Octopus Intelligence Is Unlike Anything We Know Mind Matters (David L)
Kelping is a ‘global phenomenon’ sweeping the world of humpback whales, scientists say Live Science (David L)
Sea Lion Escapes From Central Park Zoo Enclosure During Flooding New York Times (David L). On the NYC flooding generally, see New York City: State of emergency declared over flash flooding BBC (furzy)
Earthworms contribute significantly to global food production Nature (Dr. Kevin)
An Invasive Mosquito Threatens Catastrophe in Africa New York Times (Dr. Kevin)
Spider Venom That Causes Penile Necrosis Could Work as an Alternative to Viagra ScienceAlert. Chuck L: “Guys, inspect a banana bunch carefully before picking it up.”
FDA Wants to Oversee Lab Tests It Says Put Patients ‘At Risk’ New York Times (Kevin W).
Decreasing biodiversity may promote spread of viruses: Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Dr. Kevin)
I have asked the Covid Brain Trust about this tweet. One of my concerns is that Covid bad effects are often attributed to the vaccines, but this cohort is cancer survivors in many cases taking immunosuppressive drugs and thus regularly monitored:
Professor of Oncology at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London: “At the end of last year I reported that I was seeing melanoma patients who had been stable for years relapse after their first booster (their third injection). I was told it was merely a coincidence and to… pic.twitter.com/YZ3b4BRo52
— Robin Monotti (@robinmonotti) September 29, 2023
Desalination system could produce freshwater that is cheaper than tap water MIT Technology Review (David L)
Alarm in Taiwan as online map appears to show PLA ‘Trojan horse’ flight South China Morning Post
India’s not the China alternative Wall Street thinks Asia Times (Kevin W)
*India 2018, Justin Trudeau invited a terrorist for dinner*
•Canadian PM Justin Trudeau was in India for a week-long trip in 2018.
•Justin Trudeau was hosting an official dinner at the Canadian High Commissioner’s residence in New Delhi.
•Jaspal Atwal, a terrorist convicted… pic.twitter.com/bsEmgSzAQu
— Facts (@BefittingFacts) September 30, 2023
New Not-So-Cold War
The New Atlas LIVE: Mark Sleboda on West Pivots to “Long War” in Ukraine, Industry to Decide Victor Brian Berletic, YouTube. This is very long but Sleboda is energetic and has lots of factoids about battlefield issues. Big takeaway is he thinks Russia will take a lot longer to subdue Ukraine than the likes of Scott Ritter and Douglas Macgregor think. Since Sleboda is in Moscow, this may reflect Russia managing expectations of its citizens way down so as to avoid negative surprises.
Canada’s honoring of Nazi vet exposes Ottawa’s longstanding Ukraine policy Grayzone. From mid-week, still germane.
I don’t think North Americans today grasp how common this old racist notion of Russians as “Asiatic/Mongols therefore bad barbarians who threaten western civilization” is among east/central Europeans + Georgians—not just meathead nationalists, but also liberal/NGO “democrats” https://t.co/2JSStS06n9
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) September 29, 2023
It’s 1.30am here in Goris, Armenia near the border with Nagorno-Karabakh.4 buses just came in with more Armenian families. One minister here told me over 100,000 people have crossed into Armenia, nearly 85% of the total population. “It’s a modern genocide” he said. pic.twitter.com/XODwSZpyt4
— Bel Trew (@Beltrew) September 29, 2023
An image from an Azerbaijani stamp issued in 2020, showing a special exterminator for Nagorno-Karabakh.
You remember posters depicting a whole race as vermin from somewhere? https://t.co/pDsUbc5ydA pic.twitter.com/EwdvIYD0ty
— Janine ♰ (@JanineE1) September 30, 2023
New footage from 26 September showing a US convoy, roughly 2 kilometers long, looting Syrian oil near Qamishli, moving east towards the Semalka border crossing and heading for Iraqi Kurdistan. pic.twitter.com/6E1d8CwTXh
— The Cradle (@TheCradleMedia) September 29, 2023
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
>U.S. ‘Leadership’ Isn’t Necessary or Desirable Daniel Larison
Empty Chair Diplomacy 2.0 at the United Nations Counnterpunch
SCOTT RITTER LIVE: WHAT WILL THE END OF WAR IN UKRAINE LOOK LIKE? YouTube. ZOMG, liste to the four minutes staring at 1:19:30 on the India-Middle East Economic Corridor proposed by Biden.
Gen. Milley Warns of Fealty to Dictators, in Exit Speech Aimed at Trump Wall Street Journal
Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia Election Case Pleads Guilty New York Times
Please click through to read in full:
I met Senator Diane Feinstein once, in the lead up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She had just recently been assigned to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (in 2001), and it was in that capacity that she had a senior staffer from the committee ask me to come to Washington… pic.twitter.com/QQPA04hP22
— Scott Ritter (@RealScottRitter) September 29, 2023
My memory of Dianne Feinstein will always be when she was on the floor of the Senate during the financial crisis, and the Brown-Vitter amendment to break up the big banks came up. “This is America, isn’t it?” she said, and gave a thumbs down. https://t.co/bOPTSZEh8f
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) September 29, 2023
Hard-liners plot to replace McCarthy with a deputy as shutdown looms Democratic Underground (furzy)
Defense Secretary Austin’s salary cut to $1 under GOP budget plan Military News (BC)
How a US government shutdown could disrupt science Nature (Dr. Kevin)
GOP Clown Car
Anti-Trump Republicans fail to sway voters – NYT RT (Kevin W)
Our No Longer Free Press
What Lina Khan’s antitrust case could mean for Amazon Financial Times
Why the UAW Strike is More Important Than the 2024 Election (and We Need You) Status Coup (Userfriendly)
US judge refuses to block Medicare from negotiating drug prices Reuters (furzy)
Antidote du jour:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here