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Crocodile Dad Provides Over 100 Infants a Trip on His Again PetaPixel (David L)
Saab’s newest weapon is sort of a high-tech bazooka Standard Science. Resilc: “On on to NATO.”
AI ethics teams are repeating considered one of society’s basic errors MIT Expertise Overview (David L)
Brazil’s public well being employees race to deal with dengue surge The World (guurst)
UK monkeypox alert as well being chiefs detect one other FOUR circumstances of killer virus with NO hyperlinks to Africa — as homosexual and bisexual males are urged to look out for ‘uncommon rash’ Day by day Mail. IM Doc:
There’s apparently no clue the transmission line within the UK. This virus has a fatality charge of 10%. Solely alleged to be mildly to reasonably contagious.
Scientist GM’s reply:
Yeah, meaning neighborhood unfold. Not good, however then there haven’t been rampant uncontrolled epidemics of it in Africa, so in all probability received’t trigger the apocalypse it will have if it was a bit extra contagious.
Though there’s a wrinkle right here, which is that smallpox vaccination works in opposition to this too, and over time smallpox immunity has been diluting increasingly more as vaccination in opposition to it stopped within the Seventies. So we’d find yourself with the monkeypox adapting higher to H2H unfold, the boomer era dying out, after which we’ll have an enormous drawback
Switzerland adjustments organ donation guidelines RT. Kevin W: “By no means thought of it earlier than on this context however might a few of these organs host C-19 virus?”
“It seems there’s a value to not instructing docs the best way to interpret proof.”
— Antonio Ramos, MD, FACS (@ramosdelamedina) Might 16, 2022
How Usually Can You Be Contaminated With the Coronavirus? New York Instances (David L)
Your Case of Omicron Would possibly Have Tremendous-Boosted Your Immunity—If You Had been Vaccinated Gizmodo (Kevin W). Since these two preprints being getting hyped, we requested scientist GM to weigh in:
That’s as traditional twisted and spun into one thing far more optimistic than the information truly reveals.
In unvaccinated topics Omicron immunity may be very poor, weak and quick lasting.
So how is it that within the vaccinated it provides you this proclaimed large increase? Nicely, it truly doesn’t, the trick right here is that there’s normally no comparability made, they simply have a look at the antibodies, present a rise from the excessive baseline within the boosted, ignore ongoing antigenic drift, and declare victory.
However then in actual life you see individuals with three vaccine pictures and a previous an infection, generally two, considered one of them Omicron, nonetheless getting BA.2.
>The findings might additionally point out that an up to date booster, maybe particular to Omicron, might be simpler at guaranteeing longer-term immunity transferring ahead.
That’s the very same hopium that was being peddled a yr in the past and we all know how that turned out
Nasal Sprays for COVID Vaccine Being Developed WebMD. Lambert notes:
Bharat (India) appears hung up and I don’t perceive why:
The trials appear to be taking eternally:
China’s struggles delight some – however ought to make us all nervous Guardian. Sure, narcissists can’t have another person outshine them.
How Australia Saved Hundreds of Lives Whereas Covid Killed a Million People New York Instances (resilc)
The COVID Testing Firm That Missed 96% of Instances ProPublica (David L)
Cat Litter May Be Antidote for Local weather Change, Researchers Say Wall Avenue Journal (David L)
Wheat shares in India might fall to their lowest stage since ’16-17 Hindustan Instances (J-LS)
One thing critically odd is afoot in pure gasoline markets.
There is a BIG glut of gasoline within the UK.
Wholesale gasoline costs are the bottom in 18 months.
There’s a lot gasoline no-one is kind of positive what to do with it
But removed from falling, family gasoline payments are heading even greater.
— Ed Conway (@EdConwaySky) Might 17, 2022
Priti Patel accused of ‘energy seize’ over new policing proposals Guardian (Kevin W)
At hospital with our first affected person of our 12hr shift, and I’ve little doubt that this might be our solely affected person, resulting from holding. This isn’t uncommon. It’s shift after shift. Persons are struggling in consequence. This can be a disaster. pic.twitter.com/gFQRNPuSW3
— Faye Shepherd 🇺🇦 (@Faye_Shepherd) Might 15, 2022
TV5 interview with former French PM and diplomat Dominique de Villepin YouTube. Colonel Smithers:
This interview from Sunday afternoon could also be of curiosity to French talking readers. Villepin’s views are realist and a continuation of what he expressed as international minister on the UN within the run as much as the Iraq warfare. Get a espresso as Susan counsels.
New Not-So-Chilly Struggle
Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding management to Russia Reuters. Very good photograph sequence on the high. However there have been no journos in Mariupol or Donbass save Patrick Lancaster forevah! Who informed the Reuters workforce to indicate up? Additionally be aware 264 launched v. not less than 101 civilians earlier than. As much as 2000 had been rumored to be in there….
