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Fossils Reveal Pterosaur Kinfolk Earlier than They Developed Wings New York Instances (Kevin W)
Stunning Research Finds Decreased Proteins – Not Amyloid Plaques – Trigger Alzheimer’s Illness SciTechDaily (Kevin W)
Most Individuals don’t plan to get a flu shot this season — a lot of them say they’ll masks to keep away from germs as an alternative CNBC (Kevin W). Provided that I noticed nearly nobody in a masks in left-leaning Maine, this looks like an excuse, not a plan. A greater excuse could be that flu vaccines are hit and miss by way of efficacy.
New Infectious Threats Are Coming. The U.S. In all probability Received’t Include Them. New York Instances (Robert Ok)
New Discovery Means Parkinson’s May Be Identified With a Swab in Simply 3 Minutes ScienceAlert (Chuck L)
THREAD: Utilizing knowledge from ONS an infection survey, you possibly can calculate that there have been sufficient *new* Covid infections since Mar 2020 to contaminate virtually everybody twice over. (in actuality, some by no means contaminated, some contaminated 3+ occasions).
Unhealthy sufficient, BUT HIGHEST by far in youngsters. Learn on! 1/5 pic.twitter.com/w6bpBogwVD
— Prof. Christina Pagel 🇺🇦 (@chrischirp) October 5, 2022
What Docs Nonetheless Don’t Perceive About Lengthy COVID Atlantic (resilc)
New NIH Grant Awarded to Group Central to Lab Leak Idea Intercept
The decision is lastly in:
Locations the place giant numbers of unrelated, immunologically naive folks congregate in very shut proximity for 6-7 hours practically every single day are important websites of virus transmission. Who knew?
— John Charpentier, Ph.D. 🇺🇦 (@snpsandsnRNPs) October 5, 2022
What Does Sustainable Residing Look Like? Possibly Like Uruguay New York Instances (resilc). Uruguay continues to be excessive on my record of potential expat locations, however I’m involved about not adapting effectively to manana, having to study Spanish, medical doctors being paternalistic (as in anticipating affected person to simply accept their views w/o query), and producing revenue even from completely overseas sources being in a gray space (ie an actual danger of a change in perspective from present non-enforcement). Oh, and on account of very excessive VAT on imported items, it’s not all that low cost both. However #1 presently is Malaysia (particularly Penang) which is a medical tourism vacation spot, has a really expat pleasant visa and tax regime, huge metropolis facilities at a a lot cheaper price level (yours actually likes residing in excessive density areas) and nice meals. Additionally within the Russian vitality sphere, so one thing of a buffer in opposition to vitality value will increase, even when not as effectively insulated as Uruguay. Negatives are that it’s stinking sizzling and a really good distance from the US.
The Local weather Economic system Is About to Explode The Atlantic (David L)
Somalia drought: The battle for survival as famine looms BBC (resilc)
Hurricane Ian Response: Florida Ought to Let Insurance coverage Market Work Bloomberg
UC researchers lastly might have solved the right way to recycle plastic baggage into one thing helpful LocalNewsMatters (David L)
U.S. Mentioned to Plan New Limits on China’s A.I. and Supercomputing Companies New York Instances (resilc)
China’s tough selections as export progress slows Michael Pettis, Monetary Instances (David L)
U.S. Goals to Flip Taiwan Into Big Weapons Depot New York Instances (David L)
13 useless, a number of lacking throughout Durga idols immersion in 3 separate incidents Hindustan Instances (J-LS)
‘Searching for hope’: MPs mirror on Liz Truss’s calamitous Tory convention Monetary Instances
Is This the Finish of ‘Socialism for the Wealthy’? Atlantic (David L)
Producer costs rise at file tempo German Eye
New Not-So-Chilly Warfare. Apologies for a way heavy this part is, however some necessary catch-up.
Ukraine metropolis centre properties hit in missile strike BBC. MoD made an announcement that dual-use buildings and infrastructure (as in civilian however employed partially or full for navy functions) have been authentic navy targets.
