Evaluation of Waning of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine–Induced Immunity JAMA. The Abstract: “This systematic review and meta-analysis of secondary data from 40 studies found that the estimated vaccine effectiveness against both laboratory-confirmed Omicron infection and symptomatic disease was lower than 20% at 6 months from the administration of the primary vaccination cycle and less than 30% at 9 months from the administration of a booster dose. Compared with the Delta variant, a more prominent and quicker waning of protection was found. These findings suggest that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against Omicron rapidly wanes over time.” Remember “You are protected?” Good times. Liberal Democrats should pay a terrible price for its vax-only strategy. Sadly, there’s no evidence they will pay any price at all, unless President Wakefield’s candidacy catches fire.
Virological characteristics of the SARS-CoV-2 omicron XBB.1.16 variant (correspondence) The Lancet. “Altogether, our data suggest that XBB.1.16 has a greater growth advantage in the human population compared with XBB.1 and XBB.1.5, whereas the ability of XBB.1.16 to exhibit profound immune evasion is similar to XBB.1 and XBB.1.5. Since the spike proteins of XBB.1.16 and XBB.1.5 exhibit similar characteristics in terms of infectivity and escape ability from humoral immunity, the increased fitness of XBB.1.16 might be attributed to the mutations in non-spike proteins.” Orgels’ First Rule: “Whenever a spontaneous process is too slow or too inefficient a protein will evolve to speed it up or make it more efficient.”
New COVID Drug Guards Against All Variants in People With Weak Immune Systems St Louis Post-Dispatch. “‘In vitro studies demonstrated that AZD3152 neutralizes all COVID-19 variants, including Arcturus, the latest variant of concern,’ Mene Pangalos, executive vice president of biopharmaceuticals at AstraZeneca, told investors on an earnings call this week. Results of the SUPERNOVA trial on the drug could be out by September, and that may lead to an emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CBS News reported.” Of course, I remember when mRNA vaccines were going to be updated, like software. Whatever happened to that? So take this with a truckload of salts.
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Long covid patients crying out for local data Medical Republic. By “local” is meant “national,” in a global context.
On South Korean President’s Yoon’s performance at the White House:
I'm still trying to find the right words to describe what a humiliating moment this was. Americans yukking up at this clip just have no idea the depth of insult many Koreans felt from this moment. https://t.co/fmyTVQJYYB
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) April 28, 2023
1. In any situation, having a person entertain you is a power move. Yoon is not a paid, professional performer, nor is this a friendly gathering where equal entertainment was exchanged. (Biden didn't sing.) In Korea, having someone sing a song is a light form of hazing.
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) April 29, 2023
The ignorance. If indeed it is ignorance. Once the CDC is demolished, the rubble plowed under, and the earth salted, we can move on to the State Department and The Blob generally.
French Want More Protests Against Pension Reform, Poll Shows Bloomberg. May Day:
FRANCE – Lyon May Day Protests.
In response to the hundreds of police drones that Macron ordered to fly, the people bought black umbrellas to cover themselves, so they can’t be identified as individuals.
Today they are one people!
— Bernie's Tweets (@BernieSpofforth) May 1, 2023
Umbrella tactics (a la Hong Kong?).
Protest and Power in France Project Syndicate
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The Wheels of the Strike. An Interview on the Truck Drivers’ Struggle between Poland and Germany Transnational Social Strike
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine denies Kremlin assault as Russia launches drone attacks FT. Terrible news, terrible:
— KyivPost (@KyivPost) May 3, 2023
The Ukrainian postal service was part of a Russian “false flag” operation!
The Counteroffensive By Anne Applebaum and Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic. Wheeling out the big guns, I see. The deck: “The future of the democratic world will be determined by whether the Ukrainian military can break a stalemate with Russia and drive the country backwards—perhaps even out of Crimea for good.” Let me know how that works out.
Mad Max in Bakhmut:
New TikTok clip from the Bakhmut front…
90% sure this was filmed by someone driving east along the T0504 highway in #Ivanivske. The burning skyline of Bakhmut on the horizion is apocalyptic. Burnt vehicles everywhere. pic.twitter.com/uqynjWd5Ub
— The Intel Crab (@IntelCrab) May 1, 2023
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More ammo for Ukraine in new $400m US aid package Straits Times
The U.S. Military Relies on One Louisiana Factory. It Blew Up. WSJ. Our factories do keep doing that.
