Feline Philosophy by John Gray — the wisdom of cats FT. “A cat’s life is good not when it knows itself, but when it realises its cat-nature.”
Animals Don’t Need Words to Demand Respect Current Affairs
The ‘Q Shaman’ on Why He Stormed the Capitol Dressed as a Viking National Review
How Trumpism May Endure David Bright, NYT. “An effective, enduring Lost Cause story needs to know clearly what it hates, has to attain widespread control of its own communication and needs institutional rooting, and it must explain almost everything.” Speaking of which:
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— Bad USSR Takes (@USSRTakes) January 11, 2021
New York vaccination debacle. The whole thread is worth a read:
The @nycHealthy site has a multi-step verification process just to set up an account, and then a six-step process to set up an appointment.
Along the way, there are as many as 51 questions or fields, in addition to uploading images of your insurance card.
— Scott M. Stringer (@NYCComptroller) January 11, 2021
Liberal Democrats just love complex eligibility requirements.
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Participation in Fraternity and Sorority Activities and the Spread of COVID-19 Among Residential University Communities — Arkansas, August 21–September 5, 2020 Morbidity and Mortality Report, CDC. From the Abstract: “At the start of the 2020–21 academic year, COVID-19 cases increased rapidly at an Arkansas university. Network analysis indicated that 91% of gatherings were associated with fraternity or sorority activities. Recruitment events held virtually were associated with fewer cases than those held in-person.”
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Saliva viral load is a dynamic unifying correlate of COVID-19 severity and mortality (preprint) medRxiv. From the Discussion: “Saliva viral load could significantly predict disease severity and mortality over age or nasopharyngeal viral load with the first sample collection, and, importantly, was enhanced with the inclusion of days from symptom onset. Nasopharyngeal viral load could not reliably distinguish severity or predict mortality in our study with the first sample collection—which varied from the date of admission.” From a tweet storm discussing the article (NP = nasopharyngeal):
Why is saliva viral load a better correlate of disease than NP load? We think that NP only reflects upper respiratory tract (URT) viral replication, while saliva represents both URT and lower respiratory tract. Mucociliary clearance propels virus from LRT to oral cavity. (12/n) pic.twitter.com/1kCqE4YgM0
— Prof. Akiko Iwasaki (@VirusesImmunity) January 10, 2021
So, to this layperson, it looks like the throat is the key battleground.
Kinetics of antibody responses dictate COVID-19 outcome (preprint) medRxiv. From the Discussion: “Our study demonstrated that neutralizing antibody responses developed within 14 days of symptom onset correlated with recovery, while those induced at later timepoints appear to lose this protective effect. It is unclear why antibodies generated after this time point are unable to promote viral clearance and recovery in COVID-19 patients. We speculate that the virus might become inaccessible to the antibodies after a certain time point, by establishing infection within immune privileged tissues. Alternatively, disease may be driven by late-onset antibody-mediated immunopathology.”
How the ‘Black Death’ Pandemic Reshaped Europe’s Feudal Economy Bloomberg (VE).
Full text: Draft of articles of impeachment against Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’ NBC. This is the Cicilline/Raskin/Lieu resolution. Be careful what you wish for:
"BLM" activists could have been criminalized en masse this past summer for causing violent riots under the vastly expanded "incitement" doctrine now being espoused by liberals and leftists desperate to inflict maximum punishment on Trump
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) January 10, 2021
A revolution in permanence Tempest
US Puts Top Iraqi Official Fayyadh On Blacklist Agence France Presse
Thanks To COVID, The UK Is In A Sexual Recession Refinery 29
In Pictures: Thousands stranded in Spain’s record snowstorm Al Jazeera. With some exceptions:
Why not propel yourself pic.twitter.com/EvqrFkTJ9U
— jaded new yorker (@nozztilbrooklyn) January 9, 2021
Business warns current post-Brexit border disruption is just ‘tip of the iceberg’ Trucker World. For example:
The crux of all this is sheer complexity & lack of prep time. For a product that has 24hrs to get to market, small delays at diff points are crippling. This is the “simplified” 18-step process for moving fish from Scotland to France. This, on top of 8-step process for importers pic.twitter.com/Ra4J0liWpC
— James Withers (@scotfoodjames) January 10, 2021
New Cold War
It’s Trump’s Last Chance to Declassify These Secrets of the Russia Collusion Dud Aaron Maté, RealClearInvestigations
A Simple Thing Biden Can Do to Reset America Matt Stoller, BIG. I could put this under Class Warfare, too. Well worth a read.
Two Biden aides will recuse on BlackRock issues as past ties pose questions WaPo. “A Biden transition official said the incoming administration expects Deese and Adeyemo to recuse themselves from matters pertaining specifically to BlackRock for an “appropriate period” determined by law and an ethics agreement that is still in development.”
Biden’s dog Major will get his own “Indoguration” as White House’s first rescue pup CBS. And presumably, unike millions of Americans, Major won’t be evicted from his house.
Here’s The Way Joe Biden And The Democrats Can Pass Their Agenda — Maybe HuffPo. Budget reconciliation. But “Senate Republicans can still wield the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to overcome,” and “the filibuster has become a de facto supermajority requirement” imply that abolishing the filibuster requires 60 votes. That is false; the filibuster can be abolished or modified by a simple majority. Which a party that wanted to govern would do. Of course, as the author points out, reconciliation is “limited by complex rules,” so you can see why liberal Democrats like it.
The Lincoln Project’s Predator The American Conservative
Democrats in Disarray
That’s quite an act. What do you call it?
Manchin adds: "Why can't we do something that basically puts people back to work?" Cites a large infrastructure bill
Manchin says: "It's time to target where the money goes … I have businesses that can't open up. Don't you think we should be helping them first?"
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) January 10, 2021
Realignment and Legitimacy
Corporate America halts donations to Republicans who voted to overturn the election CNN. So we’re forcing Republicans not to be corrupt, unlike Democrats?
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Pontifications: Boeing’s exodus from Puget Sound Leeham News and Analysis
Solidarity Now The Baffler
Big Tech’s attention economy can be reformed. Here’s how. MIT Technology (DL).
Human will plays an important role here. What if the behind Apple’s App Store revenue distribution model—which acts as the central bank or Federal Reserve of the attention economy—simply chose to distribute revenue to app makers based not on whose users bought the most virtual goods or spent the most time using the app, but on who among the app makers best cooperated with other apps on the phone to help all members of society live more by their values?
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.