Links 7/28/2020

Rare blue lobster sent to Ohio zoo after discovery at seafood restaurant New York Daily News (BC). Blue lobsters (and ones with weird shells, sadly often due to disease) often wind up at the cute aquarium run by the Maine Department of Natural Resources in Boothbay Harbor. The lobstermen bring them in. It also has a tank where you can pet a baby shark. BTW blue lobsters turn red when cooked just like normal lobsters.

Speaking of sharks….Woman dies in a ‘shark attack’ while swimming off the coast of Maine after kayakers tried to save her by dragging her to shore Daily Mail. Bailey Island is where I go every summer. My father’s family lived there since the island was settled.

Outback pub made famous by bizarre emu ban

How Do Dogs Find Their Way Home? They Might Sense Earth’s Magnetic Field Smithsonian (David L)

Drums, Lies, and Audiotape Nautilus (Lance N)

Locust Swarms Are Getting So Big That We Need Radar To Track Them Medium

What the heroin industry can teach us about solar power BBC News (Dr. Kevin)

Researchers develop a method for predicting unprecedented events ScienceBlog (Dr. Kevin)


Hundreds jam airport as evacuations from Vietnam’s Danang begin Reuters (Kevin W)

We’ll Be Wearing Masks for a While. Why Not Make Them Nice? New York Times (resilc). Lambert talked about mask fashion early on.

Coronavirus: ‘I killed my mother with my own hands’ BBC

Empty beaches and fear of flying Telegraph

What’s needed for immunity from Covid-19 – and do Indians stand a better chance? The Scroll (J-LS)

Some Countries Reopened Schools. What Did They Learn About Kids and Covid? Wired (resilc).


Long-lasting COVID symptoms from lungs to limbs linger in coronavirus “long haulers”A growing number of people are suffering for months, but research is limited. Here are some of their stories. USA Today

Child hospitalizations from Covid-19 surge 23% in Florida as schools statewide must reopen CNN

Scientists Are 3D Printing Miniature Human Organs To Test COVID-19 Drugs The Week

This sounds interesting, esp. given the price-gouging with Remdesivir Rensselaer Polytech. Olivier: “This sounds interesting, esp. given the price-gouging with Remdesivir.”

In Social Insects, Researchers Find Clues for Battling Pandemics Smithsonian. Resilc: “Most merikins are not as smart as an ant.”

Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez confirms he’s dealing with heart issue stemming from COVID-19 infection CBSSports (resilc)


What America’s Coronavirus Response Looks Like Abroad New York Times

Can America Benefit from Covid? Ask 14th-Century Florence Politico (Dr. Kevin)

Seventeen Anesthesiologist Residents, Fellow At University Hospital System Contract Virus After Private Party WUFT (furzy). Florida.

‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Workplace Under Investigation by WarnerMedia (EXCLUSIVE) Variety. Kevin W: “Her reputation seems to have been collaterally damaged by Coronavirus.”

Coronavirus: Can this California prison save itself from Covid-19? BBC

The NFL season will be a disaster if it doesn’t change course Quartz

The California charter schools that have received coronavirus aid meant for small businesses In the Public Interest. From earlier in the month….

Political Responses

Stimulus Talks Could Snag on Social Security Review Panels Bloomberg

The Growing Fight Against the School Death Trap New Republic


Money in pursuit of hopelessness: the gold price has hit an all time high Richard Murphy (UserFriendly)


Quad alliance forms ‘arc of democracy’ around China Asia Times (Kevin W)

The World’s Largest Seaplane Pulls Off Its First Waterborne Flight Popular Mechanics (resilc). Not as big as the Spruce Goose!


Bangladesh’s snub another blow for India Asia Times (Kevin W)


Post-Brexit replacements for the Italian foods you’ve come to love Daily Mash

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Pot, kettle, black: Facebook takes EU regulators to court for invading its privacy RT (Kevin W)

NIST Study Finds That Masks Defeat Most Facial Recognition Algorithms VentureBeat

Conservative Justices Declined to Take Up Second Amendment Case after Roberts Signaled He Would Side with Liberals: Report National Review (David L)

Eight in 10 Americans say the country is heading in the wrong direction, new poll shows MarketWatch


Biden has 10-point lead over Trump: ‘It’s the virus, stupid’ The Hill

The inside story behind Jared Kushner’s call to the CEOs of AT&T, Verizon, & T-Mobile after the Trump campaign was blocked from sending text messages to people who hadn’t signed up for them. Business Insider (Dan K)

Our Foreign Policy Nightmare: Vice President Susan Rice American Conservative

Police State Watch

Anti-fascists linked to zero murders in the US in 25 years Guardian (furzy)

Goldman has done it again with its Malaysia deal Financial Times

Intel Reorganizes In Wake of 7nm Woes; Chief Engineering Officer To Depart AnandTech

Warren Buffett may not be the ‘kindly grandfather’ figure he presents to the public, Elon Musk says Business Insider (Kevin W). Musk doth protest way too much.

NY Charges First American Financial for Massive Data Leak Brian Krebs (BC)

Class Warfare

As Climate Change Burns Arizona, State Has More Imprisoned Firefighters Than Employees Steve Horn, DrilledNews

Antidote du jour (CV):

And a bonus:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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  1. bassmule

    Eight in Ten Americans say the country is moving in the wrong direction, but 32% approve of Trump’s handling of the pandemic? Help me out, here.

    1. christofay

      80 eighty? percent of Democrats want a robust health system but DNC insiders voted against M4A? Help me out here.

      1. bassmule

        Joe says “No!” and that’s that, apparently. Talk about wasting a crisis! The enormity* of it!

        *Enormity: an outrageous, improper, vicious, or immoral act.

        1. Off The Street

          Joe’s Chinese, or Ukrainian, or DNC, or Big Finance, or fill in the blank Handlers told him to say No.

          On the bright side, he is reintroducing Americans to those old-fashioned $.75 words venality and cupidity, along with senescence. Those aren’t tax-deductible for you.

          1. edmondo

            He underestimates Biden’s lack of appeal. I’d take a full bowl if it keeps Joe Biden out of the White House.

          2. km

            Regardless whether Biden or Trump is elected, innocent people in foreign lands must continue to suffer and die at the hands of our Empire, and yet Team D loyalists insist that I can only be a Trump troll or otherwise arguing in bad faith because I refuse to eat a half a bowl of dookie.

            Do I have this right?

            1. drumlin woodchuckles

              You have this wrong. A Biden Administration will increase the death toll warfare overseas with whole new R2P wars, as well as increasing support for the Banderazi regime in Ukraine and restoring support for the Islamic terrorists in Idlib in a bid to remove Assad from power.

      2. Amfortas the hippie

        but the hordes of hill trolls that dominate any dem online spaces are tin-eared, at best.
        yet another betrayal, in a long, long line.
        always brings this bubbling up:

        same disdainful smile…”oh, you little people…”
        dems should be the second course, come the revolution.
        30 years of betrayal and perfidy, and they still think that they own my vote.
        on the Left:”where are they gonna go?”–Bill Frelling Clinton, circa 1993.


        1. David B Harrison

          Are you a Farscape fan?This is a reply to amfortas the hippie July 28,2020 at 8:00 am(Bill FRELLING Clinton)

      3. Pelham

        Wasn’t it just a few months ago that we were hearing that nearly every Dem pol had signed on with M4A, which was just one way the Sanders people had moved party to the left?

        Now look. I like the tweet about the party “making a big show of stomping hard on whatever was dear to the Bernie insurgency. They’re dragging his political corpse behind their DNC Tesla and gloating all the way. Rotten country, ruled by suicidal maniacs.”

