Link 26 Jan 2021 | Naked Capitalism
It’s time to get serious about breeding in space Axios (J-LS). Kill me now. You lose bone density and muscle mass in space, and we recently learned that your blood starts to eat itself. But we still think space is a reasonable option without huge improvements that might not be feasible in spacecraft?
COVID-19: Endemic does not mean harmless nature (tourist)
7) Update – we now estimate BA2 transfer growth to be better than vanilla #omicron BA1. This is not good…see thread below ?…it’s about *DOUBLE* by omicron. It is unclear whether it is contagious or immune avoidance. Either way, it grows faster…? https://t.co/tQWaPxiWJW
— Eric Feigdin (@DrEricDing) January 23, 2022
Reduced frequency of memory B cells in COVID-19 delta variant vaccine breakthrough infection EMBO Molecular Medicine
Remember our chatter about T cells, especially the increased risk of cancer? For Wikipedia: “D8 (Cluster of Differentiation 8) is a transmembrane glycoprotein that acts as a co-receptor for T cell receptors”:
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) January 25, 2022
I warn that reinfection may get worse as the initial T-cell pool decreases and the memory T-cell pool increases.
Now you all see the innocence drying up
Welcome to the knowledge I have had since I saw exhaustion a long time ago https://t.co/q8O4PayzHn
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) January 23, 2022
The tweet below is important, but the data does not support the claims made. Even assuming the onset of cancer is very rapid, it predates the widespread deployment of a vaccine in the military. Suggestions that could lead to Covid cases in 2020/early 2021, including those notoriously asymptomatic, far outweigh any possible vaccine effects. We have repeatedly emphasized that SARS-CoV-2 is expected to cause T cell disorder and exhaustion, which will lead to an increase in cancer.
Reader DS noted: “The only alternative hypothesis I can speculate is that there is some large-scale exposure to carcinogens through other routes, such as training camp water pollution.”
So the pattern is a Covid effect that is better at debunking the “Covid is no more dangerous than the flu” argument than linking harm to vaccines.
Having said that, one possible channel through which vaccines can work is when vaccinations come too close to Covid cases (such as overtaxing the immune system; European health regulators now warn against frequent booster immunizations for this reason). But at least according to the video below, that’s not what they’re arguing about.
I can share with you from attorney Thomas Renz that the number of cancer diagnoses in the military’s DMED system has increased from a 5-year average (2016-2020) of 38,700 per year to 114,645 in the first 11 months of 2021. This is mainly a young population.
— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) January 25, 2022
Update from guurst: Confirmation of our paper:
Yes. That’s what T cells do. To prevent cancer. T cells depleted due to COVID19 infection. https://t.co/ckIIL7RI8h
— Farid Jalali, MD (@farid__jalali) January 26, 2022
Ivermectin for COVID-19: Addressing Potential Bias and Healthcare Fraud Open Forum Infectious Diseases. The problem here is that many of the studies were done by MDs and thus were severely underpowered. And this analysis disallows/corrects for the fact that many of the studies that appear to be more rigorous have been performed on hospitalized patients, which are too late for treatment to be of any use. So it’s annoying because it’s technically accurate but doesn’t take into account “possible fraud,” including studying protocols that are doomed to fail ivermectin, either by accident or by design.
Trial of ivermectin to treat COVID nears completion Star Tribune (Chuck L)
We are in a very dark place.https://t.co/z5Vux8VWGU
— Trisha Greenhalgh (@trishgreenhalgh) January 24, 2022
Omicron: Quantitative PCR testing implemented in Germany DW (Flexibility)
U.S. Covid-19 death toll tops 2,100 a day, highest in nearly a year Wall Street Journal
Chinese yuan overtakes Japanese yen in global trading volume Asia Times (Kevin W)
China-EU conflict escalates over Hong Kong Asia Times (Kevin W)
15/ “She mentioned the need to renegotiate the deal. So all of this is very negative. But that’s in the context of her saying I want a deal. She wants a deal ASAP. So how do you fix that?” one EU diplomat said
— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) January 25, 2022
new cold war
Scholz, Macron say diplomacy can resolve Ukraine-Russia standoff Dulwich. Translation: Europe is trying to lower the temperature.
