Links 10/3/2021

Email: the worst form of communication yet devised by humankind? Prospect

Meet the Fearless Women of the Lone Star Mower Racing Association Texas Monthly

The Cactus That Came Back from the Dead The Walrus

Persistence Pays​ | A Young Readers’ Report The Drift

DO BOOKLESS LIBRARIES SIGNAL THE END OF THE PRINTED WORD? Crime Reads

ART AND CULTURE IN SCHORSKE’S CENTURY Public Books

Ink analysis reveals Marie Antoinette’s letters’ hidden words and who censored them Science News

The everyday foods that could become luxuries BBC

Earthquake rattles Oakland for second day in a row East Bay Times (David L)

Nanofiber Membrane Filters 99.9% of Salt from Seawater within Minutes Interesting Engineering (chuck l)

A Week in the World’s Most Chaotic City Der Spiegel

‘A perfect storm’: supply chain crisis could blow world economy off course Guardian

#COVID-19

The 2,000-year-old airborne disease theory that blinded Covid experts The Telegraph

BioNTech chief predicts need for updated Covid vaccines next year FT

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Delayed Wuhan Report Adds Crucial Detail to Covid Origin Puzzle Bloomberg

Animal sales from Wuhan wet markets immediately prior to the COVID-19 pandemic Scientific Reports

A year later, 45% of COVID patients in Wuhan still have symptoms Ars Technica

Chinese vaccines’ value clarified by real-world data as exports near 1 billion South China Morning Post

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Fast-food chains close some indoor seating as U.S. cities mandate vaccine checks Reuters

As coronavirus cases mount and vaccine mandates spread, holdouts plague police and fire departments WaPo

Kyrie Irving becomes NBA’s anti-vaccine face The Hill

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After India takes reciprocal measures, UK says it’s working to make travelling for Indians easy Scroll

New Zealand tightens travel rules as COVID spreads Al Jazeera

Germany

Opinion: Unity goes beyond German reunification Deutsche Welle

Julian Assange

The CIA plot to kidnap or kill Julian Assange in London is a story that is being mistakenly ignored Independent. Patrick Cockburn.

What the Yahoo! Assange Report Got Wrong Consortium News

Will the United States Officially Acknowledge That It Had a Secret Torture Site in Poland? ProPublica

Murders Rose Nearly 30% in the U.S. in 2020, FBI Reports WSJ

Trump Transition

Abortion rights march: Thousands attend rallies across US BBC

Biden Administration

Our Famously Free Press

Guillotine Watch

Private jet rage grows as a record number of fliers strain the system, causing plane shortages CNBC

Biden Administration

There Is a Landmine in the Reconciliation Negotiations Esquire

Class Warfare

San Francisco-Based Veritas Investments Accused of Harassing Renters Capital & Main

Joe Manchin: Bailouts for Me, But Not for Thee  Jacobin

Apple Just Gave Millions Of Users A Reason To Quit Their iPhones  Forbes (David L)

Big Brother IS Watching You Watch

The Shady $12 Billion Industry Tracking Your Every Move Hello World (chuck l)

Dwindling Alaska salmon leave Yukon Rover tribes in crisis AP

Arizona drought ignites tensions, threatens Hopi traditions The Bharat Express News

The Colorado River Is in Crisis. The Walton Family Is Pushing a Solution. Wall Street Journal

Bureau of Land Management hopes goats can slow wildfires AP

India

Rich Nations Must Commit More Than $100 Billion in Climate Fight, Says India The Wire

Farmers have ‘strangulated’ Delhi, says SC on their plea to protest in Jantar Mantar Scroll

Why evictions in Assam under Himanta Sarma have left Bengali Muslims more fearful than ever before Scroll

Laos enlists Japan startup for study on digital currency Nikkei Asia

China?

Belt and Road starts and stops in China’s backyard Asia Times

$385bn of China’s Belt and Road lending kept undisclosed: report Nikkei Asia

Why China’s beef with Australia is making US meat exporters happy – for now South China Morning Post

Syraqistan

The Pashtun will outlast all empires, but can they hold Afghanistan’s center? The Cradle (chuck l)

US ‘sooner or later’ must recognise Taliban: Pakistan PM Khan Al Jazeera

Report: Putin Suggested US Use Russian Bases in Central Asia The Diplomat

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141 comments

  1. cj

    Re: Kyle Irving vaccine stance. Kyle Irving has also made comments indicating he believes the world is flat and that there are no authentic photos of the earth taken from space….. I dont know if anybody has asked him if the moon landing was faked. My guess would be he possibly believes so.

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  2. Quentin

    Jerri-Lynn, My heart nearly skips a beat when opening NC I see you have curated the links: you find so many interesting titles I can’t resist at least taking a glance at or reading in their entirety. Thanks.

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  3. Henry Moon Pie

    Private jet shortage–

    Ban ’em. Completely. Private jets are the lowest hanging fruit of all carbon emissions.

    Why such drastic action? One way of understanding the task before us is the carbon footprint. To stay below 2 degrees C by 2050 (notice how the goal is slipping both in terms of level of warming and time), the average human carbon footprint must be 2 tons per year. The current world average is 4 tons per year. The American average emission is 16 tons per year.

    What do private jets contribute? Climate czar John Kerry’s private jet emitted an estimated 116 tons of carbon in 2020 based on flight plan records and a Paramount Business Jets emissions calculator. That’s 7 times what the average American emits from all activities over a year and 58 times the goal that must be met by 2050.

    So ban flights. Ban manufacture. Seize and scrap existing planes. The rich are addicted to flying around on these carbon-spewing chariots, and the only way to “help” them with their addiction is take these toys away.

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    1. Katniss Everdeen

      It isn’t clear if Kurer had been vaccinated against COVID-19. The police department said in the Facebook post that it doesn’t provide details on an employee’s medical conditions or vaccination status out of respect for their and their family’s privacy.

      Oh.

      A level of “respect” for “privacy” not afforded the “unvaccinated,” like pro basketball player Kyrie Irving, or any of the other tens of millions without the correct QR codes on their phones or laminated partial personal medical history cards in their wallets.

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  4. BeliTsari

    Glenn & Matt (and Matt) all singing to our choir; about the two halves of the halves (white flight suburbanite MAGA vs retired yuppies & Creative Class™ libruls) media dopamine fix. Dopplegangster corps like Comcast gavaging “both” faces of their petit bourgeois churls diametrically identical lies, AND sneering esteem boosting protection schemes? As suck-up OathKeeper cops, III% company thugs & Boogaloo Boi agents provacateurs are unleashed upon our half of the working class; we’ll now be blamed for ALL catastrophe capitalism’s echo-chamber cage rattling agitprop crises?

    https://www.science.org/content/article/emails-offer-look-whistleblower-charges-cronyism-behind-potential-covid-19-drug

    https://www.resilience.org/stories/2021-10-01/the-corruption-of-science-an-international-issue/

    https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2021/10/02/the-corporations-are-the-government-notes-from-the-edge-of-the-narrative-matrix/#comment-69398

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  5. Wukchumni

    Murders Rose Nearly 30% in the U.S. in 2020, FBI Reports WSJ

    About 77 percent of reported murders in 2020 were committed with a firearm, the highest share ever reported, up from 67 percent a decade ago.

