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Rebuilding collective intelligence Red Pepper

Mutual Aid Groups That Arose During COVID Gather to Build Power Regionally Truthout

Climate

Youth-Led Climate Change Lawsuits Are a Tactic to Hold Governments Responsible Teen Vogue. Held v. State of Montana. A similar case, Juliana v. United States, is hung up on standing. NOTE Climate Case Chart looks like a useful resource.

Rapid battery cost declines accelerate the prospects of all-electric interregional container shipping Nature

River Cruise Ship Evacuated After Possible Battery Explosion Maritime Executive

#COVID19

As I keep saying: “Democidal elites” is a parsimonious explanation.”

Biden’s infection and the horrific reality of “forever COVID” WSWS. Should be “horrific, constructed” reality.

COVID Is Evolving Fast. Why Isn’t Our Response to It? (interview) Eric Topol, New York Magazine

Anthony Fauci wants to put Covid’s politicization behind him Politico

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An immunoPET probe to SARS-CoV-2 reveals early infection of the male genital tract in rhesus macaques (preprint) bioRxuv. Press release. From the Abstract: “Remarkably, a robust signal was seen in the male genital tract (MGT) of all three animals studied. Infection of the MGT was validated by immunofluorescence imaging of infected cells in the testicular and penile tissue and severe pathology was observed in the testes of one animal at 2-weeks post-infection…. We provide direct evidence for SARS-CoV-2 infection of the MGT in rhesus macaques revealing the possible pathologic outcomes of viral replication at these sites.” I’m sure the Biden Administration’s crack Anti-Covid marketing team will hop right on this.

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Austria mourns suicide of doctor targetted by anti-COVID vaccine campaigners Reuters

Monkeypox

Biden administration falls into blame game with local authorities over monkeypox response The Hill

Monkeypox Virus Infection in Humans across 16 Countries — April–June 2022 NEJM. From the Discussion: “Transmission of monkeypox virus occurs through large respiratory droplets, close or direct contact with skin lesions, and possibly through contaminated fomites.”

China?

No mention of Taiwan on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Asia tour list South China Morning Post.

China Threatens To Retaliate For Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip By Letting Her Return Safely The Onion

China announces military drills in Taiwan Strait Deutsche Welle

Nancy Pelosi’s long history of opposing Beijing BBC

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South China Sea claims:

China’s claim — modulo issues of raw power — is loony tunes. As is Vietnam’s. Interesting to see, however, how hemmed in China is by Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and to the north, the Korean Peninsula and, of course, Japan. Perhaps the Taiwan flap is more about China’s access to the great waters of the Pacific than anything else. (Yes, of course there are tiny islands in China’s way too, which we seem, not unsurprisingly, to be being stupid about.)

A Shrinking China Can’t Overtake America Foreign Policy

India

A Swelling Mountain of Bills Plagues India’s Power Industry Bloomberg

Syraqistan

Iran can export car parts, gas turbines to Russia Tass. Turbines like this?

Iran Is Trying to Play the Saudis Against the US. It Won’t Work. Bloomberg

New Not-So-Cold War

Volodymyr Zelensky calls for evacuation of Donetsk region to escape “Russian terror” Le Monde. “Ukrainian deputy prime minister Iryna Verechtchuk had previously announced the mandatory evacuation of the entire population of the Donetsk region.” Operation questions: How many people are left, how many will be willing to leave, how they will be evacuated, and where they will go. One thing we can be sure of: Ukraine will be quite happy to mix evacuating civilians with retreating soldiers (and perhaps that is the real point of the order).

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Regime Instability In Kiev? Gordon Hahn

Nord Stream gas row deepens as Gazprom airs new complaints on turbine Euronews

Now Russia cuts off gas supply to Latvia amid growing energy panic in Europe after supplies to Poland, Finland, Netherlands and Denmark were axed – and some cities go dark to save power Daily Mail

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Lloyds To Insure War Grain Ships In Ukraine Sea Corridor gCaptain

Ukraine Needs Solutions, Not Endless War The National Interest

Russian Offensive, Ukraine Inflation Crisis, Blinken Talks to Lavrov, Pelosi Flies to Taiwan (video) Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. Shout-out to NC at 5:00.

Biden Administration

Sinema indicates she may want to change Schumer-Manchin deal Axios

SEC Enriches Fraudsters, Lawyers as Secrecy Shrouds Tips Program Bloomberg Law

Capitol Seizure

Democrats hope DOJ holds Trump accountable after Mueller disappointment The Hill. Any stick to beat a dog.

2022

Midterm Misery for Biden as Key Economy Gauge Flags 30-Seat Loss Bloomberg

The Utah Independent Who Just Might Have the Formula to Beat Trumpism Politico

Boeing

Boeing Gets FAA Clearance to Restart 787 Dreamliner Delivery Bloomberg

Sports Desk

Ex-Gov. Phil Bryant Subpoenaed In Welfare Fraud Case Involving Brett Favre, USM Mississippi Free Press (DCBlogger).

Zeitgeist Watch

Ticket bought in Illinois wins $1.337B Mega Millions jackpot Star-Telegram

Think Your Street Needs a Redesign? Ask an AI Bloomberg. Don’t ask it anything. Kill it with fire. (I must note, however, that the DALL-E rollout has been very effective as marketing.)

Imperial Collapse Watch

What Presidents Say Does Not Matter. It Is The Execution Of Policies That Counts. Moon of Alabama. With shout-out to NC.

We blitzed it London Review of Books. Oil geopolitics. Well worth a read.

Most US F-35s temporarily grounded as ejection seat issue threatens jets worldwide Air Force Times (Re Silc). You’ll need an ejection seat when the F-35 catches on fire, so this is bad.

Guillotine Watch

Intel Cuts Fab Buildout by $4B To Pay Billions In Dividends Semianalysis (MP). “It’s a disgrace that Intel has decided to cut fab buildouts while begging the US government for subsidies through the chips act and committing to growing their dividend.”

Class Warfare

Bank Of America Memo, Revealed: “We Hope” Conditions For American Workers Will Get Worse The Intercept

Eddie Dempsey talking pure sense (video) PoliticsJOE, YouTube (MarkT).

Please tell me this is a parody:

Unpicking the link between smell and memories Nature

Moral Panics Come and Go. Sex Bracelet Hysteria Is Forever. The Ringer

Artemis is with us London Review of Books

How a near-death experience could change the way you live NPR. News you can use!

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered. To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.

238 comments

      1. Stephen V

        For Sci-Fi fans perhaps:
        https://link.medium.com/tJFoRiMu7rb

        A little summer frivolity from Cory Doctorow.–
        Tim Powers’s books have a way of sticking with you. I started in 1985, with Dinner at Deviant’s Palace, one of the most memorable post-apocalyptic novels you could hope to read, full of “eyeball kicks” (stellar, memorable, wildly imaginative imagery), like the horse-drawn muscle car featured in John Berkey’s cover for the original Ace Books paperback.

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      2. .human

        I’ve found myself chatty lately also. These days, when you find a kindred spirit, conversations flourish. There is so much of substance to talk about.

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  1. DorothyT

    Re: Monkeypox transmission

    Will this be the same information as to transmission? Respiratory transmission compared to contact? The mask controversy again?

    Here’s from the CDC:
    After zoonotic transmission, monkeypox spread from person to person is principally respiratory; contact with infectious skin lesions or scabs is another, albeit less common, means of person-to-person spread. African rodents and primates may harbor the virus and infect humans, but the reservoir host is unknown.

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    1. skk

      Well the results section in the paper states:

      “Overall, 98% of the persons with infection were gay or bisexual men, 75% were White, and 41% had human immunodeficiency virus infection; the median age was 38 years. Transmission was suspected to have occurred through sexual activity in 95% of the persons with infection. Transmission was suspected to have occurred through sexual activity in 95% of the persons with infection. ”

      The two statements aren’t contradictory but on the what-to-do to reduce incidence aspect, they lead to startlingly different actions in terms of individual behaviors and ought to lead to different public proselytizing.

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  2. griffen

    Near death experiences. I dunno but it was good the father improved and was / has recovered. Well thankfully I have none to speak of. Brings to mind this catchy tune from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones…catchy song with a great horn section.

    I’ve never had to knock on wood
    And I’m glad I haven’t yet
    Because I’m sure it isn’t good
    That’s the impression that I get

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    1. SET

      griffen, Read “Proof of Heaven”, by a Neurosurgeon who didn’t believe any of it. He went overseas for a conference and came back with meningitis or something. He was in the hospital he worked in, attended by other doctors and Neurosurgeons he knew…he was flat line brain dead for 6 days! Then he sat up, and decided to write what he experienced down before he thought about it. I’ve been reading about these experiences for something like 55 years. The stories are all so similar, it seems there must be something to it. Six days of flat line brain dead is a record! Nobody has done that and not woken up as a vegetable! At least, that’s an assertion in the book. You can “dunno” all you want, there is no convincing unless it resonates inside your being. The only true proof, at least at our level, will be if that’s what we wake up to, after our final moments of “the breath of life” leaves us. The good neurosurgeon also started a website for “Proof of Heaven”, I forget the dot whatever, but if you’re curious, you’ll find it.

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      1. griffen

        I’m doing a search, and just casual looking through book reviews and the wiki page as well. The reviews seem to belie that if some readers had doubts about his experience, those doubts may still persist. As with topics like this, others mileage may vary. And also I prefer to keep my views on this matter pretty close to the vest.

        I’ve got a parallel source worth mentioning. Nikki Sixx, bassist for the band Motley Crue, infamously flat-lined after a heroin overdose. They dosed him with adrenaline to bring him back, after which he says he just continued apace with the drugs. That experience is the inspiration, if you will, for the tune Kickstart My Heart.

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      2. jr

        Here is the trailer for the series Surviving Death:

        https://youtu.be/Cq5V9SgO1_A

        The story of the surgeon who drowned but was revived with no brain damage and stories to tell is fascinating. Including foretelling the premature death of her young son.

