Buffalo flipping over a turtle reddit (drumlin wookchuckles)
Bird songs bump stars off Australian music chart BBC (David L)
Beavers Misbehave. Canadians Love Them Anyway. New York Times (resilc)
Neandertals were the first hominids to turn forest into grassland 125,000 years ago Science News (Kevin W)
Inching Toward His Due: On Two New Translations of Kleist Los Angeles Review of Books (Anthony L)
See also the parallel fertility decline among diverse subpopulations in India (rural/urban, Muslim/not-Muslim, educated/not, north/south).
Some groups higher level of fertility than others, but the rapid decline seems universal.
— Leopold Aschenbrenner (@leopoldasch) December 13, 2021
Heavy metals in cannabis plants could affect human health, study finds New Atlas (David L)
Evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron’s immune evasion potential News-medical.net (Kevin W)
Ancient Greek drug could cut COVID-19 deaths – Israeli scientist Jerusalem Post. IM Doc:
Yes – that may really work – colchicine has been an amazing all around anti-inflammatory drug for centuries. It is being used more and more for all kinds of stuff.
When I was fresh out in practice, literally a 2 liter bottle of pills could be had for pennies.
Then a few years ago – colchicine got SHKRELI’d – and it is now hundreds of dollars for 5 days.
Notice though how in Israel it is described as cheap medication –
Well – it is everywhere else in the world – but not in the USA. It was 30 years ago – but not anymore.
And about Pharma patents. Since this drug was used heavily by Henry VIIII for his gout – seriously doubt it is a patent. No – it was our own stupidity and greed that allowed the fleecing to occur. They are now slowly doing the same exact thing to insulin.
A friend was at a small party last weekend (11 people). Everyone had neg LFDs first, all vaxxed inc 3 boosted. All windows open. 1 person tested +ve 2 days later. Now another 7/11 have tested +ve (inc my boosted friend) & 2 out of remaining 3 have symptoms & waiting for PCR. 1/2
— Prof. Christina Pagel (@chrischirp) December 15, 2021
GM: “First country to come at least partially to its senses.”
South Korea rolls back "living with COVID-19" policy as cases and deaths reach all-time high; restrictions to be reinstated
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) December 16, 2021
Please read entire tweetstorm:
End of December is 8 doubling times away.
The two weeks it'll take for a booster to start being effective is 7 doubling times.
And this booster stunt is not going to help control the spread of a pandemic doubling every 2 days.
It's just continuing with vaccines only.
— Hisham Ziauddeen (@HZiauddeen) December 15, 2021
‘Dropping Like Flies’: Omicron Brings Fresh COVID Hell to Cornell Daily Beast (David L)
Two major airline CEOs question the need for masks on planes CNN (Kevin W). Pretty clear this position is about avoiding altercations with rule-breaking passengers, as opposed to safety, per below:
No WAY I'd trust a biz claiming its public airspaces are HEPA filtered enough to take off my N95.
— Brian Hjelle, virologist (@hjelle_brian) December 15, 2021
Vaccine Makers Funneled Undisclosed Campaign Cash in 2020 Intercept (resilc).
How a Kennedy built an anti-vaccine juggernaut amid COVID-19 Associated Press (resilc)
AmazonSmile donated more than $40,000 to anti-vaccine groups in 2020 Guardian. Does not rise to the level of couch lint but still not a good look
Collapse of Thwaites Eastern Ice Shelf by intersecting fractures AGU. PlutoniumKun: I know this was covered, but this is a very good and comprehensive plain English explanation for why this is very, very serious.
The Attack On Rooftop Solar Power In California Is Beyond Stupid CleanTechnica (Kevin W)
Extreme winds, dust storms and warm temperatures are hitting much of the Midwest NPR (Kevin W). One major is communities being hit by tornadoes or hurricane-level winds that haven’t had them. Not only are the building codes typically not adequate, but the locals will often not take the threat seriously enough.
Xi Jinping’s Leadership Style: Micromanagement That Leaves Underlings Scrambling Wall Street Journal. Um, I recall that was true of Steve Jobs.
Cocaine use at Westminster to be raised with Met Police, Lindsay Hoyle says The National. Resilc: “UK now all makes sense.”
New Cold War
The ghost of Georgia 2008 should be haunting Kiev right now Andrew Cockburn, Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
SMEX: Israel’s presence at Expo Dubai 2020 Is a threat to digital rights Global Voices (resilc)
Teachers’ Strikes Across Iran EA WorldView (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
A new untethered and insect-sized aerial vehicle PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Avoiding the Worst in Ukraine and Taiwan Jeffrey Sachs, Project Syndicate (Kevin C)
A lotta nerve: UAE threatens to back out of F-35 deal Responsible Statecraft (resilc)
The U.S. military men spreading Trump’s baseless fraud claims Reuters (furzy)
‘Going very poorly’: Biden can’t nail Manchin down on Dems’ bill Politico (Kevin W). Pretty stunning that Biden is acting like he could budge Manchin now. If Manchin were bribable or coercible by means Biden was willing to use, he would have fallen in line long ago.
Democratic talks with Manchin show signs of melting down The Hill. Manchin retrading a deal again.
Medicare Privatization Scheme Faced Legal Questions About Profiteering Intercept (resilc)
Voting Fraud Charges for 3 in Florida’s Villages New York Times (resilc)
Gun and Done Michael Moore (furzy)
Children’s of Alabama reports 60% increase in pediatric firearm injuries this year WRBC. Poor gun safety, like guns in bedside table drawers, combined with kids more at home.
The unbearable whiteness of being an academic Ed West (Anthony L)
Container Imports Tumble at Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports Wall Street Journal. First para:
Container imports at the largest U.S. gateway for seaborne goods trade fell sharply in November, even as backups of ships waiting to unload cargo at the Southern California ports have been growing.
Fed will aggressively dial back its bond buying, sees three rate hikes next year CNBC. Even Bloomberg op-ed writers are pointing out the Fed can’t do anything about inflation when workers won’t take jobs even with higher wages on offer.
Residents “livid” over £450 daily cost of heating Sky Pool DeZeen (resilc)
Pharmacy Worker Nationwide Walkout December 20th – Rabbi & Ironworkers Picket Strayer CEO House Again – SC School Bus Drivers Strike Mike Elk Notice the walkout date.
Antidote du jour. Please give Mike K your condolences:
This is Penny. She passed away unexpectedly today (12/13/21) from a blood clot at age 10. This is about the only picture I have of her that isn’t blurry as her favorite activity was chasing anything that moved. She just got back from the beauty parlor and was excited to show off her new hairdo. She was a great companion.
And a bonus (John Siman):
And another bonus (Chuck L):
This elephant pretends to eat a woman’s hat… but then gives it back. This might be my favourite video ever. ?? pic.twitter.com/6eQGre9VON
— Pubity (@PubityOnInsta) December 13, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.