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The Cantillon Effect and Stock Market Crashes Matt Stoller, BIG
The Math Prodigy Whose Hack Upended DeFi Won’t Give Back His Millions Bloomberg. Fascinating story with “Code Is Law” implications.
The Normalization of “Working Through Covid” Culture Study
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A call for an independent inquiry into the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus Neil L. Harrison and Jeffrey D. Sachs, PNAS
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With old-school technology, can Novavax win over COVID vaccine skeptics? Los Angeles Times
The Smallpox Vaccine – What You Need to Know New York State Department of Health (Re Silc).
Brownstone Institute is at it again. Thread:
The Brownstone Institute is now so committed to undermining public health in the United States that they are pushing a conspiracy theory that a monkeypox outbreak modeling exercise conducted last year suggests that this year's outbreak was a deliberate release or something.
— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) May 23, 2022
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Routine Surveillance and Vaccination on a University Campus During the Spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant JAMA. From the Discussion: “Cornell’s experience shows that traditional public health interventions were not a match for Omicron. While vaccination protected against severe illness, it was not sufficient to prevent rapid spread, even when combined with other public health measures including widespread surveillance testing.” Maybe. I’m not seeing anything about ventilation (see under “Swiss Cheese Theory”). And when I look at “Campus Policy Shifts in Figure one, they look to me like they come much too late. (Also, one wonders if wasterwater detection would have provided earliier and more pinpointed detection.) So, I am not persuaded by the thesis of the article, and would be interested to hear from schools — if any — that succeeded. I’m also not persuaded that a college campus is anything like a microcosm for arger society.”
The neurological sequelae of pandemics and epidemics Journal of Neurology. From 2021, still germane.
Coronavirus: Shanghai to expand app tracking to guard against Covid-19 resurgence, as city marks third day without community spread South China Morning Post. Progress in China:
Nationwide, overall Covid cases are trending down. Of China’s top 50 cities by economic size, only Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai currently have widespread restrictions in place. https://t.co/d0BYFYNxhd pic.twitter.com/jhgyeGeDan
— Bloomberg (@business) May 23, 2022
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine peace deal: Kyiv rules out ceding land to Russia BBC. That $40 billion must have been quite a head rush.
Russia-Ukraine War: Ukraine’s EU Bid Won’t Be Finalised For 15- 20 Yrs, Says France Republic World. Oof.
Debating Scott Ritter and Desna Is Just One Disaster for the Ukrainian Military Larry C. Johnson, A Son of the New American Revolution
How to Prepare for the Next Ukraine Michelle Flournoy, Foreign Affairs
Biden Asia trip:
Biden in Japan to launch regional economic plan to counter Beijing Reuters. Not really an FTA. No ISDS, but that won’t stop corporate stakeholders from trying to get it in.
Explained: What is the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework? The Indian Express
Biden vows military defence of Taiwan if China invades Agence France Presse. He went there:
— 黄耀毅 (@VOAYYH) May 23, 2022
Kishida, Biden to call for China’s nuclear disarmament in joint statement Japan News. From the Department of Fat Chance.
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Bush is Biden is Bush TK News
My Lunch With President Biden Thomas Friedman, NYT
Hillary Clinton Did It Editorial Board, WSJ
“He is a publisher who published true information.” See, there’s your problem:
“It’s basically the revenge of the United States” says wife of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Stella Moris calls US espionage charges against him “political persecution” and says UK Home Secretary – who will decide on his extradition – has his “life in her hands” pic.twitter.com/dQccKBeiad
— BBC HARDtalk (@BBCHARDtalk) May 17, 2022
This Is the Southern Baptist Apocalypse Christianity Today
Imperial Collapse Watch
What Will It Take for Momfluencers to Speak Up About Abortion Rights? New York Magazine
The past two weeks in US unions, May 7-21, 2022 Who Gets the Bird
Inequality hysteresis Bank of International Settlements
Antidote du jour (via):
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