Far Eastern leopard’s mating habits revealed TASS (guurst)
Our cosmic horizon is both unreachable and closer than ever Aeon (Anthony L)
New Filter Doubles Nuclear Fuel Extractable from Seawater IEEE Spectrum (UserFriendly)
Sewage Sampling Already Tracks Covid. What Else Can It Find? Wired (martha r)
Risk of Long COVID explained Don Ford (guurst). A must read. Circulate widely. From what I can tell, even though this piece is written in a very layperson-friendly manner, its statements are accurate. Particularly alarming is a chart that confirms what we’ve been saying, that the vaccines offer virtually no protection from long Covid. The frequency and duration of long Covid also is worse than widely assumed. And another nasty feature: long Covid symptoms can develop months after infection.
Also, these autoantibodies were detected in every single person and persisted in every single person at 6 month followup https://t.co/K4pjne9QKL
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) February 14, 2022
Meet the scientist at the center of the covid lab leak controversy MIT Technology Review (David L). OMG, get a cup of coffee. This article is a bloody book. Epidemiologist Ignacio notes:
It is interesting covering all corners of the alleged lab leak and the ‘gain of function’ idiocy.
The problem is that all this has helped to prevent the studies that should have been done in all those wild animal farms (and that the Chinese government wilfully avoided). Mistrust is a two-way relation and you can understand from the article that if there was mistrust against Chinese officials there is understandable mistrust the other way around and this has made it almost impossible to trace the disease to its origin.
Another thing that strikes me is that, from a practical point of view and with the information that we have now in hindsight is that Shi’s lab approach was naïve in the sense that their interest was only finding CoVs in nature that could potentially repeat SARS CoV 1 while ignoring at the same time how this disease had reached humans via intermediate hosts and wild meat commerce, and that not all new CoVs must be SARS CoV 1 like with lot’s of diversity in nature.
An Undiscovered Coronavirus? The Mystery of the ‘Russian Flu’ New York Times (Kevin W). How long has IM Doc been talking about this? At least a year?
Cannabidiol Inhibits SARS-CoV-2 Replication and Promotes the Host Innate Immune Response NCBI. Igancio and KLG regard this as promising, the study is careful. IM Doc is skeptical based on the number of perma stoned ski bums he has seen with acute Covid. Ignacio retorts that the study used only one specific cannabinoid; the others played no role.
Canadian government invokes Emergencies Act due to blockades and protests over Covid-19 measures CNN. Wellie, Trudeau was not kidding a few days ago re possible use of the military. He’s now given himself permission to do so.
Trudeau vows to freeze anti-mandate protesters’ bank accounts BBC. When they haven’t been indicted and based on mere association: “With no need for a court order, banks will be able freeze personal accounts of anyone linked with the protests.”
This story is from Sunday. Does not state any connection to the truckers but wonder if fear that there was (or to their hangers-on) is the reason for Trudeau escalating: Truck loaded with firearms stolen in Peterborough Sunday, police source says Toronto Star
From Tom H: “Subject summary does not do justice. Hilarious must read”:
Anti-mandate protesters are holding a twitter space “emergency meeting” in response to the state of emergency.
One who was at the Windsor/Detroit border blockade tells a story of how their communications were infiltrated, leading to organizational collapse…
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) February 14, 2022
Names of Canada truck convoy donors leaked after reported hack Reuters (Kevin W). IP addresses are virtually without exception dynamic unless a donor was dumb enough to use a workplace computer at an employer with static IP addresses. So in nearly all cases, no additional location info beyond ZIP. But still…..
Let's talk about Denmark's covid politics. They are one of the 1st countries to act like we could just ignore covid and things would be normal. It failed in Fall, and they're retrying it now.
This delusion is spreading to CH and probably also other countries. That's a problem.1/ pic.twitter.com/zBvTuf8sBx
— Megan Ben Dor Ruthven (@_mbdr_) February 11, 2022
MY GOD—Danish ?? political leaders have completely lost their frigging minds releasing all #COVID19 mitigations — these are exponentially ⬆️ surging DEATHS not cases!!! This is what happens when a country’s leaders gaslights its own citizens. #CovidIsNotOver pic.twitter.com/O7bfcwRuMQ
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) February 15, 2022
UK ministers press ahead with plan to wind down Covid testing Guardian (Kevin W)
Flower growth in Antarctica is accelerating due to warming climate NewScientist (Kevin W)
The Staggering Ecological Impacts of Computation and the Cloud Mint Press (David L)
‘Not a dumping ground’: Pacific condemns Fukushima water plan Al Jazeera (resilc)
Big banks fund new oil and gas despite net zero pledges BBC. Not surprising….