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    The first supply shock in these not so united states after a lack of TP during the pandemic was guns & ammo, but nobody ever got wiped out or strangled with 2-ply…

    America…just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable

    Hunter S. Thompson

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    1. Roger Blakely

      Employers worldwide have no clue about how to get employees back to work in office buildings. In California the pandemic officially ended on June 15, 2021. But Delta refused to cooperate. Now employers are just spinning their wheels. Employers are hoping that Delta magically goes away immediately. The truth is that employees can go back to office buildings. Employees must be wearing respirators in the building. When employees go into the restroom, they need to be wearing chemical splash goggles.

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      1. polecat

        Those slaves , urm .. employees .. are now all too busy getting ready to homeschool the younguns…
        ‘;]

        Good one GAV, you mendacious wanker!

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      2. Mikel

        Additionally, the ability to open windows…but they can get sued for somebody jumping and not sued for someone catching Covid. And more people die from Covid than jumping from buidings at the workplace.
        But then again, lots of companies have a whole lot of in$urance on employees (and executives/VPs lives).

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  6. Cocomaan

    Let’s start with what should be obvious: email is a bad way to communicate. There’s the way it gives license to verbiage, turning simple conversations into an exchange of over-crafted essays.

    This is funny considering how overwritten this article is.

    The author fails to mention that email is an open source application and doesn’t require endless subscriptions to proprietary tools, many of which are painful desktop clients that hog processor power. Talk about distraction: having multiple applications open just to collaborate is a terrible practice.

    And in my job, compliance and risk, the paper trail that email offers is essential. Try auditing a slack channel. Or whatever other goofy stuff the author mentions.

    I am pretty tired of people moaning about being unable to manage their inbox. The tech has been around for decades. Back in the day, I’m sure it would be the same group whinging about paper memos in their inbox.

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  7. griffen

    NBA players not being vaccinated. I believe there was a prior article this week, about an Orlando Magic player who was not currently vaccinated. These players are slated to contractually earn an astounding amount per game. I think Irving is near $34 million this season. Irving can be an iconoclast in varied aspects.

    That is a lot of dough to miss out upon. But, I am not playing a tiny violin for them.

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    1. tegnost

      for perspective, 34 million in kyrie’s case payment for entertainment value…
      What do these useles eaters do for you?
      https://www.livemint.com/companies/people/jeff-bezos-mark-zuckerberg-and-elon-musk-made-115-billion-in-2020-11595996417400.html
      for the record, 1 billion is a thousand million
      And we don’t have any way of proving these greedy a holes took the vaccine,
      but they damn sure want you and their slave labor force to step up and get the “jab”.

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      1. Nikkikat

        Tegmost, you are correct, the slaves need to get back to work, that’s what is driving this mandatory vaccine insanity. It would seem the populace will go along with it too. Just saw CBS news story on tv claiming the Russians are all dying due to their “mistaken belief that covid gives you immunity from covid”.

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        1. JBird4049

          Since “the jab” is supposed to give you immunity from covid by informing the immune system, how is that different from the disease itself informing the immune system to give you future immunity from the disease? A disease is usually far more informative for one’s immune system than any fricking vaccine.

          It seems that our collective brains are melting out our ears.

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          1. Nikkikat

            jbird, my comment may not be clear. CBS and news media lying about natural immunity. fauci also lied about natural immunity. On CNN he claimed NOT to know whether natural acquired immunity from covid was stronger than vaccine immunity. People are in fact taking a vaccine when they do not need to take a vaccine.

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            1. Lee

              Since the future hasn’t happened yet, no one knows just how long immunity lasts, whether from the vaccines or from having successfully weathered infection. Measuring the presence of antibodies is somewhat misleading, as they always wane. The more crucial question is, just how good are the memories of those memory B cells.

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              1. Yves Smith

                No, memory B cells will not stop a case of Covid. They kick in only if antibodies have failed to respond.

                With Covid becoming symptomatic in a median of 4 days with Delta, and the cytokine storm being what does the damage, the memory cells will not stop any damage. Memory B cells are useful with slower moving diseases.

                As GM said by e-mail:

                Note that the very fact that people are spending so much time on whether “natural immunity” is better than vaccine-induced immunity is a total defeat on its own.

                Even if it lasts a bit longer, the price you pay for that in terms of damage to the immune system, the brain and internal organs is totally unacceptable, and it will still decay on a time scale that makes all such discussions completely pointless. Whether the vaccine wanes in 6 months and natural immunity in 18, that does not make a big difference, in a world of endemic COVID we’re still talking about decades of life expectancy reduction due to multiple Covid infections over a normal lifespan.

                So I would avoid getting into such discussion altogether. The focus should be on prevent infections…

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          2. Lee

            The disease, if it does not kill and/or disable you, possibly makes your immune response stronger than does the vaccine according to some recent research (see mine below). Even so, if one has not been infected, I’ve concluded that for myself vaccination is a better bet than getting infected without the vaccine on board.

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      2. griffen

        Perspective is important. $34 million per year is a lot more than $15 to $25 an hour.

        Irving has the right to not get vaccinated as do others. But in a team sport setting, if he is choosing to sit instead of play he is not on the same level as a Brown, or an Ali, or a Russell (at least not from my personal view).

        NBA players are not nearly as essential as health care workers. NBA players do have a powerful player’s union as well. Thus, my tiny violin.

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        1. Milton

          Plus they had an opportunity last season to put a real hurt on the owners before last season’s playoffs but dollar signs and a meddling Obama put the kibosh on such action. So yes, the playing on one’s tiny fiddle is warranted.

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          1. Pat

            I wonder if any of them have realized they got played. Or will they all show up for the next birthday bash (provided they still are useful enough to get asked)?

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            1. NotTimothyGeithner

              LeBron wants to be a billionaire and is heavily invested in his image in foreign markets such as China. He didn’t want to rock the boat, and he’s more or less out there promising everyone a role in Space Jam 3 through 47. When those roles don’t pan out, players might go ugh, but even marginal players are pulling down serious pay checks.

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        2. polecat

          So,, when one ‘bens the knee’ it$ hunky dory A-Ok … but to defer to Team Immunity, we all cry fowl??

          Perhaps those violin strings are reaching their tolerances – “SNAP! PUTWANG! OUCH!”

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        3. NotTimothyGeithner

          if he is choosing to sit instead of play he is not on the same level as a Brown, or an Ali, or a Russell (at least not from my personal view).