        True. We have one maniac in the White House and a host of them in the Democrat Party. And not only are they suicidal, they’re homicidal. Quite literally, as is likely to be confirmed yet again when schools reopen.

        1. JBird4049

          >>Wasn’t it just a few months ago that we were hearing that nearly every Dem pol had signed on with M4A, which was just one way the Sanders people had moved party to the left?

          C’mon now, we all know that many, maybe most, politicos are lying ratfvcking weasels as most of them think lying is a perfectly acceptable thing to do if it’s to little people. So long as they get elected, it’s all good.

      4. D. Fuller

        Senior Democrats answer, “Who else are you going to vote for? Trump?”

        Hobson’s Choice is the closest to explaining.

        1. drumlin woodchuckles

          It depends what you want. If you want violent Black Flag anarchy, Trump is the better candidate.

          I would expect Trump to get the Anarchist vote and the Black Bloc vote.

        2. John Anthony La Pietra

          I don’t wish the plagues we’re facing now (literal and figurative) on anyone’s house — but there ARE other people to vote FOR. . . .

    2. The Rev Kev

      Maybe they should have reworded that question. What they should have asked was ‘Is the country moving in the right or wrong direction, regardless of who the current President is?’ The answers to that question may have been more revealing.

      1. jefemt

        Seems to me the pollsters never quite ask the right question.

        Follow the money- those polls aren’t free.

      2. hunkerdown

        Surely. But that’s the reason the question is phrased as it is: because the PMC reproduces their class and their ideology by lying.

    3. Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg

      He’s seen as generally just doing what Fauci tells him is probably why. And people always think the country is ‘moving in the wrong direction.’ Because usualy it is.

    4. a different chris

      Um… you don’t understand Trumpkins. They are always in a state of being besieged.

      So yeah a lot of those are D’s who, well the obvious.

      But a lot of those are Trump R’s who are convinced that he is being hamstrung from “fixing” everything that needs fixin’ and The Evil Libruls are still getting their way.

      Math works out fine once you take that into account.

      1. The Rev Kev

        Stalin had words on that process when he said-

        ‘Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.’

        1. fresno dan

          The Rev Kev
          July 28, 2020 at 9:20 am

          Stalin’s roommate: The stealing of one vote is a tragedy, the stealing of a million votes is a statistic win …

          1. ObjectiveFunction

            “Stalin’s Roommate.” Wasn’t that the sequel to “Hitler has Two Mommies”?

        2. Randy G

          Mr. Jughashvili had many interesting things to say while he ruled the Soviet Union but this isn’t one of them.

          Although ‘witty’, it’s an apocryphal quote:

          Check out the actual Soviet scholars such as J. Arch Getty of UCLA cited toward the end of the piece. He’s a serious researcher and his books are well worth reading. (He’s not a Stalinist or a Hoover Institution propagandist.)

    1. The S

      Trusting fivethirtyeight after the 2016 election would be like trusting Moody’s after the 2008 crash. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

      1. Ataraxite

        Fivethirtyeight predicted around a 33% change of Trump winning, and they caught a certain amount of criticism for that, as everyone “knew” that Hillary had it in the bag. They came out of 2016 looking reasonalbly good.

        (If you look away from the horrid reductionism of viewing politics purely through the prism of polling, of course, but fivethirtyeight gonna fivethirtyeight.)

        1. edmondo

          Hils started out election night with a 95% probability of winning the election that night according to Nate. The NYT website was agog at how early the election was going to be called and how the USA had finally gotten modern with a woman as president. Then someone went and counted the votes.

          1. The Rev Kev

            I still think that there is a great play waiting to be written set in Hillary’s headquarters that night. How it starts off with hubris and celebrations but as the evening goes along, doubts grow. Bad news is fed in by flunkies. States are announced being won by Trump. Confusion sets in with the blame game starting. In the end Hillary is deserted by her supporters as she turns to drink and the idea of blaming the Russians is started. I’d pay to go see that.

            1. caucus99percenter

              Same here. It cries out for Shakespearean treatment, or even an opera, as John Adams did with Nixon in China.

            2. hunkerdown

              Watch Ellen de Generes as Hillary Clinton SMASH a half-million-dollar custom flat screen TV on opening night. For maximum anachronistic comic relief, some sheikh with a bone saw comes in and tries to stop her. That does sound like an important part of a great special date night.

              …but, being the pedestrian I am, I’d want a parallel plot of Rmoney and Karl Rove’s 2012 crying meltdown time-shifted into the same contest, so that both oligarch parties freak out over losing control of their end of the fix at the same time. I can even imagine a subplot where they try to get in contact to coordinate, but can’t be seen by their actually-believing-in-partisanship flunkies. It works great in that slice-of-life David Mamet style but it could be set as an epic of sorts, maybe. I wish someone would write this and anyone can feel free to steal the concept — storytelling is a heavy lift for this autist, and while I can write some fair lines from time to time, Mamet’s “Third place is you’re fired” is beyond my reach at the moment.

              1. The Rev Kev

                Karl Rove’s 2012 crying meltdown? That would have to be a movie that with a group of hackers working behind the scene to make sure, to Rove’s disbelief, that the election is not rigged. It could even be done as a comedy if not a drama.

            3. MT_Bill

              The only part of that play that qualifies as a tragedy is that at the end she doesn’t drink the hemlock or shoot herself left-handedly twice in the head.

          2. JWP

            538 is a mess. % chances mean nothing and people get suckered into using their predictions because of the big number and geeky data. I think people just like colorful numbers and charts and then somehow reason that because they’re seemingly complex, they’re right.

      2. D. Fuller

        The Podesta emails from Mr. P@ssword himself show that Team Clinton was using polling and media contacts to skew polls by weighting the polls, for instance.

        538 included those same polls in their calculations. To come up with those numbers.

        Once the weighting was revealed, some poll quietly corrected their data. Thus putting Clinton within the margin of error for a win-loss against Trump.

        The polling manipulation was part of the campaign strategy to discourage likely or Trump voters from showing up to vote. After all, why make the effort against the “inevitable”. Psychological warfare applied to voting.

        The problem with this approach by Team Clinton was their own idiocy in ignoring how loyal Republican voters are. Also, that up to 8 million voters who were betrayed by Obama? Crossed the aisle to Trump.

        Coupled with other major failures – such has having no voter registration effort to turn out the vote, Hillary Clinton was at best only 50/50.

        Self-delusion was the downfall of Clinton. Over-estimating their own competency also. Dunning-Kruger coupled with Peter Principle is a hell of a condition for a campaign to suffer from.

    2. Lex

      In the short term, no.

      I’ve had a hard time understanding how one could die of shock alone, absent any physical trauma.

      However, if Oklahoma ever “goes blue” in my lifetime, I believe I may experience enough cognitive dissonance to kill me. So there’s that.

      1. Michael Fiorillo

        Not making any predictions, but in my lifetime, Oklahomans elected the great Fred Harris, who called for nationalization of the oil industry, to the US Senate.

        Life is like baseball, or baseball is like life, or something: things plod along in torpor and appear unchanging, then all of a sudden: look out !

      2. Stephen V.

        OK neighbor here. A friend from OK told me that you guys got the statues right:
        Will Rogers and Sequoyah. And she said the Will Rogers museum is not to be missed. Who knew?

        1. Janie

          Listen to your neighbor; she is right. Museum is almost 20,000 sq ft on 20,000 acres. He was a national treasure as well as being top-grossing star in the 30s.

