Links 10/27/2021

These fuzzy lemurs have a human-like ability to sing on beat Popular Science

Life above the waves! Ocean Builders (furzy). This seems totally cool until you get into wee issues like provisioning and storms and repairs. Island living but more so. Not an easy drill.

How an Oregon battle between human and nature inspired Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ OPB (furzy). Haha, I’ve been to those dunes!

From cradle to grave Washington Post. On climate change in the Middle East.

COP26: How every country’s emissions and climate pledges compare Financial Times (David L)

From Chuck L: “A per capita chart would look very different. Also, where’s Russia?”

A Physicist’s Journey International Review of Science (Anthony L)

Hegel today aeon

#COVID-19

Manufacturing our consent for medical apartheid? ‘Libertarian socialist’ Noam Chomsky comes out in support of a two-tier society RT (Kevin W)

Income support during lockdown didn’t just battle poverty – it might have helped combat Covid too Scroll (J-LS)

Science/Medicine

Study reveals how COVID-19 can directly damage brain cells NewAtlas (Kevin W)

Millions of USED nitrile gloves – some stained with blood – are being redyed then shipped to the US amid spike in demand caused by COVID Daily News (Kevin W)

1 in 4 COVID patients hospitalized while vitamin D deficient die – Israeli study Times of Israel

Horse hyperimmune antibody may help the fight against COVID-19, study finds MedicalXpress

US

Federal judge rejects Southwest Airlines pilots’ request to block vaccine mandate CNBC

From Chuck L. Noteworthy for the Twitter disclaimer:

China?

U.S. backs Taiwan re-entering United Nations 50 years after expulsion UPI (David L)

China launches world’s fastest programmable quantum computers South China Morning Post (J-LS)

India

Indian households cutting back on spending: Report Asia Times (J-LS)

Brexit

UK exporters fall foul of post-Brexit trade rules Financial Times

British scientists being ‘frozen out’ of EU research due to NI row, claims MP Guardian (Kevin W). A bit late to this, but help me. We said that the EU had plenty of ways to retaliate for the UK’s bad faith behavior in addition to formal mechanisms.

Do read the whole thing:

Plus Ça Change Wolfgang Streeck, New Left Review (Anthony L). On the collapse of the left wing parties in the recent German elections.

New Cold War

NATO not ready for equal dialogue, Russian defense minister says as German counterpart warns bloc ready to deter Moscow with nukes RT. guurst: “What is wrong with these people?”

Moldova: Russia threatens gas supply in Europe’s poorest state BBC

WHO’S FEEDING RADOSLAW SIKORSKI AS HE GROWS FATTER AND FATTER John Helmer.

“The Government Currently Being Formed Is Finally Going to Act” Der Spiegel (resilc)

Syraqistan

Biden administration steps up war threats against Iran WSWS

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

China is accused of exporting authoritarian technology. But the west has done so, too, more covertly The Conversation (Kevin W)

Apple’s Privacy Rules to Blame For Facebook’s Lower Than Expected Quarterly Growth, Says Zuckerberg Macrumors.com

1/6

Meet Ray Epps: The Fed-Protected Provocateur Who Appears To Have Led The Very First 1/6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol Revolver (Heidi’s Walker via Chuck L)

Biden

Biden makes 2 key, boundary-breaking FCC nominations NPR (Kevin W)

Democrats haggle as deal comes into focus The Hill and Dem hopes for infrastructure vote hit brick wall The Hill

Versus….White House enters ‘hand-to-hand’ combat stage of negotiations Politico

Corporate Minimum Tax Resurfaces as Democrats Hunt for Money Wall Street Journal

Adversarial Front Line Caused by Forest Service Ineptitude Moonshine Ink. Chris S: “Sent to me by a friend who lives in Plumas county and had to evacuate at least twice from the Dixie fire. She has lived in Plumas county for over twenty years.”

Police State Watch

The Early Signs From the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Are Not Promising Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc)

‘Let’s try something different’: Minneapolis residents to vote on ballot measure to replace police department NBC (furzy)

Our Famously Free Press

Do we really want TV shows to mention the pandemic? Guardian

Non-mainstream news sites erode people’s interest in politics, study finds Nieman Lab (TF). A outlier study (as in contradicts other findings) of only 500 people (chosen how?) in Austria that found that alternative media are bad for democracy is touted by a US journalism site. I see.

Despite the many warning signs, Facebook has not done enough to fix its hate-speech problem in India Scroll (J-LS). One has to wonder if the legal sanctions for hate speech are as tough in India as here.

Supply Chain

How a supply chain shortage hurts local businesses BBC

Ubisoft Pestering Far Cry 6 Players For Not Playing Enough Kotaku (Kevin W)

‘We Are In An Exciting New ‘Era Of Hyper-Innovation’ Forbes. Resilc: “How about cheap false teeth for poor people?”

Blue Origin, Boeing chart course for ‘business park’ in space Reuters

Tesla Becomes Lowest-Revenue Company to Hit $1 Trillion Market Value Bloomberg

Tesla pulled its latest ‘Full Self Driving’ beta after testers complained about false crash warnings and other bugs The Verge (Kevin W)

‘The Billion Dollar Code’: A David vs Goliath Battle That Shows the Tech World’s Evil Side The Wire (J-LS)

Zillow’s Zeal to Outbid for Homes Backfires in Flipping Fumble Bloomberg

Bitcoin is largely controlled by a small group of investors and miners, study finds TechSpot (David L)

Class Warfare

Judge sides with John Deere strikers in case over tactics The Hill

5,000 Philly Transit Workers Authorize Strike – VCU Health Nurses Walkout – Florida School Bus Drivers Walkout Mike Elk

Amazon software glitches reportedly firing workers who apply for medical leave New York Post (Kevin W). Looks like a feature, not a bug.

Where we embrace socialism in the US: Parking Lots City Observatory (guurst)

This year’s Thanksgiving feast will wallop the wallet Seattle Times (J-LS)

Antidote du jour. PJH: “In this pic you can see my cat patiently and beautifully waiting in front of the cupboard, where her food is.

And a bonus (furzy):

Another bonus (Leroy R):

See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour here.

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