When Simole Biles freaked and quit, her brother was on trial for a triple murder. He got off. In the comments we learn her sister is also in jail for not-capable-of-living-in-the-modern-world offenses.
While we’re on the topic of female athletes of colour quitting, how could I have so easily forgotten the precursor to them all from Sydney 2000? Reading that 20-year-old article is like a glimpse into our dystopian present, but we didn’t know it at the time because we were too busy cheering on Cathy.
I found this blast from the past but it will probably mean little to foreigners:
White people have the lowest life expectancy of any ethnic group in England and Wales. Commenters cry discrimination and that may be part of it, but on the other hand I’ve seen what Poms eat. Anyway, we should leave wingeing for others and focus on fixing our own problems.
A local’s take on Covid in India. Western MSM painted a disaster while alt sources suggested The Drug That Must Not Be Named was turning things around. This account, however, paints a picture of corruption and incompetence on all levels. Sounds like nothing’s changed since I was there. I can’t summarize; best to read the whole thing.
Remember how the Great Barrier Reef is dying? Latest report says coral cover is highest since records began. This is ZeroHedge but the link checks out.
Also suprising everyone with signs of life is Australian Big Brother, celebrity edition. They invited British right-wing grifter Katie Hopkins, who got special permission to enter the country that Special People get. She joked about breaching quarantine, caused a fuss, got sacked by the network for playing the character they were paying her to play and had her Special Person visa revoked.
She’ll still get paid. That’s a damn easy $200K.
Australians sometimes go berserk about nonsense like that. Compare the saga of Frank Sinatra’s 1974 tour.
The man who could not watch television – short story from Middle American Lit about a man who lives his whole, modern life medically unable to look at a screen.
Iceland’s chief epidemiologist suggests Covid restrictions may last for the next 15 years.
In Australia, the PM says vaccines will be virtually mandatory – you won’t be able to travel or go out unvaxed.
Long Covid is now an official disability, alongside Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome and Lyme’s Disease.
Via a commenter, Marek’s disease is a virus in chickens:
Because vaccination does not prevent infection with the virus, Marek’s is still transmissible from vaccinated flocks to other birds, including the wild bird population. The first Marek’s disease vaccine was introduced in 1970. The disease would cause mild paralysis, with the only identifiable lesions being in neural tissue. Mortality of chickens infected with Marek’s disease was quite low. Current strains of Marek virus, decades after the first vaccine was introduced, cause lymphoma formation throughout the chicken’s body and mortality rates have reached 100% in unvaccinated chickens.
The Marek’s disease vaccine is a “leaky vaccine”, which means that only the symptoms of the disease are prevented. Infection of the host and the transmission of the virus are not inhibited by the vaccine. This contrasts with most other vaccines, where infection of the host is prevented. Under normal conditions, highly virulent strains of the virus are not selected. A highly virulent strain would kill the host before the virus would have an opportunity to transmit to other potential hosts and replicate. Thus, less virulent strains are selected. These strains are virulent enough to induce symptoms but not enough to kill the host, allowing further transmission.
However, the leaky vaccine changes this evolutionary pressure and permits the evolution of highly virulent strains. The vaccine’s inability to prevent infection and transmission allows the spread of highly virulent strains among vaccinated chickens. The fitness of the more virulent strains is increased by the vaccine.
The evolution of Marek’s disease due to vaccination has had a profound effect on the poultry industry. All chickens across the globe are now vaccinated against Marek’s disease (birds hatched in private flocks for laying or exhibition are rarely vaccinated). Highly virulent strains have been selected to the point that any chicken that is unvaccinated will die if infected. Other leaky vaccines are commonly used in agriculture. One vaccine in particular is the vaccine for avian influenza. Leaky vaccine use for avian influenza can select for virulent strains.
I’m not an expert on this. Anyone know more?
A continuation of the discussion about Bukovsky’s To Build a Castle:
Bukovsky did everything in his considerable power to make [prison officials’ lives] more miserable than they made his. He became the ultimate jailhouse lawyer, for instance. If the regulations weren’t always followed precisely to the letter — and how could they be? — he’d fire off complaints to the authorities. It generated reams of paperwork, and all their responses, if not letter-perfect, would generate further reams of paperwork, and so on down the line.
Man dies of ovarian cancer, you bigot.
Meanwhile in Japan, nothing happened this week.