CNN additionally fails to say that they have been evacuated…to Russian managed territory.
An alternate headline would possibly learn “Ukrainian forces give up in besieged Mariupol, as a whole lot are taken prisoner and evacuated from the Azovstal metal plant to Russian backlines.” https://t.co/ydDWPilQ6p
— The Kentucky Catholic (@TheKYCatholic) Might 17, 2022
Regardless of Ukrainian Claims, Russian Navy Assist Ship Seems Unhurt Maritime Govt. Lambert: “Shocked, shocked!”
Putin, recreation grasp? Jacques Baud, YouTube. Vital. One teeny addition: The breakaway republics didn’t have official standing within the Minsk negotiations. They have been observers. Nonetheless they did signal the pact, presumably to sign to their constituents that they have been on board.
Life within the village Gilbert Doctorow. “Life is nice.”
— Russians With Perspective (@RWApodcast) Might 16, 2022
Western banks discover asset swaps as a approach of exiting Russia Monetary Instances (Kevin W)
EU Provides Corporations Inexperienced Mild to Hold Shopping for Russian Gasoline Bloomberg (guurst). Many utilities had already signed up for the rouble fee mechanism with Gazprom, so the EU is attempting to get in entrance of a mob and fake it’s a parade.
U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve drops to lowest stage since 1987 Reuters. Discover rather more bitter crude launched in final month than candy.
Israeli police assault on Shireen Abu Akleh mourners sparks outcry Al Jazeera. Resilc: “Though the US stopped in need of explicitly condemning Israel for the violence. Inexperienced mild to kill US residents.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Texans informed to preserve power as six energy crops go offline amid heatwave Unbiased (resilc). Each time I’ve been to Texas, the locals appear to assume the right indoor temperature is 66 levels.
FDA Eases Child-Components Import Guidelines to Enhance Provides Wall Avenue Journal
Karine Jean-Pierre is first ‘black, homosexual, immigrant lady’ to be press secretary Day by day Mail (J-LS)
The Folks Who Promised Roe Was Protected Are Already Promoting Their Subsequent Bridge Slate. I can’t take this whining. The whiners are nearly with out exception ladies in blue cities who face no private danger of not getting an abortion. Pray inform, what are they doing to assist the ladies they fake to be so frightened about…primarily working ladies in crimson states…who successfully had no entry to abortion resulting from lack of funding and necessary 24 or 48 hour cooling off intervals? Extra concretely, what are they about to do concerning the statute criminalizing serving to ladies in Missouri get abortions? How about establishing cellphone banks in Canada, the place the Missouri legislation doesn’t attain, fer Chrissakes? All pearl-clutching, not one iota of assist for the ladies they profess to be so frightened about.
How ‘Only a Dude’ in Shorts Turned a Senate Entrance-Runner New York Instances (resilc)
GOP blame recreation erupts in Pennsylvania governor’s race Politico (Kevin W)
Surging pure gasoline costs squeeze U.S. industrial sector Reuters (Kevin W)
Reader sighting, from resilc:
Granted we’re in SW Vermont, however solely 40 miles because the crow flies to Albany. Wanted a fridge, the previous one died. Not searching for excessive tech, wifi related, and so forth and so forth., only a first rate fundamental field. Not simple. provide not there. Little to select from. Provide chain not getting higher on plenty of stuff. Whereas at Residence Depot shopping for the reefer, I needed wooden screws for the steel roof on the small barn/shed I’m constructing. Nada…….
I can not immagine constructing a big venture as of late. Chasing labor, adjusting budgets by the hour, chasing materials……
Musk Says Twitter Deal Can’t Proceed With out Extra Readability on Faux Accounts Wall Avenue Journal
The iPod is lifeless, however the podcast lives on The Verge (Kevin W). Converse for your self. I’ve an iPod that I exploit. And so previous no GPS!
Crypto is weathering a bitter storm. Some nonetheless maintain on for pricey life. MIT Expertise Overview (David L)
Central Financial institution of India: Cryptocurrency threatens to “dollarize” the financial system TASS by way of Aftershock.information. Discovered this accidentally. There are tales within the English language press, however not many, akin to:
Bitcoin has no future as a funds community, says FTX chief Monetary Instances (David L). Um, we and lots of others stated this a very long time in the past. Whole coin issuance cap + very gradual transaction time + very excessive power value, which solely retains rising.
Antidote du jour (Robert H):
And a bonus. Yours really has a comfortable spot for cross species friendships:
See yesterday’s Hyperlinks and Antidote du Jour right here.