By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Patient readers, this is a skeletal, standing elements-only Water Cooler because I have another post to finish. –lambert
Bird Song of the Day
Here’s a conversation starter in honor of “Freedom Day” in the UK:
Shouty thread about UK government’s alleged pandemic failings. He’s got to about 76 and is still going. Agree strongly with many; can’t disagree with quite a few more. Public inquiry needed. https://t.co/5S5E1HZDsH
— Trisha Greenhalgh (@trishgreenhalgh) July 17, 2021
He gets to 100. Here it is:
100. Not promptly and conclusively stopping all AIR TRAVEL to and from INDIA, as soon as it emerged that a new and more dangerous COVID variant (DELTA) had evolved there. This DELTA variant is now the dominant variant in the UK.
— Dr Matt Prescott (@mattprescott) July 17, 2021
Hmm. That one seems familiar. How do people think Delta was allowed to come here? On the wings of little fairies? Or air travel? The thread is worth reading in full, because the horrid details tend to blur.
Talk amongst yourselves!
Readers, feel free to contact me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, with (a) links, and even better (b) sources I should curate regularly, (c) how to send me a check if you are allergic to PayPal, and (d) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary plants! If you want your handle to appear as a credit, please place it at the start of your mail in parentheses: (thus). Otherwise, I will anonymize by using your initials. See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. Today’s plant (Branden):
Branden writes: “I’m a long time reader and occasional commenter at NC. The post on Aspen colonies [here] was a delightful read. I took a trip to Utah sometime ago, and went on a detour just to see Pando in the autumn, and it was magnificent. Attached are a couple photos. Keep Up the Great Writing.” [Lambert blushes modestly.]
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