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A bleg from Yves: Readers, do any of you know whether chats on Zoom and Webex are stored, and if so, how? Locally? In the cloud? Both? And if in the cloud, how long are they retained? Yves means “know.” No speculation, please. She needs accurate input. Thank you! –lambert An Adorable Trio of Rescued River Otters Playfully Battle One Another Inside a Bucket Full of Ice Cubes Laughing Squid (Re SIlc). Normally, I don’t run imagery from zoos, but this really is cute. BBRG: 0 Million New Jersey Deli Is Representative of Nothing Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture Bernie Madoff Told the Truth About One Thing New York Magazine A Bond Tantrum Is Better Than a Lehman Moment John Authers, Bloomberg. “Lead us not into inflation.” But deliver us from interest. 2% Is The New 10% The Heisenberg Report

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A bleg from Yves: Readers, do any of you know whether chats on Zoom and Webex are stored, and if so, how? Locally? In the cloud? Both? And if in the cloud, how long are they retained? Yves means “know.” No speculation, please. She needs accurate input. Thank you! –lambert

An Adorable Trio of Rescued River Otters Playfully Battle One Another Inside a Bucket Full of Ice Cubes Laughing Squid (Re SIlc). Normally, I don’t run imagery from zoos, but this really is cute.

BBRG: $100 Million New Jersey Deli Is Representative of Nothing Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture

Bernie Madoff Told the Truth About One Thing New York Magazine

A Bond Tantrum Is Better Than a Lehman Moment John Authers, Bloomberg. “Lead us not into inflation.” But deliver us from interest.

2% Is The New 10% The Heisenberg Report

The Corruption Behind America’s Highway System, Explained Jalopnik

Carbon emissions are soaring at historic rate as the world reopens The Hill

Cities Are Our Best Hope for Surviving Climate Change Bloomberg. If we’ve euthanized the rentiers?

#COVID19

Vaccines are working: the charts that show the Covid endgame FT

Continuing COVID-19 Vaccination of Front-Line Workers in British Columbia with the AstraZeneca Vaccine: Benefits in the Face of Increased Risk for Prothrombotic Thrombocytopenia (preprint) medRxiv (IM). Conclusions: “The benefits of immediately continuing immunization of front-line workers with the AstraZeneca vaccine far outweigh the risk both at a societal level and at an individual risk level for those over 40, and those over 30 in high-risk areas.” IM writes: “Executive summary: the disease is way worse than the cure. Robert Smith would agree, ha-ha!”

Cerebral venous thrombosis: a retrospective cohort study of 513,284 confirmed COVID-19 cases and a comparison with 489,871 people receiving a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine (PDF) Center for Open Science. From the Discussion: “In summary, COVID-19 is associated with a markedly increased incidence of CVT compared to the general population, patients with influenza, and people who have received BNT162b2 [Pfizer] or mRNA-1273 [Moderna] vaccines. The risk with COVID-19 also appears greater than with ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 [AstraZenaca], although as noted this conclusion is tentative. The rarity of CVT in all populations means that larger sample sizes are required to confirm the results, and complementary study designs are needed to aid interpretation. Nevertheless, the current data highlight the risk of serious thrombotic events in COVID-19, and can help contextualize and inform debate about the risk-benefit ratio for current COVID-19 vaccines.” With those qualifications, this handy chart:

Links 4/21/2021

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Is It Time to Eliminate Outdoor Mask Mandates? NEJM Watch

Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Mom Eschaton

‘A very good weird’: Israel drops outdoor COVID mask order Reuters

Australia must act to prevent airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (preprint) Medical Journal of Australia. The Abstract sums up the science and the politics: “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, is believed by many to be transmitted via respiratory droplets and fomites, with occasional airborne transmission observed in the setting of aerosol generating procedures. However, research shows viable SARS-CoV-2 can be detected in the air in the absence of such procedures, at distances greater than those specified in physical distancing guidelines. Additionally, numerous outbreaks have occurred which can only be explained by airborne transmission. There is an urgent need to update Australia’s infection prevention and control guidelines to reflect the airborne transmission routes.”

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A leading conspiracy theorist who thought COVID-19 was a hoax died from the virus after hosting illegal house parties Insider

China?

China confirms Xi Jinping will attend Biden’s Earth Day climate summit South China Morning Post

‘Nothing about the Mekong is normal now’: Anger along Southeast Asia’s great river as water levels become unpredictable Channel News Asia

Ally with Vietnam Noah Smith, Noahpinion. No. IMNSHO: Let Southeast Asia play both ends against the middle. They’re good at it, and it’s what they prefer.

