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April 2021

by Bernard Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:10:21 PM EST

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by Bernard on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:11:00 PM EST
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 02:41:23 PM EST
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Italy recommends AstraZeneca COVID vaccine only for over-60s
plus NL, ES, DE differential age brackets
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 10:56:29 PM EST
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Denmark becomes first country to permanently stop use of AstraZeneca vaccine
"Decision comes as another blow to EU's faltering immunization program"
by Cat on Wed Apr 14th, 2021 at 04:19:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 15th, 2021 at 05:07:05 PM EST
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EU Commission to end AstraZeneca and J&J vaccine contracts at expiry - paper, La Stampa
added that Brussels would rather focus on COVID-19 vaccines using messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, such as Pfizer's and Moderna's ... Later on Wednesday the President of the European Commission said the EU was in talks with Pfizer and BionTech for a new contract for 1.8 billion doses, confirming a Reuters report from last week.
by Cat on Wed Apr 14th, 2021 at 07:06:15 PM EST
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"Leiden" disputes FDA, EMA abundance of caution
"The Ad26.COV2.S vaccine uses a human Ad26-based vector, whereas the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine uses a chimpanzee adenovirus-based vector (references S3 and S4)."
by Cat on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 04:20:12 PM EST
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J&J Privately Asked Rival Covid-19 Vaccine Makers to Probe Clotting Risks
AstraZeneca agrees. Pfizer and Moderna decline, their "shots could be tarnished by association," some people say.
by Cat on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 05:21:23 PM EST
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ECHR rules obligatory vaccination may be necessary
"this does not mean European countries will force people to be vaccinated"
by Cat on Thu Apr 8th, 2021 at 07:33:39 PM EST
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Another "Putin critic" who got an urge to kill himself, after a visit from Polonium Pavel Novichok Nina Strangler Serguey.

Nikolai Glushkov: Putin critic 'strangled in London home by third party'

A Russian exile was strangled in his own home by a third party, a coroner has ruled.

Businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who was critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in New Malden in south-west London in March 2018.

West London Coroner's Court heard there was evidence to suggest his death was made to look like a suicide and there had been "third-party involvement".

by Bernard on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 03:45:49 PM EST
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Putin has always been thuggish and has long used political homicides as an instrument of state policy. He, Kim, to a slightly lesser Erdogan, and MBS are soul mates in that regard. Don't expect change while they remain in power. One can only hope that they will turn  on each other or fall victim to the same tactics themselves.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 07:27:08 PM EST
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I doubt they'll fall out. The plan is to remake Western governments in their image. These extreme nationalists all understand each other - and I'd add Netanyahu, Modi, and Jinping to the list.

Putin is particularly dangerous. The Trump Coup nearly succeeded, and it's unlikely that will be his last attempt to install a puppet government in the US. Just as Brexit won't be his last attempt to install a compliant far-right nationalist regime in the EU.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 11:00:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Apr 12th, 2021 at 03:34:22 PM EST
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If you were to make a list of Hollywood personalities who might help your political cause, Charlie Sheen would be quite a ways down it.
by asdf on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 01:02:59 AM EST
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Fortunately, the list of weapons is long and harrowing.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 11:35:03 AM EST
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And don't forget the simultaneous hysteria over China.

Need to rile up the masses, diverting them from misrule at home.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 04:16:25 PM EST
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Are they going to drop him from a bomber or shoot him out of a cannon?

I'm good either way.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 04:21:36 PM EST
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He stole (according to the Russian prosecutor) 123 million USD from Aeroflot in the 90ies. No matter the exakt sum, there may be more then one person with motive here.
by fjallstrom on Mon Apr 12th, 2021 at 06:09:59 PM EST
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Greek crime journalist shot dead by motorcycle gunmen -police
ATHENS (Reuters) -Two gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a prominent Greek crime journalist near his home in Athens on Friday, police said.

George Karaivaz, a veteran journalist for private broadcaster STAR TV, was well-known to Greek audiences for his coverage of law and order and police stories.

There were no immediate reports of a possible motive for Friday's shooting, however police said the murder was clearly carefully planned.

