Alligator Mating Season is Underway in Florida—and Is Causing Havoc Field and Stream
Exploring a Middle Ordovician Burgess Shale-type fauna Ecology & Evolution (Sub-Boreal). Citizen science!
Warehouses Outperform in Cloudy Commercial Real Estate Environment Chief Investment Officer
COVID-19 Is No Longer an Official Emergency. Is That the Right Call? The Brink, Boston University (MR).
COVID-19 Surveillance After Expiration of the Public Health Emergency Declaration ― United States, May 11, 2023 CDC. “COVID-19 is an ongoing public health problem that will be monitored with sustainable data sources to guide prevention efforts.” “Sustainable”? What does that even mean?
As COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates End, a Slim Majority of Americans Still Supports Most of Them Morning Consult. Handy chart:
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A Novel Bat Coronavirus with a Polybasic Furin-like Cleavage Site Virologica Sinica. N = 112. From the Abstract: “Bats are recognized as one of the most potential natural hosts of SARS-CoV-2… Here, we performed a degenerate primer screening and next-generation sequencing analysis of 112 bats, collected from Hainan Province, China. Three coronaviruses, namely bat betacoronavirus (Bat CoV) CD35, Bat CoV CD36 and bat alphacoronavirus CD30 were identified…. Notably, Bat CoV CD35 harbored a canonical furin-like S1/S2 cleavage site that resembles the corresponding sites of SARS-CoV-2. The furin cleavage sites between CD35 and CD36 are identical…. In conclusion, this study deepens our understanding of the diversity of coronaviruses and provides clues about the natural origin of the furin cleavage site of SARS-CoV-2.” Big if true.
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The Epidemiology of Long Coronavirus Disease in US Adults Clinical Infectious Diseases. From the Abstract: “We conducted a population-representative survey, 30 June–2 July 2022, of a random sample of 3042 US adults aged 18 years or older and weighted to the 2020 US population. Using questions developed by the UK’s Office of National Statistics, we estimated the prevalence of long COVID, by sociodemographics, adjusting for gender and age…. An estimated 7.3% (95% confidence interval: 6.1–8.5%) of all respondents reported long COVID, corresponding to approximately 18 828 696 adults. One-quarter (25.3% [18.2–32.4%]) of respondents with long COVID reported their day-to-day activities were impacted “a lot” and 28.9% had severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection more than 12 months ago. …
Capitalism with Chinese characteristics:
A scholar at the Global China Initiative says that the developing world can use the example of China's AMC's to resolve its bad debt with "market-based" solutions.
I think there is a lot of confusion about how that actually happened.https://t.co/TkUqTPajVz
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) May 6, 2023
The whole thread is worth reading in full. AMC = Asset management company.
ASEAN will not give up on Myanmar peace despite no progress – minister Reuters. The barrier to “peace” and “progress” is the very existence of the junta; which neither ASEAN not the “humanitarian” NGOs will or can admit. Cf. Jer 6:14-15.
Supporters of Imran Khan are now attacking Pakistan Army,stopping army vehicles and looting weapons,in last 24 hours Lahore governor's house was burnt,radio pakistan building was burnt,army headquarters was broken,Air force base was broken,more than 50 army vehicles were burnt pic.twitter.com/9AUZFuNuC4
— उस्ताद घरछोड़ दास (@UstaadGharchhor) May 11, 2023
And the nukes?
Syria’s Assad receives Saudi invitation to Arab summit Agence France Presse
Dear Old Blighty
School-leavers could join NHS via apprenticeships in plan to fix staff shortages Guardian. Nurses and doctors. Why go to college? Why go to night school?
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine’s Big Mistake Consortium News
South of the Border
News from Mexico Harpers
Pondering Armageddon: What Happens If The US Defaults? Heisenberg Report. This is the stupidest timeline….
U.S. Senators Revive Bid to Form Covid-19 Commission WSJ. “President Biden’s administration didn’t support the national task force, people familiar with the matter said.” I’ll bet.
