Equids engineer desert water availability Science. Donkeys digging wells!
Residents Furious at Release of 500 Million Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes Futurism (Re Silc).
A Practical Plan For A Zero-Emission Marine Ecosystem Hellenic Shipping News
The U.S. Has the Power to Tamp Down Coronavirus Variants — If We’re Willing to Use It Politico. From March, still germane.
How To Vaccinate The World, Part 1 Law and Political Economy
Pressure Mounts to Lift Patent Protections on Coronavirus Vaccines NYT. Note lack of agency. Forget about humanity, geopolitics alone screams to do this. West Wing: “Marshall Plan? Marshall who?”
Fauci warns against discarding trade rules on Covid vaccines FT. Chop wood, carry water. For Big Pharma.
Rapid development and deployment of high‐volume vaccines for pandemic response Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and Processing. Hmm:
Based on our techno‐economic assessment, the RNA vaccine production process can be two to three orders of magnitude smaller than conventional vaccine production processes in terms of facility scale, and can be constructed in less than half the time with 1/20 to 1/35 of the upfront capital investment, as shown in Figure 1B. It therefore presents a strong advantage of requiring small‐scale, high‐capacity facilities, which can be constructed more rapidly and could make wide use of single‐use disposable equipment. Due to its small scale, the RNA vaccine drug substance production process could be placed in a small part of an existing conventional vaccine facility, for example in a room, and still produce more doses worth of drug substance than the entire original conventional vaccine production facility. To rapidly establish such an RNA vaccine drug substance production line, off‐the‐shelf single‐use equipment can be used to build the entire process. Once such a process is established and validated based on readily available single‐use equipment, the technology can be transferred to other facilities for scaling out purposes, thereby reducing process and quality control design and development timelines and streamlining validation and start‐up activities.
Not at the scale of 3D printing, however, as I read it.
* * *“India” variant (B.1.617) out-competes other up-and-coming variants in the UK. Thread:
Data is available up to week ending 17th April.
Firstly raw counts (excluding B.1.1.7 (“Kent”) which is dominant) shows rapid growth of B.1.617 (“India”) over last 4 weeks.
S Africa (B.1.351) and B.1.525 variants are not growing in absolute numbers. 2/10 pic.twitter.com/snf995FLYJ
— Prof. Christina Pagel (@chrischirp) May 3, 2021
Note that the chart excludes the currently dominant variant, B.1.1.7 (“Kent”).
* * *FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week AP. Ages 12 to 15. * * *As Schools Spend Millions on Air Purifiers, Experts Warn of Overblown Claims and Harm to Children KHN. “Academic experts are encouraging schools to pump in more fresh air and use tried-and-true filters, like HEPA, to capture the virus. Yet every ion- or hydroxyl-blasting air purifier sale strengthens a firm’s next pitch: The device is doing a great job in the neighboring town.”
Vaccine Skepticism Was Viewed as a Knowledge Problem. It’s Actually About Gut Beliefs. NYT. We’re reading this now?
Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the prepandemic period in Italy Tumori (Expat2uruguay). From the Abstract: “This study shows an unexpected very early circulation of SARS-CoV-2 among asymptomatic individuals in Italy several months before the first patient was identified, and clarifies the onset and spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Finding SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in asymptomatic people before the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy may reshape the history of pandemic.”
China Sends Salvage Vessels to Recover Wrecked Indonesian Sub Maritime Executive
Antony Blinken and Wang Yi to meet again as China hosts UN peace event South China Morning Post
China Is a Paper Dragon David Frum, The Atlantic
Number of unhappy wives in China more than doubled since 2012 South China Morning Post
Playing the Blame Game on Trade IndustryWeek (fk).
