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Woman Captures Hilarious Moment a Turtle Climbs Log and Causes Other Turtles To Fall My Modern Met (David L)
Space telescope spots unexpected starquakes CNN (Kevin W)
Harvard Scientists Have Developed a Revolutionary New Treatment for Diabetes SciTech Daily (furzy)
This Covid wave might be the start of our ‘new normal,’ experts say CNBC. People who write articles like this should be made to clean bedpans or break rocks as their punishment for being such hazards to health and welfare. BA.5, coming to you soon, looks to be as contagious as Omicron but much nastier to the lungs. Unlike Omicron, it looks to require TMPRSS2 receptors. If so, it will attack the lungs and you will again see hospitals with patients coughing up their lungs. As GM explained in January:
So the thing about Omicron is that it replicates better than previous variants in cells that have high ACE2.
Previously it needed ACE2+TMPRSS2.
Now it needs just ACE2.
A quirk of that is that it now replicates worse in cells that have low ACE2 and high TMPRSS2.
Which happen to be the alveoli.
So you don’t get as much really brutal ARDS (though you still get plenty of it).
Report of brain damage, including fatal brain damage, in children
"The Japanese Society of Child Neurology is poised to investigate cases of acute encephalopathy following coronavirus infections nationwide." https://t.co/Lc1L5HE0uc
— Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) June 13, 2022
Will our pediatric societies and public health leaders have the courage to say something about this? To *do* something about this? Kids being “sicker than normal” certainly seems like it should qualify as a public health emergency. pic.twitter.com/wP7x87mDlm
— Dr. Lisa Iannattone (@lisa_iannattone) June 12, 2022
LOL bad week to be a minimizer or T cell
We found out the T cells are killing people & there are T cell infiltrates in the childrens' Hepatitis
Meaning sars cov 2 is hyperstimulating T cells and causing them to cause harm outside of MIS-C, like I said https://t.co/7quMKgzzT3
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) June 12, 2022
A brilliant & timely review by Prof. #DianeEGriffin on the persistence of viral RNA following RNA virus infection – which can be associated with late progressive disease or nonspecific lingering symptoms of post-acute infection syndromes (#PAIS). (1/)https://t.co/lQrFnEdP3M pic.twitter.com/1DWmoT4kqy
— Prof. Akiko Iwasaki (@VirusesImmunity) June 11, 2022
Biden’s vaccinated and boosted Health Secretary Xavier Becerra gets COVID for the second time in THREE WEEKS and is ‘having mild symptoms’ Daily Mail. Um, it’s pretty much always mild at the start (when not asymptomatic). Note naive computation of long Covid odds (charitably assuming you are not more likely to get it on a reinfection). Remember immunity wanes and we keep getting new variants. If 1 in 10 cases get long Covid, odds of getting it after 3 infections is 27%. If it’s 2 in 10, the odds after 3 infections are 49%. Wear your mask, and make it a good one!
What a Dying Lake Says About the Future New York Times (David L)
Shocking video shows Guatemala beach covered in plastic waste Flipboard (Kevin W)
Superintendent: All of Yellowstone will be evacuated, Gardiner is ‘isolated’ Jackson Hole News & Guide. Amazing photos. From a reader who knows the area:
The bridge to Gardiner MT is wiped out – there is a video of that all over Twitter right now which is an amazing sight. That is in the NW part of the park – and near Bozeman MT. Gardiner is now apparently isolated from traffic in and out. There are no roads. That is where the vast majority of people fly into to visit the park. There is another way in – but it is a very long drive around to West Yellowstone. The Jackson Hole airport is currently closed to flights because they are redoing the runways. I am not sure how long it will take to repair that area. The road from Cody to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is currently impassable. But that appears to be not in horrible shape. The Beartooth Pass is open up to Red Lodge Montana – but the roads getting to the pass are currently impassable. The road from the Tetons into the Southern Entrance and Old Faithful is covered in mud – but I hear of no damage. So that should be open soon. Mainly affecting the northern part of the park and the main gateway by air – Bozeman – is severely restricted.
Total astonishment here. This is going to take a long time to fix – and may very well impact the entire rest of the summer here. I just do not see how they fix some of these roads in any kind of time. The damage looks pretty severe on the videos. There is about a 3-4 month season here when these roads can be built or maintained because of the snow – and currently work crews are in extreme demand and just not available.
Current conditions of Yellowstone’s North Entrance Road through the Gardner Canyon between Gardiner, Montana, and Mammoth Hot Springs.
— Yellowstone National Park (@YellowstoneNPS) June 13, 2022
Quad, BRICS and the battle to seduce India Asia Times (Kevin W)
Thousands of sheep drown as Sudan ship sinks France24. Resilc:
My most memorable Peace Corps Bahrain assignment was on a screw worm culling team for the arrival of a ship like this for an EID. I still have PTSD from the smell. Screw worms are just the worst.
Bolivia sentences ex-president to 10 years in prison after coup trial Washington Post. Micael T:
1) nice to see fascists in prison. More of this please
2) the really go out if their way to not call the coup a coup and the massacre-fomenting fascist a fascist.
