Welsh goat population rockets after Covid cancels contraception drive Guardian (The Rev Kev).
The Heiress, the Queen, and the Trillion-Dollar Tax Shelter Institutional Investor. The rich are different. They own enormous mansions, off-shore.
Analysis: COVID-19 variant threat grows amid more school closures Montreal Gazette
Why Black Parents Aren’t Joining the Push to Reopen Schools Mother Jones (Mikel).
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Neutralizing Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2 Variants After Infection and Vaccination JAMA. The Discussion: “This study found neutralizing activity of infection- and vaccine-elicited antibodies against 4 SARS-CoV-2 variants, including B.1, B.1.1.7, and N501Y. Because neutralization studies measure the ability of antibodies to block virus infection, these results suggest that infection- and vaccine-induced immunity may be retained against the B.1.1.7 variant. As additional variants emerge, neutralizing-antibody responses after infection and vaccination should be monitored.”
Efficacy of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 Covid-19 Vaccine against the B.1.351 Variant NEJM. Oxford–AstraZeneca. The Conclusion: “A two-dose regimen of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine did not show protection against mild-to-moderate Covid-19 due to the B.1.351 variant.”
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Communication with the CDC re: COVIDisAirborne Brian Colder. An email exchange with CDC on aerosols.
Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention CDC. An update: “Clarified that ventilation is a component of strategies to clean and maintain healthy facilities.” No. First, “Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities” is the layer named in the prevention strategy, not ventilation per se. Second, clicking the “Cleaning” link takes to you a page of more links. Under the “Guidance for Ventilation” heading, we find Ventilation in Buildings, which (in this layperson’s opinion) isn’t so bad. But burying an essential layer three links deep isn’t the way to get people to pay attention! Meanwhile, the CDC’s messaging to ignore ventilation and aerosols successful:
This is the kind of reporting that permits New Brunswick's education Working Group on Ventilation to determine (proudly?) that ventilation is not one of the key strategies to mitigate the risks of covid-19. #nbpoli #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/WfIzFvT2RL
— Erica Feltford (@feltford) March 19, 2021
A layered approach is fine, unless you leave out an essential layer. Granted, one example.
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Handpicked experts assure Gov. DeSantis his COVID critics are wrong Orlando Sentinel
Column: Nope, Fla. Gov. DeSantis’ record on COVID isn’t a success, but a failure Michael Hiltzick, Los Angeles Times
Inside Gavin Newsom’s fateful decision to lock down California Los Angeles Times
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Miami Beach declares state of emergency over uncontrollable crowds Agence France Presse. As usual, the visual focus is on scantily-clad youthful revelers outdoors, where it’s relatively safe, and not on the businesses: The bars and restaurants which are crowded, closed, and close-contact settings. And, I suppose, the hotels/motels, too.
A Brief Anatomy of Outdoor Dining Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
Treatment for COVID-19 is better than a year ago, but it still has a long way to go USA Today. “The United States lacks a centralized system for running the types of clinical trials that would be needed to prove a drug’s effectiveness in patients, particularly when that drug is no longer patented and therefore lacks a champion in the pharmaceutical industry.” Savvy Democrats: Tax breaks!
The narrative surrounding China’s ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ is a lie that doesn’t stand up to scrutiny South China Morning Post
Patriot games: Hong Kong arts scene shudders as loyalists circle Agence France Press
What next for Burma? London Review of Books. The Army:
The Burmese army, founded by Aung San Suu Kyi’s father, General Aung San, in 1941, has been fighting non-stop since the Second World War: eight decades of combat, in towns and jungles, on tropical islands and Himalayan mountains, burning villages and killing civilians with impunity, taking as well as inflicting enormous casualties. Its enemies have ranged from from Washington-backed Chinese nationalist armies in the 1950s to Beijing-backed communist forces in the 1960s, from drug lords to ethnic minorities struggling for self-determination. By the late 1970s most of the fighting took place in the eastern uplands towards Thailand and China. The army became primarily an army of occupation over ethnic minority populations, which every now and then – in 1974, 1988 and 2007 – descended into the cities of the Irrawaddy Valley to crush dissent.
