Walmart Plots ‘Super Intense’ Crypto, Metaverse Push, Filing Suggests Heisenberg Report
An Explosion Felt Round the World New York Magazine
Get Ready for More Volcanic Eruptions as the Planet Warms Scientific American
First the Fire, Then the Fungus Small Things Considered
Mild respiratory SARS-CoV-2 infection can cause multi-lineage cellular dysregulation and myelin loss in the brain (preprint) bioRxiv. From the Abstract: “the findings presented here illustrate striking similarities between neuropathophysiology after cancer therapy and after SARS-CoV-2 infection, and elucidate cellular deficits that may contribute to lasting neurological symptoms following even mild SARS-CoV-2 infection.” Thread from a co-author:
Neurogenesis in the hippocampus is thought to support memory function. Reactive microglia can impair this process. Indeed, mice that had mild SARS-CoV-2 infection 7 days or 7 weeks prior had significantly lower # of neuroblasts than controls. This could ⬇️ memory function. (9/) pic.twitter.com/vmKUrQ6C1H
— Prof. Akiko Iwasaki (@VirusesImmunity) January 16, 2022
US Insurer Spending on Ivermectin Prescriptions for COVID-19 (research letter) JAMA and Column: A new study calculates the incredible cost of ivermectin stupidity Michael Hiltzik, LA Times. $130 million. If our health care system had a couch, $130 million would be pocket change under the cushions. Come on.
Texas scientists’ new Covid-19 vaccine is cheaper, easier to make and patent-free Guardian (Furzy Mouse). Corbevax.
Making Paxlovid Science
Argentina’s COVID Miracle Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate
Omicron Reaches China’s Political, Financial and Tech Hubs Bloomberg and Supply Chain Woes Could Worsen as China Imposes New Covid Lockdowns NYT (Re Silc). Re Silc: “Feds jacking up rates should fix this.” Half the press is rooting for China’s #ZeroCovid policy to fail, the other half is wringing its hands about the supply chain….
China’s birth rate drops to record low in 2021 Channel News Asia. Commentary:
Even according to exaggerated figures, China's total fertility rate in 2021 was only 1.1-1.2, far below the 1.8 forecast by Chinese State Council in 2016, the 1.6-1.7 forecast by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2019, the 1.7 forecast by UN in 2019 https://t.co/QlJExQG05b
— 易富贤YI Fuxian《大国空巢》 (@fuxianyi) January 17, 2022
Worth clicking to enlarge the fine print.
Is this the end of the line for China’s big belt and road funding in Africa? South China Morning Post
Monks flee temples in eastern Myanmar amid intense fighting Bangkok Post (Furzy Mouse).
Philippines says ‘indispensable’ Suu Kyi must be involved in Myanmar peace process Reuters. The NGOs and the “international community” may believe this, and even impose it, but events have moved far beyond Suu Kyi (and in any case, the Rohingya massacres occured on her watch).
Japan’s Shift to the Right: Computational Propaganda, Abe Shinzō’s LDP, and Internet Right-Wingers (Netto Uyo) Asia-Pacfic Journal. Computational propaganda.
Kazakhstan, like Ukraine, spotlights the swapping of the rule of law for the law of the jungle The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer
Iran After Trump: Can Biden Revive the Nuclear Deal and Does Iran Even Want to? (PDF) Middle East Brief
Hadassah hospital opens Israel’s first pediatric ICU for COVID-19 patients Times of Israel (MR).
Vulnerable woman starved to death in NHS hospital following ‘unacceptable’ failures Independents (MR). MR: “Interesting that all the comments are outraged, no one saying ‘she was a loser’ as you so often see in comments these days.”
BBC licence fee to be abolished in 2027 and funding frozen Guardian (Furzy Mouse).
New Cold War
Is War Inevitable if Talks With Russia Fail? The National Interest
Russia Issues Subtle Threats More Far-Reaching Than a Ukraine Invasion NYT. The deck: “If the West fails to meet its security demands, Moscow could take measures like placing nuclear missiles close to the U.S. coastline, Russian officials have hinted.”
CD244: Keeping Ukraine (podcast) Congressional Dish. Fun topic, fun podcast.
Russia will maintain its energy stranglehold on Europe for decades Quartz. Yes, it’s called “delivering a good product for the lowest price.”
Democrats call on Biden to step up virus response The Hill. You had one job…
Hope on the Horizon Matt Stoller, BIG (GF).
Russia’s container shipments hit record high amid global logistics crisis Hellenic Shipping News
Democrats en Déshabillé
COVID-19: Democratic Voters Support Harsh Measures Against Unvaccinated Rassmussen. This is Rasmussen. I’d like to see this result confirmed elsewhere: “Nearly half (48%) of Democratic voters think federal and state governments should be able to fine or imprison individuals who publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications.”
Glenn Youngkin reminds Virginians what GOP governance looks like MSNBC. Youngkin moves immediately to fulfull campaign promises. Democrats should consider doing that. Although I don’t recall Youngkin promising this:
Today, the incoming AG fired, among many others, the entire Conviction Integrity Unit. With no notice. I found out at 10am. Two of my colleagues found out at 4pm. I’m so sorry to all the people we didn’t get to help.
— Emilee M. Hasbrouck (@EmileeManzi) January 15, 2022
Groves of Academe
Variants Fuel Decline in Student Mental Health Inside Higher Ed. Surely not the administrators’ responses?
Imperial Collapse Watch
Guantánamo Notebook The Intercept. If we had a military like the Romans had, we could crucify like the Romans did. Sadly, or not, we don’t.
Martin Luther King Day
The Forgotten Socialist History of Martin Luther King Jr. In These Times. From 2018, still germane.
If MLK Were Alive Today The American Conservative
Back To Normal Isn’t Enough The Defector. A must-read and worth the click-through. It would be interesting to describe the queueing behavior described here with queueing in the last days of the USSR. Again, why does it take a sports site to get writing like this?
Antidote du jour (via):
Wait for it.. pic.twitter.com/wBMunFamus
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) January 16, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.