The scaly-foot snail’s shell is made of actual iron – and it’s magnetic Australian Geographic
A World Awash In Capital Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture. Must-read.
The economics of climate change Swiss Re. From April, still germane. Note the source.
Monday’s IPCC report is a really big deal for climate change. So what is it? And why should we trust it? The Conversation (Furzy Mouse).
The Mirage of Carbon Markets? Adam Tooze, Chartbook
Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will The Sooty Empiric
International Cat Day
Under the tyranny of the urgent, we sometimes forget the important:
At the Library: Purr-fect reads for International Cat Day The Westerly Sun
The crowd cheers the cat on:
Yankee Stadium security chases a cat around the field for nearly four minutes and never gets its hands on what might be the most elusive animal that ever lived pic.twitter.com/w2HR4H3HaW
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) August 3, 2021
Can we predict the limits of SARS-CoV-2 variants and their phenotypic consequences? (PDF) Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. UK. Haven’t these guys ever heard of the concept of a “title page”? Or headers and footers? It’s bizarre. Well worth a read regardless.
We should not dismiss the possibility of eradicating COVID-19: comparisons with smallpox and polio British Medical Journal (RS).
Is the cure really worse than the disease? The health impacts of lockdowns during COVID-19 British Medical Journal. From the Summary: “It is unlikely that government interventions have been worse than the pandemic itself in most situations using data collected to date.”
* * *COVID-19 Prevention and Control Measures in Workplace Settings: A Rapid Review and Meta-Analysis International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IM). From the Abstract: “Comprehensive COVID-19 IPC measures incorporating swift contact tracing and case isolation, PPE, and facility zoning can effectively prevent workplace outbreaks. Masking alone should not be considered sufficient protection from SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks in the workplace.” Swiss cheese model.
What we have done @UCSanDiego to create a safe University environment during COVID-19 Kimberly Prather. I would be flabbergasted to discover that all or even of a majority of our colleges and universities have used the summer months as constructively as the University of California at San Diego did. “5. Wastewater testing. We tested wastewater in all building.” Are all universities testing wastewater as a matter of course? Because it’s cheap and effective? I doubt it.
* * *Florida grapples with record Covid surge as school year set to start for some NBC
Metro Atlanta schools report more than 1,000 COVID cases in first days Atlanta Journal-Constitution
* * *Top scientists remain puzzled over how and why Covid spreads (Wayback Machine) The Telegraph. Commentary:
Oh my. The same team that the WHO has hired to review evidence on transmission of COVID *still* says it likely spreads by droplets and contact, rather than being airborne. (Competent countries’ scientists had concluded it was airborne in February of 2020.) https://t.co/eOnsyXIcRa pic.twitter.com/EyuiucEwCZ
— zeynep tufekci (@zeynep) August 9, 2021
Singapore’s breakthrough infections:
And among the vaccinated, I saw only a few examples of asymptomatic transmission. This one seems to have been the closest to an asymptomatic vax-breakthrough-superspread event. He is a 35-year old porter at a hospital. pic.twitter.com/3yTalvUVC8
— Aaron Astor (@AstorAaron) August 9, 2021
I’m not sure to what degree these results can be applied, say, the United States. Singapore’s population is 5.7 million and it’s ~281 square miles in size. And then there are considerations of the vaccines given, time between doses, physical plant, population compliance, etc. Still, it’s a fun map!
Ohio judge orders man to get a COVID-19 vaccine as part of his sentence USA Today. Marketing 101, totally.
China sticks with zero Covid-19 approach, leaving borders closed for now South China Morning Post
Pakistan urges look into ‘meltdown’ of Afghan forces as Taliban advances Reuters. What did we think was going to happen?
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Imperial Collapse Watch
World Order Consortium News
Epistemic injustice in academic global health The Lancet. Despite the forbidding title, this is an interesting paper.
I Need To Stop Scrolling Galaxy Brain
I’m a Luddite. You should be one too The Conversation
Antidote du Jour (via):
Bonus antidote (or possible anti-antidote):
— Alexander Verbeek 🌍 (@Alex_Verbeek) August 4, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.