How the Pandemic Changed the Terms of Investment John Authers, Bloomberg
USA TODAY investigation reveals a stunning shift in the way rain falls in America USA Today. Important.
Beings Seen and Unseen (interview) Amitav Ghosh, Emergence Magazine
Creating a Better Leaf Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker
Tshwane District Omicron Variant Patient Profile – Early Features South African Medical Research Council. From Gauteng.
Probable Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant in Quarantine Hotel, Hong Kong, China, November 2021 (research letter) CDC, Emerging Infectious Diseases. From the body:
The only time the 2 quarantined persons opened their respective doors was to collect of food that was placed immediately outside each room door. The only other time they might have opened their doors would be for RT-PCRs, which were conducted in 3-day intervals. However, because these 2 case-patients arrived 1 day apart, it is unlikely that they would be tested on the same day. .
CDC’s goons managed to keep “airborne” out of the headline, and out of the abstract, but couldn’t suppress it in the text. And still we have Walensky recommending handwashing. And saying nothing about ventilation. Nothing about ventilation in Biden’s speech on his “Winter Plan,” either.
New data shows GSK-Vir drug works against all Omicron mutations Reuters. Sotrovimab. In vitro. Nothing peer-reviewed.
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The press noticed the oncoming testing debacle in Biden’s “Winter Plan”:
"Should we just send one to every American?"
Colorado is sending 8 free rapid tests per month per person right to your door, usually delivered within 48 hours of ordering. So, I think that is a decent initial goal. https://t.co/7MLyNH7Rjr
— Derrick VanGennep (@VanGennepD) December 7, 2021
Good Lord, are they trying to put Trump back in WH? Let’s do the math, let’s say every American is sent instant test weekly. If they’re $5 each (< $1 in Germany but let that bide) so X 330M = $1.65B/wk or $86B/yr. We’re running $3T/yr deficit fighting COVID, $86B is chump change. https://t.co/uWssOQIAFS
— Carlos Mucha (@mucha_carlos) December 7, 2021
Data point on requiring test results from international travelers to the United States, from an alert reader:
My friend/former coworker that is an immunology professor in [South America] arrived this morning. She flew into Miami yesterday, and said no one is asking for passengers’ test results or anything, they are just letting everyone in off the international flights with no questions.
Will Grigory Potemkin please pick up the nearest white courtesy telephone?
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WTO faces renewed scrutiny amid omicron threat The Hill. Summing it all up (dk):
When random folks on TikTok can do better public health messaging than most governments and NGOs… pic.twitter.com/nSLzuQbbnl
— ashley fairbanks (@ziibiing) December 6, 2021
Trade secrets remain the sticking point in global debate over a vaccine IP waiver Osborne Clarke. Intellectual property lawyers.
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The Discourse™ Still Isn’t Talking About Long COVID Mike the Mad Biologist
China defends zero-Covid strategy, says speed vital to stopping spread South China Morning Post.
China ‘adjusts’ approach to coal after recent power crisis Hellenic Shipping News
Resistance fighters strengthen hold over Myaung Township in Sagaing Myanmar Now. Pop. 100,000, central Myanmar.
Myanmar foreign minister visits Cambodia after Suu Kyi sentencing Reuters. The press really shouldn’t be using judicial terms to describe the proceedings of a kangaroo court.
U.S. Hope for Iran Nuclear Talks Now Rests on China, Russia Wall Street Journal
Is the glass half-full or half-empty? That is the question with contradictory US human rights policies towards Saudi Arabia and Iran The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer
Britain helped create the refugees it now wants to keep out Middle East Eye
Weapons trade booms as profits hit record $531bn in 2020 Al Jazeera (dk).
New Cold War
Biden Sees ‘Long Discussion’ With Putin Over Ukraine Border Bloomberg (December 3) and Kremlin expecting Putin-Biden talks to be substantive, long Interfax (December 6).
Zelenskiy Holds Call With Blinken Ahead Of Biden-Putin Call Radio Liberty. “Moscow has demanded written guarantees that Ukraine will not be allowed to join NATO, calling such a scenario a ‘red line.'” Only natural, since the United States is not agreement-capable.
Toyota embracing small flaws as supply chain pressures bite Channel News Asia
Who Just Gave Trump $1 Billion? Let’s Find Out. Bloomberg (Furzy Mouse).
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Taking Viagra cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 69 percent NY Post. Isn’t Pfizer making enough money already?
The Super-Rich Are Forming a New Exclusive Club Bloomberg. I dunno. $100 million net income for membership seems low. I hope they’re not letting any trash in.
The First Privilege Walk Nonsite.org. From November, still germane. Holy moley, we got Patient Zero….
Where is Standard of Living the Highest? Local Prices and the Geography of Consumption Rebecca Diamond and Enrico Moretti, NBER. From the Abstract: “We uncover vast geographical differences in material standard of living for a given income level. Low-income residents in the most affordable commuting zone enjoy a level of consumption that is 74% higher than that of low-income residents in the most expensive commuting zone.”
The Teamster Election Tempest
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.