          Fred Harris was great, but that was, what, early sixties. Oklahoma was reliably democratic in those days. Robert Kerr was senator-for-life and was dubbed uncrowned king of the senate on a Time cover. He chaired the interior committee and, with Wilbur Mills, ramrodded the waterway project of locks and dams to connect the Port of Catoosa (Tulsa) to the gulf. Because of him, Oklahoma had, probably still has, more acre feet of lakes than the Land of a Thousand Lakes.

          In the Cherokee museum on Muskogee, you can learn about Sequoyah and how his wife, annoyed at all the time he, an illiterate, devoted to developing a written language for his people, burned all his research. Sequoyah went into northern Mexico in search of a tribe reputed to speak a related language and was lost to history. Ambrose Bierce went on a search to find him and also was lost. (Will Rogers was proud to be part Cherokee.)

          Thus endeth the lesson for the day.

        1. John k

          Dust bowl and before oil? A different era that had great unmet needs.
          But neolib is diligently generating need fast as it can… plus fossil era ending, Covid arrived, wars galore and the mystery of bushiest flocking to Biden. And maybe hearing the buzz of locusts on deck…

  2. Zagonostra

    >Drums, Lies, and Audiotape

    I haven’t encountered the word “grok” in quite some time (I can still visualize Valentine Michael sitting at the bottom of the swimming pool); it brings back memories of when, contrary to the author’s resignation/conclusion that there are no “limits” to human understanding, that music, especially, was a the conduit, if there were any, for achieving it…

    I assumed that with enough time and effort, I’d eventually grok both the music and the musical behavior of our hosts…This is an illusion…There are plenty of people, living in plenty of places, who remain giant puzzles to us… that is by no means a bad thing. Quite the opposite—it is a testament to the range of human diversity, and to the limits of human understanding.

    I no longer assume that all barriers to cross-cultural communication can be overcome. Nor do I assume that I can really, truly get into someone else’s head and see (or hear) the world as they do by sheer force of reason and will—including my own friends and family.

    1. Watt4Bob

      Alexander Gelfand is a freelance writer and recovering ethnomusicologist based in New York City. He is working on a memoir of his time in Ghana.

      I can’t wait. /snk

      The American propensity for cultural appropriation meets the Ghanan musician’s propensity for cultural self-defense.

      I’m having a hard time remembering a greater example of dull witted exposition.

      Mr. Gelfand feels entitled to the secret language of the drums, and can’t take the hint, familiar to all real musicians, that he is not qualified to partake in the music making at the level practiced by the local pros.

      Finding oneself struggling during instruction is a natural and good thing, but finding yourself completely lost during an actual performance is a clear sign that you don’t belong, and sitting out would be a good face-saving option.

      I don’t think Mr. Gelfand is a ‘recovering ethnomusicologist’, he may be a sort of musicologist, but he’s obviously failed at understanding the subtlety of the ethnographic side of the job.

      1. Zagonostra

        Indeed “Sitting out would be a good face-saving option,” and would have shown deference and respect for the music instead of trying to plow on…I’ve sat out many a gigs where fellow musicians were going places I couldn’t follow, sitting back listened with appreciation and awe, letting the music move me…getting lost and losing self-awareness, stepping outside of any sense of time and space, yeah that is what it’s all about, rather than trying to map-out each beat…

    1. Ignacio

      Well, there is the common european lobster (Palinurus elephas) which is indeed redish and there are other distantly related lobsters (different families) that in Spanish are not called lobsters (‘langostas’) but ‘bogavantes’ (Homarus gamarus) which are much darker and frequently blue. To add to the confusion, the American lobster (Homarus americanus) is indeed a kind of ‘bogavante’ but unlike it’s European cousin is redish.

      1. Ignacio

        But when you cook an European Humarus-type lobster ‘bogavante’ no matter if it is dark-brown, blue or green it becomes red.

  3. allan

    Re: “A slap in the face to the millions of Americans who have lost their healthcare in this pandemic. …”

    Nice to see platform co-chair and former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough is still a reliable apparatchik.
    For those unfamiliar with him, McDonough played a crucial role [SPOILER ALERT: not a good one] in the struggle between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA over the torture report.
    (He was played by Jon Hamm in the film The Report.)
    Old Villagers never die, they simply fade away.

    1. edmondo

      Mostly they come back as The Lincoln Project. We’re going to party like it’s 2004, this time with Joe W. Biden landing on the aircraft carrier.

      1. NotTimothyGeithner

        I expect most of the Lincoln Project to be hired by the Mittens to Destroy America PAC by mid-November.

  4. Krystyn Podgajski

    RE: In Cell Studies, Seaweed Extract Outperforms Remdesivir in Blocking COVID-19 Virus

    The sugar (polysaccharide) that they extracted from seaweed is a Fucoudan (Fucose (Not FRUCtose)). It is important here to know that most humans secrete fucose in places like their nasal cavity and intestines to ward off some infections.But there are about 20% of us Caucasians who do not secrete fucose and we are called FUT2 Non-secretors. I am one of these unlucky bunch who has suffered a lifetime of intestinal issues until I began eating a lot of both seaweed and mushrooms, both of which are high in Fucose.

    FUT2 non-secretors also do not express their ABO (Blood Type) antigen on their red blood cells.

    I still do not know what this means for FUT2 non-secretors as far an immunity. It might mean more immunity since SARS2 needs to bind to heparin and to do this (I think) you need FUT2 secretion.

    So it might be that Fucoidans help people who secrete Fucose since the virus would attach to the exogenous fucoidans rather than our own. But for people like me there is nothing for the virus to attach to in the first place. This has been proven in FUT2 non-secretors with another virus, the Norovirus.

    But i would say, seaweed and mushrooms would not hurt if the study is true.

      1. Jack Parsons

        There are seaweed snacks (nori) prepackaged in Trader Joe’s for example. They are often in the Asian aisle in big supermarkets.

        Also, sheet nori is the wrapper on sushi. You can buy sheets and make soup.

  5. Krystyn Podgajski

    RE: Researchers develop a method for predicting unprecedented events

    Fixing the tile fro you:

    Researchers Realize the Mayan Calendar has a Basis in Science

    “That suggests there are certain underlying universal processes that we can take advantage of in order to forecast this kind of extreme behavior.”

    1. nick

      If only! The write up tells me they use a small number of datasets representing quite different systems to build a model that looks good validated against those same input datasets. This is just a trick to make unfounded claims of universality or even valid application of their approach to other systems based on over-fitted models.

  6. CanChemist

    Why vaccines are less effective in the elderly, and what it means for COVID-19

    Given that we have separate influenza vaccine for the elderly for exactly this reason, so it’s not exactly obscure, I was surprised to read this article.

    Bonus link if you live in the US… Wildlife Services can apparently plant cyanide bombs near you with no oversight.

    1. Winston Smith

      Cyanide bombs…gotta kill those critters. Highly recommend “Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History” as it highlights the totally demented efforts to eradicate coyotes using a range of wildlife destroying agents.

      1. Janie

        Maybe that’s the book I read years ago positing that humans have, through attemps to exterminate coyotes, selectively bred a race of wily coyotes so smart that we cannot outsmart them

        1. Copeland

          This has definitely happened with rats and various traps. The dumb one gets killed quickly, all the others multiply and voila…we built a better rat.