          Irving is in the hall of very good whether he plays or not. I mean he’ll get in the Naismath Hall of Fame because Cooperstown despite its flaws is the only hall of fame with standards (I can’t recommend a long morning at the Naismath Hall of Fame enough. What a fun place), but lets not pretend, he’s with the all time greats. He’s never even been the best player in a season or a real top 10 player in a season, maybe once. He’s not even the best point guard on his current team.

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          1. griffen

            No doubt, his talent on the court is quite good to very good. He did famously drill a big 3-pointer in 2016, helping the Cavs bring a title to an overdue fan base. I also think another title run with the current Brooklyn team would cement his hall status. Just this village idiot’s opinion.

            I’m not much of a Hall of famery visitor but the Naismith is top of my list. College, and professional, hoops is a treasure trove of the big names and the lesser David’s on that rare occasion knocking down the Goliath when it matters most.

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      3. Maritimer

        “…we don’t have any way of proving these greedy a holes took the vaccine,”
        ***********
        One would have thought that such a draconian measure as passports would have been instituted with a rigid system of VACCINATION AUTHENTICATION. I have not seen this subject addressed anywhere by the talking heads and pundits. Least of all Public Health officials.

        Already we have reports of counterfeit QR codes. Counterfeit paper passports.
        And what about who initiates the Authentication process. Some flunky worker at a drivethru or a Stuperstore who fills out some paperwork and voila, good to go! Some of those folks may be making a boatload of cash. Throw out the vial and check the boxes on the paper!

        One is reminded of Conscription particularly during Viet War. The Delaware Creeper got 5 deferments and General Bonespurs too. System was abused over and over, mostly by the wealthy. Take one for the Herd? You gotta be kidding.

        Who audits Vaccination Authentication at major conglomerates? Separate system no doubt for execs.

        So, this vital point of Pandemic Prevention is a sieve for vaxx avoidance and counterfeiting.

        Meanwhile, the top 10% take their private jets to their exclusive health clinics being sure to carry with them their Covid Kits of prophylactics and treatments.

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    2. farragut

      Apologies if I’m late to the party but, if it now seems increasingly likely one can still harbor & transmit COVID despite being vaccinated, becoming vaccinated “to protect others” seems to lose much of its driving force. Getting vaxxed to lessen the severity of one’s own reaction upon contracting COVID still makes sense, of course…as well as to reduce the burden on our health care system. And given it now appears natural immunity confers a robust—if not stronger—protection against repeat infections, those who’ve already had COVID shouldn’t need to get vaccinated, correct? If the above is true, why the continued ‘get vaxxed to protect others’ messaging for vaccinations?

      As an aside, in the only interview I’ve seen of Mr Irving discussing COVID, he refuses to delve into his reasons why he’s adamantly opposed to getting the vaccine. That’s a bit frustrating, as we can’t address his concerns if he doesn’t share them. If you haven’t already, watch this short clip of another NBA star, Jonathan Isaac, thoughtfully & calmly discussing his reasons:

      https://twitter.com/ArtValley818_/status/1442809449039769601

      And as a final thought, it’s refreshing to see the sports journalists allowing Mr Isaac to finish his thoughts without interrupting.

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      1. LawnDart

        The article written by Chris Thompson of the Defector… they’re really invested in this idea that the vaccine somehow protects others from infection rather than just somewhat protects the vaccinated individual alone, aren’t they?

        Religious zealotry is as American as apple pie… do the liberals not realize that they live by lies and that their faith is not supported by evidence?

        Yeah, a lot of cheerleading for Thompson in the comments, unfortunately not of the Bronx variety.

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        1. Screwball

          Religious zealotry is as American as apple pie… do the liberals not realize that they live by lies and that their faith is not supported by evidence?

          They don’t – their still yapping about Russia, Trump, didn’t hear about the Clinton lawyer incitements, think the jabs are the cure all end all, and those who won’t get them are stupid redneck Trumpers who should die – while anyone who doesn’t think like them are the idiots.

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    3. Lee

      Interesting discussion in recent Dr. Campbell video: Natural versus Vaccine Immunity, in which he discusses data that indicate that having had Covid-19 confers protection equal to that provided by vaccines. He notes that in the U.K. that the previously infected will be granted the same status as the vaccinated for a number of months after their infection, while in the U.S. only having been vaccinated will do.

      Conversely, in a recent TWIV video, Dr. Daniel Griffen, citing data from Oklahoma, expresses the opposite view, that the vaccinated breakthrough rate was considerably less than the reinfection rate. The TWIV host seemed a bit surprised by this and pressed the good doctor on this point, asking him for specifics on the data, and the doctor, to my mind, became evasive, which would be consistent with often less than precisely accurate and honest messaging from our U.S. elites.

      Relevant links to the data discussed are provided at their respective sites.

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      1. YankeeFrank

        What shocks me about this particular conversation is that we’ve known for a really long time that past infection confers strong protection against re-infection. Its as if we’re living in a version of Groundhog Day where we wake up not knowing anything from before this moment, everyday. Apparently anything that suggests anyone should stop pumping big pharma boosters into their arms every 4-6 months for the foreseeable future must be silenced. Its almost like a conspiracy ginned up to maximize profit. Almost.

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        1. Eustachedesaintpierre

          The fight against the pandemic has been referred to as a war & IMO in the US in particular it is one of attrition, with no great surprise as to who has to go over the top & who is dispensable – while as with all wars there are substantial pickings for profiteers.

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        2. Vandemonian

          Similarly with the massive coordinated campaign against the drug that shall not be named. Starts with ‘i’, rhymes with ‘pectin’.

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        3. Grateful Dude

          ” … where we wake up not knowing anything from before this moment, everyday.” is not ‘Groundhog Day’, but ‘Memento’ : fascinating but excruciatingly hard to watch.

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        4. Cuibono

          “really long time”
          And by really long you mean more than a couple thousand years.
          “Yet it was with those who had recovered from the disease that the sick and the dying found most compassion. These knew what it was from experience and had no fear for themselves; for the same man was never attacked twice—never at least fatally.’ Thucydides 430 BC

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        5. Skunk

          It’s a coronavirus. Coronaviruses are known for somewhat fleeting immunity, as with the common cold. This may not be true of all coronaviruses, but there is reason for concern. Natural immunity after infection may only be temporary. We don’t know.

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        1. Lee

          Perhaps I’m missing something, but the Oklahoma data, while providing numbers on incidents of reinfection, do not provide comparisons between them and breakthrough cases so far as illness and deaths are concerned. If I did miss something I’d be grateful if you could point it out.

          This distinction regarding the difference between being infected and becoming seriously ill is important because, based on my current understanding as to the high transmissibility of the virus and that the vaccines are non-sterilizing, virtually everyone will eventually become infected possibly multiple times in coming years, but hopefully most will not become seriously ill because they have been vaccinated either naturally or by having received a vaccine.

          According to Campbell, it currently appears that unlike the U.S. that the U.K., consistent with the Israeli data, will be basing its public health measures on the notion that for a specified period of time after recovery that the previously infected but unvaccinated will be granted the same status as the vaccinated.

