“We Have More Allies than It Seems” Arktos Journal (Chuck L). Yes, you can see many in senior positions in business and government.
Automatic bike transmission concept is wild and spiky—and could be a big shift ars technica (David L)
The reason for putting this outbreak under Covid is that it may be the result of immune disregulation, since as IM Doc points out, heretofore it has been pretty much unheard of in afflicting kids, let along hospitalizing them. I had an HIV positive friend get in NYC many years ago. From IM Doc:
I have had 2 and precisely 2 Hospital admissions with this organism. Both of these occurred in AIDS patients in the 90s before HAART.
I have had over my career only 17 patients where this diagnosis was confirmed with testing. All of these were outpatient only and mostly mild. Routine testing for this organism is hardly ever done. Much of that has to do with the fact that testing for it is very difficult and unreliable.
I have had innumerable patients over the years with clinical evidence of pneumonia, not particularly ill, and culture negative. Mostly younger people. Mycoplasma pneumonia and/or viral pneumonia are the default diagnosis. Both are notoriously difficult to treat and very resistant to abx. Zithromax is usually used in suspected mycoplasma. Mostly, the patients just struggle through weeks of mild coughing and malaise. Mycoplasma has a well earned moniker of “walking pneumonia”. Patients are low level sick but able to get around and have some semblance of normal function.
This clinical syndrome is very common and comprises a huge chunk of the ill during the winter months. This is NOT bronchitis. That diagnosis shows no X-ray findings and no evidence of consolidating lung changes on exam. I have never heard one time about this being a big thing in kids, at least hospitalizing them. That this is happening now in what appears to be a massive way in certain areas is definitely new and different.
A mystery outbreak of pneumonia has hit..China, now Ohio is first American location to report an outbreak..with an ‘extremely high’ number of children hospitalized.
The ..pneumonia, now dubbed ‘white lung syndrome,’ has spawned 142 pediatric cases in Warren County since August. https://t.co/W2NdiRvOEU
— Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) November 30, 2023
Remission of severe forms of long COVID following monoclonal antibody (MCA) infusions: A report of signal index cases and call for targeted research American Journal of Emergency Medicine (ma)
Putting Energy Back into Economics Steve Keen (Micael T)
Requires some discounting and is probably at best a misrepresentation of any actual deal:
* EXCLUSIVE: Here’s news that will stir trepidation — and fevered fantasies — in the heart of the Western Empire, including its faithful sidekick Japan.
China, together with Russia, is planning to build its northeasternmost province of Heilongjiang into a powerhouse hub for… pic.twitter.com/Zvg8Ke3EPt
— Thomas Hon Wing Polin (@thonwingp) December 1, 2023
Per below, if XI were to rouse himself to make a serious response, he could point out the sanctions are not legal under UN rules:
Clown show on steroids:
What do they seriously imagine Xi's going to say?
EU leaders are planning to directly ask Xi to end China's circumvention of Western sanctions against Russia, when visiting Beijing next week.
— The Sirius Report (@thesiriusreport) December 1, 2023
From Politico’s morning newsletter
EUROPEAN COUNCIL SHOWDOWN
EUCO TROUBLES: The next European Council is still two weeks away, and one of the games in town is trying to predict whether it will last until Saturday or if it could be one of the shortest ever, given there is plenty for member countries to disagree on.
Standing in the way: The major obstacle — but by all means not the only one — is Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s threat to block all EU aid for Ukraine as well as the country’s accession to the Union. “We are heading toward a major crisis,” one EU official said, ahead of the mid-December meeting. One senior EU diplomat warned this could become “one of the most difficult European Councils.”
High stakes game: EU leaders are set to make historic decisions at the summit in mid-December, on bringing Ukraine into the Union and on sealing a key budget deal to throw a €50 billion lifeline to Kyiv’s flailing war economy. The meeting is supposed to signal that, despite the political distraction that is the war in the Middle East, the EU is fully committed to Ukraine.
— Int'l Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) November 30, 2023
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Essentially they confirm, with unimpeachable sourcing, that the killing of civilians was all calculated and intentional.