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South of the Border
Kroger-Albertsons merger will harm grocery store worker wages Economic Policy Institute
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Biden administration under pressure to address press freedoms Axios. They could start with Snowden, who goes unmentioned in the current spate of “press freedom” discourse. For some reason.
Supreme Crooks Eschaton. “We’re learning ‘the real work’ is hardly as it has been portrayed over the years.” That goes for a lot.
Supreme Court: ‘We Wear Gold Crowns Now’ The Onion
CNN’s Trump town hall reignites debate over media coverage The Hill. True, “debate” and “dogpile” both begin with the letter d, but it shouldn’t be this easy to confuse them.
Tennessee shooting update:
This makes no sense. Dozens of Tennessee citizens sought the release of the Nashville shooter's manifesto under the public records act. All were denied.
Litigation happened because the PD wouldn't release it voluntarily. Now they're using the lawsuit as an excuse to conceal it: https://t.co/o8HmOxzNeb
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 3, 2023
I have always assumed Christianist political clout from the Covenant School was the issue, but what the Covenant School is worried about is a very, very open question.
Researchers Use A.I. to Decode Words From Brain Scans Smithsonian. “After you get done culling Legal, loop in Marketing….”
Inside the Battle Between Big Ag and Lab-Grown Meat The New Republic
Associations between illness-related absences and ventilation and indoor PM2.5 in elementary schools of the Midwestern United States Environment International. From the Abstract: “This study monitored indoor environmental data in 144 classrooms in 31 schools in the Midwestern United States for two consecutive days every fall, winter, and spring during a two-year period; 3,105 pupils attended classrooms where the measurements were conducted. All classrooms were ventilated with mechanical systems that had recirculation; there were no operable exterior windows or doors…. Present results agree with the previously demonstrated benefits of reduced absence rates when classroom ventilation is improved and provide additional evidence on the potential benefits of reducing indoor inhalable particles. Overall, reduced absence rates are expected to provide socioeconomic benefits and benefits for academic achievements, while higher ventilation rates and reduced particle levels will also contribute to reduced health risks, including those related to airborne respiratory pathogens.” Who knew?!
Groves of Academe
I hope we can leave Lord of the Flies on school library shelves:
2. First mover businesses made the most money. But then intellectual thievery ensued. Kids would steal an idea/knowledge & resell at lower price (eg, steal origami flower & reverse engineer).
3. Kids paid businesses to do their homework. (Yup, a 10yo figured to sell service)
— Covid Canada (@CovidCanada1) May 3, 2023
The whole thread is worth a read.
Realignment and Legitimacy
Imperial Collapse Warch
Chairman Milley on avoiding war with China: U.S. must strengthen military Washington Times. Milley: “It is not in the U.S. interest to see Russia and China form a strategic military alliance, and we should do what we can to make sure that that doesn’t happen.” The brain geniuses in The Blob, however, want to fight a two-front war.
Not a bad idea:
And then the workers could own the executive AIs collectively (after wiring an electromagnetic shotgun to the forehead of every one of ’em).
Generative AI at Work NBER. At the end, not mentioned in the abstract: “[O]ur findings raise questions about whether and how workers should be compensated for the data that they provide to AI systems. High-skill workers, in particular, play an important role in model development but see smaller direct benefits in terms of improving their own productivity.”
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Cord cutting, streaming losses and the ‘terrifying math’ driving the writers strike CNN. The “terrible math” is the hundreds of millions sucked out of streaming by parasitic executives, before the industry collapsed, ffs.
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Physicists See ‘Strange Matter’ Form inside Atomic Nuclei Scientific American
Antidote du jour (via):
Armadillos collect leaf litter they use to build nests in their burrows. Because of the specific armadillo's body shape, the animal opts for bunching a pile of leaves up against their abdomens and hopping backwards toward their nestpic.twitter.com/oRZkPHlB27
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) April 28, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.