        The low to no levels of brain activity in NDE’s correlate with the effects of psychedelic experiences. Bernardo Kastrup explains:

        https://youtu.be/lNpYdiYvL0s

        Contra materialist accounts of the roots of consciousness, psychedelic events demonstrate much lower levels of overall brain activity although there is a small rise in one area, I understand. If the brain was producing the mind one would expect visions of heaven, unearthly patterns of light and color, and my personal experience on salvia divinorum of being a thousand feet tall and orbiting the Earth (and that was *peanuts* compared to when I turned to look at the Sun) to correspond with an explosion of brain activity. Quite the opposite, which lends credence to the notion that the brain filters out experience as opposed to creating it and NDE’s/psychedelics lower that filter.

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        1. witters

          I don’t see the the grounds for the “If the brain… one would expect…” claim. Brains might work in unexpected ways.

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  3. flora

    For the medicos reading NC, this paper was published last fall.

    The Use of Hydroxyurea in the Treatment of COVID-19

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8647674/

    From the Abstract:
    Results

    In all presented cases, patients reverted to their baseline respiratory health after treatment with the hydroxyurea protocol. There was no significant difference in the correlation between COVID-19 and hydroxyurea. However, deaths were extremely low for those taking hydroxyurea.

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    1. Carla

      “In sickle cell disease, hydroxyurea increases fetal haemoglobin concentration in patients by increasing nitric oxide levels. The increase in nitric oxide leads to activation of guanylyl cyclase, therefore, increasing cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cyclic GMP). This rise in cyclic GMP activates gamma-globin gene expression and gamma chain synthesis, which results in the production of fetal haemoglobin [5]. The resulting increase in fetal haemoglobin led to providers adding hydroxyurea to the COVID-19 treatment protocol, further explained in the Clinical Observations section.”

      Hhhmmm… nitric oxide. We’ve had back-and-forths here re: the use of nitric oxide nasal sprays (NONs) to prevent and treat Covid-19. Here’s a study on NONs as a treatment, published earlier this month, that I think was linked on NC, but perhaps is worthy of review:

      https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lansea/article/PIIS2772-3682(22)00046-4/fulltext

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    1. The Rev Kev

      Fauci just wants to do a Mario Draghi and bail out now before everything turns to crap. It is going to take years to do an honest damage assessment of all that he did as “America’s Doctor” going back to the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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    2. griffen

      Fauci can feather his comfy bed with a few greenbacks, as was covered recently in Links. After such a long term serving in his chosen profession and delaying retirement, he gets a nice annual pension for his efforts. I can’t honestly say I knew about him or his efforts prior to this whole pandemic starting in 2020. Then again, prior to the pandemic my impressions of the CDC would have been influenced by the rare episodes of the Walking Dead I watched.

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        1. griffen

          There are jokes to write here, but let’s keep this conversation clear and open in the daylight.

          GOP plots to keep their phony baloney positions, much like the Gov and Hedley Lamar in Blazing Saddles.

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          1. Larry Carlson

            Hedley Lamarr: This is the bill that will convert the Centers for Disease Control into the Anthony Fauci Memorial Center for Pharmaceutical Subsidies.

            Anthony Fauci: [standing up proudly] Gentlemen, this bill will be a giant step forward in the treatment of the underperforming pharmaceutical company.

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  4. The Rev Kev

    Working link for “Iran can export car parts, gas turbines to Russia” article at-

    https://tass.com/economy/1456639

    That is a serious, serious piece of precision machinery that turbine. But when you stop and think about it, the implications of that turbine are fairly profound. So Iran not only has the technical and engineering expertise to design that turbine and the industrial need for such things to be built, but they also have the educational facilities to turn out trained people who can conceive, design, plan and build such machinery. A quick shows that they are actually a pretty advanced country that still values old fashioned things like education, engineering, science, mathematics, etc. How about that!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran#Education,_science_and_technology

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    1. Polar Socialist

      The Golden Age of Islam (600-1200) was largely based on Arabic translations of Persian translations of ancient Greek science and philosophy. I don’t think they ever really gave up on this respect for and building upon this knowledge and understanding.

      9th century Persian scientist Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, head of the library of The House of the Wisdom in Baghdad gave as algebra (al jabra) and, well, algorithms (al-Khwārizmī).

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      1. digi_owl

        Makes you wonder what the nation and people could have been right now, if not for that stupid US grudge over the oil deposits.

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    2. Louis Fyne

      victors (and their heirs) write the history books.

      So the West’s view of Persia is through skewed Greek and Roman eyes (Parthian wars).

      Want a real shake up of the world order to blow neocon heads? how about a north-south economic corridor of Russia-Iran-India. It’s happening and eventually will incorporate China and Pakistan too.

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      1. amechania

        Not the Mongols. I will eschew analysis of the ‘consumptive economy’ of the Mongols, but word is that when they invaded Persia, they left a wasteland that didn’t recover until industrial technology, as measured by population.

        Agree with your analysis, and word is half of Taiwan’s trade is already with true China. (source isn’t my favorite, but was recommended by the chieftans here.) ((Alex something.))

        Englishmen write the history books, for obvious reasons. To declare oneself victor is true, in a sense.

        Went to a radical catholics birthday party where they had a pedantic rant on population statistics. -digression- where they were arguing about religious populations. I listened politely and pointed out that ‘white’ (a spurious idea) people only add up to 8% world wide, which I had learned from a comic. Only recently.

        I don’t go for racial politics, but it did stop me for a minute to learn that. And alot of those are the types of white we excluded in the 30’s and 40’s and before. Italians, Russians, Swedes…

        I hear we used to call Swedes square-heads, because of course we did. Shame. I drive by a condo housing-unit called Swede ville.

        The others aren’t very well named either. Princeton Reserve etc.

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      2. digi_owl

        India is the joker here.

        Recently there were an article about Pakistan’s inability to acquire LNG for their power plants, because they were outbid by European buyers that would even cover the contractual penalties for the suppliers.

        That got me curious, and i found out that Iran have long been trying to get a pipeline built over the border.

        But Iran wants to expand that pipeline to supply not just Pakistan but also India.

        And multiple times India was shown interest, but then pulled out of the project.

        At least one such pulling out was related to India getting a US offer to help build nuclear power plants instead.

        But more recently it seems China has shown interest in getting the pipeline laid all the way to them.

        All in all, it seems India has either been courted by, or courting, both sides. Perhaps in order to score better deals.

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    3. chris

      Yes it is.

      Following on even more seriously is the ability to respond to a damaged turbine. Turbines need to be protected against all kinds of things. Too much moisture, loose parts, oil leaking past the glands, spinning up too fast, not responding to load correctly, etc etc. They are delicate pieces of essential equipment that are easily damaged. If Iran has the ability to ship turbines like this and they can turn around repairs quickly, that’s a game changer.

      One of the reasons why people said we needed to hold on to sanctions for the long term was to starve Russian fuel operations of required spare parts and repairs. But if the options for Russia already exist outside of the western aligned suppliers then there is no leverage available regardless of how long the sanctions are maintained. It wouldn’t surprise me if the assessment that Russia had no other options besides Siemens or the like wasn’t based on actual data. It was just more lazy assumptions from the same people who thought Russia wouldn’t cut people off from NG as a response to sanctions.

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        1. Michael Ismoe

          Look on the bright side. The reason that Starbucks stores are getting unionized is because most of the baristas have $200,000 in student debt.

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          1. Lee

            A friend that works at a SF bay area Trader Joe’s told me that the store’s entire produce department has masters degrees or better.

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        2. Glen

          Most of the best and brightess STEM grads in the US go to Wall St where they figure out how to make profit from financial churn.

          I’m old enough to remember when many Wall St types had to get real “first” jobs like driving a buss because Wall St jobs didn’t pay too well.

          If the rest of the world figures out that STEM people benefit their country when they MAKE REAL THINGS (rather than the Wall St BS) and make that happen, well, the rest of the world wins, and America continues to go down the tubes.

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          1. digi_owl

            At one point Wall Street traders used fast boats in the harbor to get early news of ship contents. These days they co-locate their algo servers next to the stock exchange’s to minimize latency. The technology may have changed, but the gluttonous greed is eternal.

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    4. hk

      Having to do without Western tech support (either b/c of sanctions or because they couldn’t be trusted) probably has done wonders for Iranian engineering ingenuity.

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    5. Karl

      Once again, latter-day Persia (Iran) is a big thorn in the side of latter-day Rome (USA).

      U.S. sanctions are only serving to accelerate development of a successful Russia-China-Iran-India barter bloc. They have resources, technology, and most of all determination. They can easily create their own version of SWIFT and other infrastructure.

      The U.S. can’t even build an F-35 without a reliable ejection seat. Finland will soon discover that Russian gas is much more important to them than F-35s.

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      1. hk

        Modern (post Cold War) US ejection seats owe a lot to the Soviet design which were much better than West’s. Curious if US was able to internalize everything that the Russians had sold when the Cold War ended.

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  5. griffen

    Intel might need to update their corporate name and equity ticker if this performance keeps up. Also, when I watch CNBC cover the company the remark is always how exceedingly pleasant the company CEO, Gelsinger is to speak with. That’s nice and all but it does not help his company perform.

    Between AMD taking share and the seeming inability to deliver new product, and now practically begging for subsidies from the CHIPs Act, Intel just is not your father’s version of the company. Heck I remember the 1990s when seemingly every year the chip/CPU for PCs was exponentially better than just two years before. I defer to PC or engineer types on that front.

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    1. Fraibert

      As well as AMD is doing I’m the CPU realm, AMD and Intel aren’t corporate equals and haven’t been for a long time. Intel still fabs and assembles its own CPUs but AMD has been fabless for a long time now. (Global Foundries had its beginning as AMD’s last fab, Iirc.)

      Because Intel still operates fabs and researched its own fab technologies, Intel is much more fitting as a “national champion” type company.

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      1. Mikel

        I tend to agree with the last sentence. Yet, if they or any non-software engineering and tech companies are going to be “national champions,” the companies and nations are going to have to take an interest in retaining institutional knowledge within the country for the nuts and bolts of industrialization.

        This part:
        “We will do doing an objective deep dive on the 1,054 page CHIPS Act that recently passed, but it doesn’t even prevent Intel from continuing their plans of purchasing semiconductor manufacturing tools from a new Chinese supplier….”

        It’s a special kind of idiocy to keep thinking this is anything like the 19th Century China that can be rolled over when the Chinese know that the USA treats its own working class as the true mortal enemy and existential threat.