See also: Daphne Caruana Galizia

by Bernard on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 08:05:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 15th, 2021 at 05:22:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 16th, 2021 at 04:02:19 PM EST
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To be fair, the US of A needs to be able to refuel the airplanes it's going to be using to monitor the Arctic Ocean. We have only a little arctic coastline and it is on the other side. Otherwise, how are we supposed to protect everybody from the Russkies???

by asdf on Fri Apr 16th, 2021 at 11:36:55 PM EST
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Berlin: Thousands Stage Protest Against 'Rent Cap' Decision
"It was probably not the last rally against Thursday's court decision and rising rents."
by Cat on Fri Apr 16th, 2021 at 04:11:33 PM EST
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Housing prices in Colorado have gone through the roof, and everybody is complaining about affordability. (No unions allowed, though. Plenty of nice houses for executives.)

A few years ago, everybody was complaining about how lousy the housing market was.

Never happy.

by asdf on Fri Apr 16th, 2021 at 11:39:05 PM EST
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Italy's Salvini sent to trial on migrant kidnapping charge
ancient laws of nations, including but limited to safe passage: "Violating a fundamental right such as the protection of human beings at sea for the sake of political propaganda is shameful"
by Cat on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 06:36:47 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:11:15 PM EST
Meanwhile, in Brexitland: first hour Brexiters shocked to discover that getting out of the EU means... out of the EU:

by Bernard on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 07:55:49 PM EST
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Gotta love the photo editor's wry humor. HSBC moves more than 1,200 UK staff to permanent home working
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 03:08:53 PM EST
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Britain advises alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for under-30s
"due to a 'vanishingly' rare side effect of blood clots in the brain"
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 08:54:10 PM EST
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Bus torched in Belfast on sixth night of unrest in Northern Ireland
The loyalist gathering at Lanark Way was organised via social media, with Facebook posts shared on other platforms.
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Since last Friday there has been nightly violence in parts of Northern Ireland, including in Belfast, Derry and parts of county Antrim, fuelled by loyalist anger over a recent decision not to prosecute Sinn Féin leaders over attendance at a mass funeral.

The DUP has expressed fury over the decision, with Foster, its leader, saying it reflects one rule for Sinn Féin and another for ordinary voters who have lost loved ones during the pandemic and have been unable to attend funerals.
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[João Vale de Almeida, the EU ambassador to the UK] said the EU was "fully committed in a constructive way to find solutions for those problems" but it had to be "within the limits of the protocol that we have agreed not long ago".

by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 11:30:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 8th, 2021 at 12:19:29 AM EST
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'sinn fein made us do it!; How lame can one get? Take a look a Arline Foster's usual face and you can get an idea. She is being devoured by her own hatred - just not fast enough.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 07:35:37 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Apr 8th, 2021 at 05:35:29 PM EST
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Here is the mapping function:

  • Left-wingers peacefully protesting Fascism: Antifa
  • Apolitical hoodlums rioting and looting: Antifa
  • Right-wingers violently invading US congress building: "Actually it was a false flag operation by left-wingers," therefore: Antifa
by asdf on Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 07:24:13 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 09:40:43 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 11:08:12 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:11:34 PM EST
Blinken revokes sanctions on ICC officials imposed by Trump
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday announced the U.S. is revoking sanctions imposed by the former Trump administration on prosecutors and officials associated with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

"These decisions reflect our assessment that the measures adopted were inappropriate and ineffective," Blinken said in a statement.

The sanctions were removed from ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, the head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division of the Office of the Prosecutor.

The State Department further terminated separate visa restrictions imposed in 2019 on certain ICC personnel.

The Trump administration protested against ICC investigations into alleged war crimes by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and investigations of alleged war crimes by Israel against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

by Bernard on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:20:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Apr 6th, 2021 at 04:37:00 AM EST
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causa belli
"So when we think about building up our economy around our infrastructure on something like water policy, it's literally about jobs, it's about the fundamental source of life that Tammy Duckworth was talking about. It will sustain life, and it's about ["]strengthening up["] our nation around a commodity that is a precious commodity.
California's progressive prosecutor, soon to be 47, has spoken.
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 03:37:03 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 05:12:39 PM EST
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US Congress to world: free uighurs and AOC
by Cat on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 02:16:58 PM EST
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Private Equity Hedge Funds in particular need to be repeatedly hit in the face with baseball bats. If they live they will get the message. What kind of bat? A fine equal to a tenth of their net worth each time would do.
 