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Poland suggests internet hosting US nuclear weapons amid rising fears of Putin’s threats Guardian (Kevin W). These folks have misplaced their minds. Alternatively, believing your individual propaganda (as in misrepresentation of what Putin has been saying) is harmful.
The nice recreation in Ukraine is spinning uncontrolled Jeffrey Sachs, Pearls and Irritations (resilc)
Putin warns growth of NATO into Nordic nations would ‘definitely provoke our response’ Press TV
Putin Should Go: Now Is the Time For Regime Change in Russia John Bolton, 1945 (Kevin W). And I’d like a pony.
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Putin Indicators Regulation Admitting 4 Areas; Russia Retreats in Kherson; OPEC+ Reducing Oil Manufacturing Alexander Mercouris. Mercouris places a unique spin on just about the identical points that Johnson raises under. Russia has weirdly withdrawn in spots in Kherson within the face of a tank advance of solely (per different commentators) 1000 males and has stopped or in the reduction of on efforts to destroy them from the air. It is a bit greater than a single Russian BTG. Mercouris mainly argues that the Russian public will likely be anxious about this, significantly since, as regular, the MoD has refused to ‘splain itself. But he additionally factors out that the world Ukraine has superior into is just about abandoned. And I don’t see any proof of Ukraine mustering forces to make the most of this advance. I additionally don’t get Mercouris riffing on Russia permitting Kherson Metropolis to be taken. Izyum was a deliberate retreat from a small metropolis that was deemed to don’t have any strategic worth. It additionally had only a few folks, a pre-war inhabitants of 45,000 that was estimated to have fallen by 2/3. Nonetheless a nasty search for Russia to have deserted the Russian-sympathizers there and in Kharkiv usually. Kherson metropolis is a Black Sea port with practically 300,000 pre-war, and since there’s not been preventing there, I doubt it has depopulated a lot.
However Mercouris did give us a pleasant shoutout on financial commentary late in his speak, which I do recognize. And it’s optimistic that YouTubers and bloggers are speaking with one another throughout their platforms to attempt to unravel what is going on. We noticed the identical factor amongst monetary bloggers the runup to the monetary disaster, though this neighborhood is unfortunately a lot smaller.
Distinction with What Do You Make of Russia’s Technique in Ukraine? Larry Johnson. Johnson takes the larger image view, that Ukraine has been unable to capitalize on previous tactical good points and will likely be even much less in a position to take action as soon as Russia forces have reorganized themselves to make the most of the partial mobilization (word doubtlessly one other as many as 75,000 volunteers added to the 300,000):
It very a lot jogs my memory of a recreation of chess. Russia is now sacrificing pawns within the type of strategically ineffective territory, whereas Ukraine is dashing ahead to grab symbolic territory with out having the required reserves by way of educated troopers and tools to maintain the assault and defeat Russia. Russia, in the meantime, is transferring its Knights, Rooks and Bishops into place for checkmate. The query stays–what’s Putin’s gambit?
The Limits of Ukraine’s Offensive and the Excessive Worth to Pay When it Ends Brian Berletic, YouTube. Longer however extra pointed and with extra backup than Larry Johnson.
Kharkov and Mobilization Jacques Baud, The Postil
PATRICK LAWRENCE: The Robust, and the Merely Highly effective Consortium Information
Politics By Different Means Large Serge (Chuck L)
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Kremlin responds to rumors over Ukraine operation rebrand RT
Ukraine’s revenge on the West India Punchline (J-LS). Essential. Maybe different posts whereas I used to be on trip addressed this, however I missed it. See the primary map. Russia is laying declare to rather more than the occupied territory. I knew that to be the case with Kherson and Zaporozhye, however didn’t notice the diploma to which that was additionally true of Lugansk and Donetsk. My impression is, nevertheless, that not a lot previous the boundaries of the previous DPR/LPR, the territory shouldn’t be closely populated. Additionally says how a lot will be carried to Germany by way of the one not-punctured Nord Stream 2 pipeline: 27.5 billion cubic meters a 12 months v. the unique 55 billion cubic meters a 12 months for both of Nord Stream 1 or Nord Stream 2.
