Poland; No more weapons, Ukraine drowning man. Elensky refuses freeze. Assad in China (video) Alex Christoforou, YouTube. Shout out to NC and The Naked Capitalism Songbooks (download) at 22:23:
Yves writes: “Alex Christaforu talks about geopolitics at least once a day, though his own YouTube channel as well as through The Duran shows with Alexander Mercouris. He provides news wraps and incisive commentary, and his signature is walking through the locales from which he is broadcasting (which have included cities in Cyprus, Greece, Serbia, and Russia) and his closing Clown World segment. The latter proves to be target rich.”
Comparative study showed that children faced a 78% higher risk of new-onset conditions after they had COVID-19 Acta Paediatrica. Retrospective cohort study. Italy. N = 3312. From the Abstract: “Exposed children had a 78% higher risk of developing new conditions of interest after COVID-19 than unexposed children.”
🔥🔥Here’s a really really interesting point in the study.
Only a tiny proportion of the kids have a constellation of problems.
The new issues are spread out across all the body’s systems.
— tern (@1goodtern) September 20, 2023
What do they see after all the kids in a city get Covid?
Just loads of everything.
No one specific condition.
— tern (@1goodtern) September 20, 2023
Predictors of the post-COVID condition following mild SARS-CoV-2 infection Nature. Norway. N = 214,667, but limitations. From the Discussion:
We found that a limited set of predictors provided substantial information regarding the risk of post-COVID complaints. To illustrate, while the average risk in our sample was 0.42%, the risk among those with the strongest risk factors was 10-fold (~4%; original virus, female, prior history (2017–2019) of respiratory, psychological and general health problems). These findings imply that a simple checklist of yes/no questions may function as a prognostic tool for predicting post-COVID health complaints….The checklist may further provide important knowledge for rehabilitation personnel.
The predictor most amenable to mitigation would seem to be infection. (The NIH, as I understand it, spent a billion dollars to create the precursors to such a checklist. So it goes. Out of scope for this study, but one can’t help but notice that biological mechanisms go entirely unmentioned, as with NIH, so prevention is out. “Living with checklists.”)
Couchfish: Playing Your Cards Right Couchfish
New Not-So-Cold War
Defeat Michael Brenner, Scheer Post. Well worth a read.’
How Will The Biden Administration Cope With Its Loss In Ukraine? Moon of Alabama
Ukraine, before and after Scott Ritter, The Floutist
Zelensky’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad D.C. Snubfest Simplicius the Thinker(s)
* * *Understanding the Risk of Escalation in the War in Ukraine RAND
Ukraine Is Getting Its Abrams—but Not What It Really Wants Foreign Policy
* * *Polish President clarifies words of his Prime Minister on “termination” of military assistance to Ukraine Ukrainska Pravda * * *Normalizing fascism:
Original post on the Azov Brigade’s official (and verified!) Facebook account here:https://t.co/ohWcBiElGv
— Wyatt Reed (@wyattreed13) September 20, 2023
Who’s Afraid of Victoria Nuland? Kyiv Post
South of the Border
Our Famously Free Press
Mehta was, of course nominated by [genuflects] Obama (and, interestingly, served on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, so he knows on which side his spooks are buttered).
* * *Catch Us if You Can Maureen Tkacik, The American Prospect. The deck: “The mysterious firing of Amazon’s most ruthless union-buster from his new job underscores the monopoly’s insidious stranglehold over shopping.”
FTC sues private equity firm Welsh Carson for medical price-fixing Axios. Well done!
95% of NFTs now totally worthless, say researchers The Register
iFixit retroactively dings the iPhone 14 over Apple’s parts pairing requirement The Verge. So, a right-to-repair workaround?
* * *How banks are trying to get in front of new AI rules American Banker
Artificial Intelligence bigotry Rodger Malcolm Mitchell, #Monetary Sovereignty
Groves of Academe
The Sycophant New Left Review
What to Know about the Medicare Open Enrollment Period and Medicare Coverage Options KFF. “Option” = complex eligibility requirements for “access.” A veritable Jenga tower of PMC gatekeeping and rental extraction.
‘Glitch’ deprived some 4,800 Mass. residents of Medicaid coverage Boston Globe, 500,000 nationwide.
A Rough Harvest for Kansas Wheat Earth Observatory, NASA
Peek Inside America’s Largest Privately Owned Company Bloomberg. Cargill.
The Final Frontier
Why We’ll Never Live in Space Scientific American
Imperial Collapse Watch
F-35 fighter jets can only fly 55% of time, US watchdog says FT. To be fair, they don’t turn upside down and fall out of the air 45% of the time, either. So that’s alright, then.
F-35 Aircraft: DOD and the Military Services Need to Reassess the Future Sustainment Strategy (PDF) Government Accountability Office. Handy chart:
Parts of America are becoming uninsurable The Economist
Kaiser Permanente employees threaten strike Medical Economics
How the fentanyl crisis’ fourth wave has hit every corner of the US BBC. The previous, pre-Covid tranche of lethality.
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.