Iceland’s Orcas Will Do Anything to Avoid a Pilot Whale The Atlantic (mgl)
How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps New York Times (David L)
The story of a tiny fossil that solved an evolutionary puzzle The Lighthouse (Kevin W)
The Brain Processes Speech in Parallel With Other Sounds Quanta (David L)
Green tea discovery upends ideas about its health benefits Futurity (David L)
A physician and a philosopher on curating ‘a good death’ STAT (Dr. Kevin)
Antidepressant Significantly Reduces Covid-19 Hospitalization Wall Street Journal. My e-mail to the Covid brain trust: “Does not smell right.” Reply by microbiology prof KLG: “Utterly stinks.” Hope to have more detail. Study here: Effect of early treatment with fluvoxamine on risk of emergency care and hospitalisation among patients with COVID-19 Lancet. KLG who did basic science on viral infections from the AIDS onward may be reacting due the past studies on SSRIs as antivirals. On a quick pass, the study was not controlled for vaccination status. The rationalization that only a minority of patients had gotten vaccinations doesn’t cut it as an excuse. The most impressive finding was the reduction in deaths (1 in the trial group v. 12 in the control) but those numbers are lower than the total vaxxed (86). It wouldn’t have been hard to parse the findings out so why wasn’t it done? The other improvements in results weren’t anywhere near as impressive.
Uh oh (guurst):
— Hannah Davis ? (@ahandvanish) October 27, 2021
Not age stratified. But shows time decay:
— Covid19Crusher (@Covid19Crusher) October 27, 2021
Study by the Guangdong CDC (https://t.co/wBG66GnE8G) found that re-positive patients had robust Ab responses. They could not recover any infectious virus in culture and found significant genome degradation (no full-length sequence possible). Conclusion: pic.twitter.com/MJ2e7Hch30
— Dr Siddharth Sridhar (@sid8998) October 27, 2021
Coronavirus infections at U.S. meat plants far higher than previous estimates -House subcommittee Reuters. GM: “So this was the price that was paid for resolving the meat shortage problem back in May last year. Of course it’s only coming out now. There were stories about outbreaks in the beginning, and then the media decided to just keep silent on the topic,”
COBOLing Together UI Benefits: How Delays in Fiscal Stabilizers Impact Aggregate Consumption Michael Navarrete, University of Maryland – Department of Economics (resilc). It’s the IT’s fault!
Schwarzenegger: ‘Nothing is getting done’ at U.N. climate summits Politico (David L). Quelle surprise!
COP26: Doomsters, deniers, deal-makers, dreamers | David Wallace-Wells, Time Literary Supplement (Anthony L)
Evergrande is just the tip of China’s debt iceberg Quartz (David L)
China on verge of recognizing the Taliban Asia Times (Kevin W)
PM vows to hit back if France breaks post-Brexit fishing agreement Guardian (Kevin W)
The festival of brexit has officially started https://t.co/WwGANe6jEO
— ciaran the euro courier ???? (@donnyc1975) October 27, 2021
Forget this – loading a last minute job for a concert going to Europe . No time to arrange customs / carnet . Anything last minute is stuffed pic.twitter.com/53XoFgCbSU
— ciaran the euro courier ???? (@donnyc1975) October 27, 2021
New Cold War
EU under pressure to fast-track Nord Stream 2 Asia Times (Kevin W)
Imperial Collapse Watch
MAKING A KILLING: THE BUSINESS OF WAR PROFITEERING Intercept (resilc)
Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Dilemma of a Conflicted Civil Servant Texas National Security Review (Colonel Smithers, guurst)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Anonymity No More? Age Checks Come To the Web New York Times
Here’s the FBI’s Internal Guide for Getting Data from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Guardian. Note that cell phone tower derived location is too approximate to use in court to put a suspect at a particular location.
