Walrus leaves Arctic comfort zone for snooze on Dutch submarine Guardian (J-LS)
Who could dogs become without humans in their lives? Aeon (Chuck L)
Elemental haiku Science (Chuck L). From 2017, but still very cool.
Artemis 1 is Launching in February Universe Today (furzy)
A 150-year-old note from Charles Darwin is inspiring a change in the way forests are planted The Conversation (Kevin W)
These portable factories are solving plastic pollution Inhabitat (David L)
Cognition Without Computation Just because a theory is old doesn’t mean it’s correct SpectrumIEEE (David L)
INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND THE MYTH OF ‘WILDERNESS’ University of Melbourne (Micael T)
A deadly parasite that burrows into the body through bare feet could be multiplying in this US community Guardian. Resilc: “Texass, our domestic turd world.” Moi: First chagas, now this….”
From Micael T, uncensored Pfizer-EU contract:
Die Europäischen Grünen (ohne deutsche MEPs) klagen vor dem EuGH auf Offenlegung der Impfstoffverträge. (VonderLeyen hat bisher nur 1 bis zur Unkenntlichkeit zensierte Version veröffentlicht.) Das hier kann ja kaum das Original sein, ist ja nix geschwärzt:https://t.co/dr19F2GhYV
— Martin Sonneborn (@MartinSonneborn) November 3, 2021
Pfizer says its COVID-19 pill cuts hospital, death risk 90% Los Angeles Times (furzy). Scathing comments from our Covid experts. Will take too much space to hoist it all, but representative bits, first from KLG:
Results seem to be on a par with the drug whose name dare not be mentioned except to call people names, if IM Doc and thousands of other physicians across the world are to be believed?
This will seriously exacerbate the societal divide regarding COVID.
You need to take this shortly after symptoms appear, but it is very expensive. So how many people are going to manage to jump through all the healthcare hoops to get started on it on time? We know which people are not going to have a problem with access…
In the same time, precisely because of that issue, there will be no selective pressure on the virus to evolve resistance, as most transmission will be happening with no protease inhibitor around.
So poor people who can’t afford to immediately run to get tested the moment they get a slight headache will keep getting sick, the rich and comfortable will have a stably effective treatment — with a cocktail of this, Merck’s molnupiavir, which has an orthogonal mechanism of action (although it might be mutagenic, time will tell) and monoclonals, you can be quite certain you will avoid bad outcomes. The poor working class schmucks on the other hand will not have access to that…
My reaction was that a “study” by a big super rich Pharma with only 775 participants looks highly sus. Pfizer could afford to have run 10 identical studies of that size and picked the one that had the best results.
The Israeli and CDC studies on #COVID #immunity cannot both be correct. Here I carefully dissect them, describe how their statistical analyses differ, and explain why the Israeli study is more reliable. https://t.co/52KiXboRzq
— Martin Kulldorff (@MartinKulldorff) November 2, 2021
‘Enough Is Enough’: Vermont Reports Record 487 New COVID-19 Cases NECN (resilc). 71.3% fully vaccinated.
Greta Thunberg, at COP26, Says Talks Are Becoming a ‘Greenwash Campaign’ New York Times (David L). A feature, not a bug.
Energy Dilemma New Left Review (Anthony L)
Mining the Planet to Death: The Dirty Truth About Clean Technologies Der Spiegel (resilc)
As climate talks put focus on water crisis, the Colorado River provides a stark example Los Angeles Times (David L). From last week, still germane.
Rusty Charley Wolfgang Streck (Anthony L)
New Cold War
CIA director dispatched to Moscow to warn Russia over troop buildup near Ukraine CNN. Kevin W: “Even the Ukrainians don’t see a threat.”
Saudis, Iranians circle in a cautious rapprochement Asia Times (Kevin W)
From earlier this week. Chuck L points out the event could be from a month earlier:
Alleged attempt by US to confiscate Iranian crude in the Gulf of Oman — Iran's state news agency IRIB
— RT (@RT_com) November 3, 2021
Imperial Collapse Watch
USS Connecticut Smashed Into A Seamount, May Have Ripped Off Sonar Dome The Drive (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Widespread Security Risk Identified in Phones and Bluetooth Devices SpectrumIEEE (David L)
A critical opportunity to ban killer robots – while we still can Amnesty International
Divided Democrats Lurch Toward Vote on $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill New York Times (Kevin W)
And it’s official:
Not hard to see where this was going:
Jul: Build Back Better™
Aug: Build Back Somewhat Better™
Sept: Build Back Better But Hey Let’s Not Get Carried Away™
Oct: Build Back Better, So Long As We Check With Corporate America First™
Nov: Build Back The 1%, Then They Can Decide Who Gets To Live Better Or Die™
— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) November 3, 2021
I will not perpetuate the fiction that there's a "progressive caucus."
There are, at best, 6 progressives in the House.
— Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) November 6, 2021
Glenn Youngkin and Ivy League populism The Economist
Of Course Joe Manchin Drives a Maserati Vice (resilc)
PhRMA | Behind the 340B Drug Pricing Program Axios. Resilc: “Why isn’t there a scam.”
Our Famously Free Press
Rachel Maddow’s Shocking New Low Matt Taibbi
Latinos graded by skin color in Covid discrimination poll RT. Kevin W: “Even the KKK would be too embarrassed to pull a stunt like this.”
Theranos bilked elite old-money investors of $400 million, say prosecutors BoingBoing (resilc)
Eric Adams vows to take first three paychecks as NYC mayor in Bitcoin Independent (resilc). Wowsers. Clueless as to what that will take operationally. Gonna cost way way way more than a full year of pay to implement this stunt. Does he want NYC’s treasury to be able to handle Bitcoin in anticipation of ransomware attacks? That’s the only possible public purpose.
Apple’s New Screen Repair Trap Could Change the Repair Industry Forever Fixit. Dan K: “Richest company in the world.”
I’m Still Here Freddie deBoer (Anthony L). Today’s must read.
Americans Just Don’t Care Anymore Heisenberger Report (resilc). “Precarity is the great unifier in America.”
Food Processing: Where Did All of the Food & Beverage Workers Go? Food Processing (JS)
Antidote du jour (Timotheus):
And a bonus:
Planet of the Dogs? 🤣 https://t.co/Pt95yFEbw1
— Dr. Faris Durmo Biber MD., PhD. (@Dr_FarrisD) November 4, 2021
And a second bonus (Dr. Kevin):
Time for a nap … 🥰 pic.twitter.com/f44zQus5ym
— ˗ˏˋAnimals🐾Nature🍀Picturesˊˎ˗ (@Animals_Humor) October 27, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.