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Darwin Was Right: Birds Really Are More Colorful In The Tropics Forbes (Robert H)
Pet-friendly offices are in high demand following pandemic boom Washington Post (furzy)
AI research is a dumpster fire and Google’s holding the matches The Next Web (David L)
The clock is ticking ⏰
— Gabriel Hébert-Mysterious™ ? (@Gab_H_R) May 2, 2022
Durability of BNT162b2 vaccine against hospital and emergency department admissions due to the omicron and delta variants in a large health system in the USA: a test-negative case–control study The Lancet.
6 new variants appear for every 1 million cases.
In Jan-Feb 2022, countries were detecting more than 1 million cases per day.
If the spread continues, the number of RBD variants could double every 89 days compared to the previous one.https://t.co/BazBYDlZIX
— Abdulkadir YILMAZ (@a__virologist) May 2, 2022
Re: What the HELL is this ? pic.twitter.com/wgcEZYIPL0
— Gabriel Hébert-Mysterious™ ? (@Gab_H_R) May 3, 2022
Mysterious hepatitis outbreak in children has now been spotted in 20 countries, WHO says Daily Mail (Kevin W). Under Covid because GM says odds are 99% that this is the result of Covid.
If anybody thinks is the result of schools closing for a few months and not Covid: they're a fucking idiot. I missed years of school…IT DIDN'T MAKE ME STUPID. If anything it had the opposite effect. I've heard similar stories from teachers in the UK about their children https://t.co/U5je27cx89
— Chris Turnbull (@EnemyInAState) May 2, 2022
Cognitive Impairment From Severe COVID-19 Equivalent to 20 Years of Aging Neuroscience News (David L)
Looks like Merck's covid antiviral Molnupiravir has a rebound just like Paxlovid, and in its case treatment increases risk of severe outcome over the long term.
Why is this drug still out there???
— ?Author Alisa Lynn Valdes? (@AlisaValdesRod1) May 2, 2022
Covid deaths no longer overwhelmingly among the unvaccinated Washington Post (furzy)
Data centres now consuming more electricity than rural homes CSO. dk: “The word ‘tax’ doesn’t appear in the text.”
Forest trees also take up nanoplastics PhysOrg (Robert M)
The Dawn of the Pandemic Age New Republic (resilc)
In wildfire country, towns build permanent evacuation centres Globe and Mail (Dr. Kevin)
BRICS+ 2.0: Toward a polycentric world order Asia Times (resilc)
El Salvador: Evidence of Serious Abuse in State of Emergency Human Rights Watch (furzy)
New Not-So-Cold War
Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, May 1 Institute for the Study of War. Resilc: “Meanwhile from the Kagan kastle…….’
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The EC called the decision of “Gazprom” to cut off Poland and Bulgaria from gas a violation of contracts Teller Report. Surprised I am not seeing this in the usual English language sources, at least based on a couple of searches. Maybe reported in French or German ones?
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India, Germany cogitate on Ukraine Indian Punchline (Kevin W). Ooof, brutal take on Germany.
Ucraina, il Papa: ‘Non andrò a Kiev, ma ho chiesto incontro a Putin. La sua ira facilitata dall’abbaiare della Nato alle porte della Russia’ Il Fatto Quotidiano. DLG, Reality Czar:
Pope Francis has gone into the realm of “politically unreliable.” Or: Many unionists and leftists are now pointing out how much they agree with him:
Abbaiare della Nato, which means “Nato’s barking / baying” at the gates of Russia, as you can see in the link’s title.
Meanwhile, there are major tensions in Parliament over shipment of arms—and a group of dockworkers in Genova is being lionized for blocking shipments. It’s Italy’s second port by volume.
Further, the Italian constitution is a peace constitution, like Japan’s. It repudiates war. Verb: repudiare. The section is now being much quoted.
Lavrov’s ‘anti-Semitic’ remarks Gilbert Doctorow (guurst)
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) May 3, 2022
Israel Plans Zip Line for Ancient Jerusalem New York Times. Resilc: “Soon strip club with Ukie grrrls???”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Woman tried to drive her SUV down a flight of stairs because her GPS told her to BoingBoing (resilc). This famously happened too in NYC many years ago when GPS told a driver to go down stairs from Riverside Drive into Riverside Park. But there were no conflating factors there.
Imperial Collapse Watch
NASA chief says cost-plus contracts are a “plague” on the space agency ars technica (Kevin W)
Medicare at 60 would have harmful unintended consequences STAT (Dr. Kevin)
GOP Clown Car
MAN WHO PAINTED TRUMP’S FACE ON LAWN COULD BE HEADED TO CONGRESS Intercept (resilc). He did win the primary.
US states could ban people from traveling for abortions, experts warn Guardian. Resilc: “So we’ll have check points on state borders?”
Anarchist Collective Shares Instructions to Make DIY Abortion Pills Vice. Resilc: “What could go wrong? Better quality from Russian mafia and Mezzikin cartels.”
Our No Longer Free Press
PayPal’s IndyMedia Wipeout Matt Taibbi (Chuck L)
How the Fed lost the plot Edward Luce, Financial Times. Luce was Larry Summers’ speechwriter….
Some Latinos are just as likely to be discriminated against by Latinos than people outside their ethnic group, survey finds CNN (resilc). Observations like this are why Dems are losing “Latino” support. “Hispanics” is probably more accurate since what they share is a language, and it ain’t Latin. Just like there are plenty of subtle and not so subtle prejudices among various whites (come to the Upper Peninsula, where the Scandinavians are seen as outclassing the Poles and French Canadians), it’s pretty rich to assume Cubans and Puerto Ricans and Dominicans and Mexicans are just one big happy family. In addition, some Hispanics are not keen about undocumented workers.
Beyond GDP: Time to measure inclusive wealth and change economics ScienceBlog (Dr. Kevin)
Antidote du jour. Kiyo T: “Sure sign of spring here in Maine. A happy snapper!”
And a bonus (furzy):
See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour and Links here.