Gas on the Fire Grants. On Environmental, Social, and Governance-based (ESG) investment.
The Case for Making Bitcoin 5 Percent of Allocators’ Portfolios Institurtional Investor
The Real Reason to Index Morningstar. So you can find stuff. I hate books with no indexes.
The past, present and future of the Congo peatlands: 10 takeaways from our series Monga Bay. On peat, see NC here, here, and here.
Loggers threaten Papua New Guinea’s unique forest creatures Channel News Asia
US Army Creates Single Vaccine Against All COVID & SARS Variants, Researchers Say Defense One. “Unlike existing vaccines, Walter Reed’s SpFN uses a soccer ball-shaped protein with 24 faces for its vaccine, which allows scientists to attach the spikes of multiple coronavirus strains on different faces of the protein.” Big if true.
Why Paxlovid is a Just-in-Time Breakthrough Eric Topol, Ground Truth
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SARS-CoV-2 surveillance in Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) from Antwerp sewer system, Belgium Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. From the Discussion:
To our knowledge, this is the first study that evaluates SARS-CoV-2 infection in urban Norway rats exposed to an environment contaminated with the virus, the sewer wastewater. According to the negative results obtained in both serology and PCR tests, we can conclude that the rodents studied had never been infected with SARS-CoV-2 despite continuous detection of viral RNA in the Antwerp sewer water (Boogaerts et al., 2021), including sewer water collected at the exact location where the rats were captured.
Best proxy for Covid spikes?
fresh wave of bad reviews for yankee candles pic.twitter.com/1mlandB78I
— drewtoothpaste (@drewtoothpaste) December 21, 2021
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Why more than half of Taco Bell workers are unvaccinated Popular Information
When government works:
THREAD: As #Omicron surges and our systems strain, I wanted to share my #COVID19 experience in NYC last month. It was actually a hopeful window into what a society where we look out for one another and a government that is set up to truly care for us could look like.
— Chelsea Watson (@chelsea_wats) December 20, 2021
Get Ready For a Shift in the Covid Blame Game Pursuit. From July, still germane. The deck: “The term ‘living with COVID’ heralds a transition that may ultimately see blame for cases, illness, deaths and economic damage shifted away from Government and onto the individual.”
China’s infrastructure plans aim to shore up economy, but experts say Beijing may first need to ease up on local debt South China Morning Post. Commentary:
In that case while expanding infrastructure spending will certainly boost economic activity in the short run, it will not boost the real economic production.
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) December 22, 2021
December China feeder services suspension portends early start to Lunar New Year: sources Hellenic Shipping News
Harvard Professor Found Guilty of Lying About Ties to China National Law Journal
Myanmar rebel group calls for no-fly zone to protect civilians Bangkok Post (Furzy Mouse). Enforced by?
How Myanmar’s autocratic military rulers are being supported by Chinese businesses Globe and Mail. And Japan, South Korea, Australia…. Meanwhile:
MANDALAY —A group of more than 200 jade traders, including both Chinese and Burmese citizens, were arrested by the military for illegally trading jade in Aung Myay Thar San Township on Monday. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/Ys1xSsOjar
— DVB English (@DVB_English) December 22, 2021
Turkey’s currency surges after Erdogan unveils lira savings scheme FT and Desperate Times: Erdogan’s Scheme To Avert A Bank Run The Heisenberg Report
Omicron ‘IS milder than Delta’: Boris hits the brakes on Christmas lockdown as scientists give glimmer of hope in leaked first study – but ministers warn people must still be ready to cancel New Year parties with all eyes on mutant epicentre London Daily Mail. Let’s not stigmatize mutants.
New Cold War
US approves arms sale to Lithuania Al Mayadeen
Analysis: Chile miners brace as president elect signals environmental crackdown Reuters. “Miners” means “mining companies.”
Remarks by President Biden on the Fight Against COVID-19 (transcript) White House. Video.
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Silicon Valley warns the Pentagon: ‘Time is running out’ Breaking Defense
Prosecutors say Italian firm produced 4,000 flawed parts for Boeing Reuters (Re Silc). Over five years. For the 787. I hope nothing goes wrong with the 777, is all I can say.
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Xmas Pre-Game Festivites
Crowds gather for winter solstice at Stonehenge BBC. Because somebody has to:
Feeling the Christmas Spirit today, so I have cleaned and enhanced for you what is possibly the earliest known photo of a Christmas Tree, taken 161 years ago, back in 1860. 🎄 pic.twitter.com/JXEGHq6J3C
— BaubleColour (@StuartHumphryes) December 19, 2021
It’s the shortest day of the year. Things can only get brighter from here NPR. Especially when they stop playing Xmas muzak in the stores. If that “Little Drummer Boy” earworm tries to burrow into my skull one more time I’m gonna lose it.
Hit ’em when it hurts:
BREAKING: Amazon workers at 2 Chicago-area delivery stations will walk out tomorrow morning to demand raises & safer conditions. It's the first multi-site work stoppage at Amazon in the US. Organized by @AUchicagoland & supported by @WarehouseWorker. pic.twitter.com/kOdtnGp6ey
— Jeff Schuhrke (@JeffSchuhrke) December 21, 2021
The Christmas Class War Tribune
Wyoming Is the Onshore-Offshore Tax Haven of Oligarch Dreams Esquire (Re Silc).
Antidote du jour (via):
Watch how they all remove masks in order to yell at each other at close range. Aerosols increase by orders of magnitude when yelling. https://t.co/6WBPixvAhg
— Trisha Greenhalgh (@trishgreenhalgh) December 21, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.