Patient readers, Yves apologizes for the lack of a “Musical Interlude.” She’s going to catch up on her sleep instead. –lambert
Using Nuclear Bomb Detectors, Scientists Overhear the Secret Songs of a Never-Before-Seen Pygmy Blue Whale Population Smithsonian (Furzy Mouse).
All a boar-d! Wild pig takes Hong Kong subway journey Agence France Presse
Software Is Eating the Car Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture. “Betcha Can’t Eat Just One” doesn’t seem to be working for chips, these days.
How bad are global shipping snafus? Home Depot contracted its own container ship as a safeguard CNBC
‘Woke up sweating’: Some Texans shocked to find their smart thermostats were raised remotely KHAI
CDC panel meeting on COVID-19 vaccines, rare heart issues postponed in observance of Juneteenth Yahoo News! I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate a commitment to vaccine equity and honor People of Color than to postpone an emergency meeting. Well done.
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Why Has “Ivermectin” Become a Dirty Word? (excerpt) Matt Taibbi, TK News
The mechanisms of action of Ivermectin against SARS-CoV-2: An evidence-based clinical review article The Journal of Antibiotics, Nature
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Exposures associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection in France: A nationwide online case-control study The Lancet. From the Discussion: “We found an increased risk of infection associated with having a larger household, having children attending school or other educational institutions in person (with the exception of primary schools), attending professional or private gatherings, frequenting bars and restaurants and practicing indoor sports activities. We found no increase in risk associated with frequenting shops, attending cultural or religious gatherings, or with transportation, except for carpooling. Risk of infection varied by profession, but both partial and complete teleworking were associated with a decreased risk of infection.”
In Oman, fungal infection detected in some COVID-19 patients Medical Express
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British scientists develop ceiling-mounted ‘Covid alarm’ that can detect virus particles iNews
COVID wristbands: How they’ve worked in Hong Kong Cayman Compass
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White House investing billions for COVID-19 antiviral medicines CNN
Only 21% of Americans worried about contracting COVID-19 CIDRAP. Let me know how that works out.
Weekend Long Read: 985 Issues With Finding a Spouse in China Caixin Global. Paywalled, but via Michael Pettis: “In an uncertain society in which social classes are becoming more rigid and expectations increasingly difficult to fulfill, it is challenging to move up the social ladder and devastating to slip down.” Doesn’t seem like what The Bearded One had in mind….
CIA is “scared sh—ss” of DIA’s Chinese defector. Sic Semper Tyrannis (ctlieee). Interesting: “This man, as Chinese counter-intelligence boss looked around the IC and decided that he was most likely to survive an internal leak if he defected to DIA. That means that in spite of the fact that DIA had an internal Chinese mole (recently arrested at DIA request by the FBI), the rest of the agencies are worse in the level in Chinese intelligence penetration not only of their analytic people but also of their operations staff.” Or he has nothing to fear because he’s a plant.
UN assembly condemns Myanmar coup, calls for arms embargo AP. The vote:
The UN General Assembly just adopted its resolution on Myanmar with 119 votes in favor, 1 against and 36 abstentions.
All of Myanmar’s neighboring countries abstained.
The 10 ASEAN members split their votes with 6 in favor and 4 abstaining (Brunei, Lao, Cambodia, Thailand). pic.twitter.com/tdNNokOBxG
— LaetitiavandenAssum (@lvandenassum) June 18, 2021
Blasts kill two near office of party backed by Myanmar army Reuters
Bukit Merah View COVID-19 cluster: Virus could have spread via long queues, surfaces in toilets, says MOH Channel News Asia. Worker dorms, Singapore. A heads-up on possible fomite transmission (“could”).
How changing a 26-word US internet law could impact online expression everywhere The Rappler. Section 230.
India says it hopes to resume COVID-19 vaccine exports Channel News Asia
India should brace for third COVID-19 wave by Oct, say health experts Reuters
Netanyahu refuses to leave prime minister’s official residence Middle East Monitor
Iran Will Elect a New Hardline President, We Have Only Ourselves to Blame Tikkun Olam
US pulls antimissile batteries from Middle East: Report Al Jazeera
“A dinner for two with Tony Blair”:
Notting Hill Carnival is CANCELLED for the second year because of the ‘risk and uncertainty’ of the pandemic as organisers promise to ‘refocus efforts’ for the August Bank Holiday weekend Daily Mail
French prosecutors seek 6-month jail term for Sarkozy France24
Germany disbands Stasi records agency but saves files Deutsche Welle
New Cold War
White Horses, Red Lines — Marshal Georgy Zhukov’s Guide to Surprising and Defeating Russia’s Enemy John Helmer
Putin Suddenly Looks Very Small Defense One
Argentine lab makes first half million doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine Reuters
Yucatán acquires German shepherds trained to sniff out Covid Mexico News Daily. Interesting detail on how a dog team is structured.
Biden admin again flying migrants who cross border in one place to another place before expelling them NBC. Kamala, good job.
Spread The Blame Around Eschaton
DC inmate elected to public office The Hill. Novel strategy: Get the indictment out of the way first.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Joe Biden’s new anti-terrorism initiative classifies “anarchist violent extremists” that “oppose all forms of capitalism, corporate globalization, and governing institutions, which are perceived as harmful to society” as “domestic violent extremists.” pic.twitter.com/GKmsQsGBaA
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) June 18, 2021
Who wouldn’t be for corporate globalization?
How the FBI Is Trying to Break Encryption Without Actually Breaking Encryption Gizmodo
Our Famously Free Press
Questions About the FBI’s Role in 1/6 Are Mocked Because the FBI Shapes Liberal Corporate Media Glenn Greenwald. “And that’s why I’m turning you in.”
‘That Is Actually Bollocks’: 20 Propaganda Horrors From 20 Years of Media Lens – Part 1 Media Lens (MA). Part 2.
Not All Labor Actions Aid the Working Class Jacobin. Commentary:
Intra-class struggles are REAL, are a thing. Anything that increases (or even does not decrease) competition, strife, etc. among direct producers/workers favors capital. I shall not be moved. Call me a “tankie” if you must, I don’t care.
— Greek Stav (@GrkStav) June 18, 2021
Mapbox Faces Union Drive as Labor Organizers Extend Push in Tech Bloomberg. The Union achieved a supermajority, apparently.
‘You’re gonna die’: being a security guard in a pandemic FT
Young American Adults Are Dying — and Not Just From Covid Bloomberg
The Covid Housing Crisis Is Crushing the Service Industry Eoin Higgins, The Flashpoint (SW).
What If We’re Wrong? Areo
Long-term gene–culture coevolution and the human evolutionary transition Proceedings of the Royal Society B. “Culture appears to hold greater adaptive potential than genetic inheritance and is probably driving human evolution.” Important!
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jur here.