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We Need to Improve Indoor Air Quality: Here’s How and Why Scientific American
Moderna’s Omicron-targeted booster shot shows promise Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Long-term mortality following SARS-CoV-2 infection: A national cohort study from Estonia The Lancet. Nationside cohort. From the Abstract: “People infected with SARS-COV-2 had more than three times the risk of dying over the following year compared with those who remained uninfected…. Increased risk of death from SARS-CoV-2 is not limited to the acute illness: SARS-CoV-2 infection carries a substantially increased mortality in the following 12 months. This excess death mainly occurs in older people and is driven by broad array of causes of death.”
Long COVID: Why people are getting their blood ‘washed’ (video) Deutsche. Worked for Keith Richards.
Animal sales from Wuhan wet markets immediately prior to the COVID-19 pandemic Nature. From the Abstract: “Here we document 47,381 individuals from 38 species, including 31 protected species sold between May 2017 and November 2019 in Wuhan’s markets. We note that no pangolins (or bats) were traded.” Data source: “Serendipitously, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, over the period May 2017–Nov 2019, we were conducting unrelated routine monthly surveys of all 17 wet market shops selling live wild animals for food and pets across Wuhan City.”
Healthy young people are dying suddenly and unexpectedly from a mysterious syndrome – as doctors seek answers through a new national register Daily Mail. “Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.”
China digs in for permanent zero-Covid with testing and quarantine regime FT. Meanwhile, this strikes me as really dumb:
gonna cause some anger. govt requires the tests, govt should pay for them https://t.co/L6hYfYOOwh
— Bill Bishop (@niubi) June 8, 2022
Dumb especially in a municipality that has performed so badly. What are they thinking?
Pink ‘soul refresher’ unites wilting Indians and Pakistanis Bangkok Post (Furzy Mouse).
Angela Merkel says she ‘won’t apologize’ for her Russia diplomacy. NYT. Something wrong with peaceful trade?
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YouGov ‘banned’ release of 2017 leader debate poll because it was ‘too good for Labour’ Indpendent. I.e. Corbyn. The deck: “Ex-manager claims pollster was put under pressure by Tory MP founder.”
New Not-So-Cold Cold War
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Kissinger Nails It Bill Totten’s Weblog. The deck: “For once.” Kissinger: “Negotiations need to begin in the next two months before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome.” On Kissinger at Davos, but still worth a read.
‘Full of sh**!’: Italian journalist has live on-air spat with colleague as he slams him for interviewing two of Putin’s ‘idiot’ cronies in Moscow and ‘spreading propaganda’ Daily Mail. The “colleague,” Massimo Giletti, was not one of the original “Dirty Dozen” (see Yves here), so apparently the attack on dissent by Italy’s organs of state security is broadening.
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The futility of sanctions Splash 247. “Some of the remarks (reported in the media) made by leading Greek shipowners at the [Tradewinds Shipowners Forum at Posidonia 2022] are frighteningly honest: ‘They (Russians) are earning at least double what they were earning pre-war. I don’t know what kind of penalty is that.'”
Russia hikes oil exports from major Eastern port to help offset EU ban Hellenic Shipping News
Aid Stalled, White House to Shift Testing Funds to Vaccines and Treatments NYT. Democrats deliver again!
Bipartisan Senate group eyes deal ‘this week’ on bill to prevent future coups NBC. You can prevent coups with legislation? Good to know.
Our Famously Free Press
St. Jude Stashed Away $886 Million in Unspent Revenue Last Year ProPublica (Re Silc).
Imperial Collapse Watch
The U.S. Dilemma–Pricey Weapons That May Not Work Larry Johnson, A Son of the American Revolution
Tony Blair’s son Euan, 38, is on his way to becoming a BILLIONAIRE as his Multiverse firm is valued at £1.35BN… 22 years after being arrested on boozy night out to celebrate his GCSEs Daily Mail. Meritocracy at work!
Powered wheelchairs and Right to Repair Cory Doctorow, Pluralistic
Los Angeles Strippers Are Unionizing More Perfect Union
Same as the Old Boss The Baffler
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