Banks Are Blowing Up While the Economy is Strong. Time to Worry? The Overshoot. The deck: “There is a fundamental difference between failures attributable to credit losses and failures attributable to interest rate mismatches.” As Yves has been saying!
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Everything Google Announced About AI, Bard, and PaLM 2 at I/O 2023 Gizmodo. The future of search:
So now “search results” means a paragraph of bullshit, instead of something I can check? This really is taking putative PMC authority to new heights! Of course, the beauty part of all this is that Google hoovered up the Intertubes for its training sets — theft of intellectual property on a breathtaking scale — and gives nothing back to those who created the content it stole. No more links! (And don’t try to tell me about the little images at right; that looks like existing Google machinery, which is also crap, besides being an inefficient use of space put beside a simple list of links.) Whatever this is, it’s not search. Except for profits, of course.
ChatGPT in medical literature – a concise review and SWOT analysis (preprint) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “Strengths of ChatGPT include well-formulated expression as well as the ability to formulate general contexts flawlessly and comprehensibly [i.e., bullshit], whereas the time-limited scope as well as the need for correction by experts [e.g., fabricated citations] were identified as weaknesses and threats. Opportunities include assistance in formulating medical issues for non-native speakers as well as [ka-ching*].” NOTE * Rarely does one see, even in a pre-print, material as openly careerist and craven as this, good job.
Artist sues AI generators for allegedly using work to train image bots: ‘industrial-level identity theft’ FOX. More like this, please. Plenty of deep pockets in Silicon Valley.
The Computer Scientist Peering Inside AI’s Black Boxes Quanta. At some point, I need to put on my yellow waders and look at the Biden Administration’s AI policies, but I would bet there’s nothing anywhere close to making proprietary algorithms transparent, let alone data.
This should make Yves happy:
— Axios (@axios) May 10, 2023
Our Famously Free Press
Facebook Censoring the Racket Report on Censorship? Matt Taibbi, Racket News. On grounds of hate speech. For a rather… capacious definition of hate incidents, and how to report them, see here.
Father-Son Duo in Alabama Wins Pulitzer, Bucking Headwinds in Local News NYT (Furzy Mouse).
Health Insurance Claim Denied? See What Insurers Said Behind the Scenes Pro Publica. “Learn how to request your health insurance claim file, which can include details about what your insurer is saying about you and your case.” News you can use!
Small vulnerable newborns (series) The Lancet. “The fact that every fourth baby in the world is born too soon or born too small is a concern for human rights, public health, the national economy, and development. By not addressing this priority, we are jeopardising our collective future. We can reverse this trajectory, if national leaders, with global partners, prioritise action, and invest and hold themselves accountable.”
Feral Hog Watch
The Case Against (Most) Books Richard Hanania’s Newsletter
Realignment and Legitimacy
Chi Alpha Campus Ministries in Texas Platformed Convicted Sex Offender for Decades Roys Report. This keeps happening, regardless of denomination.
ALEC’s State Ratings Favor Corporate Policy Wish-List Over Quality of Life Center for Media and Democracy
Soap application alters mosquito-host interactions Cell. N = 4. From the Discussion: “[B]enzyl benzoate (an organic compound found in the scent of flowers and commonly used to treat scabies and lice), γ-nonalactone (a component of watermelon’s scent and identified as a key compound of the aroma of American Bourbon), and benzaldehyde (an aromatic aldehyde commonly found in plants with a characteristic almond-like odor) were the most abundant compounds and most strongly associated with the Native [brand] soap (i.e., soap that induced the lowest [mosquito] preference indices.” So I guess we can look at the labels? The Gizmodo popularization of the Cell article says it’s a “a coconut-scented chemical” that repels the mosquitos, but I can’t find that in the text. Readers?
Antidote du jour (via):
We've got you, bro..🐢💪❤️ pic.twitter.com/1JLxVQrymm
— 𝕐o̴g̴ (@Yoda4ever) May 9, 2023
Look for the helpers!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.