Visualizing the Accumulation of Human-Made Mass on Earth Visual Capitalist
(Comparison is to biomass, quantified here.)
The race to decipher Omicron: will it take days, weeks or months? FT. Fortunately, our far-sighted political class has a robust system of non-pharmaceutical interventions in place, to protect us in the interim between variant discovery and vaccine development. Lol, no, what was I thinking.
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COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Immunogenicity in Immunosuppressed Individuals Journal of Infectious Diseases. From the Abstract: “These data suggest that the current COVID-19 mRNA vaccine regimens will likely not provide optimal protection in immunocompromised individuals.”
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As the Lock Rattles LRB.
[I had the] ‘mild to moderate’ version of Covid. But it wasn’t much fun. I had the semi-delirious sense that my body knew it was dealing with a new illness. I would feel OK and then not OK, in waves. The image that stuck in my mind that week was of being in a room in a not very good hotel where somebody keeps trying to open your door, rattles the lock for a while, then gives up and goes away, only to come back and try again a few hours later. It felt as if Covid was repeatedly returning to try the lock. It was a sensation I’ve never had with any other illness: the feeling that Covid had intentions, and that they were not benign.
On a global level, Covid hasn’t stopped coming back to try the door.
The horror movie trope seems appropriate.
Covid-19 and the Safety Net — Moving from Straining to Sustaining NEJM. “In addition, safety-net systems faced greater financial, workforce, and technological pressures than other systems. [(!!!)], the transition to telehealth, and inadequate access to federal emergency funding were felt especially acutely by safety-net providers that had historically slim margins and minimal cash reserves.” Readers know I hate the safety net metaphor, because it normalizes the concept of life as a tightrope walk. Sorry the hospitals lost some profit, though. Perhaps there’s some other way forward?
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How well masks protect Max-Planck-Gesellschaft:
Three metres are not enough to ensure protection. Even at that distance, it takes less than five minutes for an unvaccinated person standing in the breath of a person with Covid-19 to become infected with almost 100 percent certainty. That’s the bad news. The good news is that if both are wearing well-fitting medical or, even better, FFP2 masks, the risk drops dramatically.
Everyone needs to see this. Mask mandates are enormously effective. Shockingly effective. Effective before vaccines were available. Effective in conjunction with vaccines. Effective through the delta wave. Wear a mask, and support mask mandates. pic.twitter.com/9yu7Rcyp6J
— Mark Sumner (@Devilstower) December 2, 2021
In Praise of One-Size-Fits-All Boston Review
How China’s belt and road is connecting Southeast Asia, political wariness aside South China Morning Post. Stations = real estate development.
Myanmar’s Military Must Be Shown It Can’t Win Foreign Policy. Only one way to do that, really.
Myanmar officers fire shots, drive into anti-coup protesters during ‘flash mob’ in Yangon South China Morning Post
Southeast Asia risks stumbling toward a South American future (PDF) Nikkei Asia Review
The China-Iran Strategic Partnership: 40 Years in the Making The Diplomat (Re Silc). Re Silc: “Go with a winner.”
Bennett and Biden: the Honeymoon is Over Tikun Olam
Islamic countries to meet on Afghanistan crisis on Dec 19 Channel News Asia
Chinese mining groups scour Afghanistan for opportunities FT. What, not opium?
American-style governors could level up England The Sunday Times
… the playing fields of Eton:
An entire ruling class raised on pure cruelty and abuse really does explain a lot, doesn’t it https://t.co/ibcMK0Rdxv
— Flying_Rodent (@flying_rodent) December 4, 2021
The whole thread is worth reading.
Europe’s Energy Security Problem Leaves It in the Cold War on the Rocks
New Cold War
Barrett’s Adoption Question Causes Ongoing Firestorm in the Media Jonathan Turley. I can’t think why:
Truly one of the most disturbing things I’ve witnessed in a long time. A Congressman, in a bid to overturn Roe V Wade and deny American women reproductive rights. Publicly referred to them as “Earthen vessels, sanctified by Almighty God.” Give me strength. pic.twitter.com/LvYM46GRVN
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) December 3, 2021
The tweet conflates “American women” with all humanity, all of whom are “earthen vessels” in Cawthorne’s belief system. Nevertheless.
Harris allies want her to take the reins as a staff shakeup looms Politico. Willie Brown told Harris she didn’t have to do it. But here we are.
Alphaliner Forecasts Record $120B in Profits for Container Carriers Maritime Executive
Our Famously Free Press
CNN Fires Chris Cuomo Amid Inquiry Into His Efforts to Aid His Brother NYT. Mass slaughter in nursing homes? Jake with the angels! Priorities….
Big Contracts, Big Buyouts, Big Pressure: College Football Coaches Hit the Jackpot NYT. One of the best things that could evermhappen to “higher education” would be for football teams to be hived off and become openly what they already are in practice: Profit-making entities being looted by insiders and wholly dependent on cheap labor. If they want to retain their branding, they can make a licensing deal with their school. Go, “team.” Please.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Fossil Fuel’s Downfall Could Be America’s Too Adam Tooze, Foreign Policy
Last night, Columbia University sent an email threatening to replace graduate student workers (who are leading the largest strike in the US) if they remain on strike for more than another week.
These workers are engaging in legally protected collective activity. pic.twitter.com/JowZ4P1Kjk
— Lauren Kaori Gurley (@LaurenKGurley) December 3, 2021
A list of people who made good calls on Covid:
1. A few of us warned about the consequences of allowing SARS-CoV-2 to spread in January and February 2020. We were called alarmists. We warned coronaviruses escape immunity over time as a result of waning immunity or viral evolution. We've now seen both with SARS-CoV-2.
— Adam Hamdy (@adamhamdy) December 4, 2021
None in positions of real power or authority. As we see.
The Political Economy of Reaction Unpopular Front
Shunpiking to Lewis, Vermont. Population: 0 Obscure Vermont
Winter Trees as a Portal to Aliveness The Marginalian
The animal that walked into my life — story collection (podcast) Conversations, Australian Broadcasting System
Antidote du jour, bird (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.