    2. Ignacio

      Some studies I’ve seen address this question. For instance in some preclinical studies both young and ‘old’ mice are used. Regarding clinical trials, the Oxford-Pfizer candidate also announced age-cohort trials with children and with the elder. It could be the case that some candidates work better with the elder while other work better with the younger. This is apart from other possibilities like no candidate working good enough for massive vaccination.

  7. Ignacio

    Correct link to:
    Long-lasting COVID symptoms from lungs to limbs linger in coronavirus “long haulers”. A growing number of people are suffering for months, but research is limited. Here are some of their stories. USA Today

    OK, I think cumulative knowledge on Covid 19 and SARS CoV 2 itself provide hints to these and other phenomenons like those called reinfections.

    Known facts:
    1) Spike protein by itself (provided by vaccines) look to be quite reactogenic inducing local and systemic symptoms such as fever and pains including headache. Speculation: This could possibly related with innate immune responses biased to highly inflammatory when the Spike protein is detected..
    2) SARS CoV 2 meddles with both innate and adaptive immune response. It prevents/modifies innate response and results in an adaptive immune response which in the majority of cases includes a somehow weak humoral response with virus neutralizing titres that are generally low, though quite variable amongst convalescent individuals. It also appears (I have to check this) to induce cellular responses which are biased on the inflammatory side of the spectrum (Possibly via Thelper type 2 cells?- this is known but I would need to check). This suggests that some of the most severe symptoms could be related with both a biased cellular response and a ‘faulty’ humoral response with neutralizing antibodies in low titres and on the subclasses most prone to ADE (antibody enhanced disease) that facilitates infections of come cell types having a particular type of receptor (F-cgamma receptors) such as macrophages and other type of cells.
    3) In many cases some of these respiratory and other symtoms are seen late in the course of the disease and with no apparent detection of SARS CoV 2 by RT PCR, suggesting that it is the immune system by itself what is causing the symptoms.
    4) Antibody/neutralizing titres tend to wane months after clearance. Low VNTs have been associated with ADE and severe cases, as well as re-infections in other diseases. Could this be the cause of the rare cases of so-called re-infections reported with Covid-19?

    Antibody titres waning suggests the possibility is that some of the high affinity antibodies selected during infection could be prone to recognize other human proteins and cause immune response associated damage.

    To end with this immunology seems to be central to many of the most severe cases. Comprehensive immunologic analyses should be performed with hospitalized subjets. This could help to identify and prevent or at least suggest better treatments for some of the worst outcomes.

    1. The Rev Kev

      What I do not understand is how some doctors are refusing to accept these ‘long haulers’ symptoms. What part of ‘novel virus’ do they not understand? I suspect that it is the ‘novel’ part itself.

      1. Ignacio

        Yep. I believe that most physicians ignore most of those, let’s say, sophisticated immunology concepts. They associate the disease with the pathogen and not with pathologic immunology and this seems to be one of the ‘novel parts’ of this disease. Of course there are physicians that know a lot about immune pathologies but they are a minority.

        1. PlutoniumKun

          Judging from comments from the physicians in my family they are so focused on dealing with critically ill patients that they simply don’t have the ‘bandwidth’ to think about long term health issues, which are often far more complex than the direct impact of pathogen toxicity. I think the attitude is to give it a year to see if these things clear up by themselves, and then address it.

          1. Jack Gavin

            That’s the same I get from my friends in the medical community. Their plates are full right now.

    2. Dan

      FWIW my cousin was onesuch longhauler. She works in a hospital. After 9 weeks and still positive (and no symptoms), the hospital returned her to work hoping she isn’t infectious.

    3. Dean

      The spike protein and vaccines containing the spike protein certainly do induce inflammatory mediators including IL-6 and CXCL8, apparently via an NFkappaB pathway

      These authors speculate: “Activation and translocation of NF-κB was shown to occur rapidly following exposure of PBMC or THP-1 cells to S protein using a highly sensitive assay for active nuclear NF-κB p65 transcription factor. The results further suggested that released or secreted S protein could activate blood monocytes through recognition by toll-like receptor (TLR)2 ligand. ”

      Wouldn’t an overactive inflammatory response be driven by Th17 rather than Th2?

      1. Ignacio

        You are right Dean that is indeed a possibility though not yet checked to my knowledge. I have seen this same question raised before.

        Thanks for the link!

        1. Ignacio

          I forgot to say that the proposed Fc receptor interaction I mentioned above would occur AFTER humoral response through antibodies (ADE) while the inflammatory response you describe is innate response and this could explain high reactogenicity of Spike-based vaccines.

    4. Swamp Yankee

      An acquaintance of mine, mid-30s, lives a healthy life style, into working out, contracted COVID. Now months later she’s still having heart palpitations to the extent that the doctors are monitoring her heart constantly (she wears one of those tape-on monitors they give you in the hospital) and is forbidden from intense exercise. She also is having problems with blood clots.

      Extremely scary stuff. This isn’t over. Stay safe and healthy, people!

      1. The Rev Kev

        Extremely scary indeed. That is a horror story that. I hope that she gets better over time.

  8. LawnDart

    Our Foreign Policy Nightmare: Vice President Susan Rice

    The nightmares will continue until the fascist neocons and neolibs are purged from the government, and the becomes our government, and governs in the best interests of its flesh-and-blood citizens.

    1. Katniss Everdeen

      A Biden selection would give Republicans an opportunity to resurrect Rice as their bogey-woman. But with Democrat voters, there’s a possibility those attacks could backfire, and the left could spin them as Fox News baselessly attacking a blameless black woman.

      In this racially contaminated environment, any of the black women reportedly under consideration by biden will be able to play the blamelessness-due-to-skin-color-and-gender card. rice just has a particularly ugly record of “public service” that will be excused because racism means never having to say you’re sorry.

      1. Off The Street

        Maybe Susan Rice could engage Loretta Lynch as her defense attorney, to cover her bases? /s

        1. Jonathan Holland Becnel

          Maybe they could meet at an airport…say maybe in an undisclosed location in Arkansas…

      2. LawnDart


        “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

        After all these years, it’s still a dream (but a very American one).

        Vive la Revolution!

        1. MollyZ

          Now that the social justice wing of the “democratic party” has made— everything about race—-, first and foremost, my cooking circle has agreed to vote along “party lines.”

          We will only vote for white people.

          If Biden selects a white V.P., we will vote for him.
          If not, then I”m sure he will get the votes of our black women neighbors, but we will stay home on election day.

          1. hunkerdown

            But you’re still voting for neoliberalism if you vote major party… as the kids say, play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

        2. a different chris

          >but by the content of their character

          Bet MLK would be mad that, in an unexpected twist, we now aren’t allowed to judge a black woman on the content of her character. Thus both incompetent Rices, for example (Condi and Susan) keep floating like scum on top of everything.

      3. deplorado

        Susan Rice’s son who was recently or still is an undergrad at Standford, is a Republican and member of some Repub org at Stanford.

        He’ll probably help to bring over the Lincoln Project.

    2. anon in so cal

      >As Obama’s UN ambassador, Susan Rice falsely alleged that Libya’s Gaddafi was providing viagra to his troops who were using rape as a terror tactic. So, her lies partly enabled the US / NATO bombing of Libya.

      >Sent a mysterious email to herself in connection to the Russiagate psy ops

      >Initially said the George Floyd protests were straight ouo prepare the public for

      Biden is already ratcheting up the anti-Russia rhetoric. Imho, he would pick up where he left off before election 2016: Syria and Ukraine, for starters.

