Road runner stopped by Trump’s border wall wins Bird Photographer of the Year ScienceFocus (David L)
Birds of prey face global decline from habitat loss, poisons Associated Press (resilc)
Because the city of Iqaluit is located on the #Arctic Ocean and often surrounded by snow and ice, it is not often likely to see lightning, which requires both warm air & moisture. However, lightning struck there over the weekend. Learn more @arctic_today: https://t.co/rPeqqA6cKL
— National Snow and Ice Data Center (@NSIDC) August 31, 2021
America’s Climate-Change-Prone Areas Are Seeing Their Populations Swell Redfin. Resilc: “USA USA=JimJonesistan.”
To Save Lake Tahoe, They Spared No Expense. The Fire Came Over the Ridge Anyway. New York Times (David L)
Consumers Believe That Products Work Better for Others Oxford Academic (resilc). According to some definition of “work”. In my case true because I have zero patience with crap design and will toss something rather than fiddle. As a former top CIO said a long time ago, “If technology is hard, it’s bad technology.”
Education crisis looms in Latin America in wake of Covid Financial Times
“Inescapable” COVID-19 Antibody Discovery – Neutralizes All Known SARS-CoV-2 Strains SciTech (Chuck L). Ignacio and GM had to clear their throats. Ignacio first:
Monoclonal antibodies are probably amongst the most expensive therapies available. Economic ruin could also be inescapable if you manage to survive.
What they are doing right now is absolute insanity.
Until recently, the monoclonals were an in-hospital therapy only.
Which means that the people getting them were isolated.
Which is very important, because we know from many studies that stuffing patients with monoclonals is a great way of generating immune escape variants. So the people getting the monoclonals only entering the community back once they had recovered (or in sealed body bags) meant that those variants stayed outside the community.
But what are we doing now?
We give people monoclonals like candy in a free-for-all and send them back into the community.
Because we are oh-so-technologically advanced and have a “cure” for everything, but are completely incapable of finding and isolating the infected and we not only do public health, but just decided to kill the concept altogether.
There is a reason why the southern portion of Africa is such a persistent source of nasty new variants — that is where the highest concentration of HIV in the world is, which means the virus has the opportunity to evolve in the best conditions for that, immunocompromised hosts. But the other key source of such “gifts” to humanity will be mass monoclonal therapy with no virus spread controls.
I know that it is not news that policy seems to have been in tailored in the direction of helping the virus for a long time now, but this is definitely one of the worst things that have been done.
Prior COVID infection doesn’t guarantee good immunity: study MedRxIV (Robert M). Gah. n=27. Why do this at all with too few participants to be seen as meaning much?
Israeli experts analyze mRNA COVID vaccines long-term effects Jerusalem Post (resilc). Seems either overstated or a peculiar definition of terms. WTF about the lasting damage done by myocarditis?
Scientists warn that Covid will accelerate ‘dementia pandemic’ Financial Times
I don’t understand why current rates of ⬆️ 1k children in a month so seriously ill with Covid that they are hospitalised is remotely OK either with the Government or with Paediatricians.
Not sure my trust will ever recover from this
Especially given minimal school mitigation https://t.co/dMzEDubt5t
— Fionna O'Leary, 🕯🇪🇺 (@fascinatorfun) August 31, 2021
70% of the adult population vaccinated against #Corona looks like this in #Europe, @GladysB.
Red/Dark Red = Equiv. of 4000-16000 new #Corona cases per week in NSW
Light/Dark Purple = 16000-40000 new #Corona cases p.w.
Black = 40000-80000 cases p.w.https://t.co/qJNIYTRujD pic.twitter.com/cuCp9bcgeM
— Risklayer (@risklayer) August 31, 2021
More detailed view here: Europa Corona 7-Tage-Inzidenz pro Region – 31. August 2021 (guurst)
EU to Reimpose Travel Curbs on U.S. Amid Rise in Covid Cases Bloomberg. Leaky by design, but still putting the daughter of a friend who has “essential” status at risk of major hassle/expenditure, since her flight (ticket purchased some time back) may be cancelled and getting a new booking at anything dimly resembling an affordable price is not a happening event.
BREAKING: In a major blow to vaccine efforts, senior FDA leaders stepping down Endpoints (unblintz). Ivermectin is another area where the CDC messed with the FDA. The official FDA guidance on ivermectin remains neutral, that there’s not enough evidence to know if ivermectin is an effective Covid treatment or not.
Judge orders Cinci hospital to treat COVID-19 patient with Ivermectin, despite CDC warnings Ohio Capital Journal (resilc)
COVID’s impact on those who don’t have virus: Veteran dies at Houston hospital while waiting for treatment KHOU (resilc). We warned you this was coming.
Woman said she is an RN with 2 kids, told the Lee County FL Sch Bd last night: “You are all demonic entities. All of us christians are sticking together to take you all out. These doctors that were sneering at us like we’re scumbags, they need to go back to f*cking med school.” pic.twitter.com/sXl7yQ6HO8
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) August 31, 2021
The Writing On The Wall Heisenberg Report (resilc)
China on the cusp of a ‘profound transformation’ Asia Times (Kevin W)
Joe Biden and Europe are going different ways Financial Times. Edward Luce pearl-clutching but does not make the pattern invalid.
Population above 5 million for first time since 1851 RTE (PlutoniumKun)
5 years since the 2016 Coup: an Interview with Dilma Rousseff Brasil Wire (guurst)
New Cold War
US pledges $60M in military aid to Ukraine ahead of Zelensky visit The Hill. Resilc: “Cash flow expo rocks on, never enough war toyzzzz.”
Nemesis: Why the west was doomed to lose in Afghanistan Prospect (Colonel Smithers). Brutal.
The War in Afghanistan Ends Where It Started US News (resilc)
Don’t Wage Economic War on Afghanistan Antiwar (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Here’s Why Instagram Is Now Demanding to Know Your Birthday Gizmodo (Kevin W)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The 300 Club of defense contractors.
"The fix was easy and I could have done it right away but bc contractors were involved the processed dragged out an extra week because they are supposed to be adding value, so I had to have my performance sandbagged so they don't look bad." pic.twitter.com/lg25RL3OYu
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) August 31, 2021
How the US created a world of endless war Guardian (resilc)
Democrats, unions pour cash into California recall fight The Hill. They’ve only worked out now that Newsom is in trouble?
Our Famously Free Press
NPR Trashes Free Speech. A Brief Response Matt Taibbi (flora)
Train hits 18 wheeler in Luling, TX YouTube (resilc)
FAA Wants Airport Bars to Stop Selling Alcohol to Go Food and Wine (J-LS)
How did Gen. Mattis get sucked into the Theranos web (and our tax dollars with it)? Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
“Do Central Banks Rebalance Their Currency Shares?” Menzie Chinn
Bigger isn’t better – the renegade ‘Buddhist economics’ of E F Schumacher Aeon (chuck roast)
How to monetise being an absolute prick Daily Mash
Georgia Prison Guard Shortage Is Killing Incarcerated People Intercept (resilc)
Ed Asner, American Socialist Nation (J-LS)
Antidote du jour. CCV: “The rabbit equivalent of dumpster diving. Who knew New England Cottontails go crazy for milkweed leaves? I thought it was toxic.”
And a bonus (Jim D):
And a second bonus (John Siman). Now cool for macho guys to be cat people as long as the cat acts like a dog:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.