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      2. Cuibono

        i can say that in my experience breakthrough infection is very common and reinfection is still rare. Griffen is blowing smoke imo

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      3. Yves Smith

        Mr. TMIV is Making Shit Up. There is no good data on reinfections due to:

        1. Lack of decent data on who actually got Covid (many asymptomatic/mild cases not captured). Some of the vaxxed may have had earlier Covid cases too (you need to test for different antibodies, N v. S and I can’t remember which, to determine if the antibodies resulted from vaccination or infection. Most antibody tests do not test for “infection only” antibodies.

        2. Lack of sequencing (in the US, we do about zero compared to other advanced economies). You need that to determine if what looks like a reinfection is just that you never recovered and relapsed.

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  8. Blue Duck

    ‘A perfect storm’: supply chain crisis could blow world economy off course

    Is anyone making preparations for this? I’ve run my deep pantry and chest freezer low, and I need to restock. I got three cords of oak to take the pressure off our winter heating costs. If there is going to be electricity rationing maybe we need a generator to run our well pump.

    Does anyone have any particular items of concern? My son takes prescription medication. I really want to get a 6 month supply but not sure if that’s possible.

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    1. Brunches wth Cats

      > Does anyone have any particular items of concern?

      Yeah, chocolate and coffee. When I read that there might be a shortage, my first thought was that the link should have been under “Kill me now.”

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  9. Tom Stone

    I wonder if the increase in Murders here in the USA has anything to do with a rapidly expanding underclass, an increasingly precarious middle class and a government that has become increasingly corrupt and repressive.
    When those with power can overtly flout the laws with impunity those without power might lose respect for the law…
    for some reason.

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      1. bassmule

        “Can you hear the evil crowd
        The lies and the laughter
        I hear my inside
        The mechanized hum of another world
        Where no sun is shining
        No red light flashing
        Here in this darkness
        I know what I’ve done
        I know all at once who I am”

        Don’t take me alive.”

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    1. griffen

      It’s anxiety, anger, distress. The truly ruling elites of the country, left / right / center, write the laws or their lobbyists write the laws for them. And then there’s legitimate shock that the non-elites are no longer content to enjoy the crumbs. Bonus time for the fact that laws don’t apply to these ruling elites, not in any conceivable way like it does for the bottom rung on the ladder.

      40 years of economic BS will do that. Go long bootstraps, young Americans!

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    2. NotTimothyGeithner

      30% seems like a large increase, but its from a low baseline. Murder is so often personal. With lock down, people had time to stew. The increases were pretty uniform across the country which leads me to Covid. Given wealth inequality and poverty in recent years, lock down, seeming like it put everyone on edge, is probably the answer.

      It’s arguably small enough a number that it’s chance. Eventually state and local data will be available, so despite the unsolved murder rate, an answer will be forthcoming.

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      1. Carla

        “30% seems like a large increase, but its from a low baseline.”

        I doubt the American murder rate in 2019 (or whatever year is the baseline) would be considered LOW in any of the nominally civilized countries around the world.

        Piles of guns meet oceans of despair… what a combo.

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        1. Tom Stone

          As far as Gunz, that horse has left the barn.
          The FGC2 is showing up in NZ,Finland, OZ and the UK…as well as a lot of other places.
          3D printed which is QUIET, has no smells and which can be done in a closet, barrels made from high pressure steel tubing rifled with ECM machining ( Again, QUIET and no revealing smells), screws and springs are available from your local hardware store.
          Make a dozen and your unit cost is down to $150 or so.
          For a 9mm full auto that works well.
          And Gunz are the least of it, someone with less than Mad Skillz could take down the grid or brick all the internet connected cars…
          Buying a luxury car that’s part of the internet of shit because it’s cool.

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          1. Wukchumni

            If what you say is true, wouldn’t it behoove those with huge arsenals of arms to get rid of them before the values of name-brand pistols plummet?

            One thing i’ve noticed with hand cannon fanciers, is a lot of them seem to not be able to afford rent or other niceties most of us take for granted, but selling off your guns would be admitting that you weren’t worthy of them, so few do.

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            1. Tom Stone

              Wuk, a basic pistol battery would be two pistols for self defense, one concealable and one full size and two hunting pistols, one a .22 and one .44 or .45.
              If you are a competitive shooter the specialization of the Pistols for your particular sport usually makes them impractical for most other uses.
              Italian “Race Guns” are strikingly beautiful and expensive for one example.

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        2. Objective Ace

          Why is the comparison civilized countries? America hasn’t been civilized for awhile–this is the country where killing for profits is the norm and the rich never face a penalty. Seems like the underclass is catching on and just following their example

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          1. hunkerdown

            Civilization is a mode of settlement, not a system of maximizing avoidant relations nor an invidious claim to restraint. Civilization, in the anthropological sense, tends strongly to result in uncivilized behavior, in the political sense. Few counterexamples are attested.

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      2. Nikkikat

        Can we even know what is true anymore? The cops and politicians have used the old chestnut of increases in crime for years in order to give cops more money and prisons more inmates.

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        1. NotTimothyGeithner

          The generation of police reports as they start with dispatchers and go through too many eyes and ears to misrepresent the number of murders on and large scale. There are certainly kisses with domestic violence 9/11 calls and police reports saying the 9/11 caller was mouthing off, but the regulations and watchers are there. Insurers, legislatures, hospitals, telephone and Internet companies, nosy people, local press, and so forth would all have to be in on it. “Officer involved shooting” still generates a report even if it’s code for a cop shot up a kid.

          Murders are so rare, people remember them. People who work at a hospital are going to notice if the report is six murders and only three cadavers came through.

          A military base is a different situation and isolated communities here and there, but the discrepancies wouldn’t show up on a large scale.

          Besides, property related crimes are way down. That’s what the local gentry cares a about. If the police wanted to prove their worth, this would be the lie.

          I go back to the number of people involved. There are less problems with theories about the UK Royal family being reptiloids and running the globe through the Jesuits than the reported murder rate being wrong, minus disappeared people who have explanations attached.

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    3. tegnost

      Donziger, Assange, Snowden, Craig Murray, surveillance, data mining, fracking, monsanto/bayer, gmo’s, vaccine mandates, unaffordable living, student loans, $600 irs reporting requirements, incarceration nation, pity the poor salmon, fukushima, global heating, fusion centers, black sites, torture, George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, rigged primaries, bailouts, the new york times, judith miller,,disabled veterans of forever wars (oddly, my wealthy friends have not enlisted their kids in spite of their support of global domination) attempted global domination, the economy is the only life that matters, TPP (dead now, thanks to the evil donald), Ukranian neo nazis, Boris, Hillary, Manchin, Sinema, Hunter, Eric Prince, De Joy, Dick Cheney,… George Bush is a good guy now? What?… Libya, Afghanistan, Syria
      It’s a shining city on a hill…surrounded by destruction and waste.

