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Water shortages must be placed on the climate-change agenda. This is why World Economic Forum
Frozen MIT Technology Review
This Farm Cracked the Code #1: Water Wizard of Oregon (video) YouTube. Permaculture water systems.
COVID vaccines slash risk of spreading Omicron — and so does prior infection Nature. The deck: “But the benefit of vaccines in reducing Omicron transmission doesn’t last for long.” Summarizes a preprint. Prison study, n = 22,000:
The team found that among individuals with COVID-19, those who received at least one vaccine shot were 24% less likely to infect close contacts— in this case cellmates — compared with unvaccinated prisoners. People who had been infected before were 21% less likely to infect others compared with prisoners with no prior infection, and those who had been both vaccinated and previously infected were 41% less likely to pass on the virus compared with unvaccinated individuals without a previous infection.
[Nathan Lo, an infectious-disease researcher at the University of California, San Francisco] says he is surprised at the dose–response relationships; each vaccine dose a person has had reduced the risk of passing on the virus by a further 12%, on average. How recently people had been vaccinated was also important. .
Fit-Tested N95 Masks Combined With Portable High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filtration Can Protect Against High Aerosolized Viral Loads Over Prolonged Periods at Close Range Journal of Infectious Diseases (dougiedd). From the Abstract: “Healthcare workers (HCWs) are at risk from aerosol transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2…. N95 masks that have passed a quantitative fit-test combined with HEPA filtration protects against high virus aerosol loads at close range and for prolonged periods of time.” NOTE: “in combination with face shield, gown, and disposable gloves,” this being an HCW environment. On the fit-testing: “Quantitative fit testing was performed via TSI PortaCount Fit Tester Model 8048, which measures the concentration of particles in the ambient air relative to within a respirator to calculate a fit factor.” For fit-testing, here is something you can try at home. Thread:
1/ Here is one way to do a quick & dirty test of leakage around mask. Place several small mirrors or reading glasses in the fridge for 2 to 3 min. Avoid putting them in the freezer, as they will get too cold and you will get condensation on lenses when you remove it.
— Richard Corsi, PhD, PE (Texas) (@CorsIAQ) August 3, 2021
Reducing SARS-CoV-2 in Shared Indoor Air JAMA. From June, still germane:
Through the American Rescue Plan, Congress has appropriated nearly a half trillion dollars ($350 billion to state, local, and tribal governments and $122 billion to schools), roughly half of which remains available to support indoor air quality improvements in small businesses, industrial settings, commercial buildings, low-income housing, transportation hubs, and schools. To ensure that maximum benefit is realized from these resources and to protect the public from ineffective or potentially harmful technologies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued guidance for building owners and operators as part of the agency’s Clean Air in Buildings challenge.5 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance likewise highlights proven interventions to improve ventilation and filtration in buildings.
Apparently, Biden wouild rather that American Rescue Plan money was spent on cops. So here we are.
(Wu is from Shenzen.)
Why Kennan’s containment won’t work on China Asia Times
Titled <A New Probe into the Problem of "Seclusion and Lockdown of the Country" in Ming & Qing>, the paper argues that the policy shall be called “自主限关” (Autonomous Self-restriction), which is “intended to safeguard national sovereignty & prevent Western colonial aggression”. pic.twitter.com/25thvFL0Ly
— Henry Gao (@henrysgao) August 28, 2022
Cambodia, some interesting speculation:
Might be going out on a limb a bit on this one, but something I saw in imagery of China's ongoing construction at Cambodia's Ream naval base caught my eye today.
Here is the entirety of the base, with the portion that is reportedly reserved for Chinese military use in red. pic.twitter.com/MU3yBASbhj
— Thomas Shugart (@tshugart3) August 26, 2022
From the Politico Brussels Playbook email:
EU JUDGES SUE TO FREEZE CASH FOR POLAND: Four organizations representing European judges on Sunday sued the Council of the EU in an unprecedented case that seeks stronger action against Warsaw’s attacks on the rule of law.