2/ “Minister Coveney said publishing legislation that would breach the UK’s commitments under international law, the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol is deeply damaging to relationships on these islands and between the U.K. and EU.
— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) June 13, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
“It’s a very dangerous situation. We are dealing with a super power” Douglas MacGregor YouTube. Today’s must listen. MacGregor strongly urges everyone to call their Congress critter and tell them in no uncertain terms to oppose the AUMF proposed by Representative Adam Kinzinger (more detail from Andrei Martyanov). MacGregor stresses that calls from ordinary voters worked in the Obama administration to stop a bombing campaign in Syria. Make the calls and urge friends and family to do so.
Next 100 Days of Ukraine War Indian Punchback (J-LS)
Sitrep Operation Z: The Great WalkBack The Saker (Chuck L)
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Building a Lasting Settlement for Ukraine National Interest. Less unrealistic than most other proposals to date, but Ukraine not agreeing to neutrality is a non-starter. Ukraine was NATO-lite before the war started and look what that produced.
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Are Sanctions Hurting Russia? American Conservative (Kevin W). See at least the subhead: “Russian businessmen view sanctions as manageable and even a blessing in disguise.” But the US can’t manage reshoring.
Russia-Ukraine War LIVE: US Extends Sanctions Against Russia’s Top Ally Belarus RepublicWorld (J-LS)
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Nato chief says he had ‘no reason to believe’ Turkey would block Nordic membership Financial Times. Lordie. This is not just an insult to intelligence but a big time insult to Erdogan, as in continuing to refuse to believe Turkey has interests and will act on them. Oh, and as we also keep saying, is the most important member of NATO by virtue of its location and having its second largest armed forces, yet keeps being treated as a second class citizen because not white and Christian.
Why Are Democrats, Rinos and the FBI Hanging Out with Ukrainians? Larry Johnson (Chuck L)
https://t.co/VmYrks4XyG In Abu Dhabi, Israel secretly received 21 IDF soldiers taken prisoner at Azovstal. Investigation showed their non-involvement in killings of the Russian military or DPR. In return, PM Bennett will reduce military-technical cooperation with Ukraine.
— Peter Roman (@TsarKastik) June 11, 2022
This is not a drill: Over the weekend, the Israeli military began what appears to have been preparations for the expulsion of some 1,000 Palestinian residents of Masafer Yatta. > pic.twitter.com/JLioRCQQrI
— B'Tselem בצלם بتسيلم (@btselem) June 12, 2022
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Facial Recognition Is Out of Control in India Vice (Kevin W)
Boston transit agency to try urine sensors on elevators TechXplore (Dr. Kevin)
The Junior President from the State of Delaware CounterPunch
It’s Not Easy Being President New York Times. Resilc: “It’s not for 70-80 year old men or women.”
GOP Clown Car
Bernie Sanders skewers Republican critic of ‘full-on socialism’ in Fox debate Guardian (resilc). Of course, you’ll never see Sanders debate a Dem opposed to “full-on socialism” on CNN.
Supreme Court Tortures the Constitution Again Future of Freedom Foundation (guurst). Revealing, in not a good way, that it’s a hard core right wing site that makes a stink about the Supreme Court letting the CIA keep details of the torture of a Palestinian mistaken for an al Quaeda big fish secret.
The smell around Tesla is getting weirder.
US enquiry to probe suspicions that Tesla’s autopilot is designed to auto-quit when a crash is imminent… so that the driver is liable on the moment of impact – and Tesla’s system escapes scrutiny or bad stats. https://t.co/cO3jNtAveQ pic.twitter.com/KJs5bxdJ92
— Matt Potter (@MattPotter) June 11, 2022
Biofuel Blending Mandates Are Inflationary and Aren’t Necessarily Cleaner Bloomberg (resilc)
One in Six Germans Forced to Skip Meals Thanks to Food Price Crunch: Survey Sputnik. From a few days ago, re-reporting a survey published in Bild.
Global YoY inflation Barry Ritholtz (resilc)
Calpers Is Betting That Private Markets Can Help It Navigate Market Volatility Wall Street Journal (Kevin W). The stoopid, it burns.
This Is One of the Worst Trading Days in the History of Cryptocurrency Observer (David L)
To Fight Inflation, The Fed Declares War On Workers The Lever. A well-worn playbook.
Manufacturing’s Back Is to the Wall on the Skilled Labor Shortage Industry Week (fk)
This RR bridge has been hit hundreds of times. No one wants to fix it. Lots of excuses.
Now, an Amazon truck got stuck under it after Amazon built a warehouse nearby.
Let’s see who gets action, 4 dead people on a bus or an amazon wearhouse. To be fair, the local government paid Amazon $71 million for the warehouse.
Antidote du jour. mgl: “Kitty sleeping on Colmar, France window sill, 2012.”
And a bonus:
Border Collie herding ducklings to the water.. pic.twitter.com/cgNNAnOor8
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) June 11, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.