A hamster has been trading cryptocurrencies in a cage rigged to automatically buy and sell tokens since June – and it’s currently outperforming the S&P 500 Business Insider (Dr. Kevin). Must be the same lab with the monkeys that are typing Shakespeare.
Explorers add 8 miles to world’s longest known cave system Live Science (Chuck L)
On Ian Fleming as Craftsman Russell Kirk Center (Anthony L)
Smoking and COVID-19 outcomes: an observational and Mendelian randomisation study using the UK Biobank cohort BMJ. Layperson writeup: Smokers up to 80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid, study says Guardian
Even Mild Cases of COVID May Leave a Mark on the Brain Scientific American (Robert M)
Researchers develop new method for rapidly detecting SARS-CoV-2 RNA News-medical.net (Kevin W)
70% of long Covid sufferers develop damage to at least one vital organ like the heart or liver, a new U.K. study found pic.twitter.com/JrqG9zZ1UN
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) September 27, 2021
Dozens Of Massachusetts State Police Troopers Resigning Over COVID Vaccine Mandate, Union Says CBS Boston. As we said, perhaps not as clearly as we could have on our post on vaccine-only mandates, the issue (and the people nominally in charge appear to have lost sight of this) isn’t the absolute number of resignations/retirements, but how many are strategically significant, as in they are in positions that can’t be filled quickly due to the need for training and/or experience, AND they are in position where staffing is already short. Given how fond the MBA crowd was of cutting personnel to the bone, and then Covid leading many low level workers to decide they needed to be paid more either to risk their health for showing up or shoulder extra work because others had quit or were home sick, staffing shortages could crop up in more places than you’d anticipate. Having said that, I am still surprised that cops are quitting, since unless they have been in service long enough to get a full pension, they have good reason to hang on. Or has Mass gone to defined contribution for younger state troopers?
Harvard MBA Students Move Online as Breakthrough Cases Climb Bloomberg (David L). Case study method and Covid are not a happy mix.
Funeral truck vaccination ad goes viral, causes uptick in local vaccination rate ZMEScience (Dr. Kevin)
What is behind China’s power crunch? Reuters (resilc)
China is decoupling from the world, not the other way around South China Morning Post (furzy)
In 6 Years Pre-Covid, Average Farm Incomes Rose 59%, Debt 58% IndiaSpend (J-LS)
Myanmar on a military-made road to disaster Asia Times (Kevin W)
Members of the CDF attack around 40 of the 200 junta troops stationed in the nearly empty town.https://t.co/o9UrEOY3zc
— Myanmar Now (@Myanmar_Now_Eng) September 28, 2021
Sun shines on Indonesia in massive solar cable deal Asia Times (resilc)
The train that shrunk France… and Europe ars technica (J-LS)
The Harsh Truth Behind Europe’s Energy Crisis OilPrice
Petrol supply: Army put on standby to ease fuel crisis BBC. Lead story.
British petrol stations run out of fuel as motorists panic buy amid truck-driver shortage ABC Australia (Kevin W)
Shadow cabinet minister quits after Keir Starmer orders him to oppose higher minimum wage Independent (Kevin W). Kiss Labour goodbye…
Britain Will Never be Taken Seriously with a Genuine Charlatan as Prime Minister Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch
Merkel’s natural heir: how Olaf Scholz won Germany’s election Financial Times
What is the legacy of the Angela Merkel era? Guardian (Kevin W)
Bolsonaro then threatened to act outside the 'boundaries of the constitution' in a stand-off with the Supreme Court, which has emerged as a focus of his ire after repeatedly striking down initiatives close to the president’s heart https://t.co/zmrykSeG05 pic.twitter.com/Mjg7jyWo6p
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) September 28, 2021
Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA’s secret war plans against WikiLeaks Yahoo (Chuck L). Lambert featured this yesterday. However….
Contrast with: Isikoff’s Cops and Robbers Camouflage the Big Lie Antiwar (Kevin W)
A Man Obsessed WL Central
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
I recall Lambert having some absolutely horrific issues with some of his devices invoving bizarre lockouts:
@xeni I've had my fill of Apple's so-called security: first the spyware embedded in iOS 15, now they tell me that it will take until October 10th to recover my Apple ID for my Watch 6: https://t.co/tFfebGzpxv
— Eric The Fruit Bat (@ericfruitbat) September 28, 2021
Imperial Collapse Watch
Marine officer who blasted leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig Task and Purpose (David L) :-(
Harris, assigned to tackle volatile issues, quietly builds a network MSN. Resilc: “So far she’s tackled jack and squat.”
Dems’ sneaky sabotage Axios. Dems launch an astroturf far right group.
Citizen Enforcement of Texas Abortion Ban Could Spread to Other Laws Pew. Resilc: “USAUSA=narcistan”
California’s organic-waste law set a high bar, but most cities struggle to reach it Food and Environment Reporting Network (Michael L)
The Bad News Keeps Flowing For The Colorado River KNPR (David L)
Ohio Professor Wins Major Free Speech Victory Over Compelled Use of Pronouns in Classrooms Jonathan Turley (Chuck L)
Marines Reluctantly Let a Sikh Officer Wear a Turban on Duty New York Times. Gah. Americans are so provincial. I hired Sikh (LSE trained, a bit of a British accent) at Sumitomo Bank. I have to admit to getting enormous pleasure from clients and deal professionals going visibly on tilt when they first met him and then deciding he was OK based on how articulate he was. As the Japanese board member who hired me said when I got resistance over bringing him on board, “His talent overcomes his turban.”
Old coal plant is now mining bitcoin for a utility company ars technica (resilc)
Google, in Fight Against Record EU Fine, Slams Regulators for Ignoring Apple Reuters. Last I checked, “whaddaboutism” is not an accepted legal defense.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis launches investigation into Facebook for election interference over its ‘whitelisting policy that allowed certain elites to post whatever they want with no consequences’ Daily Mail. This would be fun if he’d actually sue and subpoena records, but I doubt he ever intended to go to the mat.
Boston and Dallas Fed chiefs at center of trading scandal to resign American Banker (J-LS). After setting such a fine example, too bad we can’t get Pelosi to follow suit.
Emails show Elizabeth Holmes directing response to failed Theranos tests ars technica (Kevin W)
NYC Will Pass Landmark Laws to Protect Delivery Workers GrubStreet. We flagged this last week via an article from THE CITY.
Danish Artist Takes Museum’s Money and Runs, Calls It Artwork Bloomberg (furzy)
Antidote du jour. Dmitry Kokh (www.dmitrykokh.com) via Allen K:
And a bonus. Looks like an Aby not up to show standards (see stripes on tail). But Abys are smart!
How to fold a fitted sheet…??? pic.twitter.com/soF5fF1wdB
— ?o̴g̴ (@Yoda4ever) September 21, 2021
Another bonus (furzy):
Roomba meets dog.. ? pic.twitter.com/UoF9xJr53z
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) September 27, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.