAUSE HE USED THE BING SEARCH ENGINE – CNBC
— Rudy Havenstein, Resist Actual Fascism. (@RudyHavenstein) August 5, 2021
But I don’t think it worked. On another note, I assume people like Epstein, Gates, et al. would be whitelisted by Apple’s scanning software. Or, better, they’d be sold some sort of Platinum Service that avoided scanning, like precheck in airport security queues. After all, under neoliberalism, what is more easily purchased than trust?
Imperial Collapse Watch
After Just 11 Years in Service, USS Independence Is Taking an Early Retirement Popular Mechanics. “There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today.”
Sailor Charged with Starting the Fire Aboard the Bonhomme Richard Maritime Executive. Sold for scrap at $3.66 million. I don’t know what the replacement cost is, but you’ll have to move the decimal point.
Why Covid-19’s second pandemic summer is hitting differently MSNBC. “The feeling that normality has slipped through fingers — again — is overwhelming.” You’d think MSNBC would have burned a hole in their belly, they gaze at their navels so hard.
Taming The Greedocracy Current Afffairs
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus antidote (DK):
DK writes: “This is my neighbor’s yard, which appears to now be a fox sanctuary and breeding ground. There were a pair of foxes playing in my backyard, but by the time I got my camera, figured out that I was taking pictures of myself, turned the camera around, the second fox had disappeared….”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.