Seattle amateur scientist helping to unlock the secrets of slime molds Oregon Public Broadcasting
On the Intraday Behavior of Bitcoin (PDF). The Ledger. From the first peer-reviewed journal on Bitcoin. Possible subject matter:
I have only read the introduction and am already RIVETED (it is called The Great Beanie Baby Bubble). Truly the most batshit time to be alive. pic.twitter.com/pVesXr2061
— Elizabeth May (@_ElizabethMay) January 2, 2022
Repealing Section 230: Giving Mark Zuckerberg What He Wants? Dean Baker, Counterpunch (Re Silc).
California’s Forever Fire ProPublica
A third dose too much for seniors who have had COVID-19 (translation) Le Devoir (original). Moderna.
FDA authorizes Pfizer booster dose for 12 to 17 year-olds Center for Indectious Disease Research and Policy
A WHO official weighs in on Covid, vaccines, and mistakes that were made Helen Branswell, STAT. “Mistakes were made.” Really?
Covid-19: An urgent call for global “vaccines-plus” action British Medical Journal
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Leading Causes of Death Among Adults Aged 25 to 44 Years by Race and Ethnicity in Texas During the COVID-19 Pandemic, March to December 2020 JAMA. Commentary: “It’s an important piece of work because it counters a still pervasive narrative that COVID-19 is a disease of the elderly — that young people can shrug it off. True, fewer young people have died from COVID-19 than older people, but more young people have died from COVID-19 during the pandemic than from nearly any other cause.”
Decreased severity of disease during the first global omicron variant covid-19 outbreak in a large hospital in Tshwane, South Africa International Journal of Infectious Diseases. Conclusion: “There was decreased severity of disease in the Omicron driven fourth wave in the City of Tshwane, its first global epicentre.” Beware! South Africa’s population is very different from our own, both demographically and (at this point) immunologically.
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COVID-19: Workers Need Respirators American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (upstater). Handy guide. Meanwhile, CDC and the Administration continue shambolic:
— Violet Blue® (@violetblue) January 4, 2022
Encouraging practice like this:
I (in an N-95) just stood next to an anesthesiologist who was wearing only a surgical mask for 3 hours
At the end of the case he said “yea me son definitely has COVID right now I’m not even bothering to get tested. I probably have it”
— Social Distanced Med Student 💙⚡️🏆🏆🍾 (@DrSomedayMaybe) January 3, 2022
Speaking of shambolic, read the sign:
As Omicron surges, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo says the state is working to "unwind" the COVID "testing psychology" that the federal government has prioritized. pic.twitter.com/cju0o1uVJm
— The Recount (@therecount) January 3, 2022
World’s largest trade deal is in force, but there’s still ‘work to be done,’ says Singapore minister CNBC. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. China in, US out.
Myanmar confirms 1st 4 cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 Xinhua. Porous borders with China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Laos; Myanmarese migrant workers everywhere…
First “I’ve never seen anything like this” of 2022:
So, uh, this is kind of a big deal. There are barely two months remaining until the presidential election and one of the major candidates suspended the campaign for two days in a row while his camp is imploding. I've never seen anything like this. https://t.co/wZnUatkx9S
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) January 3, 2022
South Africa: Parliament fire flares up again Maravi Post
Why Portugal Is So Compliant With Covid-19 Restrictions Forbes (Re Silc).
New Cold War
Ukrainian neutrality: a ‘golden bridge’ out of the current geopolitical trap Responsible Statecraft
Strategic Ambiguity and the Risk of War with Russia over Ukraine War on the Rocks
Asia and Eurasia in a Multipolar World Valdai Discussion Club
Prognosis For 2022: Cautiously Pessimistic – Part I Awful Avalanche. Part II.
One shot dead in Haiti’s City of Independence during attack on Henry The Haitian Times
Democrats en Déshabillé
LA port pressures ocean carriers to remove empty containers faster Hellenic Shipping News
Global chip shortage: Engineer shortfall is the next big problem 9to5Mac (Re Silc).
New Year’s Post-Game Analysis
The Groves of Academe
On Corsi boxes:
Yes we could. And have on-campus scientists and engineers guide them.
However, at #YorkU, the admin believes that community members bringing in (or, heaven forbid, construct) air purifiers is a bad thing. They've even written that down in the FAQ.https://t.co/KCEhG6wUHm pic.twitter.com/Erv9JfMqhG
— DrJamesSmith @YorkU (@jasmith_yorku) January 3, 2022
L’Affaire Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew faces crunch week in United States sexual assault lawsuit Agence France Presse
Realignment and Legitimacy
The risk of a coup in the next US election is greater now than it ever was under Trump Lawrence Tribe, Guardian
Things are getting tense for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, literally Space.com. See NASA’s Where is Webb? for updates.
Antidote du jour (via AA):
In January 16, 2009 we had an unreal cold snap here on the SE coast of North Carolina. Living right at the ocean adjacent to a large tidal creek (Futch Creek) a group of 4 trumpeter swans briefly visited….. trumpeting their arrival in single digit temps. Had never heard such a call – before or since… I grabbed the Nikon and gloves and heaviest winter coat … heading out to the end of our dock to see what it was all about… You have the arrival … the visit… I thought it worthy to send along my wonderful encounter… In 2009 not sure “Polar Vortex” was a termed used in the mainstream media… have to believe it was a PV …
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.