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        1. YankeeFrank

          You do. A sickly glow like some godforsaken place from an HP Lovecraft story.

          One of the many Catholic and catholic moral ideas Tolkien presents so clearly is that we must beware those who seem fair and feel foul. That applies to the neoliberal elite so perfectly.

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        1. ambrit

          Setting up a “Proud Tower” in the middle of the “Waste Land” from which to plot their ‘foretold’ rule. Call it : Minas Meghan.
          Lovecraft would completely understand the timeless evil that is Wall Street. Too many possible analogies to relate here.

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          1. chuck roast

            H.P.’s grave is at Swan Point Cemetery. It was a well trodden spot back when there was way too much blotter acid around. Everybody looking for an entrance to the underworld…no luck. However, maybe Meghan n’ Harry have just the aura, Dora, to gain access. Not that I would wish a bit of good fortune to the family royale.

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      1. Vandemonian

        There’s a studied brilliance to this, tegnost. It reads like a first draft for an update of Billy Joel’s “We didn’t start the fire”.

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    4. LifelongLib

      I wasn’t able to read the article (paywalled). But my understanding is that the overall violent crime rate is a better measure of violence than the murder rate. Areas with the same amount of violence can have different murder rates because of differences in e.g. emergency medicine. Speculation, but it’s possible that part of the reason for the increase in the murder rate is that violent crime victims aren’t getting the quality of medical care that they did prior to covid.

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  10. Wukchumni

    School districts in Kern County are working to lure substitute teachers with higher pay and bonuses during a year with a shallow pool of teachers and historic demand.

    Over the course of the pandemic, Kern County’s already small pool of K-12 substitutes was just about halved. In September 2019, there were 2,026 substitute teachers countywide, according to Kern County Superintendent of Schools spokesman Robert Meszaros. As of Aug. 13, it was 1,105.

    The basement in Kern County is $100 for a day’s work. Rates tend to higher as students get older or for assignments focused on students with disabilities. High schools tend to pay by the hour or period. Retired educators also tend to be paid more.

    https://www.bakersfield.com/news/school-districts-raise-pay-for-substitute-teachers-amid-dire-shortage/article_03a148fc-2233-11ec-8931-2f724fb515ad.html
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    $12.50 an hour for new hires!

    They can get $15 an hour working @ McDonalds locally…

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  11. Questa Nota

    Greenwald’s Yang excerpt includes something fun. Broader use of the word kayfabe will encourage Scrabble players everywhere.

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    1. Dr. John Carpenter

      I’ve said this before, but ProWrestling has a ton of useful terms for making sense of modern US politics.

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      1. Jeremy Grimm

        Are you suggesting that ProWrestling might introduce many additions to the official Scrabble dictionary? I would applaud that event. I do not play Scrabble, but I very much enjoy the utility of ProWrestling vocabulary for describing events. It is so much more colorful, descriptive, and Truthful than the political vocabulary in current vogue.

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        1. chuck roast

          I just advised my sister (a Scrabble aficionado) that she could body slam her opponents with the word kaybabe, but it should only be used in a deathmatch as a kind of Killer Kowalski claw hold to body slam her opponents.

          Thanks Doc :-)

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  12. Eclair

    RE: ‘A perfect storm’: supply chain crisis could blow world economy off course’

    Aiiyee! Matt Stoller remarked recently that for 40 plus years, we (the industrialized, first world, civilized, whatever, nations) have not had to think about supply chains or shortages, stuff just showed up. The government does not even have the processes in place to track shortages.

    Thanks to Amazon Prime (Hail Jeff Bezos!) and ubiquitous credit cards (charge it because your stagnant wages do not allow you to afford it, but we don’t want to tell you, because then you might get fractious,) we have ‘stuff’ coming out our ears, dumped into county land-fills, auto-junk yards and shipped off to third-world countries, until recently when they rebelled against being used as dump-sites for our refuse.

    And, now things are falling apart. There are empty shelves at the supermarket, 2 x 4’s (not since the ’70’s, when they were quietly downsized to 1 5/8 x 3 5/8’s) have doubled in price, along with flour and petrol.

    And, chips! OMG! We can’t produce cars! Like this is a Bad Thing. Think about it, maybe we don’t need as many new cars and pick-ups. Maybe we should recycle the old lumber when we deconstruct a house, instead of tossing it into a mammoth dumpster. A tree will thank you.

    And the underlying, insidious propaganda: it’s all those checks the government sent to laid-off workers, putting money in their pockets. And, instead of paying their rent (that darned eviction moratorium,) they are buying more stuff, creating ….. tah dah!……. inflation! Blame the peons! It’s not the big corporations, with more cash than God. It’s not the newly minted CoVid-gazillionaires, with five houses, six cars, a yacht, a private jet, and a Senator and two Congresspersons on a leash, who are using up the resources.

    And, a $15 minium wage will result in even more inflation/stagflation.

    I’m confused. I don’t know any more. People, ordinary working people, left or right leaning, here in western New York, are tossing around phrases like: “When revolution comes …. ” And, not in a good way. It’s about lost trust in our institutions, from our US Congress (don’t get me started!) to the CDC. It’s about the realization that we are growing further apart in our political points of view. It’s about hunkering down, keeping your head below the ramparts, knowing which neighbors have guns, cross-bows, and a supply of ammunition. Knowing which neighbors can raise food, who knows carpentry, electrical work (or who has a good supply of kerosene lamps.) It’s about installing a little wood-burning stove, because winters here are cold and who knows how reliable the electricity/gas supplies will be. It’s about about holding our collective breaths and waiting for the violence, seeping in like the first ripples of the turning tide.

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    1. TomDority

      RE: ‘A perfect storm’: supply chain crisis could blow world economy off course’

      Is it not the same economy that brought us the supply chains?? If it is so, then possibly, the world economy is off course and the supply chain screw-up could bring the world economy on course.

      A world economy that has become financialized and privatized and become a market free to the rentiers and scam artists and thieves for so long — I would say it is about time the world economy take a new course!!

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    2. Blue Duck

      I bought three cords of oak for this winter. I can also highly recommend the inflatable solar charging LED camping lanterns. We have five and it’s enough to get us through the dark hours when the powers out.

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    3. Jeremy Grimm

      A ‘perfect storm’ … huh!????? The Corona pandemic stepped on a few logistics tails but the fragility and breaks in some many u.s. supply chains hardly qualifies as a ‘perfect storm’. Perhaps a ‘perfectly crafted storm’ is a more fitting epithet. There were many large scale supply chain failures before the Corona pandemic, revealing extremely fragile networks of supply whose continued operation are far more surprising to me than their failures.

      Blue Duck suggests a strategy that may prove the best response to the shortages. As individuals, we are powerless to counter the ‘wisdom’ of the Market — without some great change.

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  13. Wukchumni

    “Say you’ve got a client who ordered Belvedere vodka and the caterer couldn’t only get Grey Goose,” Gollan said. “So the customer gets on the plane and he’s ticked off that he’s paying all this money and saying “why didn’t I get my Belvedere vodka?’”

