Link 12/16/2021 | Naked Capitalism
Buffalo flip tortoise reddit (drumlin wookchuckles)
Bird song tops the Australian music charts BBC (David L)
The beaver misbehaved. In any case, Canadians love them. New York Times (resilc)
Step by step: Two new translations of Kleist Los Angeles Review of Books (Anthony L)
See also the parallel fertility decline in different subpopulations of India (rural/urban, Muslim/non-Muslim, educated/uneducated, north/south).
Some groups have higher fertility levels than others, but a rapid decline seems to be a common phenomenon.
-Leopold Aschenbrenner (@leopoldasch) December 13, 2021
Research finds that heavy metals in cannabis plants affect human health New Atlas (David L)
Assess the immune evasion potential of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron News-medical.net (Kevin W)
Ancient Greek drugs can reduce COVID-19 deaths-Israeli scientists Jerusalem Post. IM file:
Yes-it may really work-colchicine has been an amazing anti-inflammatory drug for centuries. It is increasingly used for various things.
When I first started practicing, a 2 liter bottle of pills could actually be bought for a few cents.
Then a few years ago-colchicine got SHKRELI-now it is hundreds of dollars for 5 days.
Note how it is described as a cheap drug in Israel –
Well-it’s anywhere else in the world-but not in the United States. That was 30 years ago-but not anymore.
And about pharmaceutical patents. Since this drug was used extensively by Henry VIII for gout-it is seriously suspected that it is a patent. No-it is our own stupidity and greed that led to the occurrence of wool. They are now slowly doing the same with insulin.
Last weekend, a friend attended a small party (11 people). Everyone got a negative LFD first, and all vaxxed inc 3 got promoted. All windows are open. 1 person tested +ve after 2 days. Now another 7/11 has tested +ve (including my friend), and 2 of the remaining 3 people have symptoms and are waiting for PCR. 1/2
— Professor Christina Page (@chrischirp) December 15, 2021
General Motors: “The first country to at least partially restore sanity.”
As the number of cases and deaths reached the highest level in history, South Korea cancelled its policy of “coexistence with COVID-19”; restored restrictions
— BNO Press Room (@BNDesk) December 16, 2021
Please read the entire Twitter storm:
At the end of December it was 8 times.
The two weeks required for the booster to take effect is 7 times.
And this booster stunt will not help control the spread of a pandemic that doubles every two days.
It just keeps getting vaccinated.
-Hisham Ziauddeen (@HZiauddeen) December 15, 2021
“Falling like a fly”: Omicron brings a new COVID hell to Cornell University Daily Beast (David L)
Chief executives of two major airlines question whether masks are needed on planes CNN (Kevin W). Obviously, this position is to avoid disputes with passengers who violate the rules, not to be safe, as shown below:
I would never believe that a company claiming that its public airspace is HEPA-filtered is sufficient to unload my N95.
-Virologist Brian Hjelle (@hjelle_brian) December 15, 2021
Vaccine makers raised undisclosed campaign funding in 2020 Interception (resilc).
How Kennedy built an anti-vaccine giant in COVID-19 Associated Press (resilc)
Amazon Smile donated more than $40,000 to anti-vaccine organizations in 2020 guardian.Did not rise to the level of sofa fluff, but still not good-looking
The eastern ice shelf of Thwaites collapsed due to cross cracks Agu. PlutoniumKun: I know this is covered, but this is a very good, comprehensive and simple English explanation that explains why this is very, very serious.
California’s attack on rooftop solar is very stupid CleanTechnica (Kevin W)
Extreme winds, sandstorms and warm temperatures are hitting most of the Midwest NPR (Kevin W). One is mainly that the community is hit by tornado or hurricane-level winds that have never happened before. Not only are building codes often inadequate, but locals usually don’t take the threats seriously enough.
Xi Jinping’s leadership style: micro-management that allows subordinates to scramble The Wall Street Journal. Well, I remember that Steve Jobs was like this.
Lindsey Hoyle says Westminster’s cocaine use will be proposed with the Metropolitan Police Nationwide. Resilc: “Everything makes sense in the UK now.”
New cold war
The ghosts of Georgia 2008 should now haunt Kiev Andrew Cockburn, Resilc
SMEX: Israel’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai is a threat to digital rights Global Voice (resilc)
Teacher strikes across Iran EA WorldView (resilc)
Big brother is watching you
A new type of cordless insect-sized aircraft PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Empire Folding Watch
Avoid the worst in Ukraine and Taiwan Jeffrey Sachs, Project Syndicate (Kevin C)
A lot of nerves: the UAE threatens to withdraw from the F-35 deal Responsible governance strategy (resilc)
U.S. soldiers spread Trump’s baseless allegations of fraud Reuters (Furry)
“Progress is very bad”: Biden could not confirm Manchin on the Democratic bill Politics (Kevin W). Biden acted as if he could now make Manchin give in, which is really shocking. If Manchin could bribe or coerce by means that Biden was willing to use, he would have been in line long ago.
Democratic negotiations with Manchin show signs of collapse Hill. Manchin traded again.
Voting fraud allegations of 3 people in Florida village New York Times (resilc)
Gun and finish Michael Moore (Furry)
Alabama Children’s Hospital reports that pediatric gun injuries have increased by 60% this year WRBC. The safety of guns is poor, just like the guns in the drawer of the bedside table, there are more children in the family.
The unbearable whiteness of being a scholarc Ed West (Anthony L)
Container imports at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have fallen sharply The Wall Street Journal. First paragraph:
In November, the volume of container imports at the US’s largest ocean freight trade portal fell sharply, although the number of ships waiting to be unloaded at Southern California ports has been increasing.
The Fed will actively reduce bond purchases and will raise interest rates three times next year NBC Finance Channel. Even Bloomberg’s columnist pointed out that when workers will not accept jobs even if they offer higher wages, the Fed is powerless.
Pharmacy Workers National Strike December 20-Rabbi and Steel Worker Picket Strayer CEO House Again-SC School Bus Drivers Strike Mike Elk pays attention to the strike date.
The working class did not vote against its interests Counterattack
Antidote of the day. Please express condolences to Mike K:
This is Petunia. Today (December 13, 21), she died unexpectedly from a blood clot at the age of 10. This is the only unblurred photo I have of her, because her favorite activity is chasing anything that moves. She just came back from the beauty salon, showing off her new hairstyle excitedly. She is a good companion.
There is one more reward (John Seaman):
Another reward (Chuck L):
The elephant pretended to eat a woman’s hat… but then returned it. This may be my favorite video. ?? pic.twitter.com/6eQGre9VON
-Pubic Bone (@PubityOnInsta) December 13, 2021
See yesterday’s link and antidote du Jour here.