No doorways, no windows, no walls
No shelter here on the ground
No standing and no safe place to fall
Just the promise of this distant sound
Bells are ringing all over the world

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Linkee-poo Tuesday Sept 7

Willard Scott, Michael K. Williams, and so it goes.

"'Labor Day should be a moment when we all reflect the critical contributions of working people to the political, economic and cultural development of this country,' said Claudrena Harold, a history professor at the University of Virginia… Three moments in labor history, in particular, are central to U.S. history, the modern labor movement, and today's workplace, according to history and labor scholars." Really, NPR? Nothing about the coal mine wars, Homestead, or any of the others?

"To make the system as small as possible, the researchers decided to start with the CRISPR protein Cas12f (also known as Cas14), because it contains only about 400 to 700 amino acids. However, like other CRISPR proteins, Cas12f naturally originates from Archaea – single-celled organisms – which means it is not well-suited to mammalian cells, let alone human cells or bodies. Only a few CRISPR proteins are known to work in mammalian cells without modification. Unfortunately, CAS12f is not one of them. This makes it an enticing challenge for bioengineers like Qi."

"The rapidly warming climate is the 'greatest threat' to global public health, more than 200 medical journals are warning in an unprecedented joint statement that urges world leaders to cut heat-trapping emissions to avoid 'catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.'"

You might remember me mentioning that one of the largest impacts of climate change will be on our food supply and where we live and grow our crops are all in the wrong places. Whelp, a twitter thread. It's here earlier than predicted.

"New York City was never built to withstand a deluge like the one Ida delivered. It showed."

"There was 'just the right mix of weather conditions' in place to fuel the system, according to Tripti Bhattacharya, an assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at Syracuse University… 'A storm like this would have been exceptionally rare 20 or 50 years ago,' she told NPR. 'But we have to start thinking about it becoming the norm as the climate warms.'"

"Yes, it's that familiar winter nemesis, the flu. And there are vaccines to help ward it off — but also misinformation and fears circulating. 'We've been concerned about vaccine fatigue and that people will be confused about whether or when they need the flu shot, and not very eager to once again roll up their sleeve,' says Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases. 'Flu is a nasty virus and worth protecting against.'"

"The rise in people using ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug usually reserved for deworming horses or livestock, as a treatment or preventative for Covid-19 has emergency rooms 'so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting' access to health facilities, an emergency room doctor in Oklahoma said." Fortunately I haven't seen this (or at least it hasn't been called out in a way I would recognize).

"Poison control centers are seeing a dramatic surge in calls from people who are self-medicating with ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug for animals that some falsely claim treats COVID-19… According to the National Poison Data System (NPDS), which collects information from the nation's 55 poison control centers, there was a 245% jump in reported exposure cases from July to August — from 133 to 459."

"Over the past several months, a series of studies has found that some people mount an extraordinarily powerful immune response against SARS-CoV-2. Their bodies produce very high levels of antibodies, but they also make antibodies with great flexibility — likely capable of fighting off the variants of coronavirus circulating in the world but also likely effective against variants that may emerge in the future."

"Of all the patients treated in an ICU, those on ECMO require the most attention, says nurse Kristin Nguyen who works in the ICU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center."

"Schools that have opened their doors to students amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus already are grappling with how to best continue teaching students when hundreds and sometimes thousands of them are in quarantine."

"The U.S. health care system is again buckling under the weight of a COVID-19 surge that has filled more than 100,000 hospital beds nationwide and forced some states to consider enacting 'crisis standards of care' — a last resort plan for rationing medical care during a catastrophic event."

"The leaders of two federal health agencies are urging the White House to rethink its plan to roll out COVID-19 vaccine boosters starting Sept. 20."

"A Mississippi man freed after nearly 23 years in prison filed a lawsuit Friday against the district attorney who prosecuted him six times in the killings of four people at a small-town furniture store."

Look, actual data… "Since last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, there’s a popular refrain echoing through urban police precincts, rural sheriff’s offices and city halls everywhere in between: Officers are fleeing America’s police forces in big numbers, officials say… According to federal data, those worries are unfounded. Last year, as the overall U.S. economy shed 6% of workers, local police departments lost just under 1% of employees after a decade of steady expansion, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s about 4,000 people out of nearly half a million employees in municipal police departments and sheriff’s offices nationwide. State and federal law enforcement departments actually saw a slight increase in the number of employees."

"In the immediate aftermath of Trump’s election, the theme of American plutocrats preparing for the apocalypse was impossible to avoid. The week after the inauguration, the New Yorker ran another piece about the super-rich who were making preparations for a grand civilisational crackup; speaking of New Zealand as a 'favored refuge in the event of a cataclysm', billionaire LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, a former colleague of Thiel’s at PayPal, claimed that 'saying you’re "buying a house in New Zealand" is kind of a wink, wink, say no more'." About New Zealand, Peter Thiel, and the "Sovereign Individual", a book that apparently Ayn Rand was the gateway drug. (Grokked from Laura J Mixon)

"Arriving in a military helicopter, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro was inaugurated in the state’s old capital on Sunday amid clashes between police and protesters who oppose continued Serb influence in the tiny Balkan nation."

"Some evangelical pastors are reportedly providing religious exemption documents to the members of their church, and right-wing forums are sharing strategies to skirt vaccine requirements. Religious freedom groups are sending threatening letters to states, schools and employers and preparing legal challenges to fight vaccine mandates." I don't think this was the march of the saints and religious war they wanted. It's also the war they will lose.

"Multiple planes meant to ferry hundreds of people who say they are fearful of life under the Taliban's rule, including American citizens and green card holders, spent another day parked on an airstrip in northern Afghanistan Monday."

"These so-called audits won’t alter the outcome of the 2020 election. Their point is to cast further doubt on its legitimacy and justify additional state measures to suppress votes and alter future elections… It’s a vicious cycle. As Trump continues to stoke his base with his big lie that the election was stolen, Republican lawmakers – out to advance their careers and entrench the GOP – are adding fuel to the fire, pushing more Americans into Trump’s paranoid nightmare."

"Georgia had the largest-ever single rollout of new voting equipment to 159 counties, delayed a spring primary because of the coronavirus and counted more than five million votes three times in the weeks after the November general election. Sosebee said this conference - the first in-person gathering since the 2020 cycle - was a chance for her colleagues to support each other after a difficult year."

"Donald Trump is reportedly close to selling rights to his hotel near the White House in Washington, a move the website Axios said 'would carry a symbolism savoured by opponents', given it would mean 'the removal of Trump’s brash, golden branding from Pennsylvania Avenue'… Reports from Iowa, however, indicated that the former president is close to announcing an attempt to return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, often called the most powerful address in the world, with a run for the Republican nomination in 2024."

"While serving as U.S. ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft directed government business to then-President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel, according to internal emails released by the State Department."

Meanwhile, on Bullshit Mountain… "President Joe Biden traveled on Friday to Louisiana where he appeared to bring along a 'cheat sheet' which featured names and photographs of local officials with certain talking points, according to a report detailing his visit." Oh look, it's the "uses a teleprompter" controversy all over again. What I love is that they talk about how they also gave Trump the "cheat sheets" and notes, but he left them on the plane or "held the notebook." Note that nowhere in this article does anyone say Biden whipped out the card to refer to it. These people are so deranged they'll probably criticize the White House for buying toilet paper next.

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