Astounding Diversity of Giant Viruses Discovered in Massachusetts Forest The Messenger. But do they have opposable thumbs?
Birth, Death, and Wealth Creation Morgan Stanley. Power curve: “Professor Hendrik Bessembinder, studying results from 1926-2022, documented that nearly 60 percent of the stocks of U.S. public companies failed to earn returns in excess of Treasury bills and that only 2 percent created more than 90 percent of the aggregate wealth.”
The role of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing post COVID-19 thromboembolic and cardiovascular complications: a multinational cohort study (preprint) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “Results from this multinational cohort study showed that COVID-19 vaccination reduced risk for acute and subacute COVID-19 heart failure, as well as venous and arterial thromboembolic events following SARS-CoV-2 infection.” On the methodology: “We used four routinely-collected population-based healthcare datasets from three European 140 countries: the UK, Spain, and Estonia.” Perhaps readers will weigh in.
You can’t measure what you don’t manage:
The Correct Way To Measure A Public Health Crisis Is Not By Counting Numbers Of People Being Disabled By A Virus, But By Counting How Many People Went To The Cinema Today. pic.twitter.com/jwfmL0bH5e
— The Vertlartnic (@TheVertlartnic) July 24, 2023
Ten questions concerning indoor ultrafine particles Building and Environment
Henry Kissinger Meets Li Shangfu Stephen Roach, Bill Totten’s Weblog
Why was Wang Yi brought back as China’s foreign minister after Qin Gang’s abrupt exit? South China Morning Post
* * *China’s Gen Z graduates pushed into cleaning jobs as it’s ‘better than staying home’ Channel News Asia * * *‘Mayhem’: China warned by US, France on air safety during COVID Al Jazeera. The headline is deceptive. “Mayhem” = more ground crew time, hence lost profit.
Myanmar’s military reportedly plans to move Aung San Suu Kyi to house arrest Channel News Asia. The NGOs love her brand. So, a human bargaining chip.
Why some S. Korean children refuse to ditch masks The Korea Herald
What Israel’s judicial overhaul means for Palestinians Vox. A land-grab. Who knew?
Why Biden Is in a Bind on Israel Foreign Policy
South of the Border
Mexico requests reopening of lawsuit against US gun manufacturers Mexico News Daily
Province directs Alberta Health to investigate Calgary clinic charging membership fees CBC. John Conly’s province directly assaulting Canadian Medicare.
In Spain, the left’s resistance thwarts a PP-Vox majority and leaves all possibilities open El Pais. Four days ago. Still, quite the headline.
Exit Rutte New Left Review. The Netherlands.
Dear Old Blighty
Natwest CEO resigns over ‘serious error’ in Farage row Al Jazeera. The error was not closing Farage’s account, but talking about it.
Surge in ill health will have major impact on NHS BBC. I wonder why. And so does the BBC. ‘Tis a mystery!
New Not-So-Cold War
Military briefing: Ukraine switches to artillery power for eastern push FT. No more meat in the locker?
Russia will not be able to implement blockade of Black Sea – ISW Ukrainska Pravda
* * *Russian President Putin to visit Türkiye for talks with Erdoğan Daily Sabah
Russian cybersecurity chief jailed for 14 years for treason Al Jazeera. “A top cybersecurity executive.”
* * *Six Extensively Drug-Resistant Bacteria in an Injured Soldier, Ukraine Emerging Infectious Diseases, CDC
The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan. Stalin Did. Foreign Policy. From 2013, still germane.
Whistleblower tells Congress the US is concealing ‘multi-decade’ program that captures UFOs AP. Show me the ships or it didn’t happen.
Feral Hog Watch
Can AI Replace Humans? We Went to the Fast-Food Drive-Through to Find Out WSJ. Not, say, the executive suite. Odd.
A Flood of New Workers Has Made the Fed’s Job Less Painful. Can It Persist? NYT. Rather like the Ukrainian meat-grinder….
The First Room-Temperature Ambient-Pressure Superconductor (preprint) arXiv. Commentary:
Is this what they claim it is?
Well, if it is then we should know *soon* because the process they describe should be swiftly reproducible in better equipped labs. To me it seems there is a 75% chance the claims will evaporate upon attempted reproduction. If not: boy what a find!
— Frank Witte ☀️🇪🇺 Придет свобода (@Alarcos) July 26, 2023
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.