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What It’s Like When Your Body Can’t Feel Pain Mel Magazine
Massachusetts should have a state-owned bank Boston Globe (Furzy Mouse).
Gaining momentum – Results of the 2021 BIS survey on central bank digital currencies Bank of International Settlements
“[T]his level of Covid risk is the way the world will be for many years”:
Like so many people with Covid, Katie feels terrible for having carried Covid into their house. I told her this level of Covid risk is the way the world will be for many years, and making choices like teaching at this course is something we need to learn to live with. (17/23)
— Bob Wachter (@Bob_Wachter) May 9, 2022
I would like to thank the last two administrations and the public health establishment (very much including Wachtel) for bringing us to this point. And:
If you were in this situation (spouse w/ Covid, rapid test +; mild symptoms), tix to fly home tonight (1 hour flight), would you have:
1) Stayed in Palm Springs until neg (5-8d)
2) Flown home, w/ tight N95
3) Nixed flight, rent car, drove home (9hrs); masked; windows open.(8/23)
— Bob Wachter (@Bob_Wachter) May 9, 2022
This is a multiple-choice test; it’s homework. The PMC l-o-o-o-o-v-e them their homework. Of course, not everybody has multiple choices. The Wachters’ maid — supposing them to have a maid — surely would not have had a choice between staying on, flying home, and driving. She would have had to take the cheapest option, regardless.
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Our Covid Blunder Here Comes China
COVID-19: the next phase and beyond The Lancet
Opinion: We’re not back to ‘normal.’ COVID fight must continue San Jose Mercury News. Ventilation.
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Low risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission by fomites – a clinical observational study in highly infectious COVID-19 patients (accepted manuscript) The Journal of Infectious Diseases. From the Comclusion: “Transmission of infectious SARS-CoV-2 via fomites is possible upon extensive moistening, but unlikely to occur in real-life scenarios and from droplet-contaminated fomites.” In Germany.
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infections and exposure in surfaces, points and wastewaters: A global one health perspective Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. From the Abstract: “Several common and public areas, hospitals, elevators, public transport, local markets, and surfaces such as public toilets, door handles, untreated and treated wastewaters, wastewater plants, and public washrooms are also considered major points for spreading of SARS-CoV-2. Highly contaminated surfaces or places often have materials or contain items made of materials on which the SARS-CoV-2 virus can persist (e.g., metal, wood, and plastic). For example, SARS-CoV-2 can exist up to 4 days on doorknobs made by those materials. For public places such as public transports, elevators, and local markets, crowding and enclosed spaces are major source for transmission. Several measures such as using copper alloy surfaces instead of metal surfaces, disinfectants, and suitable personal protective equipment have been suggested.” From Southeast Asia.
China trade: export growth slowed to lowest level in almost 2 years in April, imports flat South China Morning Post
Shan State Exemplifies China’s Tangled Myanmar Ties The Diplomat
Ethnic Minorities Eye Autonomy in Post-Junta Myanmar The Irrawaddy. Cheeky:
Myanmar's parallel government @NUGMyanmar has raised more than US$ 700,000 in 24 hours as 7,228 shares for Min Aung Hlaing’s residence in Yangon have been sold after it was put on sale by the NUG on May 6.#2022May9Coup #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/HDVrHBnx3J
— Dean Winchester (@Dean_25_8) May 9, 2022
Newly released video shows 9/11 hijackers with alleged Saudi intelligence operative CBS (Re Silc). You don’t say.
Fox News deals in Kremlin propaganda. So why not freeze Rupert Murdoch’s assets? Nick Cohen, Guardian
Because it is a media conglomerate, sanctions would be an attack on free speech. I say this plainly because so many writers and political actors pretend that they are not demanding censorship when that is precisely what they are doing. Nevertheless, in this case the threat to freedom is minimal. Murdoch would not be punished for revealing embarrassing truths about the west but for spreading demonstrable lies for a hostile foreign power.
A devil’s deal Africa is a Country
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukrainian commanders lash out at Kyiv over Mariupol resistance FT. The Azov Battalion. Given that the Ukraine right threatented to whack Zelensky if he negotatiated with Russia, perhaps both Kyiv and Russia are solving a common problem? (Not that Kyiv could have rescued Mariupol anyhow). Commentary:
Western media has an unspoken ban on footage of the many Mariupol evacuees who said they were used as human shields, shot at or abused by the Azov Battalion
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) May 9, 2022
« La guerre, c’est une déception terrible » (Google translation) La Presse. Quebec. “Déception” means “disappointment.” More fallout from the Norman Brigade debacle. An interview with Wali, a Québécois sniper. Wali: “‘It’s a war of machines’, where the ‘extremely brave’ Ukrainian soldiers suffer very heavy losses from shelling, but ‘miss many opportunities’ to weaken the enemy because they lack knowledge technical military, he summarizes.”
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Putin’s Long Game in Ukraine: The Kremlin Perspective Council on Foreign Relations
I led talks on the Donbas and Crimea in the 1990s, here’s how the war should end Responsible Statecraft
Ukraine: From Bad To Worse? Andrew Basevich, The American Conservative
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About those kill-switched Ukrainian tractors Cory Doctorow
Another Leak Indicates Supreme Court Set to Overturn Roe v. Wade New York Magazine
The Limits of Privilege The new abortion regime is going to affect everyone Rebecca Traister, New York Magazine
Democrats Have Themselves To Blame For The Fall Of Roe The American Conservative (Re Silc).
Insurers may be padding Medicaid physician networks, study finds Health Care Dive
Police State Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
The National Security State: 75 Years of Unaccountable Failure Joe Costello, Life in the 21st Century
A Fight Over America’s Energy Future Erupts on the Canadian Border NYT. Massachusetts already dumps its trash in Maine. Now they want to run a powerline through our land? No thanks.
The Prophet of the Revolt The Pull Request but How a billionaires boys’ club came to dominate the public square WaPo
First Principles Lapham’s Quarterly
Happy Mothers’ Day (1):
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” #HappyMothersDay
— MisterRogersQuotes (@MisterRogersSay) May 8, 2022
The helpers do exist: Corsi box makers, for example.
Happy Mothers’ Day (2):
"This song was recorded in one take. Clinton surrounded Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel with a massive amount of amps. He told Eddie to first play like he just heard that his mother had died, then to play like his mom was actually still alive."https://t.co/R26bebUqnn
— Rudy Havenstein, Minister of Disinformation (@RudyHavenstein) February 21, 2022
Antidote du jour (via):
— Scary Underwater (@ScaryUnder) May 2, 2022
See yesterday’s Antidote du Jour and Links here.