What Sharks Can Teach Us About Survivorship Bias Farnam Street
Everything’s Too Expensive and Nothing Can Be Done John Authers, Bloomberg
Antitrust as Economic Stimulus Pro-Market. The editor truncated the original headline: antitrust-as-economic-stimulus-competition-.
Why Does the U.S. Have Three Electrical Grids? IEEE Spectrum
Debunking the False Claim That COVID Death Counts Are Inflated Scientific American
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Another cheap, off-patent, Third World drug gets The Treatment?
Use of Ivermectin is Associated with Lower Mortality in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 (ICON study) (pre-proof) Chest. From Background: “Ivermectin was shown to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 replication in-vitro, which has led to off-label use, but clinical efficacy has not been previously described…. Ivermectin treatment was associated with lower mortality during treatment of COVID-19, especially in patients with severe pulmonary involvement. Randomized controlled trials are needed to confirm these findings.”
Real-world effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and ivermectin among hospitalized COVID-19 patients: results of a target trial emulation using observational data from a nationwide healthcare system in Peru (preprint) medRxiv. From the abstract: “Peru is one of the most impacted countries due to COVID-19. Given the authorized use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), azithromycin (AZIT), and ivermectin (IVM), we aimed to evaluate their effectiveness alone or combined to reduce mortality among COVID-19 hospitalized patients without life-threatening illness…. Conclusions: Our study reported no beneficial effects of hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, azithromycin. The HCQ+AZIT treatment seems to increase risk for all-cause death.”
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Chinese drugmaker setting up COVID-19 vaccine production lines Channel News Asia
Xi Jinping Demands More Focus on the ‘War to Resist American Aggression’ The Diplomat. One solution:
A viewing of “Hamilton” would give Xi a better sense of how democratic values are rooted in the country’s history & wake him to the need to find a way to accommodate American opinions. If not, there’s little hope of the US & China restoring peaceful relations. 6/6
— Michael Schuman (@MichaelSchuman) October 18, 2020
China set to keep up 5% growth through 2035, Xi adviser says Nikkei Asian Review
Is China’s Rising GDP Good For Luxury? Jing Daily
New Cold War
What Would Achieving a Real Reset in U.S.-Russia Relations Take? The National Interest
The Damage Russiagate Has Done Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News (Carolinian).
U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected Attacks NYT. Perhaps a great many of our national security goons do have brain damage; that would explain a lot. Anyhow, *** crickets *** ….
The 8th Wonder of The World The Verge. Trump and Walker’s Foxconn debacle.
Hospitalized Brad Parscale ‘is under investigation for stealing up to $40million from Trump’s campaign and $10million from the RNC’, as he spirals out of control over White House ‘gravy train’ ending and mounting debt Daily Mail. Oopsie.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Streams On Twitch With Hasan Piker And Pokimane, Draws Over 430,000 Viewers Kotaku (deschain). AOC really is very good.
Realignment and Legitimacy
Psychoanalysis in combatting mass non-adherence to medical advice The Lancet. “Commentators on non-adherence call for better communication. Since communication around unconscious defences is what psychoanalysts do, it makes sense to add them to the care team.” As I urged, the PMC will double down on already-failed exhortation. Meanwhile, across the aisle–
The Eternal Insight Of John C. Calhoun The American Conservative vs. The Eternal Iniquity of John C. Calhoun National Review. Calhoun invented the thesis that slavery was a “positive good,” as opposed to the views of namby-pamby slaveowners who considered it a necessary evil.
Why Foreign Debt Forgiveness Would Cost Americans Very Little Michael Pettis, China Financial Markets
Our Famously Free Press
We’ve had our differences with the Sacramento Bee, but this (via Resilc) is unconscionable:
We have alarming news.
The owner of The Sacramento Bee is trying to tie journalists’ pay to the number of clicks their stories get.
— Sacramento Bee News Guild ? (@SacBeeGuild) October 19, 2020
One more reason not simply to break up the platforms, but to abolish them. (Deeply ironic that McClatchy, which as Knight-Ridder alone among “newsgathering organizations” got Iraq right, is being dismembered and devoured, while pom-pom waving house organs like the New York Times and the Washington Post go from strength to strength. No good deed goes unpunished!
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Imperial Collapse Watch
Yes, Hunter Biden is corrupt. It’s one of the perks of having a daddy who helps run a global empire. Deal with it. Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
DoD seeks legislative help for ICBM replacement construction costs Defense One. From September, still germane.
An Accidental Revolution: The ILO and the Opening Up of International Law International Labor Organization and Global Governance
My opinion on David’s cause of death Nika Dubrovsky, Anthropology for All. David Graeber.
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.