In year of crisis, growth continues on Northern Sea Route Barents Observer
Climate change intensifies tsunami threat in Alaska High Country News
Kevin Stiroh: A microprudential perspective on the financial risks of climate change Bank of International Settlements
Association of COVID-19 RT-qPCR test false-negative rate with patient age, sex and time since diagnosis (preprint) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “The primary testing tool, the RT-qPCR based testing, is notoriously known for its low sensitivity, i.e. high risk of missed detection of carriers.” And from the Interpretation: “Our results show that in the first few days following diagnosis, when results are critical for quarantine decisions, RT-qPCR testing is more reliable than previously reported. Yet the reliability of the test result is reduced in later days as well as for women and younger patients, where the viral loads are typically lower.”
Assessing the Age Specificity of Infection Fatality Rates for COVID-19: Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and Public Policy Implications (preprint) medRxiv. The Discussion: “These results indicate that COVID-19 is hazardous not only for the elderly but also for middle-aged adults, for whom the infection fatality rate [(IFR)] is two orders of magnitude greater than the annualized risk of a fatal automobile accident and far more dangerous than seasonal influenza. Moreover, the overall IFR for COVID-19 should not be viewed as a fixed parameter but as intrinsically linked to the age-specific pattern of infections. Consequently, public health measures to mitigate infections in older adults could substantially decrease total deaths.”
The Vaccine News Is Good. Here’s the Bad News. Foreign Policy. Fauci ramping Big Pharma stock based on a press release would be shocking, if he hadn’t done it before.
Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains AP. From October, still germane.
Hong Kong’s “New Normal” Asia Media Centre
Joe Biden should seize the opportunity for peace on the Korean Peninsula Responsible Statecraft
John Major says UK no longer ‘great power’ The Independent
Joe Biden’s long history with Moscow Russia Beyond
Agency Review Teams Biden-Harris Transition. Anybody recognize any names?
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After Esper, Top Pentagon Official Ousted The American Conservative. Jake Tapper: “Sources say [the firings] may be because Esper and his team were pushing back on what they viewed as a premature withdrawal from Afghanistan before conditions were met, as well as other pending security issues.” Premature…
Forget it, Donny, you’re out of your element:
We can’t let the bad actors get away with it.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 8, 2020
“If you want to lose a fight, talk about it first” –Richard Morgan, Altered Carbon
A furious behind-the-scenes battle to counter Trump’s threat to national security David Ignatius, WaPo. Ignatius is the CIA’s commissar at WaPo. NPR joins the fun:
— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) November 11, 2020
The last time I can remember “incomparable” being used: sad sack law prof Larry Tribe, of Tory RussiaGate loon and New York Times Op-Ed contributor Louise Mensch. And how right he was. (As you see, the article has a lovely, shadowed image of torture maven Gina Haspel that makes her look like a feminine George Smiley.)
Back channels, my dudes. Back channels. Stay calm:
Trump @POTUS has not received Intelligence briefing since October 1st @CBS. Preventing President-Elect @JoeBiden from receiving critical Intelligence briefings places our national security at risk. This type of misstep factored into 9/11. We must be vigilant during transition. https://t.co/QuJrNGkIsS
— Todd Rowley??? (@ToddRowleyPA13) November 11, 2020
NC readers aren’t the only ones to notice how clothing has been crapified:
Thrifting is the way to go, it also makes your look unique. @israhirsi & I do this often, it’s also where I get most of my jewelry.
Somali shops in my district have the best scarves on a budget, will get you some to spice up any wardrobe.
I specialize in $50 or less outfits ? https://t.co/cxsftlekqm
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 11, 2020
Donald Trump could land $100M book deal for presidential tome NY Post. Or not. Depending.
Lambert here: In a year where so much conventional wisdom has been overturned, the old adage still seems true: “Democrats steal primaries, Republicans steal the general.” Of course, less yammering and more reporting is always welcome.
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The Front Page:
Tomorrow's front page. pic.twitter.com/iq7iSYkQKD
— NYT Styles (@NYTStyles) November 11, 2020
Scream “It’s legitimate!” any louder and I’ll begin to have doubts.
States cite smooth election, despite Trump’s baseless claims and Puerto Rico unearths uncounted ballots 1 week after election Associated Press. To be fair, Puerto Rico isn’t a state…
Trump’s former chief of staff on election fraud claims: ‘Put up or shut up on the evidence’ Yahoo Finance. The absence of a site aggregating such affidavits as there are is telling.
Rep. Doug Collins calls on Georgia officials to conduct vote recount by hand NBC. Collins is correct, even if his Republican colleagues created the Georgia electronic voting debacle in the first place. Meanwhile, Democrats call for the Electoral College to be abolished, but do not call for electronic voting to be replaced with handmarked paper ballots, hand-counted in public, even though the two systemic problems are of a similar scope and scale. One can only wonder why.
Top US election crime prosecutor quits after attorney general orders fraud probe Euronews. But read Barr’s charge to the probe.
Our Famously Free Press
Reporter Tweets Perfect Burn After Pompeo’s ‘Second Trump Administration’ Claim HuffPo. That’s why we pay them the big bucks.
Platforms working as designed:
Twitter has *again* restricted the account of @OVargas52, one of the only journalists reporting in Bolivia in English on the defeat of the US-backed coup regime.
This is blatant censorship. The first time Twitter could claim it was accidental. Now it is clearly a pattern pic.twitter.com/1d8IkWfOBd
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) November 11, 2020
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Groves of Academe
Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow:
Harvard's president said in March that he and his wife had "completely isolated" for 10 days before they contracted COVID.
— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) November 9, 2020
The apparent paradox can be resolved if you give consideration to the possibility that Bacow does not regard the servants as fully human.
Evictions would raise COVID-19 risk for everyone LiveScience
How Platform Co-ops Transform the Gig Economy Grassroots Economic Organizing
‘Make America RAKE Again!’ Four Seasons Total Landscaping launches merchandise, including ‘lawn and order’ and face masks, after Giuliani held bizarre presser in its parking lot Daily Mail (Zelda). Zelda comments: “First they had the presence of mind to quote a price instead of directing Giuliani to the hotel, and now they’re in the T-shirt business.” And:
— Jeff Lyons (@usedwigs) November 9, 2020
Four Seasons Total Landscaping wins The Gritty Seal of Approval™!
Antidote du jour (WB):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.