Appeasement:The judges are taking aim at the Council’s decision to greenlight EU recovery funds for Poland, even though Warsaw has not met conditions set out by the European Court of Justice to re-establish the independence of its judiciary. The judges’ groups argue that the Council’s approval of the recovery plan harms both Polish judges and the European judiciary system.
Background: In June, the Council signed off on a plan that paves the way for Poland to access billions in coronavirus recovery funds if it meets a set of conciliatory “milestones,” including reforming a controversial disciplinary regime for judges. And while Warsaw has yet to receive funds under the plan, the blueprint itself is now being challenged.
Disharmony: As Playbook first reported, a number of European commissioners protested against that decision over fears the milestones weren’t solid enough, while the approval of the plan sent the wrong signal to Warsaw, which has not yet complied with CJEU rulings.
The 4 organizations suing the Council— the European Association of Judges, the Association of European Administrative Judges, Judges for Judges and MEDEL, an association representing European judges and prosecutors — said the plan’s targets are problematic. “These milestones fall short of what is required to ensure effective protection of the independence of judges and the judiciary and disregard the judgments of the CJEU on the matter,” the groups wrote in a statement.
The Court of Justice, the organizations note, “has ruled that the Polish judges affected by unlawful disciplinary procedures should be reinstated at once, without delay or a procedure, while the third milestone would introduce a procedure of more than a year with an uncertain outcome.”
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Households could get 25% discount on energy bills if they back local fracking plans Daily Mail. Ingenious!
England’s gardeners to be banned from using peat-based compost Guardian (Furzy Mouse). Good.
New Not-So-Cold War
Live: IAEA mission departs for Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant Agence France Presse
EU set to suspend visa travel agreement with Russia FT. Trapping dissidents and cosmpolitan PMCs in Russia permanently, good job. And how come the Baltic puppy is wagging the EU dog?
Why was the Soviet Union created? Branko Milanovic, Global Inequality
Government to pause free at-home COVID tests by Sept. 2 Axios. Seems legit. It’s not like we’re in the midst of a pandemic or anything. Auto-kinbaku-bi.
Fall Vaccination Campaign Will Bring New Shots, Worse Access NYT. The deck: “Updated Covid vaccines, expected soon after Labor Day, were designed to thwart Omicron variants. But money to distribute them has dried up.” Commentary:
The original January 2021 White House covid plan called for hiring 100,000 additional public health workers for roles including vaccine outreach. What a huge difference that could have made over the last year and a half, and heading into the fall.https://t.co/dZQVTWNa2g https://t.co/RP1ZNGeN5j pic.twitter.com/5LWx4ILxRn
— wsbgnl (@wsbgnl) August 28, 2022
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How a Corporate Law Firm Led a Political Revolution NYT. Jones Day.
Intelligence Officials Will Assess Security Risks From Mar-a-Lago Documents New York Times. No doubt.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
We’ve isolated them all!
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UK’s biggest warship, HMS Prince of Wales, breaks down off south coast shortly after setting sail for US Sky News. “An emerging mechanical issue.”
Private Jets to Ibiza, Paris Surge as Rich Evade Travel Chaos Bloomberg (Furzy Mouse).
Luxury Residential Community at Sea Storylines. “Averaging three days in each port, you have ample time and options to explore the cultures and customs beyond our ports-of-call.”
Measuring Intergenerational Exposure to the U.S. Justice System: Evidence from Longitudinal Links between Survey and Administrative Data (PDF) University of Michigan. From the Abstract: “We find substantially larger prevalences of intergenerational exposure to the criminal justice system than previously reported: 9% of children born between 1999–2005 were intergenerationally exposed to prison, 18% to a felony conviction, and 39% to any criminal charge; charge exposure rates reach as high as 62% for Black children.”
Antidote du jour (via):
immaculate vibes pic.twitter.com/IuotUWeVgX
— cats being weird little guys (@weirdlilguys) August 28, 2022
Double bonus antidote:
When sperm whales need a nap, they take a deep breath, dive down about 45 feet and arrange themselves into perfectly-level, vertical patterns. They sleep sound and still for up to two hours at a time between breaths, in pods of five or six whales, presumably for protection. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/yfFCff8Rrz
— Dr. Clayton Forrester (@DrClaytonForre1) August 23, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.