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New Research Decodes the Sea Cow’s Hidden Language Scientific American
A thread on “primary energy,” so-called (dk):
I find that quoting ‘primary energy’ is a useful heuristic for misinformation, which this piece absolutely is. Here’s why: (short 🧵) https://t.co/1PKzSMP34l
— Dustin Benton (@dustin_benton) March 28, 2022
I’d like to provide additional context to @KatherineEban’s article (https://t.co/CCuBMmpgoI), which reports on meeting w NIH prior to posting of my pre-print on Wuhan #SARSCoV2 sequences deleted from NIH’s SRA. Meeting also in recent FOIAs: https://t.co/URvAH43n84 (1/n)
— Bloom Lab (@jbloom_lab) March 31, 2022
One thing seems clear: Our grant-making machinery is utterly hosed.
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Which Comorbidities Increase the Risk of a COVID-19 Breakthrough Infection? Epic Research. Handy chart, which I have highlighted:
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Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in domestic cats imposes a narrow bottleneck (PDF) PLOS Pathogens. From the Abstract: “. Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in cats involved a narrow bottleneck, with new infections founded by fewer than ten viruses. In RNA virus evolution, stochastic processes like narrow transmission bottlenecks and genetic drift typically act to constrain the overall pace of adaptive evolution. Our data suggest that here, positive selection in index cats followed by a narrow transmission bottleneck may have instead accelerated the fixation of S H655Y, a potentially beneficial SARS-CoV-2 variant. Overall, our study suggests species- and context-specific adaptations are likely to continue to emerge. This underscores the importance of continued genomic surveillance for new SARS-CoV-2 variants as well as heightened scrutiny for signatures of SARS-CoV-2 positive selection in humans and mammalian model systems.”
How Japan survived covid-19 British Medical Journal
Central Trade Unions begin two-day nationwide strike National Herald
COVID-19: India Is the Only Country To Approve Corbevax. But Where’s the Data? The Scroll. I so want Corbevax to be a feel-good story:
As of this AM > 16 million schoolchildren 12-14 yo in India have received Corbevax, the patent-free, vegan, low-cost vaccine technology developed at our @TexasChildrens vaccine center produced by @biological_e distributed by India Govt https://t.co/cIedgrzOWc
— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) March 31, 2022
Terrible precedent. Corbevax has been approved in India for children by the government sidestepping expert advisory committees, without any public data whatsoever and without even pediatric trials being completed. Surely, poorer countries deserve no less than we do for approvals. https://t.co/UXIx7aHpt0
— zeynep tufekci (@zeynep) March 30, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 31 Institute for the Study of War
Ukraine strikes fuel depot in Russia’s Belgorod: Regional governor Al Arabiya. Cheeky! Maybe somebody wants the peace talks to fail?
NATO ‘has been DEFEATED’ by Putin calling the alliance’s bluff and should be replaced with a smaller coalition of nations prepared to be more offensive, says Britain’s former army commander Daily Mail
The Ukraine War Is Over But the Biden Administration Hasn’t Noticed William Arkin, Newsweek
Winners and Losers in Putin’s War Richard Haass, Council on Foreign Relations
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Is a peace treaty to end the Russia-Ukraine war in sight? Gilbert Doctorow
Mariupol’s fate is the key to a Ukraine deal Asia Times
Avoiding the Dangers of a Protracted Conflict in Ukraine Quincy Institute
Biden, Putin and the danger of Versailles Edward Luce, FT
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Putin signs order on new ruble payment mechanism to come into force April 1 S&P Global. Commentary:
Von Der Leyen Left On Hold For 6 Hours Trying To Open Russian Bank Account So EU Can Make Ruble Transfers pic.twitter.com/NKFHWwD2xn
— Le Chou (@LeChouNews) March 31, 2022
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Zelenskyy is Not a Jewish Hero Times of Israel
Ukraine war: Russian forces leave Chernobyl after radiation exposure South China Morning Post
Did Sweden beat the pandemic by refusing to lock down? No, its record is disastrous Michael Hiltzik, LA Times
Overflowing Inventories and the Supply Chain Crisis Dean Baker, Counterpunch (Re Silc).
Supply chain crises force corporate America into a ‘what if’ mindset Gillian Tett, FT
Long-term ocean freight rates up almost 100% year-on-year Hellenic Shipping Newsxxx
General Average declared on Ever Forward as second refloat attempt fails Seatrade Maritime News
Our Famously Free Press
The news flow:
This is a masterpiece pic.twitter.com/hXSiwKcqjV
— Kevin Dalton (@KevinForBOS) March 31, 2022
Wartime Propaganda Classics:
It’s worth reminding youngsters that when SEAL Team 6 finally caught up with him he was living in the Pakistan equivalent of a McMansion, next door to the Pakistan Military Academy in suburban Abbotabad. https://t.co/sD3oj38yIM
— Charlie Stross (@cstross) March 31, 2022
As Part of His NFT Debut, Jeff Koons Will Launch Sculptures Into Space and Place Them Permanently on the Moon Artnet. Can’t we launch Koons instead?
Black Injustice Tipping Point
White Anxiety, Redefined African-American Policy Forum. A bit more intellectually disciplined than Robin DiAngelo….
America’s Retirement Crisis Is a Financial Crisis Too Bloomberg. Maybe we could turn to Andy Cuomo for a final solution?
Seeking the killers with humility at work Axios. Maybe a little too on-the-nose?
Ban Secret Deals Boondoggle. NDAs for economic development deals. What could go wrong?
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.