The government is raising an army of parasitic wasps to fight invasive beetles Popular Science (Re Silc).
Yes, the IPCC report was bad. But we can still salvage a livable planet. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
The Great American Science Heist The Intercept
The Hard Covid-19 Questions We’re Not Asking Joseph G. Allen, Helen Jenkins NYT. “We think much of the confusion and disagreement among scientists and nonexperts alike comes down to undefined and sometimes conflicting goals in responding to the pandemic. What are we actually trying to achieve in the United States?” The adults in the room have been in charge for nine months. One would think that would have been a sufficient gestation period for a coherent Covid policy. Unless, on policy, what we see is what we get. Good, well-meaning pair of writers, but come on, man.
Mob Morality and the Unvaxxed Charles Eisenstein. Though I disagree with some of the author’s views on “the science,” I think this piece’s views on “social contagion” are spot on.
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Experimental investigation of indoor aerosol dispersion and accumulation in the context of COVID-19: Effects of masks and ventilation Physics of Fluids (Dave in Austin). From the Abstract: “[T]he apparent exhalation filtration efficiency is significantly lower than the ideal filtration efficiency of the mask material. Nevertheless, high-efficiency masks, such as the KN95, still offer substantially higher apparent filtration efficiencies (60% and 46% for R95 and KN95 masks, respectively) than the more commonly used cloth (10%) and surgical masks (12%), and therefore are still the recommended choice in mitigating airborne disease transmission indoors. The results also suggest that, while higher ventilation capacities are required to fully mitigate aerosol build-up, even relatively low air-change rates (2h−1) lead to lower aerosol build-up compared to the best performing mask in an unventilated space.”
Impact of Delta on viral burden and vaccine effectiveness against new SARS-CoV-2 infections in the UK (preprint) medRviv. From the Abstract: “We investigated the effectiveness of the vaccines in a large community-based survey of randomly selected households across the UK…. With Delta, infections occurring following two vaccinations had similar peak viral burden to those in unvaccinated individuals. SARS-CoV-2 vaccination still reduces new infections, but effectiveness and attenuation of peak viral burden are reduced with Delta.” Pfizer (BNT162b2), Oxford, AstraZeneca (ChAdOx1), and Moderna (mRNA-1273).
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Why the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Is Called Comirnaty Smithsonian. Community, immunity, and mRNA. Somebody was paid a lot of money for this. I don’t know why they don’t just stick with “BNT162b2,” which has many more possibilities for graphic treatment, reads like the name of K-Pop band, and is appropriately dystopian. Embrace the suck, as it were.
Senior Beijing official was guest of honour at Hong Kong hotpot dinner that broke Covid rules – report Hong Kong Free Press. Was it a birthday party? A fund-raiser?
China Doesn’t Want Myanmar’s NLD Dissolved: Informed Sources The Irrawaddy. No doubt.
China Opens Rail Line With Access to Indian Ocean via Myanmar The Irrawaddy. The conscience of the international community:
@NUGMyanmar names Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Singapore companies "undertaking illegal investments by seeking permits and endorsements" from investment commission controlled by #Myanmar junta #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/jD6CeatXXh
— Tan Hui Yee (@Tan_Hui_Yee) August 31, 2021
Soldiers arrest family of politician, 79, vowing to go out guns blazing against Tatmadaw Coconuts. Like I said, wake me when a Tatmadaw unit goes over to the NUG. Myanmar fighting:
#Myanmar media reporting that #military suffered significant number of fatalities as #ethnic armies #KIA & #MNDAA fought with soldiers in northern #Shan state over last few days. The ethnic armies managed to also seize weapons & ammunition from military #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/ElbzQ4G2hU
— May Wong (@MayWongCNA) August 31, 2021
Myanmar Crisis (PDF) The Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs. Special issue of “a professional journal of the Department of the Air Force.” Still worth a look.
The Fall of Afghanistan Echoes in Myanmar The Diplomat
Australian state warns COVID-19 hospitalisations to peak in October Reuters. Gladys, good job.
Nobody Cares Who Lost Afghanistan Washington Monthly. The warmongers in the Acela Corridor care, and they are sharing their feelings with us, at great length and in high volume. Talking heads got hit right where it hurts: In the wallet. And little Madison needs their dressage lessons!
The Completion Of The Afghanistan Withdrawal Is Nothing To Celebrate Caitlin Johnstone. Taliban in Kabul:
VIDEO: Soldiers from the Taliban's Badri 313 unit are seen on the streets of the Afghan capital on Sunday.
The Taliban unit could number up to several thousand men, experts say. pic.twitter.com/mAMy9YKRJr
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) August 30, 2021
Can readers speak to the discipline shown by the Taliban, especially with regard to their guns?
AfPak takes on a new meaning with the rise of the Taliban The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer
Afghanistan and the weaponized immigrant life cycle Yasha Levine
Schools told to prepare for food shortages The Grocer
Where France’s Covid-19 ‘health pass’ is now mandatory France24. Handy chart:
Regardless of one's opinion on the French 'health pass', there's one thing everyone will have to agree on: the effect on vaccination coverage in the country has been absolutely striking. pic.twitter.com/yq3Q8vRsIW
— Edouard Mathieu (@redouad) August 30, 2021
Venezuela: Making the Most of the Mexican Breakthrough The Crisis Group
UN Peacekeepers Fathered Dozens Of Children In Haiti. The Women They Exploited Are Trying To Get Child Support. Buzzfeed. And then there’s cholera.
Police State Watch
One Day—and One Night—in the Kitchen at Les Halles The New Yorker. From 2000. Shame about the venue, but Anthony Bourdain!
The Death of the Starter Home? A Wealth of Common Sense
My Weird Obsession With the Dark Underbelly of Amusement Parks Jezebel. Defunctland:
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