Birds Have a Mysterious ‘Quantum Sense’. Scientists Have Now Seen It in Action Science Alert (David L)
Wanted: Sweet Skunks That Do Sick Stunts Atlas Obscura (Chuck L)
How Limb Development Evolved in Vertebrates Technology Networks (Kevin W)
Early human activities impacted Earth’s atmosphere more than previously known Desert Research Institute (Robert M)
In first, ocean drone captures footage from inside hurricane PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Old NY mobsters reportedly fear handing over reins to phone-obsessed, soft millennials New York Post. Paul R: “Bwahaha. I’m glad someone is finally figuring this out, even if it’s the mob.” One pervasive example of street smarts fail for anyone in a city: listening to music while walking on the street. You can’t hear ambient noises, or not well enough. Asking to be mugged.
AlphaFold Is The Most Important Achievement In AI—Ever Forbes (David L)
Flash-heating efficiently recycles precious metals from e-waste New Atlas (David L)
In California, some buy machines that make water out of air Associate Press (David L)
Machine learning and high-powered microscopes provide detailed snapshots of cells’ inner machinery News-medical.net (Kevin W)
WHO Endorses ‘Breakthrough’ Childhood Vaccine For Malaria Gizmodo (Kevin W)
Sweden, Denmark pause Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups Reuters (flora, Bob H)
Major Israeli study finds risk of heart inflammation after COVID shots is minute Times of Israel (David L)
Heart Damage Plagues Covid Survivors a Year After Infection, Study Shows Bloomberg. Study: One-year Risks and Burdens of Incident Cardiovascular Disease in COVID-19: Cardiovascular Manifestations of Long COVID Nature. Preprint
‘The virus has become smarter’: COVID variants causing more severe disease, Canadian study shows National Post. Study: Evaluation of the relative virulence of novel SARS-CoV-2 variants: a retrospective cohort study in Ontario, Canada Canadian Medical Association Journal. GM:
It has been known now for a long time that this is the case, since February-March when there was enough data for B.1.1.7 and after we had observed the second waves in Manaus and South Africa. And then we had people being cremated on sidewalks in India in areas with 50-60% prior seropositivity, which was quite telling.
But it will not stop people from claiming exactly the opposite. Because vaccines changed the age composition of cases and reduced the frequency of bad outcomes in general, so you look at the UK and the CFR is 0.4% for the last four months while it was >2% prior to that, and thus we declare victory over the virus, which has now supposedly attenuated to a common cold. In reality, if you do a proper age-matched analysis, it turns out the probability of ending up in hospital if you are infected has more than doubled, but hey, why spoil the party with bad news…
This study shows over a third of those who tested positive for COVID-19 have symptoms months later. Some of these patients were asymptomatic at the time they tested positive for COVID-19, and still developed serious, long-lasting issues weeks later. https://t.co/Cu7ClhGUC6
— Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) October 5, 2021
Merck Sells Covid Pill for 40 Times What It Costs to Make Intercept (furzy)
Long Covid: People Are Risking Their Health Going Back to the Office Rolling Stone (UserFriendly)
US: Doctors in Alaska making ‘difficult choices’ amid COVID surge Al Jazeera (resilc)
New Hampshire GOP Lawmaker Claims COVID Vaccine Contains ‘Living Organism’ With Tentacles’ Newsweek. Resilc: “Live free or die.”
When Americans Resisted Seat Belt Laws History (resilc)
Biden Tells Japan’s New PM That the US Will Defend Senkaku Islands from China Antiwar. Resilc: “Let’s all have a nuke war and depression over this…great idea Joe.”
China defiant amid new US trade war threats Asia Times (Kevin W)
Biden and Xi Jinping of China Agree to Hold a Virtual Summit New York Times (furzy)
As the Evergrande saga unravels, China’s property market can expect a further slowdown South China Morning Post (furzy)
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘not involved’ in deciding whether Tiananmen crackdown statue can remain on university campus South China Morning Post (furzy)
Boris Johnson steps up battle with business over UK supply chain crisis Financial Times. Help me. As if scapegoating the locals will accomplish anything.
New Cold War
Iran looking for ‘big jump’ in Russia relations with Moscow talks Al Jazeera (resilc)
Wardak peace: Rural Afghans live with Taliban, U.S. legacy Washington Post (resilc)
A Different Sort of Truth ConsortiumNews (Chuck L). I keep lugging Guantanamo Diary around but have yet to find the time to read it.
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Bankruptcy of ‘Great Power Competition’ Antiwar. Resilc: “We are a hollow shell of a country.”
Federal Judge Halts Enforcement of Texas Abortion Law New York Times (Kevin W)
Give Amazon and Facebook a Seat at the United Nations Bloomberg (Kevin W)
New coin from US Mint to highlight Vermont’s role in sport of snowboarding WPTZ. Resilc: “I think a zillion dollar snowboard coin for the debt ceiling is in order.”
Our Famously Free Press
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Instead of a Free Press ConsortiumNews (Chuck L)
CalPERS Contracting Agencies Face New World of Liability Woes JD Supra (Kevin W)
Why transparency is important for CalPERS Top1000Funds.com (Kevin W). Wow, they really can get the press to transcribe this intelligence-insulting tripe.
From guurst. OMFG, the stupid, it burns. First, did anyone specify as of what date??? Second, companies have different expense and revenue recognition policies. When they book that they own inventory is often an accounting decision, and also often differs by divisional level v. corporate. Like who owns chips in transit? Does they buyer book then when they go on the loading dock as the seller’s factor, or (say) when they clear customs in the country of arrival (shipments are often subject to financial letters of credit, so this is not an unreasonable position to take).
Washington has given global chipmakers and electronics device makers until Nov. 8 to voluntarily send in information on inventories, production capacity, and who their key customers are for specific products.https://t.co/sGrZB7SqZ2
— Nikkei Asia (@NikkeiAsia) October 6, 2021
Globalization Meets Entropy…and We Lose CounterPunch (resilc)
NASA moves two astronauts off delayed Boeing missions to SpaceX in rare reassignment CNBC. Kevin W: “Maybe the astronauts said ‘If it’s Boeing, we aren’t going.'”
We have no theory of inflation Duncan Weldon (resilc)
How Other Nations Pay for Child Care. The U.S. Is an Outlier. New York Times. Resilc: “Once not a fetus, you’re on your own, get a job.”
Antidote du jour. japl: “Yellow woolly caterpillars on a major maple tree in our back yard.”
And a bonus (furzy):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.