Alien Hunters Discover Mysterious Signal from Proxima Centauri Scientific American
‘I failed’: Operation Warp Speed leader takes responsibility for Covid-19 vaccine distribution confusion STATS. Political class: “What is this responsibility of which you speak?”
African-American Resistance to the COVID-19 Vaccine Reflects a Broader Problem Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker
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Preliminary genomic characterisation of an emergent SARS-CoV-2 lineage in the UK defined by a novel set of spike mutations Virological.org (dk). From the Abstract: “Preliminary genomic characterisation of an emergent SARS-CoV-2 lineage in the UK defined by a novel set of spike mutations.” And from the body of the paper: “Although we speculate here that chronic infection played a role in the origins of the B.1.1.7 variant, this remains a hypothesis and we cannot yet infer the precise nature of this event” (see the section under “Lineage-defining mutations & rate of evolution”; this paper doesn’t need a translator, mostly).
Here’s what you need to know about the new coronavirus variant, now confirmed in SA Business Insider. South Africa’s variant, not the same as the UK’s.
Antibody-Dependent Enhancement Derek Lowe, “In the Pipeline,” Science. Interesting.
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Long-distance airborne dispersal of SARS-CoV-2 in COVID-19 wards Nature. From the Abstract: “Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in central ventilation systems, distant from patient areas, indicate that virus can be transported long distances and that droplet transmission alone cannot reasonably explain this, especially considering the relatively low air change rates in these wards. Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 must be taken into consideration for preventive measures.” Important caveat: “Infective ability of the samples was assessed by inoculation of susceptible cell cultures but could not be determined in these experiments.”
There should be one of these at every entrance to every public building:
A Japanese startup WACO has installed high-tech handwashing stations in Tokyo to encourage shoppers to wash their hands and sterilize their phones on the go https://t.co/jSEdXPrRRQ pic.twitter.com/wsUx6tB2Sz
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 19, 2020
If there’s one surface where aerosols (spoken) transform into fomites (touch), it would be the surface of cellphones. Although I can’t recall a study on this.
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COVID-19 outpatients: early risk-stratified treatment with zinc plus low-dose hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin: a retrospective case series study COVID-19 outpatients: early risk-stratified treatment with zinc plus low-dose hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin: a retrospective case series study International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. We ran this in October as a pre-proof; this is the published version.
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Invincible empire? Bloomberg
Coronavirus: China to vaccinate 50 million people for Lunar New Year South China Morning Post (Re Silc).
Why Health Is The New Luxury In China Jing Daily
MOL Releases Internal Investigation Report on MV Wakashio Accident gCaptain. With excerpts from the report.
Meet the toilet barons of Brexit Wired (Colonel Smithers). Where there’s muck, there’s brass.
New Cold War
Trump To CIA: Say Goodbye To Your War On Terror The Intercept. That’s a damn shame.
Pence announces that Space Force personnel will be called guardians CNN. “Awesome Mix Tape no. 1” playing during the presser, no doubt. (This is Pence, willing executioner for Hitler, who was handed the Space Force chew toy by Pelosi, one can only presume to advance the strategic goals of defeating facism and restoring “our democracy”).
Congress reaches deal on new economic-relief bill, $600 stimulus payments AP. $600 is what rich people think the working class thinks is a lot of money.
The questionable integrity of former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara The Komisar Scoop
Biden Goes To Bat For BlackRock, Stays Vague On Direct Aid To Struggling Americans David Sirota and Walker Bragman, The Daily Poster
Our Famously Free Press
Readers, have any of you had this experience? Thread:
Somewhere in town last night there was a huge explosion that rocked my house. This morning, I can’t find anything on it anywhere. Not a news item, not a tweet.
It’s making me think about decline of local news and local experience that’s contributing to our current crisis.
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) December 19, 2020
I mean a material, explosion-level event, not just something that should have been reported and wasn’t, like corruption.
Police State Watch
‘Nothing under our tree’: millions in US cope with financial misery during holiday season Guardian (Re Silc). “Santa Claus is coming to town” seems more than usually ironic this year; Santa, after all, is not the only one coming to town.
On the allure of people singing together Dorchester Reporter
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