Policy Lessons – the big picture (PDF) Bank of International Settlements. “One element that would help reconcile all of this, is to restore higher sustainable economic growth. This is the main way to tackle the various challenges and limit the scope for policy tensions. Macrostabilisation policies cannot generate this higher growth. Structural reforms, which have been flagging for some years, are now needed to deliver a vibrant, flexible and competitive economy. Growth-friendly fiscal policies could also play a useful role.”
World Elephant Day
Elephants play a vital role in maintaining ecological balance in its habitat and are referred to as ecosystem ‘engineers’. 🐘🐘 #WorldElephantDay2021
PC: Fazalur Rahman pic.twitter.com/HluTt64859
— Ramesh Pandey (@rameshpandeyifs) August 12, 2021
China elephants: 150,000 evacuated from path of trekking herd BBC. The elephants apparently have their own Twitter account:
— The14elephants (@The15Elephants) August 12, 2021
I really must commend the Chinese government for managing their trip (as opposed to, say, selling tickets to shoot them from helicopters, as some other countries might have done). That said, I also feel that a world where elephants could roam freely as a matter of course would be a better one (and that goes for a lot of other animals, too).
A Family Affair: How Elephants Build Intimate Social Relationships RoundGlass. Trailer:
Contributions of the EURO 2020 football championship events to a third wave of SARS-CoV-2 in Scotland, 11 June to 7 July 2021 Eurosurveillance. From the Conclusion: “Our results suggest a clear link between the increase in SARS-CoV-2-positive cases among men aged 20−39 years and the EURO 2020. The behaviour surrounding attendance at EURO 2020-related events rather than match attendance itself may have uniquely contributed to Scotland’s third wave. Increased social mixing and travel to London surrounding the games is likely to have increased cases among young men, who currently have lower vaccination coverage than the older population.”
The transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is likely comodulated by temperature and by relative humidity PLOS One. From the Abstract: “We observe strong attenuation of transmission in climates with sustained daily temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius and simultaneous mean relative humidity below 78%, with outbreaks occurring at high humidity even where the temperature is high. We hypothesize that temperature and relative humidity comodulate the infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 within respiratory droplets.” Colombia is used as a natural experiment.
Missing: Corporate Leadership on Vaccines Barry Ritholtz, Big Picture
Fauci: ‘Inevitably’ everyone will need boosters eventually The Hill. Moving the herd immunity goalposts off the field entirely, good job.
Low vaccination rate among seafarers, suggests Neptune Indicator Hellenic Shipping News
Xi Jinping’s new rules reshape China’s Communist Party decision-making South China Morning Post
China Tech Crackdown Dampens Luxury Boom Jing Daily
China building new missile silo site, say US defence experts FT. Lots of qualifications: “probably,” “likely,” etc.
China’s Belt and Road Finds Southeast Asia a Tough Slog (PDF) ISEAS. Singapore.
Asean and Mekong as Anti-China blocks Khmer Times
China to provide Myanmar junta US$6 million to fund development projects South China Morning Post. A dollar goes a long way in Myanmar…
Koli women: fish, friendship and fighting spirit People’s Archive of Rural India
States demand NSW consults before going it alone on eased restrictions Sydney Morning Herald. Australian commentary:
For decades, public health has talked about the inverse care law, about health inequalities, about the social determinants of health…
— Dr Tim is fully vaccinated against the Covid (@timsenior) August 12, 2021
An article by President Kitaoka: The world and Japan after COVID-19-Japan should lead the free world with ODA Japan International Cooperation Agency. Official Development Assistance, including Covid treatment. “Japan also should more actively engage in the production and spread of COVID-19 treatment drugs of Japanese origin, such as Ivermectin and Avigan, as a national project. One of the impediments to getting official approval for those drugs to treat symptoms of COVID-19 is the scarcity of coronavirus patients in Japan. JICA recommends that Japanese pharmaceutical makers carry out clinical trials in Brazil and some other countries where a large number of people continue to be affected by the infectious disease.”
Taliban take Afghanistan’s second-largest city Kandahar Deutsche Welle
Afghans Need a Humanitarian Intervention Right Now Foreign Policy and The world must ensure a democratic future for Afghanistan FT. Sadly, “needs” and “must” do not mean “can.” Obviously.
Israel tries to bridge gap with Diaspora amid fears of strained relations with the West The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer
New Cold War
Realignment and Legitimacy
Leaked (or Stolen?) Dominion Voting Software Released at MyPillow CEO’s ‘Cyber Symposium’ The BradBlog. Trump’s lawyers should have demanded to look at Dominion’s source code, and so what if it’s proprietary? Instead we get this.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Crisis Of Confidence In America’s Military The American Conservative
America Failed Its Way to Counterterrorism Success Foreign Affairs
The Coal Miners’ Wives Keeping A Strike Alive In Alabama Kim Kelly, Elle. I don’t see why a “woman’s magazine” is covering this when the Times, WaPo, and CNN already have such exhaustive coverage. Oh, wait….
The week in US unions, August 5-12 Who Gets The Bird
Looking Closely is Everything Craig Mod
Antidote du jour, “A snapping turtle emerges from weeks of sleeping beneath a muddy lake that had dried up” (via):
Paging Terry Pratchett!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.