Can Elites Start the Climate Revolution? Adam Tooze, Foreign Policy
Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection according to baseline antibody status in staff and residents of 100 long-term care facilities (VIVALDI): a prospective cohort study The Lancet. The Interpretation: “The presence of IgG [Immunoglobulin G] antibodies to nucleocapsid protein was associated with substantially reduced risk of reinfection in staff and residents for up to 10 months after primary infection”
Researchers Are Hatching a Low-Cost Coronavirus Vaccine NYT. NDV-HXP-S.
Luxury’s Battle For The Metaverse Jing Daily
Several killed as Myanmar forces fight villagers in delta region Al Jazeera. With crossbows.
Myanmar’s National Unity Govt ‘No Longer Has Faith’ in ASEAN The Irrawaddy. Commentary:
Ten years ago when everyone wanted to claim credit for Myanmar's 'miracle' reforms, Asean credited its 'engagement' and many in the West credited its sanctions. Both were wrong. But that's why these are now the default policies. There's a false assumption of past effectiveness. https://t.co/0bZiRmcfVU
— Thant Myint-U (@thantmyintu) June 6, 2021
Trans-Pacific Cable Chaos, Shifting Asian Hubs Telegeography
Pass the Prosecco Italics Magazine
New Cold War
White House admits CIA involvement in “War on Corruption” which jailed Lula and elected Bolsonaro Brasilwire. Operation Lava Joto began in 2014 and was still operational in 2019, so I guess we have both Obama and Trump to thank for Bolsonaro, good job, you beat the socialist.
With Biden’s 2022 budget, civilian agencies are due for a hiring spree Federal News Network
Biden: Government Must Draft Anti-Corruption Plan by December Government Executive
Justice Department withdraws FBI subpoena for USA TODAY records ID’ing readers USA Today. The lead: “The FBI has withdrawn a subpoena demanding records from USA TODAY that would identify readers of a February story about a southern Florida shootout that killed two agents and wounded three others.”
Our Famously Free Press
As I have been saying for some time, preventing #MedicareForAll was and is the #1 policy goal of Democrats. Here is their happy dance at having achieved it:
President Joe Biden and Barack Obama united to tout sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act crossing the 31 million milestone pic.twitter.com/5V3Q0zwiSE
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 5, 2021
This after a vaccination program that was free at the point of care, with no co-pays, deductibles, or networks. Only the liberal Democrats could use a pandemic to herd people into buying (lousy) health insurance, and then present that as a policy triumph, after using single payer principles to defeat the pandemic (at least for this round). Will Temple Grandin please pick up the white courtesy phone? (Also, Obama looks bad; the con really shows on his sagging face now that he no longer has to pretend.)
Groves of Academe
‘This Should Be the Biggest Scandal in Sports‘ Sports Illustrated
Black Injustice Tipping Point
‘The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind’ (interview) Katie Herzog, Common Sense with Bari Weiss. Dr. Aruna Khilanani. Quite the read.
We don’t know how to get dressed anymore WaPo. “We”? “Essential workers” — remember them? — have never forgotten, since they go to work every day:
That essential workers are heroes shit was the most condescending bullshit, second only to the insane ritualized clapping they were doing in the UK
— Elementary Penguin (@ElemPeng) June 5, 2021
40 years of the HIV/AIDS response The Lancet. Landing page for many articles.
How to stop overthinking Psyche
Antidote du jour (AM):
AM writes: “Another picture that I should not have taken of my lovely cat Emmett but couldn’t resist. Rubenesque…”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.