By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Patient readers, as is usual over the weekend, I accumulated too much. More soon. –lambert UPDATE All done!
Bird Song of the Day
What a varied little song! Sorry for the “LMS catalog” at start; the best clips often have this.
Holy moley, an enormous Labor Day reporting drop that shows up everywhere!
53% of the US is fully vaccinated, a big moment, bursting through the psychological 53% barrier (mediocre by world standards, being just below Ecuador, and just above Switzerland and Malauysia). Every day, a tenth of a percentage point upward. However, as readers point out, every day those vaccinated become less protected, especially the earliest. So we are trying to outrun the virus… (I have also not said, because it’s too obvious, that if by Bubba we mean The South, then Bubba has done pretty well.)
Case count by United States regions:
As far as reaching the peak of January 8, 2021, with 295,257 cases per day … I’m not that pessimistic (modulo a new variant brought into the country by our ridiculously lax policies on international quarantines). What we might call, after Everest, the “First Step” (November 25, 2019) with 178,466 looks in striking distance, especially if the case count purple line continues go near vertical. When you look at those “rapid riser” counties on the CDC map, you’ve got to think this rise has a way to run. If things go on as they are, we should hit the first step just in time for Labor Day.
Looks like I was a little too pessimistic (a new thing for me). Right date, wrong number. And as a tapewatcher, I don’t think making a call a month out is especially impressive. However, I do think I was in great contrast to the bulk of press coverage. Nobody I can recall had re-opening the schools at or near a new peak on their Bingo card, for example.
Covid cases top ten states for the last four weeks:
Fresh-squeezed numbers from Florida.
Midwest finally turning pink. Remember, however, that this chart is about acceleration, not absolute numbers, so the case chart still has momentum. This map, too, blows the “Blame Bubba” narrative out of the water. Not a (Deliverance-style) banjo to be heard. Previous release:
(Red means getting worse, green means bad but getting better. This chart updates Tuesdays and Fridays, presumbly by end-of-day.)
“Differences in rapid increases in county-level COVID-19 incidence by implementation of statewide closures and mask mandates — United States, June 1–September 30, 2020” [Annals of Epidemiology]. “Nationwide data on effect of community mitigation policies on COVID-19 incidence are limited. U.S. counties in states that closed for <60 days were more likely to have rapid increases in COVID-19 rates. U.S. counties in states with mask mandates were 43% less likely to have rapid increases in COVID-19 rates. Effects of mitigation measures are greater in less urban counties." Test positivity:
Hospitalization (CDC): This is where CDC moved its hospital data (and who the heck at Microsoft decided no header for a chart is a good idea):
A dip. Good news, and long may it last.
NEW Here the CDC’s hospitalization visualization, from the source above:
The Gulf Coast is red, but moderating. Look at Kentucky go! And I wonder if Alabama is flat because it’s at capacity. Several states in the West are pink and increasing, except for Wyoming, which is red.
Deaths (Our World in Data):
We are now well past the peak of last year at this time. Which I am finding more than a little disturbing. (Adding: I know the data is bad. This is the United States. But according to The Narrative, deaths shouldn’t have been going up at all. Directionally, this is quite concerning. Needless to see, this is a public health debacle. It’s the public health establishment to take care of public health, not the health of certain favored political factions.)
