310-million-year-old horseshoe crab brain discovery


The brain (white at center) of an extinct horseshoe crab called Euproops danae was fossilized in a clay mineral called kaolinite. The whole crab stretches only about 10 millimeters. R. Bicknell

By Rebecca Dzombak:

August 20, 2021 at 8:00 am

How fossilization preserved a 310-million-year-old horseshoe crab’s brain

A newly analyzed specimen is a ‘one-in-a-million’ find, researchers say

Paleontologists can spend years carefully splitting rocks in search of the perfect fossil. But with a 310-million-year-old horseshoe crab brain, nature did the work, breaking the fossil in just the right way to reveal the ancient arthropod’s central nervous system.

Of all soft tissues, brains are notoriously difficult to preserve in any form (SN: 10/31/16). Stumbling across such a detailed specimen purely by chance was “a one-in-a-million find, if not rarer,” says evolutionary paleontologist Russell Bicknell of the University of New England in Armidale, Australia.

The fossilized brain is remarkably similar to the brains of modern horseshoe crabs, giving clues to the arthropods’ evolution, Bicknell and colleagues report July 26 in Geology. And the brain’s peculiar mode of preservation could point paleontologists toward new places to look for hard-to-find fossils of soft tissues.

Anti-coronavirus vaccinations at Count Dracula’s castle


This 9 May 2020 video says about itself:

Dracula’s castle’ offers Covid vaccines in Romania | AFP

This weekend, visitors to Romania’s Bran Castle – widely known as the inspiration for the lair of Dracula – are being jabbed with needles rather than vampire fangs as authorities look for creative ways to boost the number of people who receive the coronavirus vaccination.

FAUCI: ‘NO DOUBT’ COVID-19 DEATHS UNDERCOUNTED Dr. Anthony Fauci said he has “no doubt” the number of Americans killed by COVID-19 is much higher than what has been officially reported. A recent study counted nearly double the amount recorded by federal health officials. [HuffPost]

 

Vaccine hesitancy is nothing new. Here’s the damage it’s done over centuries, May 11 2021, 6:00 AM Pockets of people have railed against vaccines as long as the preventives have existed: here.

MEET THE INFLUENCERS MAKING MILLIONS BY DEALING DOUBT ABOUT VACCINES For a network of social media influencers, speaking out against vaccines, including the coronavirus shots, isn’t just a personal crusade. It’s also a profitable business. Find out how they are cashing in from spreading fears. [HuffPost]

Here’s what happened when I told Congress the Black and ugly truth about long COVID.

COVID-19 news update


This 3 May 2021 Voice of America video says about itself:

US Noncommittal on Vaccine Patents Waiver

Biden torn between progressives and Big Pharma on whether to support proposal at WTO to allow generic vaccine production.

USA: PHARMA-BACKED DEMS DON’T SUPPORT VACCINE PATENT WAIVER A new letter to Biden calling for a temporary patent waiver on COVID-19 vaccines lacks the signatures of Congress’s biggest recipients of pharmaceutical industry money, HuffPost’s Daniel Marans writes. Experts say the waiver is needed to speed up production of vaccines. [HuffPost]

NYPD ASKS HELP FINDING ASIAN WOMAN’S HAMMER ATTACKER The Hate Crimes Task Force of the New York Police Department is looking for the person who viciously struck an Asian woman in the head with a hammer after the attacker demanded that she and her friend remove their face masks. The victim said she plans on moving back to Taiwan and coming back when New York City is safer. [HuffPost]

USA: Ex-Newsmax host who attacked “lying freak” Fauci over “scamdemic” has died of COVID.

CONSERVATIVE RADIO HOST PHIL VALENTINE DIES AFTER COVID-19 ILLNESS Phil Valentine, a conservative radio host and vaccine skeptic who said he wouldn’t get vaccinated because he had a “low risk” of getting COVID-19 and dying from it, has died after being hospitalized with the disease, his employer said. A statement from his family at the time of his hospitalization said his illness led him to have second thoughts about the vaccines’ significance and encouraged people to “go get vaccinated.” [HuffPost]

TRUMP BOOED AT HIS OWN RALLY FOR TELLING THE TRUTH Former President Donald Trump gently urged his followers at a rally Saturday to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, leading the crowd to go from cheers to jeers. Trump was vaccinated back in January when he was still in the White House, but said nothing about it publicly at the time. [HuffPost]

COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS FOR 30-SOMETHINGS HIT RECORD HIGH COVID-19 hospitalizations for people in their 30s have reached a record high in the U.S. in the latest evidence that the delta variant of the coronavirus poses formidable risks for younger age groups. Hospitalizations for children also hit a record high over the weekend. [HuffPost]

These are the current symptoms of the delta variant in kids.

India’s Black Market for Oxygen Is Booming. Only the Ultra-Rich Can Afford It: here.

Brazilian Bolsonaro’s lethal COVID-19 policies


This 28 April 2021 video says about itself:

Brazilian Senate opens inquiry into Bolsonaro’s COVID handling

Brazil‘s Senate has opened an inquiry into President Jair Bolsonaro’s government handling of the pandemic as the country reports nearly 400,000 deaths from coronavirus this week.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed COVID-19’s seriousness, railed against lockdowns and presided over an inept vaccination campaign.

Brazil has the world’s second-highest death toll from the virus after the United States.

The probe could hurt the president‘s chances of being re-elected in next year’s polls.