Myanmar’s various armed groups, a thread:
1. This thread is about responses by Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) vs Myanmar coup. #R2P (Responsibility to Protect) not only international, can also apply to EAOs within borders. EAOs have various capabilities. Not all have taken a stand vs. coup. #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar ? pic.twitter.com/A1auea8hBD
— Edith Mirante (@EdithMirante) March 19, 2021
Leaving aside the virtual certainty that if the United States exercised “Responsibility to Protect” in Myanmar, we’d butcher the job (especially against the battle-hardened Myanmar military, see above), China would be unhappy with the presence of our troops, and eager to share their unhappiness with us. The only way I can see R2P working is with a multinational force, blessed by ASEAN, and including China. Given how we just butchered our summit with China in Alaska, I doubt we’d be part of such a force. And I very much doubt China wants to march into a quagmire.
‘We’re about 80% there,’ CRPH’s foreign minister says on federal union talks Myanmar Now. See above for where the state powers would come from.
India Romances the West Foreign Policy
India: Farmers’ protests give way to new independent journalism Deutsche Welle (see here).
An 89-Year-Old Sharpshooter Takes Aim at India’s Patriarchy NYT. The Times has virtually ignored the largest strike in world history. But give ’em a feel-good story with an idpol slant, and they’re on it!
The pathology of economics Africa is a Country
Internet blackout as Congo votes, with Sassou Nguesso set to win Agence France Presse
Biden Aides Disclose Their Corporate Ties The Daily Poster
U.S. to place some migrant families in hotels in move away from detention centers Reuters. “[A] new program managed by nonprofit organizations.” Out of sight, out of mind:
I respectfully ask US Customs and Border Protection to stop blocking media access to their border operations. I have photographed CBP under Bush, Obama and Trump but now – zero access is granted to media. These long lens images taken from the Mexican side. @CBP #gettyimagesnews pic.twitter.com/cWa90TlfeS
— John Moore (@jbmoorephoto) March 19, 2021
But the babies! In cages!! Never mind…
The Biden Agenda Doesn’t Run Through Washington Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic
The Biden administration’s critical role in Indian Country High Country News
Harris seeks her own unique path at White House The Hill. Meaning they don’t know what to do with this person they’re stuck with?
Democrats en Deshabille
Liberals want to blame rightwing ‘misinformation’ for our problems. Get real Thomas Frank, Guardian. Please circulate widely, as Frank is banned in the Acela Corridor.
Our Famously Free Press
Federal judge accuses NY Times, WaPo of being ‘Democratic Party broadsheets’ The Hill. How absurd:
Liberal hacks. pic.twitter.com/cMHgVN2a9J
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) March 20, 2021
I Can’t Handle How Many Games Turn 20 Years Old This Year Kotaku. As with Hollywood blockbusters, are we recycling old ideas?
Groves of Academe
Don’t close South/Southeast Asia Library Daily Californian. “The simple juxtaposition of the current use for this space — a one-of-a-kind center dedicated to the aggregation and celebration of South and Southeast Asian scholarship — and the planned use — — is really all that needs to be said here.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
On this day in 2003, Marines were among coalition forces in the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom. pic.twitter.com/pEpJ3dQO8D
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) March 20, 2020
Black Injustice Tipping Point
San Francisco school board member criticized for racist tweets in 2016 aimed at Asian Americans San Francisco Chronicle. “Board Vice President Alison Collins, elected in 2018, said in a thread of tweets on Dec. 4, 2016, that Asian Americans had used ‘white supremacist thinking to assimilate and ‘get ahead.’”
Atlanta spa shooting suspect’s ‘bad day’ defense, and America’s sexualized racism problem NBC. For some definition of “sexualized.” Thread on the evangelical version of “sex addiction,” oddly unaddressed:
I keep seeing "sex addiction" used as a term of agreed-on meaning, whether the speaker believes it explains the murders or not. But nearly all of what the conservative evangelicalism of the murderer describes as "sex addiction" is what the rest of the world calls sexuality…
— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) March 18, 2021
Amphorae The Last Word on Nothing
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.