Covid cases worldwide:
“But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” –James Madison, Federalist 51
“They had one weapon left and both knew it: treachery.” –Frank Herbert, Dune
“They had learned nothing, and forgotten nothing.” –Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
UPDATE “The coming weeks will define Biden’s presidency and shape the midterm elections” [CNN]. “The worst reality of the pandemic for Biden is that his options for suppressing it have already been used. He pleaded for months with vaccine skeptics — many of them Republicans — to save themselves. Now, around 150,000 Americans are getting infected every day and 1,500 are dying, and the political blowback is hurting him. A challenging fall looms as kids under 12 not yet eligible for shots resume in-person classes. The sense of national exhaustion is palpable and could brew wider perceptions that the country is heading in the wrong direction — a damaging sentiments for incumbents. Biden’s White House has not been blameless either. Recent pushback by medical officials over a White House announcement that Covid-19 booster shots would be ready by September 20 called Biden’s vow to always put science before politics into question. When he took office, after Trump’s disastrous handling of the virus, it was often said that Biden’s presidency would be judged on whether he restored normality. That is still the case. In a revealing aside last week, Biden mused: ‘Imagine if the other guy was here.; He was speaking, of course, of Trump and the former President’s misleading penchant for cheering stock market records as proof of an equitable economy. His comment also reflected the way in which in his first seven months in power, Biden’s presidency has often been judged as a contrast to Trump’s tempestuous term. But .” • Firing the starter’s shot. Could be problematic:
It’s so weird remembering a year ago when people were saying “none of this would be happening if Democrats were in control” and how Biden would have responded to COVID better than Trump, only for us to be in a worse position today. https://t.co/B161AAGhWf
— AshleyStevens (@The_Acumen) September 5, 2021
UPDATE “‘A train wreck’: Congress faces a daunting September as deadlines pile up” [NBC]. “The Democratic-controlled Congress is preparing to address a packed to-do list this month with tangible and self-imposed deadlines that carry high stakes for President Joe Biden. The government will have to be funded by Sept. 30 to prevent a shutdown. The debt limit will have to be extended this fall to prevent a global economic collapse. Flood insurance and surface transportation measures expire at the end of the month. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has set a Sept. 27 deadline to vote on the $550 billion infrastructure bill. Progressives have said they will vote down the bill if the $3.5 trillion budget measure to expand the safety net isn’t ready by then, putting pressure on party leaders to write it quickly. And with both chambers still on recess this week, legislative days are in short supply.” • Since the molasses-brained Biden Administration has moved without urgency for the entirety of its term so far, none of this comes as a surprise.
This is it? This is all Buttigeig has got?
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg shared a photo to social media announcing the arrival of his and husband Chasten Buttigieg's newest additions to their family—babies Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg. https://t.co/mXWrPQmT58 pic.twitter.com/mcFM0EAKs4
— ABC News (@ABC) September 4, 2021
Democrats en Deshabille
UPDATE “To fight the recall, Newsom and allies spent $36 million in August alone” [Los Angeles Times]. “Newsom, who enjoys an overwhelming fundraising advantage over his opponents, used that edge to stoke Democratic enthusiasm after a series of polls suggested his fellow partisans were less engaged than Republicans and others supporting the recall. More recently, polls show the governor has as much as a double-digit lead. And anti-recall forces have raised $72.4 million, more than double that of candidates and political committees backing the recall…. In late July, the polling was near even. But an average of surveys in August show those opposed to recalling Newsom with a lead of more than eight points, according to Real Clear Politics and 538, two poll aggregators. A poll released Thursday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California had Newsom with a 19-point lead.”
“Heeding Steve Bannon’s Call, Election Deniers Organize to Seize Control of the GOP — and Reshape America’s Elections” [ProPublica]. • The horror is apparently not felt by the Democrat leadership, or they’d be doing something about it.
“Your Birthday Is One Day” [The Cut]. “You get one day. Every year, once a year, you may celebrate your birthday however annoyingly you want, but you must confine those celebrations to one day. If I hear one more person over the age of 17 refer to their ‘birthday week,’ I’m going to throw up. That is not how this works.” • From 2019, still germane, as the Mighty Wurlitzer cranks up the 9/11
celebrationsmemorials. Never forget, brave troops, first responders, national unity, and so forth. I’m all choked up. But not with tears…
“9/11 militarized law enforcement and made every American a suspect” [Responsible Statecraft]. “In analyzing the expansion of the national security state in the twenty years after 9/11, it is clear that the powers adopted by the U.S. government as part of the war on terror cannot simply be reversed. At a minimum, it would require a marked ideological shift among the population. While some object to the government’s surveillance programs, for many they are viewed as “necessary.” Many people adopt the attitude of, ‘I have nothing to hide.’ Even if this shift were to take place, rolling back these various programs, and even merely preventing their expansion, would necessitate . As a result, privacy is an undoubtedly casualty of the war on terror.” • You could say the same thing… just about anything.
