Miscellaneous electric loads: Characterization and energy savings potential (preprint) Energy & Buildings. From the Abstract: “Over time, miscellaneous electric loads (MELs) are expected to increase both in magnitude and share of residential and commercial building energy consumption. This trend is most apparent in North America, but it is also occurring in Japan and Europe. However, the contribution of MELs to building energy use is not currently well understood, both because the products in this category are transforming rapidly and the definition and classification of MELs is ambiguous. This study estimated the national energy consumption of 36 MELs using bestavailable data and found them to comprise 12% of delivered electricity to the U.S. residential and commercial building sectors. If 26 of these MELs were replaced with the most energyefficient product models available on the market, their energy consumption could be halved to 6% of delivered electricity. National energy models will better account for building energy consumption by incorporating the MELs data collected and analyzed for this study, leading to improved policy decisions.” Handy charrt:
The destructive green fantasy of the bitcoin fanatics FT Alphaville
After a blistering start, Biden’s vaccine rollout faces new hurdles FT. We’re 100 days into the Biden administration, so Biden owns this. And “blistering” gives Biden far too much credit.
Vaccine IP v. manufacturing, a thread:
The problem with worldwide COVID vaccine access is not the patents: the vaccines have all been sequenced, the exact contents are on freaking GitHub and have been forever. I know Moderna has waived their patent for sure; I think several others have too. The issue is manufacturing.
— rahaeli (@rahaeli) April 24, 2021
The poster is not a subject matter expert, but he makes a compelling argument. It is true that for elites, public relations campaigns are cheaper and easier than forcing capital re-allocation. That, they don’t like at all.
Soldiers are refusing the vaccine out of spite: ‘This is the first time I get to tell the Army no!’ Task & Purpose. Scold ’em. That”ll work.
I’m an epidemiologist. Here’s what I got wrong about covid. WaPo. Worth a read.
So Anthony Fauci Isn’t Perfect. He’s Closer Than Most of Us. Frank Bruni, New York Times Magazine. Scold, scold, scold.
Can we have an encore? 👏
Researchers have found there were no big COVID-19 outbreaks among people who attended a large test concert in Spain last month. pic.twitter.com/3GLfNA5odn
— DW News (@dwnews) April 28, 2021
How Not to Win Allies and Influence Geopolitics Foreign Affairs
‘Blind box’ craze grips China’s youth and mints toymakers a fortune Channel News Asia
Myanmar Junta Says ASEAN’s Views Will Be Considered After Stability Returns The Irrawaddy. Of course, of course.
Myanmar junta builds ‘walled garden’ of internet services Nikkei Asian Review
Japan approves world’s biggest free-trade deal after China’s call to boost Asian economy South China Morning Post
Both Seoul City And Paju City Confirm That BLACKPINK’s Jennie Did Not Break Any Social Distancing Regulations Koreaboo. The press covers a national champion.
Markets Are Insulated From India’s Agony, for Now John Authers, Bloomberg
Daivas, dance and divine intervention People’s Archive of Rural India. For International Dance Day, April 29.
Relocate AFRICOM Headquarters To Africa, Buhari Tells US Govt Leadership (Re Silc).
If you want to get the West’s attention, talk about the Holocaust Africa is a Country
The Dark Prince Returns Tribune. Peter Mandelson, ZOMG.
Self-driving cars could be allowed on UK motorways by the end of this year Sky News. Also unicorns!
Le Pen on Defensive as Retired French Generals Talk of Revolt Bloomberg. The story is better than the headline.
Germany’s Greens ahead of Merkel’s CDU/CSU in new poll Deutsche Welle
What’s in Biden’s American Families Plan Matt Yglesias, Slow Boring
The Path to Higher, More Inclusive Economic Growth and Good Jobs Center for American Progress. “Inclusive,” “good.”
On Key Issues Like the Civilian Climate Corps, Joe Biden Is Still Thinking Far Too Small Jacobin. As he would, given that as of now elites are not responding to any material threat, so naturally their adjustments are underpowered with respect to the non-elites they hope to appease and divert, and to the scope of our situation globally (or rather planetarily, if that is a word). Their minds are not, as it were, concentrated.
U.S. to help Guatemala train its border protection force Politico. School of the Americans too wussy?
A meta-analysis of climate migration literature (PDF) Center for Economic Policy Analysis, University of Potsdam. From the Abstract: “We find that extremely high temperatures and drying conditions increase migration. We do not find a significant effect of sudden-onset events. Climate migration is most likely to emerge due to contemporaneous events, to originate in rural areas and to take place in middle-income countries, internally, to cities.”
SCOOP: Generals seek new ammo for ‘waging the truth‘ Politco. “The internal memo from nine regional military commanders last year, which was reviewed by POLITICO and not made public, implored spy agencies to provide more evidence to combat ‘pernicious conduct.'” Really? I would have sworn the majors already have bureaus embedded at Langley and Fort Meade*. Who’s not doing their job, here? NOTE * What an unfortunate use of a great Union general’s name.
Our Famously Free Press
New: This is a stunning chart.
The amount it costs to provide health care to people with employer insurance rises steadily with age.
— Larry Levitt (@larry_levitt) April 27, 2021
So at 65-65, the vig is (1061. – 770) / 1061 = 27%? Is that fair?
Burning Man 2021 is officially canceled. But 2022 reservations are on sale for $2,500 San Francisco Chronicle
Making the Top 1% Its Own Tax Class The Big Picture
Rich Americans Face Biden Tax Hike With Anger, Denial and Grief Bloomberg. And meetings with their accountants (if the family office isn’t already handling that).
Commentary: Saving City College Richmond Review/Sunset Beacon. “Public schools are at the center of the manufactured breakdown of the fabric of everyday life. They are under attack not because they are failing, but because they are public.” –Henry Giroux
The man who stole a hotel Capital Daily
The Gatekeeper Adam Tooze, LRB. On Paul Krugman
Antidote du jour (DK):
The owl of Minerva is upside down only in daylight.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.