Is Europe’s Nuclear Phaseout Starting to Phase Out? IEEE Spectrum (UserFriendly)
I will read the report referred to in this article but, based on the article, I am at a loss to understand how this would help UK exports because I doubt any other country would consider going down this bonkers rabbit hole. https://t.co/BHM1XovWNz
— Tom Hayes (@BEERG) February 13, 2022
This week in Brexitland, February 11, 2022 Nick Tyrone
New Cold War
RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 14 FEBRUARY 2022 Patrick Armstrong
Last War Brain Noah Smith. UserFriendly: “I think we have a new Baghdad Bob.”
U.S. Is Closing Kyiv Embassy, Relocating Diplomatic Operations to Western Ukraine Wall Street Journal. Resilc: “Destroying either Wangs or Gateways, most likely. They’ve had ancient stuff forever.”
Read all about it! No. U.S. military evacuation of Americans from Ukraine in case of war! Gilbert Doctorow (guurst)
Pentagon chief orders 160 US troops in Ukraine to reposition in Europe The Hill. 160? Sign of extreme measures to keep generating headlines.
The Risk of Nuclear Disaster in Ukraine Project Syndicate (David L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
EARN IT Act lawmaker finally admits the bill is targeting encryption InputMag (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Why America Has So Few Doctors Atlantic. I am now occasionally getting material from an unduly marketing-oriented business whose raison d’etre is to help Americans move overseas. They now tout that many destinations offer medical care better than you can get in the US.
Israel’s Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, to Make Historic Visit to Bahrain New York Times. Resilc: “‘Historic’ since will be beginning of new wars.”
Trump Organization Accountants Disavow Years of Company Financial Statements Wall Street Journal. Trying to be halfway pregnant. The accountant is still maintaining there are no material discrepancies. And “my experts said it was OK” pretty much always gets executives out of liability…unless the client lied or gave bad info to them. Withdrawing later does not change the status of contemporaneous advice. However, “Every real estate developer in New York City operates this way” is not a defense either. The AG cites among other things that Trump exaggerated the size of his Trump Tower apartment. This sort of thing is pervasive in Manhattan, to the degree that brokers joke about the 11 inch foot. And Trump may well have used a 10 inch foot.
‘I can’t speak to that’: Biden’s Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tells reporter THREE times to go to the DOJ when pressed on Durham’s bombshell allegations Hillary spied on Trump when he was president and Biden knew about it Daily Mail. Looks like both sides have drawn blood.
Defense Department needs to start following the law The Hill (guurst). Biden is backing DoD abuses.
Senator Manchin to Vote Against FDA Nominee Over Opioid Epidemic C-SPAN (Kevin C)
GOP Clown Car
A Republican candidate for Texas railroad commissioner shares her nearly nude campaign video Boing Boing (resilc). I could say something about trains…
Our Famously Free Press
Police State Watch
SFPD links woman to crime using DNA from her rape exam SFChronicle (Paul R)
Should Tech Companies Make It Harder to Fire the CEO? Stanford Law (Kevin W). Help me. Shareholders have far too little power, see Amar Bhide, Efficient Markets, Deficient Governance, Harvard Business Review. The notion that executives need to be protected from them is absurd.
The Big Lie of the Elites CounterPunch (resilc)
UC Berkeley Warns It May Have To Cut Admissions By Thousands Due To Court Ruling HuffPost (David L). Higher education complex v. local housing prices.
The Mainstream Media Is Getting Academia Wrong. Still Esquire (martha r)
Why Millions on Medicaid Are at Risk of Losing Coverage in the Months Ahead Kaiser Health News (martha r)
Pay at buyout firms ‘dwarfs’ sums on offer to investment bankers Financial Times. Average of $2 million per employee.
Antidote du jour. IM Doc:
We lost the boys’ favorite horse – Angel Fire – a gorgeous white work horse.
Having 6 year olds help to take their beloved pet to the vet and be with her as she left is not something I want to repeat in a while. However, it is part of life.
The photo is from happier days in our pasture.
And a bonus (guurst):
? Momma Bear swimming while carrying a fish and her cub rides on her back to shore pic.twitter.com/PqoedDOPIa
— Nature Is Metal (@NatureIs_Metal) February 14, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.