“20 years after 9/11, mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed still awaits trial. What went wrong?” [NBC News]. • I always felt that we should have focused on capturing the perps (I assume Bin Laden) and putting them on trial at The Hague. And never mind the question of whether we, as a nation, have the moral standing to do that; we don’t (nor any other great power, I would think). But if you really wanted a “rules-based international order,” that would be the way to go; an international court with teeth. Oh well.
Realignment and Legitimacy
The Constitution is not in fact a “safe space,” although not for NARA‘s reasons, I would think.
Fundamentally, nothing will change:
COVID has killed the equivalent of (at least) 215 9/11’s.
There is no federal response.
– UI expires today
– Eviction moratorium gone
– No OSHA ETS for most workplaces
– No vaccine passports
– No paid lockdown
– No pausing school reopening
– No paid time off
– No single-payer
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) September 4, 2021
UPDATE What is this “public health” of which you speak?
It's bc powerful government & civil society institutions rejected public health. They were successful at framing the pandemic as an issue of individual choice and individual risk tolerance, which allowed the whole thing to devolve into a culture war over masks and vaccines. https://t.co/IPES8T64aL
— Justin Feldman (@jfeldman_epi) September 6, 2021
And both sides in the culture war frame the issue as “individual choice,” Democrats and Republicans alike.
UPDATE “SCOTUS Delenda Est” [Talking Points Memo]. “[Liberal legal academics] in recent years have penned editorials confidently informing us that while they disagree with now-Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett they are nonetheless learned and brilliant jurists of integrity who deserve our support in ascending the bench…. [Their claim] imagines that constitutional jurisprudence is a specialized professional discipline that commands our public assent and support regardless of the outcomes it delivers. If a lawyer has mastered the technical processes of constitutional jurisprudence and has a keen mind they should be supported regardless of their beliefs or likely decisions, the argument goes. This is an argument both dangerous and absurd. As civilians we don’t presume to judge the personal beliefs or research ambitions of physicists who do advanced research at universities or build our nuclear weapons. We defer to all sorts of specialized domains of knowledge. With all due and real respect to various friends and peers who do important work in the field of law, lawyering is not such a field of knowledge. The suggestion that it is is part and parcel of the same general institutional arrogance of the elite academic legal profession that leads countless law professors to head out on disciplinary safaris into economics, history, psychology and virtually every other domain of knowledge. They actually imagine, risibly, that a JD – a limited and largely technical credential – enables one to launch off on this sort of intellectual tourism as easily as a member of the New York bar might get waived in to try a case in California as a matter of professional courtesy. Both claims are products of the same professional arrogance. And in the case of deference to Court appointees it is an arrogance that menaces democratic and civic life itself.” • I don’t know what the world is coming to. I’m not only linking to Josh Marshall, I’m agreeing with him.
UPDATE “These corporations bankrolled the sponsors of Texas’ abortion ban” [Popular Information]. “The politicians who sponsored Texas’ abortion ban are backed by some of the nation’s most prominent corporations. These same corporations hold themselves out as champions of women’s rights. AT&T, for example, is one of the top donors to the sponsors of Texas’ abortion ban, also known as SB 8. Since 2018, AT&T has donated $301,000 to the sponsors of SB 8. Yet, in AT&T’s 2020 Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Report, CEO John Stankey said one of the company’s ‘core values’ was ‘gender equity and the empowerment of women.'” • I suppose if AT&T were an Indian company, it would have crore values.
Supply Chain: “United States LMI Logistics Managers Index Current” [Trading Economics]. “The Logistics Manager’s Index was little changed at 73.8 in August of 2021 but still pointed to the fifth-highest growth on record in the logistics sector driven by rapid price growth and significant tightening of capacity. The gauge for warehousing prices remained at an all-time high (88) mostly because of the lack of available capacity. Inventory levels continued to rise at an above-average rate (63.8 vs 66.4) as and ordering earlier and in larger quantities to avoid stockouts.” • That’s big news. Readers, please correct me, but I don’t think JIT is something you can just swap in and out.
