How David Beats Goliath in Real Life The Reformed Broker
The money behind Robinhood is pure Sheriff of Nottingham Gillian Tett, FT
New Mexico’s nuclear rush Searchlight New Mexico (AC).
Coronavirus confusion: What’s the difference between a variant and a strain? Los Angeles Times (nvl).
Danish scientists see tough times ahead as they watch more contagious COVID-19 virus surge Science. More on new strains:
If true, terrifying. @DrEricDing has previously been criticised for “scaremongering” but the thread below is tightly argued and plausible. If there is a counter-argument, let’s hear it.
Otherwise, we must change policy urgently. https://t.co/DpIfPgLd64
— Trisha Greenhalgh 😷 #CovidIsAirborne (@trishgreenhalgh) February 5, 2021
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An observational study of SARS-CoV-2 infectivity by viral load and demographic factors and the utility lateral flow devices to prevent transmission (preprint) (PDF) Modernizing Medical Microbiology. Discussion. From the Interpretation: “SARS-CoV-2 infectivity varies by case viral load, contact event type, and age. Those with high viral loads are most infectious.”
Transmission of COVID-19 in 282 clusters in Catalonia, Spain: a cohort study The Lancet (nvl). From the Interpretation: “In our study, the viral load of index cases was a leading driver of SARS-CoV-2 transmission. The risk of symptomatic COVID-19 was strongly associated with the viral load of contacts at baseline and shortened the incubation time of COVID-19 in a dose-dependent manner.” Commentary:
Why does this matter? Lots of reasons. A few key ones:
If viral loads predicts transmission, then:
-vaccines that reduce viral loads will likely reduce transmission
-individual traits that influence viral loads would also influence transmission
-we can map loads to infectiousness
— A Marm Kilpatrick (@DiseaseEcology) February 4, 2021
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The mystery of the missing vaccines Politico
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China proposes huge PNG port to stand over Australia Macrobusiness. Australian idiom: “The standover man is a loner, a predator who preys on other, more prosperous criminals, often extremely dangerous ones. He captures them and ‘stands over’ them. To extort money.” –William Gibson, Idoru
Myanmar: The Stupid Coup The News Lens. Classy bunch:
#Myanmar coup-leader Min Aung Hlaing's son throwing $$$ as a symbolic act of his father's victorious coup while the public are reeling from the shock of #myanmarmilitarycoup. His #mytel telecom is being boycotted nationwide. @nslwin @saifuddinabd @PavinKyoto @pipob69 @hk_watch pic.twitter.com/X2BBGZNMcc
— maung zarni (@drzarni) February 4, 2021
U.S. calls for dialogue to resolve India’s farmers’ protests Reuters. Yikes, this photo:
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 4, 2021
The Outbreak Continues as Tet Nears Vietnam Weekly
South Korea’s ‘hidden’ migrant workers (video) BBC. Thread:
The farmland north of Seoul is a maze of plastic greenhouses. This is where this mostly hidden workforce both live and work. They have to pay for their accommodation – from around $150 – $200 a month. We found them trying to defrost their water supplies .. pic.twitter.com/VdpCQVs3ND
— Laura Bicker (@BBCLBicker) February 4, 2021
Government races to reserve 28,000 airport hotel rooms as it reveals quarantine scheme will finally start on February 15, run by retired general – with : from ‘red list’ countries made to isolate for 11 nights at cost of £800 per person Daily Mail
How Trump won over Europe on 5G, cutting China out South China Morning Post
How the Left Got Where It Is in Venezuela (and What to do About It) Venezuelanalysis
New Cold War
Episode #6: Navalny, the Kremlin, and the curse of neoliberalism (podcast) Immigrants as a Weapon. “One dead giveaway that Navalny’s a neoliberal: he is not against the criminal privatization of the Soviet Union’s industries and resources that happened under Boris Yeltsin — a process that not only created Russia’s corrupt oligarchical political system but also put Putin into power.”
Russia rising: Why Vladimir Putin can’t ignore Alexei Navalny’s revolution NBC. A revolution, you say.
Senate Intelligence Committee to Examine Antigovernment Extremists NYT. “The Senate Intelligence Committee will examine the influence of Russia and other foreign powers on antigovernment extremist groups like the ones that helped mobilize the deadly attack on the Capitol last month, the panel’s new chairman said in an interview this week.”
A Plan to Beat Back the Far Right (free) Foreign Affairs
Bipartisan support emerges for domestic-terror bills as experts warn threat may last ‘10 to 20 years’ WaPo. Well, that should solve some cash flow problems….
The Q-Word: Weapon of Choice for Smearing Opponents Consortium News
Biden coronavirus relief plan clears Senate budget hurdle after ‘vote-a-rama’ Roll Call. I cannot find what the income eligibilty for the
$2,000$1,400 checks is; although the Manchin-Collins amendment is part of the bill, it only specifies that “higher-income” individuals should not be included. Assuming the Democrats do the stupidest possible thing and decide anything over $50,000 is higher-income:
$50K with health insurance and a 401K. Seems reasonable! Not like it's minimum wage! Let's do the . . . oh, oh boy, well, uh pic.twitter.com/bSp4mQ0uPT
— Jacob Bacharach (@jakebackpack) February 4, 2021
Biden ending US support for Saudi-led offensive in Yemen AP. “‘This war has to end,’ Biden told diplomats in his first visit to the State Department as president, saying the conflict had created a ‘humanitarian and strategic catastrophe.'” Good. Now do Afghanistan.
House removes Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees after offensive statements Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Neither Liar nor Martyr: AOC and the Capitol Breach The Narratives Project
Our Famously Free Press
Platform Decision Making Authority vs Outcomes The Big Picture
YouTube Financially Deplatforms Swath Of Indie Media Accounts Caitlin Johnstone
The Marxist Rupert Murdoch Tribune
Imperial Collapse Watch
The last two decades of my life have been a nightmare without end Welcome to Hell World. Grim detail on the War on Terror.
Amazon Is Forcing Its Warehouse Workers Into Brutal ‘Megacycle’ Shifts Vice. Nobody seems to be praising Bezos for his innovative approach to the workplace, which is clearly a key to his “success.”
Class Notes: Police killings and student well-being, college attendance, and more Brookings Institution
How to Fix Our Existing Welfare State Matt Bruenig, People’s Policy Project
Mummy with a gold tongue found in Egypt Live Science. The sad outcome of Bill Clinton’s Nile cruise….
Mesopotamia and the Dawn of History Patrick Wyman, Perspectives
Interview: Liam Kofi Bright Noah Smith, Noahpinion. Wide-ranging and excellent.
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.