Heap o' Links Sat Aug 28, 2021

Links and videos political and amusing

Ace of Spades Pet Thread A♠
Discussing our critter companions. Pix and stories.

Bluebird of Bitterness on Caturdays
Happy Caturday — Simon's Cat video (2017)
Caturday funnies — good old days edition —funnies

h/t George V on A♠
Existing drugs kill SARS-CoV-2 in cells

A new groundbreaking study from the University of Michigan reveals several drug contenders already in use for other purposes—including one dietary supplement—that have been shown to block or reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection in cells.… The cells were treated with more than 1,400 individual FDA-approved drugs and compounds, either before or after viral infection, and screened, resulting in 17 potential hits. Ten of those hits were newly recognized, with seven identified in previous drug repurposing studies, including remdesivir, which is one of the few FDA-approved therapies for COVID-19 in hospitalized patients.…

h/t SFGoth on A♠
'Very worried': S.F. study finds virus mutations behind many breakthrough cases
Catherine Ho, SF Chronicle, Aug 27, 2021

Fully vaccinated people were more likely than unvaccinated people to be infected with variants carrying mutations associated with decreased antibody neutralization.

h/t Tami on A♠
Massive London protest against medical tyranny
Election Wizard @ElectionWiz, Twitter, Aug 28, 2021 (0:40)
280 Well, well. The new head chaplain at Harvard is - an atheist.

Why am I not surprised?

h/t Vic on A♠
Harvard appoints 'athiest' as president of university chaplains - not everyone is happy
Peter Aitken, Fox News, Aug 27, 2021

Greg Epstein, 44, took over as president of the university chaplains this week after the organization unanimously elected him.

The chaplains argue that as a man with no clear religious affinity, Epstein is the perfect candidate to organize the various religious group activities across the campus. As the president of the organization, Epstein will organize the more than 40 university chaplains from Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and other religious communities.

h/t WeirdDave on A♠ ONT
Raise Them Right
ONT WTF @OntWtf, Twitter, Aug 27, 2021

Friendly Stray Cat Gets An Uber Home
The Dodo Foster Diaries

The Dodo, YouTube, Aug 27, 2021 (4:20)
Beautifully-patterned fur

USS Texas and the Tampico Affair
The History Guy, YouTube, Aug 27, 2021 (14:35)

The Insane Biology of: The Dragonfly
Real Science, YouTube, Aug 28, 2021 (18:37)

Ozzy Man Reviews, YouTube, Aug 28, 2021 (3:47)