Buffett Out Of Ideas For $150 Billion Cash Mountain The Heisenberg Report
Helium-3: The secret ‘mining war’ in space Asia Times (Re Silc).
Apple’s New Screen Repair Trap Could Change the Repair Industry Forever iFixit (dk). And by “change,” we mean completely [family blog].
COP26: more than 100 nations pledge to cut methane, but not China South China Morning Post
Ecological Leninism Adam Tooze, London Review of Books. Paraphrasing Andreas Malm: “The environmental movement may have aligned itself with social justice activism, it hasn’t been ‘able to challenge capitalism.'” There is no “but.” Social justice activism does not, in fact, challenge capitalism. All power to the NGOs is not a defensible position.
The Future of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination — Lessons from Influenza NEJM. Final paragraph: “Overall, the situation will be fluid, but we will require the continuing use of vaccines to avert severe consequences, even if milder illnesses still occur at a low frequency. We need to learn to live with these illnesses, just as we have learned to live with influenza.”
There Is Finally a Visible Way Out of the COVID Pandemic Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine. Finally?
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Nov. 5: Spike in COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia traced to multi-day religious gathering Saltwire. Without aersols as a method of transmission, governments must take function into account when regulating gatherings, as opposed to venue size and ventilation, thereby privileging religious superspreaders, good job.
Waning Immunity after the BNT162b2 Vaccine in Israel NEJM. Pfizer. From the Conclusion: “These findings indicate that immunity against the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 waned in all age groups a few months after receipt of the second dose of vaccine.”
What if Xi Jinping just isn’t that competent? Noahpinion. My ranking for competence has always been Putin > Xi > Biden. If in fact the ranking should be Putin > Biden > Xi, we’re in terrible trouble.
How much is religious soft power worth? Indonesian President Jokowi searches for answers in Abu Dhabi The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer
Recalling a recent Diwali in a Warli hamlet People’s Archive of Rural India. From 2018, still germane.
Idol Threats The Believer
Ethiopia’s security crisis is worsening, what are China’s options? The Africa Report
Will Monopolies Steal the Infrastructure Money? Matt Stoller, BIG. Throwing a flag on the Betteridge’s Law violation.
Democrats Quietly Nix Biden’s $100B for School Modernization From Infrastructure Package US News. “A 2020 report the Government Accountability Office released just at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic found that 41% of districts required HVAC system upgrades or replacements in at least half of their schools.” So much for fixing ventilation, good job.
New Dem Paid Leave Plan Eliminates Eligibility for the Lowest Earners People’s Policy Project
Joe Biden or the new Mr Trump? Camilla ‘hasn’t stopped talking about’ hearing the President ‘break wind’ during chat at Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow Daily Mail. Nature is healing. Musical interlude.
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Investigations widen into deadly stampede at Houston rap concert Reuters. Poor crowd control, as we see here:
As we were arriving to the Astroworld Festival at NRG Park right at 2:00, a stampede burst through the gates. Hundreds of people destroyed the VIP security entrance, bypassing the checkpoint. People were trampled. Some were detained.
(Excuse any language you may hear) pic.twitter.com/d0m2rjqAAk
— Mycah Hatfield (@MycahABC13) November 5, 2021
Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 election is a bigger threat to democracy than bad ‘Russiagate’ media coverage, despite what disingenuous hacks want you to think Business Insider. Well, I guess that’s where we are. Personally, I think we should center the marginalized voices on this one:
For four years, prominent media/political figures relentlessly promoted conspiracy theories that the President is a Russian agent/blackmail victim. They’d love it if everyone just forgot about all that, but unfortunately people who fabricated this scam keep getting arrested. https://t.co/ySBajp5HDw
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) November 4, 2021
So the Steele Dossier that kicked off 4 years of Russiagate hysteria among the US ruling class was cooked up by two Russian alcoholics from Perm. “Gogolesque” does not begin to describe the grotesque credulity & stupidity of the American elites.https://t.co/LynUT8KLWx
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) October 28, 2020
Democrats en Deshabille
Rural Democrats stare into the abyss after Virginia Politico. “Rural Democrats say the party’s problems on their turf are twofold: The party infrastructure is largely not investing money in those regions, and the party is not committed to any sort of organizing outside the confines of a brief window during campaigns.” Also, the Democrat base hates them.
Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout The Hill. That’s a damn shame. The leadership will have to work overtime to install more Blue Dogs.
The Covid War Is A Class War The American Conservative
Imperial Collapse Watch
U.S. Navy Relieves Commanding Officer of Damaged Seawolf-Class Sub Maritime Executive. Oopsies from the Seventh Fleet again.
Stealth Plasma Could Challenge 75 Years of Air Defense Strategy Interesting Engineering. Big if true.
The Shared Genius of Mahan and Corbett War on the Rocks
Walking America: Orlando Chris Arnade, Intellectual Inting. Well worth a read, especially for Snow Crash fans.
The Second-Largest Strike in the U.S. Is Happening in New York City New York Magazine
As Strike Looms, UC Lecturers Raise the Stakes Labor Notes
Starbucks management in a tizzy:
The invitation describes the event as an "honored, long-standing Starbucks tradition."
Workers tell us this is the first time Starbucks has ever done this.
— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) November 5, 2021
California legislation targets Amazon, but all warehouses would be impacted Freight Waves. Interesting enforcement mechanism.
Early Civilizations Had It All Figured Out The New Yorker. Review of Graeber and Wengrow’s The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity.
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.