Tree by Tree, Scientists Try to Resurrect a Fire-Scarred Forest Scientific American
Wonking Out: Who Knew Used Cars and Shipping Containers Would Matter So Much Paul Krugman, NYT (Re Silc). Paul. Um, NC readers?
Acres of Money Laundering: Why U.S. Real Estate is a Kleptocrat’s Dream Global Financial Integrity (Re Silc).
Don’t Panic, But Breakthrough Cases May Be a Bigger Problem Than You’ve Been Told Current public-health messaging may understate the scale and risk. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine (dk).
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Illinois launches online COVID vaccination portal ‘Vax Verify’ WGN9. “[T]he state is using the credit reporting company Experian for identity verification.” Oh.
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Protective heterologous T cell immunity in COVID-19 induced by the trivalent Measles-Mumps-Rubella and Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis vaccine antigens (abstract only) Cell (nvl). From the Highlights: “T cell responses to SARS-CoV-2, MMR [Measles-Mumps-Rubella] and Tdap [Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis] vaccine proteins are highly correlated…. Prior MMR or Tdap vaccination correlates with reduced COVID-19 disease severity.”
Protection against SARS-CoV-2 Beta Variant in mRNA-1273 Boosted Nonhuman Primates (preprint) bioRxiv. Summary: “mRNA-1273 boosted nonhuman primates have increased immune responses and are protected against SARS-CoV-2 beta [B.1.351] infection.”
Estimating infectiousness throughout SARS-CoV-2 infection course Science. Paper discussed on This Week in Virology podcast, contrasted to CDC paper on P-Town.
China’s Key Activity Data Misses Across The Board Heisenberg Report
Why US-China trade talks are failing to take off despite pressure from American business South China Morning Post
Gamers in China respond to curbs Taipei Times
The battle for Myanmar’s seat in the UN General Assembly The Interpreter
Berlin’s referendum and the housing costs fury FT. Commentary:
this trend – financialisation of housing, or Housing as an Asset Class – will only accelerate after the pandemic.
in 2021 alone, funds targeting residential housing in Germany raised EUR 5 bn from your/my pension fund, insurance company & your rich uncle's private wealth fund pic.twitter.com/qPj9CTFIFi
— Daniela Gabor (@DanielaGabor) August 15, 2021
Who Really Benefits from the Creation of a Land Market in Ukraine? Oakland Institute
Kabul the day after the Taliban takeover (photo essay) Al Jazeera
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In the Beltway, The Blob oozes onto its fainting couch:
Blobbo di tutti blobbi:
What makes the Afghanistan situation so frustrating is that the US & its allies had reached something of an equilibrium at a low sustainable cost. It wasn’t peace or military victory, but it was infinitely preferable to the strategic & human catastrophe that is unfolding.
— Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass) August 13, 2021
Biden Could Have Stopped the Taliban. He Chose Not To. Fred Kagan, NYT. Holy moley, I thought Fred Kagan was dead, along with Kissinger. Oh, wait…
Performativity from the usual suspects:
My heart is broken for the women and girls in Afghanistan 💔💔💔💔
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) August 15, 2021
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Post-Great Game analysis:
The Pentagon mistakes behind the rout of the Afghan Army Agence France Presse. Who on earth let Biden say all this:
This may become the most infamous — and devastating — press conference ever held by an American President. pic.twitter.com/j4kKwyPDVm
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) August 15, 2021
Deceptions and lies: What really happened in Afghanistan WaPo. From “The Afrghanistan Papers.” To put it mildly:
If US intelligence was so wrong regarding the staying power of the current Afghan govt (with whom they were involved for 20 years–so they should know s'thing about it), one wonders how wrong they may be about things where the evidence is not as immediate and clear-cut as here.
— Branko Milanovic (@BrankoMilan) August 15, 2021
What starts in Afghanistan does not stay in Afghanistan: China, India, and Iran grapple with the fallout The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer
A Required Course For Americans: Strategic Failure 101 The American Conservative
Afghanistan Shenanigans Caitlin Johnstone
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) August 15, 2021
Quite the guitar soloist.
The U.S. Should Not Ignore the Plight of Nigeria’s Christians National Review. New opportunities for another Afghanistan abound.
Our Famously Free Press
Bankruptcy for OAN? Dominion Libel Suit Imperils San Diego Cable Outlet Times of San Diego. Gawker II: The Sequel?
Any time anyone, anywhere suggests that Americans surrender their AR-15s because the US military is so all-powerful that it cannot be opposed by irregulars with small arms, Kabul will be invoked to counter that suggestion. And as well it should.
— jonstokes.com (@jonst0kes) August 15, 2021
Groves of Academe
‘Be Paranoid’: Professors Who Teach About Race Approach the Fall With Anxiety Chronicle of Higher Education
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Rich World’s Super-Spreader Shame Project Syndicate
Politics Without Guarantees The Point. On Stuart Hall.
Philosophers of Capitalism: How Hume Civilized Money Counterpunch (nvl).
On chaos, drunks and a Solution to the Chaotic Three-Body Problem – the research of Yonadav Barry Ginat and Hagai Perets Physics Department, Technion University. Israel.
How Jazz Was Declared Dead—Then Came Roaring Back to Life The Honest Broker
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.