LED streetlights contribute to insect population declines: study Agence France Presse
Economists must grapple with climate tipping points before it’s too late Canary Media (gf). A must-read; lucid and calm. And no models!
Safety of the BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine in a Nationwide Setting NEJM. Pfizer, Israel, using the Clalit Healthcare Services database. Vaccinated group: 1,736,832. Control group: 848,609 (Figure 1). From the Conclusion: “n this study in a nationwide mass vaccination setting, the BNT162b2 vaccine was not associated with an elevated risk of most of the adverse events examined. The vaccine was associated with an excess risk of myocarditis (1 to 5 events per 100,000 persons). The risk of this potentially serious adverse event and of many other serious adverse events was substantially increased after SARS-CoV-2 infection.” So you pays your money and you takes your choice. Figure 4:
Comparing SARS-CoV-2 natural immunity to vaccine-induced immunity: reinfections versus breakthrough infections (preprint) medRxiv. Pfizer, Israel, using the Maccabi Healthcare Services database. n varies by the statistical model used; the smallest is 14,029. “Now, when sufficient time has passed since both the beginning of the pandemic and the deployment of the vaccine, we can examine the long-term protection of natural immunity compared to vaccine-induced immunity. To this end, we compared the incidence rates of breakthrough infections to the incidence rates of reinfection, leveraging the centralized computerized database of Maccabi Healthcare Services (MHS), Israel’s second largest Health Maintenance Organization…. SARS-CoV-2-naïve vaccinees had a 13.06-fold (95% CI, 8.08 to 21.11) increased risk for breakthrough infection with the Delta variant compared to those previously infected, when the first event (infection or vaccination) occurred during January and February of 2021…. SARS-CoV-2-naïve vaccinees were also at a greater risk for COVID-19-related-hospitalizations compared to those that were previously infected.” The statistical models are above my paygrade; perhaps one of our knowledgeable readers can comment.
Booster shot of J&J vaccine raises antibody levels, company says Science. Preprint not yet available. n = 17 + 79 (two studies).
DOMINIC LAWSON: It’s a sad irony that every anti-vaxxer who dies of Covid might just save lives Daily Mail. There it is.
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The FDA Really Did Have to Take This Long Hilda Bastian, The Atlantic
Does the FDA think these data justify the first full approval of a covid-19 vaccine? Peter Doshi, British Medical Journal (antidlc). From August 23, still germane. Doshi is a senior editor at BMJ. This is from his blog.
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“Now is the time to use ivermectin,” said Haruo Ozaki, chairman of the Tokyo Metropolitan Medical Association (Google translate) Yomiuri Shimbun (original). Ozaki’s recommendation is for off-label use under “battlefield” conditions:
[OSAKI:] I am aware that there are many papers that ivermectin is effective in the prevention and treatment of corona, mainly in Central and South America and Asia. There is no effective therapeutic drug, although it is necessary to deal with patients who develop it one after another. The vaccine is not in time. At such an imminent time, there is a paper that ivermectin is effective for corona, so it is a natural response for clinicians to try using it. Doctor-led clinical practice. That’s why many test papers came out.
Yagisawa, Foster, Hanaki, and Ōmura make the same case in “Global trends in clinical studies of ivermectin in COVID-19” (PDF), linked to at NC 6/5: “Doctor-led clinical practice.”
The Bizarre Refusal to Apply Cost-Benefit Analysis to COVID Debates Glenn Greenwald. Not sure what Taleb would think of this.
China’s ‘common prosperity’ push does not mean ‘killing the rich’, official says Reuters. Yesterday, no robbing. Today, no killing!
Billionaire Donations Soar in China Push for ‘Common Prosperity’ Bloomberg. Presumably China’s rulers know their Bearded One, and know that capital is a social relation that no amount of laundering can change.
Beijing’s American Hustle Foreign Affairs
Anti-junta police force formed in Karenni State by striking police officials Myanmar State. Parallel state structures big if true. And ditto:
As the new Union Minister of Human Rights and as a Myanmar national, permit me to express my great shame and to extend a personal apology for the crimes that have taken place. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/wcIj16HVwy
— Aung Myo Min (@aung_myo_minn) August 25, 2021
Confusion Reigns in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Weekly
Resistance in Afghanistan Appears to Be Growing Der Spiegel. Funded by….
Afghans rush to flee Taliban as hopes emerge for more time Agence France Presse
Exclusive: Americans’ harsh judgment on Afghanistan costs Biden’s approval, down to 41% USA Today. Commentary:
Lotta Ruling elites seem to have a suicidal death wish throughout history, ours is no different. Biden is their best friend & creation, yet they seem willing to destroy him for shutting down just one of the Empire's numerous money-laundromats, so that no one ever tries it again
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) August 24, 2021
The Media Manufactured Biden’s Political ‘Fiasco’ in Afghanistan Eric Levitz, New York Magazine
I Commanded Afghan Troops This Year. We Were Betrayed. Sami Sadat, NYT (dk).
The Middle East Is Preparing for the United States’ Exit From Syria Foreign Policy. That’s a damn shame.
Biden looks for air-clearing in first meeting with Israel’s new leader CNN. Hey, maybe we can ask Bennett to explain to us what our foreign policy should be from the floor of the House, like Bibi did.
British Melodrama Over Afghanistan Withdrawal Masks Their Own Impotence And Irrelevance Michael Tracey (gf). Kicking a poodle hardly seems fair.
New Cold War
The Return of the Marines Black Agenda Report
Harris urges Vietnam to join U.S. in opposing ‘bullying’ by China Los Angeles Times. Ironies aside, fitting international relations into the micro-aggression frame has always struck me as odd.
Democracy for Sale: Examining the Effects of Concentration on Lobbying in the United States (PDF) American Economic Liberties Project
Our Famously Free Press
Groves of Academe
Imperial Collapse Watch
Dangerous Illusions The National Interest
Get Shots or Get Out, U.S. Employers Are Telling Workers Bloomberg. I guess we have “corporate health” now, not public health. So it goes.
The Corporate Deterrent To More Vaccinations Daily Poster. No paid time off. Naturally. The people permitted to change social relations in the workplace are non-essential workers who can work from home. Period. Everybody else at a minumum needs a union, and maybe that’s not enough.
O Canada! Claudia Sahm, Stay-At-Home Macro
U.S. Billionaires Got 62 percent Richer During Pandemic. They’re Now Up $1.8 Trillion. Institute for Policy Studies. Capitalism seems to be anti-fragile.
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