Amusing Street Signs Marking Tiny Locations Laughing Squid
The Man who Translated the Bible into Latin Antigone (Anthony L)
Scientists discover tap water produces a protective shield against microplastics PhysOrg (Robert M). So don’t worry, be happy despite: Babies are full of microplastics, new research shows Euronews
US student dies after choking during hot dog eating competition Independent (resilc).
Music and sex aeon (Anthony L)
A Winter of Hard Choices as Pandemic Persists Bloomberg. We have been saying that if there’s a winter spike, lockdowns are likely given diminished hospital capacity.
‘The possibility of a third wave is frightening’ Rural India Online (J-LS)
Delta variant subtype detected in the US Beckers Hospital Review (furzy)
Highly vaccinated Singapore sets a worrying example Asia Times (Kevin W)
Test the airplane wastewater—Analysing wastewater samples from long-haul international flights could be the key to detecting #COVID19 earlier – before passengers show any symptoms. A study shows it’s useful and cost effective. https://t.co/cbN7VDtPvY
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) October 22, 2021
In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan Vanity Fair (furzy)
Is China in Big Trouble? New York Times (David L)
Gen. David Thompson, Space Force commander, warns of China’s growing threat to U.S. in space – Washington Times. Resilc: “Give me budget or the gooks will steal the moon>’
Five charts that show how the NHS is under acute pressure Guardian (Kevin W)
North Korea’s sub missiles put a target on Kim’s back Asia Times (Kevin W)
Narco-State Netherlands: The Slippery Dutch Slope from Drug Tolerance to Drug Terror Der Spiegel (resilc)
After another round of technical talks between European Commission and UK officials in Brussels this week, here’s a state of play on the NI Protocol talks:
— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) October 22, 2021
New Cold War
Chinese-Russian task force sails around Japan Defense News (Kevin C)
Biden encircling while engaging Putin Asia Times (Kevin W)
On suitcases, handles and fire-starters The Saker (Micael T)
Revealed: Biden rejected way forward in Iran deal talks Responsible Statecraft (guurst)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Battle brews over creating Space National Guard Politico (resilc)
Trump Coup Lawyer John Eastman Calls Himself ‘White Knight Hero’ In Spectacular Interview Above the Law (David L)
Democrats are turning their big spending bill into absolute trash Slate. Lambert: “Assuming good faith, of course.”
Lambert got this just as it was breaking yesterday. In case you had the good fortune not to have heard yet: What Do Democrats Do All Day? On Neera Tanden’s promotion Alex Pareene. Failing up as Biden’s Rahm candidate.
Speaking of Rahm: The Big Lie in Rahm Emanuel’s Senate Testimony Yesterday RSN (furzy)
Supreme Court Agrees to Quick Consideration of Texas Abortion Law Wall Street Journal. Oral arguments Nov. 1. (furzy)
Photos inside Rikers Island expose hellish, deadly conditions New York Post (resilc). See also: Rikers Island: “Humanitarian Crisis” with Dead Cockroaches, Urine and Feces, Plastic Bags in Lieu of Toilets, Lack of Food and Water; Guards Call in Sick to Escape Appalling Conditions, Covid Risk
Our Famously Free Press
New Facebook Storm Nears as CNN, Fox Business and Other Outlets Team Up on Whistleblower Docs The Information (furzy)
Santa Claus Is Coming—But He’ll Skip Some Stores Wall Street Journal (J-LS)
Read the entire tweetstorm (EL):
It seems that everyone now agrees that the bottleneck is yard space at the container terminals. The terminals are simply overflowing with containers, which means they no longer have space to take in new containers either from ships or land. It’s a true traffic jam.
— Ryan Petersen (@typesfast) October 22, 2021
And with all the containers piling up in the terminal yard, the longshoremen can’t unload the ships. And so the queue grows longer, with now over 70 ships containing 500,000 containers are waiting off shore. This line is going to get longer not shorter.
— Ryan Petersen (@typesfast) October 22, 2021
Supermarkets using cardboard cutouts to hide gaps left by supply issues Guardian (Kevin W). UK. But still……
EXCLUSIVE Dutch forensic lab says it has decoded Tesla’s driving data Reuters. BC: “Potential ramifications for wrongful death law suits against Tesla.”
Lyft releases sex assault data showing 360 rapes during three-year span New York Post (J-LS). Oh, and 4,100 “sexual assaults”.
Valkyrie Lists Bitcoin Futures ETF on Nasdaq Nasdaq (furzy)
Super-Rich Form Exclusive Club R360 for Billionaires, High-Net-Worth Individuals Bloomberg (J-LS). Hint: this is not for billionaires. They have their own family offices. This is for wanna-bes. I guarantee the only “billionaries” are the organizers, who have a profit participation, and perhaps a buddy they enlisted to participate to improve the optics (and who no doubt got a considerable “founding member” discount).
The other issue, as any savvy knows, that when someone is pushing an investment idea, the concern isn’t that they own a stake. It’s that they are unloading that stake.
Crew member in charge of prop gun that killed cinematographer was a ‘replacement brought in after workers walked off set of Rust’ following row about conditions and ‘two misfires’ days before tragedy: Alec Baldwin was told weapon was safe to use Daily Mail (J-LS). Wowsers.
DM is actually very good at this sort of reporting, but for those who want MSM verification: Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ camera crew walked off before shooting Los Angeles Times. Kevin W: “So, not so much a tragic accident but an accident waiting to happen.”
A better moment in movie-making (furzy):
If you haven’t yet seen the ‘impossible’ crane shot from Soy Cuba (1964), prepare to have your day made. pic.twitter.com/zbatIz2h6k
— Nick Dale (@NickDale) October 20, 2021
Labour union stages rallies, strikes in South Korea Straits Times
Antidote du jour (Bob H):
And a bonus (furzy):
True L♥️VE pic.twitter.com/9mU14x0uzY
— ༺🦋༻ᗰᗩƳᖇᗩ༺🦋༻ (@LepapillonBlu) October 23, 2021
See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour here.