Review: ‘The Nutmeg’s Curse’ challenges dominant view of development The Third Pole. Well worth a read.
The first arriving firefighters had trouble finding the Marshall Fire Wildfire Today. About “Red Flag Warnings.”
Biden, in Shift, Prepares Americans to See Covid-19 as Part of Life WSJ. Giving up after having hardly tried.
A National Strategy for COVID-19 Medical Countermeasures Vaccines and Therapeutics Luciana L. Borio, Rick A. Bright, Ezekiel J. Emanuel JAMA. “The US needs a strategy for a “new normal” of living that includes COVID-19. This ‘new normal’ will occur when total respiratory viral infections, hospitalizations, and deaths inclusive of those from COVID-19 are no higher than what typically occurred in the most severe influenza years before the current pandemic. Integral to achieving and sustaining this ‘new normal’ are both faster development and more efficient deployment of vaccines and therapeutics.” Wistful thinking?
A National Strategy for the “New Normal” of Life With COVID Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Michael Osterholm, Celine R. Gounder JAMA. “It is imperative for public health, economic, and social functioning that US leaders establish and communicate specific goals for COVID-19 management, benchmarks for the imposition or relaxation of public health restrictions, investments and reforms needed to prepare for future SARS-CoV-2 variants and other novel viruses, and clear strategies to accomplish all of this.” I don’t want to be cranky, but weren’t the “adults” elected a year ago to do all this? As a bare minimum?
A National Strategy for COVID-19: Testing, Surveillance, and Mitigation Strategies David Michaels, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Rick A. Bright, JAMA. “Like influenza, SARS-CoV-2 is spread by aerosols.” Just checking.
Lambert here: Wait. You’re telling me that Vax Vax Vax isn’t a “National Strategy”? (I’m not a fan of Rahm’s brother Zeke, author of “Why I Hope to Die at 75” — speak for yourself! — but if a blow with a 2×4 is what it takes to get the Biden Administration’s attention, good.)
* * *Lifesaving Covid Treatments Face Rationing as Virus Surges Again NYT
For CDC’s Walensky, a Steep Learning Curve on Messaging New York Times
‘It is embarrassing’: CDC struggles to track Covid cases as Omicron looms Politico. From December, still germane.
* * *Universities Need to Catch Up to the Post-vaccine Reality Emily Oster, The Atlantic. Critique:
I know other people have talked about today’s @TheAtlantic piece on the pandemic and colleges, and can add far more to the conversation than I can. However, as a university student, I wanted to share my thoughts on this article. Long thread below 1/
— Joey Schafer (@Joey__Schafer) January 6, 2022
The whole thread is worth a read. And speaking of reality:
1/ Reducing respiratory aerosol particle concentrations in dorm rooms.
I have heard from parents who have children returning to dorms at universities across North America. The #corsirosenthalbox can help with these situations a lot! Really a lot, folks. read on.
— Dr. Richard Corsi (@CorsIAQ) January 5, 2022
Since Corsi boxes are cheap and effective, college administrators nationwide have naturally jumped on the bandwagon. Ha ha! Kidding!
Emily Oster is making strong claims about Omicron and schools based on weak data Claudia Sahm, Stay-At-Home Macro
Public K–12 education employment has collapsed Economic Policy Institute
* * *What Happened to the Novavax Vaccine? MedPage Today
Guest op-ed: The US needs to vaccinate its overseas citizens Daily Herald (Furzy Mouse).
* * *Persistent COVID-related loss of taste may be overestimated Center for Infectious Disease Control and Policy
COVID-19 isn’t “just a cold,” isn’t “a respiratory virus,” and “mild” doesn’t mean what you think it does. Ian Ricksecker. Useful aggregation.
* * *How retail works in a civilized country:
Business owners in Japan are advertising the fact that they monitor CO2 levels in-store (keeping levels below 1000ppm) to encourage customers to visit their stores. They’ve even found a way to upload real-time store CO2 levels on Google Maps! https://t.co/LCueTSLmnT pic.twitter.com/IxFQkfAvOV
— Dr Satoshi Akima (@ToshiAkima) December 14, 2021
How government provisions for Covid in a civilized country:
This is what the Malaysian government has provided to its lowest monthly income households since early December.
Two packets of Rapid antigen tests, pulse oximeter, mask and thermometer.
No fuss. No drama.
Just leaving this here. pic.twitter.com/WYZdtp8tZe
— Lord Blood (@drng) January 6, 2022
Shouldn’t be means-tested, though.
China’s Local Government Debt: The Grand Bargain The China Journal. “While much scholarly attention has been paid to the consequences of the 1994 reform that left localities with a tremendous fiscal gap, our findings show that Beijing in fact gave localities the green light to create new backdoor financing institutions that counteracted the impact of fiscal recentralization. In essence, these institutions were the quid pro quo offered to localities to sustain their incentive for local state-led growth after 1994. The bargain worked, and growth continued. The drawback, however, was that China’s economic growth has been accompanied by the accumulation of local government debt with little transparency and central control.”
Myanmar massacre fuels calls for vote on UN arms embargo FT. More from the FT:
— John Reed จอห์น รีด (@JohnReedwrites) January 5, 2022
Where I have been for some time, though my picture of the endgame is more… Giulino di Mezzegra.
Indonesia revokes more than 2,000 mining and plantation permits Channel News Asia
South Korea grounds F-35s after malfunction forces emergency landing Channel News Asia. And speaking of grounds–
The UK’s kleptocracy problem Chatham House (dk).
City of London says COVID is masking Brexit hit to finance Hellenic Shipping News
New Cold War
* * *Six Things the Media Won’t Tell You About Ukraine Antiwar.com
Imports Surge Continues at U.S. Ports Ahead of Lunar New Year Maritime Executive
Dick Cheney, once a villain to Democrats, hailed in surprise Capitol visit to mark Jan. 6 USA Today. Ah, ol’ “Fourth Branch,” torture advocate, who shot an old man in the face and got away clean, visits from the “dark side.” For those of you who didn’t live through it, the Bush administration was quite entertaining!
L’Affaire Jeffrey Epstein
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.