    Private jet rage grows as a record number of fliers strain the system, causing plane shortages CNBC
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    Imagine the outrage if there was only Kamtchatka or Smirnoff, oh the humanity!

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  14. Screwball

    Anyone see the latest rant from Olbermann where he is calling people names for not taking the jab for about 2 minutes? It is truly hard to watch IMNSHO. The guy comes off as unhinged, and his message isn’t helpful. He sounds like so many I already know.

    Where this all leads, I don’t know, but I don’t think it is a good place.

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    1. Michael Fiorillo

      Olberman has been demented for years. Check out his pre-Trump inauguration rant for GQ (“Scum! Russian scum!”) on YouTube. It sets the standard for all the liberal derangement to follow…

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    2. NotTimothyGeithner

      The dude is desperate to get back on TV. The cable news types won’t do it because despite his desperation the special comments from back in the day were done on his own. They want corporate drones who always play ball.

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    3. Nikkikat

      Olbermann jumped on the crazy train years ago. Never got off. Just like Bill Maher he spends all of his time attacking regular people and kissing the ring of liberal elites like Pelosi.
      Cause you know, their rich too. Maher spent a year whining that Obama wouldn’t come on his show and “ I gave him a million dollar donation” for his election!

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      1. Screwball

        Great point. I am at a loss as to what keeps people going back to such hucksters. Of course the same people who think the problem is Tucker, Rush, Hannity, and Fox in general. They don’t have squat on MSNBC or CNN.

        Where do I get off this ride?

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        1. Carolinian

          Well Fox did create the ‘news as combat’ template. There was a time when the “respectable” networks sniffed at Fox, then they became Fox.

          Also 24/7 cable networks have a huge time hole to fill and lunatic talking heads are cheap programming.

          So blame it on Ted Turner too for creating cable news. Our current result may not be what he intended but he was there at the beginning.

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        2. LawnDart

          The Tabbi article posted either here or there made a great point: it’s a question of faith, not fact: affirmation is very-much a force not easily overcome.

          “Where do I get off this ride?”

          Not here, my friend. Not in Amerikka.

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        3. Questa Nota

          60 Minutes aired a segment about the Facebook whistleblower. She took exception to their manipulation of information. They stirred up users because an angry user is an engaged data provider for their mining. The news media apply their own variations to that model. Nowhere is the truth evident, in presentation let alone acknowledgement.

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  15. Alex Cox

    The person who wrote that email article is absolutely mad. Instead of checking one’s emails occasionally (once a day is entirely feasible) he proposes: “Use a Jamboard or a Miro canvas to capture thoughts, then synthesise the themes together. Do you want to share an idea and see what people think? Record a Loom video and get open feedback on Slack. Do you want to find and resolve areas of disagreement between two people? Do what a colleague and I have started doing: write down one side’s view in a Google Doc.”

    Email is a non-proprietory form of communicating. Everything he proposes is a money-making venture designed to waste even more of the user’s time. So, most appropriately, he ends by advising us to sign in to Google Docs!

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    1. Mo's Bike Shop

      Made it to the second paragraph before quitting. Sounded like arguing for ‘this email could have been a meeting.’ I notice that the higher you go in the org chart, there is less ability to compose one’s thoughts effectively in an email.

      Instant messaging on the other hand is mostly terrible. All the charm of a rocket sled.

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    2. XXYY

      I am always mystified when people talk about the problems of email. Certainly, any form of communication can be used badly or abused, but I don’t see any inherent problem with the form. If you can write down words and then instantly communicate them to a desired set of people anywhere on the planet for free, this seems hard to beat.

      Email clients have become extremely sophisticated over the years, and allow a level of painless and fast interaction that is very hard to beat. Incoming material can be filtered, filed, or discarded automatically as you see fit. There is also an “inbox factor” that is very hard to do without; having one place to go to find everything you need to attend to is incredibly productive and useful. (Non email media implicitly acknowledge this by offering to send you email notifications.)

      Maybe I am just getting old or something.

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      1. Jason Boxman

        Indeed; Anyone that has an issue with email ought to try using Slack. Rooms, threads, pins, embedded documents and graphics, private chats, private group chats, bots, oh my! Information gets lost even more quickly than ever! Plus active notifications! Who doesn’t want to be interrupted by notifications? Sure, you can silence or configure notifications, but more configuration! More customization! Oh joy!

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      2. jr

        My partner tells me now that no one in her workplace uses email, it’s all DM or direct messaging.

        I had to ask her what DM meant.

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    3. hunkerdown

      Exactly. The problem with good old SMTP Internet email is that it fails to enable rents. “Internet postage” email metering flopped, so all there is left is to throw shade.

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    4. Jeremy Grimm

      I like email very much. It allows me to compose ‘letters’ and send them instantly — of course, I also still enjoy writing snail mail letters. With email I can hope for a more timely communication — although I am surprised by how many people do not bother to offer a bare acknowledgement to my emails — so I quit worrying about it. For anything truly important I use snail mail, or old-fashioned voice phone calls … using my land-line phone. I only text when I absolutely must, and my messages are typically very short and feature ‘creative’ spelling/abbreviations — I am not ‘up’ on the latest text-speak. As for ‘apps’ — I regard them as a security anathema, offering little or nothing to offset their risk interface.

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  16. Wukchumni

    The Colorado River Is in Crisis. The Walton Family Is Pushing a Solution. Wall Street Journal
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    What we need is a rainmaker…

    In 1915 the San Diego city council, pressured by the San Diego Wide Awake Improvement Club, approached Hatfield to produce rain to fill the Morena Dam reservoir. Hatfield offered to produce rain for free, then charge $1,000 per inch ($393.7 per centimetre) for between forty and fifty inches (1.02 to 1.27 m) and free again over fifty inches (1.27 m). The council voted four to one for a $10,000 fee, payable when the reservoir was filled. A formal agreement was never drawn up, though Hatfield continued based on verbal understanding. Hatfield, with his brother, built a tower beside Lake Morena and was ready early in the New Year.

    On January 5, 1916 heavy rain began—and grew gradually heavier day by day. Dry riverbeds filled to the point of flooding. Worsening floods destroyed bridges, marooned trains and cut phone cables – not to mention flooding homes and farms. Two dams, Sweetwater Dam and one at Lower Otay Lake, overflowed. Rain stopped on 20 January but resumed two days later. On January 27 Lower Otay Dam broke, increasing the devastation and reportedly causing about 20 deaths.

    Hatfield talked to the press on February 4 and said that the damage was not his fault and that the city should have taken adequate precautions. Hatfield had fulfilled the requirements of his contract—filling the reservoir—but the city council refused to pay the money unless Hatfield would accept liability for damages; there were already claims worth $3.5 million. Besides, there was no written contract. Hatfield tried to settle for $4000 and then sued the council. In two trials, the rain was ruled an act of God but Hatfield continued the suit until 1938 when two courts decided that the rain was an act of God, which absolved him of any wrongdoing, but also meant he did not get his fee.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hatfield

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  17. Joe Well

    Re: Matthew Stoller’s views on COVID advisors.