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        1. Fraibert

          Issues like retention of highly specialized toolmaking seem more a governmental responsibility because manufacturers in such situations have limited options to make a toolmaker stay in the US. The most obvious option, of course, is just outright purchasing the toolmaker. Yet, if Intel had tried to purchase a key chip toolmaker, I expect it would be subject to heavy antitrust scrutiny that could make any such transaction not even worth the bother…

          So I guess my fundamental view is government needs to get serious about industrial policy at this point–as a last chance to start moving things in the right direction.

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          1. digi_owl

            So in the end, government may well have to function as a protectionist buyer of last resort. Something i think even Keynes advocated. And a line of thinking that is very much compatible with MMT.

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            1. tegnost

              I might not say “in line with MMT”…MMT describes this process as something that happens so could be used for any necessary purpose but which is in fact only used to prop up corporations and fleece the commons.
              So it’s not MMT per se, it’s socialism for the rich. And yes, see the chips act, it’s a done deal and there will be more deals done to bail out the worst of the worst who can’t be bothered investing in their own businesses.

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          2. Mikel

            My main point: there wasn’t one at all in the USA. A “national champion” might need some “national” team support…if that’s the idea.

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      2. Anthony G Stegman

        Intel has fallen too far behind to ever recover. They will be playing catchup for the foreseeable future. Andy Grove must be spinning in his grave. Aside from Gelsinger, the entire board of directors needs to be ousted.

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        1. digi_owl

          Intel has stumbled before.

          At one point they bet on something called VLIW for future CPU designs, resulting in their Itanium product line.

          The basic thinking was that software compilers could be smart enough to optimize the hell out of the code for such CPUs.

          AMD instead bet on extending the venerable x86 to 64-bit.

          In the end Intel had to go to AMD, cap in hand, and ask for a license to that extension, for use with a continuation of their own x86 line that had been developed as their Israeli division almost as a back room project.

          Similarly AMD has stumbled, like when they figured the future was to do floating point on the GPU. Thus they put a scaled down GPU on the CPU, creating their first APU, reducing the on-CPU floating point unit in the process. It didn’t catch on, and left AMD with a boondoggle of a design that nearly bankrupted them (why they sold off their fabs).

          The added irony is that Nvidia would then go and get the world interested in GPU computing, the result in part being cryptocurrencies.

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    2. hunkerdown

      Nah, their corporate name and ticker are perfect signifiers of their true line of business as total information awareness enablers.

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    3. socal rhino

      On the other hand, they’ve had analysts on who questioned whether Intel can pull off a turnaround, and weren’t at all optimistic. I’ve also heard advice given, to people who want exposure to chip producers, to look at Intel’s competitors. As the phrase goes, when you’re losing CNBC…

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  6. timbers

    Volodymyr Zelensky calls for evacuation of Donetsk region to escape “Russian terror” Le Monde.

    Military Summary noted the high cost of an estimated 220,000 of which 70,000 are young folks leaving one’s home and having to pay rent by moving towards western Ukraine to live somewhere else – and still in the path of oncoming Russian troops – w/o a job. Not to mention the logistical problems of doing this while retreating from advancing Russian forces, to which MS could only express bafflement. Young people are being targeted for this, so that Ukraine can have a future to fund Western fueled wars against Russia.

    Regarding Euronews reporting on Russia’s gas turbines….is it now customary for Western firms like Siemens to provide updates to it’s customers service (in this case Russia/Gazprom) thru news articles by sharing account information with Western reporters who then write articles on those customer accounts? Also, Euronews thought it a good idea to write the European Union’s opinion on the technical conditions of the turbines in Russia and Siemens. I wonder how the EU has acquired the relevant technical and customer knowledge to express an opinion on this, and why Euronews thinks the EU has this knowledge?

    Regarding: China hemmed in. China is out of touch on her sea boundary claims, but it looks like she’s stepping up pushing back on Taiwan. It’s not unreasonable she may anticipate American Angis missiles (w/nukes?) soon stationed there to protect against Iranian I mean North Korean attack….”The UK and its allies must learn the lessons of Ukraine and supply defensive weapons to Taiwan, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said. She told MPs that Ukraine should have been given arms to resist Russia earlier and the same mistake should not be made in Taiwan.”

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    1. Polar Socialist

      Regarding evacuations, there were news already several days ago that mayor of Kramatorsk organized evacuation buses, but only 300 or so citizen left. The rest preferred to wait for the “Russians” (as in family and kin from “occupied” Donetsk). Partly because they’re really not that pro-Maidan, partly because Ukrainian state does not help or support internal refugees in any way or form.

      Donbass evacuees to western Ukraine will have no shelters, food, work or relatives. They’d need to rely on Red Cross and the goodwill of strangers who look down on them as “koloradi”, “moskals”, “vatniks” or “katsaps”. So most think it’s worth the risk to let the front pass by, because on the other side return to some “normal” seems actually possible.

      There was also news about an official checkpoint in Zaporozhye where hundreds of civilians travel every day from Ukrainian side to Russian side. One just need to come up with an excuse of going to see a sick relative or having to check one’s property – and pay $400 – to pass the line of contact. Very popular with military age males, since the price of crossing to Poland is 3 to 4 times as much.

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      1. The Rev Kev

        Totally agree on your take. I was putting together a comment but yours is much better. This amounts to a war crime and it may be that Kiev will use these people as ‘hostages’ in future negotiations with the Russians – unless the Kiev government fully collapses first. In Kiev and Washington, they probably call this draining the swamp but without a civilian shield, the Russians will have no reason to hold back on their full firepower against Ukrainian formations.

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      2. timbers

        Duran just quoted Ukraine Ministry of Intregration saying purpose of (semi) forced evaluation is to protect people especially young from lack of heating fuel this winter and asked viewers to comment on that. Unfortunately perhaps in the heat of live reporting he missed the obvious which is if them remain where they are, there will plenty of heat food and restored pensions when Russia/Donbas takes control in about a month or two, while if they move west they are much more likely to face problems of scarcity the Ministry of Integration very deceptively refers to.

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      3. David

        During the 1999 Kosovo crisis, the Serbs “evacuated” a number of Albanians, sometimes for legitimate reasons, sometimes just sending them over the border into Macedonia where a NATO force was waiting. Had a ground invasion been carried out (which was being discussed at the time) then hundreds of thousands of refugees would have been a massive complication for NATO. A few years later, I was told, by someone in a position to know, that JNA doctrine during the Cold War was actually to drive large numbers of their citizens into the path of the invading Russians, mixed, no doubt, with some plainclothes special forces. The whole idea was to slow the Russian advance down, while the territorial forces deployed in the heart of the country.

        I wonder if something similar might not be contemplated here. If enough refugees can be persuaded to clog the roads, get into buses mixed with military convoys and such, life could become quite complicated for the Russians. It could turn into a well-organised humanitarian crisis.

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        1. Stephen

          And potentially a photo opportunity worthy for western media: “Ukrainians flee the nasty Russians”. The fact that in this region they are likely to be Russian leaning (especially if they did not leave already) will be ignored, of course.

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      4. digi_owl

        My first thought was, how many of these evacuees will be allowed back should Kiev retake control of the region?

        To be a bit crass, the situation is starting to look akin to Palestine.

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    2. Louis Fyne

      Liz Truss is trying to beat Pelosi as the harbinger of WW3.

      First wave feminists must be proud. we did it ladies, women can be incompetent as any man!

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      1. The Rev Kev

        Imagine this scenario which could take place well before your midterms. So Air Force One lands in London’s Heathrow Airport and off steps Madame President Kamala Harris – to be met by Prime Minister Liz Truss. Bet nobody had that on their bingo cards at the beginning of the year. But if we are to be honest, this is all on third wave feminists.

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        1. Irrational

          I agree with you both that Truss and Harris are incompetent, but the lads in charge are not much better as Yves and Gonzalo Lira discussed. Trudeau? Macron? Sanchez? At fault is clearly the process by which our super-duper “leaders” rise to the top with no knowledge of the real economy, while thinking that all it takes to win is a successful social media campaign.

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          1. Questa Nota

            Meme-ist memorialization waves ;p /s

            1st Wave – Rosie the Riveter – We want to be equal to men.
            2nd Wave – Fish riding bicycle – We don’t need men.
            3rd Wave – Rachel Maddow – We are men.
            4th Wave – Lia Thomas – We are women.

            ;p /s

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          2. digi_owl

            I seem to recall some coverage of the post-election protest of some retirement age lady, all dressed up in a pink kitted hat and a sign, saying something like “Why are we doing this, again” in an exasperated tone.

            I am convinced that Hillary and entourage thought they could ride the wave of intersectionalism that was washing over social media all the way to the white house, because they thought they had the workers vote secured purely down to their party affiliation.

            But then Trump stepped up and waxed lyrically about a border wall and tolls on Chinese goods that would force a onshoring of industry and jobs for everyone.

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          3. drumlin woodchuckles

            Third-Wave feminism has also been referred to as Goldman-Sacbs feminism. It was concerned with getting rich-and-powerful-wannabe women through the Tiffany Glass Ceiling.

            As a satirist said, Third-Wave feminism believes that the Mexican Drug Cartels should have an equal number of Drug Queenpins among the Drug Kingpins.

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          1. Jonathan Holland Becnel

            They “I WANT TO SEE YOUR MANAGER!”D their way to the top!

            Randy as a Karen in the latest South Park special really nails it!

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        1. marku52

          I Might have posted this the other day, but still relevant:
          A fascinating book, “How will Capitalism End” by Wolfgang Streeck. It has nuggets like this one:

          “After a certain amount of time, it may no longer be possible to stop the rot: expectations of what politics can do may have eroded too far, and the civic skills and organizational structures needed to develop effective public demand may have atrophied beyond redemption, while the political personnel themselves may have adapted entirely to specializing in the management of appearances,rather than the representation of some version, however biased, of the public interest.”

          This was a really smart book.

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    3. Stephen

      God save the U.K. and the world from Liz Truss. What a misguided person. Promoted way beyond her level of competency.

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  7. DJG, Reality Czar

    Gordon Hahn on collapse of Ukraine government. Many, many intriguing details.

    This tactic (which isn’t even a tactic) didn’t work in Iraq:

    Zelenskiy created a new cohort of enemies when he announced plans to be implemented this year to reduce the Ukrainian state bureaucracy by two-thirds. This will put hundreds of thousands of embittered officials with intricate knowledge of state organization, function, and financing out of work and on the streets looking for jobs in a war-torn country that has mobilization legislation requiring all able-bodied male citizens to serve in the armed forces, with legislation bringing women into the equation supposedly pending.

