Cat calendar wins the internet for Portland’s Army Corps of Engineers Oregon Live (o4muse). It is charming how lame the Photoshopping is.
Saints, Knights, and Dragons American Conservative
Long COVID: major findings, mechanisms and recommendations Nature (Paul R)
An important study from the UK Biobank that showed that ‘mild COVID-19’ increased the risk of all-cause death by 10-fold. And COVID that results in hospitalisation increases this 100 fold. No form of COVID is harmless or trivial. https://t.co/aaDfm4RNBa
— Dr. Deepti Gurdasani (@dgurdasani1) January 14, 2023
CDC, FDA see possible link between Pfizer’s bivalent shot and strokes Politico (Paul R)
Chinese hospital staff report severe disease linked to reinfections with Omicron
Reinfected patients are presenting with more severe disease, some only a month out from their first bout, due to the damage done to the immune system by the first infection with COVID-19,” Li said.
— Kate Pritchard (@KatePri14608408) January 13, 2023
COVID-19 is more widespread in animals than we thought National Geographic
Let Them Eat Plague! Red Clarion (John S)
⚠️Sobering—STRAINED WINTERS FOR YEARS—White House COVID19 response coordinator @AshishKJha46 said the US health-care system may not be able to withstand the continued #COVID viral onslaught, straining ability to care for other serious illnesses. Wow.🧵https://t.co/W4FO8V3Nip pic.twitter.com/d2kGOWjJLP
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 13, 2023
Australia-Singapore $35 billion solar deal fades to black Asia Times (Kevin W)
Is California still in drought after storms? What maps and charts show SF Chronicle. EM recommends the color-coded drought status map.
Indonesia sends warship to monitor Chinese coast guard vessel Bangkok Post (furzy)
New US Congress agrees on one thing: China threat Asia Times (Kevin W)
Behind the Terrorist Attack on Brazil’s Government BrasilWire (guurst)
EXCLUSIVE: EXTREME ESCALATION OF BRAZIL’S CENSORSHIP REGIME | SYSTEM UPDATE #22 Glenn Greenwald, Rumble (Alice X)
New Not-So-Cold War
🇺🇦🚫💡⚡️Emergency blackouts was introduced in Dnepropetrovsk region also
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) January 14, 2023
🛰️🇷🇺⚔️🇺🇦Soledar direction: urban area with a difference of six months on 2 satellite images
August 1, 2022 and January 10, 2023 pic.twitter.com/Atgj0MnxXe
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) January 11, 2023
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Laying the foundations for a settlement in Ukraine: Now that Kyiv is in a strong position to negotiate, the US must flex its diplomatic muscles to bring both sides to the table. Responsible Statecraft. I am sure readers will have fun this.
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US ARMY VET FROM IOWA RATS OUT UKRAINIAN CORRUPTION Larry Johnson. So if this is accurate and representative, Ukraine is sabotaging its military campaign. Looting is more important than winning.
Thread of the most cringey, embarrassing establishment perception management being done around Zelensky and Ukraine, in no particular order. Suggestions welcome.
— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) January 14, 2023
Top US lawmaker Menendez objects to potential F-16 sale to Turkey ekathimerini. We said Erdogan would need a bribe to vote for Sweden to join NATO. Might this be it?
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Google says India antitrust order poses threat to national security TechCrunch (Kevin W)
Android TV Box On Amazon Came Pre-Installed With Malware BleepingComputer
Imperial Collapse Watch
This tweetstorm (hat tip guurst) is today’s must read:
Emmanuel Todd, one of the greatest French intellectuals today, claims that the “Third World War has started.”
Small 🧵 translating the most important points in this fascinating interview.https://t.co/eYdKoBJx7B
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) January 13, 2023
The Incorrigible Ideologues of Empire Daniel Larison
GOP Clown Car
The GOP’s New Crusade Is Destroying America’s Comeback Umair Haque (Randy K). Earth to Haque, there was no comeback for the Republicans to mess up. With (among other things), private equity buying even more housing and now healthcare, even middle class workers are on their way to becoming debtcroppers. All the GOP and Democrats are fighting over is the slope of America’s downward trajectory.
Missouri Republicans pass a rule requiring women to cover their arms in the state House chamber Business Insider (Kevin W)
Our No Longer Free Press
Remembering Aaron Swartz Ryan Grim
EVs are getting too heavy and too powerful, safety chief says ars technica (Kevin W)
Bloomberg, WSJ, CoinDesk Among the Media Outlets Seeking to Know Who Bailed Out Sam Bankman-Fried CoinDesk. An interview with Puck.com (which I have not read because paywalled) reports that SBF has security. That’s awfully rich even for Stanford profs.
Global bond market rebounds strongly as inflation fears recede Financial Times
Wage Gains Lag Behind Inflation for Another Year Wall Street Journal
Just a reminder that we COULD have had a single payer healthcare system when Obama 1st got elected. He caved to the insurance lobby, among other things. I voted for him twice – for the record. https://t.co/ujKQSuoHk6
— Lana Dell #MMT #DumpTheIncumbents (@organicfanatic5) January 13, 2023
Antidote du jour. Ann M: “Penny settling into her favorite chair back in NYC after 2 years and 8 months in RI.”
And a bonus (guurst):
— Ink Blot (@inkblotistan) January 13, 2023
A second bonus (guurst):
— Ink Blot (@inkblotistan) January 10, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.