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) November 30, 2023
The Israeli military forced families to evacuate Al Nasr Hospital, leaving behind their premature babies in the intensive care unit. Israel refused to release the babies.
The decomposed bodies of those babies have been found during this truce.pic.twitter.com/vbCrkUjgFY
— Lowkey (@Lowkey0nline) November 28, 2023
Blinken steps up call for Israel to spare civilians in strongest remarks yet and Israel resumes strikes in Gaza after ceasefire ends BBC. Wellie if I were Israel, I would rely less on shelling and more on natural causes to do the job. But they really need to get rid of the remaining hospitals if they want to make Gaza not viable for Palestinians. But they don’t look to be even that, erm, fake deferential.
Israel resumed its genocidal attacks on Gaza while Antony Blinken was in the country. No one should pay the slightest heed to claims by the Biden administration that it has tried to restrain Israel’s government. The U.S. is a full participant in this genocide.#Gaza #genocide pic.twitter.com/oVUMIyhkHr
— Dimitri Lascaris (@dimitrilascaris) December 1, 2023
One Tick, Two Ticks London Review of Books (guurst). From a couple of weeks ago. Still germane, particularly mention of starvation.
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Pope Francis warned Israel in call against using ‘terror’ in war on Hamas Washington Post, Userfriendly: “lol Wapo tries to polish this turd.”
FROM ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCE TO ISRAELI OCCUPATION FORCE — CONDUCT UNBECOMING Larry Johnson (guurst)
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House Passes Bill to Permanently Freeze $6 Billion in Iranian Funds Antiwar.com. Kevin W:
Last I heard, that money is in Qatar. Maybe the next House Bill will be to send that $6 billion can be sent to the Ukraine. Zelensky can always do with another mansion or two.
New Not-So-Cold War
Slovak Truckers to Block Ukraine Crossing, Joining Polish Protests US News (Kevin W)
Zelensky’s office gave fertile Ukrainian lands for chemical wastes disposal The Nation (Ray G)
Why Finland is closing its borders as migrants seek to enter from Russia DW, YouTube (furzy)
The End of Cabinet War Big Serge
Imperial Collapse Watch
Shrinking US CapEx makes re-shoring a charade Asia Times (Kevin W)
Gaza war an irritant to Biden’s bigger China plan Asia Times (Kevin W)
War has spread to a sixth domain: the private sector Financial Times (BC)
Ben Rhodes: Henry Kissinger, the Hypocrite New York Times. Userfriendly: “Holy hell how did this make it in NYT?”
Henry Kissinger: The war criminal who saved the world Scott Ritter (Miceal T, furzy)
Henry Kissinger was the definition of elite impunity Salon (furzy)
Trump’s 48-Hour Manic Rant Had Immediate Consequences New Republic (furzy)
Defense bill, passed 62 years in a row, faces partisan minefields in Senate, House The Hill. As if that were a bad thing….And what happened after 1961?
GOP Clown Car
BREAKING NEWS: FBI ordered to disclose information on Seth Rich's personal laptop, Seth Rich's work laptop, the DVD, and the tape drive within 14 days following this order by the Federal Judge in Texas!
Huge Shout Out to Ty Clevenger, One of my amazing attorneys and friends!!!… pic.twitter.com/XPAeqWjjzN
— Matt Couch (@RealMattCouch) November 29, 2023
Our No Longer Free Press
— Katie Halper A Jew For #CeasefireNow (@kthalps) November 30, 2023
On With Kara Swisher: Navratilova on Trans Women in Sports New York Magazine (furzy)
Tech conference canceled over bogus women RT (Kevin W)
Meta sues FTC, hoping to block ban on monetizing kids’ Facebook data ars technica (furzy)
Brazilian city enacts an ordinance that was secretly written by ChatGPT Associated Press (Kevin W)
Google Researchers’ Attack Prompts ChatGPT To Reveal Its Training Data 404Media. How could you be sure???
AI Fake Nudes Are Out of Control. These Victims Are Fighting Back Bloomberg (furzy)
Antidote du jour. Furzy visits Tiger Park:
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Roadblock in Tanzania.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/DUWDkUdaqv
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) November 25, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.