America faces supply-chain disruption and shortages. Here’s why Matt Stoller, Guardian (Re Silc).
The impact of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination on Alpha and Delta variant transmission medRxiv.n = 51,798. From the Abstract: “We performed a retrospective observational cohort study of contacts of SARS-CoV-2-infected index cases using contact testing data from England…. Vaccination reduces transmission of Delta, but by less than the Alpha variant. The impact of vaccination decreased over time. Factors other than PCR-measured viral load are important in vaccine-associated transmission reductions. Booster vaccinations may help control transmission together with preventing infections.”
COVID Shuts Down ‘Aladdin’ Just a Day After Splashy Broadway Reopening Daily Beast. Oopsie.
We’re Already Barreling Toward the Next Pandemic The Atlantic. Well worth a read.
Greece Paves Way for China’s COSCO to Raise Piraeus Port Stake Maritime Logistics Professional
After Aukus, the Quad’s quiet resolve gives China much to think about South China Morning Post
Xi Jinping’s War on Spontaneous Order The Scholar’s Stage. Interesting!
The Lockdown is Lifted Vietnam Weekly. For Ho Chi Minh city. But the provinces differ.
Australia’s NSW state premier resigns over corruption probe amid COVID-19 battle Reuters. Gladys: “My work here is done.”
Melbourne grand final parties directly linked to record-breaking COVID-19 cases in Victoria Perth Now. Extroverts are gonna kill us all.
Venezuela and the Re-Emergence Of Sovereignty in the America People’s Democracy
Pelosi delays infrastructure vote as Democrats struggle to reach deal Politico. At this point, the “deal” — this deal, the previous deal having been retraded by “moderate” Democrats — is a proxy struggle not only for control of the Democrat Party, but over the role of government. That battle will still go on, deal or no deal. Based on past performance, however, it’s remarkable that Lucy and the Football has finally failed to work with “progressive” Democrats. To me, it looks like a lot of Democrats have reached a breaking point with machine politics as Pelosi and the Democrat gerontocracy conceives it, since not all the “No” votes on the BIF are from the (increasingly large) progressive caucus. Son of Brexit? Meanwhile, AFL-CIO, never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity, hops into bed with the “moderates”:
The AFL-CIO urges members of the United States House of Representatives to vote for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and and Jobs Act (#IIJA) when it comes to the House floor this week.
— AFL-CIO ✊ Pass the #PROAct (@AFLCIO) September 30, 2021
Biden’s signature reforms jeopardised by Democratic infighting FT. The FT wrote a “Democrats in disarray” story, but see above.
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Biden signs bill to avert shutdown The Hill
Alito says recent Supreme Court decisions aren’t the work of ‘a dangerous cabal’ NBC. If you’ve got to say it….
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Why is CNN doing PR for a Middle Eastern dictatorship? Responsible Statecraft
Pompeo: Sources for Yahoo News WikiLeaks report ‘should all be prosecuted’ Yahoo News. So the story is true… .
Woman charged for crying during surgery Boing Boing (Re Silc). Includes an image of the bill, with an $11.00 charge for 96127, “Brief Emotion”:
According to a Mentegram article titled, “CPT Code 96127: How to Increase Revenue with This NEW Behavioral or Emotional Assessment” CPT Code 96127 “is a code that may be used to report brief behavioral or emotional assessments for reimbursement” and “may be billed four times for each patient per visit, utilizing four different instruments or assessments. So not only will clinicians have more efficient practices by utilizing these screenings, but they can also use them to build revenue.” The article concludes with “Can you see how this missed income can really add up?”
On upcoding and the Direct Contracting Entity Business model designed to privatize Medicare, see here. It’s beautiful, in its own way. Health care for profit creates a system so vicious you cry when you experience it. Then they bill you for crying. It’s the neoliberal circle of life!
Groves of Academe
Imperial Collapse Watch
Policy Series 2021-52: The Trump “Legacy” for American Foreign Policy International Security Studies Forum. As with so much, Trump was a catalyst, provoking a long-prepared reaction:
Cunctation may be the only realistic policy with respect to the other issues Biden must face. In the long run the United States is unlikely to overcome the assertiveness of China in geopolitical and economic terms, the resistance of both China and the Soviet Union to human rights, and the global turn to authoritarianism more widely. With respect to international economic and social issues, the major Western nations will all confront throngs of migrants fleeing collapsing or abusive state authority in Central America and the Middle East (the latter of which are more of a European concern); they have already had a hard time facing the global health issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic; and all them are struggling to institute the collective action needed to mitigate the massive impact of climate change. The harsh truth is that every president inherits a heavily encumbered international situation and must judge what to accept and what to contest. Biden has accepted Germany’s plan to move ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia as a “fait-accompli,” even though it threatens to further squeeze Ukraine, and will not reduce German dependence on hydrocarbons Despite ritual denials, NATO partners in general have apparently accepted the Russian annexation of Crimea as a fait-accompli. .
Word of the day: Cunctation. Bonus points for getting “fait accmompli” and “leitmotif” into the same sentence.
Pentagon, Lockheed Agree to Cut F-35 Delivery Rate American Machinist
Body Horror The Baffler. Well worth a read; gets better as it goes on.
Capital Finds a Way The Age of Invention. Dutch capital drove the first enclosures.
Canada grants asylum to four people who hid Edward Snowden in Hong Kong Guardian. Virtue rewarded!
Antidote du Jour (via):
An army veteran takes it upon himself to rid his property of an alligator, using only a wheelie bin and brute strength.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 30, 2021
The alligator knows one big thing….
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.