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If we only had eyes to see Instances Literary Complement

The solution to online abuse? AI plus human intelligence World Financial Discussion board

Local weather

The Forest Service is overstating its wildfire prevention progress to Congress despite decades of warnings not to NBC

France battles extremely violent wildfire, officials warn additional flare-ups could cause it to spread further The Watchers

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DRIED UP: Lakes Mead and Powell are at the epicenter of the biggest Western drought in history The Hill

The Bureau of Reclamation’s $4 Billion Drought Question Circle of Blue. Sinema’s worth.

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This 17-Year-Old Designed a Motor That Could Potentially Transform the Electric Car Industry Smithsonian. “His winnings from [Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair] will go towards school tuition.” All this, and brutal gatekeeping, too!


Summary of Guidance for Minimizing the Impact of COVID-19 on Individual Persons, Communities, and Health Care Systems — United States, August 2022 CDC. Helpful chart, which I’ve helpfully annotated:

You, you, you, you, you. Nothing about defending others (not to mention the “public”). The “Middle for Illness” continues to grovel earlier than the sociopathic libertarians of the Great Barrington Declaration.

CDC loosens coronavirus guidance, signaling strategic shift WaPo. “Sign,” a very good Beltway phrase. “The brand new suggestions sign that the Biden administration and its medical advisers have determined that the decrease fatality charge from covid-19 in a closely vaccinated inhabitants permits a much less demanding set of tips.” And by “decrease fatality charge”, they imply the present fatality (and an infection) charge — remorselessly chronicled in Water Cooler — which — tinfoil hat time! — they want to protect. Equally, they want to weaken all types of non-pharmaceutical intervention in preparation for the following surge, a sample now we have seen over and over [bangs head on desk].

Covid isn’t done with us, whatever the CDC says NBC

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Genomic epidemiology of the first two waves of SARS-CoV-2 in Canada eLife. From the Summary: “We investigated the effectiveness of worldwide journey restrictions at decreasing SARS-CoV-2 importations and transmission in Canada within the first two waves of 2020 and early 2021…. Of the sublineages seeded through the first wave, 49% (46–52%) originated from the USA and have been primarily launched into Quebec (39%) and Ontario (36%), whereas within the second wave, the USA was nonetheless the predominant supply (43%), alongside a bigger contribution from India (16%) and the UK (7%). . Regardless of the drastic discount in viral importations following journey restrictions, newly seeded sublineages in summer time and fall 2020 contributed to the persistence of COVID-19 instances within the second wave, to cut back transmission.” So the plain coverage implication, wherein america has deservedly taken a world management place, is to remove journey bans and decrease non-pharmaceutical interventions. Effectively performed, all.

SARS-CoV-2 evolution and patient immunological history shape the breadth and potency of antibody-mediated immunity (accepted manuscript) The Journal of Infectious Ailments. n = 41,000 serum samples. From the Summary: “We present that the breadth and efficiency of the antibody-mediated response is influenced by the quantity, the variant, and the character (an infection or vaccination) of exposures, and that people with combined immunity acquired by vaccination and pure publicity exhibit the broadest and most potent responses. Our outcomes recommend that the interaction between host immunity and SARS-CoV-2 evolution will form the antigenicity and subsequent transmission dynamics of SARS-CoV-2, with necessary implications for future vaccine design.” Bear in mind when mRNA was identical to software program, and we’d roll out new variations quickly? Good occasions.

Persistent capillary rarefication in long COVID syndrome Angiogenesis. Observational examine, n = 58, controls n = 16. From the Summary: “Current research have highlighted Coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) as a multisystemic vascular illness. As much as 60% of the sufferers endure from long-term sequelae and protracted signs even 6 months after the preliminary an infection…. A newly developed model of Glycocheck™ software program was used to quantify vascular density…. A µm-precise evaluation confirmed a big lower of vascular density, that solely affected very small capillaries… Our present information strongly recommend that COVID-19 leaves a persistent capillary rarefication even 18 months after an infection. Whether or not, to what extent, and when the noticed injury is likely to be reversible stays unclear.” A vascular illness that presents as respiratory?

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Some Light on Long Covid Eric Topol, Floor Truths

Appears like some motion on Bharat’s nasal vaccine, BBV154:


Asymptomatic monkeypox virus infections among male sexual health clinic attendees in Belgium (preprint) medRxiv. From the Summary: “In saved samples from 224 males, we recognized three instances with a constructive anorectal monkeypox PCR. All three males denied having had any signs within the weeks earlier than and after the pattern was taken. None of them reported publicity to a identified monkeypox case, nor did any of their contacts develop medical monkeypox…. The existence of asymptomatic monkeypox an infection signifies that the virus is likely to be transmitted to shut contacts within the absence of signs. Our findings recommend that identification and isolation of symptomatic people could not suffice to include the outbreak.” Oh, good.