  9. rjs

    this is an excerpt from a newsletter from my humorless queer* friend…she’s starting a subscription newsletter focused on the financial markets, if anyone is interested…Alexis is a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform and was a principal in Occupy the SEC and a co-author of the Volcker rule rewrite that was eventually included in Dodd-Frank, to say nothing of once being a VP at Deutsche Bank, so she knows her stuff…

    With all of the insanity in the markets lately, both in terms of volatility and the irrational exuberance of valuations — like Tesla trading at 10,000 times its earnings, I’ve been paying closer attention than I have in a decade to the ups and downs of the markets themselves. As a result, I’ve decided to launch a weekly newsletter focused just on the financial markets. In addition to highlighting key data and trends, and thoughts on the latest market moves, I’ll be providing commentary on the ongoing, unprecedented response by the Federal Reserve to the pandemic. This is a labor-intensive endeavor, so it is a paid subscription (though I will occasionally make posts public, such as this one about JPMorgan’s massive earnings during the pandemic). If you are interested in supporting my work, you can subscribe here.

    * Alexis is also one half of the podcast team Humorless Queers, with Kade Crockford of the Boston ACLU, covering a wide range of topics from the streets to the Halls of Congress, if anyone is interested in given them a listen…

  10. timbers

    Conservative justices decline to take up Second Amendment Case / Where is the No Standing Monkey?

    …the Court heard a challenge to a New York City handgun regulation but ultimately determined that the challenge was made irrelevant when the New York City law involved was altered. The case revolved around whether licensed handgun owners may take a locked and unloaded handgun to locations outside the city, such as second homes or upstate firing ranges.

    The text reads “may” take said guns but does not mention anyone who can show they were actually harmed by the law in real life practice (remember the retirement management lawsuit? The court said they have No Standing because their retirement funds haven’t been affected YET), implying it didn’t happen yet or no one has been accused of doing so.

    Funny…given that no one appears to be have been or shown to be actually harmed by the law as of yet, in the manner they they want the law changed, or faces any consequences yet, seems that – as in many other instances, the No Standing Monkey would make his ever increasing appearance. Why not in this instance before the law was changed?

    Is the No Standing Monkey being selectively applied to advance a preferred political agenda?

    Of course, the article may simply not have included any info regarding that…

    1. cnchal

      “The brain is characterized for being isolated from the bustle of the world. If there is a pathogen in the rest of the body, the blood-brain barrier stops it from entering,” explains Segura. This defense system allows oxygen-filled blood to reach the capillaries and even the neurons, but filters out toxins, bacteria and viruses that travel in the bloodstream. “The rupture of this barrier is an effect that we have not seen before,” he adds. For Segura, finding the endothelial cells (the thin layer of cells that line the interior surface of blood vessels) in the samples of analyzed brain tissue could indicate that the coronavirus has overcome the blood-brain barrier, and that the neurological problems have not been caused by weakness from the immune system’s response to Covid-19. According to Segura, the world is facing “a respiratory virus that is also neurotoxic.”

      Jawb one is do not get it.

      There will never be herd immunity, and those that got it and get it will have the mother of all pre existing conditions that the sick care industry feasts off of. A vaccine that works is a pipe dream and I already see that the greed heads running big pharma have the media toadies all buttered up to spew nonsense at the peasants. A rushed jawb always leads to having to do it over again to get it right, and getting it right for big pharma is an ineffective vaccine that the public is gouged for in perpetuity. The opposite of what is needed.

      1. Maritimer

        “A vaccine that works is a pipe dream and I already see that the greed heads running big pharma have the media toadies all buttered up to spew nonsense at the peasants. A rushed jawb always leads to having to do it over again to get it right, and getting it right for big pharma is an ineffective vaccine that the public is gouged for in perpetuity. ”

        People complain about any mention of Bill Gates and his vaccine involvement. Yet, those familiar with the computer business model developed in the 80s see the eerie similarity to the coming Vaccine Racket. That is, push out a shoddy vaccine (like Windows and other Microsoft products in the 80s) which does not work properly and get the users to pay to fix it over and over again. Get your paid pals in Government to induce fear, panic and hysteria in the population and have them clamoring for the defective product.

        When I first worked in the computer biz in the 80s, I was astounded that such a business model worked. Yet, it has succeeded beyond the dreams of the computer hucksters and the model has been adopted to other industries. A lot of these hucksters are even admired and emulated.

        The Forever Vaccine, a Bill Gates Wet Dream.

    2. semiconscious

      The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus attacks the respiratory system, but there is growing evidence that it also affects the nervous system. Several studies based on thousands of Spanish patients show that most of these individuals developed at least one neurological problem. This manifested itself in a wide range of symptoms, ranging from headaches to comatose states. In a percentage of cases, neurological conditions were even the principal cause of death. Although these symptoms have been attributed to the body’s excessive immune response to Covid-19, some research indicates that the virus is directly attacking the brain.

      ‘ranging from headaches to comatose states’?! really?!…

      the truth is out there. just don’t look for it in the mainstream media…

    3. martell

      I had a look at the study on which the headline is based. It’s of people who were hospitalized, mean age of 66, and most with at least one comorbidity (over half had hypertension and nearly half were obese). Neurological problems include headache and dizziness. There were “disorders of consciousness,” but concentrated among the elderly (I believe the mean age was 76) and those who’d suffered quite severely from the disease. I could not find any information about the condition of patients prior to hospitalization (perhaps they’d already been getting headaches, for example). The study authors themselves note that they could not draw conclusions about causality, since the problems in question could also have been caused by the treatments in hospital (among other things). So, the headline is somewhat misleading (if someone told me that he had a neurological problem, I would be surprised to learn that it was a headache), the numbers are drawn from a non-representative sample as far as the general population goes, and the study does not by itself support causal claims.

  11. The Rev Kev

    “As Climate Change Burns Arizona, State Has More Imprisoned Firefighters Than Employees”

    If you can be potentially sent to prison for 12 years for driving with a suspended license and under the influence of marijuana & alcohol, then that tells me that the laws of that State are terribly broken. Perhaps they should try for a different approach. Maybe when a prisoner is going to be sentenced for a minor crime, that if they are considered worth the effort, then they can opt for serving their sentence in a fire prevention and fighting unit if the court so offers. When they are not fighting fires, they are doing work to reduce fire hazards and anything else connected with firefighting.

    They would be fed, housed and clothed at government expense and receive a small amount for luxuries. But as they work, money is set aside for them that they receive upon completion of their sentence. When their term is up, they have a nest egg to set themselves up to move to a better area, set themselves up in a flat or house with the money being used to pay for a bond, etc. But they get to decide. Might be worth a shot this. Might even prove cheaper in the long run too when you work out all the costs and benefits.

    1. Wukchumni

      Gotta say so far-so good on our wildfire season. Yeah, there’s been a few of some consequence, but not big wahoozas in the overall scheme of things.

      Az allotting only $9.1 million for a year’s worth of firefighting is about par for the course, er Kansas.

    2. LawnDart

      But a body in a cell generates at least $40k a year in revenue-share!

      The warder’s baby needs a new pair of shoes! CoreCivic might go broke!

      It’s heresy you speak of here, Reverend– THIS IS AMERICA!!!

    3. Briny

      Very much inline when your choice was jail or military service. FWIW, I like it, an excellent diversion stategy with social benefit as well as personal.

  12. NotTimothyGeithner

    How dare anyone impugn the character of a friend of George W Bush? Why he gave Michelle Obama a cough drop once! By the transitive property Ellen gave Michelle the cough drop. If her employees needed to be abused, they probably deserved it.

    1. JWP

      Ellen and Klobacher should start a consulting firm: “Productive Staff Abuse” or PSA for short. I’m sure thousands of others would be easily encouraged to join on past behavior.