Duterte “Not Interested” in Confronting China on Fishing Rights Maritime Executive

Myanmar

Myanmar’s Civil War Has Already Begun The Diplomat. Hmm:

Source: Prayut won’t join Asean summit on Myanmar Bangkok Post

Myanmar Coup Weakens Southeast Asia Security and Cooperation United States Institute for Peace

Keeping the troops in line:

Housewives rally:

India

Preparing India for Extreme Climate Events: Mapping Hotspots and Response Mechanisms People’s Archive of Rural India

In photos: the grim aftermath of Cape Town’s fire GroundUp. Aerial image:

‘The damage is total’: fire rips through historic South African library and plant collection Nature

Syraqistan

Number of US troops in Afghanistan could increase to help with drawdown efforts Stars and Stripes

British coast is facing an invasion of SHARKS as a result of reduced marine traffic in lockdown – with multiple sightings of both basking and porbeagle species in recent weeks Daily Mail

UK/EU

Labour disclosure ‘shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn,’ activists say Middle East Eye

Three social housing high rises added to government ACM figures, nearly four years on from Grenfell Inside Housing

The European System of Monopoly The Counterbalance

Europe Has Finally Turned a Corner on Covid-19 Vaccinations Bloomberg

COVID-19 tracker: J&J resumes vaccine rollout in Europe; AstraZeneca’s delayed COVAX supply resolved, UNICEF says Fierce Pharma

Brazil on the brink NYT (Re Silc). Scroll down.

Biden Administration

EXCLUSIVE Fed Chair Powell says won’t allow ‘substantial’ overshoot of inflation target – April 8 letter to U.S. senator Reuters

White House formally backs bill to grant DC statehood The Hill

AP sources: Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030 AP

J&J and other drugmakers go on trial over US opioid crisis Agence France Presse

“We love immigrants but only if we can weaponize them against our enemies — especially Russia and China!” Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon

George Floyd

George Floyd Trial Verdict: Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on All Counts Teen Vogue

Police State Watch

As Frustrations Toward Chicago Police Mount, Another Attempt At Reform Stalls At City Hall: ‘We’re Out Of Runway’ Block Club Chicago

What Police Impunity Looks Like: “There Was No Discipline as No Wrongdoing Was Found” Pro Publica

“Do What You Gotta Do”: Cop Shows Bolster Idea That Police Violence Works Truthout. From 2014, still germane.

Depressed Police Officer Reminds Self That Chauvin Verdict Not Representative Of System At Large The Onion

Imperial Collapse Watch

New Zealand says ‘uncomfortable’ with expanding Five Eyes Reuters

George W. Bush said he’s troubled by ‘the capacity of people to spread all kind of untruth’ Insider. Chutzpah. There are many accounts of Bush’s WMD propaganda campaign, but Sam Gardiner’s (PDF) “Truth from these Podia” is contemporaneous and the one I remember.

These are the faces of extremism in the military Task and Purpose

Sports Desk

Super League collapses after the 6 English clubs withdraw AP

Absolute Scenes As Rowdy British Lads Have Tossed The Super League Into The Rubbish Bin Defector

Humans solve problems by adding complexity, even when it’s against our best interests WaPo. If this were true for all “humans,” then workers would never become more productive at their tasks over time. Perhaps it is true for WaPo’s readership, however. Or perhaps WaPo has redefined “human.” In any case, if this article signals that the PMC, in its indirect, credential-worshiping, hive mind-ish way, is bringing itself to recognize that, say, complex eligibility requirements leave “our democracy” worse off than simply writing people checks, then I am here for it.

Class Warfare

Tens of thousands of meatpacking workers have been vaccinated, but the industry’s Covid-19 crisis continues The Counter. Funny thing, there are some people for whom the pandemic isn’t over at all.

How Customer Service Surveys Are Eroding Workers’ Rights Jacobin

For all their fine words, CEOs aren’t sharing the pain FT

Just 12 megadonors accounted for 7.5% of political giving over past decade, says report ABC

“Generous” Billionaires Are Part of the Problem Jacobin

Harassers and bullies succeed in tech because silence is encouraged The Registers

Childhood Hunger and Adult Crime: The Impact of the Food Stamp Program Causal Inference

Good deed (1). OK, OK, it’s from the political class. Nevertheless, good for Mondale:

Good deed (2):

Antidote du jour (via):

Links 4/21/2021

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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