A pioneering biologist explains the co-evolution of the vagina and penis Aeon. Chuck L: “Passing up a link like this is hard! ;-)”
Tree-Dwelling Gray Foxes Decorate With Skeletons TreeHugger (resilc)
Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs Science (furzy)
sPoOky! This soldier is going as Fort Hood for Halloween DuffelBlog (Kevin W)
Climate Insights 2020 Big Picture (resilc)
US and UK Citizens Are World’s Biggest Sources of Plastic Waste Guardian. No surprise, I get upset with the overpackaging, particularly of low value items like USB mice. And the device itself is plastic!
Flash graphene rocks strategy for plastic waste PhysOrg (Robert M)
A Coral Reef Taller Than the Eiffel Tower Was Just Discovered Off the Coast of Australia Smithsonian Magazine (Kevin W)
Majority of people would pay to watch online theater again, even when venues are open, research shows PhysOrg (Robert M). Having stage managed and produced theater, I find this sad. The point of theater is the intimacy and to a lesser degree, the unpredictability/sense of risk (which is why I am also not keen about big venues). Having “theater” move to broadcast will make it even more TV like.
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) October 30, 2020
Lambert linked to this study yesterday but worth amplifying:
Fully credible. With a lot of unspecific symptoms or asymptomatic infection, children are not properly captured with the current testing algorithms. This is why we need more thorough testing of kids, especially with schools open. #SARSCoV2 #COVID19 https://t.co/xTodX97q1O
— Isabella Eckerle (@EckerleIsabella) October 30, 2020
The Effects of Large Group Meetings on the Spread ofCOVID-19: The Case of Trump Rallies. Stanford researchers but not published…
COVID-19 patients infect half of household: CDC study MedicalXpress (Robert M)
Latest Covid-19 Wave Worries Hospitals Even With New Treatments Wall Street Journal. Key section:
Locales swamped by Covid-19 in the spring were concentrated in a few spots, primarily New York, Dr. [Eric] Toner [of John Hopkins] said. As patients now stream into hospitals across many states, there are fewer unaffected areas able to send relief, such as temporary nurses and doctors.
Scientists warn of new coronavirus variant spreading across Europe Financial Times (furzy). Not payalled.
Coronavirus mutation may have made it more contagious: study University of Texas at Austin
SOBERING: U.S. reports over 100,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time ever. Smashes all time record.
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) October 31, 2020
Idaho Lt. Governor drives around with a gun and a Bible protesting COVID-19 restrictions, in video questioning if virus is even real Boing Boing. Resilc: “I stand corrected, Idaho is a bigger moron state than Florida.”
Could the President or CongressEnact a Nationwide Mask Mandate? Congressional Research Service
‘Biggest thing to happen to renters since WWII’: why this US eviction expert is optimistic Guardian. Based on having a front row seat during the foreclosure crisis, winning some early rounds is far from sufficient to win the struggle.
Don Jr. Says COVID Deaths Are ‘Almost Nothing’ on Day 1,000+ Die Daily Beast. Team Trump needs to limit The Stupid to Trump himself, who seems able to get away with it an undue amount of the time.
Behind China’s threat to support insurgency in India Asia Times (Kevin W)
Brexit: crisis voyeurism Richard North
Antisemitism report: By suspending Corbyn, Starmer is tearing Labour apart Middle East Eye (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Nation Building Overseas? America’s Own Neighborhood is Becoming More Violent American Conservative (resilc)
‘Useful Idiots’: Election Day 2020 With Matt Taibbi, Katie Halper Rolling Stone (Chuck L)
Biden is slammed for calling Trump fans ‘ugly folks’ after they interrupted his Minnesota rally with honking horns – leading critics to compare moment to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 ‘deplorable’ remarks Daily Mail. Doubtful. Too close to the election to have impact.
Five Great Things Biden Has Already Done New York Times (David L)
How Hall County is handling influx of absentee voting, effects of ransomware attack on elections office Gainesville Times. JTM: “The important part is the ransom are attack on the signature-matchin database. ‘Hand marked ballots, hand counted in public…’”
Here’s How to Ruin Tom Cotton’s Election Night Nation (resilc)
It Looks Like AOC’s Squad Will Double After Election Day Vice (resilc)
A Crusade for Something Noble James Carville, The Bulwark (resilc). From the one-time worshipper of the bond market….I have trouble seeing what he knows about nobility, unless he means the aristocracy kind.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Greenwald’s Intercept Resignation Exposes The Rot In All Mass Media Caitlin Johnstone
Used to think there were few things more insufferable than Greenwald sanctimoniousness. but jfc the cowardly hack mob pile-on now that it’s good for their careers, by the same people who once praised him to the skies to build their “social capital”…it’s a maggot’s world here.
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) October 30, 2020
WINSTON 84 PROJECT (furzy). Also mentioned in comments. A catalogue of deplatformed content. I suggest recording the URL.
Antitrust Alone Won’t Fix the Innovation Problem Project Syndicate (David L)
“Oh Jeeeesus”: Drivers react to Tesla’s full self-driving beta release Ars Technica (Kevin W)
These Landlords File the Most Evictions in D.C. Washington CityPaper (dcblogger)
People to Autocrats: Not So Fast Foreign Policy in Focus (resilc)
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