Global chip shortage spreads to toasters and washing machines FT. That’s a damn shame.
Junk Just Keeps Notching Records Heisenberg Report
The internet is breaking. Here’s how to save it. Dan Kaminksy, Cyberscoop. RIP Dan Kaminsky.
The World Needs Many More Coronavirus Vaccines Editorial Board, NYT. “Suspend patents.”‘
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Isolation of SARS-CoV-2 from the air in a car driven by a COVID patient with mild illness International Journal of Infectious Diseases. If you must take a cab, open the window!
A guideline to limit indoor airborne transmission of COVID-19 PNAS. “The current revival of the American economy is being predicated on social distancing, specifically the Six-Foot Rule, a guideline that offers little protection from pathogen-bearing aerosol droplets sufficiently small to be continuously mixed through an indoor space.” CDC, good job. Worth reading in full. Commentary:
New modelling showing that the minimum amount of virus typically needed to become infected is only 10 virus particles. This is an order of magnitude greater than SARS.
— Dr Zoë Hyde (@DrZoeHyde) April 24, 2021
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The Science Behind Masks Current Affairs
When Can Biden (and the Rest of Us) Take Off Our Masks? New York Magazine. Who’s “the rest of us”?
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Postvaccination SARS-CoV-2 Infections Among Skilled Nursing Facility Residents and Staff Members — Chicago, Illinois, December 2020–March 2021 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC.
Covid: Smell training recommended for lost sense of smell BBC (Re Silc).
Gifts of Mars: Warfare and Europe’s Early Rise to Riches (PDF) Journal of Economic Perspectives. Interesting:
In this paper, we argue that Europe’s rise to riches during the First Divergence n this paper, we argue that Europe’s rise to riches during the First Divergence was driven by the nature of its politics after 1350—it was a highly fragmented contiinent characterized by constant warfare and major religious strife. Our explanation emphasizes two crucial and inescapable consequences of political rivalry: war and death. No other continent in recorded history fought so frequently, for such long periods, killing such a high proportion of its population. When it comes to destroying human life, the atomic bomb and machine guns may be highly efficient, but nothing rivaled the impact of early modern Europe’s armies spreading hunger and disease.
The U.S. Congress Wants to Know More About What the Chinese Are Doing in Africa China Africa Project
ASEAN Won’t Save Myanmar Foreign Policy. Nobody serious ever thought that it could.
U.S. racing to send aid to India as COVID-19 cases soar Reuters. “Racing” in a headline is a tell, for me; I feel it signals a systemic screwup being handled by frantic managers thinking of political implications, now that the story has hit the press. “White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday said U.S. and Indian officials were working to find ways to help address the crisis, but gave no timetable for the support.” So, blah blah blah. The Biden administration, in general, does not seem to be nimble in responding to crisis. That’s especially unfortunate when facing an exponential process like a Covid outbreak, as Biden’s Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, should know, since he was sold to us as Obama’s Ebola Czar. Why aren’t the C-5s in the air already? Especially if this whole “Indo-Pacific” thing is more than window-dressing?
Why is it so hard to get oxygen cylinders in India? Quartz (Re Silc).
Covid timeline, a thread:
There were few crucial weeks in Feb and March when cases were just starting to rise. Let’s zoom in on these four weeks and see how the early signals were missed, valuable time was lost and Indians were led to believe that they were immune to COVID. Thread 1/n pic.twitter.com/9UeDAX1OoH
— SamSays (@samjawed65) April 23, 2021
World’s Biggest Covid Crisis Threatens Modi’s Grip on India Bloomberg. Hmm. I’d want a local opinion on that.
Pfizer backs down over “unreasonable” terms in South Africa vaccine deal Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Iran-Israel tensions: The threat of nuclear disaster looms large Middle East Eye
On Greensill London Review of Books
If climate change is a ‘priority,’ Biden must shed the cold war approach to China Responsible Statecraft
The Mystery of AS8003 Kentik. The timing is extremely odd.
Why Aren’t We Celebrating Operation Warp Speed? Zaid Jilani, Inquire
Police State Watch
#182 Conspiracy in Plain Sight (with Edward Snowden) (podcast) Russell Brand, Under the Skin. Nice get!
Images: Downtown Decatur’s latest mixed-use project has liftoff Urbanize Atlanta. “Amenities call for a full-time concierge and ‘activity director,’ along with the pet spa and coworking space that’s becoming par for the course with intown multifamily development. Also in the mix are a sauna, pool, and rooftop deck with a greenhouse, coffee bar, courtyard, and gas-fire tables.” It’s like you never have to leave the facility. Will there be guard towers? A moat?
Low-Skill Workers Aren’t a Problem to Be Fixed The Atlantic
Why Do Economists Ignore the Greatest of All Market Failures? Brad DeLong, Grasping Reality
Mandevillian intelligence Synthese. From 2017, still germane: “Mandevillian intelligence is a specific form of collective intelligence in which individual cognitive vices (i.e., shortcomings, limitations, constraints and biases) are seen to play a positive functional role in yielding collective forms of cognitive success.”
Apple’s $29 AirTag is a coin-sized tracker that helps you find lost things — here’s how it works CNBC. Poetry break. A villanelle, not a sonnet–
The Heretical Origins of the Sonnet JSTOR. “Highly dialectical.”
How To Live In Wonder Caitlin Johnstone
Antidote du jour (via):
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