    Stroller is an advocate of removing just about all mitigations right now immediately everywhere and encouraging people to throw caution to the wind, at least for people who can prove vaccination or already having had an infection (!). Just read his tweets on the subject.

    Insane. We might as well just set off bombs in every hospital and nursing home in the country.

    Stoller, Greenwald, and that whole group of usually smart people have lost it when it comes to COVID.

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  18. Wukchumni

    WHISTLER, B.C. – A Whistler, B.C., woman has been hit with a $60,000 fine after feeding bulk produce to bears over the course of one summer.

    The B.C. Conservation Officer Service says it launched an investigation in July 2018 after reports of a person feeding black bears.

    The service found a resident had been intentionally feeding bulk produce — including up to 10 cases of apples, 50 pounds of carrots and up to 15 dozen eggs — throughout the summer.

    The service linked the feeding to three bears it had to kill in September 2018 after the animals destroyed property and showed no fear of humans.

    Conservation officer Sgt. Simon Gravel says the fine is precedent setting and the service hopes the large sum deters others from feeding animals.

    The majority of the fine has been ordered to go to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

    https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/10/02/whistler-bc-resident-fined-60000-for-feeding-black-bears.html

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  19. Pat

    Gosh remember when Facebook was a victim of Russian election interference…

    I am thinking that all the revelations we have and those coming about Facebook data collection, marketing and ineffectual nature of advertising there we will have further proof that story was as full of shit as Zuckerberg’s charity maybe even the claims of Zuckerberg and Sandberg’s genius.

    (Hope apparently does spring eternal, as I wait to see if it is fatally crippled rather than just dismissing the possibility. )

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  20. Wukchumni

    We’re still in the throes of the KNP & Windy Fires, and an interesting thing has happened with the latter…

    The Windy Fire went from 2% containment earlier in the week to 56% contained now. It owes much of it to recent fires the past 5 years, the current conflagration of over 90,000 acres has run into a lack of fuel.

    The KNP Fire went from 6% to 20% containment in the same time period, and aside from the Giant Forest which has had prescribed burns since the 1960’s and came away largely unfazed, but very little else in the surrounding area has burned in like forever and it continues to grow, now up to 67,000 acres.

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  21. KLG

    Mad? My first thought, especially after the shout out to Google Doc, was daft. Mad? Daft? A distinction without a difference in this context.

    But, this resonated: “Worse, smuggled into that mental model of the inbox is a way of thinking about work that is itself profoundly flawed—a paradigm that sees work as ticking off tasks as quickly as we can.” This is how medicine is increasingly taught, and practiced. Which will not end well.

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  22. griffen

    Article on our most honorable Senator, Joe Manchin. I was aware he and his family had an investment in a coal-related company. Not that shocking, being a West Virginian. I had forgotten or perhaps the memory bank is full, how he was onboard with the TARP / big bank bootstrap* program during the throes of the Financial Crisis. At the time he was the governor.

    It’s pick on Joe this weekend. Sorry but our entitlement programs have a history, just not the entitlement programs that most senators want to discuss. I am talking about corporate bailouts, specifically.

    *sarcasm aside, this episode in US equity and debt markets will forever irritate me to my grave. Collectively, no one served in jail or committed anything “wrong”. A few miscreants from a less well-known mortgage company actually did serve time. I know quite a few others who frequently comment have their own particular views also.

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      1. griffen

        Well it’s a family blog so I’m keeping it clean. And it took me years to realize no one was really that interested in how my post-crisis experience in the quickly changing workplace was not ideal. “Sorry I’m complaining about losing jobs” may as well have been a logo stamped on my own line of personal clothing.

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        1. judy2shoes

          And it took me years to realize no one was really that interested in how my post-crisis experience in the quickly changing workplace was not ideal. “Sorry I’m complaining about losing jobs” may as well have been a logo stamped on my own line of personal clothing.

          I hear you, griffin.

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    1. drumlin woodchuckles

      Does Coaly Joe own stock spread over tens or hundreds of coal companies? Or does he own a part of one or two specific coal companies? Has anyone really researched that question? Can anyone give an answer?

      Because if Coaly Joe owns part of one or two discrete coal companies, the electricity produced by the utilities who buy Coaly Joe’s coal can perhaps be hit with a slow-building boa-constrictiform movement to severely down-strangle the use of residential electricity by green warriors within their service areas, perhaps to the point where Coaly Joe’s coal companies are shrunken or destroyed through lack of coal purchases.

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  23. Wukchumni

    Persistence Pays​ | A Young Readers’ Report The Drift
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    Ugh, I had persistence through the first 33 words of the article until it got to Chelsea Clinton, and I found a second wind and then Elizabeth Warren showed up shortly thereafter, double ugh.

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  24. Jason Boxman

    And here it is:

    “That’s not going to happen,” Ms. Jayapal said on “State of the Union” on CNN. “That’s too small to get our priorities in. It’s going to be somewhere between $1.5 and $3.5, and I think the White House is working on that right now. Remember: What we want to deliver is child care, paid leave, climate change.”

    I called it here last week.

    “The Hyde Amendment is something the majority of the country does not support,” she said.

    However, Ms. Jayapal and other progressives said they were willing to compromise on the package’s price tag. Several said they were discussing whether to cut certain programs from their agenda entirely or to reduce the duration of the bill’s funding — to five years from 10 years, for example.

    So if Manchin agrees to drop Hyde in exchange for a 1.5T bill (or less), does the Progressive Caucus bite? We’ll see. I think yes.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/03/us/politics/progressive-democrats-infrastructure-abortion.html

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    1. ObjectiveFunction

      While my eyes have been largely glazing over at details of the DC Punch and Judy show (ze little puppets! hitting each other!), I find myself deeply skeptical that anything of consequence is going to result.

      Simply put, the energized voter bases of both parties today (that would be suburban and white in culture if not entirely in ethnicity) have no strong interest in raising taxes on themselves to make benefit people they now deeply despise. Pick your outgroups: shiftless migrant welfare queens or unvaxxed Trump zombie rednecks. And all factions equally distrust the public-contractor iron triangles through which any new largesse would be sifted.

      Nobody older than 22 really believes the ‘tax the billionaires’ shtick. Any meaningful tax rise ends up hitting the PMC ‘predatory precariat’ in both parties who (in their own minds) are:
      1. running full tilt on their aspirational debt-fueled treadmills;
      2. wondering whether their WFH BS job gigs ultimately end up in Hyderabad;
      3. don’t feel secure enough to afford to pay another $10k off the top;

      …. which they also have little faith will deliver concrete material benefits to either ‘society’ at large or any deserving group.

