Common food preservative has unexpected effects on the gut microbiome EurekAlert (Dr. Kevin)
Long Covid, vaccines may cause disease and death: Chula, Rangsit Bangkok Post. From a couple of weeks ago, still germane.
I'll keep saying this until the grifting podcasters on the left start covering Covid…COVID IS THE NUMBER ONE WORKING CLASS ISSUE OF OUR DAY. If they won't cover Covid, they're fucking useless https://t.co/N2TjQR4Sk7
— Pat Just Pat 🍉 (@PatTheSocialist) February 5, 2024
Jim, you and I were on the UK National Long Covid Task Force. Can you join the dots here? https://t.co/uASwWO9G7I
— Trisha Greenhalgh (@trishgreenhalgh) February 6, 2024
The Potent Pollution Of Noise Noema (Micael T)
No more chocolate, coffee or wine? ‘Last supper’ shows stakes of climate crisis Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
US tech war going haywire on the campaign trail Asia Times (Kevin W). Moar protectionism set to backfire.
⚡️🇷🇺🇨🇳During the recent exchange between Shoigu and Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun, a critical statement from the Chinese Defense Minister flew under the radar.
China is known for its extreme temperance and caution when it comes to making overt, provocative, or declarative… pic.twitter.com/LLJTfstgDo
— SIMPLICIUS Ѱ (@simpatico771) February 6, 2024
King Charles’ cancer ‘caught early’ says Sunak, after treatment begins BBC. Lead story, BBC updating awfully frequently.
The illness of Charles III Richard Murphy
EU climate chief rebuts business fears that green policies hit competitiveness International Affairs. Micael T: “What would the Inverse Jim Kramer ETF for EU policies look like?”
So the EU organized an "Indo-Pacific Ministerial Forum" in Brussels, meant to bring together foreign ministers of the EU with those of "Indo-Pacific" countries.
BUT yet again they turned their own event into a display of geopolitical incompetence.https://t.co/9xyNaMfPSy
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) February 5, 2024
South of the Border
The Ghost of United Fruit Still Haunts Latin America (Part 1) Canadian Patriot (Micael T)
Nicaragua taking Germany, Canada, UK, Netherlands to ICJ for genocide Al Mayadeen. Headline ahead of events, but Nicaragua is taking the steps to tee up an application to the ICJ. I wonder if this application, assuming it happens, will also undermine Germany’s intervention in the original South Africa case on behalf of Israel, as in South Africa will then be able to depict Germany as a conflicted party.
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Gaza Is a Crime Scene Middle East Research and Information Project.
Palestinians demand international inquiry after mass grave found in Gaza Al Jazeera (Micael T)
🇮🇱🇵🇸🚨‼️After 45 days of torture by Israel's military, pediatrician Dr. Saeed Abdul Rahman Ma’ruf returned to work at a hospital in Gaza.
He tells what they did to him … pic.twitter.com/pzgNdm8eGc
— Lord Bebo (@MyLordBebo) February 5, 2024
Israeli Damage to Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Gaza, October 2023–January 2024 Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (Bill M)
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US declines to rule out hitting targets in Iran, Jake Sullivan says Politico (Kevin W)
In The Middle East The U.S. Has Reached The End Of Its Abilities Moon of Alabama
Israeli defense minister says army’s next target is Rafah Anadolu Agency
Is the Axis of Resistance gaining support in the GCC? The Cradle (Chuck L)
War on Gaza: Jordan in hot water after report it’s helping Israel break Red Sea blockade Middle East Eye (Kevin W)
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Israel Withholding Intelligence Dossier on UNRWA Participation in Hamas Attack Libertarian Institute (Kevin W)
waiting to see if us treasury fincen also cites "concern". It's a standard tactic to freeze an organization or bank out of the us-centric financial system w/o an evidentiary proceeding. Banks are expected to go along for 1)reputational risk reasons & 2) sanctions risk. https://t.co/cThTDB02Uk
— chinahand (@chinahand) February 4, 2024
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BREAKING: PROFESSOR DAVID MILLER WINS LANDMARK DISCRIMINATION CASE AGAINST BRISTOL UNIVERSITY AFTER BEING FIRED FOR ANTISEMITISM
A verdict has been reached in the case of David Miller, finding him a victim of discrimination due to his stance against Zionism.