The Bezzle: “Why China’s bitcoin miners are moving to Texas” [BBC]. “Headquartered in Hong Kong, Poolin is the second largest bitcoin mining network in the world, with most of its operations in mainland China. The country was home to around 70% of global bitcoin mining power, until the clampdown sent the price of bitcoin into a tailspin and caught miners off guard. Now China’s ‘bitcoin refugees’ are urgently scrambling to find a new home, whether in neighbouring Kazakhstan, Russia or North America, because for bitcoin miners, time is literally money. ‘We had to find a new location for the [bitcoin mining] machines,’ Poolin’s vice-president Alejandro De La Torres said. ‘Because every minute that the machine is not on, it’s not making money.’ In what some call the ‘Great Mining Migration,’ the Poolin executives are among the many bitcoin miners who have recently landed in a place reputed as part of America’s wild wild west: Austin, Texas.” • “Because every minute that the machine is not on, it’s not making money.” Like any printing press.
The Bezzle: “An Open Letter to Airbnb” [Surviving Tomorrow]. “As far as we’re aware, only 8% of Airbnb hosts are renting a room in a single house, and that number is falling fast. How many million houses has Airbnb taken off the market so far, and how many more are being stolen each month? It’s only fair that the commons knows what we’re up against. If you want to build real public trust, your company needs to allow independent auditors to track how many of your hosts are actually owners who rent rooms in houses they occupy full-time, versus how many investors have taken a housing unit off the market and turned it into .” • Exactly.
The Bezzle: “Meet the entrepreneur teaching computers to understand human emotions” [CNN]. • Servant robots with the ability to cringe. I bet they would sell well. Where’s the fun in having servants without that?
Tech: It will start with the homeless, but it won’t end there:
Homeless residents of a state-run tent city in Honolulu, Hawaii, are having their eyes scanned by a robotic police dog. 🐕
Police in the city say it's a safer way to check for symptoms of COVID-19. 👮
Others think its dehumanising.
🎥 Watch in full. 👇
— Euronews Next (@euronewsnext) August 9, 2021
Kill it with fire.
Tech: “Report details how Airbus pilots saved the day when all three flight computers failed on landing” [The Register]. “Three seconds after touchdown, an autobrake system fault was recorded. A second after that, faults were recorded on the primary flight control computers and the spoilers were retracted. Reverse thrust could not be applied and, a few seconds later, the captain called to the first officer to assist with manual braking. Both pilots then applied full brakes and the aircraft was eventually brought to a halt. ‘Seems the pilots did a good job,’ a tame Airbus pilot told The Register. ‘You know it’s bad when the captain tells the FO to help him on the brakes to stop the aircraft!’… In a world of increasing automation, the incident serves as a reminder of the importance of keeping a human backup in the loop.”
Tech: “Facebook says its AI mislabeling a video of Black men as ‘primates’ was ‘unacceptable'” [The Verge]. “Facebook is apologizing for an incident where its AI mislabeled a video of Black men with a ‘primates’ label, calling it an ‘unacceptable error’ that it was examining to prevent it from happening again. As reported by the New York Times, users who watched a June 27th video posted by the UK tabloid Daily Mail received an auto-prompt asking whether they wanted to ‘keep seeing videos about Primates.’ Facebook disabled the entire topic recommendation feature as soon as it realized what was happening, a spokesperson said in an email to The Verge on Saturday. ‘This was clearly an unacceptable error,’ the spokesperson said. The company is investigating the cause to prevent the behavior from happening again, the spokesperson added. ‘As we have said, while we have made improvements to our AI we know it’s not perfect and we have more progress to make. We apologize to anyone who may have seen these offensive recommendations.’ The incident is just the latest example of artificial intelligence tools showing gender or racial bias, with facial recognition tools shown to have a particular problem of misidentifying people of color.”
Today’s Fear & Greed Index: 52 Neutral (previous close: 54 Neutral) [CNN]. One week ago: 53 (Neutral). (0 is Extreme Fear; 100 is Extreme Greed). Last updated Sep 7 at 12:30pm.