    1. Expat2Uruguay

      The fact that shark attack was in quotes is the only reason I clicked the link to read the story. Still don’t know why it was in quotes, and suspect it’s part of clickbait headline writing.

      1. T

        Because they have not confirmed that she was attacked by a shark. Could have been a seal, for instance.

        Wouldn’t one of the Old Ones have dragged her under?

        1. ambrit

          Yes, fearsome entities like Dagon would indeed have dragged her under. However, given the crypto-history of the Ancient Old Ones, let us hope that she does not suddenly become “with child,” on top of her other problems.
          The “Innsmouth Look” has never been ‘chic’ on any University campus, not even Bob Jones.

      2. Wukchumni

        I refused to read the story further in allowing supremacy of Great Whites to take over. LBMM*

        *Land Based Mammals Matter

        1. Laputan

          And I refuse to accept your refusal given that you’re still calling our value-neutral non-identifying-because-they’re-disabled toothy ocean friend two words that can never be juxtaposed.

      1. ambrit

        I’m with you on that. We were ordered to “vote for the lesser evil,” and so, we got Trump.

  13. jefemt

    Seems to me the pollsters never quite ask the right question.

    Follow the money- those polls aren’t free.

  14. vlade

    On the opium and solar powered pumps – I wonder how long will the aqufiers last this way… It’s basically Australian “let’s sell our water” model. Well, you sell your water, you lose your water, it ain’t gonna come back anytime soon. Except Helmland is no Aussie, so expect more fighting there in a decade or so as the water runs out.

    1. The Rev Kev

      Was wondering the same myself. Just how reliable are those aquifers and how much water do they really contain? Of course any crops exported out of the province will contain a lot of water themselves and that is not accounting for what evaporates after being sprayed on the crops while growing. Oh well, if the water goes, there is always the Golden Triangle.

      1. ambrit

        H—, do like the Raj did and grow it in Uttar Praedesh and Bihar. That would be an ironic revenge to take on the Europeans. As long as India undertakes to only sell it west, the Chinese would gleefully help with financing and technical help.

    2. PlutoniumKun

      It addresses this further down the article.

      So much water is now being used that ground water levels in Helmand are estimated to be falling by 3m a year.
      The fear is that pretty soon the water will simply run out.
      “Maybe this boom will not last longer than 10 years,” says Orzala Nemat, who runs the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, the country’s biggest think tank.

      So basically its a catastrophe in the making.

      The irony is that up until the 1960’s when everyone started interfering, Afghanistan had a network of highly sophisticated water extraction, distribution and conservation systems. We tend to think of Afghanistan as god forsaken mountains and desert, but if you read old travellers books from the 1960’s and before they often comment on just what a lush paradise parts of the country were back then in contrast to the rest of Central Asia. The traditional systems worked more or less sustainably for centuries, but started to break down once outside powers started treating the country as a geopolitical football. Many elaborate Qanats were destroyed in the war, or sometimes just from carelessness.

      1. threeyedgoddess

        Afghanistan in the 70s was lush and the highway to Kabul was unpaved. We could smell the sweet water of the Kabul river 50 miles away. When we took leisure with the locals to enjoy bowls of the local product, they would always insist on being near a body of water or a fountain. They revered water.

      2. Rod

        I’m with you–hicks they are not. got the solar now so drip will follow next–takes a yoeman to triple crop something with 90-110 day harvest cycles in their desert.
        said in admiration of the farming skills and tenacity—not for the poison product of their production since capitalism came-a-callin’ in 01–their now bitter reward:

        which could have been(if Pharma hadn’t got in first):

        looking at the production graph, apparently the Taliban did not get the “Income Stream” memo like the CIA

  15. zagonostra

    >Krystal Ball

    A slap in the face to the millions of Americans who have lost their healthcare in this pandemic. These cowardly fools are the best shot that working people have in getting a fair shake and are pathetically unable to meet the moment.

    And meanwhile…

    UnitedHealth Group’s second-quarter profit jumped to $6.6 billion — double the earnings from the same period last year, and far beyond expectations…

    1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

      Krystal gets most of the way there but for some reason cannot close the deal.

      The “cowardly fools” have absolutely and 100% “met the moment” in getting a “fair shake”. For their constituents.

  16. The Rev Kev

    “The NFL season will be a disaster if it doesn’t change course”

    Is the NFL run by ex-footballers? Maybe ones that have taken a few too many hits to the head during their former careers? Maybe losing some brain cells in the process? Because if they think that they can run football games while mixing with all and sundry, then that is the only thing that explains what they are trying to do. You may have a situation where some of those football players start to act as super-spreaders going from game to game. You might get some teams being nicknamed the “Typhoid Marys”. I have not seen anything so stupid sports-related since the beginning of the pandemic where that NBA player rubbed his hands all over reporter’s microphones and recording devices while laughing – and it turned out that he was positive for Coronavirus.

    1. Wukchumni

      As much as I prefer the gridiron team from Humordor be named the ‘Typhoid Marys’, in accordance with the majority of the players being African-American, The Washington Blackskins, it will have to be.

      Baseball practices at least 30 feet of social distancing when players are in their set positions-aside from the umpire, catcher and batter, who are in peril of being struck. The way to fix this is to greatly expand the strike zone and have the unfortunate trio each be 8 feet apart in what some might mistake as a Mexican standoff. There, play ball!

      1. voteforno6

        He’s not completely stupid (though he tries). A large chunk of his potential base of support watches football. How are they going to react if the NFL season is cancelled (as it should be), due to a pandemic response that’s been grossly mismanaged by him? Football is the most popular spectator sport in American, and if they don’t have any football to watch or argue about, what are they going to do instead?

  17. rjs

    US climate policy is screwed no matter who wins in November…Democrats don’t propose to curtail CO2 emissions; instead, they want to capture them and use them to make cement, plastics, and pump them down oil & gas wells to help get more oil & gas out….all of that will take building a massive interstate CO2 pipeline system to move the CO2 from where it’s emitted to where they plan to use it…creating jobs to dig an even deeper hole…

    all that is explained in more detail in this article from Steve Horn at Real News Network…

    New DNC Platform Could Make The Bleak Climate Forecast Even Worse

    1. Synoia

      I suspect capturing the Carbon Dioxide will actually increase emissions.

      It takes energy to remove Carbon Dioxide.

      Links to a study?

      1. rjs

        there’s no study…this is just the Democrats wanting to have their fossil fuel cake and eat it too

    2. PlutoniumKun

      The irony is that Trump was probably better for the climate than any Dem, as his short termist policies has driven the entire fossil fuel industry to the edge of destruction through over-investment and over-capacity.

      1. rjs

        his trade wars alone did so much damage to our fossil fuel exports that it can rank him as the best president for the environment since Nixon…

  18. The Rev Kev

    “Post-Brexit replacements for the Italian foods you’ve come to love”

    Maybe they could go back to the sort of meals that I used to get so often when I was traveling through England – a plate of fried eggs, sausages, tomatoes and backed beans. Hot, cheap, tasty and filling. Can’t ask for much more than that.

    1. PlutoniumKun

      Except that the eggs will be chlorine washed, they won’t be able to get bacon for the sausages from Denmark, the tomatoes from Spain, or the cannelloni beans for the baked beans from Italy. Hope they like grits.

    2. Ignacio

      Today in a Spanish public TV channel they issued a documentary on the history of Italian cuisine by an English cook. No, watch this, a theory he proposes is that good cooking practices and inventions in Italy have been an important social strength that in the past helped to overcome crises, for instant, fascism.

