Revisiting the White Swans of 2020 Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate
Big Tech, Anti-Trust & Kodak Investor Amnesia
The state of play:
Nature can be beautiful but also evil.
It has brought us the worst pandemic in more than 100 years.
What is it about #SARSCoV2 that makes it so nefarious? 1/
&;mdash; Eric Topol (@EricTopol) August 2, 2020
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‘I’m sorry, but it’s a fantasy’ WaPo. “We still haven’t received our order of Plexiglas barriers, so we’re cutting up shower curtains and trying to make do with that…. We got back two of those tests already — both positive. We’re still waiting on eight more. That makes 11 percent of my staff that’s gotten covid, and we haven’t had a single student in our buildings since March. Part of our facility is closed down for decontamination, but we don’t have anyone left to decontaminate it unless I want to put on my hazmat suit and go in there.”
USS University No Mercy / No Malice
SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Infection Among Attendees of an Overnight Camp — Georgia, June 2020 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “Test results were available for 344 (58%) attendees; among these, 260 (76%) were positive…. These findings demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 spread efficiently in a youth-centric overnight setting, resulting in high attack rates among persons in all age groups, despite efforts by camp officials to implement most recommended strategies to prevent transmission.” Except: “Measures not implemented were cloth masks for campers and opening windows and doors for increased ventilation in buildings. Cloth masks were required for staff members. Camp attendees were cohorted by cabin and engaged in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including daily vigorous singing and cheering.” So, I would urge that this spreading event is also a case study on how not to prevent aerosol transmission.
Association Between Statewide School Closure and COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in the US JAMA. From the abstract: “There was a temporal association between statewide school closure and lower COVID-19 incidence and mortality, although some of the reductions may have been related to other concurrent nonpharmaceutical interventions.”
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When a Vaccine Arrives, People Will Ignore the Anti-Vaxxers The Atlantic. The URL is “people-are-suffering-too-much-refuse-vaccine”: TINA.
The Message of Measles The New Yorker
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Cramped workplaces, parties … the factors fuelling local Covid-19 spikes Guardian (Re Silc). Bat caves! Avoid the 3 C’s: Closed spaces, crowded spaces, close contact settings.
‘Clean Up This Mess’: The Chinese Thinkers Behind Xi’s Hard Line NYT. “Many of them make respectful nods in their papers to Carl Schmitt.” I’d need to see the cites. But yikes.
Philippine economy fears as COVID-19 curbs reintroduced Channel News Asia
What washerwomen would say on a webinar Africa is a Country
Manchester After Engels Places Journal
USPS reduces morning office time for letter carriers for ‘more consistent delivery’ Federal News Network (memo) and USPS warns staff of temporary mail delays as it cuts ‘soaring’ delivery costs Federal News Network (memo, nasty).
New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration’s Russia Probe Andrew McCarthy, National Review
Police State Watch
Failed State Watch
Weak State: How the Coronavirus Pandemic Exposed America’s Dysfunctional Democracy The Intercept. “Kinetic.”
#WeAreUnited. Players of the Pac-12, The Players’ Tribune. Quite the bill of particulars:
glad to see this in the Pac-12 players letter. Those fancy locker rooms and facilities are just a way of enticing athletes without compensating them for their labor. pic.twitter.com/nKqw4QDQmq
&;mdash; Jason Gay (@jasongay) August 2, 2020
I just got off the phone with John Woods, the father of #WSU WR Kassidy Woods, who says Kassidy was told to clean out his locker tomorrow. Woods is technically still on scholarship, but was &;quot;released&;quot; from the team yesterday, his father says.
&;mdash; Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) August 2, 2020
Gettysburg National Military Park and July 4, 2020: Personal Reflections Journal of the Civil War Era
Black Injustice Tipping Point
UPDATE: South Georgia prison on lockdown after riot Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Uber Eats card is the *chef’s kiss*:
Looking for the best 4-6th grade teacher in Bay Area who wants a 1-year contract, that will beat whatever they are getting paid, to teach 2-7 students in my back yard#microschool
If you know this teacher, refer them &;amp; we hire them, I will give you a $2k UberEats gift card
&;mdash; firstname.lastname@example.org (@Jason) August 2, 2020
‘Hey, You Free on Friday for a Meeting and a Bank Heist?’ NYT. A little too on-the-nose?
Kill it with fire:
&;mdash; Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) August 2, 2020
Kansas Should Go F— Itself Matt Taibbi. Review of Thomas Frank’s The People, No
The ‘Diversity’ Trap Tablet. We’ll see how it goes:
Build a pipeline: 50% of candidates at each stage of each hiring process should be POC. (4/8)
— NYTimesGuild (@NYTimesGuild) July 31, 2020
These Are the World’s Richest Families Bloomberg
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus antidote (CG):
CG writes: “Back in April 2020, Lucky didn’t appear particularly lucky. She flew into the windscreen of a vehicle and suffered various injuries, including a torn throat and concussion. Then luck took a turn: Nearby were State Game Warden Amanda Isett and Wildlife in Need transporter DM Sheeler-Kennedy who took the bald eagle to Centre Wildlife Care, and over the months Lucky made an excellent recovery. Robyn Graboski helped cure her from both lead poisoning and West Nile virus.” White swans and recovering eagles, hopefully…
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.