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New York launches a campaign for citizens to access books banned in other states Euro 25. The Brooklyn and now the New York public libraries.
John Adams’ Fear Has Come to Pass David French, The Dispatch
When the Earth Started to Sing Emergence
What Can One Disease Do to a Landscape? The Atlantic
Stumbling Toward “Day Zero” on the Colorado River Audobon (Wukchumni).
We’re Toying With a Ruinous End to COVID Travel Masking MedPage Today
The Drive to Vaccinate the World Against Covid Is Losing Steam NYT. Everything’s going according to plan.
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COVID-19 Vaccination and Estimated Public Health Impact in California JAMA. Findings: ” In this modeling study using data from the California Department of Public Health, COVID-19 vaccination was estimated to have prevented more than 1.5 million COVID-19 cases, 72 000 hospitalizations, and 19 000 deaths during the first 10 months of vaccination, through October 16, 2021.”
Durability of BNT162b2 vaccine against hospital and emergency department admissions due to the omicron and delta variants in a large health system in the USA: a test-negative case–control study The Lancet. n = 11,123 hospital or ER admissions. From the InterpretationL “Three doses of BNT162b2 [Pfizer] conferred high protection against hospital and emergency department admission due to both the delta and omicron variants in the first 3 months after vaccination. However, 3 months after receipt of a third dose, waning was apparent against SARS-CoV-2 outcomes due to the omicron variant, including hospital admission.”
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The Race to Reduce Covid-19 Transmission: An Update on 67 Intranasal & 6 Oral Vaccines Hilda Bastian, Absolutely Maybe. From March, still highly germane.
Nasal COVID-19 vaccine trials held at Vizag Institute Deccan Chronicle
‘Urgent and grim’: Beijing on Covid-19 alert after sudden rash of cases South China Morning Post
Junta forces ‘making locals’ lives miserable’ as violence engulfs central Myanmar Myanmar Now. The rainy season is a month off.
How the Coup Shattered the Image of Myanmar’s Military The Diplomat. Note the extremely equivocal role played by Aung San Suu Kyi.
Marcron v. Le Pen: What the French election means for the US Responsible Statecraft
Mélenchon to ally with Greens, PCF, NPA in French legislative election WSWS. What a debacle:
The 2002 French Presidential Election might be the most left election ever. The left wins ~41% of the vote collectively in the first round and doesn't make the runoff because the left is split ~7 different ways pic.twitter.com/JCdVlkhlx7
— Special Puppy🧦🐒 (@SpecialPuppy1) April 11, 2022
Deep in Macron Country New Statesman
New Not-So-Cold War
Large fire at oil depot in Russia’s Bryansk, near Ukraine Reuters. Commentary:
Good morning from Bryansk, Russia.
Ukraine sends its regards.
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) April 25, 2022
Ukraine Latest: Blinken, Austin Pledge More Aid on Kyiv Trip Bloomberg. I don’t want to be cranky about this, but we don’t know where the “aid” is ending up, and we especially don’t know how much Ukraine is selling to third parties.
Ukraine wants large amount of equipment for its nuclear power plants, IAEA says Reuters. From not especially reliable authority, we hear that Ukraine cut back on nuclear power plant maintenance after the 2014 coup, preferring the spend the money on weapons. Simultaneosly they cranked the plants hard. Not reassuring. If any readers can fill in the blanks on this story, that would be great.
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Sitrep: Operation Z The Saker
Will Russia Win the War for the Donbas? The National Interest
US narrative won’t survive defeat in Donbass Indian Punchline
Are there still Russian soldiers in Belarus? Deutsche Welle
War in Ukraine, by the numbers Duffel Blog
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Russia poised to exploit Mongolia on Soyuz–Vostok pipeline BNE Intellinews
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How Not To Report On Ukraine Moon of Alabama
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Seven Decades of Nazi Collaboration: America’s Dirty Little Ukraine Secret Foreign Policy in Focus. From 2014, still germane.
The Air-Ambulance Vultures New York Magazine
WeWork’s Adam and Rebekah Neumann: Where Are They Now? Vanity Fair. Read all the way to the end.
Amazon union could face a tough road ahead after victory AP (Re Silc).
Antidote du Jour (via):
— AnimalMemeTV (@AnimalMemeTV) April 16, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.