      Cuisine is part of the culture and a strong social culture might shield against some of the worst political outcomes.

      1. Fritzi

        If good cooking causes heightened resistance to fascism, shouldn’t the english have been utterly helpless before it?

  19. edmondo

    Democratic Party isn’t just moving rightward—they’re making a big show of stomping hard on whatever was dear to the Bernie insurgency. They’re dragging his political corpse behind their DNC Tesla and gloating all the way. Rotten country, ruled by suicidal maniacs

    Gee, I would almost feel sorry for Bernie but isn’t Senator Sanders the one who brought the handcuffs and asked to go for a ride with “his friend Joe”? He has worked with these people for 30 years on Capitol Hill. He knew exactly who they were.

    1. Dr. John Carpenter

      I feel sorry for us who have to be ruled by these maniacs. I really couldn’t care less how Bernie feels. If people like me could have seen this coming, it’s only because he didn’t want to that he didn’t, as you’re saying.

      I do however appreciate the Republican-like directness they have about it. They’re not making vague promises or even a “make me” when it comes to this stuff. It’s a flat out no! Only Sanders could believe Biden can be pushed left, if he even really believes that.

    2. Yves Smith Post author

      Did you miss that Sanders was sabotaged by his own staff right after the Weekend of Long Knives? And he had promised to support the primary winner? That was the price of a career independent running on the Dem ticket.

    1. hunkerdown

      A flaming* neoliberal like Graham would only propose such a thing as a bill to be “amended in the form of a substitute” into catfood austerity.

      * Referring to his out and proud neoliberalism, not whatever he gets up to with his handlers, you, you hateful…! ;)

  20. fresno dan 
    So what really matters for your financial goals for the next few decades?  How the overall market does.  It’s all in the “beta.”Don’t believe me? Consider one of the most surprising things I have ever discovered on this blog.  If you had beaten the market by 5% a year from 1960-1980, you would have made less money than if you had underperformed the market by 5% a year from 1980-2000: 
    I’ve said it before, most of what happens to people is luck.  And sure, you can make poor decisions that make your life worse.
    I survived cancer – and yes, American medical research is great, but I survived because I got a cancer that was survivable. (Hodgkin’s disease for the curious)
    You know the other big believer in luck? Warren Buffett :  I won the lottery by being born in America.

    1. Milton

      It also helps to have a genetic disposition that tends towards the sociopathic as well as living in a society that cultivates said trait.

    2. a different chris

      And yet we did a lot of amazing things from 1960->1980, and spent the next 20 years offshoring most of it (heavy manufacturing) and just refining the rest (semiconductors).

      We at least had enough shame to replace the word “invention” with “innovation”.

      They like to talk about “standing on the shoulders of giants” and man that is so true now. Pygmies barely clearing the giant’s foreheads.

  21. Carolinian

    Thanks for Wired on schools. This seems to sum it up.

    But the question of how likely children are to spread it to teachers, staff and other students still hasn’t been settled. One large new study from South Korea found children under the age of 10 appear to not transmit the virus very well. While it’s not exactly clear why, the pediatric infectious disease experts contacted by WIRED say that it’s perhaps because young children expel less air that contains the virus and are shorter, so any potential respiratory droplets are less likely to reach adults. A study published in April by researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston suggests that younger kids haven’t developed the molecular keys that the virus exploits to enter the body and wreak havoc on the respiratory system, microscopic structures known as ACE2 receptors.

    Our local school district plans to open schools next month with the student bodies divided into to two groups, each going two days a week for in person classes. Presumably this is so class size can be halved. Everyone will have to wear a mask. Parents who prefer to continue with 100 percent virtual learning can do that.

    Seems like a reasonable approach to me.

    1. a different chris

      >suggests that younger kids haven’t developed the molecular keys

      Interesting. You all know that the American Chestnut isn’t extinct, it just can’t grow up anymore. Interesting parallel. (well at least to me! :D)

  22. divadab

    Re: Re-opening schools

    IN Quebec, the schools were re-opened in May, but only for grades JK-5 (i.e. for kids under 11). This was to support the return to work for parents. Older kids continue in remote learning from home. Daycare centres were re-opened at the same time (some daycares stayed open the entire time to support essential workers and there were ZERO daycare-related covid-19 cases). SO far, despite the worst covid-19 death rate in Canada (due to 80% of the deaths being in care homes, primarily in for-profit homes with minimum wage workers, mostly recent immigrants), the disease is under control in Quebec.

    More science, less emotion, and dare I say it, hysteria, is required. Hysteria being cynically whipped up by the propaganda apparatus, just as is BLM. Why is the ruling class whipping this up? Why is the so-called “Democratic” party “leadership” taking a knee and wearing a kunti-kunte cloth? It serves their agenda – Divide and rule the herd. We have a hostile ruling class in this country and they are destroying the nation.

  23. TroyIA

    Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez confirms he’s dealing with heart issue stemming from COVID-19 infection

    Just last week a study from Spain showed that 40% of infected health workers had heart inflammation 10 weeks after initial infection.

    Now a study from Germany has even worse results.

    Worrisome results out today in JAMA Cardiology. Of 100 relatively young (median age 49) patients who recovered from COVID, nearly 80% showed myocardial inflammation or other cardiac symptoms. If I read right, minimal selection bias; 2/3 never hospitalized.

  24. fresno dan

    my forecast over the past month [has been] that the population of the US as a whole lacks the political and social will to beat the coronavirus. As a result, the outbreak will continue to wax and wane as complacency alternates with fear generated by big new outbreaks.
    As my German grandmother used to say, “Those who cannot see must feel.”
    “Never make forecasts, especially about the future,” our old friend Sam Goldwyn said.
    As no one gets penalized for bad predictions, I might as well spout off that the next big thing will be that people will become aware that coronavirus not only can kill you, but debilitate you. I think the terror that polio instilled in people wasn’t just due to fear of mortality, but morbidity.

    1. Jack Parsons

      I believe the last US “iron lung” patient died several years ago. She was installed at home. The family had bought a generator but had not hooked it up. The power went out.

  25. allan

    Senate GOP Copied & Pasted Cuomo’s Corporate Immunity Law Word-For-Word [David Sirota]

    Senate Republicans copied key parts of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial corporate immunity law and pasted it word-for-word into their new coronavirus relief proposal released on Monday. The provision could shield health care industry CEOs, executives and corporate board members from COVID-related lawsuits in the event that their business decisions end up injuring or killing health care workers and patients. …

    TMI previously reported that in April, Cuomo worked with a major health care industry lobby group to slip language into his state’s budget designed to block lawsuits against hospitals and nursing homes during the pandemic, as the casualty count exploded in New York. The provisions did not just cover frontline health care workers — it included language extending that protection to any ”health care facility administrator, executive, supervisor, board member, trustee,” or other corporate manager. …

    Cuomo pushed the provision after his political machine received more than $1 million from the Greater New York Hospital Association. …

    Now, legislative text released on Monday by Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn includes the identical provision to extend liability immunity to corporate officials. …

    The residents of NYS can be proud of this bipartisan sharing of best practices.
    Truly, the states are the laboratories of democracy open air corruption.

  26. occasional anonymous

    Intel Reorganizes In Wake of 7nm Woes; Chief Engineering Officer To Depart

    Meanwhile AMD has already had 7nm processors in mass production for over a year, is providing both the CPUs and GPUs for both upcoming next-gen video game consoles, and will have a new line of further improved 7nm CPUs on store shelves by the end of the year. On top of that they’ve essentially confirmed they already have working 5nm tech.

