Paper wasp nests have a secret fluorescent glow Popular Science. Only after the second martini.
Widespread lapses in climate risk reporting found in company accounts FT. “Sun Slated to Appear in East.”
For the Most Pronounced CBDC Enthusiasm, Look to the Underbanked Morning Consult
An underrated way to boost global vaccine supply Matt Yglesias, Slow Boring. “We need western regulators to cooperate with Chinese producers.” He’s not wrong!
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Effectiveness of the first component of Gam-COVID-Vac (Sputnik V) on reduction of SARS-CoV-2 confirmed infections, hospitalisations and mortality in patients aged 60-79: a retrospective cohort study in Argentina The Lancet. From the Abstract: “The results of this study carried out in real life settings indicate that the first component of Gam-COVID-Vac vaccine prevents 78·6% % of laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections, 87·6% of hospitalisations and 84·8% of deaths at 21–83 days after vaccination in a population from 60 to 79 years of age; this data is consistent with previous knowledge on the issue… Undoubtedly, the complete schedule of vaccination should be the standard of care since it confers maximum effectiveness. However, if the first dose has an acceptable performance in decreasing infections, hospitalisations and deaths due to COVID-19, delaying the second dose will allow vaccination of a higher proportion of the population in a panorama of vaccine scarcity.”
Autoantibodies neutralizing type I IFNs are present in ~4% of uninfected individuals over 70 years old and account for ~20% of COVID-19 deaths Science. n= 3595. From the Discussion: “We report that at least 20% of patients over 80 years of age with life-threatening COVID-19 pneumonia carry circulating auto-Abs… These auto-Abs provide an explanation for the major increase in the risk of critical COVID-19 in the elderly. This increase with age is consistent with studies of various auto-Abs since the 1960s… Our findings have immediate clinical applications.” Also in Science, in the vulgate: “Rogue antibodies involved in almost one-fifth of COVID deaths.”
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Covid-19 and the new merchants of doubt British Medical Journal
China’s embattled Evergrande tries to pay bills with parking spots Channel News Asia
US Coast Guard spots Chinese warships off Alaska South China Morning Post
Luxury Mooncakes With Exotic Ingredients Are Selling Out Fast Bloomberg. Or, as we call them in the West, “fruitcakes” (heavy, inedible, passed from family to family over the years with the packaging intact).
U.S. and China Reach Deal to Block Myanmar’s Junta From U.N. Foreign Policy. That wasn’t on my Bingo card!
Myanmar’s new “People’s Defensive War” Asia Media Centre. A review of the bidding.
Laos Authorizes Cryptocurrency Trial Program The Laotian Times. For this, they’re damming the Mekong?
Netanyahu corruption witness dies in Greece plane crash Deutsche Welle. Oh.
What Tigray Portends: The Future of Peace And Security in Africa War on the Rocks
New Cold War
White House releases $65 billion pandemic preparedness proposal Science. “It calls for an Apollo-like ‘mission control’ center to coordinate the many branches of government already involved with pandemic preparedness. Nearly 40% of the money would go toward vaccines, followed by just under 20% for treatments.” At last, a recognition that CDC is entirely out of its depth. Still, yet another layer on top of an already broken system?
Alleging ‘Unprecedented Scheme’ to Thwart Federal Courts, DOJ Asks Judge to Block Texas Abortion Law National Law Journal and Justice Department seeks injunction to stop Texas’ fetal heartbeat abortion law from being enforced Dallas Morning News
Yes, They Are “A Bunch Of Partisan Hacks” The Daily Poster
Recall Election: Voters Resoundingly Defeat Recall Of Gov. Gavin Newsom San Francisco Chronicle. You can’t beat something with nothing.
Democrats en Deshabille
#BREAKING Formerly an island of stability in a troubled region, the oil-rich North American nation, strategically located on the Mexico-Canada border, has suffered election violence, deadly disease, natural disasters and ethnic killings, with millions displaced and going hungry.
— gathara (@gathara) September 15, 2021
Five Recent Labor Struggles You Should Know About TESA. The media blackout on the Warrior Met strike has been a little too obvious.
The Great Divide: Education, Despair and Death Anne Case & Angus Deaton, NBER. From the Abstract: “Concurrently, all-cause mortality in the US is diverging by education—falling for the college-educated and rising for those without a degree—something not seen in other rich countries. We review the rising prevalence of pain, despair, and suicide among Americans without a BA. Pain and despair created a baseline demand for opioids, but the escalation of addiction came from pharma and its political enablers. We examine ‘the politics of despair,’ how less-educated people have abandoned and been abandoned by the Democratic Party. While healthier states once voted Republican in presidential elections, now the least-healthy states do. We review the evidence on whether or not deaths of despair have risen during the COVID pandemic. More broadly, excess mortality from COVID has not increased the ratio of all-cause mortality rates for those with and without a four-year degree, but has instead replicated the pre-existing mortality ratio.”
What animals think of death Aeon (AL).
A Wrong Number, Whoadies, and Whispers in the Night The Bitter Southerner
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Shrimp using water tension to make their way back to water pic.twitter.com/rUhN71CNDD
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