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Busy beaver believed to be behind brief blaze by Benson Lake OregonLive (Heresy101)

Something Large Just Smashed Into Jupiter Science Alert (Chuck L)

747-sized asteroid skimmed by Earth, and scientists didn’t see it coming Jerusalem Post. Chuck L: “While on the subject of space rocks.”

World’s Largest Carbon Capture Plant Opens in Iceland Smithsonian Magazine (furzy)

You Think That Fresh Water Is Valuable On The Moon? Try The Earth! Forbes (David L)

In the American Southwest, the Energy Problem Is Water IEEE Spectrum (Chuck L)


Major triaging has begun in Alberta hospitals, emergency doctor says Edmonton Journal (guurst)


The Lab-Leak Debate Just Got Even Messier Atlantic (David L)

Household COVID-19 risk and in-person schooling Science

Globally, @IHME_UW data shows that promoting seasonal mask use in the fall and winter or during surges in transmission: between now and the end of the year increased mask use could save 280,000 lives. Wear your mask.

— Ali H. Mokdad (@AliHMokdad) September 24, 2021

📍Over 100 children have died from #COVID19, or ~3 children a day, in the last 5 weeks—20 died last week alone (@AmerAcadPeds data). This is on par with pediatric age<15 annual cancer death rate! ➡️ We shouldn’t just “learn to live” with either. #vaccinate

— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) September 24, 2021

Over 1,000/100K. That’s incidence among kids 10 to 14 in England.

— Diego Bassani, PhD 🏠😷 💉 💉 (@DGBassani) September 24, 2021


Federal contractors must ensure employees are fully vaccinated by December Politico. As I read this, no frequent testing out.

ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ PETITION FOR TEMPORARY INJUNCTION. With respect to a vaccine mandate by the city of Gainesville. City didn’t even bother making a case.

Vaccine ‘mix-and-match’: I got the Moderna vaccine. Can I get a Pfizer booster? NBC (furzy). These articles are hard to swallow. How many in America are dumb enough not to have worked out you can schedule a vaccine appointment and no one is going to check your history, because they can’t even if they wanted to?

Latest Data on COVID-19 Vaccinations by Race/Ethnicity KFF (resilc)


Look to Japan for lessons on Evergrande Gillian Tett, Financial Times (David L)

Evergrande bubble popped in time: no Lehman moment Asia Times (Kevin W)

The Evergrande saga marks the end of China’s long property boom South China Morning Post (furzy)


The typically very high land-auction premiums over the asking prices have collapsed, according to Caixin, “adding to evidence that financial stress on property developers such as China Evergrande Group is growing.”

— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) September 25, 2021

China Evergrande’s Electric-Vehicle Business Warns of Cash Squeeze Wall Street Journal

Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou flies back to China after deal with US BBC. It is unpopular to say so, but the US had a sound legal case. Meng/Huawei was shockingly lazy about setting up the usual cutouts to insulate her/the relevant sub in their dealings with Iran. Now the wisdom of going after her is another matter…

According to the @globeandmail, the arrest of #MengWanzhou was the work of John Bolton alone, neither #Trump nor #Trudeau were informed of the plan. The request came to the Canadian gov on Nov 30, hours before Wanzhou landed in Vancouver. #cdnpoli

— Sophia (@les_politiques) September 24, 2021

Old Blighty

Boris Johnson is set to relax immigration rules for European lorry drivers as queues began to form at petrol stations following warnings of fuel rationing.

— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) September 25, 2021

Supply chain crisis: Tories poised to U-turn on foreign worker visas Guardian

Don’t Panic! The supply chain shortages story that has been in the media in one form or another solidly for the past 8 weeks now, and intermittently for most of the past 18 months is ramping up again – here’s a🧵 pleading for calm heads, collaboration, and a new strategy. 1/

— Shane Brennan (@ColdChainShane) September 24, 2021

Hundreds of fishermen in Normandy, France, took to the streets and dumped fish at regional authorities’ offices to protest offshore windfarm projects that they say would drive away their catch and shrink their fishing site

— Reuters (@Reuters) September 25, 2021

11 years after EU and Creditors are still looting and destroying Greece Defend Democracy

New Cold War

Turkey will purchase new Russian missile defenses despite U.S. opposition, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said

— Bloomberg (@business) September 25, 2021


Necessary for security’: veteran Taliban enforcer says amputations will resume Guardian (resilc)

Israel will be ‘gone’ in 20 years– says Wilkerson, former State Dept aide Mondoweiss (guurst)

Imperial Collapse Watch

The US Space Force Will Wear Battlestar Galactica Uniforms Giant Freakin Robot

Rolls Royce Will Provide Long-Awaited New Jet Engines For The B-52 Bomber Fleet The Drive. Kevin W: “The B-52 was manufactured from 1952 to 1962. With these new engines, they will still be flying – over 100 years later. And flown by the great grand-children of the original pilots probably.” Moi: I have a soft spot for simple rugged old tech. Look at the AK-47.

