Competitive Compatibility: Let’s Fix the Internet, Not the Tech Giants Cory Doctorow, Communications of the ACM. “But as with all technological questions, the relevant question is not merely ‘What does this technology do?’ It is ‘Who does this technology do it to and who does it do it for?'” “Who, whom?“, the eternal question.
America’s Overprotection Epidemic Will Have Consequences Zaid Jilani, Inquire
ASHRAE Publishes Updated Ventilation Standard for Health Care Facilities Engineering News Record. From ASHRAE “guidance” (PDF):
- Virus Most Commonly Spread Through Droplets – Contact Exposures
- Aerosolized Virus Is a Limited but Possible Vector of Transmission*
- Recognize That Virus May Be Aerosolized During Toilet Flush
Wrong on the science, though fecal plumes are real. (Amazingly, the “*” cites to a 2020 preprint from NEJM, and not, at the very least, to the final NEJM version. Shoddy!) I hate to be cynical about this, but translation: Your budgets are safe.
Scientists warring over how COVID-19 is transmitted: droplets/touch vs aerosols. Interview with Dr. Jose-Luis Jimenez, aerosol scientist, University of Colorado;
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SARS-CoV-2 Testing Prior to International Airline Travel, December 2020-May 2021 (preprint) (PDF) Mayo Clinic Proceedings. From the Abstract: “Among 9,853 passengers with a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR performed within 72 hours of departure from December 2020 through May 2021, five (0.05%) passengers with active SARS-CoV-2 infection were identified with rapid antigen tests and confirmed with rapid molecular test performed before and after an international flight from the United States to Italy. This translates to a case detection rate of one per 1970 travelers during a time of high prevalence of active infection in the United States. A negative molecular test for SARS-CoV-2 within 72 hours of international airline departure results in a low probability of active infection identified on antigen testing during commercial airline flight.” The United States attracted 80 million international visitors in 2019. 80,000,000 * 0.05% = 40,000. Granted, that’s in the Before Times, but since we’re aiming for endemic status rather than eradication….
Association Between K–12 School Mask Policies and School-Associated COVID-19 Outbreaks — Maricopa and Pima Counties, Arizona, July–August 2021 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC. “After adjusting for potential described confounders, the odds of a school-associated COVID-19 outbreak in schools without a mask requirement were 3.5 times higher than those in schools with an early mask requirement.”
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Why Mandates Make Us Feel Threatened Harvard Business Review
When public health becomes the public enemy High Country News
China Is a Declining Power—and That’s the Problem Foreign Policy. Perhaps. But China knows us all too well (PD):
Many believe AUKUS is a concrete example of this state capture. Many in China believe the US can only pursue strategic interests that serve entrenched interests such as the military-industrial complex and foreign policy establishment. 2/
— Kevin Tellier (@kevtellier) September 25, 2021
SPEECH: China and Africa, W. E. B. Du Bois, 1959 Black Agenda Report. Still germane.
Chinese Fable Stories With Morals Thought.co (ctlieee).
Can We Harness Himalayan Hydropower? Yes, But It’s Risky Interesting Engineering
How AUKUS may damage NATO Asia Times
After the Union Verfassungsblog. The structure of German political parties (different from US and UK).
Photographer behind controversial photos speaks exclusively to KTSM KTSM (Furzy Mouse).
As Dems race forward, Manchin pumps brakes: ‘There is no timeline’ Politico. Meanwhile, “Progressive” pledges fealty to paygo:
.@RepJayapal: "At the end of the day, the ultimate cost of this bill is going to be zero because we are going to pay for the entire thing with tax increases on the wealthiest individuals and the wealthiest corporations so that they finally pay their fair share." pic.twitter.com/yeu6g0KZkD
— The Hill (@thehill) September 25, 2021
Not commentary but it could be:
This is a metaphor for sooooo many things in life…
The Skipper, 17 March 1934. pic.twitter.com/Afn9cSR3cS
— Pulp Librarian (@PulpLibrarian) September 25, 2021
Democrats missing big picture on taxes FT. “Failure to reform inheritance will leave Gatsby-level inequality intact.” That’s not a bug….
Kamala Harris’s Appearance on The View Goes All Wrong Jezebel. Note the material on Haiti (Harris’s problem, one would think, immigration having been put on her desk).
Biden’s chaotic messaging on Covid-19 boosters is pitting the White House against the government’s scientific advisers STAT. Advisers. Not Philosopher Kings.
Police State Watch
Among Those Who Marched Into the Capitol on Jan. 6: An F.B.I. Informant NYT. Well, I’ll be! [slaps forehead] The discrepancy between the FBI’s effective infiltration of the Whitmer kidnapping case (12 informants (!!)) and the bungling depicted here is odd (see Buzzfeed here, two paragraphs starting “But the similarities went only so far”). If I were not the trusting soul that I am, I’d suspect this story was a “modified limited hangout.” (One reporter, Adam Goldman, “was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for national reporting on Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.” So.)
Assets and Liabilities The New Yorker. On Whitey Bulger.
Our Famously Free Press
These four words are helping spread vaccine misinformation CNN. “Do your own research.” Perhaps instead of imposing censorship, we could — hear me out — focus on increasing critical thinking skills?
Imperial Collapse Watch
Lions led by donkeys:
Every winning team needs a uniform! We started with the female design and then created the male prototype. I’m excited to share the new look w/you today. #Guardians #SpaceForce https://t.co/g2M8JyzXod
— Gen. Jay Raymond (@SpaceForceCSO) September 21, 2021
Or other than lions, I suppose.
New York City’s ‘Billionaires’ Row’ residents say their 96-floor building sways, floods, and traps families in elevators, according to new lawsuit Business Insider. Wait ’til they experience the spaceships to Mars!
Mark Zuckerberg’s “Metaverse” Is a Dystopian Nightmare Jacobin (Furzy Mouse).
Why Do We Think That Inflation Expectations Matter for Inflation? (And Should We?) (PDF) Jeremy B. Rudd, Finance and Economics Discussion Series Divisions of Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Chauncey Gardiner). See footnote 2.
Tree Thinking Places Journal
Antidote du jour (via):
Kudos to @raww_ngo for rescuing a 7-ft long male #Indian marsh #Crocodile at Suraj Water Park in #Thane city.
After the rescue & examination, the crocodile was released back to its #natural habitat of Tulsi lake. @AUThackeray @MahaEnvCC @MahaForest @MangroveForest @raww_tweets pic.twitter.com/heUFSop6yr
— Nikhil Yashwant Jadhav (@nikhilyjadhav) September 24, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.