Dear patient readers,
Thanks so much for your generous responses to our 2021 fundraiser! And for those of you who aren’t yet Naked Capitalism addicts, thanks for putting up with the extra programming. We hope you noticed that our fundraising pitches were in addition to, and not at the expense of, our regular roster of posts.
The Pigeon Puzzle: How Do They Figure Out Their Impossibly Long Routes Home? The Walrus (Anthony L)
Just like how humans recognise faces, bees are born with an innate ability to find and remember flowers The Conversation (David L)
Mammoths Lost Their Steppe Habitat to Climate Change The Wire (J-LS)
Beaver Dams Mean No Love Lost for Canada’s Emblematic Animal New York Times
California Reckons With the Hard Truth About Plastic Recycling Sierra Club (David L)
Humans Have Broken One of The Natural Power Laws Governing Earth’s Oceans Science Alert (Chuck L)
Just Because You Don’t Believe in Conspiracy Theories Doesn’t Mean You’re Always Right New York Times (David L)
Albrecht Dürer was a 16th-century Andy Warhol The Spectator (Anthony L)
Strange Rumblings: The Prickly but Productive Friendship Between Hunter Thompson and Oscar Acosta Los Angeles Review of Books (Anthony L)
The JFK assassination is still an event that binds the entire planet Dallas Morning News
🧵1/Swe News – Summarizing the latest findings in C19 pathology.
1. Brain exhibits microthrombi and/or microbleeds in Splenium – May explain pats experiencing "Slowing of their though-processes/thinking" Content owned by colleague DrGranberg @TV4 & @ KIhttps://t.co/7dXbffjAEd pic.twitter.com/ssweN5Hw0x
— Dr. Faris Durmo Biber MD., PhD. (@Dr_FarrisD) November 21, 2021
Detection of SARS-CoV-2 spike antibody using electrochemical biosensing based on hydrogen bonding News-medical.net (Kevin W)
Counting the neurological cost of COVID-19 Nature (guurst)
An unprecedented high-resolution image of a damaged lung from a deceased patient who had #COVID19 (i.e far from mild disease).
Yellow indicates the blocked blood vessels.
— Jonathan Cedernaes (@JCedernaes) November 20, 2021
Covid: Can UK avoid a Europe-style return to lockdown? BBC. Summary on landing page: “Good vaccine uptake and natural immunity, coupled with public caution, has put UK in a strong position.” Read against Progressive Farmer story in the US section.
About 60% of the US population has reduced protection against COVID-19, CDC data shows Business Insider (Kevin W)
Covid Rebound in U.S. Is as Bad as Last November’s in Some Spots Bloomberg (J-LS). Not in the Land of Bubba…Case count here still falling. Mind you, I don’t expect this to hold, but we are close to not exposed to international travel, and spread from those hubs has taken a while to get here:
GOP Embraces Natural Immunity as Substitute for Vaccines Progressive Farmer (resilc)
England Will Require All New Buildings To Have EV Chargers Jalopnik (Kevin W)
Coal-Fired Power Plants to Close After New Wastewater Rule Associated Press (David L)
Ted Nordhaus on how green activists mislead and hold back progress Economist (David L). “He would say that, now wouldn’t he?”
Explained: Why Air Cooling Technologies Are Heating Up The Earth India Spend (J-LS)
Boston mayor divests vulnerable city from fossil fuels Associated Press (David L). What kind of headline is this? As if fossil fuels will follow Boston into a dark alley and beat it up? Later they sorta explain but the headline as written is pretty poor.
Chinese scientists want to add wings to bullet trains to make them even faster South China Morning Post (J-LS)
UK invites south-east Asian nations to G7 summit amid Aukus tensions Guardian (Kevin W)
New Cold War
Arc of encirclement appearing around Russia Asia Times (Kevin W)
Imperial Collapse Watch
In first, US added to annual list of ‘backsliding’ democracies Al Jazeera. Resilc” “Add the 100k of overdoses and the loss in Afghanistan, as i’ve said before, we are in full USSR mode.”
Biden, Radical Leftist, Sticks With GOP Investment Banker At Fed Heisenberg Report (resilc)
Powell’s Nomination for Second Fed Term Signals Biden’s Desire for Policy Continuity Wall Street Journal. Lead story. “Nothing fundamental will change.”
Biden Asks The World For Help Easing The Global Energy Crisis OilPrice (Kevin W)
Biden faces tougher sell on spending bill to Sen. Manchin as coal prices hit 12-year high Bakersfield.com (resilc)
From Bush Through Biden, U.S. Militarism Is the Great Unifier Intercept (resilc)
Democrats en déshabillé
What ‘The Squad’ Tells Us About Progressives’ Ability To Win Voters Of Color FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
Democrats are pushing tax breaks for the rich. They’ll cry when voters punish them David Sirota, Guardian. Um, the Democrats didn’t cry when they hemorrhaged representation under Obama.
Police State Watch
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Four Black Men Wrongly Charged With Rape Are Exonerated 72 Years Later New York Times (Kevin C)
National Parks Service site reminds us of America’s violent history Washington Post (furzy)
Thomas Jefferson statue leaves City Hall after 187 years New York Post. John S: “It seems to me the point of all this is to antagonize regular Americans.”
Cost of shipping a container from Asia jumped over 500% since last year, Traeger Grills CEO says CNBC (Kevin W). But not to worry! Things are getting better!
India’s Akasa Air to buy 72 Boeing 737 Max planes – Asia Times (J-LS)
Uber to sell cannabis to customers in Canada Financial Times (David L)
El Salvador President Announces Bitcoin Tax Haven With UFOs and Fireworks Vice (resilc). Confirms our take that the use cases for Bitcoin are criminal activity, tax evasion (a subset of criminal activity) and speculation. El Salvador has just end run the UK on its psot-Brexit quest to become a financial buccaneer.
Modern Monetary Theory Isn’t the Future. It’s Here Now. Wall Street Journal
Summers Humbly Assigns Numerical Odds To Unknowable Future Heisenberger Report (resilc). A reminder that Larry Summers is not going away quietly.
JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon and Tesla’s Elon Musk Feud Behind the Scenes Wall Street Journal Godzilla v. Mothra.
— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) November 22, 2021
Tim Draper, Who Tried to Break Up California, Now Wants to Break Up Unions New Republic (resilc)
San Francisco’s out-of-town shit Yasha Levine (Chuck L). While we are on the topic of Larry Summers, this is a domestic variant of his notorious “Send garbage to Africa” recommendation.
It’s devastating’: how fentanyl is unfolding as one of America’s greatest tragedies Guardian. Resilc: “And heard on NYC news weed found laced with it.”
Hunger Action of Los Angeles v. County of Los Angeles. Over failure to process urgent applications for CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) on a timely basis.
Philosophers with no clothes: A Review of ‘The War Against Marxism’ MR Online (Anthony L)
The Greedy Doctor Problem Jan Hendrik Kirchner (resilc). Today’s must read. Ignores another approach: do a lot of homework and maybe tell your doctors you are working on getting an MD (or alternatively, have a child/close relative working on said degree….). Before my surgery, my being buzzword compatible led both the internist assigned to my case and the MD on the orthopedic team who saw me the day my surgeon always works in CT to ask if I was “medical,” meaning somehow in the biz.
Antidote du jour. Carla: “In my NE Ohio inner ring suburban backyard, late October 2021. I was about 15 ft from this fellow.” Moi: Nice rack, and also pretty porky for a supposedly wild deer. Too many tasty gardens and not enough running from predators.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.