Yves here. You are getting an extra big heaping of Links to compensate for the fact that I am yet again behind the eight ball due to a series of elder-care issues plus the most useless MD visit I evah had to get input on my new hips progress going into reverse. All said MD did was be very late for the appt (which would not be well tolerated in NYC save for specialities that cater to women, since women’s time is not valuable, so merely being in the South is a tax on time). He didn’t even examine me. He simply stuck his hand into my pocket to extract cash.
US man sues psychic who promised to remove ex-girlfriend’s ‘witch curse’ Agence France-Presse
Kilauea volcano’s eerie glow before sunrise New York Post (David L)
Syukuro Manabe – awarded the 2021 #NobelPrize in Physics – demonstrated how increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere lead to increased temperatures at the surface of the Earth. His work laid the foundation for the development of current climate models. pic.twitter.com/jOZEnOSxGV
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 5, 2021
Climate change is a big problem for farmers in Hawaii The Counter (J-LS)
UN Report Warns of Global Water Crisis Amid Climate Change Associated Press
Covid-19: Turkey records highest new cases since April Middle East Eye
India’s top court orders states to pay B22,700 compensation for each Covid death Bangkok Post (furzy)
Novel, exciting study of infected people in a room. Shows that amount of virus in air does what we expect: ⬆️with CO2, ⬇️with ventilation, ⬇️with HEPA filtration, ⬇️with humidification (54% vs. 29%). https://t.co/oYoIepNJtj by @HoomanParhizkar @Wymelenberg + team
— Linsey Marr (@linseymarr) October 5, 2021
Effectiveness of mRNA BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine up to6 months in a large integrated health system in the USA: a retrospective cohort study The Lancet. Pfizer funded. Pfizer said MONTHS ago that its vaccine was effective for as much as six months. They are finding ways to stick to that line.
Seriously not good:
In a stark counter to those who claim reinfections will be milder and novelty is the determinant of severity, this study finds hospitalization is more common for cases of suspected reinfection than in primary infections
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) October 5, 2021
Paper: Rate and severity of suspected SARS-Cov-2 reinfection in a cohort of PCR-positive COVID-19 patients Clinical Microbiology and Infection. Note the time frame means this was pre-Delta. There have been concerns that Covid could be like Dengue fever, with subsequent infections worse than the first. GM adds:
There is probably some sampling bias here, i.e. the asymptomatic cases were not included. But this is what the breakdown has been since the beginning (this is not the first such study) — greater chance of being asymptomatic on reinfection, greater chance of it being more severe if symptomatic.
The first part has been and will continue to be spun as “see, nothing to worry about endemicity” but, of course, the reality is that the latter part is a gigantic problem. Because we are not talking about 99-1 asymptomatic-to-symptomatic on reinfection, we are talking 70-30 at best. And we plan to roll that dice many, many times…
The examples of what that mean are starting to show up. In Bulgaria, a 30-year old actress that had a bad case last year and died a few months ago on reinfection — it was the classic downwards health spiral that we have long talked about, i.e. first bad case leads to losing half your lung capacity and to significant heart, kidney, endothelial, etc. damage, and then you are just in no shape to survive the next one. There were prominent severe reinfection cases of similar nature in Brazil too.
But people are not paying attention and think that this will be the exception. Partly because the average person just lacks the capacity to think several decades ahead, but also because the scientific community and medical establishment are playing ball with the capitalist oligarchy on this and painting rosy pictures of mild endemicity, and people don’t have the knowledge base to understand what monstrous lies they are being told.
2) The findings, reported in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, highlight yet another pernicious burden of the pandemic. ➡️ Kidney damage is painless and silent, and it’s the latest ailment afflicting a large swath of Covid survivors.https://t.co/Z1gWmzechG
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) October 2, 2021
Francis Collins will step down as head of the National Institutes of Health New York Times (Kevin C)
Airlines warn erratic global COVID-19 rules could delay recovery Reuters. This is plenty explicit. Airline profits are more important than lives and health.