    We truly are dealing with people who have attended a couple of Powerpnt presentations in which the words “strategy” and “tactic” were thrown around. “Our Strategy for Getting Rid of the Employees’ Dental Plan.”

    They know neither strategy nor tactics.

    But please, I am ready for my Vogue cover now…

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      1. ambrit

        This does look very much like the “Volkssturm” militia set up by the Party at the very end of the World War Part Two. It’s a sign of desperation and impending collapse. This Winter in Europe is going to be epic in it’s malign effects on that benighted place. Food shortages, heating shortages, and a wave of refugees from the East armed with military grade small arms, plus who knows what else in the “things that go boom” category.
        Europe might need their armies right at home the keep the peace this winter.

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        1. The Rev Kev

          Meanwhile, because the Ukrainians are unable to find any military targets, they used their MLRS launchers to spray petal mines into the city streets of Donetsk. Though small, those light-green petal mines pack a helluva punch and you won’t believe what they can do to a human foot. Kids can mistake them for toys or curios and the local forces were using a tank to explode those mines safely-

          https://www.bitchute.com/video/APKyfJ60weAD/ (5:38 mins)

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          1. digi_owl

            That is downright evil. MRLS were “banned” because undetonated sub-munitions were as dangerous as land mines, and now the bastards are turning that into a use all its own.

            Time and time again i wonder how humanity go to his stage of development.

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            1. redleg

              Speaking as a former artillery officer, the undetonated ICM submunitions were intended to function as “area denial” weapons.
              I honestly have no idea if they were designed with a 10-ish % rate of non-detonation, but it was deemed useful.
              There were(are) even FASCAM rounds where all of the submunitions were delayed detonation- a minefield laid by field artillery. These were by design.

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              1. Greg

                The petal mines being used here are from the latter sort of munitions.

                Air burst cases full of individual anti personnel mines with a wing shape that allows them to drop slow enough to prevent detonation on landing. The more modern versions have a time so explode randomly up to 48 hours later. The ones being used in Donetsk are the older forever dangerous variety. A few cases have been shown where they failed to distribute their loads.

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          2. ThePodBayDoorsAreClosed

            Someday people will question why a video like this could only be viewed on a renegade, underground video platform. I find myself less and less able even to interact at all with people who apprehend reality solely through the regime-censored “information” channels. Ceci nést pas une pipe. Today we are assured that Russia committed a horrific “war crime” by killing 53 POWs, but a brief scouring of the uncensored channels clearly show the remains of U.S. HIMARS missiles in the rubble. My question is: can they win in the long term? The people who have engineered a complete detachment from observed reality and convinced a large portion of humanity to believe the most ridiculous falsehoods? Men give birth? Zelensky is a champion of democracy? The vax is working great? “Joe Biden” is in charge? Honestly, are we really going to have to have another Enlightenment to rid us of these priests of war and death?

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    1. JTMcPhee

      The nominal reason for shrinking the patently corrupt and bloated Maidan bureaucracy was to “conserve government resources.” Which translates to me as “to ensure a bigger pot for Elensky and his close chums to loot.” I am not finding much on what percent of the well over $100 billion dumped on the Ukraine burn pile is disappearing into offshore accounts and pricey real estate for the few, or surfacing as mordidas to the Western political class and its owners. But it has to be huge. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/billions-dollars-ukraine-gone-missing-yet-us-ukrainian-politicians-push-money/ And I believe it has been confirmed that some Ukies have indeed sold Combined-West-provided weapons systems and hardware to the Russians, or just on the global weapons bazaar that will facilitate “terrists” getting their hands on shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles that will add a new frisson of danger, beyond viruses and suicidal pilots, to air travel.

      I see that actual scientists who study the “progress” of human-induced climate destruction are tacitly of the opinion that climate collapse is er reversible and fatal. And there’s so many opportunities for voyeuristic horror these days — from the pictures of pustulent male genitalia and perinea in published science articles on the rapid spread of “monkeypox,” like early days of HIV via sexually prolific males, with more democidal reprise of both the HIV and “droplet/fomite” .gov response to Covid, to a video of a Russian soldier being taunted by Ukies while he crawled and whimpered with a pitchfork speared into his back.

      What an effing sh!tshow the human-impacted world is these days.

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      1. skk

        Yeah, i always atleast scan and many times read any scientific papers in the Links. I really really wish I hadn’t scanned the paper about monkey pox in yesterday’s Links.

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      2. Brunches with Cats

        If I’m not mistaken, Mr. McPhee, shrinking the bureaucracy has long been one of strings attached to IMF loans keeping Ukraine afloat, with privatization of state-owned enterprises as the “solution” to this particular condition. I don’t have a complete list of the targets, but saw recently that the Ukraine Sea Ports Authority is among them. (FYI, USPA was key in the government’s decision on Feb 24 to shut down commercial shipping at Black Sea ports.) Although Z and his “close chums” could benefit via insider information, pulling strings, etc., I’d wager that Ukrainians won’t be getting the biggest share of the loot.

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    2. Ignacio

      After hearing Mercouris remarks on the economic situation on Ukraine and reading the very informative piece from Hahn one can only wonder for how long Zelensky will be able to retain power in Ukraine. Regime change could occur anytime now in Ukraine and possibly very soon. If, for instance, by the end of August the battle of Donbass is finished as Mercouris projects and Russia is seen as able to proceed to the Dnieper the forces mentioned by Hahn might act then. The only worry (for Zelensky himself) is if he will be able to run and hide fast enough to avoid being counted as another victim of the war. He is in a very bad situation and will only pile mistakes as the one you signalled in your reply onwards to his end as head of state (and possibly as a living human).
      Not pretty.

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      1. digi_owl

        He will retain power as long as DC and Moscow both think he is more valuable in office than out of it. That said, it seem Moscow is running out of patience with trying to get a negotiated peace.

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        1. Yves Smith

          DC has already signaled indifference. Jake Sullivan said Zelensky should be afraid for his personal safety. That is an invite for him to be assassinated. The US is saying it can’t or won’ protect him.

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          1. digi_owl

            So was he scoping out possible escape routes during his recent harbor visit?

            Makes one also wonder if the increasingly unhinged actions are in order to not get a bullet to the neck from his “bodyguards”.

            All in all, glad i am not in his shoes.

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  8. DJG, Reality Czar

    Emily Watson. Artemis is still with us.

    Definitely worth a read.

    The Alicia Stallings whom she mentions has to be A.E. Stallings, who recently did a wonderful translation of The Nature of the Things by Lucretius. It is a version of this central philosophical work that is jaunty and easy on the eyes. I recommend it to you.

    It isn’t hard in the Mediterranean world to see that the “old” gods haven’t gone away. It isn’t only Artemis who is still with us.

    And the erotic and dribbling cakes near the end? They have been around for centuries. All it takes is a quick search of the WWW to persuade you that sometimes cannoli alla siciliana aren’t just long and sweet pastries.

    And there’s that scene in the Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa in which Prince Fabrizio speculates about the various Sicilian pastries: Saint Agatha’s breasts. And others.

    In the film by Visconti, Burt Lancaster raises an eyebrow at the heavily laden table, knowing all to well his own foibles and those of others.

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    1. psv

      DJG, since you mentioned Lucretius, I’ll take the opportunity to say thanks for your recommendation of a book which I finished recently, Curzio Malaparte’s Kaputt, which David has commented on as well. For those who haven’t read it, it’s a fictionalization of the narrator “Malaparte”‘s WWII encounters both with the grisly reality on the ground and the high-life of the Nazi elite among whom he circulated.

      It surprised me to read that it was a best-seller when it came out in 1944, it’s hard for me to imagine something this harsh attaining that level of popularity today. But as a look at the rot in Europe, it feels timely.

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      1. Michaelmas

        It surprised me to read that it was a best-seller when it came out in 1944.

        Is it so surprising? Everyone had just lived through an event in which it was eventually reckoned that an estimated 40,000,000-50,000,000 people died globally.

        J.G. Ballard once said that after growing up in Lunghua prison camp, he never had any illusions that the facade of human civilization was anything more than a flimsy stage set that could be dismantled at any moment. He also said his time in Lunghua was in some ways the best of his life. Make of that what you will.

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        1. psv

          You’re right, in the context of those times it makes sense that it could be popular. It was more a feeling of distance today from a world where lots of people would be willing to look hard at such ugliness.

          Didn’t know that about J.G. Ballard, interesting.

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      2. Martin Oline

        Thanks to you both. It is the reading suggestions made by the moderators and commenters which make Sundays here such a pleasure. That is another reason why I will miss the work of Jerri-Lynn.
        I have checked my library for each of these suggestions and they are not available, but they do have Diary of a foreigner in Paris by Curzio Malaparte and The battle between the frogs and the mice : a tiny Homeric epic by A. E. Stallings, which was mentioned in Artemis linked story. They will have to do for now.

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    2. Lee

      And speaking of divinely ordained parental blood sacrifice of one’s own child, I am particularly fond of Galina Vroman’s retelling of the story of Abraham and Isaac, Thine Only Son—And Mine. In this version, Abraham is a delusional, God besotted old coot and it is not through God’s reversal of his previous filicidal command as it is portrayed in the Jewish book of fairytales, but the result of Sarah’s crafty intervention that Isaac’s life is spared.

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    1. The Rev Kev

      He did – about a month ago. Now he can ‘learn to live’ with what he pushed on hundreds of millions of others (Kamala seen gleefully rubbing hands together offstage).

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        1. anon in so cal

          Gavin Newsom is pushing the environmentally destructive Delta Conveyance project. This involves constructing a canal to drain water from the Sacramento Delta to southern California.

          “The project would cost between $16-40 billion, with 65% of the tab picked up by Southern Californians living in the Metropolitan Water District, and cause mass destruction of Delta communities and ecosystems during both construction and operation.”

