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What colors can deer see? Field and flow
Dedollarization would disrupt the global economy Geostrategy Council. Rand Europe.
Risks of synchronized low yields are underestimated in climate and crop model projections Nature. “The simultaneous crop failures in major crop-producing regions pose a threat to global food security.”
Viral persistence in children infected with SARS-CoV-2: current evidence and future research strategies The Lancet. Excerpt from the conclusion: “There is evidence for the possible spread of SARS-CoV-2 in different organs and its persistence for weeks to months after initial infection, even in children regardless of the severity of the disease Viral RNA has been documented in children who died of acute critical illness, but also in pediatric patients diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome weeks to months after a previous asymptomatic or mild infection with SARS-CoV- 2. It remains unclear whether these events can also occur with new variants of SARS-CoV-2 or in previously vaccinated children, and should inform future clinical, biological and pharmacological studies.
Impact of mRNA vaccination-induced imprinted immunity in an experimental animal model Journal of Infectious Diseases. Excerpt from the abstract: “The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variants has raised concerns that ancestral SARS-CoV-2 vaccines may not be effective against newly emerging Omicron subvariants. The concept of “Imprinted immunity” suggests that people vaccinated with ancestral virus-based vaccines may not develop effective immunity against newly emerging Omicron subvariants, such as BQ.1.1 and XBB.1. Here we have investigated this possibility using hamsters.While natural infection induced effective antiviral immunity, in hamsters with the BQ.1.1 and XBB.1 Omicron subvariants after receiving the 3-dose mRNA-LNP vaccine Vax and relax my sweet Aunt Fanny.
Where do viruses hide in the human body? BMJ. From the abstract: “Virus particles often hide in ‘immunoprivileged sites’ around the human body, also sometimes called sanctuary sites, which our immune system does not monitor or protect as tightly as the rest of our body. These include the brain, spinal cord, pregnant woman’s uterus, testicles and eyes…. Viruses such as influenza and SARS-CoV-2 primarily infect the respiratory tract but can travel elsewhere. Influenza viruses can persist after infection in a person’s intestinal tract and stool, through secretions swallowed from the nose and throat, or virus in the blood.
Researchers create a test to detect SARS-CoV-2 in any animal species Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Should we just listen to the scientists? JSTOR Daily
Another deadly pandemic seems inevitable – but there is a way to avoid it Jean Vidal, Goalkeeper
Peak China, a declining United States and the future of Africa SIPRI. Relevant:
Check how many railways China has built in Africa. pic.twitter.com/Y4LCyRx1Ix
—DaiWW (@BeijingDai) July 4, 2023
More office space in Shenzhen calls for tenants Caixin Global
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Rapid and widespread outbreak of Omicron in China after the sudden exit from the “zero-COVID” policy Nature. Model. “We modeled the epidemic dynamics of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 in China from November to December 2022, during a period when China transitioned from a strict COVID-19 policy (“zero-COVID” ) to little-to-no intervention effort. We found that after zero-COVID was fully released, the Omicron variant spread at a very high rate of 0.42/day, with a doubling time of 1.6 days, early and mid -December. before the incidence peaked around December 23. Our point estimate is that 97% of the population (1.4 billion people) were infected in December, with a credibility interval below 95% of 95% of the population (1.33 billion) and a lower limit in sensitivity analyzes of 90% (1.26 billion). With an infection mortality rate of between 0.1 and 0.2% for the Omicron19 variant, in December 2022 as well as in January 2023 (due to the delay between infection and death). Sure, the US has a smaller population, so Biden killed more people proportionally, but Xi still did pretty well!
The American India Problem The diplomat
Oil in troubled waters: where are the main energy disputes in the MENA region? The New Arab (Rev Kev).
The happy country
Dear old Blighty
“Nothing has changed”: France’s forgotten suburbs The new Arabic
South of the border
Zelenskiy will not be at CELAC in Brussels. Invitation blocked by anonymous Latin American leaders, says Zelenskiy. Saint Kitts and Nevis Observer
New not so cold war
Ukraine slows counter-offensive to ‘gradually exhaust’ Russian troops and liberate towns New York Post. The small power waging a war of attrition against the great power makes no sense.
SITREP 7/6/23: Zelensky builds one last suicidal push to appease masters Simplicius the Thinker(s). Take a cup of coffee.
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The failed coup in Russia through the American mirror Indian punchline
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Exclusive: The CIA’s Blind Spot on the Ukraine War William Arkin, Newsweek
Why no one can end the war in Ukraine Edward Luttwalk, Unherd
Now is not the time for Ukraine to join NATO Katrina vanden Heuvel and James W Carden, Guardian. When you lost Katrina vanden Heuvel….
Drop a large boulder into a massive pit 600 feet deep laughing squid
Government appeals ruling that bars federal government from contacting social media companies Policy. “But other legal experts said his decision did not give enough weight to the rights of Biden and others to persuade companies to limit their publication of content that officials consider objectionable.” When Psaki, speaking from a White House podium, tells Facebook to submit to censorship or face anti-trust, is it “cajoling”? Really?
Brief in Support of Defendants’ Motion to Stay Preliminary Injunction Pending Appeal and, Alternatively, Administrative Stay (PDF) STATE OF LOUISIANA, et al., Plaintiffs, v. JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR., in his official capacity as President of the United States of America, et al. Note the ginormous typo; it must have been hastily prepared.
‘No doubt’ US will go to war with Russia if Ukraine falls, says Pence; Prigozhin back in Russia? : Live updates USA today. Pence differs from Trump.
AI boom stems tech slowdown WSJ. How convenient.
Son Bold fireball. One factor to consider in “reporting” is that the Liberal Democrats are hegemonic in the press, and since their censorship industrial complex lost control of Twitter, they want it to fail and, by extension, Threads succeed. Of course, the press is never the story….
How Amazon turned the EU into a planned economy Cory Doctorow, Pluralist. Excellent.
Artificial cells demonstrate that “life finds a way” Scienmag (Chuck L). Original.
Antidote of the day (via):
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Why has no one ever told me that beavers walk around carrying their babies in their arms?! 🖤 pic.twitter.com/Y7qE0pxd8q
— Jessi 💫 (@its_jessi_grace) July 5, 2023
See Yesterday’s Links and Today’s Antidote here.