      America is broken fundamentally because Americans now despise one another; maybe not their immediate neighbors but a large percentage of the 350 million souls in it (including undocumented). That wasn’t true before, at least not for the majority.

      So many ‘politically engaged’ people of all stripes now seem to be like the ‘Super Patriot’ in that MAD magazine primer (c.1971):

      Isn’t it nice to see a man who loves his country? While hating 99.8% of the people who live in it.

      The crisis that is needed to bring about real change in America is not yet upon us.

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  25. Cuibono

    Fast-food chains close some indoor seating as U.S. cities mandate vaccine checks Reuters”
    and of course the end result of this is that family owned restaurants will wither while the giants will survive.
    KACHING.

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  26. skippy

    Wellie YS those long lines of information talked about years ago on NC have manifested in about the worst manner possible and at the most inopportune time … eh. To think back to Nike, cheap consumable lifestyle fashion image buffer just to buff equity, followed by the reckless stampede to China, market share black holes like Amazon [seller/buyer dating app (hunt/kill instinct)] …. all jammed up by the bottlenecks created by efficiency fetishes …

    All topped off by decades of ideological sunk costs driven irrevocably into the ground, which would rather social destruction in the near term on the hope[tm] that the corner just down the track. Quite the gambit on a viruses mad biology and does not take orders from anyone or thing …

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    1. chuck roast

      Yesterday I walked downtown to buy a new pair of my regular shoes. I walked into the place, and they had a coupla’ shoes on the wall and a buncha’ bags and jackets. So, I go, “What happened to your wall full of shoes?” The guy goes, “Can’t get any shoes these days.”

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  27. Raymond Sim

    Regarding the pernicious effects of ‘miasma’: Let us be clear, even as in the current pandemic, for the past hundred years opposition to the idea of airborne infection has served to minimize monetary outlays in rent collection and worker exploitation.

    The evidence for airborne transmission has long been so strong that the kindest thing one can say about any ‘expert’ who denied it is that they were stupid, not evil.

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  28. drumlin woodchuckles

    ” Arizona drought ignites tensions, threatens Hopi traditions” brings to mind a series of videos made of a Hopi farmer named Akima showing how he dry-farms various crops in his part of Hopiland.

    Now . . . it is a video. That is because it is not possible to “write” a “transcript” of the physical actions needed to grow crops in a semi-desert, nor is it possible to “write” a “transcript” of the physical features of the semi-desert in which the crops grow. Those who insist on waiting for a “transcript” to be “written” of this video and the others in the series are free to keep right on waiting for the “transcript”.

    Whereas those who want to learn something the visual-audio way can watch the videos if they wish.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U_I_M-5dsw

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      1. drumlin woodchuckles

        Yes, that video would be interesting. It might be interesting to quite a few people. Sharing it here would be good.

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  29. Eric The Fruit Bat

    Administration Note: Howard Beale IV will be shuffling off into retirement, being replaced by Eric The fruit bat. Stay tuned for an epic Apple takedown coming later tonight!

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  30. jr

    Chris Hedges interviews Gabriel Rockill on the “baked in” fascistic tendencies in US culture:

    https://youtu.be/GNd1yvz71_4

    Prof. Rockhill mentions towards the end the need for progressive movements to join forces, which struck me as the antithesis of the identity movements plans. I’m super suspicious of the word progressive after learning some of it’s history here but he point still stands.

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  31. Wukchumni

    The ‘Orderly Anarchy’ of Ancient California

    Anthropologist Robert Bettinger’s startling discoveries suggest that California-style hunting and gathering spread widely throughout the prehistoric West.

    On a smoky day last fall, a small party of aging males huffed and puffed its way up above 12,000 feet in the White Mountains, near the California-Nevada border. The winds were strong, and the summit zone—think of the treeless Tibetan Plateau, minus yaks—was seriously cold. The leader of our little expedition, Robert Bettinger, a UC Davis anthropology professor emeritus, carried an ice ax as he meandered up. No reason to hurry, his slouching pace seemed to say, but keep an eye out: there are interesting things all over this ground.

    Bettinger should know. Forty-nine years ago, he began exploring in the Whites, looking for signs of prehistoric human presence. The idea that ancient hunters had come up high, tracking mountain sheep, was plausible, but Bettinger looked harder and longer than his peers might have, finding strong evidence to support the hunch. “I looked in places other people didn’t want to look” is how he explains it. Eventually, he found not just the signs of hunting trips but the remains of whole villages, sites where families had come to live for a while, venturing into the mountains as soon as the snows melted out in summer. The discovery of this intermittent use, which continued for over a thousand years, went against conventional wisdom about hunter-gatherers: why make the trip to the nosebleed zone, bringing your vulnerable women and children, when you could stay down in the Owens Valley, fishing and hunting and harvesting berries and roots and maybe even lolling in the local hot springs on occasion?

    https://www.altaonline.com/dispatches/a37398353/anthropologist-robert-bettinger-prehistoric-west/

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      1. Maxxx

        Apologies. Didn’t realize he wasn’t an MD. However, if the tests are legit, it’s something that should be explored. If the test data was manipulated, then that is reprehensible.

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  32. VietnamVet

    Matt Tabbi has mixed up his terminology. It is not a new religion. There are no churches. The media is not knocking at the door to convert you; they are already inside on the TV. It’s a question of faith, not facts. There is a ruling multi-national corporate state (the Western Empire), but it uses propaganda to hide itself. Identity politics is simply to divide and rule its subjects. The Empire creates its own reality, its own beliefs.

    A privatized government simply does not do “public good”. There is no such thing in the current political/economic system. In it only money has value. If something profits corporations, it’s done. If it costs them money, it is deep-sixed. Lower-class people simply do not matter.

    The terminology gets even more mixed up when describing the Empire as a liberal democracy. This is the last thing it is. The West is ruled by gilded-age robber barons whose sole goal is to enrich themselves. Since the Empire’s beliefs are nowhere near the truth, as shown by the screwed up response to the coronavirus virus, this is causing horrible cognitive dissonance with anyone who works, has school age kids, and has to believe to climb the ladder of success.

    Unless there is a Reformation, the disconnect between belief and reality will destroy western civilization.

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  33. MichaelC

    On the ground anecdote from Jackson Heights Queens.
    Schumer was making the rounds in this neighborhood this evening
    He ended up in my favorite cafe in the early evening.
    There was a medical scare (an epileptic worker had an episode) as he arrived. And to his credit he got emergency care immediately.

    After the emergency I had the opportunity to talk to him a quietly.

    My question was, ‘Senator, I think Simena (so) is a lost cause, but how are you going to deal w Manchineel?

    He said ‘I offered him 50 B, and he rejected it’ and
    shrugged his shoulders’.
    And that was that.
    That shrug left me w the sense we are fxccd and the Ds have no spine to crush Manchin’s Rep power base.

    That shrug certainly signaled that Schumer’s power base won’t take on Manchin

    (True story, I’m sure there’s plenty of video to verify )

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