‘Resilient’ subprime borrowers spread cheer in US debt markets FT. That’s nice.
The Looming Bank Collapse The Atlantic. Real economy chickens coming home to roost in the financial economy? The chicken in question, however, is the CLO. See Yves here in May 2020 when the FT ran the same story: She was dubious.
Court to consider high-stakes tobacco fight Florida Politics (Alex).
An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher The Register. “Some IoT devices such as security systems or lighting systems do make secure internet connections to enable remote control and reporting, but have no visual user interface, which could leave users perplexed as to why they no longer work.” Oh.
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UPS expands healthcare footprint, shifting focus to vaccines HealthCare Dive
Dissecting antibody-mediated protection against SARS-CoV-2 Nature. “[P]opulation level studies show that most individuals who recover develop only low levels of neutralizing antibodies, indicating that neutralizing antibodies are likely to have a relatively limited impact on resolving disease.”
Seroprevalence of immunoglobulin M and G antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in China Nature. From the abstract: “In our cohorts, the seropositivity in Wuhan varied between 3.2% and 3.8% in different subcohorts. Seroposivity progressively decreased in other cities as the distance to the epicenter increased.”
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Rapid whole genome sequence typing reveals multiple waves of SARS-CoV-2 spread (preprint) bioRxiv. “As the pandemic SARS-CoV-2 virus has spread globally its genome has diversified to an extent that distinct clones can now be recognized, tracked, and traced. Identifying clonal groups allows for assessment of geographic spread, transmission events, and identification of new or emerging strains that may be more virulent or more transmissible.” Note that clones are not strains.
Preliminary analysis of SARS-CoV-2 importation & establishment of UK transmission lineages (preprint) COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium. “The UK epidemic comprises a very large number of importations due to inbound international travel2. We detect 1356 independently-introduced transmission lineages, however, we expect this number to be an under-estimate….. We estimate that ≈34% of detected UK transmission lineages arrived via inbound travel from Spain, ≈29% from France, ≈14% from Italy, and ≈23% from other countries. The relative contributions of these locations were highly dynamic.”
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Testing and tracing:
23andMe Provides More Evidence That Blood Type Plays Role in Virus Bloomberg. Talking their book?
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America Fails the Marshmallow Test Paul Krugman, NYT (MA).
America Is Giving Up on the Pandemic The Atlantic. “In the interregnum, a great variety of morbid symptoms occur.” –Gramsci
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Which Patients Get in the Door First After Reopening? MedPage Today. “A new opportunity for healthcare to discriminate against the poor and the ‘medically complex.'”Our systems seem to become more like themselves. Capitalism under stress is anti-fragile?
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Remedies and ameliorations:
Will the coronavirus bring back the corner store? TreeHugger (Re Silc).
Telling China’s Covid-19 Story China Media Project
Arrested Hong Kong protesters: how the numbers look one year on South China Morning Post
The Death of Engagement The Wire China (deplorado)
Vietnam’s ghosts are hungry for iPhones The Economist
Anger Grows Against Modi Among Workers Hit Hardest by Lockdown Bloomberg. That is what the story of the girl who took her father hundreds of miles home on her bike ought to be telling any of us not blinded by sentimentality.
U.K. Does a U-Turn on China, Forced Into an Uneven Fight Bloomberg. Whose poodle, then?
Spain approves guaranteed minimum income scheme for vulnerable families El Pais (Ignacio).
New Cold War
Pandemic Blasts Change Through Russia’s Church Carnegie Moscow Center
HISTORY! Congress Poised to Get Its First QAnon Believer The Daily Beast. Sharing a bond with the RussiaGaters, I suppose.
Shahid Buttar: “Nancy Pelosi stands, as she always has, on the side of the past” (interview) Open Democracy
Some states have embraced online voting. It’s a huge risk. Politico. More precisely, it risks ruin.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Portsmouth Confederate statues beheaded, partially pulled down by protesters Virginian-Pilot. Portsmouth Virginia, far from the media centers. Chains, people. Chains. Not ropes!
White Liberals in Minneapolis National Review
Violence and economic activity: evidence from African American patents, 1870–1940 Journal of Economic Growth
Police State Watch
The Left’s New War On Police Patrick Buchanan, The American Conservative. Also, to be fair, Cato, from the privatization angle.
Babylon Health admits GP app suffered a data breach BBC. No problems with telemedicine, no, not at all. Your data is secure with us. Especially — putting on my tinfoil hat, here — the kind of data that health insurance would buy up on the black market to keep their actuaries sweet.
Our Famously Free Press
Battleship Newspaper PressThink
They Really Are Lying To You The American Conservative
Boeing tells Spirit pauses 737 MAX fuselage production Leeham News & Analysis
Imperial Collapse Watch
Welcome Back to Kissinger’s World Foreign Policy. Look out, Cambodia!
AFL-CIO Censors Payday Comments on Cop Unions From It’s Twitter Feed Payday Report (LT). Classy!
Brutality and Spectacle The Baffler
It’s not how you play the game, but how the dice were made Science Daily. From 2018, still germane.
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