Rapture Index: Closes up one on Climate. “It’s very odd for this category to be this high. Hurricane Ida and the Northeast floods forced it up” [Rapture Ready]. Record High, October 10, 2016: 189. Current: 188 (Remember that bringing on the rapture is a good thing, so higher is better.)
Note the Rapture Index’s comment, above.
“U.S. Civil Engineers Bent the Rules to Give New Orleans Extra Protection from Hurricanes. Those Adjustments Might Have Saved the City During Ida” [Time]. “Don Resio, then a technical supervisor in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) coastal program, was assigned in 2006 to lead a group of specialists tasked with using statistics to model the likely threat that future storms would pose to New Orleans. He toured the city’s devastated defenses in the days after Hurricane Katrina, and today remembers the sight of children’s toys floating in the rancid floodwaters, along with the stench of rotting bodies emanating from waterlogged houses. He knew that legislators in charge of allocating funding for the project likely didn’t understand that building for a 100-year storm, the standard in many such projects, would leave populations at significant risk. For instance, there would be a cumulative 26% probability of a 100-year storm hitting sometime in the next 30 years. Across 65 years, it would be equivalent to the flip of a coin. And as climate change brought stronger and more frequent extreme storms, the likelihood of such events would only increase. So the engineers tasked with designing and building the city’s new defenses fudged the numbers so that their work would actually protect New Orleans from the inevitable. After all, no one knew when Congress would get around to funding New Orleans protective measures again, and Corps engineers had a unique opportunity to win the resources needed to do their job properly.” • Sounds like the engineers understood about tail risk. Unfortunately, our sclerotic political system does not — or prefers to cull the population, in this case by drowning them, take your pick — and so they “fudged the numbers.” I’m sure some administrator turned beet red when they read this, and even now is taking steps to make sure it never happens again.
UPDATE An optimistic story:
CO2 Monitors work! A🧵
1. Sent one in daughter's backpack.
2. Identified 4k PPM CO2 in afternoons.
3. Had district investigate – they did -repaired 2 air handlers.
4. Rebreathed air % dropped 90%!
Please share so others know! pic.twitter.com/BYIDhzH0lU
— Jeremy Chrysler (@jeremychrysler) September 3, 2021
And you can do the same!
Based on a large body of data, I lobbied the CDC this week to count confirmed prior Covid as equivalent to 1-dose of vaccine, which would reduce waste, unnecessary side-effects, and provide the same access to activities as 2-doses, no Covid.
I got nowhere.
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) September 4, 2021
“Effects of Ivermectin therapy on the sperm functions of Nigerian onchocerciasis patients” [Archives of Applied Science Research]. From 2011. Via Trisha Greenhalgh. Peer-reviewed; Gavin Publishers (who was, at one point, on a now-defunct list of predatory publishers). n=37. “The above parameters were measured before and after the patients were treated with 150µg/kg body wt of ivermectin for eleven months and the results were compared and also with normal control reference range. We observed significant reduction in the sperm counts and sperm motility of the patients tested.” • Readers may wish to comment further. The description of the treatment regimen does not as being in any way comparable to any Covid treatnent protocol I know of. Watching scientists lose their minds over Ivermectin has been really discouraging to me. It’s like one of those pod people horror movies. And perhaps I should check to see if some horrid insectoid meme is not, even now, inserting its brainworm-infested ovipositor into the back of my own neck, as has obviously happened to so many others, so why not me?
The single message:
This Delta variant is no joke.
We need everyone to roll up their sleeves and get their shot. This is about protecting you, your family, and your community.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) September 4, 2021
No mention of masking, social distancing, or ventilation. The denial of a layered approach (defense in depth), and the single-minded focus on one solution is stunning. The single solution won’t work by itself, either, so Harris is setting herself up for failure.
At this point, we’re not comparing ivermection users to animals; we’re saying they are animals:
— Dr Dave The Bronx Bull⚒️ 🇩🇴 (@kingbullyo) September 4, 2021
UPDATE “Steps per Day and All-Cause Mortality in Middle-aged Adults in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study” [JAMA]. “In this cohort study of 2110 adults with a mean follow-up of 10.8 years, participants taking at least 7000 steps/d, compared with those taking fewer than 7000 steps/d, had a 50% to 70% lower risk of mortality. There was no association of step intensity with mortality regardless of adjustment for step volume.” • As I keep saying: Walk! (And look up, too!) For me, 7,000 steps is about 3.25 miles.
