Bald eagle populations soar Indian Country
Suez Canal remains blocked despite efforts to refloat grounded Ever Given Lloyd’s List. A poem:
I have jammed
with your goods
in the Suez Canal
it was so big
and hard to steer
— logo, uncool zoned dad (@logophobe) March 24, 2021
How to Dislodge a 200,000-Ton Ship From a Canal Wall Bloomberg. “You’re gonna need a smaller boat.”
Tech Bubble or Rotation? The Big Picture
Global banks’ $750bn in fossil fuels finance conflicts with green pledges FT. Handy chart:
— Adam Tooze (@adam_tooze) March 24, 2021
Biden’s school reopening promise faces aging bus drivers, vaccine scarcity Poltico. We’re blaming the bus drivers now? GTFO.
Experts wonder why younger people seem to be getting sicker with COVID Montreal Gazette. Variants in Canada:
The PH director of Bas-Saint-Laurent Dr Leduc explains that the household attack rates they’re seeing with variant cases are now essentially 100%. So letting covid circulate among kids/teens necessarily means letting it circulate among their parents.https://t.co/5ODxdmFAT3
— Dr. Lisa Iannattone (@lisa_iannattone) March 24, 2021
Why Uruguay’s Schoolchildren Are Doing So Well in the Pandemic Der Spiegel (Re Silc).
Ventilation and schools:
Thread is pointing out that, apparently, NYC is planning to end remote work but won’t require masks indoors if people can be six feet apart. It’s been a year and the key role of aerosols hasn’t sunk in. Among the biggest pandemic failures. https://t.co/oxBQmc1te7
— zeynep tufekci (@zeynep) March 24, 2021
Rigid rules that are also ever-changing, with seemingly no motivation, but forceful demands for compliance (rather like eligibility requirements, come to think of it). No wonder the public health establishment has a public relations problem.
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SARS-CoV-2 and the role of airborne transmission: a systematic review [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review] Carl Heneghan, et al., F1000Research. From the Conclusion: “SARS-CoV-2 RNA is detected intermittently in the air in various settings. Standardized guidelines for conducting and reporting research on airborne transmission are needed. The lack of recoverable viral culture samples of SARS-CoV-2 prevents firm conclusions over airborne transmission.” Heneghan is a heavy hitter, so this review of the literature will surely generate some controversy. However, I remember linking to studies of “recoverable viral culture samples” in airborne hospital settings not once (for RNA) but twice (for DNA with infectiousness shown). I don’t have time to dig the links out, very unfortunately; perhaps later today. But I’m not certain how “systematic” this review really is.
Ventilation procedures to minimize the airborne transmission of viruses at schools (PDF) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “[T]here remains significant uncertainty surrounding exactly what ventilation rates 26 are required, and how to best achieve these targets with limited time and resources. This paper uses a mass balance approach to quantify the ability of both mechanical ventilation and ad-hoc airing procedures to mitigate airborne transmission risk in the classroom environment. For naturally ventilated classrooms, we propose a novel feedback control strategy using CO2 concentrations to continuously monitor and adjust the airing procedure. Our case studies show how such procedures can be applied in the real world to support the reopening of schools during the pandemic. Our results also show the inadequacy of relying on absolute CO2 concentration thresholds as the sole indicator of airborne transmission risk.”
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AstraZeneca’s US Vaccine Trial Data Derek Lowe, “In the Pipeline,” Science
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1 report, 4 theories: Scientists mull clues on virus’ origin Associated Press
Birx Joins Air-Cleaning Industry Amid Land Grab for Billions in Federal Covid Relief Kaiser Health News. But:
[A]ir quality experts say, the best solutions come down to basics: adding more outdoor air, buying portable HEPA filters and installing MERV 13 filters within heating systems. But school boards are often lured by aggressive claims of 99.9% efficiency — based on a test of a filter inside a small cabinet and not a classroom. “Every dollar you use for this equipment is a dollar you remove from doing the right solution,” Zaatari said.
I sure hope “lured” doesn’t imply “lured with a steak dinner.”
Easing pandemic marks return to gun violence The Hill. This is America, man.
Asian America after the Atlanta Shooting Ask a Korean! More:
If you don't know what I mean by "Fancy Asians", here is the brilliant Ally Wong who knocks it out of the park. https://t.co/QrtFCwxj4J
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) March 24, 2021
US said to blacklist Myanmar military firms after deadly crackdown Straits Times. Today:
— Shafiur Rahman (@shafiur) March 25, 2021
Yesterday, “silent strike”:
Silent strike in Mandalay
Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, was silent on Mar. 24 as protesters kept off the streets as part of a nationwide silent strike. (Photo: CJ)
— The Irrawaddy (Eng) (@IrrawaddyNews) March 24, 2021
Assassinations Silence Afghanistan’s Intellectuals The Diplomat
Son of slain Afghan commander Massoud warns of ‘civil war’ if US troops leave hastily France24. As opposed to?
STEPHEN GLOVER: Yes, his ‘greed’ remark was clumsy. But Boris Johnson was right to say capitalism won the vaccine war Daily Mail. China (and Vietnam) would like a word.
Riot cops are confronted by naked protester during ANOTHER night of violence in Bristol as police chief says officers feel ‘under siege’ amid claims they have lost control – while ‘Kill the Bill’ activists urge supporters to destroy evidence Daily Mail
Politics at the BBC: a who’s who of the establishment Socialist Appeal. From 2019, still germane.
The Euro’s Viral Turn Is More Than Pseudo-Science John Authers, Bloomberg
New Cold War
Why Russia Is the Problem From Hell Robert Kaplan, The National Interest
Trump Got China All Wrong. Now Biden Is Too. Foreign Policy
Our Famously Free Press
Using Randomization to Learn About Framing Effects on LGBTQ Rights Questions Survey Practice (dk).
Groves of Academe
Bush/Obama Ed Reform: It All Came Tumbling Down Education Realist
Columbia University offering graduation ceremonies based on race, ethnicity, income status USA Today (KW). Hilariously, one must be either of a given race or working class to join one of these separate but, one assumes, equal ceremonies.
I Am Not Ready to Reenter White Society Elie Mystal, The Nation
Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon Scientific American. The URL gives the original title: the-unbearable-whiteness-of-climate-anxiety
Amazon workers leading a historic push for unionization in Alabama describe midnight ‘education’ meetings, an unexpected mailbox, and streams of anti-union flyers as they go up against one of the world’s most powerful companies Business Insider
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, actor Jennifer Garner to visit Birmingham Friday WVTM. As is Bernie. And so?
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POISONED Part 1: The Factory Tampa Bay Times
Letter from LA: The homeless are internal refugees — victims on the run from neoliberalism Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
Castes of Mind The Baffler. Review of Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of our Discontents.
Scientists discover why the human brain is so big Guardian. Internet cat photos. Obviously. #catsoftwitter:
— Luna_Tuna (@LunaTheGreyTuna) March 19, 2021
Antidote du jour (via):
Inuk word of the day: Tumik = Footprint.
One of the skills Inuit learned was understanding footprints of different animals we hunted. Below is a wolf track that was a day old.
Other animals we track are: Polar Bears, foxes, porcupine, lynx and caribou.
To – mick pic.twitter.com/QH7T1VU7IZ
— angusandersen900 (@AndersenAngus) September 1, 2019
One of the few Inuk accounts on the Twitter.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.