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Apr 10th, 2021 at 07:43:34 PM EST
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Senate Cmt on Commerce, Science, & Transportation Legislative Hearing on the Endless Frontier Act, April 15, A/V
how to and to whom to drop money in order to compete with authoritarian China
by Cat on Wed Apr 14th, 2021 at 04:05:10 PM EST
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America First Caucus Policy Platform
America was founded on the basis of individual and state sovereignty, to ensure that no free American would be lorded over by a Monarch ever again. Unfortunately, bureaucrats in Washington,D.C. and the elites who control them have risen to form a new oligarchy--one that is far more decadent ,corrosive and hostile to the will of the people than the Founders could have ever dreamed of. This is why sovereignty is of paramount importance to the AFC.
by Cat on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 03:58:25 PM EST
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archived debut of Windsor millennials' media empire
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 02:07:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 08:41:04 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 03:59:12 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 04:06:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Apr 9th, 2021 at 04:13:13 PM EST
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Larry "Maglev" Hogan and the Mushy Middle
"The Maryland governor's COVID-era memoir is a study in moral cowardice."
by Cat on Sun Apr 18th, 2021 at 08:17:30 PM EST
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APsplainin US recommends 'pause' for J&J vaccine over clot reports
U.S. federal distribution channels, including mass vaccination sites, will pause the use of the J&J shot, and states and other providers are expected to follow.
archived The ["]AstraZeneca["] Factory in Baltimore, EMA clears ["]Leiden vaccine["] for use
by Cat on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 11:51:51 AM EST
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REUTERSplainin U.S. calls for pause on Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine
The move from the U.S. regulators comes less than a week after Europe's drugs regulator said it was reviewing rare blood clots in four people in the United States who received the shot.
US supply chain discipline Merck (NC), Catalent (MD)
by Cat on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 12:25:25 PM EST
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Faucisplainin AstraZeneca shot is good if safety issues can be overcome, U.S. official Fauci says
"I think that the AstraZeneca vaccine from a standpoint of efficacy is a good vaccine, and if the safety issue gets straightened out in the European Union ... the efficacy of that vaccine is really quite good," he told BBC radio on Tuesday.
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The AstraZeneca vaccine is being investigated by European regulators over concerns about rare cases of blood clots. It has not yet been approved in the United States. ... Officials in Britain, where the vaccine was first approved, have advised that those aged under 30 should be offered an alternative.
by Cat on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 12:55:19 PM EST
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As I have written before, these incidents have to be balanced against the tens or hundreds of thousands of deaths averted by the vaccine. Vaccination isn't magic.  The surprise, to me, is the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines don't have severe side effects.  To be 100% accurate it is known anaphylaxis occurs in 2 to 5 people per million but that is not life-threatening since it happens with 30 minutes of getting shot and is treatable.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 04:12:28 PM EST
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Crucial Issues U.S. Congress ...

Not the COVID-19 pandemic
Not climate change or a dying planet ...
Not even Israel, Iran and the nuclear deal or Biden's offense in the Ukraine ...

It's that great pastime, Babe Ruth's baseball. Used to be for White folks only ...  not run by descendents of slaves ...

by Oui on Wed Apr 14th, 2021 at 01:12:40 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:12:00 PM EST
US Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Accusing WHO of Gross Negligence Over Pandemic Response
produced by Westchester, NY residents and a "professor of global health law"
by Cat on Tue Apr 6th, 2021 at 05:31:10 AM EST
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The virtual Professor of Global Health Law for Uncle Billy Bob's Baptist Bible College and BBQ in Dumbass Alabama no doubt.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Apr 6th, 2021 at 06:09:06 PM EST
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Japan PM Suga says he wants to make decision on contaminated Fukushima water soon
because "huge amounts of contaminated water building up at the site" since 2011
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 02:12:07 PM EST
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Australia halts AstraZeneca vaccine for most people under 50
"Pfizer vaccine should now be adopted as the preferred vaccine for people aged under 50"
by Cat on Thu Apr 8th, 2021 at 04:12:16 PM EST
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AstraZeneca woes grow as Australia, Philippines, African Union curb COVID-19 shots
  • Philippines, South Korea "suspended the use of AstraZeneca shots for people under age 60"
  • African Union bails, "explores" vaccine purchase of Johnson & Johnson
by Cat on Thu Apr 8th, 2021 at 07:15:53 PM EST
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NOAA | Fukushima and Our Radioactive Ocean
by Cat on Sun Apr 11th, 2021 at 02:37:54 PM EST
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archived Happy Vanuatu Day, grey areas

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 12th, 2021 at 09:11:31 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:12:16 PM EST
The true cost of fossil fuel subsidies, free traders' edition
Monday's study, authored by Yale University economist Matthew Kotchen, explores "implicit subsidies," which are different the traditionally thought-of government tax benefits provided directly to corporations. (Those are called "direct subsidies," and fossil fuel companies get about $20 billion of those per year).

