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Eagles face another major threat in the US: lead poisoning Popular Science (resilc). First condors…
Photographer Captures Beauty and Power of Tornado Vortexes My Modern Met (David L)
MIT’s New Sustainable Plastic Can Be 3D Printed Apartment Therapy (David L)
The Nearly Extinct Polio Virus Just Resurfaced in Africa Gizmodo (Kevin W)
Black Death mortality not as widespread as long thought ScienceDaily (Anthony L)
Discovery of New HIV Variant Sends Warning for COVID Pandemic Scientific American (furzy)
GM has been saying this for a while, albeit in more geeky terms:
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) February 17, 2022
I hate wading into this: Efficacy of Ivermectin Treatment on Disease Progression Among Adults With Mild to Moderate COVID-19 and Comorbidities JAMA
CNN vs Ivermectin Igor Chudov
The new 1טeרmEכזiה paper proves it works. Jessica Rose
And IM Doc:
At the conference I attended this AM – this JAMA paper was brought up – and the conclusion was – maybe we had better look into this – this seems to have some effect.
If I read correctly – and please correct me if I am wrong – I am very tired – and may have missed something :
52 patients on IVM and 43 in the placebo group progressed to a severe form. OK. What is a severe form, what does that mean in the context of looking at the IMPORTANT data points? TO WIT: 4 ventilated in the IVM group, 10 in the placebo. 6 admissions in IS in the IVM group, 8 in the placebo. 3 deaths in the IVM group, 10 in the placebo.
So EVERYONE is concentrating on the fact that these already sick patients – IVERMECTIN had more that progressed to the sick form than placebo. “Progressing to the sick form” is always rather squishy and very subjective.
In the 3 endpoints that I care about as a practicing physician – ending up on a ventilator, admission, and death- IVM did way better than placebo. If we use relative risk reduction as PHARMA and the NEJM lavished on the vaccines – ventilation and death were both higher than 70% and admission higher than 50….Please remember – the vaccines are still touted as highly effective with RRV of SYMPTOMS now in the 20% range.
Again, the ID fellow left the audience today with the conclusion that this may really be beneficial – but here we are debating headlines again in our national media. NO ONE IS ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT THE UNDERLYING DATA POINTS – JUST THE HEADLINES.
I am really sick and tired of this game. FFS – it has an incredible safety profile – it is cheap – and it has the above efficacy numbers for admissions, ventilations, and death. And yet – the press is still screaming IVM is dead – and this proves it. IT FAILED TO PREVENT THE SEVERE FORM – whatever that means. According to the clinical endpoints, it is certainly more helpful than Remdesevir. This study seems to suggest that it is a valuable tool to be used – certainly better than what we have available now. This study makes me want to use it more ——-
Digital evidence, so treat with caution…. plus I assume this is not getting much traction except among those with strong pro trucker priors, which is what matters in the Battle of the Narrative:
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) February 19, 2022
Horse is fine, police tell trampled protesters RT (Kevin W)
Living with Covid-19: what does the future of the pandemic really look like? Stylist (Kevin W). The messaging is endemic!
OMG…Iceland has 370,000 people:
Iceland is on fire ? pic.twitter.com/oHNFtU30Rr
— Gabriel Hébert-Mild™ ⓥ (@Gab_H_R) February 18, 2022
2) Other arguments the tree totally was gonna die — “the tree ? was getting old with aging risk factors” — totally deserve to die / don’t deserve protection. It’s just total coincidence it toppled that day. ??♂️
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) February 18, 2022
The End Game of China’s Zero-Covid Policy Nightmare Wired. Wow, the propaganda barrage does not end. And we think we have the moral high ground to criticize what China is doing with the Olympics?
Unmasking at this moment is akin to Hospice pleasure-feeding
Omicron has bore a new more pathogenic variant and the vaccine's efficacy is reduced
Accepting the new normal and Long Covid must be manufactured https://t.co/ucMjP7U5Jw
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) February 17, 2022
Family of three all found dead at home from Covid Independent (resilc)
Onset of modern sea level rise began in 1863, study finds Rutgers University (Robert M)
OSU research suggests Forest Service lands not the main source of wildfires affecting communities Oregon State University (resilc)
Singing in the Shadow of Homer Antigone (Anthony L)
China's high-speed railway pic.twitter.com/SLOaBLmrXs
— Xiao Yewen (@XiaoYewen) February 18, 2022
How China Uses Bots and Fake Twitter Accounts to Shape the Olympics New York Times (Kevin W). Um, it’s called “marketing”.
New Cold War
Ukraine: Waiting for an ‘imminent’ war to start Asia Times (Kevin W)
— Yannis Koutsomitis (@YanniKouts) February 19, 2022
Biden ‘convinced’ Putin will invade Ukraine in starkest warning yet Financial Times. Biden the psychic.
War in Europe and the Rise of Raw Propaganda CounterPunch
Military tactics: Zelensky plays both sides in Ukrainian crisis France24 (resilc). Um, what do you expect him to do?
Tariq Ali, News from Natoland New Left Review (Anthony L)
War Inc. Throws an Invasion Party and No One Shows Up Pepe Escobar (Chuck L)
Unable to Agree on Russia Sanctions Bill, Senate Settles for a Statement New York Times (Kevin W)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Memorandum for the Record Department of the Army. guurst: “Afghan autopsy.”
New scientific review punctures myth of missile defense Responsible Statecraft. Resilc: “Missile defense is a direct looting of the US treasury, but then what in the dod isn’t a scam of some sort?”
Take the 5th? The choice could soon be Trump’s in NY probe Associated Press (resilc)
Why won’t Biden pick a left-leaning nominee for Supreme Court justice? Washington Post. Oh come on, since when is the former Senator from MBNA left leaning?
Why Biden’s popularity will continue to suffer. Even though he is arguably not much responsible, it happened on his watch. And he could have bolstered incomes (“he owes me $600” or canceling student debt, for starters):
Inflation under Donald Trump
Inflation under Joe Biden.
Are you paying attention yet? pic.twitter.com/n2XOklO8wT
— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) February 18, 2022
We Surveyed Experts on Political Violence. They’re Very Alarmed. New Republic. Resilc: “Another IMMINENT INVASION. More police/more surveillance funding.”
GOP Clown Car
The Republicans Are Also in Disarray New Republic
Just sayin’ the not so quiet part really loud:
"Jesus guns babies" is a hell of a campaign slogan. pic.twitter.com/cS6UzO3UgR
— Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler) February 17, 2022
Our Famously Free Press
Linda Evangelista shares photos of body ‘disfigured’ by fat-freezing treatment – the supermodel is done living ‘in hiding and shame’ South China Morning Post. This isn’t quite Guillotine Watch because top models actually work hard, often have a short shelf like (Evangelista IIRC did not but was not as durable as Kate Winslet) and are often shrewd businesswomen. Here because plastic surgery is not regulated as such and so you get outcomes like this.
Tesla’s radar-less cars investigated by NHTSA after complaints spike ars technica. Resilc: “Every other day, major issues.”
Sackler owners offer up to $6bn to settle Purdue Pharma bankruptcy Financial Times. They need to be tarred and feathered.
Study finds most unemployed young men have criminal records PhysOrg. Paul R:
Headline overstates the finding since it includes arrest records even with no convictions, counts up to age 35 as young, etc. But the numbers are still awfully high.
Raising pay in public K–12 schools is critical to solving staffing shortages Economic Policy Institute
Antidote du jour. Jason P: “My wonderful Akita dog in Akita prefecture”:
And a bonus:
— Animals are cute ? (@AnimalsAreCuteX) January 24, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.