The Story of Songbirds Is a Story of Sugar The Atlantic
The Oncoming Ransomware Storm Stephen Diehl
The Robinhood Conundrum A Wealth of Common Sense
Brad Udall: Second-worst Powell inflows in more than half a century jfleck at inkstain (dk). Current and future state of the Colorado River.
The U.S. Gas Industry Is Headed for Hard Times The New Republic
Viral infection and transmission in a large well-traced outbreak caused by the Delta SARS-CoV-2 variant (preprint) Virological. From the Summary: “We report the first local transmission of the Delta SARS-CoV-2 variant in mainland China. All 167 infections could be traced back to the first index case…. A potential higher viral replication rate of the Delta variant is proposed, which leads the viral loads in Delta infections to be ~1000 times higher than the 19A/19B strains infections on the day when the testing turns to be positive. This highlights more infectiousness of Delta variant during the early stage of infection is very likely, and the frequency of the population screening should be optimized for the intervention. The more infectiousness of the Delta variant infections in pre-symptomatic phase highlights the need of timely quarantine for the suspicious infection cases or closely contacts before the clinical onset or the PCR screening.” I’ve helpfully highlighted tasks that the United States does not have the operational capability to perform.
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Dallas County reaches herd immunity even as new COVID cases continue to hold steady, experts say Dallas Morning News (antidlc). Natural immunity + vaccination.
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Scientists identify long-sought marker for COVID vaccine success Science. From last week, still germane.
Efficacy of Portable Air Cleaners and Masking for Reducing Indoor Exposure to Simulated Exhaled SARS-CoV-2 Aerosols — United States, 2021 CDC. Say the secret word and a duck will come down and give you fifty dollars.
China vs. capitalism: Didi learns its lesson the hard way Felix Salmon, Axios
The China tech regulator taking on Didi: Five things to know Nikkei Asian Review
Was Xi Jinping’s choice of a gory and controversial idiom a message from Beijing? South China Morning Post
Telenor quits Myanmar as regime pressures telco operators Nikkei Asian Review. “Fire sale.”
Stay-at-home orders in Myanmar’s Yangon as COVID-19 cases spike Channel News Asia
Head of Myanmar EAO’s Peace Negotiating Team Steps Down The Irrawaddy. “Peace negotiating” between the militias, it seems like. Clashes spread:
Just a few of the places where fighting has flared in Myanmar since the army seized power in a coup on February 1. Fighting has driven well over 230,000 people from their homes. https://t.co/C3K4HgXbzk #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/lcDrX5CMHz
— Matthew Tostevin (@TostevinM) July 8, 2021
Delivery Drivers Are Using Grey Market Apps to Make Their Jobs Suck Less Vice. In Indonesia. Commentary:
Gojek is a $10B Indonesian "super app" that combines "Postmates, Apple Pay, Venmo, and Uber" serviced by an army of ojol – drivers – who are subjected to all the high-handed algorithmic horrors that gig workers everywhere suffer through.https://t.co/8g5wiICxMB
— Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) July 7, 2021
New Cold War
Russian Federation Sitrep 8 July 2021 Russia Observer (KW).
Haiti police say 26 Colombians, two US-Haitians took part in Jovenel Moïse assassination Guardian. Commentary:
1. Moise was WILDLY unpopular. While the US media wasn't covering it, there have been massive protests against him esp. in Feb. '21 but going back a few years.
— Dr. Alyssa #FreeHaiti Sepinwall (@DrSepinwall) July 8, 2021
Asset recycling could be the best fix to crumbling national infrastructure The Hill. From AEI in March. Still germane.
Can Infrastructure Spending Save Ogdensburg, New York? The New Yorker
Critics: Postal Service plans imperil community newspapers The Daily Progress (TD).
The Chilling Message of Trump’s Embrace of Ashli Babbitt Martyrdom New York Magazine. Personally, I think it represents real progress that the cops finally whacked the right sort of person.
Why is a Fusion GPS attorney risking sanctions? The Reactionary (ctlieee).
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Meaning Of The Native Graves The American Conservative. Hoo boy.
A Better Boom Foreign Affairs. The deck: “How to Capture the Pandemic’s Productivity Potential.”
Earnings Shocks and Stabilization During COVID-19 SSRN. From the Abstract: “While most workers experiencing large annual earnings declines do not receive unemployment insurance, over half of beneficiaries were made whole in 2020, as unemployment insurance replaced a median of 103 percent of their annual earnings declines. After incorporating unemployment insurance, the likelihood of large earnings declines among low-earning workers was not only smaller than during the Great Recession, but also smaller than in 2019.”
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.