          At the same time that California has a water shortage, Gavin Newsom mandates that cities across California construct an additional 2.5 million new housing units. Where will the water come from? This is on the heels of Newsom signing SB-9 and SB-10, which eliminate local control and end single family zoning across the state. These bills were designed by California State Senator Scott Weiner, who is a poster person for real estate developers. The bills were advertised as a way to address the affordable housing issue but voters and city councils saw through the bs and overwhelmingly opposed the bills. Newsom nonetheless signed them into law two days after the recall election. (there was no viable opponent to Newsom and instead of focusing on Newsom’s corruption, the recall campaigns attacked the popular mask mandate and Covid guidelines).

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        2. drumlin woodchuckles

          I wonder if the Californians moving to Florida are moving to the parts of Florida which will be under seawater as the ocean level rises.

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    2. bsun

      I guess the “no new symptoms” part of the headline can be used to further move the goalposts of the “mildness” of the public health situation.

      “Sure, you can test positive only a month after recovery, but you won’t be sick!”

      I can’t wait to hear this statement word for word from my liberal friends in the coming days.

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    3. Pelham

      I watched Bill Maher on Friday once again dismiss Covid, this time by noting that Biden got it and is now fine. Apparently not.

      That NPR article about Long Covid is horrifying. The estimate is that already 4 million Americans are so hobbled by it that they can’t work (and millions more may have some lesser form), and the last figure I saw estimated that Covid infection of any severity entails a 23% chance of coming down with Long Covid. This is beginning to get more media attention, but still not nearly enough, IMO.

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      1. jr

        Maher is a professional im3e(ile on wheels. Here he is clumsily “debating” Taibbi re: Russiagate:

        https://youtu.be/WZJ5xg2fYwc

        It’s actually painful to watch. He is the epitome of smugnorant, with those Upper West Side patrician tones. He uses straw-man arguments, asks questions then ignores answers, rapid fires questions to try to sandbag Taibbi, and still thinks he is a legitimate commentator. He’s a PMC pornstar.

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        1. neo-realist

          It’s more the smug of wealth and comfort from doing comedy. Born in NYC, but grew up in New Jersey.

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    4. marku52

      He has Paxlovid rebound. quite common amongst the vaxxed and boosted. Because of the way the immune system responds to the vax differently to Omicron, it takes the vaxxed longer to clear the virus. 5 days of Paxlovid isn’t enough, virus comes right back.

      And for those that denigrate “untested treatment regimens”, Paxlovid has NO testing on the vaxxinated. And the rebound redosing? No testing on that either. You can MSU when you are Pfizer, apparently.

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    5. Karl

      Could B’s widely noted seeming cognitive deterioration reflect long Covid symptoms?

      While there’s no clear-cut definition of COVID-19-related “brain fog,” people are using the term to describe the constellation of symptoms such as short-term memory loss, poor attention span and fatigue that plagues up to 20% of COVID-19 patients weeks after they have recovered from typical COVID-19 symptoms—such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.

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  9. Lexx

    ‘The Middle Class Course’

    Naturally, I assumed the purpose of the (satire) “course” was so that the wealthy could learn to pass as middle class, then mingle comfortably with the Simple Folk and be able to smooth over those awkward moments in conversation with the less fortunate… like, say, the dozens of workers who provide the services that keep their estates running and the minions of middle management… should the occasion arise.

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  10. Pat

    How many NC readers were expecting a Biden rebound Covid infection after hearing he was taking Paxlovid?

    How many are “shocked I tell you shocked” that the story is that it is rare?

    Oh and that Biden’s isolation still means a team and a photographer.

    And in a just world Fauci would be suffering the worst of long Covid and a little Monkeypox and all in forms that have little insurance coverage. So he would be facing multiple horrible symptoms, medical skepticism, and bankruptcy within a year. But our world is neither fair or just. (Hell he kept his job after AIDS, that alone makes the lack of justice clear.) sadder still, I am not sure he will face any reputational rebooting in a world where Albright and McCain get state internment and Bolton is back in government.

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    1. notabanker

      in a just world Fauci would be suffering the worst of long Covid and a little Monkeypox

      That would mean he has actual human blood coursing through his veins. There appears to be some debate on this.

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    2. chris

      I’m not surprised that Biden either got COVID again or had one of the infamous rebounds from Paxlovid.

      But I’m shocked that we’re hearing about it. I can think of no better way to destroy confidence in our system. Even with the best care and all the money in the world you can still get rapid, repeat, COVID-19 diagnoses. So what’s the point of your average citizen getting boosted?

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      1. Rainlover

        Well, I’m not your average citizen as I am immunocompromised, but I can give you some reasons why one might still choose to be boosted.

        Cancer specialists in my area (WA state) are now offering Evusheld, a monoclonal antibody given in two separate injections, to severely compromised cancer patients. According to the nurse who contacted me, Evusheld is showing signs of being highly effective at preventing covid in such patients. I thought about it awhile and then called to say sign me up.

        Unfortunately, I had only one shot of J&J and no boosters. To receive this life-saving prevention shot (a bit of sarc here), one must be fully vaxed and double boosted. And I’m not going there. But someone else might… Still waiting for Novavax to appear at the county health department… Or a good nasal vaccine.

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        1. Lee

          Dr. Daniel Griffin in his Clinical Updates on This Week in Virology has repeatedly made the point that Evusheld is sitting on shelves and being allowed to expire rather than being given to vulnerable patients who are then also being allowed to expire. I’m currently in a dispute with my doctor over being allowed to take Evusheld. I’m thinking that maybe I better call Saul, or rather the real world equivalent of same.

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          1. chris

            I do enjoy listening to TWIV but they’re clueless on policy. They’re also in a somewhat walled garden when it comes to data. Although they talk to Dr. Paul Offit a lot and I like listening to him. He often shares his thoughts on why he votes “No” on the various panels he’s on. I wish we had him in charge of things instead of people like Fauci.

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        2. chris

          You need to be fully vaccinated to get Evusheld??? The whole point of having the monoclonals was to give people options besides the regular course of vaccines, and provide them with passive vaccination. They’ve been aimed at immunocompromised people this whole time! This is madness!

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        3. IM Doc

          Evusheld is the only thing right now that seems to work for the ill. I have not had a critical patient in some time, but Evushled does seem to keep the high risk out of the hospital.

          As for the other drug Paxlovid. I have so many patients asking now for the Ivermectin-Fluvoxamine-Steroid approach that I have about equal numbers in both arms. Furthermore, there are so many Paxlovid failures ( either no improvement at all after the whole 5 days or stopping the drug because it makes them feel so bad) that many of these failure patients demand the Ivemectin approach. The triple drug therapy seems to work much better than Paxlovid. Much quicker. And seems to have the added benefit of not having rebound. And the patients don’t have to stop their other life saving meds while taking it.

          This is all case studies and anecdotal. However, doctors are talking – especially about the Paxlovid failure.

          How we desperately need real head to head studies and not show trials meant to torpedo a generic drug. We also desperately need complete transparency with all the proprietary data on any of these meds. That is the exact niche that the NIH is supposed to fill. That is until the royalties started years ago.

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          1. Lee

            Just encountered some Paxlovid confusion or is it double talk? I’m not sure.

            What is ‘Paxlovid rebound’ and how common is it?

            “(NEXSTAR) — Pres. Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 again, just over three days after he was cleared to exit isolation, the White House announced Saturday. The positive test represents a “rebound” case after treatment with the anti-viral drug Paxlovid, WH physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter.

            O’Connor said Biden, who initially tested positive on July 21, “has experienced no reemergence of symptoms and continues to feel quite well.”….

            But this article then mentions Fauci’s case and provides a link to an article that states:

            “After finishing his course of Paxlovid, Fauci claimed he tested negative for COVID-19 on antigen tests for three days in a row. But on the fourth day, he again tested positive. He also began to experience worsening symptoms.”

            So among those who experience rebounds some are asymptomatic and some aren’t. I don’t know what to make of this.

            But not to worry because “Data from Pfizer now shows the rebound is happening in about 10% of patients, which is relatively small.”

            I guess small is in the eye of the beholder particularly if you end up dosing millions.

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  11. GramSci

    The Bank of America story has a nice Adam Smith quote:

    «The memo is an uncanny demonstration that the economist Adam Smith was right when he described the politics of inflation in his famed 1776 work, “The Wealth of Nations.”

    “High profits tend much more to raise the price of work than high wages,” Smith argued. “Our merchants and master-manufacturers complain much of the bad effects of high wages in raising the price. … They say nothing concerning the bad effects of high profits. They are silent with regard to the pernicious effects of their own gains. They complain only of those of other people.”

    Thus, exactly as Smith would have predicted, Bank of America complains loudly about the bad effects of high wages in raising prices, but appears to be silent about the pernicious effects of high profits.»

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    1. Craig H.

      There is blindness in a sector of the manager class. In the Yves-Gonzo interview yesterday she mentioned early retirees professionals who are qualified to greet at Wal-Mart and prefer to exit the labor force altogether. That is not the whole story by a long shot. I know at least one anecdotal data point where the pro got shoved out early, then a couple years later they called him up and offered to give him his old job back and let the bygones be gone.

      Very high paying job and he said no thank you. He would have told them to shove it but he was holding some hope they would offer him a promotion. Which he would have gotten even more joy in declining.

      The planners just might have too much scarcity in their models. If they had studied their Marx they would know that productivity gains lead to instability!

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    2. Marg

      Notice how pandemic money could only be accessed through BofA’s ATMs, with them collecting a fee from tax payers?

      Why any American would continue to use
      The Bank of War on America is beyond me.

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      1. Mikel

        BofA is middle man now for many state unemployment insurance programs. They have been for a number of years. The unemployed in Cali, for example, don’t get a check. The get a BofA ATM card. It was going on long before the pandemic.

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    3. Questa Nota

      That silence is criminal.

      When left to their own devices, as demonstrated throughout history, people, not all, can have tendencies toward selfish and cruel behaviors. They rationalize cutting corners, treating employees poorly, dehumanizing them, polluting and many other Bad Things. It is even worse when they get subsidized and the playing fields get tilted more than they already are.

      When all sides or all parties or all impacts or all benefits or all costs are not examined, because they are willfully hidden, that is a clue as to where to look next.

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  12. Lexx

    ‘Moral Panics Come and Go’

    ‘Much of the panic of the sex bracelets saga centered on the idea that children were being corrupted—not by the jewelry itself so much as by one another and the nascent internet, corners of which, then as now, were widely misunderstood by older generations.’

    That about sums it up.