Taiwan president warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ if island falls to China Guardian. Resilc: ” “Battle of the chips.”
Why Japan will take a more China-friendly turn after its general election South China Morning Post
Boris “we got the guts to fix Britain”, you broke it you fckn clown you broke it pic.twitter.com/MbjlLEM5m1
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) October 6, 2021
UK military deployed to deliver fuel as supply crisis continues Al Jazeera (Kevin W)
Hearing that some alarm bells are starting to ring @BritishArmy that the ability to generate and declare a high readiness (Armd/Mech) brigade to NATO in 2024 is looking less likely.
Now, should it be "difficult" for a 75,000-person Army to train and equip "a mere" 5-6,000 unit?
— Francis Tusa (@FTusa284) October 4, 2021
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Why I’ve dumped my smartphone MarketWatch (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Tom Friedman’s tribal tantrum Al Jazeera (resilc)
Biden fires intern in charge of Afghanistan Duffel Blog
In 1961, Germany needed workers and Turks answered the call DW. Resilc: “Why Biden’s infrastructure will be a dud if passed, no tradesmen.”
Manchin opens door to deal in range of $1.9T to $2.2T The Hill. Note I don’t see a quote from Manchin or a Manchin spokesperson saying anything of the kind, nor do I see a corresponding account in Politico, which does far more detailed insider baseball than The Hill. And even if Manchin gave some sort of handweve, it’s not yet clear this is a genuine move, as opposed to a feint to avoid being Sinema-d. He is still sticking to the Hyde Amendment, which he added as a requirement when the fight over #s started, as in upping his ask. He will insist on a big concession from the progs to drop that.
For Biden, failure is an option Asia Times
Democrats Must Raise the Debt Limit to a Quadrillion Dollars New York Magazine
But note: Senate Democrats float filibuster carveout for debt ceiling The Hill. Cowards. What is the point of governing if you aren’t willing to use your power?
The debt ceiling: A fight about nothing The Week (fk)
Party Favorable Ratings Near Parity; Both Viewed Negatively Gallup (resilc)
Our Famously Free Press
Facebook outage is dry run for worse web crashes Reuters (resilc)
Life’s better together when you avoid Windows 11 Free Software Foundation (furzy)
Merck on deals hunt as patent cliff looms for top cancer drug Financial Times. Since coming to Alabama, I have learned that old people TV has many many ads for Keytruda.
Bay Area developer fraud: Public employee, teacher investments at risk East Bay Times (Bernard M)
Climate-Friendly Investment Funds Are a Scam New Republic
Pandora papers reveal South Dakota’s role as $367bn tax haven Guardian (Kevin W)
Jerome Powell is Finished Doomberg
Private equity pays record premiums for public companies Financial Times
I've never seen a labor picture like this: 8 million unemployed and 11 million job openings. The quit rate is now at 4 million. Apparently, there are a great many people out there who are re-assessing their work/life balance. pic.twitter.com/N0Wl8NeJZT
— Jurrien Timmer (@TimmerFidelity) October 5, 2021
Tesla must pay $137 million to a Black employee who sued for racial discrimination NPR. As interesting is that Tesla was held responsible for the treatment of a contracted worker.
Where the Gay Things Are Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
What’s Driving the Huge U.S. Rent Spike? Bloomberg
Activists are Designing Mesh Networks to Deploy During Civil Unrest Vice. An explicitly anti-capitalist initiative.
Antidote du jour:
And a bonus (John Siman):
It’s the simple things in life. Like listening to a panda munch on a giant carrot.
(TikTok: xiongmaosh ) pic.twitter.com/ExPxRQ5a5u
— Nature and Animals (@_NatureAnimals) September 29, 2021
A second bonus:
Zoo terbukti bahwa kucing adalah ras terkuat di muka bumi dan sebentar lagi mereka akan menguasai dunia pic.twitter.com/xSDxr6x2yA
— ZOO (@ZOO_FESS) September 30, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.