Notes from central Taiwan: Taiwan: Island of bosses Taipei Times
NUG Recognition (1):
THREAD: I had an extensive conversation with my international law professor about #NUGRegonition today. Odds are against us, but what are our options ? Just posting some notes for those interested. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #April30Coup #MilkTeaAlliance #recognizeNUG
— Me Me Khant (@Me_Me_Khant) April 30, 2021
NUG Recognition (2):
— Rangoon (@Rangoon_Film) May 4, 2021
#Gemstrike With Burma’s gems industry is monopolized and exploited by the military, Burma gems continue to bleed. #Gemstrike is started by a strike leader within gemstones industry. They contacted me to post these photos.#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #May1Coup #Gemstrike pic.twitter.com/D7E2RlJSWN
— Me Me Khant (@Me_Me_Khant) May 1, 2021
COVID-19 Returns Again Vietnam Weekly. “This isn’t exactly surprising, as the government had been putting out increasingly stark warnings amid the ongoing outbreaks in Cambodia and Laos, as well as the emergence of new variants from India’s horrifying surge. (Over 1,000 Vietnamese citizens have been repatriated on government flights from India in recent weeks.)”
Cambodia’s COVID lockdown puts delivery drivers on the front line Nikkei Asian Review
Dr Nair, India, Summary (video) Dr. John Campbell, YouTube. 3:10, stroke; 3:56, diabetes; 11:26, Ivermectin discussion (and doxycycline). Well worth a listen.
Arab Spring: 10 Years On Valdai Discussion Club (Micael T).
Learning From Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections The Diplomat
Builders who use Grenfell cladding give Tories £2.5m Times of London
How The US Taught Judge Moro To “Take Down” Lula Brasilwire. And then came Bolsonaro. Speaking of deforestation…
Biden bans most travel to U.S. from India to limit COVID-19 spread Reuters. Good, but not good enough. “Permanent U.S. residents and family members and some other non-U.S. citizens, such as students, are exempted.” They should be quarantined. Oh well.
Supreme Court’s Ethics Problems Are Bigger Than Coney Barrett Bloomberg (David L).
Senators are outperforming the market. Either they’re super lucky, they’re genius stock pickers, or they know something the public doesn’t and trade off that knowledge. Smart money is on that last one… https://t.co/bCY30ZrPEb
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) May 2, 2021
The Urgency and Popularity of Transforming America’s Unemployment Insurance System (PDF) Data for Progress
Find somebody who looks at you the way liberals look at the CIA:
Why I love working for the CIA. pic.twitter.com/Frs3OnNgP3
— blaire erskine (@blaireerskine) May 3, 2021
Police State Watch
San Diego Held Back Materials Sought by Congress on Facial Recognition Voice of San Diego (dk). And by “held back,” we mean this: “In her lawsuit, [Tiffany Vinson, an employee in the city’s Office of Homeland Security,] portrays a culture within the city that routinely violated the California Public Records Act, one of the main instruments of transparency available to regular people and the powerful alike — in this case, congressional investigators.” San Diego has had a mix of Republican and Democrat mayors. Still, one wonders what Republican talk radio makes of this, since the current mayor is a Democrat.
MDMA-Assisted Therapy Offers a Win for PTSD Remission MedPage Today
Groves of Academe
Bill and Melinda Gates to Divorce After 27 Years of Marriage Hollywood Reporter. Commentary:
Jeff Bezos should marry Melinda Gates
— Liz Franczak (@liz_franczak) May 3, 2021
All these elite breakups. Who’s next? Buffett and Munger?
One in two people globally lost income due to the pandemic – Gallup Reuters. Bread riots, here we come….
Call it ‘enforcement fatigue’: Restaurant workers are tired of fighting unruly customers Boston Globe. If we cared as much about mask discipline as we did about broken tail-lights and speed limits, “essential workers” — remember them? — wouldn;t be doing the enforcement. The police would.
Amazon’s New Algorithm Will Set Workers’ Schedules According to Muscle Use Vice (UserFriendly).
Manchester United fans invade stadium in protest against owners Al Jazeera. Now do capitalism.
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.