Readers, a request: Keith, who was been our absurdly calm and reliable hosting provider for many years, is getting out of the hosting business in the next few months. So we need a new host. For reasons I assume are obvious, we want our new host to be offshore, not located in a U.S. satrapy, and to be able to serve us from a physical rack (i.e., not AWS, again for obvious reasons. If the host wants to use their own cloud, that’s fine. If the rack is a fallback, fine). The host should be familiar with demanding WP sites.
Our first choice, Qurium, looks good, but does not respond to our inquiries, whether because of Covid or because we don’t fit their business model, we don’t know. So we need your help, either (1) to get through to Qurium, or (2) to develop and vet alternatives. Thank you! –lambert
Raise the Damned Gas Tax! Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture
Australia oil industry up in arms over proposed decommissioning levy Reuters. “Up in arms”? Good. Since we have no cases of auto-defenestration, the levy is probably too small.
Facebook hits $1 trillion value after judge rejects antitrust complaints Reuters. Now they can hire even better lawyers.
Six Days in Suez: The Inside Story of the Ship That Broke Global Trade Bloomberg. Tight coupling broke global trade, not Boaty McBoatface. Well worth a read.
China Focus: Immune barrier urgently needed to combat delta variant: top epidemiologist Xinhua. “‘Considering the high viral load and highly contagious nature of the delta strain, we clarified that anyone who was in the same space, unit or buildings as a patient up to four days before the onset of the disease was a close contact,’ said [China’s top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan]. ‘Due to the change in the definition of close contacts, different management methods have been adopted.'”
SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccines induce persistent human germinal centre responses Nature. From the summary in MarketWatch: “The study, conducted by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, suggests that people vaccinated with those shots may not need boosters, as long as the virus does not mutate or give rise to new vaccine-resistant variants.” Oh.
Is one vaccine dose enough if you’ve had COVID? What the science says Nature. “[S]cientists still don’t know whether one-jab programmes for the previously infected could leave some individuals with suboptimal protection. Nor is it clear that such programmes would be effective for all types of vaccine.”
COVID-19 Lockdowns Show a World Without Parachute Science Hakai Magazine
Prologue to the Sky River Avery Review. Important.
China’s Communist Party turns 100: how each generation justifies its rule South China Morning Post. For reference: NOTE TO SELF: China’s Politburo Standing Committees since 1956…
The Plot Against China? Foreign Affairs
Dragon Man Emerges Patrick Wyman, Perspectives
Taking Aim at the Tatmadaw: The New Armed Resistance to Myanmar’s Coup International Crisis Group
ASEAN’s Future Will Be Decided in Myanmar Foreign Policy
Business as Usual? International Responses to the Military Coup in Myanmar (podcast) Southeast Asian Studies
How It Feels The Baffler. “A mutual aid movement emerges to fight the pandemic in India.” From April, still germane.
Bring it on! New Health Secretary Sajid Javid fights for our freedom as he declares July 19 MUST be end of the line for Covid lockdown Daily Mail. Sharpening the contradiction between “oublic health” and “medical freedom.”
Can Keir Starmer Bounce Back From A Batley And Spen By-Election Loss? HuffPo. Hey, he beat the socialist.
Emmanuel Macron’s personality politics fall short at local level FT. Énarques don’t have personalities. They have personas.
US, EU, Canada Impose Conditions for Possible Sanctions ‘Review’ Venezuelanalysis
New Cold War
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Is a Gift to Wall Street, at the Planet’s Expense Kate Aronoff, The New Republic
It Took Two Days to Make a Good CTC Website Matt Bruenig, People’s Policy Project
Key witness in Assange case admits to lies in indictment Stundin. Snowden: “This is the end of the case against Julian Assange.”
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
OSHA Virus Rule Intended to Cover All Workers, Draft Shows (1) Bloomberg Law. Looks like the White House watered it down, with the CDC running interference for them.
Teamsters Take On Amazon Julia Rock, The Daily Poster
Amazon is using algorithms with little human intervention to fire Flex workers Ars Technica (Re Silc).
The Handbook of Handbooks for Decentralised Organising Richard D. Bartlett (Diptherio).
Rare Events Need Different Methods Zeynep Tufecki, Insight
Antidote du Jour (via):
Scritches from a friend pic.twitter.com/FhQTRe7PDg
— CAPYBARA MAN (@CAPYBARA_MAN) June 28, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/06/links-6-27-2021.html“>here.