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What Colors Can Deer See? Field & Stream
De-dollarisation would upend the global economy Council on Geostrategy. RAND Europe.
Risks of synchronized low yields are underestimated in climate and crop model projections Nature. “Simultaneous harvest failures across major crop-producing regions are a threat to global food security.”
Viral persistence in children infected with SARS-CoV-2: current evidence and future research strategies The Lancet. From the Conclusion: “Evidence exists for the possible spread of SARS-CoV-2 spread into different organs and persistence for weeks to months after initial infection, even in children independently from severity of the acute disease. Viral RNA has been documented in children who have died from critical acute disease, but also in paediatric patients diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome weeks to months after previous asymptomatic or mild infection with SARS-CoV-2. Whether these events can also occur with new variants of SARS-CoV-2 or in previously vaccinated children is still unknown. , and should inform future clinical, biological, and pharmacological studies.”
Impact of imprinted immunity induced by mRNA vaccination in an experimental animal model Journal of Infectious Diseases. From the Abstract: “The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variants has led to concerns that ancestral SARS-CoV-2-based vaccines may not be effective against newly emerging Omicron subvariants. The concept of “imprinted immunity” suggests that individuals vaccinated with ancestral virus-based vaccines may not develop effective immunity against newly emerging Omicron subvariants, such as BQ.1.1 and XBB.1. Here, we investigated this possibility using hamsters. While natural infection induced effective antiviral immunity, in hamsters with BQ.1.1 and XBB.1 Omicron subvariants after receiving the 3-dose mRNA-LNP vaccine .” Vax and relax my Sweet Aunt Fanny.
Where do viruses hide in the human body? BMJ. From the Abstract: “Virus particles often hide in ‘immunoprivileged sites’ around the human body, also sometimes called sanctuary sites, that our immune systems don’t monitor or protect as closely as the rest of our bodies. These include the brain, spinal cord, pregnant uterus, testes, and eyes…. Viruses such as influenza and SARS-CoV-2 primarily infect the respiratory tract but can move elsewhere. Influenza viruses can persist after infection in people’s intestinal tract and stool, through swallowed secretions from the nose and throat or viruses in the blood.”
Researchers create test to detect SARS-CoV-2 in any animal species Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Should We Just Listen to the Scientists? JSTOR Daily
Another deadly pandemic seems inevitable – but there is a way to avoid it John Vidal, Guardian
Peak China, a declining USA and the future of Africa SIPRI. Relevant:
Check how many railways China has built in Africa. pic.twitter.com/Y4LCyRx1Ix
— DaiWW (@BeijingDai) July 4, 2023
More Shenzhen Office Space Goes Begging for Tenants Caixin Global
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Swift and extensive Omicron outbreak in China after sudden exit from ‘zero-COVID’ policy Nature. Model. “We modeled the epidemic dynamics of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 in China from Nov. to Dec. 2022, during a period when China moved from having strict COVID-19 policies (‘zero-COVID’), to little-to-no intervention efforts. We found that after full exit from zero-COVID, the Omicron variant spread at a very high rate of 0.42/day, with a doubling time of 1.6 days, during early and mid-Dec. before the incidence peaked around Dec. 23. Our point estimate is that 97% of the population (1.4 billion people) was infected during December, with a lower 95% credibility interval of 95% of the population (1.33 billion) and a lower limit in the sensitivity analyses of 90% (1.26 billion). With an infection fatality ratio between 0.1 and 0.2% for the Omicron variant19, during Dec. 2022 as well as Jan. 2023 (because of the delay from infection to death).” Of course, the United States has a smaller population, so Biden killed more people proportionately, but still Xi did pretty well!
America’s India Problem The Diplomat
South Korea greenlights Japan’s nuclear waste release Anadolu Agency
Oil on troubled waters: Where are the MENA’s key energy disputes? The New Arab (Rev Kev).
The Happy Country
Dear Old Blighty
‘Nothing has changed’: France’s forgotten banlieues The New Arab
South of the Border
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine slows counteroffensive to ‘gradually wear down’ Russian troops, liberate towns NY Post. The smaller power waging a war of attrition against the larger power makes no sense.
SITREP 7/6/23: Zelensky Builds One Last Suicidal Thrust to Appease Masters Simplicius the Thinker(s). Grab a cup of coffee.
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The failed coup in Russia through American looking glass Indian Punchline
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Exclusive: The CIA’s Blind Spot about the Ukraine War William Arkin, Newsweek
Why no one can end the Ukraine war Edward Luttwalk, Unherd
Now is not the time for Ukraine to join Nato Katrina vanden Heuvel and James W Carden, Guardian. When you’ve lost Katrina vanden Heuvel….
Dropping a Big Rock Down a Massive 600 Foot Deep Pit Laughing Squid
Government appeals ruling that restricts feds from contacting social media firms Politico. “But other legal experts said his ruling did not give adequate weight to the rights of Biden and others to cajole the companies to limit their publication of content that the officials considered objectionable.” When Psaki, speaking from a White House podium, tells Facebook to knuckle under to censorship or face anti-trust, that’s “cajoling”? Really?
Memordandum In Support Of Defendants’ Motion To Stay Preliminary Injunction Pending Appeal And, Alternatively, For Administrative Stay (PDF) STATE OF LOUISIANA, et al., Plaintiffs, v. JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR., in his official capacity as President of the United States of America, et al. Note the ginormous typo; this must have been hastily prepared.
‘No doubt’ US will go to war with Russia if Ukraine falls, Pence says; Prigozhin back in Russia?: Live updates USA Today. Pence differentiates himself from Trump.
AI Boom Stems Tech’s Downturn WSJ. How convenient.
Threads Daring Fireball. A factor to be considered in the “reporting” is that liberal Democrats are hegemonic in the press, and since their Censorship Industrial Complex has lost control of Twitter, they wish it to fail, and by extension Threads to succeed. Of course, the press is never the story….
How Amazon transformed the EU into a planned economy Cory Doctorow, Pluralistic. Excellent.
Groves of Academe
Artificial cells demonstrate that “life finds a way” Scienmag (Chuck L). Original.
Antidote du jour (via):
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Why didn’t anyone ever tell me that beavers walk around carrying their babies in their arms?! 🖤 pic.twitter.com/Y7qE0pxd8q
— Jessi 💫 (@its_jessi_grace) July 5, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.