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For Markets and Ukraine, ‘Good’ Scenarios Are Gone John Authers, Bloomberg
The car will triumph, again Noah Smith, Noahpinion. I’m long stupid, so, yes.
Maine’s landfill is meant for in-state waste. Here’s how Massachusetts and NH are filling it up Maine Public Radio. It’s almost like Maine is some sort of colony.
White House diverges from CDC, focuses on aerosol COVID spread Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (ChiGal). From the White House:
Let's clear the air on COVID. 🌬️
@AlondraNelson46 writes about how proper ventilation and air filtration in homes, schools, and businesses can reduce the transmission of #COVID19. https://t.co/zEZYZpQK4q
— White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (@WHOSTP) March 23, 2022
I don’t wish to seem churlish, but “Covid Is Airborne” is short and sweet. More, it commits to a theory of transmission, unlike “Clear the Air,” which could mean anything (though I can see why it might be more meaningful in internal Administration deliberations). Still, why not say it?
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Association of COVID-19 with risks of hospitalization and mortality from other disorders post-infection: A study of the UK Biobank (preprint) medRxiv. n=412,096 . From the Abstract: “ (non-hospitalized) (HR=1.237, 95% CI 1.037-1.476) and mortality from neurocognitive disorders (HR=9.100, 95% CI: 5.590-14.816), as well as hospital admission from a few disorders such as aspiration pneumonitis, musculoskeletal pain and other general signs/symptoms.”
How it started:
For those who don’t agree that the vaccinated can return to pre-pandemic normal, I ask: What should we all do? Perpetual masking? Forever not dining out, avoiding large weddings & indoor gatherings, etc? Virtually everything has risk, and zero covid is not a viable strategy.
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) March 23, 2022
How it’s going:
For those who don’t agree that we can return to pre-Salmonella normal, I ask: What should we all do? Perpetual refrigeration? Forever thoroughly cooking, avoiding restaurants with poor hygiene, etc? Virtually everything has risk, and zero Salmonella is not a viable strategy.
— David Kent, water worm (@DaveJamesKent) March 24, 2022
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Ukraine war: China does not support UN vote blaming Russia for humanitarian crisis South China Morning Post
Japan’s hardcore train fans accused of going off the rails Agence France Presse
Myanmar Junta Deploys Militias in Key Strategic State The Irrawaddy
25,000 Children In 12-14 Age Group Receive Corbevax Times of India
New Not-So-Cold War
Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 24 Institute for the Study of War. New map of Mariupol.
Chechen Leader Says Hoisted Russia Flag At City Hall In Ukraine’s Mariupol Agence France Presse. Flags on buildings are digital evidence I will accept (given acceptable provenance, which the Chechen leader’s Telegram account is not).
Ukraine war latest: Ukrainian forces reoccupy towns near Kyiv, says UK defence ministry FT. They would, wouldn’t they?
‘Marshal Mud’ will slow not stop Russia’s onslaught Asia Times. Would explain why Russian troops are digging in, too.
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Economic Warfare: A Brief History Stokes Family Office
Only a Financial NATO Can Win the Economic War Foreign Policy
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Media watch: when parallel lines converge, stand clear! Glibert Doctorow. Important.
Ukraine war: US, Nato prepare for Russian nuclear incident South China Morning Post
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Pentagon Drops Truth Bombs to Stave Off War With Russia Consortium News (pjay).
The west is rash to assume the world is on its side over Ukraine Edward Luce, FT
Finis Europa The American Conservative
Biden says NATO has “never been more united” amid Ukraine crisis CBS. Brussels summit.
Undisclosed industry payments rampant in drug-trial papers Nature. Australia.
‘Will l be allowed a cleaner, or a driver?’ Life after sanctions for a Russian oligarch FT. No, of course not, but why not for all oligarchs?
A short tutorial on how wage labor works:
— Rob Gill 🇨🇦❤️🇺🇦 (@vote4robgill) March 23, 2022
Antidote du jour (via):
“May I take your cat and goat?”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.