Our Famously Free Press
I’m so old I remember when liberal Democrats were “the reality-based community”:
I don’t see this discussed much, but I’ve noticed that as older liberal friends retire, many become as beholden to watching many hours of MSNBC as retired conservatives become beholden to Fox News. Once critical thinkers & readers, they start to just repeat whatever MSNBC says.
— Dr. Steven W. Thrasher (@thrasherxy) September 4, 2021
“Horse paste” is the new “RussiaRussiaRussia.”
A great thread on The Official Genre of Fuckup Protagonists:
as a genre fan/dev: I really respect people who come up w/ great puzzles but I eventually realized that I didn't love the classic puzzle gameplay so much as the interaction/ dialogue/ exploration/ lingering in a place they facilitate. Premiere genre about Hanging Out Somewhere. https://t.co/2tKIZHwyPc
— Dracula Awareness Activist (@bombsfall) September 4, 2021
“The Philosophy of SimCity: An Interview With the Game’s Lead Designer” [The Atlantic]. From 2013, still germane:
Librande: Yes, definitely. I think the biggest one was the parking lots. When I started measuring out our local grocery store, which I don’t think of as being that big, I was blown away by how much more space was parking lot rather than actual store. That was kind of a problem, because we were originally just going to model real cities, but we quickly realized there were way too many parking lots in the real world and that our game was going to be really boring if it was proportional in terms of parking lots.
Manaugh: You would be making SimParkingLot, rather than SimCity.
Librande: [laughs] Exactly. So what we do in the game is that we just imagine they are underground. We do have parking lots in the game, and we do try to scale them — so, if you have a little grocery store, we’ll put six or seven parking spots on the side, and, if you have a big convention center or a big pro stadium, they’ll have what seem like really big lots — but they’re nowhere near what a real grocery store or pro stadium would have. We had to do the best we could do and still make the game look attractive.
“Porno Hustlers Of The Atari Age” [Kotaku]. “This is the history of the Mystique line of pornographic Atari 2600 games like you’ve never heard it before.”
Symbol manipulators gotta symbol manipulate. Sounds like derivatives:
I'm pretty into abstract worlds, conceptually! But only if and when you have a solid concrete-world foundation. This is beginning to seem like taking up the fiddle as smoke begins to drift through the Roman air.
— Jon Evans (@rezendi) September 4, 2021
Still, what better time?
Groves of Academe
I am informed by my university DEI office today that every student has a fundamental right to "feel safe."
The way I would describe doing philosophy is feeling like the ground is moving out from under you. Nobody "feels safe" doing philosophy if they are doing it correctly.
— Jennifer A. Frey (@jennfrey) September 3, 2021
The nice thing about “the right to feel safe” — putting the class aspect aside — is that “feeling safe” is an ever-receding horizon. Safe is never safe enough. Administrators love that kind of thing.
I cannot find the Babylonian equivalent for plus ça change….
A typical complaint fielded by Babylonian administrators: “I am not getting water for my sesame field. The sesame will die. Don’t tell me later, ‘You did not write to me.’ The sesame is visibly dying. Ibbi-Ilabrat saw it. That sesame will die, and I have warned you.” pic.twitter.com/SDJlUw8edz
— The Ancient World #BLM (@TheAncientWorld) August 29, 2021
News of the Wired
Fantastic (I hope in the complimentary sense) thread on the printed book:
European civilization is built on ham and cheese, which allowed protein to be stored throughout the icy winters.
Without this, urban societies in most of central Europe would simply not have been possible.
This is also why we have hardback books. Here's why. 1/ pic.twitter.com/cU9Y9ZyrNC
— Incunabula (@incunabula) September 6, 2021
(Tangentially, a very good point on ham and cheese. Food preservation is important if you’re going to hunker down.)
— Pierre Bonnard (@pierre_bonnard) September 4, 2021
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