Happy American Thanksgiving to those who celebrate, and may your tryptophan-induced haze abide in beneficence. –lambert
Do Coyotes Hunt in Packs? Field & Stream
Unraveling Paddy Soil Secrets: Surprising Contribution of Nonmicrobial Mechanisms to CO2 Emissions (press release) Chinese Academy of Sciences
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor November 2023: With COVID Concerns Lagging, Most People Have Not Gotten Latest Vaccine And Half Say They Are Not Taking Precautions This Holiday Season KFF. This is the key table:
I am — uncharacteristicially — going to regard this as “glass half full,” because the 50% adding at least some layers of protection are doing so in the face of an enormous tide of official propaganda, outright lying by so-called “public health” officials, and social opprobium. It’s really an encouraging sign that 50% of the population shows an ability to think critically.
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Repeated Omicron exposures override ancestral SARS-CoV-2 immune imprinting Nature. From the Abstract: “In summary, our findings suggest that secondary Omicron exposure is necessary to mitigate the immune imprinting conferred by previous ancestral virus exposure and to elicit higher levels of Omicron-specific antibodies. Accordingly, our recommendation is to administer two booster doses of Omicron-based vaccines to individuals who have not received prior Omicron-based vaccinations or have not been previously infected with the Omicron variant.” Commentary:
In summary, our findings suggest that secondary Omicron exposure is necessary to mitigate the immune imprinting conferred by previous ancestral virus exposure and to elicit higher levels of Omicron-specific antibodies. Accordingly, our recommendation is to administer two booster doses of Omicron-based vaccines to individuals who have not received prior Omicron-based vaccinations or have not been previously infected with the Omicron variant.
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MRI study spotlights impact of long COVID on the brain Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Turning back the clock on brains aged by COVID-19 (press release) University of Queensland
How China took over the world’s online shopping carts Rest of World
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Calm urged as pneumonia cases in children increase China Daily. From October 24. Or not:
⚠️UNDIAGNOSED PNEUMONIA OUTBREAK—An emerging large outbreak of pneumonia in China, with pediatric hospitals in Beijing, Liaoning overwhelmed with sick children, & many schools suspended. Beijing Children's Hospital overflowing. 🧵on what we know so far:pic.twitter.com/hmgsQO4NEZ
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) November 22, 2023
Israel Accepts a Slowdown in Gaza Combat to Rescue Women and Children Held Hostage Haaretz. Commentary:
Israel could have had a hostage deal nearly one month ago, but chose a ground invasion instead. It then rejected the same Qatari-brokered deal last week.
What changed now? According to Amos Harel of Haaretz, the Israeli “security establishment” has developed the “understanding… pic.twitter.com/8rvMN7AFlz
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) November 22, 2023
Israel-Hamas hostage deal and truce delayed FT. Oopsie.
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1,000 boats said set to leave Turkey for Gaza waters in new ‘Freedom Flotilla’ Times of Israel. There’s a history here:
1,000 boats will reportedly leave Turkey for Gaza on Thursday. The flotilla will attempt to break the blockade and disrupt maritime trade coming into Israel.
The action is reminiscent of the 2010 “Gaza Freedom Flotilla.” When the convoy refused Israeli Navy orders to reroute,… pic.twitter.com/PIWHIqLW75
— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) November 20, 2023
International Security Warning Issued for Ships in the Red Sea Maritime Executive
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Military briefing: has Israel achieved its war aims in Gaza? FT. The metric is Palestian lives, so no.
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The Harvard Law Review Refused to Run This Piece About Genocide in Gaza The Nation. More precisely, the piece would have run in an HLR blog. Nevertheless, just as craven as we would expect “the best and the brightest” among our PMC to be. I mean, who wants to end up at a second- or third-tier firm?
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Many Politicians Support Israeli Genocide Because They’re Being Blackmailed Ian Welsh. Plausible. But not all–
New Not-So-Cold War
NATO’s Proxy War On Russia Through Ukraine Appears To Be Winding Down Andrew Korybko’s Newsletter. Nice headline compilation.
Being an Arctic Nation is for the Good of All Americans Maritime Executive
Democrats en Déshabillé
Behind the Scenes of Sam Altman’s Showdown at OpenAI WSJ. I hope Larry Summers slithering onto the OpenAI board is a sign that the enshittification of AI is proceeding with the rapidity and force it so richly deserves. Perhaps Larry can do for OpenAI what he did for the Harvard endowment!
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Old-School Artillery Shell Is Becoming High Tech WSJ. Something wrong with simple and rugged?
Thanksgiving Pre-Game Festivities
This Bat Uses Its Oversized Penis as an ‘Arm’ during Sex Scientific American. Something to talk about round the table!
Antidote du jour (via):
I suppose I should have done a turkey, but this wombat is just too cute.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.