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Current webcam images for Mauna Loa Volcano United States Geological Survey. Impressive:
5 Billion People Will Face Water Shortages by 2050, U.N. Says Scientific American
Following The Colorado River Story: A Primer On Water Terminology Arizona Department of Water Resources. From March, still germane.
L.A. County COVID surge raises prospect of return to indoor masking order LA Times. They will do so when “community levels rise to the ‘high’ category, which could happen as early as next week but more likely by the end of the month.” Je repete: CDC’s community levels (the “green map”) are “flawed, not evidence-based.” CDC’s community levels, since they incorporate hospitalization as a metric, are a lagging indicator. People who listen to CDC will mask up too late. (Use CDC’s transmission levels (the “red map”). If the virus has already left the barn and is in the next county (Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura) that would be bad. (Hat tip to alert readers Roger Blakely and Thistlebreath for keeping us informed on the LA situation, yesterday. I track NYC because, as a pandemic epicenter, NYC has form, but nothing says history has to repeat.)
Multi-kingdom gut microbiota analyses define COVID-19 severity and post-acute COVID-19 syndrome Nature. From the Discussion: “First, we identified two robust ecological clusters that defined severe COVID-19 and post-acute COVID-19. Second, these clusters, defined by altered multi-biome composition and impaired microbiome functionalities, were associated with PACS [Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome, or “Long Covid”]. Lastly, host and microbial factors can predict the duration of respiratory viral shedding. Six host factors and five microbial candidates provided high accuracy, suggesting the prognostic potential of microbial markers for determining COVID-19 outcomes and consequences.”
Shifts in global mobility dictate the synchrony of SARS-CoV-2 epidemic waves Journal of Travel Medicine. From the Abstract: “In line with theoretical work, we show that in a more connected world, epidemic dynamics are more synchronized.” As Taleb urged from the beginning.
US warns Beijing it cannot control Covid-19 without western jabs FT. Jha, Big Pharma’s salesperson-in-chief.
Coronavirus: cities in China roll back testing in a sign of shift in strict zero-Covid policy South China Morning Post. The SCMP is owned by e-commerce giant Ali Baba which is, oh, like the Washington Post being owned by the owner of an e-commerce giant.
Manufacturing Job Cuts Deepen Vietnam Weekly
Malaysia PM Anwar to unveil Cabinet line-up on Friday afternoon Channel News Asia
‘I’ve spent my whole life waiting to get my land’ People’s Archive of Rural India
New Not-So-Cold War
Pentagon eyes major expansion of Ukraine military training WaPo. Musical interlude. Better make sure there’s a Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity administrator.
Is Germany’s military unfit for action? Deutsche Welle
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Germany: Olaf Scholz warns against ‘decoupling’ economies Deutsche Welle
Germany just classified the Soviet Ukraine famine a “genocide” (excerpt) Yasha Levine. “There’s been a big decades-long push by a Ukrainian nationalist diaspora, backed up by the usual anti-communist/Cold War interests here, to recast [the Holodomor] as a ‘classic’ ethnic genocide in the mold of the Holocaust: the famine was meant to wipe out Ukrainians. But for this narrative to work, Jews and other ethnic minorities living in Soviet Ukraine had to be left out of the story — and that’s exactly what’s been happening.” Unsurprisingly.
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Ukraine Hunts the World for Parts to Fix Crippled Energy Grid WSJ. Important.
Bitcoin’s last stand European Central Bank. “The value of bitcoin peaked at USD 69,000 in November 2021 before falling to USD 17,000 by mid-June 2022. Since then, the value has fluctuated around USD 20,000. For bitcoin proponents, the seeming stabilization signals a breather on the way to new heights. More likely, however, it is an artificially induced last gasp before the road to irrelevance.” That’s a damn shame.
Sam Bankman-Fried, Effective Altruism, and the Question of Complicity The New Yorker. The deck: “Leaders of the social movement had no way to know that FTX would collapse. But they also had every incentive to ignore warnings.” “The.” “Social.” “Movement.” What are these people smoking?
We are now confident that the Neuralink device is ready for humans, so timing is a function of working through the FDA approval process
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 1, 2022
Our Famously Free Press
Elon Musk SUSPENDS Kanye West from Twitter for sharing a picture of a swastika inside a Star of David as his ‘presidential campaign symbol’: Anti-Semite rapper reveals their furious text exchange Daily Mail
Police State Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Just Half of Americans Trust the Military, Survey Finds Defense One (Re Silc).
Psychos in the C-Suite Peggy Noonan, WSJ. Noonan used to be able to throw a punch.
From forager to banker Times Literary Supplement
Senate Blocks Sick Days For Rail Workers, Averts Strike by Forcing Biden Agreement The Intercept. Commentary:
And he appointed the board that crafted the agreement. And it was his Labor Secretary that crafted the second agreement. And he could have at any point wrote a different bill to avert the strike. It is Democrats all the way down. https://t.co/mwakzueWzU
— Jonah Furman (@JonahFurman) December 2, 2022
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Labor board blasts Amazon’s “flagrant” attempt to flout court order Axios. Entertaining:
BREAKING: Amazon senior management was forced to read the NLRB’s 30-page order to stop union-busting to every employee working at JFK8 today.
We have the video. pic.twitter.com/Sa6RdCIpW8
— More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) December 1, 2022
More like this please.
Reflecting on the Fight for 15, a decade later NY Daily News
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Social Distancing Desires Keep Some Out of the Labor Force NBER. From the Abstract: “The researchers estimate that long social distancing reduced the US labor force participation rate by 2 percentage points in the period February–July 2022, and by 1.4 percentage points on an earnings-weighted basis. They calculate that this labor supply reduction lowered potential output by 0.94 percentage point, which translates to a flow output drop of about $250 billion a year.” Can’t have that.
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Dream Houses The Baffler. Worth a read, despite the anodyne headline.
Strange coincidences: Are they fluke events or acts of God? Los Angeles Times. “Senseless, accidental if you believe in accidents.” –Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.