Implicit subsidies are financial benefits fossil fuel companies receive indirectly, because current U.S. policy does not make them pay for most of the externalized costs of their products: namely, "environmental damages, public health effects, and transportation-related costs."

archived How Do You Pay for the Green New Deal: Cost of Fuel
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 02:28:01 PM EST
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The controversial rare earth metals mine will be shut down ...

Left-wing party opposed to mining project wins Greenland vote | Al Jazeera |

Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) the winner of Tuesday's general election with 37 percent of the vote.

by Oui on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 04:47:35 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:12:33 PM EST
Hawaii CO2 measurement exceeds 420 ppm for the first time.
by asdf on Mon Apr 5th, 2021 at 07:40:42 PM EST
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One of my earliest posts on ET predicted bugger all would be done to halt Global Warming.

Not at all happy to be proven correct.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Apr 6th, 2021 at 06:11:22 PM EST
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A third of COVID survivors suffer neurological or mental disorders: study, data mining melodrama
Lancet | A longer look at COVID-19 and neuropsychiatric outcomes, litany of limitations
This suggests that, although almost all neurological and psychiatric outcomes were more frequent in patients with more severe COVID-19 than in those with mild disease, these psychiatric disorders might be more driven by general effects, including psychosocial aspects of infection, rather than a direct effect of COVID-19 on the brain.
by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 03:21:12 PM EST
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We already knew about the link between Covid-19 and obvious brain damage such as strokes (bleeding in the brain) that can be seen on x-rays, CAT scans, etc.

The link between non-obvious, i.e., non-detectable, brain damage and mental dysfunction - associated with norepinephrine or dopamine cycle damage to the raphe nuclei or ventral tegmental area, respectively, or both? - is suspected, has been reported, and AFAIK not proven.  Either or both of these can manifest as anxiety, depression, bipolar, or schizophrenia since our knowledge of the brain/mind Unity is still in the very early stages of understanding.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 04:23:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Apr 7th, 2021 at 08:38:17 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 06:48:36 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:12:48 PM EST
by Cat on Thu Apr 15th, 2021 at 05:14:02 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Apr 4th, 2021 at 04:13:07 PM EST
Facebook takes down (and restores) official page for French town of Bitche
Facebook has 99 problems, and the French town of Bitche is one.

According to local broadcaster Radio Mélodie, the Facebook page for the small town in northeastern Moselle was taken down on March 19, forcing Valérie Degouy, Bitche's comms official, to create a new page on Monday named after its postal code: Mairie 57230.

Degouy told Radio Mélodie on Monday that she appealed the decision the same day the town's page was taken down, but hadn't heard back from the tech giant. "I tried to reach out to Facebook in every possible way, through different forms, but there's nothing [I could] do," she said, adding that she had "already had issues when I first created the page."

Facebook restored the page after this article was published on Tuesday morning.

Last November:

Fugging hell: tired of mockery, Austrian village changes name

Residents of an Austrian village will ring in the new year under a new name - Fugging - after ridicule and repeated theft of their signposts became too much to bear.

They finally grew weary of Fucking, its current name, which some experts say dates back to the 11th century.

Minutes from a municipal council meeting published on Thursday showed that the village of about 100 people will be named Fugging from 1 January 2021.

by Bernard on Tue Apr 13th, 2021 at 06:35:58 PM EST
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What about the Society of the Sons of Bitche (aka the 100th infantry division)?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Apr 15th, 2021 at 11:48:30 AM EST
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As long as they don't get on Facebook...
by Bernard on Thu Apr 15th, 2021 at 06:09:43 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Apr 19th, 2021 at 08:25:59 AM EST
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by Bernard on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 08:46:13 AM EST
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I demand the federal government act now to preserve our cultural heritage.

Like this:

Except replace the dumb statue with a sign that says Fucking.

by generic on Sat Apr 17th, 2021 at 11:42:25 AM EST
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