Russia has been warning Ukraine for decades.the west should listen Time (Colonel Smithers)
Ukraine’s ruthless lobbyists take part in Congress American Conservative Party (resilc). I think political donations from non-citizens/non-residents are illegal…so why is there such a thing as a “Ukrainian Lobby” other than Hunter Biden? Last I checked Ukraine didn’t have any meaningful businesses in the US either.
EU unveils multibillion-dollar ‘aid and investment’ plan for Ukraine Reverse Transcription. Kevin W: “Bribery them not to start a war?”
Good quote with some caveats. Andrei Martyanov (Chuck L)
Why is the Ukrainian economy such a failure? Noah Smith
Empire Crash Watch
We only have dreams and kindness Steve Waldman
Can the US Navy’s new $13 billion aircraft carrier defend itself? Bloomberg (guest)
Denmark, New Zealand and Finland top the list of least corrupt countries, South Sudan the worst Daily Mail. Resilc: “Since we’ve been in Citizens United mode since 1492, we really should be below Sudan IMO.”
big brother is watching you
Google sued in US for ‘deceptive’ location tracking BBC (David L). Go dumbbells!
Is Trump losing his base? New polls suggest otherwise. New York Magazine (resilc). Wellie, I was fooled by the horrible turnout at his rally. It appears that the continued media obsession with Trump is freer PR. I wonder if the 1/6 investigation and various lawsuits (news leaks are still way ahead of filings) have a Streisand effect.
Pelosi says she will run for re-election in 2022 – Hill. Kevin W: “The only way for Nancy to leave Congress is to keep her feet on the ground.”
School shooting generation grows up Vox (Dr. Kevin)
Jeffrey Epstein case
Prince Andrew starts selling Swiss chalet as sexual assault lawsuit unfolds Washington Post (J-LS)
IMF urges El Salvador to remove Bitcoin as legal tender France24 (resilc). Of course, the IMF has such a reputation among small countries that this warning could well backfire.
But then again…El Salvador President Posts Meme Wearing McDonald’s Uniform After Crypto Plunge New York Post (Kevin W)
Slovakia proves flying car is airworthy DW (Flexibility). Hmm, so now Slovakia is to aviation security what the Isle of Man was to banking transparency? Don’t tell Boeing!
The real flaw in self-driving cars isn’t the technology Financial Times (David L)
Starbucks employees unionize in Starbucks hometown Vice (resilc)
Interestingly, unions are emerging as a feedback mechanism on algorithmic ethics among China’s chosen regulators, companies, and the workforce of the new economy. 11/11
— Kendra Schaefer Kendra (@kendraschaefer) January 21, 2022
Profit from prison labor Berkeley Business Review. The article is from 2020, but Paul R explains why it’s a current issue:
“Factory with Fences” and “Made in America” ??boast unicorn. Better known as the Federal Prison Industry Program, UNICOR generates nearly $1 billion in net sales annually using prison labor, Pay prisoners 23 cents to $1.15 an hour. Despite already earning one-sixth of the federal minimum wage, Prisoners with ultimate obligations must contribute half of their income to cover these costs. In addition to other state-owned enterprises and private prisons, UNICOR has made millions of dollars using almost free prison labor…
say the quiet part out loud antwork/reddit (Paul R)
World War II, inequality and England’s social contract NBER (resilc)
Antidote. Willie M: “The White Rabbit in Covington, WA.”
And bonuses. Timothy: “Chile’s new president is at his desk.” Moi: Omg, the ultimate air-gapped computer!
Check out yesterday’s link and antidote du Jour here.