Scientists discover new part of the body Live Science
Economists Say 2022 Is the Year of Inflation. Can the Public and Policymakers Get on the Same Page? Morning Consult. And totally not, say, the year of strikes. These people.
The Politics Of Inflation The Heisenberg Report (Re Silc).
Would Keynes have bought Bitcoin? The Conversation
Road Salt Is Wreaking Havoc On Our Drinking Water and the Environment, Study Says Popular Mechanics (Re Silc).
Omicron cases less likely to require hospital treatment, studies show FT. Less risk at the individual level doesn’t translate to less impact at the population level, or fewer second order effects. Interestingly, hospitalization isn’t going down only in Gauteng:
I know everyone has moved on to following other places more closely but every province in South Africa has now seen cases plateau, most are declining already. Hospitalisations already declining in Gauteng, overall severity clearly far lower than for the delta wave. pic.twitter.com/NFCLrMdmMs
— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) December 24, 2021
While omicron explodes around the world, covid cases in Japan keep plummeting and no one knows exactly why WaPo. Perhaps our Japan mavens will weigh in.
Episode 83: On Viral Time (podcast) Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (Re Silc). “In this week’s episode, Dr. Osterholm and Chris Dall discuss the rapid global spread of the Omicron variant, how the United States and other countries around the world are responding to the Omicron.” Very much worth a listen, so grab a cup of coffee.
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Airborne triumphs in Canada?
@GovCanHealth ’s new guidance for prevention of covid in healthcare settings is out, and it’s spot on. They have gone full airborne, and have also rejected the idea that AGMP are exceptionalhttps://t.co/Wg0t9dUDXa pic.twitter.com/QhigeTDCHk
— David Fisman (@DFisman) December 23, 2021
Important because the droplet goons were exceptionally reactionary and tenacious in Canada, even for droplet goons.
Airborne in Australia:
Literally the most aerosol generating activity possible at the peak of spread of the most infectious airborne virus ever. We really are a stupid species, aren't we? https://t.co/7wiEX6ks5A
— Dr David Berger, Absurdist Chronicler (@YouAreLobbyLud) December 24, 2021
I don’t think we as a species are stupid. We have issues in political economy, not biology. “Health nerds” know that choral singing was an early epidemiologically traced superspreading event, and due to airborne transmission. For whatever reason, this knowledge has never made it out to the general public. So, more than a year later, here we are.
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Impact of Covid-19 on Tuberculosis Prevention and Treatment in Canada: a multicentre analysis of 10,833 patients (accepted manuscript) Journal of Infectious Diseases. n = 10,833. From the Abstract: “At two centres, active tuberculosis treatment rates fell by 16% and 29%. In Canada, cornerstone measures for tuberculosis elimination weakened during the Covid-19 pandemic.” Second-order effects begin to bite.
Two more Hong Kong universities remove June 4 memorials Nikkei Asia. And yesterday:
— Matthew Brooker (@mbrookerhk) December 23, 2021
Hong Kong’s “Pillar of Shame” goes home in a body bag.
Myanmar to hold fresh election in 2023 Business Live. If this year’s dry season campaign yields happy results. Meanwhile:
Cardinal Bo and Min Aung Hlaing eat cake. On Thursday evening, hours before jets began a bombardment of predominantly Christian Kayin State, the leader of Burma’s catholic community, Charles Maung Bo, marked Christmas by cutting a cake with Min Aung Hlaing. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/b7bYLcNKJY
— DVB English (@DVB_English) December 24, 2021
Eric Zemmour: Hijacking Beethoven The Globalist
New Cold War
Strategic Misdirection: An Alternate Framework for Understanding Russia’s Play in Ukraine (PDF) Frederick W. Kagan, Nataliya Bugayova, George Barros, Kateryna Stepanenko, and Mason Clark Institute for the Study of War. Ah, the Kagans. They have form. From the Executive Summary:
But Putin may have no intention of invading Ukraine at all. Putin may be attempting a strategic misdirection that impales the West in a diplomatic process and military planning cycle that will keep it unprepared to meet his preferred, wily, and more subtle next move. Putin benefits greatly by focusing attention on the risk of war and prompting the current US scramble to defuse and de-escalate this crisis that he invented. If Putin is threatening military action to misdirect, then the West’s concessions will feed directly into his non-military efforts to achieve his objectives of changing the geopolitical orientation of Ukraine from west to east and weakening NATO.
The “Technology Partners” (page 6) are fascinating.
Democrats look to scale back Biden bill to get it passed The Hill. Again?
Police State Watch
Big Trouble In Little Rock Radley Balko, The Intercept. The deck: “A Reformist Black Police Chief Faces an Uprising of the Old Guard.” Backstory:
Although the notice of DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) removal we received from Google says the takedown is tied to a copyright claim, no violation was cited by the company. Our reporting remains suppressed from Google search globally.
— The Intercept (@theintercept) December 23, 2021
Now search is back to normal. You have to wonder how this happened, though.
Trump asks Supreme Court to block records release to Jan 6 probe Agence France Presse
Our Famously Free Press
A Myth is Born: How CDC, FDA, and Media Wove a Web of Ivermectin Lies That Outlives The Truth Michael Capuzzo, Rescue
Trump still likes the Trump vaccine Politico. A calculation about how powerful the anti-vax forces really are? Personal pique? Who knows….
Joe Biden says he WILL run for president in 2024 if he remains in ‘good health’ and Donald Trump mounting a presidential bid would only ‘increase the prospect’ Daily Mail. Given that the alternatives are (in alphabetical order) Buttigieg and Harris….
Xmas Pre-Game Festivities
This really is lovely and festive:
Bon Nadal pic.twitter.com/s9n3rN1QIf
— restot (@restot50) December 24, 2021
I’m guessing this is in Catalonia (nadal).
Imperial Collapse Watch
It would be interesting to know how widespread these sentiments are:
Just had an illuminating convo with my hubby where he (an essential blue collar worker who never stopped going to his job) floated the idea that all these moving goalposts in the face of what’s now an endemic virus is about professional classes not wanting to return to the office
— Rebecca Bodenheimer (@rmbodenheimer) December 23, 2021
Maybe we could find out!
So maybe we need a little less listening to Fauci and Walensky and a little more getting the hell out of our homes and start asking our maintenance people, baristas, bus drivers, grocery store workers what they think and how they feel.
And yes, of course they aren’t a monolith.
— Rebecca Bodenheimer (@rmbodenheimer) December 23, 2021
100% this. One of my favorite tweets of all time (I'd give attribution but I can't recall who said it): "we never had a lock down. We just had upper middle class people hide in their homes while working class people brought them things."
— Sad! (@GSFusionist) December 23, 2021
Hellscape at Starbucks:
— Cory Doctorow MOSTLY AFK (@doctorow) December 24, 2021
If you highlight everything….
Rekindling Labor? Phenomenal World
Déjà Vu All Over Again (review) The Baffler. The Matrix.
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus antidote (via):
The capybara could be Photoshopped in. I still think it’s cute.
Double bonus anidote (Re Silc):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.