Dear patient readers,
I am sorry for the lack of an original post today. I found out a close friend of 25+ years, to whom I would normally speak at least twice a week, may have only a few days to live. I had not called him for the last month because he had some time-intensive and very nerdy work he had to get done by a date certain, so I decided not to distract him. Now he seems so sick that I can’t even say goodbye properly, not that my emotional needs are what matters here. Needless to say, I am very broken up.
She Charges $550 for 90 Minutes and Has a Wait List of 7,600 People Wall Street Journal (David L). Animal communicators.
FDA to Finally Outlaw Soda Ingredient Banned Around The World ScienceAlert (Chuck L). One of my brothers switched from caramel colored sodas to citrus sodas on the assumption the latter was less bad for you.
CRISPR for high cholesterol shows promise in first study NPR (David L). Help me. Treatments to address a non-issue. The total cholesterol level in women correlated with the lowest level of all factor mortality is 270. High levels of triglycerides and homocysteine are seen by better-informed doctors as vastly better predictors of heart disease risk.
‘Super melanin’ heals skin injuries from sunburn, chemical burns MedicalXpress (Paul R)
Can’t Think, Can’t Remember: More Americans Say They’re in a Cognitive Fog New York Times (from a couple of days ago, still germane.
Now we know how COVID attacks your heart National Geographic. Paul R: “Yes it says attacks even in mild cases.”
Accuracy of package inserts of SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen tests: a secondary analysis of manufacturer versus systematic review data The Lancet. From a few days ago, still germane. Paul R:
Tl;dr: they compared the RAT sensitivity stated on the pamphlet included with the test, with the results of a Cochrane study. They found that the RAT manufacturers usually overestimated the sensitivity.
Me: I wonder if RATs for earlier variants work at all for current variants.
Researchers’ ‘cooling glass’ blasts building heat into space MPR News (Chuck L)
‘Tourists are rethinking their relationship with Earth’ BBC (David L). Help me. If they were serious, they’d quit being tourists.
Green energy vs US Nukes: Air Force asks Congress to shield nuclear launch sites from wind power International Affairs (Micael T)
There’s another wildfire burning in Hawaii. This one is destroying irreplaceable rainforest on Oahu Associated Press (David L)
PE Firms Trapped in China After $1.5 Trillion Betting Spree Bloomberg. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.
Why Xi Can No Longer Brag About the Chinese Economy Wall Street Journal
Xi agrees to clean up his own mess! Biden and Chinese president are set to announce deal to limit fentanyl supply at APEC in San Francisco – after deadly opioid flooded US and crippled the city Daily Mail
It should be made clear: It's not China "withdrawing the pandas".
It's the US hesitating to renew the leases.
The cost of upkeep is steep, and to make things worse, some politicians/scholars are framing 🐼 to depict an 'evil/dumb' China, fueling a call for US retaliation. https://t.co/uaeyzVNs1F pic.twitter.com/kkRq1FCwFk
— Xu Pan (@PenicilinPan) November 14, 2023
India, US are on pathway to contain China Indian Punchline (Chuck L). So much for BRICS cohesion. We warned of divergent interests during all of the celebratory chatter.
Dear Mr. President #JoeBiden, #Germany is not doing so well at the moment Patricia Wingerter (Micael T)
Kevin W: “Another reason why we can’t have nice things.”
Biden says Al-Shifa hospital must be protected as fighting rages on in Gaza BBC. Lordie, what is the point of an admission of impotence?
“We may need to take strong measures, possibly even expelling some UN agencies and top officials"
Israeli UN ambassador Gilad Erdan, speaking to Channel 14, called for the expulsion of UN agencies from Palestine pic.twitter.com/Vl0fIepagO
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) November 13, 2023
The Unspoken Elephant in the Room of Netanyahu’s Intent in Gaza Alastair Crooke
Reminder that the Jewish Templar movement openly aspires to genocide non-Jews, not only in the territories Israel currently controls, but throughout the Middle East, and is funded by the government, to brainwash youth to carry out their extermination plans https://t.co/JnLerj3Eay
— David Sheen (@davidsheen) November 11, 2023
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Big things are happening right now in the north of Israel
The battles are intense between the Zionist army and Hezbollah. Hezbollah hit a convoy of civilian cars and reminded Israel of the three children Israel killed a few days ago in southern Lebanon, that for any type of… pic.twitter.com/tPItI30Aet
— Megatron (@Megatron_ron) November 12, 2023
HAMAS’S ALAMO Seymour Hersh (David L)
Israel’s Nuclear Weapons in the Spotlight Energy Intelligence (Micael T)
☝️ This is the second independent claim
According to testimonies by Palestinians displaced from Al Naser neighborhood in western Gaza, American speaking soldiers were on the ground participating in Israel's offensive on Gaza. pic.twitter.com/Ch9EHKi1f0
— SIMPLICIUS The Thinker Ѱ (@simpatico771) November 13, 2023
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Israel Lobby’s Disastrous Domination Consortioum News (Skip K)
Lawyers for Palestinian victims of Israeli attacks on Gaza file complaint at International Criminal Court Anadolu Agency. Do they have standing? Logically they should but that does not mean they do…
Democratic Aides in Congress Break With Their Bosses on Israel-Hamas War New York Times (David L)
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ADL DATA ON RISE OF ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS DOESN’T ADD UP Mint Press (ma)
ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE MAPS JEWISH PEACE RALLIES WITH ANTISEMITIC ATTACKS Intercept (David L)
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A Town That Has Been a Refuge for Jews and Muslims Now Sees Divisions Wall Street Journal (David L)
New Not-So-Cold War
Imperial Collapse Watch
Fire that indefinitely closed vital Los Angeles freeway was likely arson, governor says Associated Press (David L). Holy moley. 10 is a major artery.
Supreme Court Adopts Ethics Code After Reports of Undisclosed Gifts and Travel New York Times (Kevin W)
JFK’s Parkland Doctors Come Forward: Oswald Didn’t Act Alone Rolling Stone (furzy)
Our No Longer Free Press
The wildest moments of WeWork’s rise CNN (furzy)
Confirmed the logo below is correct on Logowiki: https://logowik.com/tesla-cybertruck-vector-logo-8400.html.
Four Lessons From History, So We Don’t Have to Repeat It Douglad Lamont (Micael T)
A Grocery Chain Just Fired Its Self-Checkouts New York Times (furzy)
The End of Milton Friedman’s Reign New Republic (furzy). I wish. A lot of readers still seem to see him as gospel.
Sweden’s schools minister declares free school ‘system failure’ Guardian (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour:
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Stork brings his partner a blanket on a cold morning, while she broods
📹 Silke Feser
— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) November 11, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.