“Someone always knows”:
Well, this is unusual.
On June 5th, someone opened new $COIN $50 weekly puts for $107,000. They were 19% OTM & expired in four days!!!
On June 6th, the SEC sued Coinbase, $COIN.
Those positions were up 2572%.
They turned $100K to millions.
Someone always knows. pic.twitter.com/NRtZOqSRZt
— unusual_whales (@unusual_whales) June 7, 2023
The Big Smoke:
Canadian wildfire smoke moves into Northeast U.S. Wildfire Today. Indeed:
This is absolutely wild. I have been a pilot and aircraft owner for thirty five years and I have never seen anything like this
This is an aviation "sectional" map. Each green/blue/red/pink dot is an airport reporting weather
Green is the "best" weather. Pink is the "worst." pic.twitter.com/NilzetnrjG
— Gregory Travis. Make schools #DavosSafe (@greg_travis) June 7, 2023
Wildfire smoke makes New York air quality worst in the world FT. Looks like a Beijing sandstorm:
The GW bridge today between Manhattan and New Jersey. Hard to wrap your head around this.pic.twitter.com/Pk5gtgPGog
— Stop Cop City (@JoshuaPHilll) June 7, 2023
Ah well, nevertheless:
— Sapna Maheshwari (@sapna) June 7, 2023
Hochul: 1 million N95 masks to be available to New Yorkers Thursday NY1. Not “Baggy Blues”? And we had them all along?
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A long thread on how to protect yourself:
1/n Because public health is so incompetent here are my thoughts if you're at home surrounded by wildfire smoke.
A. If you have the wherewithal – prepare your home for vacation & leave until its safe to come back. Arrange to meet your home owners insurance requirements.
— Robert Bean #COVIDisAirborne (@healthyheating) June 6, 2023
Especially “J. Stay hydrated!”
A Public Power victory in New York State MR Online
An Uncertain Energy Transition a Century Ago JSTOR Daily
Coronaviruses Use ACE2 Monomers as Entry-Receptors Angewandte Chemie International Edition. From the Abstract: “[O]ur data demonstrate that a single S protein interaction per virus particle with a monomeric ACE2 receptor is sufficient for infection, which provides SARS-CoV-2 a high infectivity.”
SARS-CoV-2 infection and viral fusogens cause neuronal and glial fusion that compromises neuronal activity Science. From the Abstract: “e show that SARS-CoV-2 infection induces fusion between neurons and between neurons and glia in mouse and human brain organoids…. We demonstrate that neuronal fusion is a progressive event, leads to the formation of multicellular syncytia, and causes the spread of large molecules and organelles. Last, using Ca2+ imaging, we show that fusion severely compromises neuronal activity. These results provide mechanistic insights into how SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses affect the nervous system, alter its function, and cause neuropathology.” Well, that’s awful!
Predictive power of wastewater for nowcasting infectious disease transmission: a retrospective case study of five sewershed areas in Louisville, Kentucky medRxiv. From the Interpretation: “These findings show that wastewater data may be valuable for infectious disease nowcasting when clinical surveillance data are absent, such as early in a pandemic or in low-resource settings where systematic collection of epidemiologic data is difficult.” “Low resource” settings like the entire United States!
Why more needs to be done to reduce COVID-19 transmission in health and aged care settings Croakey. Australia. “‘In Canberra Hospital ICU there are people dressed in full PPE, negative pressure rooms and pretty extreme measures to contain the two people there with COVID to ensure it’s not spreading. But outside of the ICU masks were optional. This makes no sense – either it’s safe to be around COVID or it’s not,’ Wallace said.” It makes sense to Hospital Infection Control. They are controlling for droplets in the ICU. To them, Covid is not airborne, and so does not spread through the entire facility.”
Beijing voices support for Taiwan’s pro-unification forces in latest exchange South China Morning Post
Dear Old Blighty
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine Situation Report: Offensive Going Better Than Expected, U.S. Says The Drive. So sayeth spook asset David Ignatius.
First Leg of AFU’s Offensive Has Begun Simplicius the Thinker(s)
At The Bleeding Edge Of Ukraine’s Counteroffensive, The Ukrainian Marine Corps Switches Up Its Tactics Forbes. Putting armored personnel carrier lipstick on the tankless pig.
Wagner chief makes prediction if Putin’s army loses territory to Ukraine CNN. Useless. Russia has form: They will trade space for Russian casualties. They may well “lose” territory. But the meatgrinder will still grind away, chewing up public relations as it goes.
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In pictures: The collapse of Ukraine’s Nova Kakhovka dam BBC. After an old lady in a boat, a young woman holding a cat.
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FBI helps Ukraine censor Twitter users and obtain their info, including journalists Aaron Maté. Well worth a read.
Lie, Cheat, and Steal: The CIA’s Disastrous Scientific Legacy Science for the People
Prosecutors ready to ask for Trump indictment on obstruction and Espionage Act charges The Independent. Some may find it comforting to know that Assange was indicted under the same Act (hat tip, President Wilson, progressive icon).
South of the Border
First Impressions of Vision Pro and VisionOS Daring Fireball
Tools for Enslavement The American Conservative
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Instagram Connects Vast Pedophile Network WSJ. As vast as Epstein’s black book?
How a Chatbot Went Rogue WSJ. “‘We can’t yet trust AI to offer sound mental-health advice,’ said [Ellen Fitzsimmons-Craft, an associate professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine].”
Why a showdown over Jared Polis’ big health insurance reform program fizzled — and what it means Colorado Sun. Democrats will die in the last ditch defending insurance companies, who this time around are sabotaging a state-level “public option.” Nobody could have predicted….
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Giving It All Up For The Davos Elite Pandemic Enclave. As I have often said: “‘Democidal’ elites is a parsimonious explanation.” Though “democidal” never took, nor has “eugenicist.” Perhaps “Depopulating.”
The economic consequences of major tax cuts for the rich (PDF) LSE Research Online. From 2020, still germane. The Abstract: “This paper uses data from 18 OECD countries over the last five decades to estimate the causal effect of major tax cuts for the rich on income inequality, economic growth, and unemployment. First, we use a new encompassing measure of taxes on the rich to identify instances of major reduction in tax progressivity. Then, we look at the causal effect of these episodes on economic outcomes by applying a nonparametric generalization of the difference-in-differences indicator that implements Mahalanobis matching in panel data analysis. We find that major reforms reducings taxes on the rich lead to higher income inequality as measured by the top 1% share of pre-tax national income. The effect remains stable in the medium term. In contrast, such reforms do not have any significant effect on economic growth and unemployment.”
For an Inch of Blue Sea Verso
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