Following his… pic.twitter.com/Sj265P1B97
— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) February 5, 2024
New Not-So-Cold War
Fun fact: in Russia a certain dementia care facility is using Joe Biden for their advertisement poster. pic.twitter.com/Je6zJeFcu6
— Olga Bazova (@OlgaBazova) February 4, 2024
⚡️🇷🇺🇫🇷Russian flag in center of Paris…how does it go? pic.twitter.com/eD8WWQZhwm
— SIMPLICIUS Ѱ (@simpatico771) February 5, 2024
LICENSE TO KILL: UKRAINIAN WEBSITE MOLFAR, CREATED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE UK INTELLIGENCE, STARTED A HUNT FOR WESTERN JOURNALISTS AND PUBLIC FIGURES Foundation to Battle Injustice (Micael T). Be sure to scroll down to see the screen with some of the info captured. WhatsApp and Facebook are prominent.
Multiple obituaries of female soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine began to appear on TikTok. – FRWL reports pic.twitter.com/dLCgEsc6og
— Zlatti71 (@djuric_zlatko) February 5, 2024
The U.S. Has Never Been ‘Dragged’ Into the Middle East Daniel Larison (Micael T)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Sandasl Alex Krainer (Micael T)
Biden playing hardball. This is as rotten as politics gets. No one’s petitions survive close scrutiny, the real problem is onerous petition requirements that obstruct candidacies. Everyone has to hire someone to do this for them, Democrats are exactly the kind of people who would steer a rookie towards a bad outfit.
In my professional opinion, a forensic analysis of most petitions would result in most candidates being disqualified. Exceptions being party favored candidates who can rely on party organizations who know how to do it right and as a rule of thumb try to get at least double the minimum requirement.
Phillps has no chance, this is Biden sending a signal to anyone else who might raise their head up from the trough
Meta urged to reconsider media manipulation policy ahead of elections The Hill. Notice the US does not care in the abstract, that fake videos can be uses to perpetrate all sorts of frauds. No, the only concern is incumbents reducing their attack surface.
Republican opposition mounts to border-for-Ukraine deal Washington Post (Kevin W)
GOP Clown Car
‘Horrifying’: RNC Official Blasts ‘Worst Fundraising Year’ in Three Decades New Civil Rights Movement (furzy)
Mayor Adams Joins Police Raid, Seeking to Expose a Migrant Crime Ring New York Times (furzy)
Our No Longer Free Press
Police State Watch
Killer Mike campaigned for Bernie and two days ago on Bill Maher refused to endorse Biden, asked him to say the crime bill was a mistake.
It was misdemeanor battery. Will Smith slapped Chris Rock and cursed him out on national television and no charges but Killer Mike gets arrested for all to see. What did that person do to Killer Mike to provoke him? 🤔
— ❥❥❥ᗰoᒪᒪie❥❥❥ (@mollie_don) February 5, 2024
Australian television mistakenly used AI to doctor the body and clothes of politician ZME Science (Dr. Kevin)
Falling Apart Boeing Airplanes
Facing Another Boeing Crisis, the FAA Takes a Harder Line New York Times
Tesla Recalls Almost Every Vehicle Ever Sold in the US PC Magazine (Kevin W)
Furniture’s quality has declined, but here’s what you can do about it Business Insider (Kevin W)
Powell’s “subprime is contained”?
Commercial real estate a 'manageable' problem but some banks will close: Powell https://t.co/Q0KamNebg3? @YahooFinance Really? What is Powell doing? Totally irresponsible public comments by @federalreserve official.
— Richard Christopher Whalen (@rcwhalen) February 5, 2024
Antidote du jour. From jack, who sent this photo and story from Mark B:
Beacon Hill Station, on Seattle’s light rail transit line, lies 167’ below street level and you can well imagine my surprise to see this rock pigeon on the platform. How did it end up there? Did it fly into the tunnel? Did it hitch a ride on one of the station elevators? It’s not telling. But it does like to perch on this light up in the station rafters.
A bonus (YY). ZOMG, it must be so liberating for a turtle to zoom around on a skateboard. Why isn’t this common among turtle-owners?
And a second bonus:
Kitty found transportation
— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) February 3, 2024
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here