Update on Jeri-Lynn: Jeri-Lynn is still in this world. A reader offered to check the New York apartment where Jeri-Lynn works. The reader spoke to her housekeeper, who said everything was fine, and Jeri-Lynn and her husband were at their beach house. We then arranged for a wellness check there. The police report that her husband says that Jeri-Lynn was in the hospital, but is now fine. That is what we know, although we are still trying to get through to her and her husband. I’m sure Jeri-Lynn appreciates readers asking after her, as do we. –lambert
Flatworms Are Metal The Atlantic
Supply-Chain Stress May Have Peaked Already Bloomberg. Based primarily on freight rates and the something-is-better-than-nothing involvement of the Biden Administration. I’m not so sure.
Amazon Puts Its Own “Brands” First The Markup
How arson factors into California’s wildfires High Country News
COMMENTARY: What can masks do? Part 1: The science behind COVID-19 protection Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Part 2. “While we believe masks have a place in the hierarchy of controls, we urge scientists and journalists to consider their limitations and to focus, instead, on the most effective controls and the combination of multiple interventions to stop or limit SARS-CoV-2 transmission.” Grab a cup of coffee. Essential reading.
K-12 schools without mask mandates in Michigan saw 62% more coronavirus spread Detroit Free Press (original).
CDC and WHO fiddle while people build filters:
little study confirming portable HEPA air cleaners are effective at reducing aerosols both through CFD AND a field experiment.https://t.co/SuZaWktZpQ
— Lazarus Long (@LazarusLong13) October 15, 2021
Again, these DIY projects are made for the cameras. It stuns me that nobody from the Biden Administration has seen the potential for a photo-op. I’m coming to the conclusion they actively refuse to accept the mechanism of aerosol transmission, rather than merely being ignorant about it. I await the OSHA emergency rule with interest.
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The impact of the COVID-19 response on the provision of other public health services in the U.S.: A cross sectional study PLOS One. From Conclusions: “The provision of many essential public health functions and tasks have been limited or eliminated while the U.S. public health workforce responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Everything’s going according to plan!
Preparing for “Disease X” Science
Can China afford to stay isolated as world abandons ‘zero Covid’? South China Morning Post
It’s Official. China’s Solar Power Can Finally Compete With Coal Interesting Engineering
ASEAN excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in rare move Reuters. Statement from ASEAN chair Brunei. ASEAN will, instead, receive “a non-political representative.” I imagine those are thin on the ground in Myanmar just now, but we’ll see. Nice slogan:
— Taiwan Freedom – 台灣自由 (@TaiwanFreedom89) October 15, 2021
Big if true:
The fascist army column left from Falam 3 days ago, now stuck on the road towards Hakha and suffering casualties. They are neither unable to move forward nor return to Falam at the moment. 1/#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/bHPOrHYpgR
— Nicholas (@nicholas6284) October 16, 2021
New Cold War
Brazil, Amazon, World: Crimes Against Humanity Counterpunch (RF).
Congress’ Access to Individuals’ Private Communications: The Jan. 6 Committee’s Troubling Precedent Just Security. This source is about as Blob-esque as you can get. Commentary:
It's not just a transgression of clear Constitutional limits for Congress to act as criminal investigators, but also chilling of free speech/assembly rights. We saw it in the McCarthy era – when the SupCt stepped in – but imagine a GOP Congress investigating Antifa/BLM protesters
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 13, 2021
I didn’t have liberal Democrats as McCarthy acolytes on my Bingo card, but here we are!
Democrats en Deshabille
Bern-ing Questions (newsletter) Brian Beutler, Big Tent
There appears to be a pretty serious high-level breakdown of communication over the party’s top legislative priority [the Build Back Better Act], where only a few anointed people know what the most recalcitrant Senate Democrats want to do for the country, or whether they realize that their negotiating tactics have taken a tremendous toll on Biden’s approval rating and (thus) the fate of the country.
There are a lot of things Democrat leaderships says are existential that they don’t treat with a sense of urgency. Their “top legislative priority” is one such. Another is voting rights (H.R. 1). Another is the PRO Act. To be fair, the Senate is in recess now, and Sinema is in Europe raising money, and therefore completely out of touch. So what would one have them do?
