Surfing in DDT waters Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
COVID News Keeps Getting Better in America New York Magazine
New vibe at White House: Hugs are in; masks are (mostly) out AP. “There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine.” I would love to be wrong, but we have seen the pattern of premature government re-opening under business pressure followed by a rise in cases before.
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Workers struggle with COVID-19 mask guidance Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
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#FreshAir Education Pack Parents United. From the UK, but could be repurposed.
Mask Use and Ventilation Improvements to Reduce COVID-19 Incidence in Elementary Schools — Georgia, November 16–December 11, 2020 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC. Commentary:
And once again, unlike the benefits associated with mitigations based on aerosol dominance, masks and ventilation, the two *costly* mitigations in schools based on theories of droplet prominence, barriers and desk-spacing, were not associated with a real reduction of COVID risk. pic.twitter.com/S1urRPzzMf
— zeynep tufekci (@zeynep) May 21, 2021
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Op-Ed: How Not to Message the Public on COVID Vaccines MedPage Today
Vermont Will Drop Restrictions Early If 80% Vaccinated NECN (Re Silc).
America’s Bluest State Loves Its Republican Governor The Atlantic
China’s Martian rover takes first drive on Red Planet Agence France Presse
China’s Scrutiny of Shadow Debt Bites Developers Like Evergrande Bloomberg. Commentary:
acting as if it still believed that it is.
And Beijing is right: the fact that the debt associated with this kind of investment has been rising so much faster than its GDP contribution over the past 10-15 years is prima facie evidence of malinvestment.
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) May 21, 2021
China, US lose chance for military talks as Covid-19 halts Shangri-La Dialogue South China Morning Post
The NUG must commit to human rights for all Myanmar’s people Frontier Myanmar. Forget the moralizing, think realpolitik: “We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately” –Ben Franklin (attributed).
Myanmar’s Troubled History: Coups, Military Rule, and Ethnic Conflict Council on Foreign Relations
The Weight Slate (Re Silc). Ford’s F-150.
The Oldest U.S. Ally Has Turned Migrants Into A Political Weapon The American Conservative
Patient care and clinical outcomes for patients with COVID-19 infection admitted to African high-care or intensive care units (ACCCOS): a multicentre, prospective, observational cohort study The Lancet. From the Abstract: “In-hospital mortality within 30 days of admission was 48.2%.” n = 6779.
Chilling – Not In a Good Way Craig Murray
AMLO to nominate Bank of México governor who ‘favors moral economy’ Mexico News Daily
New Cold War
What to make of the Blinken-Lavrov ‘showdown’ in Iceland Responsible Statecraft
Can the Reykjavik Meeting Really Improve U.S.-Russia Ties? The National Interest
How the filibuster goes down Ryan Grim, Bad News
Once in Thrall of ‘the Generals,’ Congress Now Gives the Orders on Military Issues NYT (Re Silc). The deck: “The shift mirrors broader societal frustrations after two decades of wars, a pervasive problem of sexual assault and harassment of female troops and the exposure of political extremism in the ranks.” But the imperial mission? No problemo.
Republicans lose patience with Arizona election audit The Hill. The Republican Party collectively is having great difficulty constructing a coherent* narrative on the Maricopa County recount, a problem that has afflicted them since at least 2014, with the Benghazi hairball. (Talking points, aesthetic responses, and “irritable mental gestures which seek to resemble ideas” are not narratives.) In fact, the only Republican who seems able to construct a coherent narrative these days — bless his heart — is Donald Trump. NOTE * I didn’t say “true.”
Ocasio-Cortez: 60 seconds’ difference on Jan. 6 could have ended in ‘a martial state’ The Hill. The radio stations had already been seized, rogue military units were standing by, the speech declaring a provisional government was in somebody’s pocket….
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Leaked Emails Show Crime App Citizen Is Testing On-Demand Security Force Vice (AMM). “Pinkerton task rabbit.”
Will nobody think of the billionaires?
Standing behind an elderly woman at @cvspharmacy and she’s buying insulin. $1200. She’s visibly upset, and I’m trying not to cry also. Pharmacist says “well at least your insurance paid for over half bc the cash price is over $3000” HOW HAVE WE LET THEM CONVINCE US THIS IS OKAY?
— Molly (@mollyluise) May 14, 2021
Our Famously Free Press
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Black Injustice Tipping Point
READING: John Lippert on the Idiocy of the Chicago School in Late 2008 Brad DeLong, Grasping Reality
Chipotle Is a Nightmare Employer Jacobin
The Pandemic Speaks The Tyee
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here/