Parrots are taking over the world American Scientist
Elephants’ giant hot testicles could be the reason they have less cancer American Scientist
Man-Made Materials in Nests May Have Both Risks and Benefits for Birds (press release) Bangor University
What to do with climatic emotions the new yorker
Masks matter more than mandates Virology Down Under. “TL; DR The amount of virus we receive can determine the severity of the resulting illness. This “infectious dose” is affected by the amount of virus in the particles we inhale as well as how long we inhale them. Excellent literature review, well worth reading.
SARS-CoV-2-specific T cell responses decline profoundly in convalescents 10 months after primary infection Virological Sina. “Ten months after primary infection, the mean magnitude of SARS-CoV-2-specific CD4 and CD8 T cell responses decreased by approximately 82% and 76%, respectively. SARS-CoV-2-specific T cell responses decreased significantly in 75% of recovering individuals during follow-up. So much for herd immunity. Also, Leonardi was right. Again.
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in free-ranging white-tailed deer in the United States Nature. From the abstract: “Evolutionary analyzes showed that these white-tailed deer viruses originated from at least 109 independent human transmissions, resulting in 39 cases of subsequent local deer-to-deer transmission and three cases of potential spread from the return of white-tailed deer to humans.Viruses have repeatedly adapted to white-tailed deer with recurrent amino acid substitutions across spike and other proteins.Overall, our results suggest that several SARS-CoV-2 lineages were introduced, became enzootic and co-circulated in white-tailed deer.
Myanmar violence, South China Sea disputes to dominate ASEAN talks Channel News Asia
As Asia embraces Thailand’s ‘T-wave’, is the tide turning against K-pop? South China Morning Post
Why are rural elections in West Bengal so violent? The India Fix
Is what we have “crony capitalism”? People’s democracy
Dear old Blighty
COVID-19: what did Quebec do with the federal government’s $432 million earmarked for schools? (Google Translate) The Sun. “The federal government has calculated that schools could, among other things, with this money, improve their ventilation system, increase hygiene measures or buy personal protective equipment and cleaning products.”
New not so cold war
Azov commanders return, the 6th column goes crazy Simplicius the Thinker(s)
Western media whitewash Azov Battalion The nation. Normalizing Fascism:
— Natalka (@NatalkaKyiv) July 9, 2023
Maybe we should start writing “Big Ƶ” instead of “Big Z”? (Lviv is in the Carpathians; we give that to the Poles, Azov problem solved.) Meanwhile, at the White House:
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan declined to comment on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s motivation to hand over Azov’s leadership to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. pic.twitter.com/USM8frM7Nw
— Rahini (@rahini1207) July 11, 2023
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Zelenskiy says he understands Ukraine will be in NATO Reuters. He would, wouldn’t he?
Washington seeks to manage Zelensky’s withdrawal The Kremlin’s new sidekick
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Prigozhin’s failed coup was a blessing in disguise Foreign Police
Analysts: Russia is on the brink Kyiv Post
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Ukraine must win faster The tablet
West must prepare for ‘ugly’ Russian victory in Ukraine that will reward China, warns top US political scientist South China Morning Post. mearshimer.
In Ukraine, I saw a brave but ravaged land in limbo. He needs a future – he needs NATO Timothy Garton Ash, Guardian. Attributing bravery to “the land” is a category error. It is also exactly the kind of mistake that a right-wing nationalist of blood and land would make.
CDC to Cut Funding for State Childhood Immunization Programs Kaiser Health News
Kill Twitter Eschaton
A warning to anyone jumping on Threads Ben Cohen on Substack. The irony of liberal Democrats and pundits jumping onto a Meta platform — even though Meta has gutted their newsrooms and destroyed the news industry — because they can’t stand contact with The Othered* is a bit too much for even the dumbest timeline. NOTE* Or organize their timelines properly.
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Judges tackle major Second Amendment dispute SCOTUSblog
Imperial Collapse Watch
We get what we pay for: the cycle of military spending, industrial power and economic dependence (PDF) Watson Institute, Brown University
The Modern World Reimagined Brad DeLong, HarvardMagazine. The Game: “Interpreting politics through the rise of technocracy, morality, and the ‘web of capital’.”
Antidote of the day (via):
Tiger walking through farmland in the Terai region of 🇮🇳. Humans and animals can only coexist in peace when we understand that the true nature of animals is never to harm humans first! pic.twitter.com/UmpO050xJB
— Prem Mohanty 🏏⚽️ (@philipbkk) July 10, 2023
See Yesterday’s Links and Today’s Antidote here.