Pandas’ Iconic Colors Turn Out to Be Good For Something Aside From Looking Cute Science Alert (Chuck L)
Horrifying Parasite Masquerading as Fish Tongue Found in Texan State Park Science Alert. Chuck L: “Yuk!”
Honeybees use social distancing when mites threaten hives – study Guardian (Kevin W)
Japan ports swamped by pumice spewed from undersea volcano Guardian (furzy)
The High Human Cost of America’s Sugar Habit Mother Jones (furzy)
F.D.A. Clears First Coronavirus Vaccine for Young Children New York Times
GM sent this without comment: Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Among Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19–Like Illness with Infection-Induced or mRNA Vaccine-Induced SARS-CoV-2 Immunity — Nine States, January–September 2021 CDC. See the cheery, prominent graphic:
At a minimum, not keen about conflating wild type with Delta cases, since Delta is dominant and so much more infectious. Also not keen about “Covid-like” but had not had time to drill into that. Recall other studies have found the reverse, notably an Israeli study cited in Science:
Having SARS-CoV-2 once confers much greater immunity than a vaccine—but vaccination remains vital. We have argued pretty heatedly in comments against infection-induced immunity fans, since they omit the high cost of obtaining immunity. But it’s not hard to imagine if you now try to depict vaccine v. infection-acquired immunity as a matter of scientific debate, you’ll be shellacked as anti-vax for not following the CDC party line.
A recent study of 11,000 children & 145000 adults from Germany showed greater risk for multiple symptoms/illnesses in children post-COVID-19. The massively high infection rate in children in England increases disease burden and the risk from long COVID. pic.twitter.com/CGgobmS6iI
— Deepti Gurdasani (@dgurdasani1) October 29, 2021
Effectiveness of a third dose of the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for preventing severe outcomes in Israel: an observational study The Lancet (Kevin W). Would be nice if the evaluation frame was not so compressed. The issue with the first two jabs was how quickly effectiveness waned, much faster than expected. Evaluating at 13 days on average may have been similar to the timing of the efficacy measurement for the clinical trials but does not address the concerns with how fast immunity wanes.
Jabs do not reduce risk of passing Covid within household, study suggests Guardian. You’d never see a headline like this in the US. Overstates findings. Study did find some risk reduction, but not much.
Supreme Court Won’t Block Maine’s Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers New York Times (Kevin W)
NYC braces for fewer cops, more trash as vax deadline looms Associated Press (J-LS)
No surprise except maybe that the EU has roused itself to state the obvious this early in simple noun-verb terms:
BREAKING: The European Commission has told member states that the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the Northern Ireland Protocol is not up for discussion.
— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) October 29, 2021
Wanted: a serious post-Brexit policy Chris Grey
Ambulances queue, A&E fills and an exhausted paramedic bears witness to a broken system spiralling into chaos Manchester Evening News (guurst)
COVID OUTBREAK IN HMP EDINBURGH THREATENS LIFE OF FORMER BRITISH DIPLOMAT Craig Murray Justice Campaign (guurst)
New Cold War
RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 28 OCTOBER 2021 Patrick Armstrong (Kevin W)
Why I see a war in the Donbass as (almost) inevitable The Saker (Chuck L)
Israeli Military Sets Up Shop at US Central Command With Eye on Iran Antiwar (resilc)
Yesterday, about a month after the pogrom by settlers under military escort at al-Mufaqarah, the military confiscated a tent set up by community residents to host people who had come to express their solidarity following the attack.
Video: ‘Eid Hazalin and Itai Feitelson> pic.twitter.com/t8c6ezdVP7
— B'Tselem בצלם بتسيلم (@btselem) October 26, 2021
Imperial Collapse Watch
Military Spending Is Not the Same As Defense Spending AIER (resilc)
From Press Freedom To Prison Systems, Everything Assange Touches Gets Illuminated Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
US Lawyers Argue Assange Healthy Enough to Be Sent to His Death Richard Medhurst
Why wasn't Julian #Assange in court for an historic hearing that means, for him, freedom or end of life?
The court was told his medication was the reason. Was it? And if this was true, why? Julian – who had a right to attend – asked to be taken to the court, but this was refused.
— John Pilger (@johnpilger) October 29, 2021
Oh the drop-off in RTs & likes when they realized she was talking about Assange, not the 1/6 rioters. pic.twitter.com/jSrYjO3uIq
— Joel Bocko (@LostInTheMovies) October 28, 2021
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
John Eastman told Pence team Pence’s actions caused attack on Capitol, in email during riot Washington Post (furzy)
You Know What They Sayin’? Jim Kunstler
The Centerpiece of the Build Back Better Climate Plan Has Been Stripped Out Truthout. The branding was so bad, you could tell the Biden Administration didn’t have its heart in this.
Manchin upends paid leave, a benefit ‘personal to the president’ Politico (Kevin W)
Merrick Garland Is Looking To Nail Some Corporate A**es To The Wall Dealbreaker (J-LS)
Fauci Funded Yet Another Cruel Beagle Experiment Leighton Woodhouse (Kevin W)
How To Turn The GOP Green Andrew Sullivan. Brain transplants.
Porter is so good at this:
Shell's CEO said that meeting energy demand while addressing climate change is "one of the defining challenges of our time." But @Shell won't put its money where its mouth is. I made this hypocrisy plain with a simple visual. pic.twitter.com/QvJHQiVxVm
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) October 28, 2021
East Coast storm bringing major coastal flooding to Mid-Atlantic Washington Post. Resilc: “Maybe Joe Manchin floats away.”
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Facing Up to the Racist Legacy of America’s Immigration Laws New York Times
Our Famously Free Press
Enough is Enough: The Criminal Case Against Mark Zuckerberg Matt Stoller (Randy K)
Varoufakis Says Zuckerberg Is Stealing ‘Meta’ Name ConsortiumNews (furzy)
Mark Carney: the world of finance will be judged on the $100tn climate challenge Financial Times (David L). Help me. This is not a finance problem, save for needing to kill all crypto. And we already know how “finance” will behave.
There’s No Cheap Way to Deal With the Climate Crisis ProPublica (resilc)
Cost of breakfast foods hits 10-year high Financial Times
Antidote du jour. Howard L’s Roscoe:
And a bonus:
Lions, hippos, chimps, and other animals at Belgium’s Antwerp Zoo enjoyed some pumpkin treats ahead of Halloween ? pic.twitter.com/xBn0Ly3yNL
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 30, 2021
See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour here.