Desalination can make saltwater drinkable — but it won’t solve the U.S. water crisis Washington Post (resilc)
If you look at the drought monitor map https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/ the drought conditions keep expanding to the east and are now in major corn and soybean growing states. Since they are in a moisture deficit now they will need a wet fall and winter to replenish topsoil moisture for next spring planting. If they are still in drought next spring and there are fertilizer supply shocks things could get real ugly for the cost of food next year.
Physicists may have cracked the case of “Zen” stones balanced on ice pedestals ars technica (David L)
Canary Island Landslides and Potential Megatsunami Penn State (Chuck L)
Green growth’ doesn’t exist – less of everything is the only way to avert catastrophe Guardian (David L). As we have been saying…
Alzheimer’s: ‘Breakthrough’ study finds likely cause Medical News
Is Aerobic Exercise the Key to Successful Aging? New York Times. My mother is 93 and describes herself as the original couch potato. Her exercise before she refused to get cataract surgery was reading a book a day plus doing crossword puzzles and solitaire. She recently had a “perfect” EKG, has great bloodwork, and is on all of one prescription med. My great uncle, on the other side of the family, looked like he was in his late 50s when I last saw him, at 88, and if anything moved better than that. He weight trained in the form of hauling lobsters half a day every day without a winch.
— Malgorzata (Gosia) Gasperowicz (@GosiaGasperoPhD) September 28, 2021
Seven symptoms jointly predict COVID-19 diagnosis MedicalXPress
thanks Zoe- what are the implications for HCW- need a booster to stop them spreading to vulnerable patients/families etc https://t.co/IJDqSrR3Pw
— Dr Craig Underhill (@CraigUnderhill) September 29, 2021
Covid-19 Surpasses 1918 Flu to Become Deadliest Pandemic in American History Smithsonian (UserFriendly)
Safety Monitoring of an Additional Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, August 12–September 19, 2021 CDC. Can’t believe this is treated as serious data. This is only a bit better than an internet poll. V-Safe is vastly inferior to proper clinical trial reporting.
Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine for Kids May Not Be FDA Authorized Before November Wall Street Journal. Even if you believed in vaccinating children with a not-terribly-well-tested vaccine that does not reduce transmission much/at all (the main reason for vaccinating children!), Pfizer is the least effective of the three vaccines used in the US v. Delta.
The Pandemic and Capitalism Democracy Journal. Chuck L: “Don’t miss JG’s general comments near the end.”
Exclusive-U.S. has reached out to China about cutting oil imports from Iran, officials say Reuters (Kevin W). Do these officials have rocks in their heads?
Trade unions blocked democracy for the UK yesterday Richard Murphy
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Met With Chelsea Clinton to Discuss Vaccine Equity Vanity Fair (J-LS). Kill me now.
The Monsoon Usually Withdraws in September – But Not So in the Last Three Years The Wire Science (J-LS)
William Jones and the consequences of Orientalism Scroll (J-LS)
New Cold War
WHAT MOTIVATES RUSSIAN MILITARY INTERVENTION? IRRUSSIANALITY (Anthony L)
America is highly vulnerable to a missile attack Asia Times (Kevin W)
Israeli Diplomat Pressured UNC to Remove Teacher Who Criticized Israel Intercept (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
A prisoner of conscience – Lt Col Stuart Scheller USMC Turcopolier (Chuck L)
Biden opposes changing Senate rules to raise debt limit Politico (Kevin W). Coward. There will never be a better excuse. Or else he does not have the votes.
Yellen Warns Congress that Debt Limit Must by Raised by Oct. 18 New York Times (furzy)
Our Famously Free Press
I don’t have a benchmark. Perhaps I should ask Mark Ames:
No way Soviet propaganda was this bad pic.twitter.com/u9Z0z8yCTp
— crypto lefty? (@leftyinvests) September 28, 2021
The Wall Street Journal Just Dropped a Bomb on the Federal Judiciary Esquire (David L)
Tesla sued by Texas cops after a Model X on Autopilot slammed into five officers The Verge (Kevin W)
Wells Fargo Swapped Some Digits Matt Levine, Bloomberg. Count on Wells to steal more egregiously than its competitors.
California treasurer often shared hotel rooms with employees SFGate (Jospeh R)
Investor Alert: The Gamification of DIY Smartphone Investing Apps Arizona Corporation Commission (Glenn F). When the state of casinos and brothels is worried…..
Is this the boat Batman would sail? Yachting World (guurst)
Antidote du jour (Bob H): Betsy and Tippy (in Maine?)
Friendship between species pic.twitter.com/gvMPMTEmcx
— Wholesome Cat! (@GoldenHappyCat1) September 23, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.