More skunks can do handstands than we thought Popular Science (Re Silc). This one, for example:
Top marks on degree of difficulty and artistic merit, so far as I’m concerned.
14th Street subway FLOODED & ON FIRE 🌧️🚨🔥#Flood from #Ida halting 1/2/3 service at 14th with the 3rd rail igniting earlier. INSANE video!! (from Keith S.)@JimCantore @Meteor_Mike @amandabossard @MTA #StormHour 🚇🌧️🤯 pic.twitter.com/hAtCd8xeIZ
— Allan Nosoff (@AWxNYC) September 2, 2021
*MOST #NYC SUBWAY SERVICE SUSPENDED* 🚇🌧️🚨@MTA home page shows service practically suspended system-wide due to flooding. Clark St tunnel (2/3) under water, first time since #Sandy. INSANE!! #NYC #flood #Ida pic.twitter.com/5H5L9hxXwm
— Allan Nosoff (@AWxNYC) September 2, 2021
Looks like my August 30 post on the fragility of the New York Subway system was fortuitously timed.
We can’t build our way out of the environmental crisis George Monbiot, Guardian. On the construction industry.
Ushering in the New Normal: Viability and Informal Community Leadership in Fukushima Ten Years After 3.11 Asia-Pacific Journal. One article in a special issue devoted to Fukushima.
Joe Rogan says he has Covid, took widely discredited drug ivermectin NBC. High stakes!
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Why these Covid vaccine scientist resigned from the FDA MSNBC. Actually a good explainer.
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Reactogenicity and immunogenicity after a late second dose or a third dose of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 in the UK: a substudy of two randomised controlled trials (COV001 and COV002) The Lancet. Astra-Zenaca. Single dose: n=480. Double dose: n= 321. Triple dose: 80 + 15, The Interpretation: “An extended interval before the second dose of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 leads to increased antibody titres. A third dose of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 induces antibodies to a level that correlates with high efficacy after second dose and boosts T-cell responses.”
Predictors of Nonseroconversion after SARS-CoV-2 Infection Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC. From The Study:
“We studied 72 persons, all of whom had a previous positive RT-PCR test but were symptom-free for >3 weeks before blood was collected for testing… We tested plasma samples (n = 144) collected at enrollment and follow-up visits for antibodies to the spike protein by using a validated ELISA … 36% of our cohort represented serologic nonresponders.”
From the Conclusion:
“[W]e show that patients with low SARS-CoV-2 viral loads in their respiratory tract are less likely to mount a systemic antibody response. Although we cannot formally exclude false-positive RT-PCR results in some participants, PCR contamination is highly unlikely as an explanation for our findings (Appendix). We also show that clinical illness does not guarantee seroconversion and that laboratories with highly sensitive RT-PCR assays are more likely to detect serologic nonresponders. These results provide an explanation for the puzzling variability of seroconversion in different cohorts…. The fact that a considerable fraction of RT-PCR positive persons fail to seroconvert has practical implications. Such persons remain undetected in seroprevalence studies, including in vaccine studies that assess protection from asymptomatic infection by measuring antibodies to antigens not included in the vaccine. Seroconverters and nonseroconverters will probably also respond differently to vaccination.”
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Texas district closes schools after covid kills two teachers in one week SF Gate (MB). “‘This closure will also allow time for deep cleaning and sanitizing of all CISD facilities,’ [Superintendent Wesley Holt] said in an email to parents.” Hygiene theatre continues, CDC, good job.
Why the U.S. Still Suffers from Covid Black Agenda Report
China facing demographic, inflation risks ‘Japan never faced’, Beijing urged to act to avoid ‘big surprise’ South China Morning Post. Michael Pettis recommends this thread; au contraire:
5/ China’s worst-case scenario is failing to reduce wealth inequality. Nothing else matters if PRC leaders fail to rectify this. The single greatest threat to the party is the loss of the subjective sense of economic advancement and prosperity among China’s rural population.
— Kevin Tellier (@kevtellier) September 1, 2021
China Hedge Funds Pay $300,000 to Beat Wall Street to Best Graduates Bloomberg. If the finance does to China what it did to us, we should win the next war with China easily. Kidding!
Justice in the balance as UN considers recognition question Frontier Myanmar
Arakan Army Seeks to Build ‘Inclusive’ Administration in Rakhine State The Diplomat. Hang together, or hang separately.
How COVID-19’s third wave crashed over a delta village Frontier Myanmar
Victoria vs. NSW (1):
I know that opinions are cheap. So here’s mine (and you can disagree).
Victoria has done extremely well in containing this virus, but we no longer can reach our goal because others have decided that it’s not a goal worth having so our plans have been sabotaged.
— Dr Eric Levi (@DrEricLevi) September 1, 2021
All it takes is one defector, and suddenly everybody’s “living with it,” whether they want to or not.
Victoria vs. NSW (2):
It is unforgivable.
The people of Australia, especially Victoria & #COVIDZero states worked hard to deserve better.
— Dr Lizzie Skinner 🩺🏳️🌈💉 (@drlizzieskinner) September 1, 2021
Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal could’ve gone so differently (interview) Anand Gopal, MSNBC (dk). The deck: “The war in Afghanistan was far, far different from how it has been depicted in American media.” The deck should have been the headline. I don’t know what’s come over MSNBC; this is two good articles from them in one day. Oh well, statistics….
Yes, this is a parody account:
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— 𓅃 UAE Exotic Falconry & Finance (@FalconryFinance) September 2, 2021
But I did have to check.
In a twist intended to make the law harder to challenge in court, the law does not rely on state officials to enforce the ban. Instead, the law tasks private individuals with bringing lawsuits against anyone who provides or “aids or abets” an abortion. Anyone who brings a successful lawsuit can collect $10,000 or more from the person who is found to have violated the law. The unusual private-enforcement scheme distinguishes the Texas law from other states’ abortion bans
Letters of marque for law enforcement. What could go wrong? Here is the opinion (Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson). Here is a thread of extracts from it:
BREAKING: On a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court denies relief to plaintiffs challenging Texas #SB8, allowing it to remain in effect for now. Chief Justice Roberts joins the Democratic appointees in dissent. pic.twitter.com/XilUVxeJ35
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) September 2, 2021
Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson looks even more shoddy than Bush v. Gore, where Scalia set a very high bar for shoddy.
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“This is a health equity issue, it’s an affordability issue, but it’s to expect CMS to turn on a dime and implement a brand new benefit with a whole new category of providers within a year or even a year or two,” said Tricia Neuman, who leads the Kaiser Family Foundation’s work on Medicare policy.
Of course, the entire Medicare system was set up in a year, back in the days of steam-powered punchcard systems…
dealing with customers who are angry that we require masks and proof of vaccination Ask a Manager. Comments seem useful.
Saved by the bankers (review) Prospect. Adam Tooze, Shutdown
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.