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Comment on Links 4/17/2021 by The Rev Kev

3500 year-old honeypot: Oldest direct evidence for honey collecting in Africa Heritage Daily (Kevin W)

Navy’s UFO video is best ‘world has ever seen,’ filmmaker says New York Post (furzy)

Can ‘Banana Buffers’ Save California From Wildfires? Atlas Obscura (Chuck L)

The Nation’s Corn Belt Has Lost a Third of Its Topsoil Smithsonian (David L)

Solar-to-Hydrogen Tech Sees “Remarkable” Efficiency Jump IEEE Spectrum (Chuck L)

Flywheels Turn Superconducting to Reinvigorate Grid Storage Potential IEEE Spectrum (Chuck L)

Brain Disease Transmitted By Tick Bites May Be Treatable Neuroscience News (David L)

Egg and sperm cell size evolved from competition PhysOrg (Chuck L)

The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations Quanta (David L)

The Anti-Freud Dublin Review of Books (Anthony L)

Human-monkey chimera embryos created in lab for first time New Atlas (furzy)

The genetic mistakes that could shape our species BBC (Dr. Kevin)


Covid: Canada sounds the alarm as cases overtake US BBC

With coronavirus surging, Brazil tells women not to get pregnant until a ‘better moment’ RT (Kevin W)

Some Brazilian hospitals have run out of sedatives, forcing doctors to use restraints while coronavirus patients are intubated

“I never thought I would be living through something like this,” a doctor says. “The patient is submitted to a form of torture”

— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) April 15, 2021


The Blood-Clot Problem Is Multiplying Atlantic (IM Doc)

Blood-clotting illness PVT 30x more prevalent in Moderna, Pfizer Covid-19 recipients than AstraZeneca – Oxford researchers RT (Kevin W)

SARS-CoV-2 binds platelet ACE2 to enhance thrombosis in COVID-19 Journal of Hematology & Oncology (Skunk)

The B.1.617 variant of SARS-CoV-2 carries two mutations, E484Q + L452R. Both are separately found in many other coronavirus variants, but they have been reported together for the first time in India. We need more data but variant said to be more infectious +can evade antibodies.

— Anthony Costello (@globalhlthtwit) April 15, 2021

Some experts fear next-generation Covid vaccines may be worse STAT (Dr. Kevin)

More on Lambert’s pet peeve:

18) What is this “Corsi Box” you ask? Good question. It’s named after famed aerosol engineering professor @CorsIAQ of course, and it is 1 simple box fax + 5 MERV13 air filters—two 16X20X2 and three 20X20X2 inches + cheap box fan!

— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) February 19, 2021


India’s surge with a new variant of concern is overwhelming hospitals and cremation grounds.

— Anthony Costello (@globalhlthtwit) April 15, 2021

India’s health system has collapsed Hindustan Times (guurst)

Hong Kong Quarantines Building Tenants After Mutant Strain Found Bloomberg


Covid-19: On Capitol Hill, Top Health Officials Urge Americans to Get Shots – The New York Times

Reducing Global COVID Vaccine Shortages: New Research and Recommendations for US Leadership Duke (furzy). With leadership like ours…

American Interregnum New Left Review (Anthony L)


The pandemic may have caused 200,000 business closures — fewer than expected Business Insider. All in New York City?

A tale of hours worked for pay from home before and after the Great Recession: Learning from high-frequency diaries VoxEU


China looms large over Biden-Suga meet Asia Times (Kevin W)

China ramps up media war on Xinjiang as censors blur Western brands

— Vicky Xu / 许秀中 (@xu_xiuzhong) April 17, 2021


As Myanmar unravels after military coup, people flee cities for rural backwaters Washington Post (furzy)

Lambert warns: “Interesting but what is happening in the countryside is more important”:

People in #Myanmar clap for 5 minutes to welcome the newly formed National Unity Government (#NUG) by @CrphMyanmar #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar

Video: Ven 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

— Aey Sahattaya (@AeySahat) April 16, 2021


First glance at CSO (Irish stats office) Feb trade data:

▪️Imports from Great Britain decreased by €742m (-53%) to €650m compared with Feb


▪️Exports to GB decreased by €107m (-11%) to €859m with Feb 2020.

— JPCampbellBiz – Open a window, keep your distance (@JP_Biz) April 15, 2021

Gateshead pigeon racer warns that Brexit red tape could destroy the sport he loves ChronicleLiveUK (guurst)

Could proposed EU Gender Pay Transparency Directive apply in Northern Ireland because of the N.I. Protocol? – and, if so, how can that be done? BEERG (guurst). More unintended consequences…

Old Blighty

Not surprising, as there is still no Labour opposition to the worst Tory government in living memory

— Brexit Bin 🇪🇺 #BrexitReality (@BrexitBin) April 16, 2021

New Cold War

US laments ‘unwanted escalation’ & reserves right to retaliate after Russia’s tit-for-tat response to sanctions RT (Chuck L)

RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 15 APRIL 2021 by Patrick Armstrong Turcopolier (Kevin W)

Facing The Facts Of War With Russia American Conservative (guurst)


Obituary for America’s war in Afghanistan Asia Times. Kevin W: “Very much worth reading. Bhadrakumar knows his stuff.”

Pentagon: Unclear if Contractors Will Leave Afghanistan Antiwar (Kevin W)

Why a quick return to the Iran nuclear deal is needed to avoid a real nuclear crisis Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (guurst). From last week, still germane.


Biden backtracks on keeping Trump cap on refugees BBC

Biden slams US gun violence ‘epidemic’ after Indiana shooting DW

The Supreme Court Is Making New Law in the Shadows New York Times (furzy)

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren: Lower the Medicare eligibility age to 55 Facebook (Kevin C)

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Clashes break out in Chicago, NYC and Minnesota and dozens are arrested after thousands of BLM demonstrators march to protest the fatal police shootings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright Daily Mail

Emails show DEA’s “covert surveillance” of racial justice protesters in Philadelphia, Chicago, Albuquerque CREW (Chuck L)

In secret Facebook groups, America’s best warriors share racist jabs, lies about 2020, even QAnon theories NBC (furzy)

Our Famously Free Press

Rachel Maddow is Bill O’Reilly Matt Taibbi

Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One Glenn Greenwald

Gargantuanisation London Review of Books (Anthony L). More on the EverGiven

CalPERS CIO comp under review Top1000Funds (Kevin W)

SPAC Hot Streak Put on Ice by Regulatory Warnings Wall Street Journal. Took too long. SPACs are the new name for a favorite gimmick of penny stock shills.

Class Warfare

Pentagon and Tax Cheats Already Cost Taxpayers Far More Than Biden’s Job Plan Truthout

A Third of U.S. Billionaire Wealth Gains Since 1990 Have Come During Pandemic Institute for Policy Studies

Another Minimum Wage Proposal Menzie Chinn. For 2024. Nearly $3 below a living wage for a single person in Alabama right now. We are such nasty people.

Antidote du jour. A photo series from Chet G:

Attached are five photos (all occurring in a second or two) on the release of a bobcat in Pennsylvania.

Here is Robyn Graboski’s April 8 description of the situation:


This gorgeous female bobcat is in care at Centre Wildlife Care after being hit by a car. A huge shout out to the Pennsylvania Game Commission for catching her and bringing her to us, and to Dr. Shapira from Straley Veterinary Associates for treating her. Wildlife rehab takes a village! She is improving by the day, and is already eating and growling at us.


The release occurred on April 12.

And a bonus (furzy):

Sally enjoying her pampering session.

— Dick King-Smith HQ (@DickKingSmith) April 15, 2021

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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