Greyfriars Bobby and the dogs immortalised in statues BBC (Bob H). Nice pix!
Ohio siblings accused of chopping down a 250-year-old tree for a small profit Washington Post (J-LS)
Elephants dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump PhysOrg (Robert M)
Ships from 1,581 ports may go to Antarctica, bringing unwanted guests ars technica (resilc)
Tonga tsunami warning as volcano erupts at sea Guardian (furzy)
Video Friday: Guitar Bot IEEE Spectrum (David L)
Rwandan genocide chemically modified the DNA of victims and victims’ offspring ScienceBlog (Robert M)
Phenomenal paper just published in Science persuasively demonstrating that EBV causes most if not all multiple sclerosis.
Phenomenal epidemiological design and technical achievement. 👏https://t.co/LcNFvKHiUp
— Patrick Kearns (@kearnsneuro) January 13, 2022
Here’s the difference between N95 and KN95 masks, and how to spot a fake Seattle Times (furzy)
Novak Djokovic: Tennis star detained ahead of deportation appeal BBC. I cannot fathom why this is the lead story at BBC, but that is why I am including it.
Fact check: The theory that SARS-CoV-2 is becoming milder NPR (David L).
“There’s this story that we’re going to have variants that are progressively less severe,” says Dr. Roby Bhattacharyya, who’s an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
But that’s completely untrue, Bhattacharyya says. “It’s comforting to think there might be some tendency for SARS-CoV-2 to evolve toward a milder form. That’s not what we’re seeing here.”
COVID-Hospitalization Numbers Are as Bad as They Look Atlantic (resilc). Subhead: “Many supposedly ‘incidental’ infections aren’t really incidental, and cannot be dismissed.”
“Omicron is so contagious that it can’t be stopped.”
“We’re all going to catch it. It’s inevitable.”
“Omicron is like a natural vaccine, catching it is a good thing.”
Meanwhile on the other side of the world… pic.twitter.com/jKylsLKVJZ
— Dr. Lisa Iannattone (@lisa_iannattone) January 15, 2022
Wow. Long Covid people are missing naive T cells.
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) January 13, 2022
Hong Kong extends Covid-19 curbs, flight ban through Lunar New Year South China Morning Post
China suspends 26 more air routes, 4 from US, over Covid-19 infections South China Morning Post (resilc)
Americans Can Order Free Rapid Covid-19 Tests from Website on Jan. 19 Wall Street Journal. Just as this Omicron surge is staring to wane, at least according to Mass. wastewater and some other indicators. Expect the site to crash and/or be available only with difficulty the first day. The question is how well it performs under sort of normal conditions. The Obamacare website launch does not bode well for rushed site development.
Harris sends Americans struggling to get Covid test to Google RT. Kevin W: “Cringy Video.”
Letter of Support for Anthony Fauci Ezekiel Emanuel (Kevin C). When you need letters like that….
Boston Public Schools: Children Bundle Up for Class due to Open-Window Mandate National Review (J-LS)
U.S. grocery shortages deepen as pandemic dries supplies Yahoo. Resilc: “A two front war in the Ukraine and Taiwan should fix all this.”
Hospitals Near ‘Breaking Point’ Amid Covid-19-Related Staff Shortages Wall Street Journal
When I read headlines like this, I want to claw my eyeballs out: What Should the Left Do About China? Nation (PlutoniumKun). As in “Where are the left’s divisions?” Since when has the left had any power, particularly with respect to foreign policy, much the less shown any appetite for using it? Having said that, the discussions about the splits is interesting, but the presumption that the opinion of “the left” even if there were one, matters, is bizarre.
“Encircling” China Is a Very Bad Idea Jacobin (J-LS)
India’s Forest Cover Has Increased Once Again, Finds Report The Wire (J-LS)
New Cold War
U.S. intel suggests Russia is preparing a ‘false-flag’ operation as pretext for Ukraine invasion NBC (furzy). Help me. Russia does not want Ukraine. It wants NATO not in Ukraine. And Russia has said its next move would be a surgical strike, one hazards to guess against targets like NATO missile launchers it deems too close to Russian borders. The only time you so obviously mass troops for an invasion is against a weak target like Iraq. In WWII, the Allies went to some lengths to feed the Germans bad intel that the invasion was to be led by Patton, at another beachhead.
More screechy headlines: Ukraine cyber attack ‘part of Russian playbook’, says top US diplomat Financial Times
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview on Channel One’s “The Great Game” political talk show, Moscow, January 13, 2022 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (guurst)
— Anna Wieslander (@AnnwieAnna) January 14, 2022
Russian roulette: as croupier at this particular casino table, I invite you to place your bets Gilbert Doctorow (guurst)
One year after the Capitol riot, experts warn more political extremism and violence could be on the horizon in 2022 Business Insider. Kevin W: “Pearl clutching.”
‘Kingmaker’ Trump heads to rural Arizona, where GOP candidates are eager for his backing Roll Call (J-LS). Hard to square this with the terrible turnout at his recent rallies. Trump looks to be running on brand fumes plus the media pumping him as a traffic builder.
GOP Clown Car
Herschel Walker Makes Tommy Tuberville Look Like a Statesman Esquire (resilc)
Democrats en déshabillé
L’affarire Jeffry Epstein
Man Spends Three Days Trying To Remove Oil Filter, Lives Every Wrencher’s Nightmare Jalopnik (Dr. Kevin)
How one of South America’s biggest dams became a Bitcoin battleground Rest of the World (Paul R)
Capital Flight The Daily Upside (resilc)
When all you have is a rate-hike hammer, every inflation looks like an excess demand problem. https://t.co/e60vv6Yi8V
— Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) January 14, 2022
Opinion: Why interest rates aren’t really the right tool to control inflation Marketwatch (furzy). Even conventional finance types have gotten the memo.
We don’t know why, but being in space causes us to destroy our blood ars technica. Here due to space fantasies of squillionaires.
hello, ‘hot’ labor market,
we need a federal job guarantee. pic.twitter.com/GSSbBHrE3B
— Pavlina R Tcherneva (@ptcherneva) January 14, 2022
Antidote du jour. Timotheus: “Ibexes from my friend in the Jerusalem Desert.”
And a bonus (Bob H):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.