    Intel is getting absolutely crushed. Arguably at the very highest end they still have a slight edge, so if money isn’t an issue and you want to build the very best system you’re maybe still better off with Intel, but the difference will be minor at best. And at the low and mid-range price points AMD completely steamrolls Intel. And AMD is always refining whatever weak points they still have, whereas Intel is treading water and can’t seem to get anywhere.

    Intel is the Boeing of the tech hardware industry right now.

    1. John k

      I would have thought their integrated approach was best, as it has been with mac’s. Something’s gone awry inside intel.
      Seems if intel is still at 10nm they arent best at anything in which speed or power consumption is important.
      And their design teams haven’t moved beyond 10 bc they don’t and won’t have their own 7’s for foreseeable future?
      Three years behind, and not just amd.

      1. Briny

        Intel is not really even at 10 nm, full production is expected in 2021-22. It’s grim and I’ve long paid the premium for high-end Intel parts since the 80’s. My newest machine is AMD and, it seems, that’s going to be default, especially server chips, my weapon of choice. Terrible is an understatement.

        Grim also that the person in charge of the 10 nm fiasco is in charge of 7nm and 5nm engineering. Failure is rewarded.

    2. VietnamVet

      Firing 20,000 workers in 2006 and 2016 had something to do with Intel’s failure. It is not a coincidence that venture capitalism, screwing workers, C-suite bonuses and increasing shareholder value, all thanks to GE’s Jack Welch, have decimated American industry.

  27. Susan the other

    Thanks for Richard Murphy and his thread about the (irrational) safe-haven investment in gold. Proof that there is a savings glut and the money should be taxed. The comments were interesting because nobody had an objective perspective on the reality of gold. Nobody. Except RM.

    1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

      Gold has numerous “realities”. For bankers it is like kryptonite because the idea that wealth can be stored in a rock is diametrically opposed to the very idea of storing it in bank paper promises. For much of the world the gold reality is that it has maintained its purchasing power over time much better than their national currencies. For the recent crop of gold aficionados they like it because “its price is going up”. No. Gold stays the same, that’s what it is best at, courtesy of Mother Nature. Bank currencies debase against it (it takes more of them to obtain that same troy ounce of metal). People tend to get mystified that its natural characteristics could possibly have enduring meaning in our technical manmade world. Gold is the most noble metal (does not combine with other elements, in other words does not rust away). This means that you can bury it and when the invading army recedes you can dig it up and still exchange it for a cow. Today’s invading armies threatening your wealth tend to wear business suits, but the effect is the same:

      1. skippy

        In your account gold is just an asset whilst were talking about sovereign currency. Even when gold is used as a physical token of sovereign currency [fiat] its utility in that function is not enduring – see coins of Rome or specifically Constantinople. During the dark ages all was returned to plain gold stock and mostly used as decorative, be it personal adornment, weaponry, or religious icons. So as soon as the state and its resultant trade diminished or disappeared so did the social construct of it being money.

        This has tendrils going back to its earliest use as religious iconography which flows through time and space to our present. Which contra to its promoters claims back then or now is safe in any manner, spiritual or otherwise.

        I concur with Susan above and would highlight a comment to the RM post which pointed out how much of the gold market is derivative driven and its attendant risk factors, not to mention its a narrow market with a small core trading profile so the price signal is not very indicative of its actual larger economic worth – especial in the long run.

        Lastly the logic behind gold as a safe haven is problematic due to the fact that some sell it into a fear based investment driven market. What so called rational investor would sell at that event horizon, one would think just the opposite would apply.

        BTW where is the productivity [????] a few mines and the equivalent of middle men ticket clipping …. seriously.

        1. OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL

          Sovereign currencies really only took full effect from +/- 100 years ago with legal tender laws, prior to that we had (and still have in many countries) many monies on offer. Italian specialists knew the exchange rates and would lay them out on a bench (banca). It’s like the difference between a healthy forest and monoculture: a monoculture being much more efficient to manage but you’ve then got all your eggs in one basket, one virus can wipe it out. In our case issuance far outpaces economic growth so you’re just running in place (actually, always losing ground since wages do not keep up) relative to stuff: rent, utlilities, food, etc.

          Gold derivatives. It’s mission critical for banks to suppress the gold price and schemes have arisen (and all eventually failed) in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s. The physical OTC market is quite massive and so deviations between gold and paper gold tend to stay modest, where the banks try and do their damage is psychologically with massive naked short sales on Sunday eves (the worst possible time to get a good price for selling gold). WW trade including futures is 25% more than the SP 500. Over time pressure builds up and they have to release some, the current compact is to let the price rise 9-12% p.a. which it has done across every bank currency in the world for the last 10-15 years. Obviously with the economic collapse printer go Brrr and its getting tougher to keep a lid on. Trump’s DOJ arrested the JP Morgan precious metals desk under the RICO Act in 2019, apparently this scared the &*%# out of the other bullion banks and the word is they’re on good behavior for the moment. Under a new Obama Biden presidency it would probably mean back to the races for the banks so maybe nearer the election look for some price weakness as a result.

          1. skippy

            Sorry but state currencies started with taxes, even before that – payed taxes one way or another or in a social construct dependent on the state taxation.

            Gold as a form of sovereign money is about taxes and not magic powers.

    2. Maxwell Johnston

      My reaction was quite the opposite. I thought some of the commenters made good points, whereas RM was arrogant and rude in many of his responses. There’s nothing wrong with keeping part of one’s savings in a hard asset like gold, if held physically (not in a silly ETF). At the end of the day, you can always sell the gold and use the fiat currency proceeds to buy whatever you like. Or to pay the taxes that RM is eager to impose.

      1. skippy

        RM was just pointing out the all too common traits of the faithful followers of gold, regardless of any economic or historical evidence. Happens like clock work in a perceived economic down turn E.g. everyone is going to preserve their life’s work in a lump of metal and the creator will bless them with good fortune for being just and moral creatures …..

        Oh wait … that golden calf thingy … now I have to throw [break] away half my laws because my creation is too stooopid … sigh when will it end and how do I get off this boat …

        1. Maxwell Johnston

          The hardcore gold bugs annoy me too. But given what the bankers and politicians are getting up to, I think it prudent to keep part of one’s savings outside of the banking system. Just in case. Silver is OK, but gold takes up less space and (like silver) is easy to convert into fiat cash (try selling diamonds or a painting….). And that RM fellow might show a bit more politeness towards people who disagree intelligently with him.

        2. SubjectivObject

          I’ll agree with MJ
          Mr. Murphy comes across as merely contemptuous of what appear to be, to me anyway, reasonable arguements [e.g.: Vaugn].

          As I’ve opined elsewhere, for the context of the current, electronic, financialized, asset mileau, and turning JPMorgan’s famous phrase;
          Gold is savings, and nothing else.

          This recognizes that the entire Anglo led central banking complex antagononizes gold [through the futures markets], but that, oddly enough gold maintains a certain parity with nominal apparent inflation over time, and, if held, avoids that cruel subordination of bank savings account holders as “unsecured lenders”; Cyprus, anyone?

          Gold generally works if one just wants to preserve the value of their saved labors, and maybe do not have the interest or justification to play in Mr. Murphy’s preferred asset casinos.

          And, ignorant me thinks, maybe gold maintains nominal value after inflation over time because central banks themselves want to maintian the relative value of their own hoards in the face of the resident country’s currency devaluation.

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