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Will the bullwhip do the Fed’s job on inflation? Freight Waves. Important.
Greenhouse Emissions Rise to Record, Erasing Drop During Pandemic International Monetary Fund
FDA says COVID boosters for the fall must target newer omicron types NPR. BA.4/BA.5. Seems a little late.
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How the Public’s Views on the Coronavirus Have Shifted Since the Pandemic Began Morning Consult. Many charts, including this one:
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High neutralizing antibody levels against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 after UB-612 vaccine booster (accepted manuscript) The Journal of Infectious Diseases. From the Abstract: “Here, we demonstrate that a booster dose of UB-612 vaccine candidate delivered 7-9 months after primary vaccination increased neutralizing antibody levels by 131-, 61- and 49-fold against ancestral SARS-CoV-2, Omicron BA.1, and BA.2 variants, respectively. Based on the RBD protein-binding antibody responses, the UB-612 third dose booster may lead to an estimated ∼95% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19 caused by the ancestral strain. Our results support UB-612 as a potential potent booster against current and emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants.” UB-612 is peptide-based.
Monkeypox soars in Europe, with more than 4,000 cases Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
China’s seaborne import of Russian crude jumps 51.4% in May Hellenic Shipping News
Thread on third-tier Chinese cities:
Subtracting the population of the 1st & 2nd tiers, that's ~600M people living in these 3rd-6th tier cities, (plus about 500M more in the REAL countryside).
So the "median Chinese citizen" across 1.4 billion people should actually be a resident of a small, mostly-unknown city.
— David Fishman (@pretentiouswhat) June 28, 2022
Mrs. Xu is from a small city:
She answers with a big smile "That's because children eat well now!"
Continuing with the same smile, oblivious to its unsettling contrast with the words she's speaking:
"When I was young, it wasn't that we ate poorly…it was that there was nothing to eat at all"
— David Fishman (@pretentiouswhat) June 30, 2022
The whole thread is rich in detail, and well worth a read (even if it doesn’t discuss Covid or politics. No masking in the photo at the mall, though).
Bankrupt Sri Lanka’s inflation jumps beyond 50% Channel News Asia
Boris Johnson having sex in the office: a case of misconduct in public office? Yorkshire Bylines. With Private Eye extract that ignited what has turned out not to be a controversy. True, the incident took place in 2018, which I assume means everybody knew about it, but nobody talked about it. And meanwhile–
"If Putin was a woman he would not have invaded Ukraine": British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the Russian invasion of Ukraine "a perfect example of toxic masculinity." pic.twitter.com/x8z858FL1n
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 29, 2022
I suppose the Bullingdon Club, of which BoJo was a member, instills a complete inability to self-reflect; there are many such elite clubs.
New Not-So-Cold War
What did the G7 and Nato summits really mean for Ukraine? Guardian. Putin: “Everything is going according to plan.”
Russia hauls in ambassador over ‘offensive’ UK comments on nuclear weapons International Business Times (Furzy Mouse).
Erdogan warns Turkey may still block Nordic NATO drive Agence France Presse
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Germany commits tens of thousands of soldiers, combat aircraft and ships in the deployment against Russia WSWS. And China. The brain geniuses in The Blob have somehow managed to commit us to a two-front war.
Biden Warns Americans Gas Prices Will Remain High ‘As Long as it Takes’ Jalopnik. Gasoline is for closers only.
Biden intends to nominate a conservative, anti-abortion lawyer to federal judgeship, Kentucky Democrats say CNN. “There are 118 current or expected lower court vacancies. The Biden administration has named a nominee for 34 of those vacancies so far.” Molasses for brains.
What FDR and Two Former Fed Chairs Understood About Social Security Stephanie Kelton, The Lens
Roberts Started A Revolution, Dems Enabled It David Sirota, Lever News
It’s Hard to Overstate the Danger of the Voting Case the Supreme Court Just Agreed to Hear Slate. “Moore v. Harper, an ‘independent state legislature’ theory case from North Carolina.”
The ‘Independent State Legislature Theory,’ Explained Brennan Center
Our Famously Free Press
The left should lead the case for higher defence spending Paul Mason, The New Statesman. Ka-ching.
How Spooks and Establishment Journalists Are Circling The Wagons Mint Press News
Crypto Crash Widens a Divide: ‘Those With Money Will End Up Being Fine’ NYT. Thoughts and prayers. I just hope the insiders got out in time.
Cryptocurrency Titan Coinbase Providing “Geo Tracking Data” to ICE The Intercept. Oh.
Sonny Barger, famous Hells Angel and bestselling author, dead at 83 of cancer Oakland Daily Democrat
The Animal Crisis Is a Human Crisis Boston Review
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.