ESG Drives a Stake Through Friedman’s Legacy John Authers, Bloomberg
A fifth of countries worldwide at risk from ecosystem collapse as biodiversity declines, reveals pioneering Swiss Re index (press release) Swiss Re. Handy map:
Uber is attempting to colonize the California government Ryan Cooper, The Week
Genomic evidence for reinfection with SARS-CoV-2: a case study The Lancet. From the Findings: “The patient had two positive tests for SARS-CoV-2, the first on April 18, 2020, and the second on June 5, 2020, separated by two negative tests done during follow-up in May, 2020. Genomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 showed genetically significant differences between each variant associated with each instance of infection. The second infection was symptomatically more severe than the first.”
Who Will Approve a COVID Vaccine in the US? Avalere. From September, still germane.
How to promote uptake of any COVID-19 vaccine Medical Journal of Australia
Coronavirus: Stanford doctors among leaders of global anti-lockdown movement Mercury News and The Great Barrington Declaration isn’t too worried about who makes the declaration Tax Research UK. “I used the name ‘Mad Scientist’….”
Covid in cabins: Low risk, no silver bullet Leeham News and Analysis
BTS face backlash in China over Korean War comments – as ads and merchandise suddenly disappear Sky News. Comment from South Korea:
I would never, ever discount China's ability to produce cultural products. What's lacking is leadership and vision, backed by an understanding of how soft power is built and maintained.
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) October 13, 2020
These 4 states are lagging in India’s fight against Covid Times of India
Huge crowds gather in city centre as pubs shut just hours before new lockdown Liverpool Echo. Off to a good start, then.
No hope of normality until JULY: Vaccine expert warns facemasks and social distancing will be needed until next summer because coronavirus jabs are unlikely before 2021… and then only for key workers like frontline health staff at first Daily Mail
Ukania Perpetua? (PDF). Perry Anderson, New Left Review. Grab a pot of coffee, it’s 76 pages long. Masterful synthesis of contemporary British history, concluding: “The price of departure, indexed by the EU to political not economic considerations, has left Britain’s rulers answerless politically and, in all probability, the wells of Brexit further poisoned economically. No part of the current configuration is independent of the others. Their nexus is bound to dissolve, in one way or another. When or how is anyone’s guess.” Not with a bang, then?
New Cold War
Conspiracy theories, misinformation, COVID-19, and the 2020 election Survey Center on American Life
Democrats in Disarray
Wolf somehow maintains his replacement-level boring anchor demeanor while just wrecking Pelosi, can't remember the last time I've seen a politician get this lit up on TV pic.twitter.com/VAvsmivU0R
— Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenig) October 13, 2020
Qu’ils mangent de la crème glacée….
Transcript of Pelosi Interview on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer Nancy Pelosi Newsroom (pq).
Our Famously Free Press
Speak no good of the dead:
the guardian obituary of david graeber contains zero mentions of one of his primary areas of focus over the past 5 years: supporting corbyn and exposing the smear campaign against him. why? bc as david pointed out the guardian played a crucial role in this. it's his pinned tweet! pic.twitter.com/miNUFQfZ1r
— ☀️👀 (@zei_squirrel) September 4, 2020
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
The Man Who Speaks Softly—and Commands a Big Cyber Army Wired. Why this beat sweetener now?
A $52,112 Air Ambulance Ride: Coronavirus Patients Battle Surprise Bills NYT. In the aggregate, they are not “surprising” at all.
Ayn Rand and the Missing Gun Real Progressives
Protests and Riots
New eyewitness accounts: Feds didn’t identify themselves before firing on Portland antifa shooting suspect Oregon Public Broadcasting
Why Are All Swedish Cottages Painted Red? Smithsonian
The Modern Lives of Ancient Symbols Discover
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