    Did the author mean Jon Hamm’s daughter in ‘Mad Men’? Jon was in an episode of ’30 Rock’ but as Tina Fey’s boyfriend. The episode was called ‘The Bubble’.

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    1. griffen

      Disappointing. Guess I cynically thought that an iceberg might have been involved. \sarc

      Nope just engine failure on a new launch, and a need to evacuate all the passengers. And on the video clip, that was a good film, just for the record.

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    2. Michael Ismoe

      That wasn’t a real riverboat explosion. That was Hillary’s Presidential Transition Team meeting the day after the election in 2016.

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  13. The Rev Kev

    ‘China’s claim — modulo issues of raw power — is loony tunes.’

    It is and it isn’t. As a territorial land grab, then it is looney tunes. But when you look at that map, you can see that that without it, that it leaves the US (& soon NATO) the easy option of pinning the Chinese Navy against their coastline. But with that territorial claim, US & Allied navies cannot ignore it and so are constatntly sending ships that way in Freedom of Navigation exercises far, far from the Chinese coastline. The strain on those Navy ships is all on those ships, especially in light of the fact that the Chinese Navy outnumbers them. So in this way, the Chinese have achieved defense in depth and forced hostile forces away from their coastline and having them wear their people and ships out.

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    1. Louis Fyne

      The US Navy, while it ostensibly as 12 carriers, can’t send all 12 carriers to China at the same time. Some are in long-term maintenance, some need to hang out near Europe.

      At most the Navy could send 4 – 5 carriers but that’s only after a few weeks’ worth of notice. But by that point Taiwan will be under a PRC no-fly zone. And the PLA Navy would be happy to test its new toys against the US Navy. Would the White House/Pentagon really be willing to put 5 carriers in harm’s way over Taiwan?

      Not holding by breath for western sanity in Taiwan….if we had sane leaders, we would not have had the Ukraine war 6 months after the Afghan debacle.

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      1. Objective Ace

        Aren’t aircraft carriers essentially obsolete at this point anyway?

        The world’s shores now teem with such ship killers. Are American or allied ships and, most worrisome, the 11 U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers (with another on the way), now costing $13 billion-plus even before they go to sea, at risk?

        That gnawing worry focuses especially on Chinese ship-killing capabilities, which are far more advanced than anything Ukraine used to destroy Moskva. For the past two decades, China has been building up its maritime defenses. It now possesses a vast arsenal of land, sea, and air ship-targeting cruise and ballistic weapons. In a single salvo, China could shoot swarms of hundreds of state-of-the-art hypersonic missiles traveling at multiple times the speed of sound and with ranges over a thousand miles. At present, several analysts believe that American carriers and other big ships operating in the littorals of the East and South China Sea would not last in the face of such an attack.

        From: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/05/is-this-the-end-of-the-age-of-the-aircraft-carrier

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        1. digi_owl

          Yeah they have been more or less known to be sitting ducks since the Falklands War, if not before, when Argentina showed how easily they could sink British ships using inexpensive Exocet missiles.

          In effect an anti-ship missile is a kamikaze plane without a pilot.

          And frankly, hypersonic is just a distraction. Fire enough of them at once, and they will overwhelm even the CIWS.

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          1. Tom Stone

            Man, you gotta see the Admiral’s and the Captain’s Quarters on a Ford class carrier.
            Sweet.
            Status symbols for admirals with D11ks measured in Millimeters.
            Being locked in a water tight compartment as the ship sinks toward the ocean floor will be the fate of many of the 5,000 sailors on board if they go to War.

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    2. drumlin woodchuckles

      The Chinese claim to all this undersea territory is about strip-mining all the fish out of that part of the sea and strip-mining all the oil, gas, and any other valuable thing they find out from under it.

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  14. Carolinian

    WSWS

    Despite the roll-out of life-saving vaccines, over 610,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 since Biden took office

    So they are defending the “vaccines” that they so enthusiastically pushed while admitting that over 600,000 lives were not in fact saved? And this is all Biden’s fault? The article rambles on but never explains what measures are going to provide the “zero Covid” result that they seem to think is so easily available.

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    1. Basil Pesto

      The point, I think, is that 610,000 dead Americans under Biden’s misleadership is an unacceptably high figure, and one that is the tragic consequence of political incompetence rather than a scientific inevitability.

      I didn’t think the piece was assuming a first time reader. They link to a “how to end the pandemic” webinar in the last paragraph you describe but that lacks a neat textual explainer too. Maybe it’s elsewhere on their site, but nevertheless if you’re curious, GM has I believe explained repeatedly here that there is an algorithm that succeeds in attaining elimination every time it is implemented, most notably in China. It’s essentially TTIQ en masse, including robust mass testing, and locking down where the disease is endemic in order to break chains of transmission (if the disease is endemic and prolific, then the lockdowns have to be longer. If the virus barely has a foothold, lockdowns are seldom longer than a week or two). Various Chinese governments have handled it imperfectly with varying degrees of success (western-aligned Shanghai most notably: too slow to act, and a pointlessly thuggish and draconian lockdown to boot) even under immense pressure from a world determined to undermine them and see them fail. They have various shortcomings in other areas too (poor masking, poor messaging on the nature of the disease). Anyway, if the rest of the world adopted China’s technical approach, SARS2 would cease to be an issue in the developed world in a matter of months, certainly less than a year. Developing world would of course take longer.

      Technically it’s not only possible but quite straightforward (and in fact the vaccines could have made it even easier in early 2021 when they were first used and more relevant; future strain-matched vaccines, or inhaled or intranasal vaccines could do the same, but on their own neither will end the pandemic, and covid vaccines are now politically toxic anyway so uptake will never be as high as the first wave, I don’t think). Politically? Unlikely, and certainly the US will be the last country in the developed world to do it; first it requires considerable social spending – especially paying people to temporarily not work – when of course american/western political life has been dedicated to dismantling the social safety net etc for the past 50 years, and second because non-negligible swathes of the population have apparently been brainwashed into thinking that disease containment or “zero covid” is some kind of extremist, freedom-hating tyranny. It is, of course, the exact opposite, and it is freedom from dangerous infectious disease that has characterised standard of living advances of the last 100+ years (reflected in the fact that Covid now represents the first time a preventable infectious disease has been one of the leading causes of death since the 1930s). Some even argue that it is a pseudo-scientific, pie-in-the-sky technical impossibility which is particularly insane; either you believe in the germ theory of disease or you don’t.

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    2. SocalJimObjects

      Biden said (it’s available on Twitter) that someone like Trump who had allowed 200 or 300K Americans to die under the later’s watch was not fit to be President. And yet more people have died under Biden’s first year than Trump’s last year.

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  15. Mildred Montana

    >Ticket bought in Illinois wins $1.337B Mega Millions jackpot Star-Telegram

    I do not envy the winner one bit. Money has now become another of his or her problems. How to get rid of such an unmanageable sum? How to avoid squabbling among friends and family who are unhappy with the size of their gift? How to discern friends from opportunists? And, not least, how to guard oneself from falling into a state of inertia and dissipation, with all the vices and temptations of the world at one’s fingertips? All of these traps and more await big lotto winners and many have fallen into them.

    I’ve never bought a lottery ticket in my life. Not my thing. Besides, I don’t like the way the prizes are structured, one humongous prize and a few little ones. Much better, imo, to give out many modest prizes (say, a million dollars or so) to many people. Share the wealth.

    With apologies to NC ticket-buyers, I quote Stendhal on lotteries (yes, 19th century France had lotteries):

    “Certain disappointment and a happiness sought for only by fools.”

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    1. Objective Ace

      Much better, imo, to give out many modest prizes (say, a million dollars or so) to many people. Share the wealth.

      Taken to the logical extreme, the result would just be refunding everyone’s lottery ticket cost. People play the lottery to dream.. more modest prizes–even if there’s more of them–don’t make the dream any better.

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      1. Mildred Montana

        I have a friend who would agree with you (we’ve talked about it). He told me he spends $200 a month on tickets hoping to hit the big one. He’s aiming for $50 million or so.

        I give him credit though: He dreams only about how much fun he would have giving the money away.

        He’s been buying regularly for two years now. So far, only Stendhal’s disappointment.

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        1. Louis Fyne

          mathematically, the friend is better off spending all $2,400 at once on one day for one game.

          a bit counter-intuitive, but that’s how the probabilities work.

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      1. Michael Ismoe

        Where else can you buy temporary hope for one dollar? It’s a small price to pay for a dream. Leave them alone.

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        1. Louis Fyne

          Even the price of a dream is rising faster than the median wage.

          Powerball and Megamillions costs $2 now. And they both have suffered from “shrink-flation” as the odds of winning the grand prize are even more mind-boggling against each wager than 20 years ago, 1 in 300+ million.

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    2. Anthony G Stegman

      I hope the winner of the jackpot reads the recent Bloomberg article about the shyster lottery lawyer from Long Island.

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    3. skk

      It truly enrages me that the state govts sanction, endorse and allow appallingly misleading ads about lotteries.
      Truly, stealing from the poor and innumerate when it’s their job to at least warn them of the fleecing that lotteries entail. And regulate them so they offer odds as good as or better than in Vegas roulette.

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    4. wilroncanada

      Mildred M
      Someone here on Vancouver Island was asked what the first thing she would do would be if she won a major lottery. She quickly answered:”change my phone number!”

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  16. The Rev Kev

    “Now Russia cuts off gas supply to Latvia amid growing energy panic in Europe after supplies to Poland, Finland, Netherlands and Denmark were axed – and some cities go dark to save power”

    This is actually Latvia’s fault here. They were by contract required to pay for gas with rubles and I assumed that they were doing so on the quiet through a separate entity. Wrong. Looks like what they were doing was to get their gas by buying it off other countries so maybe Germany? Poland? Unfortunately Aigars Kalvitis, chairman of gas company Latvijas Gaze, told the media ‘Latvijas Gaze is buying gas now, but we don’t buy gas from Gazprom because we can’t pay Gazprom. We have another supplier’ and mentioned that they were paying in Euros. With the cat out of the bag, the Russians said that this was a breach of contract conditions and shut Latvia off-

    https://www.rt.com/business/559877-gazprom-halts-gas-supply-baltic-state/

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    1. Mendocino

      “Putin’s weaponization of gas supplies” i.e. demanding payment in Rubles?

