Readers, I apologize for being slightly prolix. Thinking I had gathered too little, I overcompensated by gathering too much. –lambert
Russia’s CBDC – Exploring the Truth of Russia’s Central Bank Simplicius the Thinker
What Earnings Recession? The Big Picture
New video from Front Street shows virtually all of downtown Lahaina has been burned down. pic.twitter.com/i4ViDhz8K7
— Colin McCarthy (@US_Stormwatch) August 9, 2023
COVID cases up 55% in New York, doctors warn of new variants NY Post. More fearmongering from a liberal house organ. Oh, wait….
‘Underwhelming’: NIH trials fail to test meaningful long Covid treatments — after 2.5 years and $1 billion STAT (MV). The budget: “Observational study of patient cohort, NYU Langone (47%).” Utter debacle. Kudos to STAT for publishing the story.
Vaccine hesitancy behind most decisions to not get COVID-19 vaccines Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Vistagen Announces Positive Top-Line Results from Phase 3 PALISADE-2 Trial of Fasedienol (PH94B) Nasal Spray in Social Anxiety Disorder (press release) Vistagen. S-o-o-o-o…. A nasal spray for anxiety is further along in the pipeline than a nasal spray for a Level 3 Biohazard? Joe, Jeff, Ashish, Rochelle, Mandy, good job. I’m sure Fasedienol will do very well!
The Post-Pandemic r* Liberty Street Economics. Not R0, r* [joke ha ha].
Towards a post-pandemic future for global pathogen genome sequencing PLOS Biology. “Ultimately, pathogen genomic surveillance was implemented at an unprecedented scale in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, as of May 9, 2023, 15,532,821 SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences had been submitted to the GISAID database.” Yes, and the institutional foundation for all these efforts is extremely fragile, as we show here.
Zombie Economy New Left Review. “A typical overaccumulation crisis.” Interesting!
Mining Revenues Undermined Challenging Development+
South Koreans are Happier than They Think: Data The Blue Roof
The Lucky Country
Aboriginal geoglyphs years in the making sprout across Western Australia ABC Australia (Barry).
Africa After Prigozhin Is an Opportunity for the West Foreign Policy
European Gas Jumps Most Since March 2022 on LNG Strike Vote Bloomberg. “Prices soared as much as 40% intraday.” Woo hoo!
New Not-So-Cold War
South of the Border
US Moves to Curtail China’s Economic Investment in the Caribbean Black Agenda Report
Anti-corruption presidential candidate slain at campaign event in Ecuador’s capital Associated Press. Fernando Villavicencio.
Young people’s anger fuels far-right populist as Argentina’s election nears OpenDemocracy. Commentary:
Javier Milei, the Argentine anarcho-capitalist, closed his campaign for president with this event.
He filled a stadium and people are singing: 'Let them all go! Not a single one left!!!! Ohhhh let them all go!!!, not a single one left!!!' referring to the political… pic.twitter.com/oKcSITSRsb
— Dylan Allman (@DylanMAllman) August 8, 2023
As Docket Shrinks, Supreme Court Lawyers Embrace Circuit Court Work National Law Journal
How fraudsters are exploiting and retraining large language models American Banker. Nobody could have predicted….
The New Prophets of Empathy The Baffler
Sea-Intelligence reports sustained halt to demand collapse Container News
Maersk’s integrator of the seas strategy tested by return to normality SeaTrade Maritime
Shipowners look to avoid Panama Canal as wait times reach 21 days Hellenic Shipping News
Reading Kafka in the Hospital Cafeteria NEJM. Worth clearing your cookies for.
We need a billing code for this:
Just when you think our predatory for-profit ‘healthcare’ system cannot get any worse a Louisville hospital is caught dumping sick elderly patients on the sidewalk & leaving them. FULL STORY: https://t.co/LWp5ArmR8q pic.twitter.com/5bkvlU83na
— Ryan Knight ☭🕊 (@ProudSocialist) August 3, 2023
Premier League is letting Manchester United and Man City fans down Manchester Evening News
Work Rate and Control – Ireland’s drive for World Cup glory The Analysis Guy. Rugby.
Short Seller Hindenburg Nabs Tiny Gains Off $173 Billion Carnage Bloomberg. The deck: “Nate Anderson has wiped out as much as $99 billion from three billionaires’ wealth this year.” That’s a damn shame.
Meat processor ordered to pay fines after teen lost hand in grinder Associated Press. Guess how much.
Maybe You’re Not Working Class … From the Forests of Arduinna
Diversifying Society’s Leaders? The Causal Effects of Admission to Highly Selective Private Colleges NBER. From the Abstract: “We conclude that highly selective private colleges currently amplify the persistence of privilege across generations, but could diversify the socioeconomic backgrounds of America’s leaders by changing their admissions practices.” Indeed!
Age of Invention: Cash Cows Anton Howes, Age of Invention
Were the First Laws Sung? (Part 2 of 2) Honest Broker. Could there be such a song-book today?
Robbie Robertson, driving force behind roots-rock icons the Band, dies at 80 LA Times. Commentary:
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.