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Watch: a pair of bald eagles are entangled on a Minnesota street Boing Boing (resilc)
Scientists Used AI to Track Spiders Building Webs in The Dark in Unprecedented Detail Science Alert (David L)
The Science Museum Wants Their Plastic Samples. They Refused Wired (David L)
Can Feminist Robots Challenge Our Biases? IEEE Spectrum (Chuck L)
The Early History of Human Excreta JSTOR (Micael T)
This is Some Good Shit Nautilus (Micael T)
Is it time to stop demonising dairy? For years we’ve been warned that the fat in cheese and milk is bad for our health. Yet new studies suggest dairy may actually be GOOD for us… and even help prevent disease Daily Mail. My about to be 94 year old mother thinks butter is a food group…
The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Key to Solving Social Problems or a Catalyst for Them? Valdai Discussion Club (Micael T)
Is vaccine efficacy a statistical illusion? Probability & Law (Chuck L)
— Bloomberg (@business) November 16, 2021
Long Covid: new wine in need of new bottles BMJ (Basil Pesto)
The Plexiglass Barrier Problem MacLeans (Basil Pesto)
More than 10,000 Australians have filed coronavirus vaccine injury claims Sydney Morning Herald
COVID-19 Forecast for the Holidays and Beyond C-SPAN (Kevin W)
39705 Covid cases in the UK yesterday 🇬🇧
3241 in France 🇫🇷 3266 in Spain 🇪🇸5144 in Italy🇮🇹.
Yet our media allows Johnson to talk about a covid wave sweeping over Europe that may impact on us… What a joke.
— Bradley Wall 🏳️🌈 🇪🇺🇬🇧🌍 (@BWallArthur) November 16, 2021
BJ- 'we can't rule out Christmas lockdown because of the Europe wave!'. We've had eye watering case rates for months- *>4 million* confirmed cases since 'freedom day' and excess deaths every single week since July – >20,000 since July. This isn't on Europe. It's on him.
— Deepti Gurdasani (@dgurdasani1) November 16, 2021
Barely a cloud in the sky and Portland, Maine, is flooding PBS (David L) :-(
This Colorado ‘solar garden’ is literally a farm under solar panels MPR News (Chuck L)
China’s burned-out tech workers are fighting back against long hours MIT Technology Review (Kevin W). Workers of the world, unite! Or at least rebel in parallel.
Biden’s China policy still hard to pin down Asia Times (Kevin W)
Xi’s new Communist Manifesto Asia Times (resilc)
Canadian city EVACUATED after flood-induced sewage failure RT. Kevin W: “EEwwwww!” Moi: Connected to spate of scatalogical stories above?
New Cold War
Germany suspends certification of Nord Stream 2 pipeline Financial Times. A big reversal. What sexual favors were exchanged for this to transpire?
The Tripartite World Order and the Hybrid World War Dmitry Orlov, The Saker (Kevin W)
EU War Coalitions of the Willing (II) German Foreign Policy (Micael T). Did they not get the memo as to how well the infamous “coalition of the willing” worked?
Nasrallah: Israel in deep existential crisis, Yemen victory to have huge regional effects The Saker. Chuck L: “Excerpts from a speech delivered by Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on November the 11th, 2021.”
Biden and Harris walk out of the White House together and hug amid claims of a rift Daily Mail (J-LS). Trust me, this is worse than the ritual expression of confidence in an official as they are twisting the the wind. The only difference here is Kamala can’t be ousted.
Buttigieg’s star rises as $1T Biden agenda shifts toward him Associated Press. Resilc: “These crackheads are dreaming if they think he can get elected.”
The ONLY thing to Kamala Harris’ credit is giving Porter national profile by making her the California foreclosure settlement monitor:
On-time mail delivery has plummeted under Postmaster Louis DeJoy—forcing veterans to wait longer for prescriptions, seniors to scramble to pay bills without their Social Security checks, and communities to feel less connected.
Postmaster DeJoy needs to go. pic.twitter.com/NxVivkOQZt
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) November 16, 2021
It’s Not Just White People: Democrats Are Losing Normal Voters of All Races Ryan Grim, Intercept
Dems Are Giving The GOP Another Political Bailout David Sirota
MarineTraffic: Global Ship Tracking Intelligence AIS Marine Traffic. Resilc: “What isnt clogged, see Savannah GA.”
Who bought firearms during 2020 purchasing surge? PhysOrg (Dr. Kevin)
People who purchased guns during buying surge more likely to have suicidal thoughts MedicalXpress (Dr. Kevin)
Police State Watch
Our Famously Free Press
Revealed: Documents Show Bill Gates Has Given $319 Million to Media Outlets Mint Press (Micael T). Quelle surprise!
‘The unknown is scary’: why young women on social media are developing Tourette’s-like tics Guardian. Resilc: “Start the AA programs for smartphones asap.” Moi: Surely with all the proof that Facebook knowingly manipulates user emotions, sets out to create anxiety, and is indifferent to depression, now we have evidence of actual harm. Ambulance chasers to the courtesy phone….
Retirement Fund Giant Calpers Votes to Use Leverage, More Alternative Assets Wall Street Journal (Joseph R)
America’s largest Catholic hospital system is moonlighting as a private equity firm STAT. Kill me now. My mother spent a week plus at St. Vincent’s, an Ascension Hospital. The worst. She came back all bruised up, nurses and MDs lied about what was up with her (we had eyes on her pretty much all day via heavy-duty aide coverage), nurses would not answer calls and they weren’t busy (there were always several nurses hanging out at the station doing their nails or fooling with their phones).
Shell plans to move headquarters to the UK BBC (Kevin W)
Amazon’s Spinmasters: Behind the Internet Giant’s Battle With the Press The Information (resilc)
Would You Manage 70 Children And A 15-Ton Vehicle For $18 An Hour? FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
How To Pass A Weed Drug Test: Marijuana Testing Tips Vice. For truck drivers….
Antidote du jour. Antoine:
Hi NC team, happy fundraising week!
Attached is an antidote very personal: those are the two donkeys belonging to me and my wife. On the left is Havane, on the right is Cézanne (âne means donkey in french). I’m a IT professional an she was a literature teacher that retired to become farmer, with a duck breeding accent. The donkeys will be used as herd guardians against the many predators living in rural Quebec. The long-term goal is to prepare for The Fall by investing in resilient agriculture and breeding.
Live long and prosper!
And a bonus (furzy):
That cat on the right 😂🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/unTZJJs9xp
— The Feel Good Page ❤️ (@natureheel) November 15, 2021
And a departure from our usual sort of antidote, courtesy Kevin W:
A magical sunset over a sea of clouds filmed in timelapse by Tristan Heth. pic.twitter.com/LSlZfpIMYx
— Wonder of Science (@wonderofscience) November 15, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.