War in the Sahel TLS. DecK: “How climate change is driving jihadism.”
Floated Away and Found The Tyee
Modified rapture on South Africa from the FT:
I’ve added Gauteng excess deaths to my chart tracking all of its metrics, and here’s the result:
Are outcomes in this wave less severe? Yes, definitely.
But so far excess deaths track Covid deaths, which have climbed to 10% of their Delta peak and are still rising. pic.twitter.com/bJCJT72IXG
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) December 15, 2021
So, if you think of “mild” as a low(er) ratio of deaths to cases, Omicron could be said
by an absolute nutterto be mild (at the individual’s level of risk). If you think of “mild” as the absolute number of deaths (at the health care system level), then Omicron is not mild at all, no more than Delta or wild Covid. (Note that the ratio of cases to deaths could change, depending on how long the virus takes to incubate; maybe we don’t know about some of the deaths yet. Still, the cases and deaths curves are pretty far apart.) And hospitals, of course, are overwhelmed by absolute numbers, not by ratios. * * *
Ivermectin Arm of PRINCIPLE Trial Put on Hold MedPage. The deck: “Trial website cites supply issues.” What a coinkydink.
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Omicron is getting more defined Eric Topol, Ground Truths
Looks like Vax Vax Vax has been a complete debacle:
It's possible the U.S. could see as many as 1 million new Covid cases per day, says @ASlavitt. As cases rise, when could they peak? He says: "I talked to a dozen scientists or so in the last couple of days and the consensus seems to be forming around the third week in January." pic.twitter.com/zqWt6eVSHx
— The News with Shepard Smith (@thenewsoncnbc) December 17, 2021
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Omicron is dominant in wastewater samples in Florida county AP. And people know it:
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) December 16, 2021
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Risks of myocarditis, pericarditis, and cardiac arrhythmias associated with COVID-19 vaccination or SARS-CoV-2 infection Nature. n = 38 million adults in England, because they have a national healh care system ffs. From the Discussion, last paragraph: “In summary, this population-based study quantifies for the first time the risk of several rare cardiac adverse events associated with three COVID-19 vaccines as well as SARS-CoV-2 infection. Vaccination for SARS-CoV-2 in adults was associated with a small increase in the risk of myocarditis within a week of receiving the first dose of both adenovirus and mRNA vaccines, and after the second dose of both mRNA vaccines. By contrast, SARS-CoV-2 infection was associated with a substantial increase in the risk of hospitalization or death from myocarditis, pericarditis and cardiac arrhythmia.”
No U-turn on China’s regulatory crackdown in 2022, but policy easing should lift investor spirits South China Morning Post
Hong Kong ‘patriots only’ elections usher in muted new era Channel News Asia
Boris Johnson suffers crushing blow as Lib Dems win in North Shropshire FT. Detail on the constituency from the Daily Mail, six days ago. “Now you will not swell the rout /
Of lads that wore their honours out…”
New Cold War
White House Delays Moving Military Assistance to Ukraine Foreign Policy
CFPB opens inquiry into buy now/pay later lenders American Banker
Senate parliamentarian rejects Democrats’ third immigration offer The Hill. Trick handcuffs. Fire the parliamentarian, and govern.
Why have Biden cheerleaders CNN and the New York Times BOTH turned on the president? Liberal outlets suggest Biden should not run again and propose lists of alternative presidential candidates Daily Mail
The history of the metal box that’s wrecking the supply chain Vox. The headline is a textbook case of commodity fetishism. The box is a box. By itself, it just sits there. It cannot “wreck” anything. That said, this is an informative round-up, especially on the commercial relationships (i..e, the relations of production that are really doing the wrecking). Vox, too, mentionscorner fittings but omits lashing!
November container volumes rise at Port of Oakland, drop at Los Angeles Hellenic Shipping News. “Container throughput at the Port of Los Angeles fell in November as the port handled more smaller-than-average, unscheduled ships chartered to meet strong demand during the pre-holidays peak season.”
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Our Famously Free Press
Bad journalists imitate. Great journalists steal:
THREAD. I noticed something fascinating: many of the reporters concocting the new hysteria over "retail theft" are using the *exact same* words and patterns in each story. It's pretty wild. Let's take a look:
— Alec Karakatsanis (@equalityAlec) December 12, 2021
(With apologies to T.S. Eliot.) Example after example.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
A Birmingham Barbershop–Where Men Spew Hate Comeback Town. Despite the editor’s woke headline, this is a personal history, well worth a read.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Pentagon looks to microbes to feed troops with air, water, maybe even trash turned to protein Stars and Stripes. When I was a kid, you could buy meat anywhere! Eggs they had, real butter!
The Bearded One approaching meme status:
This Is What Happens When Workers Don’t Control Their Own Lives Jamelle Bouie, NYT. On Edwardsville.
Tornadoes ripped the roof off American capitalism Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer
Capitalists Are Dispensable, Laborers Are Not Real World Economics
Capitalism Can’t End the Pandemic Wicked Problems Collaborative
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Now hiring! Scabs:
check out this anti-labor recruitment process from @kroger . As a condition of employment they're saying workers need to be "willing to cross a picket line." I guess we need to boycott Kroger stores as well. pic.twitter.com/rjvTPby6nl
— Elias Cepeda (@EliasCepeda) December 16, 2021
25 Anti-Mimetic Tactics for Living a Counter-Cultural Life Epsilon Theory
Antidote du jour. Please give glaucus naïs your condolences:
My cat, Mr. Kitty, passed suddenly this week. He was my best friend for 18 years and felt rather more like an extension of myself than a separate being. Perhaps some readers can relate to that sensation. In any case, here is a photo where he somehow looks like Pieter Bruegel The Elder to me:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.