How to Read a Jellyfish’s Mind (press release) CalTech
The Science of Mind Reading The New Yorker
Private equity fees: where are the customers’ jets? FT. Gensler’s recent speech: “I’ve asked staff how we can better mitigate the effects of conflicts of interest between general partners, their affiliates, and investors. This could include considering the need for prohibitions on certain conflicts and practices.”
The Rising Tide of Semiconductor Cost Fabrioated Knowledge
Resetting international systems for pandemic preparedness and response BMJ. WHO’s Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. Maybe clean their own side of the street:
Maybe start by announcing clearly and unambiguously that Omicron, like other variants of SARS-CoV-2, is airborne and to prevent transmission we need well-fitting high-filtration masks, ventilation/filtration of air, minimising time indoors PLUS vaccination? #OmicronIsAirborne https://t.co/TayEMDPfL2
— Trisha Greenhalgh (@trishgreenhalgh) November 29, 2021
Victories against AIDS have lessons for COVID-19 Anthony Fauci, Nature. Now that Nature is overtly partisan, this is an extremely unfortunate endorsement.
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Do vaccines protect against long COVID? What the data say Nature. “At present, public-health officials are flying blind when it comes to long COVID and vaccination.”
The majority of SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies in COVID-19 patients with obesity are autoimmune and not neutralizing International Journal of Obesity. From the Abstract: “SARS-CoV-2 infection induces neutralizing antibodies in all lean but only in few obese COVID-19 patients. SARS-CoV-2 infection also induces anti-MDA and anti-AD autoimmune antibodies more in lean than in obese patients as compared to uninfected controls…. Our results highlight the importance of evaluating the quality of the antibody response in COVID-19 patients with obesity, particularly the presence of autoimmune antibodies, and identify biomarkers of self-tolerance breakdown. This is crucial to protect this vulnerable population at higher risk of responding poorly to infection with SARS-CoV-2 than lean controls.”
China targets online casinos in war on illegal gambling, authorities say South China Morning Post
Can Cold War History Prevent U.S.-Chinese Calamity? Foreign Affairs
Sri Lanka kitchens blow up as gas crisis deepens Channel News Asia
Purity or power: India’s coal quandary Channel News Asia
Ethiopia’s Breakup Doesn’t Have to Be Violent Foreign Policy
The Russia-Africa situation analysis report Foreign Policy News
The Secretive Prisons That Keep Migrants Out of Europe The New Yorker. The deck: “Tired of migrants arriving from Africa, the E.U. has created a shadow immigration system that captures them before they reach its shores, and sends them to brutal Libyan detention centers run by militias.” So Clinton and Obama’s invasion of Libya has an upside after all!
Biden says no new lockdowns for Omicron COVID-19 variant Center for Infectious Disease and Policy. Biden presser transcript.
Russian and Chinese Ambassadors: Respecting People’s Democratic Rights The National Interest. On Biden’s “Summit for Democracy.”
Industry braces for another fight over IRS tax reporting plan American Banker
Our Famously Free Press
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Jeffrey Epstein was a ‘21st-century James Bond’ targeted for his mystery and money, Ghislaine Maxwell defence says Independent. So Epstein had a handler? Does the handler have a name?
Suspicious, Insecure Trump ‘Most Difficult’ President To Brief On Intel, CIA Report Reveals HuffPo. “Trump ‘doubted the competence of intelligence professionals and felt no need for regular intelligence support.'” After the Steele Report? Encroyable.
Imperial Collapse Watch
No way around it, all regime change policies are bound to crash and burn Responsible Statecraft
In Search of Victor Grayson Tribune. A cautionary tale.
Antidote du Jour (via):
Because you want to see a bouncy baby bison enjoy the first snow of the year.
Credit: Imgur/sparklepinyglitter pic.twitter.com/fHj8OzLfnG
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) November 26, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.