      Therefore the U.S. has weaponized it’s exports when demanding payment in dollars…

      How tragic that the U.S. government has declared war on its own citizens by sanctioning food and energy which only enriches the donors to the Democrats like energy cos. and food middlemen that are making b beaucoup bucks off the peons stateside.

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  17. LawnDart

    Re; No mention of Taiwan on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Asia tour list

    Bad link? It appears Peolsi may be not be stopping in ROC/Taiwan:

    I’m leading a Congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific to reaffirm America’s unshakeable commitment to our allies & friends in the region. In Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea & Japan, we’ll hold high-level meetings to discuss how we can further our shared interests & values.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/speakerpelosi

    She may have realized that her grandstanding would have given her republician adversaries a “win-win” and possibly even have cost her her skin, whatever went down.

    I don’t know what she was hoping to get out of this visit. Hopefully this episode will get the neocons to tone-down their rhetoric for a bit while they try to figure out another means of putting the screws to China.

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    1. tegnost

      Didn’t blinken state that the US engages regularly in strategic ambiguity.
      This fits right in with that loony policy.

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    2. Katniss Everdeen

      pelosi is a high level member of the legislative branch of the u.s. government. “Legislative” refers to making american “laws” to address american issues.

      Diplomacy is a responsibility of the executive branch.

      When so-called “legislators” are not in washington, they should be in their districts among their constituents, determining what needs to be addressed at the federal level on behalf of the americans they were supposedly elected to “represent.”

      Instead we get taxpayer-financed globe-trotting by worthless congressional lifers in search of some sort of relevance, and avoiding their “voters” who would surely tear a few congress people well-deserved new ones if given half a chance.

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      1. Questa Nota

        When Pelosi needs an interpreter, she can always summon Feinstein’s, er, driver. They probably share much.

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    3. GF

      It was a publicity stunt to begin with. No one pays attention to congress critter travels. Had to hype it some. Also, there is nothing to stop one of the eager Pelosi Taiwanese counterparts from showing up in one of the other countries she visits to have a chat. And, she may sneak into Taiwan on the return trip conveniently missing her home flight and having to divert to Taiwan.

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  18. Phenix

    This requires that the Pakistanis and Indians come to terms. The peace pipeline runs from Iran through Pakistan to India.

    China and India need to come to terms over the headwaters in the Himalayas. I don’t know how that happens.

    How do Russian exports line up with India’s needs and vice versa.

    Western elites have down their best to tear apart tbe American Empire in 30 years.

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  19. Pat

    Just wondering what the over and under was on European leadership realizing that:
    1. They needed Russia more than Russia needed them
    2. Wishful thinking aside, they had no means of forcing Russia to supply anything especially fuel.
    3. There are no work around like US fuel, or buying from the one country they allow to buy from Russia
    4. That the US didn’t care, had no answers and fully expected them to take almost all refugees from Ukraine adding to their obligations to feed, house and keep alive the populace.
    5. Their citizens think eating, and not dying from the weather is more important than keeping America happy and supporting a war in a highly corrupt state they can’t find on a map.

    We’ve been seeing foundation crumbling, still they are still denying reality. So the bet isn’t over yet but…

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    1. Questa Nota

      The US seems hell-bent on following the European examples.

      Cut off energy production. Germany, so US
      Piss off producers. Russia, so irritate Saudi Arabia
      Ignore their own citizens, leaving them to roast and then freeze. Germany, again, so Texas, etc
      Demonize farmers, reduce food supply and increase food insecurity. Netherlands, so US gearing up

      Strategic Brain Trust response
      Sell off surplus to big global rival, China

      What comes next?
      Buy Mayo Pete an electric car fleet to keep up with Euro exemplars.
      Brunch

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  20. Mikel

    “Bank Of America Memo, Revealed: “We Hope” Conditions For American Workers Will Get Worse” The Intercept

    The whiplash effect of narrative economics:
    Whenever the Fed pops up with threats of strong interest rate increases or someone threatens to utter the dreaded word “recession”, the bizarre counter argument is that the the unemployment rate is low. Things are great. People have money to spend. Apparently, that’s just political campaign rhetoric.

    Meanwhile, the worst kept secret is that radical ideology of the establishment is most reflected in this BofA memo: “we hope” working Americans will lose leverage in the labor market…”

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    1. nippersdad

      “Meanwhile, the worst kept secret is that radical ideology of the establishment is most reflected in this BofA memo: “we hope” working Americans will lose leverage in the labor market…”

      In related news, I believe Lambert covered this in Water Cooler the other day, but can’t find the link. Here is a different one: Cuellar is pushing a bill that would expand gig work to jobs covered under fair labor laws.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ0rfIOVsPQ&t=376s

      I have never really seen the point of deindustrialization and turning the populace into serfs. If the end game has you sitting in a New Zealand bunker twiddling your thumbs just so that you can have a few more bucks in an account you can’t spend anywhere, that doesn’t seem like a very good trade.

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      1. Mike

        Having a billion in the bank doesn’t represent a billion dollars worth of productive capacity…it represents power. Money is just another form of power.

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    2. curlydan

      And really, that’s lower-class American workers. Is anyone in the PMC, especially those at BofA, going to be happy with a less than 7% raise in the next 6 months? My company has a mid-year end to the fiscal year, so yearly raises are set now. 7% would probably need to be the bare minimum raise. 10% would need to be the “OK, I get a small performance bump.”

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    3. JBird4049

      Bank of America might have well written “we hope to have a civil war.” Most of the American classes from the middle-middle to the homeless have getting worse for at least two decades (depending on the class) with the upper middle class next; it is a good way to start a rebellion with the impoverished middle class leading the starving masses.

      This might seem a non sequitur, but I want to make a connection with today, the Fall of the Roman Empire, and the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars. I saw a documentary on the Visigoths and their ultimate fate, IIRC, the narrator said “when you have been forced to bury your family dog…” (see scene of starving refugees and a dog burial) to explain the rage causing a fairly peaceful tribe of refugees to destroy the last truly effective Western Roman Empire’s field army and inflicting on the city of Rome its first sack in eight centuries.

      All three of them followed similar broad patterns even though they were very, very different. The elites greedy, then stupid, then repressive or backstabby, label their victims as barbarians, manless, or weak, they underestimate the now enraged victims who a have a guerrilla war inter-spaced with a few large battles, the elites lose the battles followed by them losing the war.

      The Visigoths, the Colonists, and the North did not intend to fight a war. But they felt compelled. The upper classes decide to lead their nation into war, which they could do because the lower classes were just as angry. The Romans, the British, and the South, just before their respective wars began, did not think that the Visigoths, the Colonists, or the North/Federal government would be any real problem and that those barbarians or weaklings had no reason to complain. As if destitution and hunger, economic hardship, or armed gangs of slavers kidnapping people were not good reasons.

      Look at today’s situation where the moneyed ones want evermore without reason, the general population including a growing percentage of the educated middle class are either joining the poor or seeing that it might happen to them and soon, with a dysfunction, corrupt, and increasing oppressive government that only considers the well being of those moneyed interests; In part, we did not have a war during the Great Depression because we had representatives and senators arguing in their chambers agreeing on the crisis, if not the solutions when the New Deal legislation came for a vote.

      I do not see our (however many grand) parents generations as more virtuous, but they certainly seem more wise or less foolish. They listened and they saw and they acted to keep society going even if they did not like the changes. But I do not see our current leadership listening. They seem to be like the British just before the American Revolution, which had a very strong and loud opposition to the actions of government that led to war, but they refused to change until it was too late. It is a sadness for we have been luck so far in that when things get bad we have the leaders and the reforms needed to save our country. The Roman Senators and the next lower class, the Equestrians, eventually were able to assassinate or otherwise block all the reformists and their actions, which ultimately led to the series of wars that collapse the Republic and created the Empire; I think our equivalent classes are doing the same with the same ultimate results. Although it could lead to civilizational collapse instead instead of a new political economy.

      None of this is hidden. It is a pattern that one can see constantly in history, but for some reason the well educated analysts that the financial institutions employ seem unable to see what is really there.

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  21. Andrew Watts

    RE: Ukraine Needs Solutions, Not Endless War

    “The United States has the tools and experience to make it happen.”

    No, it can’t.The US threw neutrality out the window the minute they started arming Ukraine before the war erupted. How would a UN intervention work anyway? Russia would have to approve since it sits on the UN Security Council and there is no chance of that.

    What the authors seem to be advocating is a US-led intervention under the guise of the UN like the Korean Civil War. This outcome would only escalate the armed conflict in a manner in which these lightweights claim they want to avoid. They’re just too stupid to realize it or they are acting in bad faith.

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    1. Carolinian

      Well they got a column out of it anyway–gave the authors something to do.

      I’m just glad (if true) that Pelosi not going to Taiwan. But one might have always suspected that this was a bid for attention, not war. And hey the Chinese were willing to scramble the jets. She must be really important! /s

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  22. Jason Boxman

    What I find most surprising is how little, if ever, I read any news story in the NY Times about Libya, Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan, for the most part. Our latest ill conceived imperialism and confrontation with Russia seems to have pulled the curtains on these other foreign policy failures. Quite the magic act! Soon Americans will again forget where these countries even are on a map, if that hasn’t happened already.

    Perhaps Pelosi will get us into a war with China as well!

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  23. jr

    Kim Iverson on why she left Rising recently:

    https://youtu.be/vlYdJLj3TLI

    If you haven’t been following this, it’s essentially be because the producers caved to demands from Fauci’s handlers to yank her from a panel she was scheduled to be a part of. She has been a vocal and pointed critic of his bungling of the COVID response from early on. Bully for her, I’m subbing her channel ASAP.

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    1. Screwball

      Thanks for this jr. I would have paid to see Kim grill Fauci, but it wasn’t to be. Good on her and I wish her luck.

      This is another example of how our press works, and not in a good way. No matter what people think of KI, she was talking about things that need talked about, like the clip she showed where the other two were still telling us the vaccines worked – no they are not – at least how they were being sold.

      People are still dying. People still believe the wrong thing about the vaccines – yet they are still being lied to. So let’s censor the people telling the truth. Yea, that’s the ticket.

      They are complicit in peoples deaths IMO, and should be treated accordingly. This stuff really ticks me off so I will shut up to save my blood pressure.

