The inner lives of cats: what our feline friends really think about hugs, happiness and humans Guardian (furzy). My cat Blake could count to four. He got four vitamins every evening before dinner. If I was at the end of a bottle and gave him only two, or one rolled away from the others, he’d poke around with some urgency for the missing vitamins. When he’d had four, he stopped searching.
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Cannabis clinics set to mushroom Bangkok Post (furzy)
Tell us a Story Dublin Review of Books (Anthony L)
The Appeal of Artists Who Won Fame After Death Wall Street Journal (Anthony L)
Face Masks Help Jurors Tell Lies From Truth ScienceBlog
This approach finds that Delta Rt has remained low, while Omicron Rt is between 3 and 4 in South Africa and initial Omicron Rt is ~6 in the UK. 10/21 pic.twitter.com/IIF1bwQna7
— Trevor Bedford (@trvrb) December 10, 2021
Here are bad news from Germany, concerning that:
A cluster of 19 cases, adults fully vaxxed, children not.
1 adult and 2 children severely ill!!
— ? alleswirdgut…alsovielleicht | HE (@kchr_grr_krch__) December 9, 2021
From IM Doc, keep in mind only a small sample…and remember his county has a very high vax rate:
27 [new] COVID cases – on top of the 21 that we had yesterday –
48 total…42 vaccinated – and of those 11 are boostered. 6 unvaccinated….
As far as mildness – 7 of these patients met the criteria for monoclonal antibodies because of the severity of their symptoms….
I am holding my breath about mildness. This will be the third big wave that we have had – OCT of last year – JUN-OCT of this year, and now. All 3 started with these large numbers of younger healthier people often in family clusters, etc. and took weeks to get going and really settle in. The hospitalizations and critical illness lagged behind the initial surge by weeks. This seems to be exactly the same pattern right now. These patients have all been large groups of family clusters. Many have been jetting around the world on holiday. The BIG difference now – many many more vaccinated are getting sick. Again – THIS IS NOT MILD. These people are getting severe flu like illness – just at this point only one has been admitted out of this group – so we are not admitting a lot.
I have no idea what’s going on at this point.
You can see video from Pretoria here:
In which a doctor says they are not seeing a lot of really severe patients.
But in the same time he is being interviewed with many tents and oxygen bottles in the background, which is very much not consistent with there not being a lot of pressure on the system because why would they have so many tents otherwise…
2) So how bad is the data for 2 doses? Well let’s walk through it… the table tells more about the efficacy against #Omicron beyond the figures above. 2 shots of Oxford-AstraZeneca don’t even have enough data for those <25 weeks. But for 25+ weeks, the 5.9% VE stand out. pic.twitter.com/uEZ6e40LSl
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 11, 2021
We've got delta exploding in the USA and Omicron seeding throughout
Guess where Omicron and Delta are going to ?
Hospitals. Opportunity for recombination events
Show up and everyone's in a surgical mask
Diversity and evolution could accelerate!
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MildS (@fitterhappierAJ) December 9, 2021
In case you missed it:
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) December 10, 2021
I think we may need to recalibrate our idea of typical case numbers as Omicron takes off.
Here’s what UK cases could look like *in the next week or two alone* if Omicron continues to double every 3 days (some actually estimate faster growth)
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) December 10, 2021
So, the UKHSA project ONE MILLION infections PER DAY based on reasonable assumption of a doubling time of Omicron of 2.5 days
Not One Million by the end of the year:
ONE MILLION INFECTIONS
— Dr Duncan Robertson (@Dr_D_Robertson) December 10, 2021
Pentagon Considering COVID-19 Booster Mandate for Troops Military.com (Kevin W)
Climate-only scientific models may underestimate scope of damage – study Jerusalem Post (David L)
Lower 48 states could have warmest December on record Axios (Troy P)
Climate Point: Draining national forests for profit USA TODAY (resilc)
Reminiscence of the Future… : Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi. Andrei Martyanov (Chuck L)
What is the European Union For? The Saker (Micael T)
New Cold War
Russia demands Nato retract pledge to admit Ukraine and Georgia Financial Times
UN General Assembly votes on ‘militarization of Crimea’ RT. Kevin W: “Pretty funny this. It’s like the UN General Assembly voting on the militarization of Hawaii.”
Coffee crisis in Central America fuels record exodus north Reuters (Glenn F)
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Julian Assange is one of the longest-serving political prisoners in the western world. Every level of the case against him has been shot through with corruption and the abuse of process.
People justify it by reciting memes to demonstrate their allegiance.
This is dystopia. https://t.co/3FDCp9vuWr
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 10, 2021
Julian Assange should not be extradited for revealing uncomfortable truths. https://t.co/PHKpuf8SF1
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) December 10, 2021
The Memo: Dour public mood spells trouble for Biden The Hill. OMG, and this is with the public optimistic about Covid! Watch the bottom fall out.
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Twitter Spaces is being used by the Taliban and white nationalists. Washington Post (furzy)
‘Tipping point’ makes partisan polarization irreversible ScienceBlog (Dr. Kevin)
Loudoun County, Virginia: A Culture War in Four Acts Matt Taibbi (furzy). Important.
Democrats Have No Idea How to Win the Culture Wars Atlantic (resilc)
Double Standards for Nadia Murad and Shamima Begum Aero. David C:
I would never have thought even the Canadians would stoop to this. Censoring the memoirs of a woman kidnapped and raped by the Islamic State for fear of provoking “Islamophobia.”
Police State Watch
Speaking does not imply breathing, and this is a dangerous myth ZMEScience (Dr. Kevin)
Tesla Update Allows Video Games While Driving, and the Feds Aren’t Happy The Drive (Paul R)
Bezos space joyride emitted a lifetime of carbon pollution Gizmodo (Paul R)
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An Astounding List of Artists Helped Persuade the Met to Remove the Sackler Name New Yorker (furzy). The Sacklers did spend a pretty penny on those naming rights.
WORLD INEQUALITY REPORT 2022 (Micael T)
Here’s the Freakiest and Most Realistic Humanoid Robot Ever Nerdist (furzy)
Antidote du jour. Timotheus: “From a friend’s travel photos”:
And a bonus (Li):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.