Large firing operations underway on KNP Complex of fires Wildfire Today
Can Nuclear Fusion Put the Brakes on Climate Change? The New Yorker
Why Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp All Went Down Today Wired. When Wired writes the “Facebook family of apps,” they are genteelly failing to mention that Facebook, a ginormous monopoly, purchased the firms that created those apps. Then Wired writes: “The … is that Facebook has withdrawn the so-called Border Gateway Protocol route that contains the IP addresses of its DNS nameservers.” No. What’s “fundamental” is Facebook assimilating Instagram and WhatsApp. The technical failure is a mere artifact of Facebook doing business. Obviously, if Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were three separate firms, Facebook couldn’t bring the other two down. AWS, on the other hand….
Facebook is in trouble.
Not financial trouble, or legal trouble, or even senators-yelling-at-Mark-Zuckerberg trouble. What I’m talking about is a kind of slow, steady decline that anyone who has ever seen a dying company up close can recognize. It’s a cloud of existential dread that hangs over an organization whose best days are behind it, influencing every managerial priority and product decision and leading to increasingly desperate attempts to find a way out. This kind of decline is not necessarily visible from the outside, but insiders see a hundred small, disquieting signs of it every day — user-hostile growth hacks, frenetic pivots, executive paranoia, the gradual attrition of talented colleagues.
Moderna vs. Pfizer: Is There a “Best” mRNA Vaccine? The Scientist (nvl).
People Are Getting Moderna ‘Boosters’ Anyway MedPage Today
Quantifying the impact of COVID-19 non-pharmaceutical interventions on influenza transmission in the United States Journal of Infectious Diseases. Results: “We estimate that incidence of influenza A/H1 and B, which circulated in early 2020, was reduced by more than 60% in the US during the first ten weeks following implementation of NPIs. The reduction of influenza transmission exhibits clear geographical variation. After the control measures are relaxed, potential accumulation of susceptibility to influenza infection may lead to a large outbreak, the scale of which may be affected by length of the intervention period and duration of immunity to influenza.”
What are they hiding? At the start of Covid many scientists believed it likely leaked from Wuhan lab – until a conference call with Patrick Vallance changed their minds. We asked for his emails about the call. This is what we got . . . Daily Mail. Commentary:
This doesn’t inspire trust. https://t.co/WECJqiMDio
— Alina Chan (@Ayjchan) October 4, 2021
You don’t have to buy the lab leak hypothesis to see that this is a very, very bad look; and one not unknown for public health this year.
Chinese developer Fantasia fails to make debt payments Agence France Presse
Belt and Road Meets Build Back Better Foreign Policy
China is not heading toward a market economy, often due to its own policies, report concludes SCMP. From the Atlantic Council, pivoting nimbly.
“Economic war crimes.” Marshall Auerback and Patrick Lawrence, The Scrum
“The World Turned Upside Down”—a critical review Global Inequality
ASEAN ministers disappointed at Myanmar junta’s peace commitment Reuters. Dudes. Come on.
The bleak outlook for Myanmar’s farmers Frontier Myanmar
A useful proxy from Indonesia::
Monthly burials in Jakarta finally returned close to pre-pandemic level for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic… there are 45-50 thousand excess burials in Jakarta since Mar 2020 (i.e., >60% Jakartans might have alr been infected). How many in total in Indonesia? pic.twitter.com/Fxj7uRH9nA
— Septian Hartono ن 😷💉💉 (@septian) October 5, 2021
French report: 330,000 children victims of church sex abuse AP. And we wonder why people conclude that the world is run by an elite of cold-blooded humanoid reptilians.
Will Monopolies Steal the Infrastructure Money? Matt Stoller, BIG. Gotta throw a flag here: Violating Betteridge’s Law.
Amid Selloff, Biden Reassures: ‘A Meteor Is Headed For Our Economy’ The Heisenerg Report
COBRA subsidies die with a whimper Sick Note
The Age of Exterminations (III). Why you Should be Worried. Very Worried The Seneca Effect (CEA).
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IATSE Members Vote to Authorize a Strike With Over 98 Percent Support Hollywood Reporter
Nobody Really Knows How the Economy Works. A Fed Paper Is the Latest Sign. NYT. “The ways that millions of people bounce off one another — buying and selling, lending and borrowing, intersecting with governments and central banks and businesses and everything else around us — amount to a system so complex that no human fully comprehends it.” Perhaps comprehension is possible, at least at a high level: 719,945 of the afterlifed would like a word.
On Nathan Schneider on the limits of cryptoeconomics Vitalik Buterin. Commentary:
Turtles of economic incentive can't go all the way down. When you try, things go awry. Which brings us to the provocative, very creative observation. 6/ pic.twitter.com/DUYREK46Jr
— Steve Randy Waldman (@interfluidity) October 5, 2021
Right now, greed is a virtue, and no longer a sin. That’s creating problems.
Antidote du Jour (via):
Correlation Vs. Causation pic.twitter.com/nGuSgFaZ1T
— Oded Rechavi 🦉 (@OdedRechavi) September 28, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.