Reader service note: The Financial Times is having a freebie day, so you might as well have a gander…after Links, of course!
The Dawn Chorus is getting QUIETER due to climate change: Intensity of bird song has reduced across North America and Europe over the last 25 years as warming temperatures have shifted the distribution of species, study finds Daily Mail (Kevin W)
Jellyfish Keep Attacking Nuclear Power Plants Vice (furzy)
The untold story of the world’s biggest nuclear bomb Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (guurst)
12 photos of stunning weather events Royal Meteorological Society (David L)
Vapor Storms Are Threatening People and Property Scientific American (guurst)
Returning ISS Crew Might Have to Hold It In After SpaceX Crew Dragon Toilet Issue Interesting Engineering. Kevin W: “Unable to go, where no man has gone before. Bezos has had similar problems with his ships as well.”
Is human consciousness creating reality? Big Think (David L). Exceptionalism reaches a new level.
‘Useless Specks of Dust’ Turn Out to Be Building Blocks of All Vertebrate Genomes Science Alert (David L). Hhm, “…from dust to dust” pretty accurate after all.
It’s Really Weird How Little We Talk About Humanity’s Imminent Doom Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W). Not necessarily humanity but what we consider to be civilization.
Moderna’s free ride CADTM
— Bloomberg (@business) November 3, 2021
Elimination versus mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 in the presence of effective vaccines The Lancet (Kevin W). OMG, “effective vaccines” in the context of transmission? Some serious contortions to support that position.
New study suggests SARS-CoV-2 spreading widely within wild deer population ars technica (Chuck L)
An Unsolved Mystery: Why Do More Men Die of Covid-19? New York Times (Kevin C)
CDC Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine in Young Children Wall Street Journal
Unvaccinated? Don’t Count on Leaving Your Family Death Benefits Kaiser Health News. This country is run by sadists.
Four more UK energy suppliers go bust amid high gas prices Guardian (Kevin W). Not quite as dire as it sounds, since they’ll be acquired and continue operating.
US dangles IMF aid for military rights in Pakistan Asia Times (Kevin W)
Blinken’s Indo-Abraham Accords quickly come undone Asia Times (Kevin W)
New Cold War
Satellite images show new Russian military buildup near Ukraine Politico (Kevin C)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
‘I Was Raped By The CIA Medics,’ Says Black-Site Survivor Forever Wars (guurst)
Even as Biden Pushes Clean Energy, He Seeks More Oil Production New York Times (Kevin W)
Anti mandate New Yorkers greet the VP outside Carnegie Hall with chants of “Kamala is a whore” pic.twitter.com/18YZQJkzvT
— Elad Eliahu (@elaadeliahu) November 1, 2021
Democrats Reach Deal on Lowering Prescription Drug Prices Wall Street Journal (furzy)
The Supreme Court Should Uphold New York’s Concealed Carry Law New York Times (Dr. Kevin)
Potential jurors express fear, anxiety at idea of serving on Kyle Rittenhouse panel Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (furzy)
THIS IS WHY DEMS SUCK
⛔️NO filibuster reform
⛔️NO medicare for all
⛔️NO court expansion
⛔️NO abolishing ice
⛔️NO closing child cages
⛔️NO real climate action
⛔️NO paid family leave
⛔️NO end to droning civilians
⛔️NO minimum wage hike
⛔️NO student debt relief
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) November 3, 2021
Glenn Youngkin: Win for Republican in Virginia governor vote BBC (resilc). We have a post too so please weigh in there.
I did miss this, though. Patently ridiculous. Nobody asked Sanders to come to VA. And if he had done so, he could have talked to ordinary people way better than the Dem celebrities. Plus black turnout was really low…and how was that the Sandernistas fault?
You’ll be seeing a lot of quotes in stories like this indirectly blaming the Bernie wing of the Democratic Party for McAuliffe’s loss, for not caving earlier to give Biden an infrastructure win. https://t.co/AKobVejRzh
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) November 3, 2021
Democrat Eric Adams wins New York City mayoral election Associated Press
Our Famously Free Press
How a change in media business model sparked the Great Awokening: References to racism and white supremacy SKYROCKETED after New York Times erected its paywall and rewarded their paying white liberal readers’ enthusiasm for wokeness Daily Mail. Interesting theory.
It's hard to overstate what a scam academic and scientific publishing is. 1/ pic.twitter.com/KUOe32y1q7
— Cory Doctorow (mostly) AFK (@doctorow) October 28, 2021
California judge rules for opioid makers in damages lawsuit Associated Press
California might gut incentives for solar panels. Here’s why Los Angeles Times (Kevin W)
Wells Fargo employees feared for their jobs, consumer banking head says American Banker. Quelle surprise!
Bay Area rage rooms are helping residents relieve stress SFGate (Paul R)
President’s Working Group on Financial Markets Releases Report and Recommendations on Stablecoins U.S. Department of the Treasury (furzy)
The eNaira’s time has come Financial Times. Vlade: “‘What could go wrong?’ I put it also in the comments on how the Africa’s banks are vulnerable to hacking.” Moi: This will give Nigerian scam e-mails a new lease on life.
I’ve been thinking about healthcare, health outcomes, and American exceptionalism. Elizabeth Bear (UserFriendly). Today’s must read. And why I am determined to become an expat: horrible and horribly overpriced health care in America. Unless you are going to a top hospital for a difficult surgery, fuggedaboudit.
‘The Great Resignation’ Misses the Point Wired (Kevin W)
Millennials are going to make houses expensive until builders get their act together Business Insider (Kevin W). Not liking generational framing.
Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices Wall Street Journal
The Jeff Bezos of the International Drug Trade Toronto Life (Paul R)
A PRO-WORKER PARTY WITHOUT ALL THAT SILLY ECONOMIC POPULISM No More Mister Nice (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour (Alan B). Spooky! Should have run it for Halloween:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.