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Another Private Equity–Style Hospital Raid Kills a Busy Urban Hospital Mo Tkacik, The American Prospect. Tkacik is always worth a read.
The power of folk ideas in economic policy and the central bank–commercial bank analogy New Political Economy. “My findings suggest that although Europe’s central bankers are cognisant of the irrelevance of balance sheet capital in theory, they nevertheless attach weight to it in practice, in order not to contradict the public’s assumed common sense that persistent losses and negative capital are undesirable.”
Watching the world burn Agence France Presse. The Melting North:
Inuvik Region, Northwest Territories, Canada (77.0°N 112.8°W), 29 Aug 2022 pic.twitter.com/lOIeiT5zcR
— Sentinel 2 Bot (@Sentinel2Bot) September 14, 2022
Rapid initiation of nasal saline irrigation to reduce severity in high-risk COVID+ outpatients Ear, Nose & Throat Journal. From the Abstract: “SARS-CoV-2+ participants initiating nasal irrigation were over 8 times less likely to be hospitalized than the national rate.”
The Flu Is Coming: Too bad we are ignoring the lessons learned from Covid Up@Night. Australia:
[T]here is a good reason to compare the flu to Covid. How so? Strategies and tactics that were used to reduce the transmission of Covid virtually stopped the flu in its tracks in 2020-2021. Unbelievably, only about 700 Americans died of the flu in the 2020-2021 season, when typically we lose tens of thousands.
An ethically healthy society would look at the number of lives saved and the suffering avoided during this time and say: “Wow! It looks like anti-Covid measures can help us against the flu and other viruses in the future. Wonderful! We need to make it happen.”
But we are not an ethically healthy society.
The Long Haul Chicago Magazine. “Long COVID is now the country’s third leading neurological disorder, the American Academy of Neurology declared in July.”
Europe needs China’s diesel if it does cut off Russia imports Hellenic Shipping News. Hilarity ensues.
China’s top weapons scientist says nuclear fusion power is 6 years away South China Morning Post
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The Defence Strategic Review and the received wisdom about the China threat and US support Pearls and Irritations. From Australia.
AUKUS, one year on Lowy Interpreter. Also from Australia
Important from the NUG:
U Kyaw Zaw, Spokesperson of the office of the Acting President
Personal Statement related to his statement in Canadian senate in 2021 on Rohingya
September 14, 2022 pic.twitter.com/GxzpJVHjs2
— Aung Kyaw Moe (@akmoe2) September 14, 2022
Notably, Rohingya massacres took place on Aung San Suu Kyi’s watch. So I wonder if she will sign on to something similar….
Book Review: a Nuanced Look at North Korean Defectors The Blue Roof
[Kim Seong-kon] Missing the great America I used to know Korea Herald. The author encounters crapified customer service.
Is Afghanistan’s Long Civil War Really Over? Foreign Affairs
How to judge fiscal policy in the time of Truss mainly macro
Republican protesters arrested at King Charles proclamations Guardian. That is, advocates of a republican form of government.
The cradle of free speech (1):
Touching message to the Queen left by grieving royal fan who says 'pain is unbearable' leaves social media users in tears https://t.co/1oQstE9Aqc
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) September 14, 2022
The cradle of free speech (2):
‘Why not write something on the sign and express what you mean?’
‘I suppose we didn’t want to get arrested.’
Video of the blank sheet protest in Edinburgh: pic.twitter.com/6fvyrb6vjd
— Ciaran Jenkins (@C4Ciaran) September 13, 2022
Thousands of patients face cancelled NHS appointments or operations due to Queen’s funeral Independent. Contrast Diana’s funeral:
It was for these very reasons that Diana’s funeral was held on a Saturday, so that as many folk as possible could either go to London or watch it at home if they wished without the disruption that the Queens funeral is causing and I am sure she would not have wanted
— Jan Jones 🥨 #🤷🏻♀️📖🐛 🌻 (@BaffledBookworm) September 14, 2022
The 4 month delay before the next sitting is a substantial length of time, which will only add to anxiety.
We are extremely disappointed that in this case, UK based trainees have been disadvantaged compared to international candidates with this postponement.
— Junior Doctors (@BMA_JuniorDocs) September 13, 2022
Never let a crisis go to waste:
Under cover of the Queen's death, Liz Truss lifted the fracking ban two days ago. A swathe of fracking licences across the country is the result. pic.twitter.com/PeZzhHzI96
— CrispinHolloway (@CTRH) September 12, 2022
New Not-So-Cold Cold War
Kremlin TV Airs Call for Russia to Admit ‘Serious Defeat’ Daily Beast (Re Silc).
Predictions of Putin’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated Foreign Policy
German economy to contract as energy crisis hits consumers, warn analysts FT. Economic time > military time > political time….
A constitutional challenge to the F.T.C.’s very existence NYT. Stoller comments:
Dealbook reports on what we all know. The goal of the libertarian movement is to eliminate the FTC and antitrust enforcement. According to @FTCPhillips, the Trump antitrust suit against Facebook is unconstitutional. https://t.co/dJyZlvaLBd pic.twitter.com/UEMGxxBUCm
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) September 13, 2022
US officially added to WHO’s list of poliovirus outbreak countries Ars Technica. Joe, Rochelle, good job.
Police State Watch
Rifles, Tasers and Jails: How Cities and States Spent Billions of COVID-19 Relief The Marshall Project
Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Accused of Pump-And-Dump Investment Scheme The Intercept. You just have to scan for the keywords: “SPAC,” “Wells Fargo”, “Amazon”….
The Death of Ronald W. Pelton Jacob Silverman’s Miscellany
Imperial Collapse Watch
Measuring Americans’ Views on Isolationism, Multilateralism and the Country’s Most Pressing Foreign Policy Challenges Morning Consult. Handy chart:
Repeal the Iraq War Authorization The American Conservative
Our ‘Forgotten’ and Invisible Wars Daniel Larison, Eunomia
Nebraska railroad workers prepare for Friday strike causing supply chain worries: ‘Might just finally break’ KMTV. Idea: The workers don’t want to use vacation days for medical appointments. So stop requiring that, like a civilized society would do.
What is a paleo-left agenda? Branko Milanovic, Global Inequality and More 3.0
Appendix 2- The Ancien Regime (podcast) Mike Duncan, Revolutions. Duncan sums up lessons learned for historiography, history, and podcasting. The podcast is a must-listen, although (or because) it begins in 1625 with the English Revolution, back in 2013 (!). There’s really nothing else like it.
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus anti-antidote (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.