Patient readers, I had an administrative kerfuffle that ate up about half an hour. Hence links is short the COVID section and a few other orts and scraps. I’m adding those now, and Links for today will shortly be complete. –lambert UPDATE 7:24AM All done!
Pontifications: bleak near- to mid-term future for Rolls-Royce engine unit Leeham News and Analysis. See also Focus on Rolls-Royce Trent engines (2011): “We talked with an engineer a few months ago who isn’t involved in either incident but who knows RR. His view is that in looking at the Trent 1000 and Trent 900 incidents, focus on the design is actually looking in the wrong direction. Rather, the system issues at RR, this engineer tells us, are in the culture that are leading to the performance failures.” Sound familiar? It’s not just Boeing.
Coronavirus: Dexamethasone proves first life-saving drug BBC. The headline is hype. Dexamethasone, a steroid, only helped a third of those on ventilators, and for all we know it’s only mitigating the horrid effects of ventilators, and has nothing to do with the virus at all. Not to say that treatment options are not good; they are. But still. Here is a more measured thread on this topic:
Today we are seeing tons of hype around the corticosteroid dexamethasone, prompted by this press release.
— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) June 16, 2020
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There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave’ Mike Pence, WSJ
What lockdowns do and what they don’t do Mainly Macro
The Pariah Ship BusinessWeek
Anyone else with similar experiences, especially in college towns? Thread:
My 22 year old grandson went to a party with about 30 people last week. No mask and no social distancing. He and 9 others have COVID-19. Tell the young people that think they are immune to this virus that it is real.
— James Henderson (@JhendersonJames) June 16, 2020
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Association of country-wide coronavirus mortality with demographics, testing, lockdowns, and public wearing of masks (Update June 15, 2020). ResearchGate
Repeated coughing seriously degrades face mask efficiency MedicalXpress (RM).
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Social determinants of health:
Rapid Changes To Health System Spurred By COVID Might Be Here To Stay KHN. Nothing about single payer, of course.
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Investors Are Watching the Wrong Covid Picture John Authers, Bloomberg
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Working class response:
COVID-19 Strike Wave Interactive Map Payday Report. Impressive. And under-covered.
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Remedies and ameliorations:
Xi Jinping’s favourite ‘two mountains’ theory is not all his own work Hong Kong Free Press. More interesting than the gotcha headline.
Business as usual:
Here's their “Salute our Heroes” limited edition gift box: pic.twitter.com/rKNMeLZgzT
— ?Fergus Ryan (@fryan) June 13, 2020
Chinese military urges India to return to correct track of dialogue, negotiations Xinhua. And now see India–
After Violent Clash, China Claims Sovereignty Over Galwan Valley for First Time in Decades The Wire. None of the war news strikes me as being especially reliable. But there’s a lot of it.
Violent India-China clash at LAC: What really happened that night India. A timeline
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Uttarakhand’s ‘ghost villages’ spring back to life Times of India. Migration complete?
Art of the deal:
So, about N Korea destroying the Kaesong liaison office, top line conclusion first:
They are being fucking stupid. I lost my temper at them a few days ago because I saw this coming – and it would have been very dumb for them to go down this road.
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) June 16, 2020
The Robert Jenrick affair has the potential to do lasting damage to the government Institute for Government
How Chile went from coronavirus role model to among world’s worst South China Morning Post
Neoliberalism vs Populism on COVID Stimulus Exponents. Also Latin America.
New Cold War
Pinning Down Putin: How a Confident America Should Deal With Russia Victoria Nuland, Foreign Affairs
How an Internet ‘Persona’ Helped Birth Russiagate Ray McGovern, Consortium News
U.S. Supreme Court Grants Right-Of-Way To Key Natural Gas Pipeline Oilprice.com. Oddly, this decision didn’t make the headlines.
Trump’s cronies, dumbshit Dems, and America’s foreign propaganda machine Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
Apple holding out on Cook testimony for House antitrust probe Politico. So now Silicon Valley CEOs come to testify at their convenience?
Black Injustice Tipping Point
The Power of Black Lives Matter Rolling Stone
The Killing Of George Floyd Is America’s Dreyfus Affair The American Conservative
Revolutions Happen. This Might Be Ours. Foreign Policy
Austrian police defend decision to fine man after ‘provocative’ fart Guardian (Re Silc).
Police State Watch
replacing police with social workers Reading the Tarot (DG). “I don’t think these people have interacted with social workers.”
Our Famously Free Press
UPRISING: Narrative Control Operations Escalate as America Burns Caitlin Johnstone
Google kicked ZeroHedge off its ad platform and warned the Federalist CNN (Furzy Mouse). The lesson is go big or go home: Iraq WMDs, RussiaGate… We’ve had our beefs with ZH, but they certainly don’t deserve this.
How Woke Politics Keeps Class Solidarity Down The American Conservative
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.