First known map of night sky found hidden in Medieval parchment Nature (Kevin W)
The Thoughtful Prick by Clare Bucknell Harpers (Anthony L). “On Casanova.”
Today’s must read. Click through for entire thread. Circulate widely.
The mechanism of SARS2? Endothelial damage. In plain English? Covid-19 fucks up the lining of your blood vessels. All 60,000 miles of it. Blood vessels lack nerves. You feel OK as it eats your arteries. Doesn't mean it's "mild." It means the endothelium isn't innervated.
— 📖NY Times Bestselling Author Alisa Lynn Valdés 🖋 (@AlisaValdesRod1) October 19, 2022
The CAN99 from @vitacoreinc just got NIOSH approved as a N95! It's a bit smaller than the 3M Aura series, so fits better on smaller faces. Sam from @OpenAeros says "the fabric straps are nice, nose wire fits well and feels more breathable" Picture for size comparison. pic.twitter.com/Ch6cWrqbG6
— Aaron Collins (@masknerd) October 18, 2022
Here’s what the seven stages of severe COVID-19 look like Los Angeles Times (Dr. Kevin)
COVID BA.2.75.2 subvariant can evade nearly all antibodies: study CTV News (Dr. Kevin)
The CDC is about to add the Covid vaccine to the childhood immunization schedule, which would make the vax mandatory for kids to attend school. pic.twitter.com/Ga0EJZIVbI
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 19, 2022
Ebola Is Back—and Vaccines Don’t Work Against It Wired (Dr. Kevin)
In the Netherlands, Balancing Energy Security Against Climate Concerns New York Times (Kevin W)
The Pentagon is seeking sweeping new powers in preparation for a war with China,https://t.co/qOtzARq37T
— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) October 18, 2022
Biden’s Tech-War Goes Nuclear Mike Whitney, Eurasia Review
Highlighting competition with China brings ‘no benefit’ to EU as Brussels seeks to ‘fine-tune’ ties with Beijing Global Times. I believe it was at the last China-EU economic summit, which Xi attended virtually that the EU participants pressed Xi about Ukraine (which China had made clear in advance was not on the agenda) and Xi airily batted that away. The EU would not be attempting to punish China if Xi had fallen in line.
UK inflation returns to 40-year high of 10.1% Financial Times
The Great Crossing Craig Murray (Chuck L)
The Netherlands Has Deployed NATO’s First Killer Robot Ground Vehicles Vice. Yours truly anticipates these will be used first in cities against crowds as opposed to in battle.
New Not-So-Cold War
It annoys me when I am slow to work things out. So recall the new Russian proposal for a gas transit hub in Turkeyie. Turkeyie is reported to be enthusiastic about the scheme since it would give Turkey revenue and leverage over Europe. Russia would benefit by having a route to ship (more) gas to Europe and have its origin muddied by mixing it with gas from other countries.
This is a big big deal for Turkeyie. It’s such a big deal that it seems likely to produce the needed Turkeyie acquiescence to Russia taking Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, if and when that happens. Note that Turkeyie has heretofore made clear it was mighty unhappy about that prospect.
Note this is a secondary story: Ukraine war: Blackouts in 1,162 towns and villages after Russia strikes BBC. Mentions continued strikes today.
Sergey “Armageddon” Surovikin: It’s time for difficult decisions Aftershock News. Full text and video, extract from machine translation below (original here). Boy, does Surovikin maintain the “don’t fuck with me” vibe he projects in photographs in this video:
There is a difficult situation in this area. The enemy purposefully strikes at infrastructure facilities and residential buildings in Kherson. Hits from HIMARS rockets damaged the Antonovsky bridge and the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, traffic on which was stopped.
As a result, the delivery of food products is difficult in the city, there are certain problems with water and electricity supply. All this not only significantly complicates the life of citizens, but also creates a direct threat to their lives.
The NATO leadership of the armed forces of Ukraine has long been demanding from the Kyiv regime offensive operations in the Kherson direction, regardless of any casualties – both in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and among the civilian population.
We have information about the possibility of the Kyiv regime using prohibited methods of war in the area of the city of Kherson, about the preparation by Kyiv of a massive missile attack on the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, and a massive missile and artillery strike on the city indiscriminately.
These actions can lead to the destruction of the infrastructure of a large industrial center and large casualties among the civilian population.
In these conditions, our primary task is to preserve the life and health of civilians. Therefore, first of all, the Russian army will ensure the safe, already announced departure of the population under the resettlement program being prepared by the Russian government.
Our further plans and actions regarding the city of Kherson itself will depend on the emerging military-tactical situation.
I repeat, it is already very difficult today.
Note that Surovikin ‘splaining this not-pretty decision is a departure from the past MoD tight-lipped posture. It looks like they learned that silence after the Kharkiv pullback was politically costly.
Andrei Martyanov presents a slide on the dam and adds:
More than 50,000 people will be swept away by a monstrous flooding. But then again, crimes against humanity are increasingly the MO of the combined West. This is why evacuation of civilians is declared from Kherson and Kherson area.
Ukraine. Military Summary And Analysis 18.10.2022 YouTube. See starting at 10:12 about Kheson.
Ukraine – Drones Turn Off Electricity Moon of Alabama
Will the energy crisis crush European industry? Financial Times. A little late to be worrying about that, no?
Hundreds of lsraeli settlers broke into Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron last night and held a dancing a concert violating the sacredness of the place. pic.twitter.com/GFsHq9mbQc
— TIMES OF GAZA (@Timesofgaza) October 18, 2022
Imperial Collapse Watch
Let's have a war with Russia, China, Iran and a few other countries we deem insufficiently deferential (Peru? Nigeria? Pakistan?) all at the same time just to see how it works out. https://t.co/CCf6N1FJF1
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 18, 2022
The U.S. Is Losing Yet Another ‘War on Terror’ Nick Turse, Rolling Stone (guurst)
EDVA Jury: Igor Danchenko not guilty on all counts The Reactionary (JS)
Is Stacey Abrams the Hillary Clinton of 2022? The Intercept
Supreme Court orders the DOJ to explain why it let Chevron prosecute me Steven Donzinger (JS)
How nuns got squeezed out of the communion wafer business The Hustle (Paul R)
How Capitalism Kills Good Software Steve Keen (Micael T)
New England Risks Winter Blackouts as Gas Supplies Tighten Wall Street Journal
Business Cycle Indicators as of Mid-October 2022 Menzie Chinn
Where Higher Education Went Wrong American Conservative (Anthony L)
Google maps creates cheeky label for New York City’s new migrant camp as Mayor Eric Adams shows first glimpse inside: HUNDREDS of cots are lined up on bare floors in facility set to house 500 asylum seekers Daily Mail
Amazon union suffers huge defeat in New York warehouse campaign Financial Times
Antidote du jour (CV):
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🔥 fighting peacocks pic.twitter.com/hh0KHmKYzm
— Nature Is Lit (@NatureIs_Lit) October 15, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.