Xi Sought to Send Message to Biden on Taiwan: Now Is No Time for a Crisis WSJ

Xi Jinping’s Guns of August Richard Haas, Challenge Syndicate. President of the Council on Overseas Relations.

China’s military drills around Taiwan drive foreign firms to draw up exit plans for staff and assets South China Morning Publish

Road to nowhere: China’s Belt and Road Initiative at tipping point (not paywalled) Nikkei Asian Evaluation

The Inside Story of Carlos Ghosn’s Brazen Escape From Japan WSJ. Musical interlude.


Lady’s Slipper Orchid: The Meghalayan Orchid That Was Popular With The English Madras Courier (J-LS).


Man who took hostages demanding his own money becomes public hero in Lebanon Guardian (NL).


Leaked manifesto: Italian right-wingers will dump Euroskepticism in bid for power Politico

Ransomware attack on NHS systems could take weeks to fix, major IT provider warns Sky Information

AMLO’s way Africa is a Nation

New Not-So-Chilly Battle

In the Ukraine war, a battle for the nation’s mineral and energy wealth WaPo. “Ukraine harbors among the world’s largest reserves of titanium and iron ore, fields of untapped lithium and big deposits of coal. Collectively, they’re value tens of trillions of {dollars}.”

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Ukraine says giant Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant can’t supply Russia BBC

Ukraine and Russia Trade Blame After Rockets Hit Near Nuclear Site NYT. So Russia is shelling an influence plant it desires to connect with its personal grid?

U.S. backs calls for a demilitarized zone around Ukraine nuclear power plant -State Dept Reuters

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Saki air base explosions:

(Be aware the supply is from the Royal United Providers Institute, which wrote that very good piece on industrial warfare.) Tossed cigarette, BOOM!!!!! #StupidThingsGuysDo is, amazingly, not a hashtag on the Twitter.

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Monopolistic nationalisms Yasha Levine

The Beginning of History (not paywalled) Overseas Affairs

Biden Administration

FTC ponders proper punishment for commercial data ‘surveillance’ and shoddy security The Register


“Effectively he would, wouldn’t he?” —Mandy Rice-Davies. However what’s the value of a heuristic that applies to all the gamers?

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Eric Trump reveals HE told Donald FBI raided Mar-a-Lago: Ex-President’s son claims agents ‘ransacked his dad’s office’ and that safe was EMPTY – and says all D.C. wants to do is ‘attack Biden’s greatest threat’ Every day Mail. If the secure actually was empty, no matter was in it turns into the MacGuffin. So superior.

Trump Calls for Release of Search Warrant Documents Used in Raid Bloomberg. Right here is Trump’s assertion:

Garland Moves to Release Details on Search of Trump’s Home NYT. “Minutes earlier than Mr. Garland took the rostrum, a prime official within the Justice Division’s nationwide safety division filed a movement to unseal the search warrant and a list of things retrieved within the search on Monday.” Here is the motion (PDF). What in regards to the affidavit(s)?

FBI searched Trump’s home to look for nuclear documents and other items, sources say WaPo. Sources within the lead: “folks conversant in the investigation.”

Using the Nuclear Pretext to Attack Donald Trump Larry Johnson, A Son of the American Revolution. Never steal what you can’t fence.

Mar-A-Lago Assistant Manager Wondering If Anyone Coming To Collect Nuclear Briefcase From Lost And Found The Onion. March 27, 2017 (!).

So Far As I Can Make Out Patrick Lawrence, ScheerPost

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney criticizes Republicans ‘attacking the integrity of the FBI’ USA As we speak. It’s like the Horowitz Report obtained memory-holed.

Provide Chain

U.N. expects ‘big uptick’ in ships wanting to export Ukraine grain Hellenic Delivery Information

Ready or not, the supply chain transformation is underway The Hill. The creator is from… McKinsey, who stands prepared that will help you via the “transformation”….

Class Warfare

TikTok, eh?

The best way to solve a labor shortage is with labor Keep-At-Dwelling Macro

This librarian made a catalogue out of all the notes readers left behind in books CBC.

Antidote du jour (via):

See yesterday’s Hyperlinks and Antidote du Jour here.

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