Climate protesters hurl paint at Milan’s La Scala opera house Reuters. Have these guys ever hit anything finance-related?
Ohio must put Lake Erie on ‘pollution diet’ under settlement terms Mlive.com (Carla). From November, still germane.
Disruption in seasonality, patient characteristics and disparities of respiratory syncytial virus infection among young children in the US during and before the COVID-19 pandemic: 2010-2022 (preprint) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “Among RSV-infected children in 2022, 19.2% had prior documented COVID-19 infection, significantly higher than the 9.7% among uninfected children, suggesting that prior COVID-19 could be a risk factor for RSV infection or that there are common risk factors for both viral infections.” “Common risk factors” like… breathing?
Efficacy of Antiviral Agents against Omicron Subvariants BQ.1.1 and XBB (letter) NEJM. “Our data suggest that the omicron sublineages BQ.1.1 and XBB have immune-evasion capabilities that are greater than those of earlier omicron variants, including BA.5 and BA.2. The continued evolution of omicron variants reinforces the need for new therapeutic monoclonal antibodies for Covid-19.” And — hear me out — non-pharamaceutical interventions.
Everyone Is Sick Right Now Wired. No mention of widespread immune dysregulation from SARS-CoV-2 itself; “immunity debt” verbalizing without using the phrase. Of course, the very idea of immune dysregulation implies that transmission is important, so naturally Wired shies away.
China eases strict COVID measures as global cases hold steady CIDRAP. “Authorities today also emphasized the need to vaccinate older people.” Nothing on ventilation.
China’s Massive Protests Are the End of a Once-Trusted Governance Model Foreign Policy. Worth a read, surprisingly. Hard to believe a failure in state capacity for China, but see below.
China makes sudden policy shift on zero-Covid, but ‘no clear picture’ of what’s next South China Morning Post. The deck: “It’s been welcomed by foreign investors and raised hopes the borders will soon reopen, but there is also uncertainty over a potential surge in cases.” Not clear who is possessed of this mysterious “uncertainty,” but I doubt the foreign investors are greatly concerned. Commentary:
China's vaccines aren't terrible; they work—though need one more shot than mRNA. But they need to be administered and especially elderly boosted. Badly lagging.
Their infection control regimes switch between draconian and performative—rather than targeted airborne mitigations.
— zeynep tufekci (@zeynep) December 7, 2022
“Airborne mitigations.” At least I’m not entirely alone in saying this. A possible parallel between the US and China occurs to me: Just as the Biden and the Democrats squandered the time that Operation Warp Speed bought, and instead decided on the (eugenicist) “Let ‘er rip” policy, so Xi and the CCP squandered the time Zero Covid bought, by not introducing measures to curb airborne spread. Let’s just hope tens of millions of China’s elders don’t pay the terrible price, as have over a million Americans.
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News from the Front: Observations from Myanmar’s Revolutionary Forces Center for Strategic and International Studies
The Rare Golden Flap Shell Turtle Isn’t An Avatar Of Vishnu Madras Courier
France’s Yellow Vests at 4: The movement’s three greatest achievements PressTV (LawnDart).
Dear Old Blighty
UK bank hubs offer lifeline to those struggling in a cashless society FT. Until they don’t.
Emerging cracks in the consensus?
U.S. Goal in Ukraine: Drive Russians Back to Pre-Invasion Lines, Blinken Says WSJ. The deck: “Kyiv must decide itself whether to try to reclaim Crimea and Donbas.”
Why Ukraine Should Not Rush to Retake the Peninsula Foreign Affairs
Ukraine hits targets deep inside Russia in break with Biden administration Responsible Statecraft
Why sanctions against Russia aren’t working — yet NPR. “In other words, the sanctions have teeth, but for Russia to feel the bite, coalition nations will need to sink those teeth in deeper and hang on for the long term.” In other words for the other words, double down.
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Looking for Bandera in the photo collage, but without success:
— TIME (@TIME) December 7, 2022
Bandera’s ‘Insurgency-in-Waiting’ Moss Robeson, Bandera Lobby Blog. Interesting, though I’m not sure who Robeson is. Readers?
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Dan Kovalik: Eastern Ukraine had good reason to join Russia, after Kyiv’s aggression Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (!).
Peter Pan goes to Ukraine Aurelien, Trying to Understand the World
9 million Americans were wrongly told they were approved for student debt forgiveness CBS. “The error was made by Accenture Federal Services, a contractor with the Education Department.” Oh, an “error.” Now everybody who applied is on a list for collections (as I said was the purpose of this scam when it emerged).
Tankers Changing Hands Left, Right and Center Hellenic Shipping News
Chinese car brands build shipping fleets Splash 247
The Case of Julian Assange (National Press Club Ticket) EventBrite. The panel doesn’t look too rigged; there’s only one open spook (Triplett, FBI):
That said, it’s harder to find a better example of the merger of (hegemonic) press and (hegemonic) intelligence community factions than an event at the National Press Club sponsored by the Hayden Center (branding from the pro-torture spook perjurer — sorry for the redundancy — of that name).
AI Homework Stratechery. On ChatGPT. Look. Silicon Valley has form. We already know what the outcome of AI is going to be: Crapification. Like the Internet of Sh*t, except for all forms of cultural production. Commentary:
POV: You're a Senior Data Engineer at Twitter. Elon asks what you've done this week. You've done nothing.
Frantically, you open ChatGPT. pic.twitter.com/L2RioReMBC
— Riley Goodside (@goodside) December 3, 2022
Again, the best way to characterize ChatGPT’s output is “bullsh*t,” using Harry Frankfurt’s definition in On Bullsh*t, since it’s all verbiage that is, by definition, produced without regard for the truth.
How Frighteningly Strong Meth Has Supercharged Homelessness New York Magazine
Unmasking “The Scholar”: The Colorado woman who helped a global art smuggling operation flourish for decades Denver Post (s.n.). Good reporting.
BNSF’s Katie Farmer Named Railway Age’s 2023 Railroader of the Year Railway Age. Commentary: “Good news folks the person overseeing the implementation of BNSF railroad’s ‘Hi-Viz’ insane attendance policy is a woman.”
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The Sick Proletariat The Baffler. Review of Health Communism.
Dec. 8, STRIKE ALERT at @nytimes. Specific asks from the workers on simple actions to support the strike and encourage management to negotiate a contract workers can ratify. @NYTimesGuild https://t.co/quID4n86mI
— Sara Nelson (@FlyingWithSara) December 7, 2022
No NYT links today….
Antidote du jour (via):
This is great, but you have to wait for it.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/12/links-12-5-2022.html“>here.