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When the pandemic quieted San Francisco, these birds could hear each other sing National Geographic (nvm).
Zombie storms are rising from the dead thanks to climate change Live Science (dk).
Expect Plagues of Locusts as Climate Change Gets Worse, Say Scientists Vice (Re Silc). On plagues of locusts, see NC here, here, here, and here.
Revenge of the Money Launderers Matt Taibbi
The Trouble with Carbon Pricing Boston Review
Will Gavin Newsom Stand Up to Big Oil? Capital & Main
Clustering and superspreading potential of SARS-CoV-2 infections in Hong Kong Nature. From the Abstract: “For SARS-CoV-2, the degree to which [Superspreading events (SSEs)] are involved in transmission remains unclear, but there is growing evidence that SSEs might be a typical feature of COVID-19.”
Immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection in hospitalized pediatric and adult patients Science. From the Abstract: “These findings demonstrate that the poor outcome in hospitalized adults with COVID-19 compared to children may not be attributable to a failure to generate adaptive immune responses.” A negative result.
Saliva or Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimens for Detection of SARS-CoV-2 (letter) NEJM. “Our findings provide support for the potential of saliva specimens in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection.”
Here’s How the Pandemic Finally Ends Politico (Re Silc). Not with a bang…
Not Much Progress on PPE ‘Reshoring’ MedPage Today
How Xi Just Saved the World Adam Tooze, Foreign Policy
Opinion: Let Market Forces Spearhead China’s Post-Pandemic Growth Caixin. So much for the “Communist” part of CCP….
The Real Strategic End Game in Decoupling From China The Diplomat
To help defuse US-China tensions, Asian states must agree on America’s role in region South China Morning Post
New Cold War
What the Intelligence Community Doesn’t Know Is Hurting the United States Center for American Progress. It doesn’t know who reads their memos:
Despite what the IC may know about other things, it tracks almost no data about those who consume intelligence, including the president and his or her national security team; policymakers; law enforcement; the military; and the U.S. Congress. This shortcoming means that the IC cannot observe customer-related patterns and trends, provide insights into what its customers value, or inform business-related decisions such as which collection platforms will yield the highest return on investment.
Neera carrying water….
Supreme Court Battle
Republicans prep lightning-quick Supreme Court confirmation Politico. Democrats Manchin, Donnelly, Clinton Vice Presidential nominee Kaine all voted her onto the U.S. Court of Appeals, so what’s the issue?
What Exactly is the Liberal Position on the Supreme Court? Matt Bruenig, People’s Policy Project
Progressive group buys domain name of Trump’s No. 1 Supreme Court pick The Hill. Yeah, that’s the ticket….
Julian Assange’s extradition decision won’t be made until after the US election Sydney Morning Herald
Julian Assange: Press Shows Little Interest in Media ‘Trial of Century’ FAIR. Access journalism from here on in, I guess….
Riots and Protests
Imperial Collapse Watch
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