The Longest Story by Richard Girling review: Makes you wonder why animals put up with us Evening Standard (AE90)
Life-Sized Elephant Sculptures Take Over London in a Global Migration for Conservation My Modern Met (resilc)
Tokyo Olympics: German pentathlon coach thrown out for punching horse BBC :-(. Horses get the yips too.
The strange case of the dead-but-not-dead Tibetan monks Big Think (David L)
For The First Time, Researchers Just Watched How Plants Slurp Up Water ScienceAlert (Kevin W)
The Questionable Rewards of a Visit to Inaccessible Island Atlas Obscura (Chuck L)
Humans could recolonize Earth after mass extinctions with ectogenesis Science X (Chuck L)
Family values outweigh politics in US Latinos’ climate beliefs PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Maritime shipping causes more greenhouse gases than airlines Yale Climate Connections
After Deadly Floods, a German Village Rethinks Its Relationship to Nature New York Times (furzy)
We eat microplastics daily, but their effect on our health was a mystery — until now Ledger-Enquirer (David L)
New Data Suggest J. & J. Vaccine Works Against Delta New York Times (furzy)
Myocarditis and Pericarditis After Vaccination for COVID-19 JAMA. Still rare but ~5x higher than what was reported in VAERS
New online study in @TheLancet by Katsoularis et al shows that in Sweden, in 4 weeks after exposure to COVID, there was a 3-6 times higher rate of MI and stroke. In addition to the respiratory risks, this provides even more motivation to #GetVaccinated @WorldStrokeOrg
— Seemant Chaturvedi (@ChaturvediNeuro) August 6, 2021
Yelp to let users filter which businesses require vaccination The Hill (Kevin W)
EXCLUSIVE: Scaled back? Not so much! Obama’s 60th birthday bash looks anything but intimate as massive tents dwarf the mansion and John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union arrive on Martha’s Vineyard ahead of the celebration Daily Mail. Here because superspeader event in the making
Where the C.D.C. Recommends Wearing Masks Indoors, State by State New York Times (Kevin W). No one in Alabama is listening. Even the pharmacist at CVS had his mask fully below his chin. But toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning supplies are scarce again.
15 states are keeping COVID-19 breakthrough cases under wraps The Hill (resilc). Funny how The Hill fails to mention that in early May, the CDC said it would not be tracking breakthough cases. And accordingly, we have heard of local health departments telling doctors to STFU when they try to report breakthrough cases. So why should believe any of data when CDC refused to tally it and many if not most local health departments appear to have followed their guidance?
U.S. nurses’ COVID-19 grief pours out online: ‘I just don’t want to watch anyone else die’ Reuters. Resilc: “I am amazed Obomba wont leave the Martha’s Vineyard compound to lead a black vax drive. maybe after GW Bush leaves the birthday party.”
Even Snoop Can’t Save the Olympics Wired (resilc)
HERE’S WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU TRIED TO DIG TO CHINA Grunge (resilc)
China’s nanny state: why Xi is cracking down on gaming and private tutors Financial Times. Preening headline, gah.
US President Joe Biden offers ‘safe haven’ to Hongkongers escaping Beijing crackdown in US ABC Australia (Kevin W). Another US poke in the eye.
Dollar strength a double-edged sword for Asia Asia Times (Kevin W)
Two Myanmar men arrested in US for plotting to kill UN envoy Bangkok Post (furzy)
Taliban kill Afghan media chief in Kabul, take southern city Sydney Morning Herald (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
WhatsApp attacks Apple’s child safety ‘surveillance’ Financial Times
PSA: Apple can’t run CSAM checks on devices with iCloud Photos turned off iMore. This is supposed to make us feel better.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Army Tanks Are Vulnerable Against Drones. Congress Wants a Fix, Stat. Popular Mechanics
Is Biden Screwing This Up? Rolling Stone (resilc)
Thoughts on Student Loans and the FRESH Start Act Credit Slips
Andrew Cuomo Is Actually, Really Finished Ross Barkan (UserFriendly)
Can Universal Curriculum Help Our Schools? Forbes (resilc)
Lawyer: Capitol Cop Who Shot Ashli Babbitt ‘Ambushed’ Her on Jan. 6 Without Warning Real Clear Investigations. Kevin W: “The lawyer for that cop has some ‘interesting’ claims why all those commands he said he gave were not picked up by those recordings.”
The FCC finally made a new broadband map of the US The Verge (resilc)
Redistricting in America, Part Three: The Republicans’ Southern Prizes Sabato’s Crystal Ball (UserFriendly)
Dixie Fire becomes largest single wildfire in California history Politico (Kevin W)
Our Famously Free Press
‘People think you’re an idiot’: death metal Irish baron rewilds his estate Guardian (AE90). Anti guillotine watch sighting.
Canada Is Waging an All-Front Legal War Against Indigenous People CounterPunch (Chuck L)
Antidote du jour. Maine Coon cat-looking Bliss seated on a staircase with art elicited pix of other cats seeking photo ops from steps. From Jason A:
My wife was trying to take a pic of our newly installed spiral staircase. Our almost 1 year old kitty Demi noticed and decided she would grace the photo shoot with her presence. Yes, she’s absolutely posing for the shot.
And a bonus (Kevin W):
— profile that cure your stress (@profcurestress) August 6, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.