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Vitality conflict with Russia might price Europe upwards of 1.6 trln euros Vedomosti (translation from TASS)
‘We impose these items after which that’s it’: McGovern tears into US sanctions coverage Accountable Statecraft (J-LS)
On US claims that Russia was behind the bombing of the Nord Stream pipelines, regardless of a years-long US effort to kill the pipeline and a number of US officers vowing to cease it it doesn’t matter what: pic.twitter.com/YqJxPzniy4
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) October 6, 2022
US officers say Ukraine was behind automobile bomb that killed daughter of Russian nationalist: NYT The Hill. OK to confess that since Dugin has since been sanctioned.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, SANCTIONS ARE SOONER — HOW ALROSA AND THE BELGIANS ARE LEARNING TO FIGHT AND TO FEINT John Helmer
Harper’s Index Harper’s Act. Li: “How are the Ukies gonna win in the event that they’re all puffing away? Scroll down.”
Watch Stella Assange Slap The Mustache Off John Bolton’s Warfare Felony Face Caitlin Johnstone. My goodness, Bolton, who has been proper about just about nothing, is immediately in circulation.
Trump’s loss of life menace in opposition to McConnell and the silence of the Democratic Social gathering WSWS
Contained in the White Home’s failed effort to dissuade OPEC from chopping oil manufacturing to keep away from a ‘whole catastrophe’ CNN
Biden cuts oil output: “He is saving the planet by going inexperienced!”
OPEC cuts oil output: “It is a hostile act by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, designed to harm america and our allies and to assist Russia!” https://t.co/jvRaarxmSA
— Aldous Huxley’s Ghost™ (@AF632) October 6, 2022
GOP Clown Automobile
Trump-lover carrying a “blow jobs” T-shirt says he doesn’t need youngsters seeing something inappropriate Boing Boing (resilc).
The Proper Stuff’ Asks Customers to Share Particulars About January sixth Gizmodo (furzy)
Wish to Rent a January 6 Rioter? Now There’s a Web site for That. Vice (resilc)
South Korean Web Big Buys Poshmark in $1.2 Billion Deal New York Instances (resilc)
New York Fed Names Richard Ostrander as Normal Counsel and Head of the Authorized Group Federal Reserve Financial institution of New York. They couldn’t discover a accomplice at Sullivan & Cromwell or Covington? Awfully incestuous.
You thought you got software program – all you got was a lie The Register (Chuck L). Essential by way of general argument. The wee drawback is that software program folks can’t relate to the (non) talent degree of mere mortals. “You’ll have to put some effort into switching. You have to do some relearning.” Assumes time a few of us don’t have, even earlier than attending to the truth that I hate studying now software program with the eagerness of a thousand burning suns.
U.S. airways reject lawmakers’ request to chorus from share buybacks Investing (Kevin W)
The scandals and hypocrisy behind McKinsey’s sterling status Washington Submit (Paul R). From final week, nonetheless germane.
Markets Break When Curiosity Charges Rise Quick: Right here Are the Cracks Wall Road Journal
Nursing scarcity sparks bidding conflict as nations battle for expertise Monetary Submit. Resilc:
My spouse goes to her dentist in Chapel Hill, NC. Dwelling of UNC dental faculty, which additionally provides levels in dental hygienists and assistants. Dentist says “We can’t rent one other hygienist, it doesn’t matter what we provide in pay.”
Russian MP Maria Butina: Angela Davis, please convey hope to those occasions of darkness RT (Chuck L). Essential.
Antidote du jour. Robert H with Betsy and Tippy: “Bow looking season in Maine.”
And a bonus from a reader who was on this Madagascar lemur journey:
See yesterday’s Hyperlinks and Antidote du Jour right here.