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Amusing Street Signs Marking Tiny Locations Laughing Squid

The Man who Translated the Bible into Latin Antigone (Anthony L)

Scientists discover tap water produces a protective shield against microplastics PhysOrg (Robert M). So don’t worry, be happy despite: Babies are full of microplastics, new research shows Euronews

US student dies after choking during hot dog eating competition Independent (resilc).

Data suggests oil giants are not looking very hard to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint PhysOrg (Robert M)

Music and sex aeon (Anthony L)


A global tragedy: Up to 180,000 health care workers have died from COVID-19 WSWS

A Winter of Hard Choices as Pandemic Persists Bloomberg. We have been saying that if there’s a winter spike, lockdowns are likely given diminished hospital capacity.

‘The possibility of a third wave is frightening’ Rural India Online (J-LS)


The SARS-CoV-2 main protease Mpro causes microvascular brain pathology by cleaving NEMO in brain endothelial cells Nature

Children with mild COVID-19 may not develop antibodies; oral vaccine booster shows promise in monkey study Reuters. Note first item.

Chronic Weight Loss And Malnutrition Join Devastating List Of Long COVID Symptoms Gothamist

Delta variant subtype detected in the US Beckers Hospital Review (furzy)

Highly vaccinated Singapore sets a worrying example Asia Times (Kevin W)


In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan Vanity Fair (furzy)


Is China in Big Trouble? New York Times (David L)

Gen. David Thompson, Space Force commander, warns of China’s growing threat to U.S. in space – Washington Times. Resilc: “Give me budget or the gooks will steal the moon>’


People wonder if they should keep calm and carry on in the face of delta plus variant PBS (David L)

Five charts that show how the NHS is under acute pressure Guardian (Kevin W)

North Korea’s sub missiles put a target on Kim’s back Asia Times (Kevin W)


UN fears ‘mass atrocities’ in Myanmar as troops gather DW


It Is Time We Stop Exalting the British for Legal ‘Reforms’ in India The Wire (J-LS)

India-UK Want To Lead A Global Solar Grid, What It Will Take India Spend

Narco-State Netherlands: The Slippery Dutch Slope from Drug Tolerance to Drug Terror Der Spiegel (resilc)


New Cold War

Chinese-Russian task force sails around Japan Defense News (Kevin C)

Biden encircling while engaging Putin Asia Times (Kevin W)

On suitcases, handles and fire-starters The Saker (Micael T)


Revealed: Biden rejected way forward in Iran deal talks Responsible Statecraft (guurst)

Israel outlaws Palestinian human rights groups, causing backlash from Israeli, international rights organizations PBS (David L)

Israel revokes Jerusalem residency of Palestinian human rights lawyer Salah Hamouri Mondoweiss (guurst)

Embattled Eilat-Ashkelon Gas Deal Has No Bearing on UAE-Israel Relations, Official Says Sputnik (Kevin W)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

A Harvard freshman made a social networking app called ‘The FaceTag.’ It’s sparked a debate about the ethics of facial recognition. Business Insider (J-LS)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Battle brews over creating Space National Guard Politico (resilc)


DOJ plans for Secret Service testimony about Pence at first scheduled Capitol riot trial CNN (furzy)

Trump Coup Lawyer John Eastman Calls Himself ‘White Knight Hero’ In Spectacular Interview Above the Law (David L)


Biden injects new momentum into filibuster fight The Hill

Wealth tax on table as Democrats fight to salvage Biden spending plan Financial Times

Democrats are turning their big spending bill into absolute trash Slate. Lambert: “Assuming good faith, of course.”

Lambert got this just as it was breaking yesterday. In case you had the good fortune not to have heard yet: What Do Democrats Do All Day? On Neera Tanden’s promotion Alex Pareene. Failing up as Biden’s Rahm candidate.

Record high migrant detentions at US-Mexico border BBC

Speaking of Rahm: The Big Lie in Rahm Emanuel’s Senate Testimony Yesterday RSN (furzy)

Supreme Court Agrees to Quick Consideration of Texas Abortion Law Wall Street Journal. Oral arguments Nov. 1. (furzy)

Photos inside Rikers Island expose hellish, deadly conditions New York Post (resilc). See also: Rikers Island: “Humanitarian Crisis” with Dead Cockroaches, Urine and Feces, Plastic Bags in Lieu of Toilets, Lack of Food and Water; Guards Call in Sick to Escape Appalling Conditions, Covid Risk

Our Famously Free Press

Twitter admits bias in algorithm for rightwing politicians and news outlets Guardian (furzy)

January 6 insurrection and Facebook: Internal docs paint a damning picture CNN

New Facebook Storm Nears as CNN, Fox Business and Other Outlets Team Up on Whistleblower Docs The Information (furzy)

Supply Chain

Santa Claus Is Coming—But He’ll Skip Some Stores Wall Street Journal (J-LS)

Read the entire tweetstorm (EL):

Supermarkets using cardboard cutouts to hide gaps left by supply issues Guardian (Kevin W). UK. But still……

EXCLUSIVE Dutch forensic lab says it has decoded Tesla’s driving data Reuters. BC: “Potential ramifications for wrongful death law suits against Tesla.”

Lyft releases sex assault data showing 360 rapes during three-year span New York Post (J-LS). Oh, and 4,100 “sexual assaults”.

Valkyrie Lists Bitcoin Futures ETF on Nasdaq Nasdaq (furzy)

Guillotine Watch

Super-Rich Form Exclusive Club R360 for Billionaires, High-Net-Worth Individuals Bloomberg (J-LS). Hint: this is not for billionaires. They have their own family offices. This is for wanna-bes. I guarantee the only “billionaries” are the organizers, who have a profit participation, and perhaps a buddy they enlisted to participate to improve the optics (and who no doubt got a considerable “founding member” discount).

The other issue, as any savvy knows, that when someone is pushing an investment idea, the concern isn’t that they own a stake. It’s that they are unloading that stake.

Class Warfare

Crew member in charge of prop gun that killed cinematographer was a ‘replacement brought in after workers walked off set of Rust’ following row about conditions and ‘two misfires’ days before tragedy: Alec Baldwin was told weapon was safe to use Daily Mail (J-LS). Wowsers.

DM is actually very good at this sort of reporting, but for those who want MSM verification: Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ camera crew walked off before shooting Los Angeles Times. Kevin W: “So, not so much a tragic accident but an accident waiting to happen.”

A better moment in movie-making (furzy):

Labour union stages rallies, strikes in South Korea Straits Times

Antidote du jour (Bob H):

And a bonus (furzy):

See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour here.

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