Controlled Prices Phenomenal World
Single-celled marine organism first to be found releasing oxygen in the dark Chemistry World. “The researchers are now studying whether or not other ammonia-oxidising archaea can also perform the same trick to grow under continuously anoxic conditions. If so, it could transform the archaea were in any of the models….
Five common denominators on tragedy fires Wildfire Today
New Virus Cases Begin to Slow in U.S. Cities Where Omicron Hit First NYT. The article is more measured than the sunnily optimistic (editor-written) headline.
COVID-Hospitalization Numbers Are as Bad as They Look Ed Yong, The Atlantic and Calling Omicron ‘Mild’ Is Wishful Thinking Katherine Wu, The Atlantic. “At the core of the problem sits the word mild itself, a slippery and pernicious term that ‘doesn’t mean what people think it means.'” It’s ideal!
* * *Immunological dysfunction persists for 8 months following initial mild-to-moderate SARS-CoV-2 infection Nature. n = 147. From the Abstract: “Here, we studied individuals with LC compared to age- and gender-matched recovered individuals without [Long Covid (LC)], unexposed donors and individuals infected with other coronaviruses. Patients with LC had highly activated innate immune cells, lacked naive T and B cells and showed elevated expression of type I IFN (IFN-β) and type III IFN (IFN-λ1) that remained persistently high at 8 months after infection…. This work defines immunological parameters associated with LC and suggests future opportunities for prevention and treatment.” * * *Viral dynamics and duration of PCR positivity of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant (preprint) Stephen Kissler, Joseph R. Fauver, Christina Mack, Caroline G. Tai, et al. From the NBA Occupational Health Program. “Of 70 Omicron-infected individuals detected ≥2 days after a previous negative or inconclusive test, 39.1% (25/64) were PCR positive with Ct values <30 at day 5, 33.3% (21/63) at day 6, and 22.2% (14/63) on day 7 post detection.” Good call on that five-day thing, Rochelle. (For health data, the UK has the NHS. We have the NBA….)
Another testing approach that a Biden Administration Operation Warp Speed (Testing) might have implemented, had the Vax-only strategy not been adopted:
— International Water Association (@IWAHQ) January 12, 2022
The results would need to come while the aircraft was on the tarmac, not four days later. So do that. (From a thread of live tweets from an International Water Association conference.)
Air filters on Addenbrooke’s wards removed nearly all traces of airborne Covid-19 virus, Cambridge University Hospitals study shows Cambridge Independent. Hospital “infection control” droplet goons can’t even protect their own wards.
* * *Why Cuba’s extraordinary Covid vaccine success could provide the best hope for low-income countries CNBC * * *Debunking the idea viruses always evolve to become less virulent ABC. Important, and well worth a read.
Winter chill brings promise of stability in China-India border dispute South China Morning Post
US lays out case against ‘unlawful’ China maritime claims Bangkok Post (Furzy Mouse).
Myanmar junta replaces air force chief amid bombing campaign – sources Reuters. It’s going to be a long dry season for NUG.
Qassem Soleimani’s assassination has backfired on the US and Israel Middle East Eye. This is the Middle East; who could have known there’d be blowback?
Officials in #Iran have released a 3D animated video depicting the targeting of former President Donald Trump at his Mar-A-Lago golf course. This sequence is in revenge for killing IRGC General Qasem Soleimani. pic.twitter.com/2h1giUrlFx
— Jake Hanrahan (@Jake_Hanrahan) January 13, 2022
Boris Johnson’s staff accused of more rule-breaking parties inside No 10 BBC. Insider commentary:
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) January 12, 2022
#BREAKING Anger has been rising in the strategically located archipelago, a money laundering hub off the coast of sub-Scandinavian Europe overlooking one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, following media revelations of deep-seated and widespread governmental corruption.
— gathara (@gathara) January 8, 2022
Belgian Sorrows New Left Review. “The world’s most successful failed state.” So far.
New Cold War
Kazakh steppes come alive The Tribune
Kazakhstan has lessons for the Gulf The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer
CIA-trained Ukrainian paramilitaries may take central role if Russia invades Yahoo News. There’s good news tonight!
Remarks by President Biden at Virtual Meeting on Military Deployments Supporting Hospitals for the COVID-19 Response (transcript) The White House. What a title. Even the White House is downplaying this clinker. But duty calls, and I’ll pull on my yellow waders anyhow. “‘Corporal Nobbs,” [Vimes] rasped, ‘why are you kicking people when they’re down?’ ‘Safest way, sir,’ said Nobby.”
‘We’re all frustrated’ on COVID: Biden to boost test availability and send military to help hospitals LA Times. Virtually no coverage; the dominant story on the Twitter is a Daily Mail hit piece.
Yikes and yikes:
The CIA May Be More Useful Than the CDC in Next Epidemic (interview) Scott Gottlieb, Bloomberg
Democrats en Déshabillé
What Should the Left Do About China? The Nation
Never occurred to me containers could be busted open:
I’m told by law enforcement these @UPS bags are especially sought after by thieves opening cargo containers… they are often full of boxes with merchandise bound for residential addresses. More valuable than say, a cargo container full of low value bulky items like toilet paper. pic.twitter.com/Tj5bQNIeby
— John Schreiber (@johnschreiber) January 13, 2022
Those videos are very dispiriting, I must say.
Epstein-Barr Virus Found to Trigger Multiple Sclerosis Scientific American (original; n = 10,000,000+).
L’Affaire Jeffrey Epstein
EXCLUSIVE: Eight very anxious men: Ghislaine Maxwell GIVES UP battle to keep identities of high-profile John Does named in civil lawsuit sealed after Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre demands they be made public Daily Mail. Commentary:
Virginia Giuffre’s attorney to judge:
“Now that Maxwell’s criminal trial has come and gone, there is little reason to retain protection over the vast swaths of information about Epstein and Maxwell’s sex-trafficking operation that were originally filed under seal in this case.” pic.twitter.com/aTNlj1KS5u
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) January 12, 2022
Imperial Collapse Watch
Wanted: New missions for the littoral combat ship Defense News
Army to name new 200-ton tank after General Milley Duffel Blog. From 2021, still germane.
Washington’s Wall Street problem: should the powerful be allowed to trade? FT. No, of course not. They should use straws, like a proper Third World counrtry.
Vaccine Aristocrats Strike Again Matt Taibbi, TK News
The Last Poets of Absolute Freedom IM-1776. Sentimental tosh.
Antidote du Jour (via):
Kleptoparasitism, in which an individual steals food from other individuals of the same or a different species, is frequent in birds. This paper explores the phenomenon among corvids: https://t.co/U33zDlgMNh [source of the gif: https://t.co/U8NYoaN4Ur] pic.twitter.com/97KmuNR5Qf
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) January 8, 2022
There’s a lesson here….
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.