Why I’m Not Worried About America’s Trillion-Dollar Deficits Stephanie Kelton, NYT. “Politics aside, the only economic constraints currency-issuing states face are inflation and the availability of labor and other material resources in the real economy.”
System of blind spots (review) Ann Pettifor, Times Literary Supplement. An entertaining look at several books on financial fraud.
The Macroeconomics Of Degrowth Steve Keen, Econintersect
Making a Planet Worth Saving Biill McKibben, The New Yorker. Of 350.org. Another view of NGOs:
Ha, my sides! Preventing any of that from happening is why corporations buy woke insurance. Companies publicly & financially support social liberal policy (racial justice, climate change, gay marriage) to buy allies against economic liberal policy. https://t.co/lrmWHoJ9St https://t.co/W1iO0BvXda
— Carlos Mucha (@mucha_carlos) June 10, 2020
Woke insurance. Carlos, you’re killing me!
Analysis of hospital traffic and search engine data in Wuhan China indicates early disease activity in the Fall of 2019 (PDF) Harvard Medical School vs. China, scientists dismiss Harvard study suggesting COVID-19 was spreading in Wuhan in August Reuters
Characteristics and outcomes of pregnant women admitted to hospital with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in UK: national population based cohort study BMJ. Conclusion: “Most pregnant women admitted to hospital with SARS-CoV-2 infection were in the late second or third trimester, supporting guidance for continued social distancing measures in later pregnancy. Most had good outcomes, and transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to infants was uncommon. The high proportion of women from black or minority ethnic groups admitted with infection needs urgent investigation and explanation.”
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Convalescent Plasma: A COVID-19 Treatment Speeds to Clinical Trials Public Health. From Johns Hopkins. “For the last decade, [Arturo] Casadevall [(Johns Hopkins)], [Michael] Joyner [(Mayo Clinic)], and a small cadre of like-minded colleagues had been pushing for the U.S. to spend more money on broad, one-size-fits-all public health measures rather than investing so much in personalized medicine. Convalescent plasma fit right in with this ethos. It was cheap and low tech, and it didn’t require months of innovation that the world simply didn’t have.” Readable and important.
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WHO expert backtracks after saying asymptomatic transmission ‘very rare’ Guardian. Come on, man.
SARS-CoV-2 Infections and Serologic Responses from a Sample of U.S. Navy Service Members — USS Theodore Roosevelt, April 2020 CDC. “Among a convenience sample of 382 young adult U.S. service members aboard an aircraft carrier experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, 60% had reactive antibodies, and 59% of those also had neutralizing antibodies at the time of specimen collection. One fifth of infected participants reported no symptoms.”
Covid-19 will hit developing countries hard Martin Wolf, FT
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Testing and tracing:
Detection dogs as a help in the detection of COVID-19 Can the dog alert on COVID-19 positive persons by sniffing axillary sweat samples? Proof-of-concept study (preprint) bioRxiv. “We conclude that there is a very high evidence that the armpits sweat odour of COVID-19+ persons is different, and that dogs can detect a person infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”
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Arizona Covid Debate Exposes Our Loss of Trust John Authers, Bloomberg
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Locking down too late but ending lockdown too early Mainly Macro. “The idea that we have to lift the lockdown for the sake of the economy is the new austerity.”
China Backpedals on Push to Revive Street-Selling Economy Bloomberg. In favor of air-conditioned malls? Good for real estate interests, I suppose.
Smartphone giant Xiaomi enters China’s online mutual aid industry with new health care platform South China Morning Post
Cutting the Lines to the South 38 North
Syria sends advisors to aid US rebels Duffel Blog
New Cold War
Europe, Russia and Attitudes Towards the ‘New Cold War’ Between US and China Valdai Discussion Club
Part Three: The schizoid world of a Soviet anti-communist propagandist Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
Bernhardt Extends BLM, National Park Director Terms Indefinitely Bloomberg. Another norms violation.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
George Floyd and Derek Chauvin “bumped heads” while working at nightclub, former coworker says CBS. The personal is the political…
How Racial Disparity Does Not Help Make Sense of Patterns of Police Violence Adolph Reed, Nonsite.org
Mass Exodus: The Alarming Re-Segregation of Cleveland’s East Inner Ring Public Schools The SEL Experience Project (Carla).
5 Key Lessons To Take Home From The First #BlackBirdersWeek All About Birders (Ignacio).
Florissant woman helps change Merriam Webster’s definition of racism KMOV4. Florissant, MO is adjacent to Ferguson.
Police State Watch
The Siege of the Third Precinct in Minneapolis Crimethinc. Learning from Hong Kong?
Zipties, zipties, zipties.
When you're making a barricade, lash all the things together instead of just lining them up across the street. You can easily push aside one plastic barrier or section of fencing, but 10 tied together can create a much more effective barrier. 🖤🏴#CHAZ pic.twitter.com/CL6k9bwWOM
— PNW Youth Liberation Front (@PNWYLF) June 9, 2020
‘Welcome to Free Capitol Hill’ — Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone forms around emptied East Precinct — UPDATE Capitol Hill Seattle Blog (JacobiteInTraining).
A Glimpse Into Lawlessness The American Conservative
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Festival of Antifa:
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White House claims violence incited at Floyd protests linked to Venezuela’s Maduro Miami Herald. Come on, man.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Ultimately, All Monuments are Ozymandias Craig Murray
The Failed American Experiment Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News
Wealthy buyers reportedly in ‘mad rush’ to leave San Francisco Chronicle. “They were careless people….”
Antidote du Jour (via):
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