Links 2/15/2022

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Risk of Long COVID explained Don Ford (guurst). A must read. Circulate widely. From what I can tell, even though this piece is written in a very layperson-friendly manner, its statements are accurate. Particularly alarming is a chart that confirms what we’ve been saying, that the vaccines offer virtually no protection from long Covid. The frequency and duration of long Covid also is worse than widely assumed. And another nasty feature: long Covid symptoms can develop months after infection.

An Undiscovered Coronavirus? The Mystery of the ‘Russian Flu’ New York Times (Kevin W). How long has IM Doc been talking about this? At least a year?

Cannabidiol Inhibits SARS-CoV-2 Replication and Promotes the Host Innate Immune Response NCBI


Canadian government invokes Emergencies Act due to blockades and protests over Covid-19 measures CNN. Wellie, Trudeau was not kidding a few days ago re possible use of the military. He’s now given himself permission to do so.

Trudeau vows to freeze anti-mandate protesters’ bank accounts BBC. When they haven’t been indicted and based on mere association: “With no need for a court order, banks will be able freeze personal accounts of anyone linked with the protests.”

This story is from Sunday. Does not state any connection to the truckers but wonder if fear that there was (or to their hangers-on) is the reason for Trudeau escalating: Truck loaded with firearms stolen in Peterborough Sunday, police source says Toronto Star

From Tom H: “Subject summary does not do justice. Hilarious must read”:

Names of Canada truck convoy donors leaked after reported hack Reuters (Kevin W). IP addresses are virtually without exception dynamic unless a donor was dumb enough to use a workplace computer at an employer with static IP addresses. So in nearly all cases, no additional location info beyond ZIP. But still…..


UK ministers press ahead with plan to wind down Covid testing Guardian (Kevin W)


Flower growth in Antarctica is accelerating due to warming climate NewScientist (Kevin W)

The Staggering Ecological Impacts of Computation and the Cloud Mint Press (David L)

‘Not a dumping ground’: Pacific condemns Fukushima water plan Al Jazeera (resilc)

Big banks fund new oil and gas despite net zero pledges BBC. Not surprising….

Is Europe’s Nuclear Phaseout Starting to Phase Out? IEEE Spectrum (UserFriendly)


China-CELAC Agreement Could Bolster Infrastructure Development In Latin America OilPrice


A20 Dover TAP and Sevington chaos predictions as hauliers brace for even more complicated post-Brexit checks Kent Online (guurst)

This week in Brexitland, February 11, 2022 Nick Tyrone

Old Blighty

Post Office scandal: Public inquiry to examine wrongful convictions BBC

New Cold War

A Foreign Policy of Cheap Grace: Allies Prepare To Fight Russia to the Last Ukrainian (resilc)


U.S. Is Closing Kyiv Embassy, Relocating Diplomatic Operations to Western Ukraine Wall Street Journal. Resilc: “Destroying either Wangs or Gateways, most likely. They’ve had ancient stuff forever.”

Read all about it! No. U.S. military evacuation of Americans from Ukraine in case of war! Gilbert Doctorow (guurst)

Pentagon chief orders 160 US troops in Ukraine to reposition in Europe The Hill. 160? Sign of extreme measures to keep generating headlines.

The Risk of Nuclear Disaster in Ukraine Project Syndicate (David L)

Cutting Russia’s Oil Flow To Europe Would Be A Disaster OilPrice

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

EARN IT Act lawmaker finally admits the bill is targeting encryption InputMag (David L)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Why America Has So Few Doctors Atlantic. I am now occasionally getting material from an unduly marketing-oriented business whose raison d’etre is to help Americans move overseas. They now tout that many destinations offer medical care better than you can get in the US.


Israel’s Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, to Make Historic Visit to Bahrain New York Times. Resilc: “‘Historic’ since will be beginning of new wars.”

Israeli Law & Torture: From Detained Minors to a Prison “Torture Room” Nation (guurst)


Trump Organization Accountants Disavow Years of Company Financial Statements Wall Street Journal. Trying to be halfway pregnant. The accountant is still maintaining there are no material discrepancies. And “my experts said it was OK” pretty much always gets executives out of liability…unless the client lied or gave bad info to them. Withdrawing later does not change the status of contemporaneous advice. However, “Every real estate developer in New York City operates this way” is not a defense either. The AG cites among other things that Trump exaggerated the size of his Trump Tower apartment. This sort of thing is pervasive in Manhattan, to the degree that brokers joke about the 11 inch foot. And Trump may well have used a 10 inch foot.

‘I can’t speak to that’: Biden’s Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tells reporter THREE times to go to the DOJ when pressed on Durham’s bombshell allegations Hillary spied on Trump when he was president and Biden knew about it Daily Mail. Looks like both sides have drawn blood.


Defense Department needs to start following the law The Hill (guurst). Biden is backing DoD abuses.

Senator Manchin to Vote Against FDA Nominee Over Opioid Epidemic C-SPAN (Kevin C)

Manchin clarifies: He’d oppose second high court nominee right before presidential election The Hill

GOP Clown Car

A Republican candidate for Texas railroad commissioner shares her nearly nude campaign video Boing Boing (resilc). I could say something about trains…

Our Famously Free Press

YouTube’s Olympics Highlights Are Riddled With Propaganda Wired

Police State Watch

SFPD links woman to crime using DNA from her rape exam SFChronicle (Paul R)

Johnson & Johnson defends talc bankruptcy strategy called ‘rotten’ by cancer plaintiffs Reuters

Should Tech Companies Make It Harder to Fire the CEO? Stanford Law (Kevin W). Help me. Shareholders have far too little power, see Amar Bhide, Efficient Markets, Deficient Governance, Harvard Business Review. The notion that executives need to be protected from them is absurd.

Guillotine Watch

15 Monkeys Have Reportedly Died While Testing Elon Musk’s Midlife Crisis Brain Chip The Gamer (David L)

Class Warfare

The Big Lie of the Elites CounterPunch (resilc)

UC Berkeley Warns It May Have To Cut Admissions By Thousands Due To Court Ruling HuffPost (David L). Higher education complex v. local housing prices.

Thousands of Australian nurses go on strike as Covid cases mount BBC

A Day Without Immigrants Actions Nationwide – Tucson Restaurant Workers Strike – Rural Louisiana Bus Drivers Strike Mike Elk

The Mainstream Media Is Getting Academia Wrong. Still Esquire (martha r)

Why Millions on Medicaid Are at Risk of Losing Coverage in the Months Ahead Kaiser Health News (martha r)

Pay at buyout firms ‘dwarfs’ sums on offer to investment bankers Financial Times. Average of $2 million per employee.

Antidote du jour. IM Doc:

We lost the boys’ favorite horse – Angel Fire – a gorgeous white work horse.

Having 6 year olds help to take their beloved pet to the vet and be with her as she left is not something I want to repeat in a while. However, it is part of life.

The photo is from happier days in our pasture.

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And a bonus (guurst):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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