Yves’ mother asked me to convey that she very much appreciated the kind reader wishes in anticipation of her 93rd birthday today. Also, we are on Comments Holiday through next Monday. –lambert
Could Google Soon Face… Competition? Matt Stoller, BIG
Pretty Soon There’ll Be Just One Big Book Publisher Left The New Republic
What Do Christians Do in a Plague? Public Discourse. From April, still germane.
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COVID-19 on Surfaces: Examining the Known Unknowns MedPage Today.
A systematic review of research on SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces found 78 articles, the majority of which centered around healthcare settings, but there remains an inability to align what is known about surfaces contaminated by the virus with survivability of SARS-CoV-2 on those surfaces, reported Gabrielle String, PhD, of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Not only that, but researchers have yet to match this information to whether or not disinfection of surfaces is effective, she said at a late-breaking presentation at the virtual annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.
Seems like we’ve got a lot more conventional wisdom on fomites than we have science, as with droplets v. aerosols. (That said, wash your hands and clean surfaces; that ballistc and floating stuff has to land somewhere!)
No evidence for increased transmissibility from recurrent mutations in SARS-CoV-2 Nature. From the Abstract: “[R]ecurrent mutations currently in circulation appear to be evolutionary neutral and primarily induced by the human immune system via RNA editing, rather than being signatures of adaptation. At this stage we find no evidence for significantly more transmissible lineages of SARS-CoV-2 due to recurrent mutations.”
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The Logic of Pandemic Restrictions Is Falling Apart The Atlantic
Addressing the Effect of COVID-19 on Democracy in South and Southeast Asia Council on Foreign Relations
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Expert raises flag over the ‘shaky science’ behind Oxford’s Covid jab and claims data behind promising vaccine ‘was patched together and doesn’t include many over-55s’ Daily Mail. Bastian’s piece in Wired, which we ran yesterday, makes it to mass media in a single news cycle. Plus more material on the Oxford team.
Most Americans will comparison shop the coronavirus vaccine Yahoo Finance. If they’re free?
How Joe Biden’s victory paves the way for a global corporate tax rate South China Morning Post
Devil horns meet sutras in Taiwan’s Buddhist death metal band Agence France Presse
Makoto Sakurai: An essay on Japan’s monetary policy experience and lessons (PDF) Bank of International Settlements. The author is a member of the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan.
Lessons from Japan: High-income countries have common problems FT. But not entirely (fan site, in Japanese):
Reminds me of this station in Hokkaido that despite having no other passengers was kept open because one girl used the train to commute to school — it was finally closed when she graduated. Straight out of a Hayao Miyazaki film.https://t.co/qxzbWg6I1q pic.twitter.com/3TRT4K80zW
— Irène DB (@UrbanFoxxxx) November 25, 2020
Failed Vocation London Review of Books. “It is an intellectual vice on the left to think that because the world is best understood in terms of the operation of broad structural forces, personal qualities are less important. With regard to political leadership, the past five years have tested that thesis to destruction. A leader’s first qualification must be that they should want to lead.”
Brexit: trust is good, but law is better EU Referendum
Swedish Life Expectancy to Drop for First Time in Century Due to Covid-19 Bloomberg (Re Silc).
Inside Janet Yellen’s head is an enormous dove Macrobusiness
New Cold War
Trump Announces Full Pardon of Michael Flynn in Thanksgiving Eve News Dump Rolling Stone. Commentary:
I really hope that pardoning Flynn is not the "final salvo." The final salvo should include declassifying documents — including the attribution for the core Russia hacking allegation — and pardoning Edward Snowden & Julian Assange, foes of the Russiagate fraudsters. pic.twitter.com/WkeSQ2SbEs
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) November 26, 2020
Our Famously Free Press
Demanding Silicon Valley Suppress “Hyper-Partisan Sites” in Favor of “Mainstream News” (The NYT) is a Fraud and VIDEO: Interview with Edward Snowden on Silicon Valley Censorship, Biden, and Lurking Press Freedom Dangers Glenn Greenwald
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona dies at 60 ESPN. Tribute:
Just the light from Maradona’s box at the Bombonero pic.twitter.com/p0Q2Ta8TKk
— Ben Kay (@BenKay5) November 26, 2020
Imperial Collapse Watch
What If We Aren’t Living In The End Times? The American Conservative
Making America ungovernable Richard Heinberg
At the Frontlines of the Debate on Masks: Worker Experiences Enforcing COVID-19 Safety Protocols (PDF) Clare Hammonds and Jasmine Kerrissey, University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center’s COVID-19 Workplace Project. “The most resistance to masks and distancing occurred in retail and hospitality industries, and towards low wage workers. Sixty percent of workers earning under $15 an hour reported compliance issues. By contrast, 39% of workers earning over $21 an hour reported similar resistance.”
For What Are America’s Wealthy Thankful? A Worsening Culture War Matt Taibbi, TK News
Spacecraft with precious asteroid cargo is almost home after 3 billion-mile trek Live Science. Meanwhile, on Mars:
— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) November 25, 2020
WKRP in Cincinnati’s ‘Turkeys Away’ Is Still the Best Thanksgiving Episode Ever New York Magazine. Grab a cup of coffee and a slice of pie:
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