A bleg from Yves: Readers, do any of you know whether chats on Zoom and Webex are stored, and if so, how? Locally? In the cloud? Both? And if in the cloud, how long are they retained? Yves means “know.” No speculation, please. She needs accurate input. Thank you! –lambert
An Adorable Trio of Rescued River Otters Playfully Battle One Another Inside a Bucket Full of Ice Cubes Laughing Squid (Re SIlc). Normally, I don’t run imagery from zoos, but this really is cute.
BBRG: $100 Million New Jersey Deli Is Representative of Nothing Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture
Bernie Madoff Told the Truth About One Thing New York Magazine
A Bond Tantrum Is Better Than a Lehman Moment John Authers, Bloomberg. “Lead us not into inflation.” But deliver us from interest.
2% Is The New 10% The Heisenberg Report
Cities Are Our Best Hope for Surviving Climate Change Bloomberg. If we’ve euthanized the rentiers?
Continuing COVID-19 Vaccination of Front-Line Workers in British Columbia with the AstraZeneca Vaccine: Benefits in the Face of Increased Risk for Prothrombotic Thrombocytopenia (preprint) medRxiv (IM). Conclusions: “The benefits of immediately continuing immunization of front-line workers with the AstraZeneca vaccine far outweigh the risk both at a societal level and at an individual risk level for those over 40, and those over 30 in high-risk areas.” IM writes: “Executive summary: the disease is way worse than the cure. Robert Smith would agree, ha-ha!”
Cerebral venous thrombosis: a retrospective cohort study of 513,284 confirmed COVID-19 cases and a comparison with 489,871 people receiving a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine (PDF) Center for Open Science. From the Discussion: “In summary, COVID-19 is associated with a markedly increased incidence of CVT compared to the general population, patients with influenza, and people who have received BNT162b2 [Pfizer] or mRNA-1273 [Moderna] vaccines. The risk with COVID-19 also appears greater than with ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 [AstraZenaca], although as noted this conclusion is tentative. The rarity of CVT in all populations means that larger sample sizes are required to confirm the results, and complementary study designs are needed to aid interpretation. Nevertheless, the current data highlight the risk of serious thrombotic events in COVID-19, and can help contextualize and inform debate about the risk-benefit ratio for current COVID-19 vaccines.” With those qualifications, this handy chart:
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Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Mom Eschaton
Australia must act to prevent airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (preprint) Medical Journal of Australia. The Abstract sums up the science and the politics: “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, is believed by many to be transmitted via respiratory droplets and fomites, with occasional airborne transmission observed in the setting of aerosol generating procedures. However, research shows viable SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in the air in the absence of such procedures, at distances greater than those specified in physical distancing guidelines. Additionally, numerous outbreaks have occurred which can only be explained by airborne transmission. There is an urgent need to update Australia’s infection prevention and control guidelines to reflect the airborne transmission routes.”
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China confirms Xi Jinping will attend Biden’s Earth Day climate summit South China Morning Post
Ally with Vietnam Noah Smith, Noahpinion. No. IMNSHO: Let Southeast Asia play both ends against the middle. They’re good at it, and it’s what they prefer.
Duterte “Not Interested” in Confronting China on Fishing Rights Maritime Executive
Myanmar’s Civil War Has Already Begun The Diplomat. Hmm:
Myanmar Military Regime Troops Killed in Confrontation With Civilians https://t.co/YR0jCYLqU4#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Help The Irrawaddy Report the Truth from Myanmarhttps://t.co/PaJUd0gH3P
— The Irrawaddy (Eng) (@IrrawaddyNews) April 20, 2021
Source: Prayut won’t join Asean summit on Myanmar Bangkok Post
Myanmar Coup Weakens Southeast Asia Security and Cooperation United States Institute for Peace
Keeping the troops in line:
"How the generals keep control of Myanmar Military"
by Captain Nyi Thuta
– Homeless people, illiterates and criminals were largely recruited.
– There's a 5 year bond. But in reality, there's no way out once in.
The Housewives Strike was held by the people in #Paungde Townshop, Bago Region today against the military dictatorship in the support of the National Unity Government-NUG. #Apr20Coup #ASEANrejectSAC #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/nAN8l8xEW5
— pinku_sh (@hmmo_sh) April 20, 2021
Preparing India for Extreme Climate Events: Mapping Hotspots and Response Mechanisms People’s Archive of Rural India
In photos: the grim aftermath of Cape Town’s fire GroundUp. Aerial image:
The Jagger Library at the University of Cape Town has been heavily damaged by the blaze
The European System of Monopoly The Counterbalance
Brazil on the brink NYT (Re Silc). Scroll down.
J&J and other drugmakers go on trial over US opioid crisis Agence France Presse
“We love immigrants but only if we can weaponize them against our enemies — especially Russia and China!” Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
Police State Watch
“Do What You Gotta Do”: Cop Shows Bolster Idea That Police Violence Works Truthout. From 2014, still germane.
Imperial Collapse Watch
George W. Bush said he’s troubled by ‘the capacity of people to spread all kind of untruth’ Insider. Chutzpah. There are many accounts of Bush’s WMD propaganda campaign, but Sam Gardiner’s (PDF) “Truth from these Podia” is contemporaneous and the one I remember.
These are the faces of extremism in the military Task and Purpose
Humans solve problems by adding complexity, even when it’s against our best interests WaPo. If this were true for all “humans,” then workers would never become more productive at their tasks over time. Perhaps it is true for WaPo’s readership, however. Or perhaps WaPo has redefined “human.” In any case, if this article signals that the PMC, in its indirect, credential-worshiping, hive mind-ish way, is bringing itself to recognize that, say, complex eligibility requirements leave “our democracy” worse off than simply writing people checks, then I am here for it.
Tens of thousands of meatpacking workers have been vaccinated, but the industry’s Covid-19 crisis continues The Counter. Funny thing, there are some people for whom the pandemic isn’t over at all.
Good deed (1). OK, OK, it’s from the political class. Nevertheless, good for Mondale:
1/ The story of these gloves will tell you the kind of man Fritz Mondale was and why he meant so much to me. Please take the time to read this thread – and wait for it. Its worth it. pic.twitter.com/0rkPEWX1l2
— Joe Trippi (@JoeTrippi) April 20, 2021
Good deed (2):
Very proud of Mayur Shelke, Railwayman from the Vangani Railway Station in Mumbai who has done an exceptionally courageous act, risked his own life & saved a child's life. pic.twitter.com/0lsHkt4v7M
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 19, 2021
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.