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Wayward alligator hiding out in Texas RV park was ‘lost in the desert,’ sheriff says Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Crypto Gets Its Very First Insider-Trading Indictment New York Magazine
Letter in Support of Responsible Fintech Policy Concerned Tech. Many illustrious signatories. “If you’re a concerned computer scientist, technologist or developer and think that the status quo on crypto assets is not sustainable,” you can sign too (log-in required).
None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See Steve Keen
Global heating in the Arctic threatens Siberian tundra Deutsche Welle. Original. Trees taking over.
NTAGI may soon review efficacy data of India’s first intranasal Covid vaccine Economic Times of India. Bharat’s BBV154. About time.
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Pandemic Refuges: Lessons from Two Years of COVID-19 (PDF) Risk Analysis. Press release. From the Abstract: “Through the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, several political jurisdictions have achieved low spread of COVID-19 via isolation from the rest of the world and can therefore classify as pandemic refuges. Their suppression and elimination of COVID-19 demonstrates the viability of pandemic refuges as a risk management measure. Whereas prior research emphasizes island nations as pandemic refuges, this paper uses case studies of China and Western Australia to show that other types of jurisdictions can also successfully function as pandemic refuges.”
Association between Self-reported Masking Behavior and SARS-CoV-2 Infection Wanes from Pre-Delta to Omicron-Predominant Periods — North Carolina COVID-19 Community Research Partnership (preprint) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “Odds of infection for those who did not always compared to those who always wore a mask was 66% higher during pre-Delta, 53% higher during Delta, declining to 16% higher during Omicron.”
Reactivation of Tuberculosis in the Setting of COVID-19 Infection (case report) Cureus. From the Abstract: “About one-third of the world’s population is thought to be infected with latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Both previous and newly developed tuberculosis (TB) infection are risk factors for COVID-19 and are associated with poor outcomes. T lymphocytes play a pivotal role in defense against MTB and with evidence suggesting depletion of T lymphocytes in COVID-19, it can be postulated that COVID-19 can increase the risk of reactivation of latent TB…. Herein, we present a 76-year-old Brazilian male recently treated for COVID-19 pneumonia, presenting with new-onset cough and weakness diagnosed with latent MTB reactivation.”
When Science Becomes Embroiled in Conflict: Recognizing the Public’s Need for Debate while Combating Conspiracies and Misinformation The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Monkeypox tracker BNO News. UK leads the league tables; doubling behavior. Thread:
Why for the last few decades have we treated #monkeypox as airborne?
— #MasksInSchools Dr Noor Bari (@NjbBari3) May 24, 2022
Monkeypox in a Traveler Returning from Nigeria — Dallas, Texas, July 2021 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC. From the Abstract:
The public health investigation included identifying and monitoring exposed persons and disinfecting . No secondary cases occurred.
From the text:
Because of the extensive pustular rash on his face, hospital staff members immediately placed the patient in an airborne isolation room, where he was managed with and contact precautions plus eye protection.
Fortuitously, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic ensured that contacts, including fellow airline passengers and crew members, community contacts, and health care providers, were at reduced risk for being infected with Monkeypox virus from this patient.
Oddly, only “disinfecting potentially contaminated surfaces” makes it into the Abstract….
Covid-19 controls eased after protest in commuter town near Beijing South China Morning Post. You’d think that a Communist state could decouple wages and the provision of subsistence, but no.
Photos: Sri Lanka female rickshaw driver’s long wait for fuel Al Jazeera (Re Silc).
Shadowy pro-military militias target Myanmar’s anti-coup movement Al Jazeera. No respite during the rainy season.
One Year On: The Momentum of Myanmar’s Armed Rebellion The Wilson Center
India’s Last Best Chance Foreign Affairs
Wary of foreign ‘bad manners’, Japan cautiously eases borders to aid tourism Reuters. “Bad manners” = not masking (as one would expect).
‘The City of London is a major drain on productive economic activity in Britain’ LBC. Under financialization, it’s facehuggers all the way down.
Public Pools for Everyone Tribune
New Not-So-Cold War
Russian Artillery Can Lob Shells At Ukrainian Troops With 10 Seconds’ Notice Forbes. From February 2. Can artillery mavens in the readership comment?
EXCLUSIVE U.S. plans to sell armed drones to Ukraine in coming days -sources Reuters. Sell them? With what does Ukraine propose to pay?
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Of Sanctions and Strategic Bombers The Scholars Stage
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What America Will and Will Not Do in Ukraine Joe Biden, NYT. Biden: “America’s goal is straightforward: We want to see a democratic, independent, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine with the means to deter and defend itself against further aggression.” Make up your minds.
Ukraine’s Best Chance for Peace Foreign Affairs. Neutrality.
What The West (Still) Gets Wrong About Putin Foreign Policy. Putin-hatred is an enormous and carefully engineered asset; it’s hardly fair to call it “wrong.”
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
EXCLUSIVE: Hunter’s search history reveals his obsession with porn and sex fantasies including ’18yrs old,’ ‘lonely widow’ and ‘MILF crack cocaine porn,’ he uploaded his OWN amateur videos and texted Pornhub link to phone listed in his contacts as ‘Dad’ Daily Mail
And what, you ask, is a “mass shooting”:
Did you know there is no common definition of a mass shooting?
There are 5 active databases that track mass shootings, each with a different threshold for the minimum number of casualties, location of the incident and motivation of the shooters.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) June 1, 2022
Police State Watch
No more Elvis-themed weddings for Las Vegas chapels, a licensing company says NPR. Truly, we live in the end times.
How John Deere leverages repair-blocking into gag orders Cory Doctorow, Medium
World’s first ammonia-powered zero-emissions tractor starts testing Ars Technica (Re Silc).
How America Sold Out Little League Baseball America Magazine
4 hostile alien civilizations may lurk in the Milky Way, a new study suggests Live Science (Furzy Mouse).
Antidote du jour (via):
I've never seen a grizzly bear run for its life. . .
HELP THE BEAR! https://t.co/vhRVmBvVlf
— Genie Lauren (@MoreAndAgain) May 30, 2022
Double bonus antidote (DCBlogger):
I train these clever creatures to save victims trapped in collapsed buildings after earthquakes. We kit them out with a rat backpack, and train them to trigger a switch when they find a victim & come back for a tasty treat 🐀#herosnotpests #science #weirdjobs #WomenInSTEM pic.twitter.com/728IQv70NX
— Dr Donna Kean (@donnaeilidhkean) May 26, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.