SPACs On The Rise On Wall Street And Beyond Agence France Presse
Warning bells jingle for December climate Barents Observer
Republican lawyer resigns appointed state post over treatment of data analyst Miami Herald. The resignation letter:
My resignation letter to Governor Desantis. pic.twitter.com/Wc78tgr6Ef
— Ron F. (@RonGOPVet4Biden) December 8, 2020
Towards an accurate and systematic characterisation of persistently asymptomatic infection with SARS-CoV-2 The Lancet. From the Abstract: “Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from individuals without symptoms contributes to pandemic spread, but the extent of transmission from persistently asymptomatic individuals remains unknown. We describe three methodological issues that hinder attempts to estimate this proportion. First, incomplete symptom assessment probably overestimates the asymptomatic fraction. Second, studies with inadequate follow-up misclassify pre-symptomatic individuals. Third, serological studies might identify people with previously unrecognised infection, but reliance on poorly defined antibody responses and retrospective symptom assessment might result in misclassification. We provide recommendations….”
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FDA Head Stephen Hahn On What’s Next For Pfizer Vaccine In Fast-Moving Process NPR. Here are all Pfizer’s submissions; here’s Pfizer’s “briefing document”, which I searched for “all-cause mortality” after vaccination. No hits. Readers, what else?
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How red-flagging coal can help align belt and road projects with China’s climate ambitions South China Morning Post
China and Nepal agree on new height for Mount Everest Channel News Asia
COVID Fatigue: Seoul Subway Data Shows Koreans are Tired of Social Distancing The Blue Roof. “Pandemic fatigue is real and quantifiable.”
OPCW executives praised whistleblower and criticized Syria cover-up, leaks reveal Aaron Maté, The Grayzone
ING: Russia de-dollarising Intellinews
COVID-19 rages in German regions with far-right leanings Agence France Presse
Biden is forming a business-friendly administration Yahoo Finance. Handy list, updates in thread:
BIDEN WH STAFF SO FAR:
➡️Venture capital executive (@RonaldKlain).
➡️Former pharmaceutical, insurance lobbyist (Steve Ricchetti).
➡️Top Dem recipient of Big Oil $ (@cedricrichmond).
➡️Co-founder of firm that represents pharma & private equity (@jomalleydillon).
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) November 17, 2020
Scoop: Mayor Pete may get China post Axios. Yes, you want somebody with gravitas to deal with Xi.
Democrats in Disarray
Our Famously Free Press
Police State Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Biden Wants America to Lead the World. It Shouldn’t. Peter Beinart, NYT
Majority of millennials see catastrophic war as real possibility, and believe there should be limits International Committee of the Red Cross
The coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty MIT Technology Review
Neal Katyal and the Depravity of Big Law The New Republic
No, Pandemic UI didn’t kill jobs Noah Smith, Noahpinion
Antidote du jour (via):
Beavers have built their first dam in Exmoor in more than 400 years. Video from Exmoor shows beavers stripping bark off trees and putting twigs in place. The National Trust released the animals near Minehead in January.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 1, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here