Link 29 Jan 2022 | Naked Capitalism
Jaguars and snakes help Cuban children with special needs Reuters. The baby jaguar in the video is so cute!
Ancient solar storms devastated Earth at wrong part of solar cycle – scientists worry TheNewsMotion (Kevin W)
What the discovery of extra arteries means for human evolution Discovery (Chuck L)
How the kidnapping of an Aboriginal man on New Year’s Eve 1788 led to a smallpox epidemic Conversation (Chuck L)
From an evolutionary perspective, this is very fascinating. While we don’t know the mechanism, it’s clear that whatever process leads to Omicron, selection is very powerful.
This is a clear example of why we should expect future variants. Evolution of Cirque du Soleil.
– Christian G. Andersen (@K_G_Andersen) January 27, 2022
I am not surprised by the Long Covid phenotype
Evidence of chronic activation is evident in T cells
Great that in the comments you can see me nudge someone to check the gut for hyperantigenicity ?
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) January 27, 2022
The first large study of chronic Covid in children (>100,000 children), well designed and with appropriate control groups, concluded that:
“Long-term COVID in children is rare and short-lived.”
— Professor Francois Ballou (@BallouxFrancois) January 28, 2022
Oh, but not what you think!
? Long COVID Part 1: The paper in question
The paper by Borch et al. attracted a lot of attention and was cited as evidence that LongCOVID in children is rare and short-lived. I don’t think that’s what it shows.
— Hisham Ziauddeen (@HZiauddeen) January 29, 2022
Early data suggests vaccine still protects against sister variant of Omicron Statistical data. Kill me now. As GM confirmed:
“This week, the UK agency estimated that the vaccine against symptomatic disease was 63% effective against BA.1 and 70% for BA.2 for those who were at least two weeks after a booster shot.”
While this may suggest that BA.2 is less of a threat to vaccine protection than its Omicron sisters, the full range of estimates overlaps.
It sounds like:
1. VE reaches a constant value after 2 weeks and never decreases.In fact, it dropped below 50% in just a few weeks
2. 60-70% fighting symptoms (not to mention infections) is somehow good
This shows how low the threshold for vaccine efficiency is. A few weeks of protection without avoiding infection has to be considered excellent performance and justify massive stupid jabs…
From an epidemiological point of view, such poor results do not sustain a massive jab. Voluntary vaccinations are only offered to those who believe they are at the highest risk and cancel any vaccine certification programs.
Even if we don’t take into account the rare adverse effects, you do more damage to massive jabs than benefits.
COVID-19: Overseeing relief funds and leading the public health emergency requires major improvements high. Marim: “When you lose GAO…”
Big-name journalists trying to ‘both sides’ Covid New Republic (Paul R)
In Super-Vaxxed Vermont, Covid strikes — but far less impact Kaiser Health News
IMF chief warns China over impact of lockdown, asks it to assess zero-coronavirus policy republic world. Resilc: “It’s so funny, and it’s not from an onion.”
Covid-19 pandemic sparks bank fraud epidemic The Straits Times (Paul R)
Climate change puts the Winter Olympics on thin ice Science (resilc)
The era of new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico may be over Quartz (resilc)
EXCLUSIVE: How Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics ‘Sports Purge’ Propaganda Reflects Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Efforts – Desperate Uyghurs Speak Out About China’s Cruel Repression of Minorities Ahead of Olympics Daily Mail. Anglospshere isn’t a bunch of people who fret about publicity, even if it’s just about right.
China warns of risk of military conflict with U.S. over Taiwan Financial Times. Why should the US be the only country that has fun with upgrading?
How the U.S. Confronts China in Myanmar Asia Times (Kevin W)
?? Scotland Yard has announced that it will start sending letters to Downing Street officials suspected of breaching lockdown rules after receiving Sue Gray’s evidence dossier https://t.co/7GX0R8U4zI
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) January 29, 2022
new cold war
Ukraine crisis: Don’t create panic, Zelensky tells West BBC. Resilc: “That’s Vicky Nuland’s plan, you’re just a supporting character (pun intended)…”
Ukraine’s Zelensky ready to meet Putin in any form, but not in Sochi TASS. Micael T: “Zelensky is losing it. Such an answer does sound insane.”
House Republicans demand release of Biden-Zelensky transcript Newsweek (Kevin W)
This is just the beginning”, Ukrainian activists warn One World Press. Micael T: “It’s comedy!”
west leaves mom’s basement Patrick Armstrong
Russia on the brink of checkmate over Ukraine Energy Intel
US warns Russia has enough military assets to invade Ukraine Financial Times
Mainstream Anglo-American media ALT-MEDIA proved the monkey’s infinity theorem – when reporting on Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, the monkey reduced the time to 24 hours. Ignore infinite APING. Lavrov has the final say: https://t.co/YWsnKp7XYF pic.twitter.com/LQqsCbDt4o
— Dances_with_Bears (@bears_with) January 29, 2022
Google Translate will not translate linked articles. So much confidence in America. In Firefox and Google, I have a captcha challenge and it doesn’t get past that, despite providing the correct input. You’ll get a little popup about getting the original translation (not clickable) and improving it. “Improve it” looks like it might be active but it isn’t. Popups that don’t take screenshots.
FWIW, Helmer says Yandex Translate does a better job.
China’s Soft Power in Iraq: Speak the Language, Find a Job Associated Press (Kevin W)
big brother is watching you
Suicide hotline shares data with for-profit spin-off, raises ethical questions Politico (Dr. Kevin)
Empire Crash Watch
10 injured in Pittsburgh bridge collapse hours before Biden visits talks infrastructure Washington Post (resilc)
Emergency services use human chains to rescue man dangling from collapsed Pittsburgh bridge Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Kevin W)
Biden’s mistake: He should not choose Supreme Court justices on the basis of their color or gender, but on their qualifications and commitment to uphold our Constitution and the freedoms guaranteed in this document to all Americans, the foundation of our nation
— Tulsi Gabbard ? (@TulsiGabbard) January 28, 2022
Democrats in pajamas
Nina Turner rocking again Jacobin (hairy)
Republican clown car
Republican election subversion puts ‘hoax’ in Wisconsin Vice (resilc)
Now is not the time for passive patriotism Atlantic (hairy). Boy Hu: “A major party no longer accepts democracy.”
Pennsylvania court strikes down state’s mail-in voting law Reuters (Kevin W)
Our famous free news
The stupidity of pandemic censorship Matt Tabby
Fox News drops GOP on Russia Atlantic (hairy)
police state watch
U.S. natural gas prices rose the most in a single day Oil price (resilc)
are relative Duncan Weldon
Miller & Zywicki Misjudgment of Payday Loan Documents Adam Levitin, Credit. Levitin demands retraction of a paper!
California promises ‘social justice’ after legalizing marijuana.Those hardest hit feel betrayed Los Angeles Times (Paul R)
Mexican auto workers choose new union in landmark vote Labor Notes (Martha)
Police find 2 nursing home patients dead, 2 more critical after residents call 911 Police Tribune (marthar)
The antidote of the day. Wayne W: “Unstable”:
Check out yesterday’s link and antidote du Jour here.