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Croatian rescuers praise malamute’s care for hurt mountain hiker during 13-hour rescue while US German shepherd raises crash alarm ABC Australia (Kevin W). Aaaw…..
Coyote-like golden jackal is laying claim to Europe. Why now? Christian Science Monitor
Animals Laugh Too: UCLA Study Finds Laughter in 65 Species, from Rats to Cows Open Culture (David L)
Could Being Cold Actually Be Good for You? Wired (Chuck L)
Schrödinger’s Tardigrade Claim Incites Pushback IEEE Spectrum (Dr. Kevin)
This 717-Gigapixel Photo is the Highest-Res Ever Captured of Artwork PetaPixel (David L)
Antibiotic-resistant superbug evolved on hedgehogs BBC (Kevin W)
What to Know About California’s New Composting Law Gizmodo (Kevin W)
Study casts doubts on rapid Covid tests’ reliability right after infection STAT (Dr. Kevin). Wow, the false negative was a known issue…but look at to what degree:
On days 0 and 1 following a positive PCR test, all of the antigen tests used produced false-negative results, even though in 28 of the 30 cases, levels of virus detected by the PCR test were high enough to infect other people. In four cases, researchers were able to confirm that infected people transmitted the virus to others during the period before they had a positive result on the rapid antigen test.
MSM account: Emerging Data Raise Questions About Antigen Tests and Nasal Swabs New York Times (Robert M)
A couple of days stale but data is scarce:
🇩🇰Denmark 0-5% vaxxed during Delta wave while now👉 🔥79% 2 doses 🔥49 % on 3 doses
Peak Delta 925 admitted & 137 ICU vs Omicron (so far!) 682 adm and 74 ICU
🔥Omicron up at 75% of Delta admitted
🔥Omicron up at 54% Of Delta ICU
🔥Cases multiple times higher now as you can see pic.twitter.com/yy99KPidNe
— Dr. Faris Durmo Biber MD., PhD. (@Dr_FarrisD) January 5, 2022
A year in, how has Biden done on pandemic response? Justin Feldman (Lois F). Today’s must read. A persuasive and well-supported take on why the Biden Administration approach was so misguided. Scientifically insane given the lack of durable immunity but politically convenient since it would be consistent with “Nothing fundamental will change”:
The Biden administration, I argue, made a strategic decision to prepare for one specific pandemic scenario. In that scenario, high levels of disease and death would continue in early 2021, followed by widespread population immunity from both vaccination and prior infection. This population immunity would lower the death toll to manageable, ignorable levels, like that of seasonal flu. In this scenario, the Biden administration’s pandemic response would focus on vaccination and medical treatment while largely rejecting other public health measures – so-called “non-pharmaceutical intervention” policies ranging from contact tracing to mass testing to temporary closures of non-essential businesses.
CDC Recommends First Covid-19 Boosters for 12- to 15-Year-Olds Wall Street Journal
The C.D.C. Is Hoping You’ll Figure Covid Out on Your Own New York Times (David L)
The UAE clock is ticking in Yemen The Cradle
Taliban reportedly orders beheading of shop mannequins RT (Dr. Kevin)
Imperial Collapse Watch
In a tense corner of Europe, SEALs and Green Berets are helping a close ally up its skills with old US gear Business Insider. Wowsers, what a weird planted story.
Twitter to hunt for ‘harmful content’ on Jan 6 RT (Kevin W)
‘1st Amendment Praetorian’ Group Played Role in January 6 Esquire (furzy)
How Civil Wars Start,’ a Warning About the State of the Union New York Times (Dr. Kevin)
Jimmy Carter: I Fear for Our Democracy New York Times (David L)
Secretary Blinken and German Foreign Minister News Conference C-SPAN (Kevin C)
Don’t Tell Anyone, but 2021 Was Pretty Amazing Paul Krugman New York Times (Kevin W). Further confirmation that the word “amazing” needs to be retired.
New Law Will Install Kill Switches In All New Cars Motorius (Dr. Kevin)
France is making car ads include disclaimer saying to bike or walk Elektrek (Dr. Kevin)
ADP Private Employment Upside Surprise Menzie Chinn
Antidote du jour (Robert H):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.