In a London court this morning, the Biden Admin is appealing a ruling from a UK Judge that rejected the US request to extradite Assange to the US, on the ground that his physical and mental health cannot endure US prisons. Follow @richimedhurst reporting on the hearing today: https://t.co/uNM9rwCS7j
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 27, 2021
Thinking the unthinkable Crooked Timber. KLG:
I stopped paying attention to Crooked Timber (the shades of Immanuel Kant and Isaiah Berlin should sue for misappropriation) when one of them called me a moron for making the argument that many people who voted for Trump in 2016 had good reason and that the road to Trump was surveyed by Carter, cleared by Reagan and Bush I, graded by Clinton and Bush II, and then paved with polished granite by Obama…I see this particular post as the more genteel strain of TDS exhibited by the PMC. And a bit precious. Do these people ever leave their bubble? Rhetorical question.
Paid Family Leave Dropped From Biden Economic Plan Bloomberg. Profiles in courage.
Today’s must read. No surprises on what happened but describes how bodies were buried:
If you really want to know why a provision is being killed, all you have to do is follow the money…
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 28, 2021
And progressives to be told to bend over:
Biden expected to be on Capitol Hill tomorrow morning at 9am House Dem Caucus meeting, per source. The goal in part is to convince progressives to vote for infrastructure bill. Dem leaders want bill on floor as soon as tomorrow. WH hasn’t announced Hill visit yet
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 28, 2021
Of COURSE Dems are going to pass a bill.
This "last minute negotiations" farce is just to set up the Biden=FDR media coverage.
Biden & Pelosi did what they had to do to keep the status quo undisturbed.
Manchin/Sinema played the villains.
And progressives gave everyone cover.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) October 27, 2021
New York’s attorney general said to be planning run for governor Politico. Expected but also sets up Zephyr Teachout to run for AG.
Reported yesterday but worth not forgetting:
BREAKING: After 100 pages of legal briefing, the appellate court today denied my release in 10 words. This is not due process of law. Nor is it justice.
I must report to prison by tomorrow afternoon. We will get through this.?❤️ pic.twitter.com/6SuW0c7lP5
— Steven Donziger (@SDonziger) October 26, 2021
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Did Last Summer’s Black Lives Matter Protests Change Anything? New Yorker (Kevin C)
Exclusive: Congested Port of LA receiving empty containers from Gulf, Southeast FreightWaves. BC: “Current supply chain breakdown = Death by a thousand cuts.”
Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles to issue surcharge to ocean carriers whose cargo lingers at terminals Fox (Kevin W). So cargo has agency?
Semiconductor crisis wipes €500m off Volkswagen profits Financial Times
Our Famously Free Press
People Aren’t Meant to Talk This Much The Atlantic (John Siman). PMC proto-fascists show their true colors. The subhead: “Breaking up social-media companies is one way to fix them. Shutting their users up is a better one.”
‘We did not sic the FBI on parents’: Attorney General Merrick Garland defends school memo USA Today. A right winger I know says McAuliffe will lose the VA gubernatorial race over the Loudon rape backlash, that having Biden and Harris make visits was a sign of weakness. Obama calling concerns “phony trumped up culture wars” the day before the perp was found guilty of “nonconsensual sex” with the first victim was a big own goal. Barkley Rosser, in VA comes to the same conclusion, but for not entirely the same reasons: Is Virginia 2021 Election Going To Look More Like 1980, 1994, 2010 Or None Of The Above?
These people ruin everything. https://t.co/lpyPHU4MSf
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) October 27, 2021
Postcard from San Francisco #2 Yasha Levine: “Conservative family gender roles are still very much in play in this great progressive civilization on the Bay.
CFPB’s new leader is putting big tech on notice American Banker
Capitalism Is Violence Caitlin Johnstone (David L)
Warrior Met Coal’s New PR Strategy: Smearing Striking Miners Kim Kelly. dk also sent:
a striking miner in Alabama just posted that a judge has now forbidden ALL PICKETS in the warrior met coal strike – strikers are being told to get off the picket line by 5pm or they'll he arrested pic.twitter.com/MhUUefN5Bx
— union jake (@JacobM_AL) October 27, 2021
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Belleza boreal pic.twitter.com/xeXaGsunBh
— Imágenes Universales (@UniversoPic) October 25, 2021
See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour here.