The Enormous Hole That Whaling Left Behind The Atlantic (dk).
The nation’s last uranium mill plans to import Estonia’s radioactive waste High Country News (GF).
Leaders vow to cut methane, protect forests at U.N. summit. Bolder climate action must wait Los Angeles. No doubt:
Remember your living beyond your means, you need to cut back on carbon and you are the problem! pic.twitter.com/pVgVXGzWhp
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) November 2, 2021
Beware: Gaia may destroy humans before we destroy the Earth James Lovelock, Guardian
Muddier Rivers Are Jeopardizing Dams and Water Quality for Millions Scientific American
Water Is Life, and Also a Trade Secret Boondoggle
We have had vaccination drive successes, but apparently it is impossible to learn from them:
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Covid didn’t vote Politico. “We’re going to need drugs to dig our way out of this.” Not a word on ventilation, naturally.
Molnupiravir: another Covid-19 treatment, another opportunity to recognize inequity STAT. We’re going to need drugs….
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Why scientists worldwide are watching UK COVID infections Nature. “As one of the first countries to trust high vaccine coverage and public responsibility alone to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the United Kingdom has become a control experiment that scientists across the world are studying.”
SARS-CoV-2 indoor air transmission is a threat that can be addressed with science PNAS. This article summarizes a National Academies of Science held in August 2020. Fundamentally, nothing will change.
SARS-CoV-2 Dose, Infection, and Disease Outcomes for COVID-19 – A Review (Accepted Manuscript) Clinical Infectious Diseases. Review of the literature. “We conclude that while there is an association between SARS-CoV-2 dose and infection, data do not support a relationship between dose and COVID-19 severity. Non-pharmaceutical interventions may limit the inoculum dose from an exposure, thereby reducing the risk of infection, but they are unlikely to individually have an impact on COVID-19 severity.”
China’s Delta outbreak spreads to two more provinces, with 87 new cases South China Morning Post
Traces of coronavirus found on frozen cuttlefish slices imported to Hong Kong from Malaysia South China Morning Post. Finally, a case of fomite transmission?
As Asia’s alternative meat start-ups fight climate change, let’s not forget about small farmers South China Morning Post
US journalist denied bail in Myanmar The Hill. Editor of Frontier Myanmar.
WHO green-lights India’s COVID vaccine as global cases rise Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
America Is Playing With Fire In Syria The American Conservative
Jimmy Savile: Establishment Hero Tribune. Not exactly a Lizard Person. Nevertheless….
France says Australia hits ‘new low’ leaking Macron texts AP. Malcom Turnbull on Scotty from Marketing:
— Hugh Whitfeld (@hughwhitfeld) November 2, 2021
Democrats en Deshabille
How a truck driver spent $153 on his N.J. election campaign to likely dethrone a political kingpin NJ.com. No final results yet.
Truckers tired of taking blame for congestion crisis at California ports Freight Waves. A new angle:
“As terminal operators pushed for automation to reduce human interaction, a glitch in the system can render crane operators and truck drivers unable to move without further instructions, [Bill Aboudi, president of AB Trucking] said. ‘It’s the terminal operators that are not managing the workforce properly and don’t realize that they had a problem with a computer system until it’s too late,’ Aboudi told FreightWaves. ‘It’s often the longshoremen and the truck drivers that pay the price and are forced to sit because of the terminal operators’ mistakes.'”
Steamship lines and terminal operators have relationships when it comes to which containers can be moved and which chassis provider can be used.
If a trucking company or driver returns or delivers an empty container at the wrong yard or under the wrong interchange company, some chassis providers charge a “misuse fee” of more than $1,000 per occurrence.
Some truck drivers say they have been ticketed and banned from a terminal for 30 days to upward of 180 days for returning a chassis to the wrong equipment provider, failing to understand a security guard’s instructions or other minor infractions.
Trucking companies say there’s no due process to appeal the tickets or bans imposed by employees at the port terminals, who scan or track drivers’ Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC, card numbers. Often, if a carrier protests a driver’s ban, more days are added to the suspension.
Sacred things that can never be changed or discussed: The wage relation; rents and fees; contracts. Could it be — hear me out — that the problems with port congestion are not primarily technical? (Well, except for the IT. You can bet all these sacred social relations are built into the software.)
Liner Delays and Backlogs Spread Across Most Global Trade Routes Maritime Executive. Good numbers. Via SB. SB writes: “My husband took this photo yesterday afternoon of the ships waiting offshore of Long Beach.”
Lovely shade of blue. Is it Norwegian?
U.S. regulator expects to find abuses in shipping amid supply chain woes Hellenic Shipping News
Wall Street Lunch Hour Dogged by Bread Supply Crisis Bloomberg. Qu’ils mangent de la brioche….
ACA Marketplaces Became Less Affordable Over Time For Many Middle-Class Families, Especially The Near-Elderly (Abstract only) Health Affairs. “In 2015 half of this middle-class population would have paid at least 7.7 percent of their income for the lowest-cost bronze plan; in 2019 they would have paid at least 11.3 percent of their income. By 2019 half of the near-elderly ages 55–64 would have paid at least 18.9 percent of their income for the lowest-cost bronze plan in their area.” Everything’s going according to plan.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Royal Marines force US troops to surrender just days into training exercise Daily Telegraph. “The Royal Marines’ success was achieved by targeting the US headquarters and valuable equipment, paralysing counter-attacks from the Americans.”
Updated: Rejected deal was company’s ‘last, best’ offer Quad City Times. UAW v. John Deere.
Viewpoint: Beneath Striketober Fanfare, The Lower Frequencies of Class Struggle Labor Notes. Detailed and sobering.
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.