Amazing photos show a family of wild boars organizing a cage breakout of 2 piglets, demonstrating high levels of intelligence and empathy Insider. See also the original in Nature, which has an annotated photographic play-by-play.
Watch a raven take out a Google drone mid-air as the tech giant is forced to ground its home delivery service due to bird attacks Yahoo News. Listen to the ravens. They’re not dumb. They’re trying to help us.
Here’s how Alabama’s state vegetable could fare in a changing climate Alabama Political Reporter
Goldilocks Is Dying Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate
The Corrupt System Behind Covid Medical Shortages Matt Stoller, BIG (RS). A must-read.
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Quantifying the impact of COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical interventions on influenza transmission in the United States (accepted manuscript) Journal of Infectious Diseases. From the Abstract: “We estimate that incidence of influenza A/H1 and B, which circulated in early 2020, was reduced by more than 60% in the US during the first ten weeks following implementation of NPIs. The reduction of influenza transmission exhibits clear geographical variation.” So if influenza is a good proxy for Covid… it would be too bad that the Biden administration butchered its NPI messaging in favor of Vax, Vax, Vax. (NPI = Non-Pharmaceutical Inverventions, like masking, social distancing, and ventilation).
We Did the Research: Masks Work, and You Should Choose a High Quality Mask if Possible NYT. From the authors of the Bangladesh mask RCT. Note that the coverage of this story tends to equate “high quality” with “surgical,” when (K)N95s are better. Here the authors (or the editors), sadly, equivocate: “Masks with even better filtration or fit than surgical masks, such as F94 or N95 masks, provide even stronger protection than surgical masks if worn properly.” The “may” qualifier applies to any mask, including surgical. So why say it? Further, the “K” prefix for KF94s and KN95s means masks manufactured to Chinese standards. Both K and N masks have the same rating, but only the N95s are licensed for medical use in the United States, which goes unmentioned in the article. If I weren’t such a trusting soul, I’d suspect that the PMC is still reserving the best masks for itself, exactly as Fauci did when he told his Noble Lie in March 2020. In fact, as policy, reserving the best masks for medical personnel could be wise. But could the PMC please stop with the prevaricating Philosopher Kings schtick and level with people? Just for once?
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Predictors of Test Positivity, Mortality, and Seropositivity during the Early Coronavirus Disease Epidemic, Orange County, California, USA Emerging Infectious Diseases, CDC. From the Abstract: “In the first month of the local epidemic (March 2020), . This pattern quickly shifted, and cases next clustered in much higher rates in the north-central area of the county, which has a lower socioeconomic status.” How odd. I would speculate that the 2020 dynamic in Orange County (LAX) is exactly the same as it was in New York (LFK/EWR): International travelers, who are on the average wealthier, introduced the virus. And from them, it spread to everyone else. Not Bubba.
Viral Sequencing to Investigate Sources of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in US Healthcare Personnel Clinical Infectious Diseases. From the Abstract: “We found no evidence for healthcare-associated transmission in the majority of HCP infections evaluated. Although we cannot rule out the possibility of cryptic healthcare-associated transmission, it appears that HCP most commonly become infected with SARS-CoV-2 via community exposure.”
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A potent SARS-CoV-2 neutralising nanobody shows therapeutic efficacy in the Syrian golden hamster model of COVID-19 Nature. From the Abstract: “There is an unmet need for effective treatments against COVID-19 for which neutralizing single domain antibodies (nanobodies) have significant potential. Their small size and stability mean that nanobodies are compatible with respiratory administration. Administration of C5-trimer [a nanobodies] via the respiratory route showed potent therapeutic efficacy in the Syrian hamster model of COVID-19 and separately, effective prophylaxis. The molecule was similarly potent by intraperitoneal injection.” Respiratory administration translates to “nasal spray,” as the Rosalind Franklin Institute’s press release points out.
Why Remdesivir Failed: Preclinical Assumptions Overestimate the Clinical Efficacy of Remdesivir for COVID-19 and Ebola Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. And yet no moral panic or jokes about horses. How odd.
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Insurgency In Yangon – Interview Din Deng
UAE-Israel relations risk being built on questionable assumptions The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer
Shadow contracts, corruption keep the lights out in Iraq AP. Sounds familiar.
Lebanon: What life is like in a ‘failed state’ Al Jazeera (Re Silc).
Edwin Atema, FNV truckers union tells the BBC’s Today Programme: “The EU workers we speak to will not go to the UK for a short term visa to help the UK out of the shit they created themselves.”
— Sid Lockner (@SidLockner) September 27, 2021
Norway to end coronavirus-related restrictions on Saturday Reuters and Covid-19 in Norway can now be compared to the flu, says health chief The Local. Note that the views of the assistant director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health are not the same as an official reclassification.
The long road to forming a post-Merkel government Deutsche Welle
Scoop: Centrists back $3.5T package Axios. Two of the nine. Lucy tees up the football.
CHEVRON V. DONZIGER: An update Marianne Williamson, Transform. This is Assange- or Craig Murray-level official lawlessness. How odd that none of the major venues are covering it.
Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA’s secret war plans against WikiLeaks Yahoo News. Two good stories by Yahoo News today. What’s gotten into them? And why did nobody else get to this one first?
Our Famously Free Press
The American healthcare system damages your *thinking* not just the public health Welcome to Hell World. Deck: “This whole country is a scam.” Well worth a read for the anecdotes alone, which are so numerous, here and everywhere, that they aggregate to data.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Vindicating Realist Internationalism Survival
The Future of Conquest Foreign Affairs
Container ships now piling up at anchorages off China’s ports Hellenic Shipping News
Dozens of ships are forced to anchor off coast of New York as they wait to dock in the country’s second-largest port – adding to US supply chain crunch which has forced FedEx to reroute 600k packages a day Daily Mail (KW).
The Supply-Chain Mystery The New Yorker. Last sentence: “The real challenge, when it comes to thinking about supply chains, isn’t making sure that a container ship is unloaded. It’s deciding how we want to live.” You know the question I’m going to ask….
The housing theory of everything Works in Progress (dd).
She Bought Her Dream Home. Then a ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Changed the Locks. NYT. Sort of like a DIY MERS, except done by frightening Others, amiright or amiright?
67% of employees ready to quit say leaders made empty pandemic promises for well-being Becker’s Hospital Review
As a Delivery Worker, I Still Want More From the New Delivery-App Bills New York Magazine
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.