Adored and endangered: the complex world of the Japanese eel Bangkok Post (Furzy Mouse).
Wall Street Is Close to Triggering a Climate Financial Crisis Bloomberg. Deck: “And just like 2008, the biggest losers will be those least responsible for it.”
Winter without snow is coming High Country News
Shorter Tedros: Biden’s Vax Vax Vax is a failure:
Omicron is spreading at a rate we have not seen with any previous variant. I need to be very clear: vaccines alone will not get any country out of this crisis.
It’s not vaccines instead of masks, distancing, ventilation or hand hygiene.
Do it all. Do it consistently. Do it well. pic.twitter.com/YAVfJXsviQ
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) December 14, 2021
Unfortunately, WHO has form. First, this is probably an indicator lagging far behind the spread. Second, Tedros will not pronounce the word “airborne,” and puts ventilation (backed by science) on a par with handwashing (not). Ruling elite failure all the way down, and that’s being charitable.
Aerosol scientist discovers political economy. Brilliant thread:
TLDR: see slide
*: IPC: Infection Prevention and Control scientists and professionals pic.twitter.com/FZGsapj1Xo
— Prof. Jose-Luis Jimenez (@jljcolorado) December 14, 2021
* * *The airborne hierarchy of needs:
Airborne protections and vaccines in the hierarchy of controls: a health and safety approach to the pandemic. Vaccines are our last line of defence. pic.twitter.com/9u3iiugIQd
— docjon ? (@docjon55) December 14, 2021
* * *Scientists see a ‘really, really tough winter’ with Omicron Science
Mild Omicron could still be bad Politico
Omicron and Delta may strike people at the same time and COMBINE to create an even worse Covid variant in the coming weeks, Moderna boss warns Daily Mail. Which has good science writing, so don’t @ me.
Pfizer Says Its Covid-19 Pill Likely Works Against Omicron WSJ. Paxlovid. Here is Pfizer’s press release.
* * *Assessment of a Hotel-Based Protective Housing Program for Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Management of Chronic Illness Among Persons Experiencing Homelessness JAMA. “In this cohort study of 259 [persons experiencing homelessness (PEH)], a significant reduction in SARS-CoV-2 incidence was observed during the study period among PEH provided with protective housing compared with PEH in shelters citywide. Improvements in hypertension and glycemic control were also observed; 51% were successfully housed at departure.” CIDRAP notes: “[Protectively] results were compared with those of people staying in shelters, which the authors noted may house as many as 400 people in open rooms.” I can’t find the 400 figure, but it’s well-known that shelters are congregate settings where PEH share are. Hence, it’s remarkable that the article doesn’t mention ventilation; surely that should be a baseline for the sort of NGO-funded operation the article implicitly recommends?
China Sets Stability as Top Priority for Next Year’s Economic Work Caixin Global. Commentary:
This implies (no surprise) that Beijing will need “inflated” growth next year growth to meet GDP growth targets. That’s because when “high quality” growth is strong, Beijing usually reduces infrastructure spending, suggesting that this spending isn’t economically justified.
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) December 13, 2021
Chinese scientist hits back at Wuhan market coronavirus origin paper South China Morning Post
‘Silent strikes’ against military gov’t empty Myanmar streets Al Jazeera. As here:
The #SilentStrike today was so powerful that the SAC troops in Mandalay ram into each other at a clear junction, critically injuring 4 of their own. ?#WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar #Dec10Coup pic.twitter.com/J5rHVUPFHd
— pyaezone (@pyaezone) December 10, 2021
Small farmer, big heart, miracle bike People’s Archive of Rural India
South Korea’s Green New Deal: Myths Versus Realities Foreign Policy in Focus (Re Silc).
How did the UK reach 200,000 Omicron infections in one day? FT. Clean living. It pays off every time. –Elmore Leonard
France Approves Controversial Plan to Renovate Notre-Dame Cathedral Smithsonian. I was prepared to hate this, but I unironically like the idea of Louise Bourgeois in Notre Dame very much. I have seen several exhibits of her installations, and she’s terrific (in all senses). Twentieth Century (High) Gothic.
Edward Bernays: Propaganda and the U.S.-Backed 1954 Guatemalan Coup Covert Action Magazine
How Taxes Can Support Growth and Reduce Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean International Monetary Fund. Of all places.
New Cold War
The West’s nightmare: a war on three fronts Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph
FDIC board members spar publicly as rift deepens American Banker
Hey SEC! Looking for a way to make hay with a SPAC peddling stablecoins? Francine McKenna, The Dig
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘black book’ of contacts thought to include Prince Andrew will not be released during her sex-trafficking trial Daily Mail. “[T]he defense and prosecution in her trial have agreed.”
House Votes to Hold Mark Meadows in Contempt in Defiance of Jan. 6 Probe NECN. Still unclear to me why Merrick Garland is missing in action on all this.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Dick Moves London Review of Books. Musk. Now do Bezos.
SF Burger King Franchisee Owes $1.9M In Wage-Theft Case San Francisco. Crime in San Francisco is getting really, really bad.
Fast food workers are using 911 call logs to draw attention to a hidden “crisis of violence” The Counter. Welcome to Assholistan.
A victory for the NewsGuild of New York:
The Best Workplace Tool For Most People Is Collective Action https://t.co/90ffamIEVT
— BuzzFeed News Union ✊ (@bfnewsunion) December 14, 2021
Solidarity Economy – a first step Grassroots Economic Organizing
Antidote du jour (via):
Porcupines’ quills take on various forms, depending on the species, but all are modified hairs coated with thick plates of keratin. This video by Mariette Landman shows what a formidable defense they constitute[video, HD: https://t.co/cRbXLfyZDq]
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) December 11, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.