Sen. Bernie Sanders: Let’s stand together to protect working families (Opinion) Charleston Gazette (DCBlogger). That’s Charleston, West Virginia.
Big Pharma’s Reward The Daily Poster
Now they’re just trolling:
YOU CANNOT MAKE THIS UP:
The U.S. Senate has now scheduled @RahmEmanuel's confirmation hearing to take place on October 20th – which is the 7-year anniversary of the Chicago police murder of Laquan McDonald. https://t.co/VZSx4HdKnN
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) October 15, 2021
Imperial Collapse Watch
The End of American Militarism? Andrew J. Bacevich and Annelle Sheline, Foreign Affairs
A Kellogg's worker on strike last night holding down the picket line through torrential rain in Omaha, Nebraska
via @Kelloggstrike Facebook page pic.twitter.com/27Gp9pD61b
— Michael Sainato (@msainat1) October 13, 2021
Teamster Insurgents Plan for a Win—And What Comes After Labor Notes. It’s not anti-union to remark upon the heart-breaking corruption that union leadership shares with the rest of our heartbreakingly corrupt ruling class.
Another technique to abuse the working class. Read the whole thread:
No. Pay. Stubs. https://t.co/LyoQTiIb7f
— Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd) October 15, 2021
I’m amazed that capital is actually able to get away with paying workers wages in amounts workers find difficult to verify; the potential for wage theft is obvious (i.e., a phishing equilibrium). I suppose I shouldn’t be.
What Killed the Blue-Collar Struggle for Social Justice NYT. I reacted to the headline with all the cynicism the Times has earned, but read all the way to the end. Here, however, is a cautionary tale:
In the clip below, Subcomandante Marcos explains how his politics changed after going to the mountains of Chiapas to support indigenous struggle.
“The indigenous simply did not exist for Marxism-Leninism. So it was totally useless as a tool.” pic.twitter.com/9h98GsVQy4
— Black Socialists in America (@BlackSocialists) January 13, 2021
Household Experiences in America During the Delta Variant Outbreak (PDF) Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Re Silc). Selected bullet points from the Executive Summary:
- Thirty-eight percent (38%) of households across the nation report facing serious financial problems in the past few months.
- There is a sharp income divide in serious financial problems, as 59% of those with annual incomes below $50,000 report facing serious financial problems in the past few months, compared with 18% of households with annual incomes of $50,000 or more.
- These serious financial problems are cited despite 67% of households reporting that in the past few months, they have received financial assistance from the government.
- Another significant problem for many U.S. households is losing their savings during the COVID-19 outbreak. Nineteen percent (19%) of U.S. households report losing all of their savings during the COVID-19 outbreak and not currently having any savings to fall back on.
- At the time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) eviction ban expired, 27% of renters nationally reported serious problems paying their rent in the past few months. 2
- When it comes to their children’s education, 69% of households with children in K-12 last school year say their children fell behind in their learning because of the COVID-19 outbreak, including 36% of all households with children in K-12 reporting their children fell behind a lot.
- Thinking about the upcoming school year, 70% of households whose children fell behind last school year believe it will be difficult for children in their household to catch up on education losses from last school year.
- In healthcare, 18% of households report anyone in their household has been unable to get medical care for a serious problem in the past few months when they needed it, with 76% of those unable to get care reporting negative health consequences as a result. Among households unable to get care when they needed it, 78% report having health insurance, while 22% report not having health insurance.
- Half of households (50%) report anyone has experienced serious problems with depression, anxiety, stress, or serious problems sleeping in the past few months.
- Among employed adults, 24% report having a worse job situation now compared to before the COVID-19 outbreak began, while 21% report having a better job situation, and 55% rate their job situation as about the same as it was before the COVID-19 outbreak.
At the New York Fed: Implications of Federal Reserve Actions in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Liberty Street Economics
The Music Critic Who Tried to Disappear The Honest Broker. Whitney Balliett. Well worth a read, especially for jazz listeners.
Antidote du jour (via):
It's no secret crows are smart. They are one of the few animals known to make tools. But would you believe doing it actually makes them happy? That's the finding of a recent paper which found that crows behaved more optimistically after using tools https://t.co/CgB2jRuxsa pic.twitter.com/tmYwexmAD4
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) October 15, 2021
Crow the Toolmaker!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.