Wednesday, May 18, 2022

This New Tool Lets You Analyse TikTok Hashtags

How Often Can You Be Infected With the Coronavirus? New York Times

Your Case of Omicron Might Have Super-Boosted Your Immunity—If You Were Vaccinated Gizmodo  Since these two preprints being getting hyped, we asked scientist GM to weigh in:

That’s as usual twisted and spun into something way more optimistic than the data actually shows.

In unvaccinated subjects Omicron immunity is very poor, weak and short lasting.

So how is it that in the vaccinated it gives you this proclaimed tremendous boost? Well, it actually doesn’t, the trick here is that there is usually no comparison made, they just look at the antibodies, show an increase from the high baseline in the boosted, ignore ongoing antigenic drift, and declare victory.

But then in real life you see people with three vaccine shots and a prior infection, sometimes two, one of them Omicron, still getting BA.2.

>The findings could also indicate that an updated booster, perhaps specific to Omicron, will be more effective at ensuring longer-term immunity moving forward.

That is the exact same hopium that was being peddled a year ago and we know how that turned out

This New Tool Lets You Analyse TikTok Hashtags - Bellingcat: “In just a few years, TikTok has become one of the world’s most successful social networks. The company claims that its platform is used by over a billion people every month. TikTok’s role during the invasion of Ukraine has changed the common misconception of a website predominantly used by its young users to post videos of lip-synced songs or dance challenges. During Russia’s military buildup, users posted videos of military equipmentbeing transported to the Ukrainian border. Since that equipment crossed that border, numerous TikToks have shown missiles, destroyed buildings or the daily life of Ukrainians who have to spend their days in shelters, leading some commenters to even call this a “TikTok war”. But this isn’t the first time TikTok has played a role for open source investigators. Videos that appeared on TikTok in Myanmar in early 2021 showed men in uniform threatening to kill anti-coup protesters

During search efforts to find the disappeared US travel blogger Gabby Petito, TikTokers reportedly uploaded information that helped solve the case. Videos of mass protests, including Black Lives Mattermarches in 2020, were also regularly shared on the platform. In our previous guide detailing “how to investigate TikTok like a pro”, we introduced and detailed various search options that can help find relevant information on the app. Nevertheless, it’s still tricky to monitor specific topics on TikTok over a longer period of time. Compared to those of other social media platforms, TikTok’s API (Application Programming Interface) presents more obstacles to developers. It can change frequently, making it harder for developers to use and harder for researchers to draw wider insights from trends as they develop over weeks and months. Bellingcat’s Investigative Tech Team has therefore created the Bellingcat TikTok Analysis Tool(built on the basis of a TikTok scraper offered by Github user drawrowfly) that allows researchers to collect a dataset of TikToks associated with specific hashtags over lengthier periods. 

The tool also allows researchers to analyse what other topics appear together with selected hashtags most frequently. When reviewing large datasets, it can be particularly interesting to discover which hashtags are regularly added to TikToks which already share one specific tag. Many TikToks contain multiple hashtags, as illustrated by the image below of a train transporting Russian military equipment from January 2022…”

Why pet food is so doggone expensive -Vox: “…During the pandemic, a whopping 23 million American households — about one in five — adopted a dog or cat. And the prices are rising, too. Pet food was roughly 12 percent more expensive at the start of this year compared to early 2020, according to the research firm NielsenIQ. 

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