Al Jazeera’s Monica Yanakiew reports from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

BOLSONARO’S OWN VERSION OF JAN. 6 FEELS INEVITABLE Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, is following Trump’s playbook to undermine 2022 elections. And he’s working hard to secure the military support Trump lacked, writes Travis Waldron. An actual military coup remains an unlikely scenario, analysts said, but there are fears that significant numbers of police could back Bolsonaro no matter what. [HuffPost]

INDIA’S COVID-19 DEATH TOLL TOPS 200,000 India reported a single-day record 3,293 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total fatalities to 201,187, as the world’s second-most populous country endures its darkest chapter of the pandemic yet. The surge of new infections is tearing through dense cities and rural areas alike and overwhelming the health care system. [AP]

COVID-19 can affect the brain. New clues hint at how. Anxiety, depression and strokes can occur after infection, leaving experts to determine how the virus affects the brain: here.

Coronavirus profiteers and coronavirus PTSD


This 15 September 2020 video is called Pandemic Profiteering: Amazon Caught Price Gouging as Jeff Bezos’s Wealth Soared to $200 Billion.

Dutch webshop corporation Bol.com profited from the coronavirus pandemic. Their boss is getting a 6 million euro bonus. Also at Philips corporation, the bosses get big bonuses ‘for excellent behaviour’. These bosses have sacked 700 workers: here.

U.S. BILLIONAIRES GOT A LOT RICHER DURING PANDEMIC Billionaires’ fortunes swelled 45% since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, accelerating inequality and plowing an additional $1.3 trillion into rich people’s coffers. Pandemic profiteers included 43 newly minted billionaires, according to the Institute for Policy Studies. Another study found that 1 percenters hide 20% of their income from the IRS, which means wealth inequality is worse than we thought. [HuffPost]

Some COVID-19 survivors face another foe: PTSD. About a third of very ill patients developed post-traumatic stress disorder in a small study: here. Also a big bonus for Philips corporation bosses, ‘for excellent actions’. These bosses sacked 700 workers: here.

Billionaire Elon Musk ruins workers’ health


This 15 July 2020 CBS TV video from the USA says about itself:

Tesla Workers Raise Concerns After At Least 100 Test Positive For COVID-19

That was then. And now …

About the richest man in the world (or second richest, after Jeff Bezos of Amazon), Elon Musk, translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Last year hundreds of infections in California Tesla plant

At a factory of car corporation Tesla, hundreds of workers were infected with the coronavirus last year. This is evident from court documents that The Washington Post has seen. Tesla owner Elon Musk has been an opponent of the US state lockdown from the start.

In May, Musk wanted to reopen the Tesla factory against government rules. Then, he said that the police should arrest him. Musk then reached an agreement with the authorities to reopen the factory. It was agreed that all positive cases would be reported to the health services.

They refused to disclose data about the number of infections at Tesla, but The Washington Post now has it. Between May and December, 450 employees were infected.

Amazon kills worker, bullies her 12-year-old daughter


This 4 March 2020 video from the USA about Jeff Bezos‘ Amazon says about itself:

Amazon Forces 12-Year-Old Daughter of Worker Who Died to Answer Questions About Her Death

Status Coup’s Jordan Chariton interviews the sister of Poushawn Brown, a woman who worked at an Amazon warehouse and was tasked with testing other workers for COVID-19. Poushawn unexpectedly died after sounding the alarm with Amazon HR. Christina tells her story and what the family has had to deal with since.

***The family has a GoFundMe to support Poushawn’s services and her 12-year-old daughter if you are able to help.
***MORE DETAILS: here.​
***FULL STORY: here.​
***Poushawn Brown, a 38-year-old Amazon worker who suddenly died in January after working in her Virginia warehouse’s COVID testing area for several months, complained to human resources and supervisors about Amazon’s unsafe and unsanitary conditions early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, emails obtained by Status Coup show.***

US ruling class moves to remove remaining restrictions as pandemic continues to spread: here.

Coronavirus disaster in the USA


This 18 February 2021 video from the USA says about itself:

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been caught in a potential cover-up! John Iadarola and Ana Kasparian break it down on The Damage Report.

FBI PROBES CUOMO COVER-UP The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, New York, have reportedly begun a preliminary investigation into how New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his coronavirus task force handled nursing home data during the COVID-19 pandemic. [HuffPost]

The COVID-19 death toll sent U.S. life expectancy plunging in 2020. Overall U.S. life expectancy declined by a year, the biggest drop since the 1940s: here.

United States soldiers spread COVID-19 in Ireland


This 17 April 2020 video says about itself:

Almost a thousand soldiers in US military infected with Coronavirus. US Army chief said that soldiers would continue to train …General James McConville said that the army needs to be ready to go to war. General James McConville, Chief of Staff of US Army, said, “As this morning, we’ve had 992 soldiers from all three components test positive for the COVID 19 virus.”

U.S. TROOPS BLOW OFF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS American officials have apologized to Irish leaders after U.S. military personnel ignored COVID-19 regulations when they landed at Shannon Airport late last month. The 48 service members, plus five crew members of the U.S. Navy C40A aircraft, skipped presenting required negative tests for COVID-19 when they landed. They then broke isolation during the night, leaving their Limerick hotel to buy food. [HuffPost]

US military troops travelling into Shannon breached Covid-19 rules. ‘Error on the US side’ meant troops failed to show negative PCR test before Limerick stay: here.

CDC DIRECTOR: LATEST COVID DATA COULD SPELL TROUBLE New data about the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. is extremely concerning, the leader of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned. “At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, referencing emerging strains of the coronavirus that appear more transmissible, deadlier and more resistant to vaccines. [HuffPost]