The world’s first octopus farm – should it go ahead? BBC (Furzy Mouse).
SEC gives JPMorgan Chase record fine for using WhatsApp to conduct business UPI. “To get around federal record-keeping laws.”
Analysis of the initial lot of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) real-time RT-PCR diagnostic panel PLOS One. From the Abstract: “We conclude that flaws in both assay design and handling of the “bulk” material, caused the problems with the first lot of the 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel…. We discuss these findings in the context of improvements to quality control, quality assurance, and assay validation practices that have since been improved at the CDC.” This is CDC’s self-evaluation of its test kit debacle (see Gottlieb at NC here). Naturally, no individuals are named, and no org chart described. Why there have been no hearings — or litigation — for this sorry episode escapes me, unless it be that professionals have impunity. In the vulgate: “Early CDC COVID Tests Were Not Only Contaminated, But Flawed: Report” US News.
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Efficient mucosal antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination is induced in previously infected individuals (preprint) (PDF) medRxiv. n = 30. From the Abstract:
Our data indicate that vaccinated seropositive individuals were able to swiftly induce relatively high anti-spike SIgA responses by boosting pre existing mucosal immunity. In contrast, seronegative individuals did not have pre-existing anti SARS-CoV-2 or cross-reacting anti-HCoV SIgA antibodies prior to vaccination, and, thus, little or no anti-SARS-CoV-2 SIgA antibodies were induced by vaccination in these individuals.
SigA = Secretory IgA. IgA = immunoglobulin A*. And the Discussion:
[V]accination strategies, such as intranasal vaccines like NDV-HXP-S [see here], that could successfully induce SIgA should be sought for the control of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic21–23 201 . Further studies are needed to reveal the detailed mechanism of mucosal antibody induction by mRNA vaccination, to determine SIgA titers that would provide sterilizing immunity, and to evaluate the SIgA antiviral function in comparison to monomeric IgA.
* This from “BiteSized Immunology” by the British Society for Immunology.
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Breakthrough Infections with SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant Despite Booster Dose of mRNA Vaccine SSRN. n = 7. German visitors to Capetown, SA. From the Abstract: “This series proves that even three doses of mRNA vaccines may not be sufficient to prevent infection and symptomatic disease with the Omicron variant.”
Warren and Booker announce breakthrough COVID-19 cases The HIll. Both triple-vaccinated.
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Fauci warns ‘raging’ Omicron will strain US hospitals FT. Commentary:
Hospital admissions are going up. Hysteria isn't an appropriate reaction to this, but the virus does well in double and triple vaccinated individuals and actually causes quite some disease. https://t.co/hFAiOSBmmk, https://t.co/r42Cz2dyaD
VE for doubled vaxxed is basically gone.
— Florian Krammer (@florian_krammer) December 19, 2021
See, all you have to do is turn Fauci 270°. Given that Vax Vax Vax fails at the population level, adopt the layered defense “Swiss Cheese” model (180°), making Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention not an extra, but a necessity (an additional 90° twist).
Back to square one?
15) here is the ominous announcement from @MountSinaiNYC hospital system suspending 2 monoclonal antibody drugs due to lack of efficacy against #Omicron. Many R state leaders rely and tout MABs drugs as a COVID strategy. https://t.co/k2sFgEg5j1
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 20, 2021
Still Not Sure Edition: Open Thread 12/19 Zeynep Tufecki, Insight
Why China holds the advantage over America even amid deglobalisation South China Morning Post
Is þe “Wilhelmine China” Analogy Useful, or Useless? Brad Delong’s Grasping Reality
China population: without adequate pensions, more elderly say goodbye to their golden years South China Morning Post
Normally, I avoid NGOs, and HRW is the NGO’s NGO. In this case, however, HRW is correct:
The Myanmar opposition has broadened itself after Aung San Suu Kyi. Her party was Bamar-centric; the shadow National Unity Government “is far more representative of Myanmar’s ethnic diversity,” including Rohingya whom she “disparaged as alien ‘Bengalis.’” https://t.co/vrtt3MSp2Z
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) December 12, 2021
My concern is that “the international community” will focus on restoring Aung San Suu Kyi, when reality on the ground has moved far beyond her.
Yonhap Receives “Death Penalty” from Major Portal Sites The Blue Roof. “The wire service was penalized after publishing thousands of ads masquerading as news articles.”
UK Brexit chief resigns over ‘direction’ of Boris Johnson’s government Politico. David Frost, replaced by LIz Truss. Commentary:
#BREAKING State media in reclusive, tribally-divided, deeply corrupt kingdom of Britain, a small, inhospitable, flavour-starved, Mid Northern archipelago off coast of sub-Scandinavian Europe, downplays graft in regime of strongman Boris Johnson as "mistakes and misjudgments".
— gathara (@gathara) December 18, 2021
Covid-19: No 10 says garden photo shows work meeting BBC. Were minutes taken?
Nicola Sturgeon’s Motivation Craig Murray
New Cold War
Russia’s ultimatum to the West The Saker. Well worth a read.
Frederick Douglass and American Empire in Haiti Boston Review
Leftist millennial wins election as Chile’s next president AP. By ten points. Not even close. Meanwhile, sending a message?
— Reuters Asia (@ReutersAsia) December 20, 2021
Chicken Price-Fixing Case Ends in Mistrial After Seven Weeks Bloomberg. The deck: “Jurors unable to reach verdict against 10 industry executives.”
Goldman Slashes US Growth Outlook On Manchin Bombshell The Heisenberg Report
Democrats en Deshabille
Manchin says he ‘cannot vote’ for Democrats’ $2 trillion spending package, drawing sharp White House rebuke WaPo. Manchin’s statement:
Manchin releases a statement in addition to his comments on Fox News citing concern over the national debt re: BBB
“My Democratic colleagues are determined to dramatically reshape our society in a way that leaves our country even more vulnerable to the threats we face…" pic.twitter.com/lATiNq6xH6
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) December 19, 2021
“Rebuke” is a strong word in the Beltway. Here is Psaki:
Manchin on the receiving end of a Psaki bomb. pic.twitter.com/Kpm5BnA8Z3
— Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) December 19, 2021
Either way, we cannot accept no for an answer. Dem leadership – incl but not limited to the President himself and House Dem leadership – wrote a massive check on their credibility the night of the BIF vote in order to secure the votes they needed, *promising* passage of BBB…
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 19, 2021
The World’s Most Profitable Traffic Jam Matt Stoller, BIG
Rep. Adam Kinzinger says Jan. 6 committee will determine if Trump committed a crime USA Today. That’s a legislative function? Really?
Imperial Collapse Watch
“Did Emmett Till Die in Vain? Organized Labor Says No!”: The United Packinghouse Workers and Civil Rights Unionism in the Mid-1950s Labor Studies in Working Class History
The Economics of Repulsion Notes from Disgraceland (Re Silc). “[C]ognitive capitalism, where information is the main commodity… becomes a zero-sum game. For a brain already overloaded with information to pay attention to something new, it has to neglect something else.”
The Coin Standard Lapham’s Quarterly
In Defense of Hunting In These Times
Antidote du jour (via):
Nara Park, Japan is home to over 1200 wild sika deer. This clipcaptured by Kazuki Ikeda in March 2020 shows some of them relaxing by cherry blossom trees when the park was closed to tourists due to the pandemic [source, read more: https://t.co/9nuBB8OGVj, https://t.co/UWBIagc7ju] pic.twitter.com/zxgHVVK9Vj
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) December 10, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.