Elusive De Winton’s Golden Mole Rediscovered in South Africa After 90 Years The Animal Rescue Site (Nippersmom).
UAE planned to use COP28 climate talks to make oil deals BBC. What kind of deals:
Oil and gas companies accounted for 1% of investment in low and zero-carbon technologies last year. pic.twitter.com/kRTQ5N5CB2
— Michael Thomas (@curious_founder) December 1, 2023
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New study offers cautious hope about the resilience of redwoods (press release) Northern Arizona University
Mycoplasma pneumonia Radiopaedia (DD). Includes radiographic information, but this jumped out at me: “It spreads via inhalation of droplets containing the microorganisms.” CDC’s mycoplasma page is — and I know this will surprise you — solid droplet dogma. A cursory search doesn’t yield solid information either way. Just because the public health establishment got airborne transmission of Covid so catastrophically wrong doesn’t mean they’ll be wrong in the same way with a different organism.
The Kids Are Not Okay. Stop Making Them Sick Jessica Wildfire, OK Doomer
Infectivity of exhaled SARS-CoV-2 aerosols is sufficient to transmit covid-19 within minutes Nature. From the Abstract: “Six aerosol samples from three individuals were culturable, of which five were successfully quantified using TCID50. The source strength of the three individuals was highest during singing, when they exhaled 4, 36, or 127 TCID50/s, respectively. Calculations with an indoor air transmission model showed that if an infected individual with this emission rate entered a room, a susceptible person would inhale an infectious dose within 6 to 37 min in a room with normal ventilation. Thus, our data show that exhaled aerosols from a single person can transmit covid-19 to others within minutes at normal indoor conditions.”
New route for COVID-19 into human cells found by scientists Nature. “Scientists have known for more than three years that the main entry point for the SARS-CoV-2 virus into the body is the ACE2 receptor. A team in Italy has now identified another receptor, called RAGE, present on the surface of certain human immune cells, which can bind to SARS-CoV-2 and allow it to enter cells, altering their function and leading to a worse prognosis.”
CDC Improves Its Covid-19 Reporting With A New Wastewater Dashboard Judy Stone, Forbes
Hong Kong minister hits out at claims that city’s days as global financial hub are over South China Morning Post
#Myanmar @NUGMyanmar takes issue with @ASEAN chair #Indonesia on suggesting possibility of “inclusive dialogues” to resolve coup crisis. #NUG states unequivocally there’ll be “no engagement” if #military dictatorship regime remains https://t.co/1wHNW9P8PG #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar https://t.co/XYQ2dZEJik pic.twitter.com/Vg0JVf2Pr5
— May Wong (@MayWongCNA) November 26, 2023
Gangs, extortion in Bangladesh camps driving Rohingya sea exodus France24 (Furzy Mouse).
Additional reporting reinforcing the 972 Link from yesterday:
‘The Gospel’: how Israel uses AI to select bombing targets in Gaza Guardian. Reinforcing yesterday’s link from 972: “‘There is a danger,’ [Richard Moyes] added, ‘that as humans come to rely on these systems they become cogs in a mechanised process and lose the ability to consider the risk of civilian harm in a meaningful way.’” Hmm. Reminds me of something.
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Israel plans for ‘long war’ and aims to kill top three Hamas leaders FT. Rather like the Tatmadaw, the IDF’s target is “thinning out” the civilian population. That is the war aim:
Netanyahu, according to the Israeli press, has instructed Ron Dermer, his Minister of Strategic Planning and a very close aide, to explore ways to “thin out” the Gaza population. Along with the renewed proposal to push them through the Rafah crossing into Egypt, the English… pic.twitter.com/MTIULDVy0N
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) December 1, 2023
For more “thinning out,” just tweak the algorithm….
“A map published on Friday by the IDF divides the besieged enclave into 620 separate blocks, ranging from the size of two football pitches to 25 square kilometres. The Israeli military told Gaza residents to “keep following the map carefully” and move to specific places when told “to protect their safety”. It is unclear how Gaza’s 2.3mn civilians, who have little access to reliable electricity or internet connections, are supposed to follow the instructions. Many have already been displaced from their homes.
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U.S. Sends Israel 2,000-Pound Bunker Buster Bombs for Gaza War WSJ. A sideshow.
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This Is the 9/11 Lesson That Israel Needs to Learn Thomas Friedman, NYT. “Israel’s aim is to get back all its remaining hostages — now more than 130 soldiers and civilians — while destroying Hamas and its infrastructure once and for all, while doing it in a way that doesn’t cause more Gazan civilian casualties than the Biden administration can defend, and without leaving Israel responsible for Gaza forever and having to pay its bills every day.” “Stated” is doing a lot of work, there.
Dear Old Blighty
Health crusaders prep legal challenge over NHS mega contract with Palantir The Register. On the NHS and Palantir, see NC here, here, and here.
New Not-So-Cold War
Spiders in Glass Jar: Ze Desperately Buys Time as Enemies Plot Simplicius the Thinker
General to General (excerpt) Seymour Hersh. “The driving force of those talks has not been Washington or Moscow, or Biden or Putin, but instead the two high-ranking generals who run the war, Valery Gerasimov of Russia and Valery Zaluzhny of Ukraine.” Hmm.
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Putin’s Favorite “Project Managers” Could Become a Risk to the Regime Carnegie Institute for International Peace
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Don’t stop now. US aid to Ukraine continues to be a wise investment. The Atlantic Council
South of the Border
A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending Robert Kagan, WaPo
Federal judge vows to investigate Google for intentionally destroying chats The Verge. Not Mehta, however.
Amazon’s Q has ‘severe hallucinations’ and leaks confidential data in public preview, employees warn (excerpt) Platformer. The deck: “Some hallucinations could ‘potentially induce cardiac incidents in Legal,’ according to internal documents.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.