Links 10/30/2021 | naked capitalism


Pandas’ Iconic Colors Turn Out to Be Good For Something Aside From Looking Cute Science Alert (Chuck L)

California condors: Virgin births discovered in critically endangered birds BBC (resilc)

Horrifying Parasite Masquerading as Fish Tongue Found in Texan State Park Science Alert. Chuck L: “Yuk!”

Honeybees use social distancing when mites threaten hives – study Guardian (Kevin W)

Scientists Discover New Phase of Water, Known as ‘Superionic Ice,’ Inside Planets CBS

Japan ports swamped by pumice spewed from undersea volcano Guardian (furzy)

2021 Pesticides in the Pantry: Transparency & Risk in Food Supply Chains As You Sow

The High Human Cost of America’s Sugar Habit Mother Jones (furzy)

Donovanosis: ‘Flesh-eating’ STI has doctors worried DW

#COVID-19

As infections skyrocket, German government declares pandemic over WSWS

Science/Medicine

F.D.A. Clears First Coronavirus Vaccine for Young Children New York Times

GM sent this without comment: Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Among Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19–Like Illness with Infection-Induced or mRNA Vaccine-Induced SARS-CoV-2 Immunity — Nine States, January–September 2021 CDC. See the cheery, prominent graphic:

At a minimum, not keen about conflating wild type with Delta cases, since Delta is dominant and so much more infectious. Also not keen about “Covid-like” but had not had time to drill into that. Recall other studies have found the reverse, notably an Israeli study cited in Science:
Having SARS-CoV-2 once confers much greater immunity than a vaccine—but vaccination remains vital. We have argued pretty heatedly in comments against infection-induced immunity fans, since they omit the high cost of obtaining immunity. But it’s not hard to imagine if you now try to depict vaccine v. infection-acquired immunity as a matter of scientific debate, you’ll be shellacked as anti-vax for not following the CDC party line.

Effectiveness of a third dose of the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for preventing severe outcomes in Israel: an observational study The Lancet (Kevin W). Would be nice if the evaluation frame was not so compressed. The issue with the first two jabs was how quickly effectiveness waned, much faster than expected. Evaluating at 13 days on average may have been similar to the timing of the efficacy measurement for the clinical trials but does not address the concerns with how fast immunity wanes.

Jabs do not reduce risk of passing Covid within household, study suggests Guardian. You’d never see a headline like this in the US. Overstates findings. Study did find some risk reduction, but not much.

US

We Ask Dr. Fauci About What He’s Planning For The Next Pandemic The Onion

Supreme Court Won’t Block Maine’s Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers New York Times (Kevin W)

NYC braces for fewer cops, more trash as vax deadline looms Associated Press (J-LS)

Florida strips federal funding from schools as further punishment for masking ars technica

Brexit

No surprise except maybe that the EU has roused itself to state the obvious this early in simple noun-verb terms:

Fishing row a test of UK’s credibility – Macron BBC

Wanted: a serious post-Brexit policy Chris Grey

Old Blighty

Ambulances queue, A&E fills and an exhausted paramedic bears witness to a broken system spiralling into chaos Manchester Evening News (guurst)

COVID OUTBREAK IN HMP EDINBURGH THREATENS LIFE OF FORMER BRITISH DIPLOMAT Craig Murray Justice Campaign (guurst)

New Cold War

RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 28 OCTOBER 2021 Patrick Armstrong (Kevin W)

Why I see a war in the Donbass as (almost) inevitable The Saker (Chuck L)

Syraqistan

Israeli Military Sets Up Shop at US Central Command With Eye on Iran Antiwar (resilc)

Iran May Become Gas Importer Despite Its Massive Reserves OilPrice

‘They targeted us for one reason: We’re succeeding in changing the paradigm’ 972 (resilc)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Military Spending Is Not the Same As Defense Spending AIER (resilc)

Assange

From Press Freedom To Prison Systems, Everything Assange Touches Gets Illuminated Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)

US Lawyers Argue Assange Healthy Enough to Be Sent to His Death Richard Medhurst

British court postpones ruling on US govt’s appeal to extradite Assange France24 (furzy)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Ready facial recognition market among French soccer clubs restrained by regulator Biometrics (Al K)

1/6

John Eastman told Pence team Pence’s actions caused attack on Capitol, in email during riot Washington Post (furzy)

Trump

Mastodon puts Trump’s social network on notice for improperly using its code The Verge

Biden

You Know What They Sayin’? Jim Kunstler

Jayapal warned Klain not to push an infrastructure vote. Then chaos ensued. Politico

The Centerpiece of the Build Back Better Climate Plan Has Been Stripped Out Truthout. The branding was so bad, you could tell the Biden Administration didn’t have its heart in this.

Manchin upends paid leave, a benefit ‘personal to the president’ Politico (Kevin W)

Merrick Garland Is Looking To Nail Some Corporate A**es To The Wall Dealbreaker (J-LS)

Supreme Court to Consider EPA’s Authority to Limit Carbon Emissions From Power Plants Wall Street Journal

Fauci Funded Yet Another Cruel Beagle Experiment Leighton Woodhouse (Kevin W)

How To Turn The GOP Green Andrew Sullivan. Brain transplants.

Porter is so good at this:

East Coast storm bringing major coastal flooding to Mid-Atlantic Washington Post. Resilc: “Maybe Joe Manchin floats away.”

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Facing Up to the Racist Legacy of America’s Immigration Laws New York Times

NAACP urges pro athletes to avoid signing with Texas teams due to the state’s ‘dangerous attacks on freedoms‘ The Week (resilc)

Our Famously Free Press

Enough is Enough: The Criminal Case Against Mark Zuckerberg Matt Stoller (Randy K)

Varoufakis Says Zuckerberg Is Stealing ‘Meta’ Name ConsortiumNews (furzy)

Toyota Unveils Its First All-Electric Car Elektrek

High Gasoline Prices Could Persist For Years OilPrice

Mark Carney: the world of finance will be judged on the $100tn climate challenge Financial Times (David L). Help me. This is not a finance problem, save for needing to kill all crypto. And we already know how “finance” will behave.

There’s No Cheap Way to Deal With the Climate Crisis ProPublica (resilc)

Cost of breakfast foods hits 10-year high Financial Times

Antidote du jour. Howard L’s Roscoe:

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Another bonus:

See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour here.

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