Jens Weidmann: Combating climate change – what central banks can and cannot do Bank of International Settlements
The Code That Controls Your Money Wealthsimple. Cobol.
Drugs for the People The Baffler
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Hospitals Know What’s Coming The Atlantic
Indiana health officials brace for continued COVID-19 surge, while hospitals scramble for staff Indiana Business Journal
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Astra-Oxford Vaccine Prevents Average of 70% of Covid Cases Bloomberg. That’s efficacy. Ultimately, this vaccine may end up being more effective, since it’s cheaper and requires only refrigeration. Handy chart:
Bonus antidote (dk):
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Formulation of a composite nasal spray enabling enhanced surface coverage and prophylaxis of SARS-COV-2 (preprint) bioRxiv. From the Conclusions: “As the primary mode of transmission for airborne viruses is uptake through the respiratory tract, the nasal passage poses one of the largest risk factors to contraction. Although it is well known that the nose filters 1000s of litres of air daily, there is little in the way of preventative measures to ensure protection to infection. This study has demonstrated the formulation of a potent antiviral nasal spray, with not only prophylactic capacity, but the ability to prevent viral transmission.”
Intermittent fasting, a possible priming tool for host defense against SARS-CoV-2 infection: Crosstalk among calorie restriction, autophagy and immune response Immunology Letters. Underlining “possible.” Big if true.
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Naturally occurring indels in multiple coronavirus spikes Virological.org. From the Introduction: “Proponents of theories for the unnatural origin of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) have asserted that the 12 nucleotide insert in the spike gene, which results in acquisition of a furin cleavage site in spike, may have arisen by laboratory manipulation (Relman, 2020; Segreto and Deigin, 2020; Seyran et al., 2020; Sirotkin and Sirotkin, 2020). Here, we compile evidence demonstrating that insertion/deletion (indel) events at the S1/S2 and S2′ protease cleavage sites of the spike precursors are commonly occurring natural features of coronavirus evolution.”
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America’s narrow idea of freedom is literally killing us Ryan Cooper, The Week
Virus swells Montreal’s homeless camps as winter comes Agence France Presse
Kazakh fintech star Kaspi a pandemic bright spot Agence France Presse
Boris Johnson will unveil post-December 2 lockdown ‘Tiers’ TODAY with Christmas shopping saved and gyms able to reopen – but pubs and restaurants pay the price as ministers plead with Tory rebels to recognise there is a ‘way through’ the crisis Daily Mai
Protesters set fire to Guatemala’s Congress building AP (Re Silc).
New Cold War
When Politics isn’t All Personal Zeynep Tufecki, Insight
Let’s not overthink this Science
Has Moscow been secretly microwaving our spies for years? CIA investigates after the world was shocked by claims Indian troops had been ‘cooked alive’ by Chinese electromagnetic pulse weapon Daily Mail
Sadly, this tweet is a genre piece. I couldn’t tell you how many thread like it I’ve seen:
Tell me a story about a time your health insurance company did something terrible or inexplicable to you.
Tell me a story about a time your health insurance company made your life more difficult.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 22, 2020
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Opinion: On Google’s ReCAPTCHA Privacy Nightmare Humans for Ethical Technology
Labor Law and Corporate Concentration Labor Law Lite
An Account of Human Costs Places Journal. New York City’s reservoirs.
Antidote du jour (via):
— KUTV2news (@KUTV2News) November 21, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.