AUKUS Debacle: US Apologies to France in Biden-Macron Call, Greenlights EU Army, Johnson Frozen Out Alexander Mercouris, YouTube (bwilli123). Important. I hate videos as a medium for conveying information but this is worth your time. Plus you get goodies like “The foreign policy establishment in the United States, in Washington, is weak, it is lead by amateurs…”.

Is NATO good for Asia or is Asia good for NATO? Asia Times (Kevin W)


Activism, Uncensored: Lots of Hype, and an Undercover Agent Arrested at the “Justice for January 6th” Rally Matt Taibbi

Five takeaways from Arizona’s audit results The Hill


Now Greta turns on Joe! Teen eco-warrior calls Biden a hypocrite for his Build Back Better plan – which she says is NOT investing in green tech Daily Mail

For the US, the Climate Plan is More Walls and Armed Agents at the Border CounterPunch (resilc)

Covid-19 panic at The View ahead of Kamala Harris’ appearance sees two hosts yanked off live on air RT (Kevin W). One Kamala critic contends that Harris is eager for any excuse not to be interviewed, even on a super friendly show like The View because she does not want to field questions about the Haitian refugees/border mess.

Latin American Migration, Once Limited to a Few Countries, Turns Into a Mass Exodus Wall Street Journal. Resilc: “Didn’t Harris fix this two months ago before moving on to Asia?”

Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp Politico

The Civil War–Era Roots of the Debt Ceiling Crisis Washington Monthly

McConnell’s 32 career votes to raise the debt limit increased it by $20.7 trillion CAP Action

Republicans: Stop Funding an Unaccountable Military American Conservative (resilc)

Dark-Money Group to Donors: Reconciliation Bill Can Still Be Killed Intercept

What did Nancy Pelosi say to AOC right before AOC changed her vote from “Nay” to present?

Serious question.

— Brutal Regime Apocalyptic Dreams (Aaron) (@brutal_regime) September 24, 2021

Woke Watch

‘Bodies with vaginas’?! Lancet slammed for ‘erasing women’ after promoting latest issue with controversial quote RT (Kevin W). Um, I had a friend in Oz who had just gotten the chop, and from what she said, she was also stretching her tissues to simulate a vagina. So how would that fit in the Lancet’s paradigm?

Women serving life sentences without parole surged over the past decade, report shows CNN

Prince Andrew finally acknowledges sex assault lawsuit from Epstein accuser after forcing servers to jump through legal hoops RT. Kevin W: “It’s a bomb shell. The walls are closing.”

Flood Insurance Costs Are Set to Skyrocket for Some New York Times (resilc)

Dara Khosrowshahi, the man reforming Uber Financial Times (David L). Kill me now.

Wyoming natural gas flared for cryptocurrency mining exempt from taxation (Paul E)

China PBOC Says Crypto-Related Transactions Illegal Bloomberg

Why China Finally Decided to Ban Bitcoin Slate (Kevin W)

No wonder Amazon is looking into crypto. Moar crime!

CVS, Home Depot, Ulta and Target all have something in common. They’re struggling to keep up with organized crime rings stealing from their stores in bulk and selling the goods online, often on Amazon.

— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) September 3, 2021

Guillotine Watch

One of NYC’s poshest buildings facing $250m lawsuit over building defects BBC

Class Warfare

Gig work is precarious no matter the country The Verge

Taxing the Rich: Biden Backs Levy on Billionaires’ Unrealized Investment Gains Bloomberg (furzy)

The U.S. has more in common with South America than Europe The Week. Wowsers, no mention of the most obvious similarity, high levels of inequality.

Antidote du jour. Karma fubar: “My dog in my barn. Shot on my iPhone with no image alterations.”

And a bonus:

When your dog has spent too much time with the rabbits#dogs #dogsoftwitter #DogsofTwittter

— dog fans (@dogfans4) September 24, 2021

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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