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    2. britzklieg

      The shameless Fauci figures it’s better to be revealed as a coward than a fraud.

      And if Kim Iverson has him shaking in his boots, imagine how he’d do against IM Doc or GM.

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    3. K.k

      Im guessing you all didn’t see her early videos before she was on rising. She was a complete minimizer from the get go. Its just a cold! Authoritarian gov making me wear a mask, etc. Never gonna hear me defending fauci or the cdc, but fraudsters and opportunists abound.

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  24. Marg

    “Midterm Misery for Biden as Key Economy Gauge Flags 30-Seat Loss”

    Oh no! Just when the Democratic super majority was about to wrap up its long list of accomplishments for the American people;
    World peace, National Health Care, resolving the Covid pandemic, resolving homelessness, especially for veterans, ending labor exploitation of the undocumented, ending the fentanyl epidemic, rebuilding our infrastructure, stabilizing our economy…

    now those damn Republicans will reverse all that!

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    1. Katniss Everdeen

      Don’t forget “codifying” Roe v. Wade which, apparently, costs more cash to do than the billions they’ve already collected by promising to do it for the last 50 years.

      We’re really, really gonna get after that this time if you just send more money.

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      1. Kante

        Notice how Demolish and Democratic have the same root?

        Seeing more and more “Fuck Joe Biden” stickers on cars. Also,
        FJB, a chrome logo added to vehicles. I thought it was a model of Toyota, until I saw it on a Ford.

        The Democrats must have a suicide urge, watching the Lezpoc press secretary flounder around with her 3 ring binder is absolutely cringeworthy. I am ashamed to admit I am an American when I travel now.

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  25. jr

    For the cinephiles:

    I’m VERY pleased to have found one of the best films ever made, in full, for free on Youtube. It’s Rikyu, about the 17th century tea master and artistic mentor to Hideyoshi:

    https://youtu.be/Ol40iOucyOI

    I’ve been hoping someone would put it up and someone did only a month ago. They don’t make films like this anymore.

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    1. anahuna

      Thank you! I saw this in Honolulu when it first came out and hadn’t been able to find it again.

      Austere. Sublime.

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      1. jr

        I haven’t watched it again, that’s for tomorrow, but I still remember the shades of blue from the laundry scene to this day. Here is a video about the politics of the tea ceremony and Rikyu’s role:

        https://youtu.be/oVHJpnPXWYE

        Correction: late16th c.

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    2. Acacia

      If you want to see more, there were actually two films about Sen no Rikyū released in 1989. This one @jr mentions is directed by Kumai Kei, while the other by Teshigahara Hiroshi. Kumai’s film won a Silver Lion at the Venice FF. While the Teshigahara version is of course worth watching (as is anything he directed), be warned that the DVD transfer is not very good quality. There’s a BluRay out in Japan, tho of course no EN subs.

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  26. anon in so cal

    India Punchline’s M. K. Bhadrakumar:

    “1/5 Russia seems to have proof that Kiev eliminated Ukr POWs lest they divulged sensitive details on Mariupol operations. Moscow demands UN/ICRC investigation, has evidence Kiev used HIMARS, which probably explains Pentagon’s evasive stance on who committed the war crime.”

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    1. nippersdad

      They are showing pictures of the exploded shell on Youtube. If it does prove to be true that these HIMARS are being operated by US crews using US satellite targeting then those war crimes trials are going to get a whole lot more interesting.

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  27. jr

    Anecdote:

    My partner is watching a show about a Russian chef opening a swanky place in Moscow. I am not interested but it’s noteworthy that when Putin’s name got mentioned, the music suddenly became dark and threatening. Good-think music!

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  28. chris

    Sharing because I thought others on NC would appreciate the data on this site. Apparently there’s over 600 wildfires active in the US right now, covering about 5.5 million acres. Seems to me that nature has given us a great metaphor for where we are as a country right now.

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  29. Tom Stone

    If you are watching the McKinney fire keep in mind that the rains do not usually come until mid October, it’s just starting to warm up and all the firefighting crews and equipment are rested ( Or were) and in good repair.
    Yreka ( Where I was born) has an evacuation order for the West part of town which tells me they hope to stop the fire at Highway 5.
    There is no containment and that area is extremely rugged country, If they knock it down before it consumes 250K acres they will be doing very well. indeed.
    It’s going to be a long hot summer.
    .

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      1. tegnost

        I’ve been wondering in the last few days if the idea is to crash the west…that european safety net has to go after all…
        nothing else makes an sense to me.

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        1. The Rev Kev

          Could be. Neoliberalism demands that only wealthy people get safety nets in the form of taxpayer bailouts – while everybody else does not even get a pair of boot straps. And having Europe just sit there with all those social safety nets for their people would just be a target to get rid off. Same way that the UK’s highly successful NHS system has to be destroyed lest it give people in America any funny ideas.

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    1. anon in so cal

      Blinken and Scholz were in Kosovo this past week…asking Serbia to recognize Kosovo and sanction Russia…

      “”British in recent months have also brought ATGMs to Kosovo…Germans are actively lobbying for entry of self-proclaimed republic into international instances and delighting Kosovo authorities w provocative statement in style of “Serbia will be forced to recognize Kosovo.””

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  30. spud

    Some of the returns and excess inventory will be donated to charities or returned to the manufacturers. Others get recycled, buried in landfills or burned in incinerators that generate electricity.

    the carbon burned to ship stuff then it ends up in landfills and incinerators, its a crime in itself, free traders should have to pay for these crimes

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/retails-dark-side-inventory-piles-142336506.html

    “With consumers cutting down on discretionary purchases because of high inflation, retailers are now stuck with more inventory than they need. While overall spending rebounded last month, some major retailers say shoppers are buying less clothing, gardening equipment and electronics and focusing instead on basics like food and gas.”

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  31. Solarjay

    Nature:electric ship

    Even that medium sized ship would have the equivalent of about 65000 ev worth of battery at 80 kwh per car.

    Would be interesting to see the GHG emissions compared between the two.

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    1. MichaelC

      What a world
      As a 10 year old white suburban boy when the series aired, I had no clue that Ohura or Sulu were anything other than heroes we planetary exploring naïf kids thought might happen in our lifetimes.
      So for a few short years during that ( late boomer) generation, the kids had no clue Ohura or Sulu were just showing us what a harmonious future could look like absent identity politics.

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      1. The Rev Kev

        Roddenberry had a helluva time in casting. On the bridge he had an Asian guy (retconned in Reagan’s America to be an American), a black African woman, a Scottish guy and the studio was certainly not happy about having a Russian guy on the bridge. But when it came to Spock, who was an ‘alien’, the studio asked that he be kept in the background and more or less kept out of sight in filming. Maybe they thought that he was an’ illegal alien.’

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        1. Acacia

          I recall reading somewhere that from the get-go the network thought Spock looked too demonic (i.e., Satanic) and that in one instance Roddenberry et al found the network marketing types had airbrushed Spock’s eyebrows in some publicity collateral, to try and make him look “nicer”.

          The article doesn’t mention Nichols’ role in an important episode of an earlier series, The Lieutenant, also produced by Roddenberry, that concerned racism in the military. It was censored by the network and thus pivotal for the creation of Star Trek.

          It still boggles that Roddenberry was on the LAPD before entering television to try and address social issues.

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    1. DJG, Reality Czar

      Carolinian: There are OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) reports for the years since 2014 that go into this much detail and even more on torture, with investigation of such side scams as confiscation of churches that maintained ties with the Orthodox church in Moscow and supression of dissident opinion.

      The elites in D.C. are trying to cover up all of this–and dare I mention Hunter and Pals as part of the looting, pillaging, and abuse?

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  32. KFritz

    Thank you for the Eric Topol interview! It’s the best thumbnail about the current and future state-of-play of Covid that I’ve seen. Will be forwarding it to many I know who rely on the MSM.

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  33. Tom Stone

    The Bohemian Grove camp out is this week, the BNB’s and Hotels fill up with high end hookers, security people and dope dealers, near 70 private jets are parked at the local airport ( A Gulfstream 5 isn’t nice enough to park near the tower), the nearest wine shop always lays in a lot of expensive wines on consignment ( $5K and up per bottle, WAY up in some cases.)
    Lots of Money,lots of very powerful people and a tradition of Omerta among the locals that work there for a week every year.
    The security is low profile, but very competent and pervasive.
    At least as good as camp David.

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  34. Wukchumni

    A quite substantial monsoon is going to put the hurt on Hwy 395 in Owens Valley over the next few days with major flooding expected, this right in the middle of the tourism season.
    That’s after it causes flooding in Death Valley NP when it’s over 100 degrees!

    Usually storms come from the west, but this one is coming from the south & east, a backdoor model.

    We could see potentially something akin to the recent Yellowstone flooding with a major driving corridor cut off, as all the moisture is coming down as rain and will be hitting the higher climes, using the mountains as a long ramp down into the Owens Valley.

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  35. Tom Stone

    We’re supposed to catch the edge of that storm in Sonoma County early tomorrow morning.
    Localized showers and lightning are predicted.
    The water will be welcome,the lightning not.

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  36. Pat

    Reformulated booster coming in September. Supposedly targets BA.5.
    How much testing has been done? How have they circumvented the various variants ability to produce no immunity? And if this is so good why the vague order of millions of doses, that might cover one state.

    Just call me cynical

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  37. Jason Boxman

    Right, if a variant emerges that Paxlovid isn’t as effective against, that could suddenly leave us much more vulnerable to severe COVID again.

    Dr. Eric Topol: Yes. And I think most of us who’ve really zoomed into the mutations on MPro, the main protease of the virus that Paxlovid works on … I’d say it’s just a matter of time. It’s inevitable. Already these mutations have appeared naturally because of the pressure that the virus is getting from Paxlovid. It’s inevitable. We’re going to see resistance to this drug, which, after the vaccines, is the second-most-important advance that we have had to take on the virus. But it may be short-lived, it could be that by year’s end or the beginning of next year, we won’t have Paxlovid as a remedy or rescue anymore. There’s no question Paxlovid is helping keep the hospitalization number down.

    And that’s what the COVID braintrust said here back in December, I think. NC: Next year’s news, today!

    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/07/ba-5-shows-covid-is-evolving-fast-we-need-to-fight-back.html

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