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Border Collies Run Like the Wind to Bring New Life to Chilean Forest TreeHugger Equids engineer desert water availability Science. Donkeys digging wells! Residents Furious at Release of 500 Million Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes Futurism (Re Silc). A Practical Plan For A Zero-Emission Marine Ecosystem Hellenic Shipping News #COVID19 The U.S. Has the Power to Tamp Down Coronavirus Variants — If We’re Willing to Use It Politico. From March, still germane. How To Vaccinate The World, Part 1 Law and Political Economy Pressure Mounts to Lift Patent Protections on Coronavirus Vaccines NYT. Note lack of agency. Forget about humanity, geopolitics alone screams to do this. West Wing: “Marshall Plan? Marshall who?” Fauci warns against discarding trade rules on Covid vaccines FT. Chop wood, carry water. For

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Border Collies Run Like the Wind to Bring New Life to Chilean Forest TreeHugger

Equids engineer desert water availability Science. Donkeys digging wells!

Residents Furious at Release of 500 Million Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes Futurism (Re Silc).

A Practical Plan For A Zero-Emission Marine Ecosystem Hellenic Shipping News

#COVID19

The U.S. Has the Power to Tamp Down Coronavirus Variants — If We’re Willing to Use It Politico. From March, still germane.

How To Vaccinate The World, Part 1 Law and Political Economy

Pressure Mounts to Lift Patent Protections on Coronavirus Vaccines NYT. Note lack of agency. Forget about humanity, geopolitics alone screams to do this. West Wing: “Marshall Plan? Marshall who?”

Fauci warns against discarding trade rules on Covid vaccines FT. Chop wood, carry water. For Big Pharma.

Pharma-Backed Democrats Decline To Support COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver HuffPo. Ditto.

Rapid development and deployment of high‐volume vaccines for pandemic response Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and Processing. Hmm:

Based on our techno‐economic assessment, the RNA vaccine production process can be two to three orders of magnitude smaller than conventional vaccine production processes in terms of facility scale, and can be constructed in less than half the time with 1/20 to 1/35 of the upfront capital investment, as shown in Figure 1B. It therefore presents a strong advantage of requiring small‐scale, high‐capacity facilities, which can be constructed more rapidly and could make wide use of single‐use disposable equipment. Due to its small scale, the RNA vaccine drug substance production process could be placed in a small part of an existing conventional vaccine facility, for example in a room, and still produce more doses worth of drug substance than the entire original conventional vaccine production facility. To rapidly establish such an RNA vaccine drug substance production line, off‐the‐shelf single‐use equipment can be used to build the entire process. Once such a process is established and validated based on readily available single‐use equipment, the technology can be transferred to other facilities for scaling out purposes, thereby reducing process and quality control design and development timelines and streamlining validation and start‐up activities.

Not at the scale of 3D printing, however, as I read it.

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“India” variant (B.1.617) out-competes other up-and-coming variants in the UK. Thread:

Note that the chart excludes the currently dominant variant, B.1.1.7 (“Kent”).

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FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week AP. Ages 12 to 15.

CVS and Walgreens Have Wasted More Vaccine Doses Than Most States Combined KHN

Anxiety seems to be the culprit in J&J vaccine fainting spells Vox

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As Schools Spend Millions on Air Purifiers, Experts Warn of Overblown Claims and Harm to Children KHN. “Academic experts are encouraging schools to pump in more fresh air and use tried-and-true filters, like HEPA, to capture the virus. Yet every ion- or hydroxyl-blasting air purifier sale strengthens a firm’s next pitch: The device is doing a great job in the neighboring town.”

Vaccine Skepticism Was Viewed as a Knowledge Problem. It’s Actually About Gut Beliefs. NYT. We’re reading this now?

Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the prepandemic period in Italy Tumori (Expat2uruguay). From the Abstract: “This study shows an unexpected very early circulation of SARS-CoV-2 among asymptomatic individuals in Italy several months before the first patient was identified, and clarifies the onset and spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Finding SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in asymptomatic people before the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy may reshape the history of pandemic.”

China?

China Sends Salvage Vessels to Recover Wrecked Indonesian Sub Maritime Executive

Antony Blinken and Wang Yi to meet again as China hosts UN peace event South China Morning Post

China Is a Paper Dragon David Frum, The Atlantic

Chinese banks accused of funding deforestation around world FT

Number of unhappy wives in China more than doubled since 2012 South China Morning Post

‘What about my boss?’ helpers question jab mandate RTHK

Playing the Blame Game on Trade IndustryWeek (fk).

Five Eyes: Is the alliance in trouble over China? BBC

Notes from central Taiwan: Taiwan: Island of bosses Taipei Times

Myanmar

Amid Killing of Protesters, Myanmar Coup Leader Opens High-End Military-Run Hospital The Irrawaddy

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COVID-19 Returns Again Vietnam Weekly. “This isn’t exactly surprising, as the government had been putting out increasingly stark warnings amid the ongoing outbreaks in Cambodia and Laos, as well as the emergence of new variants from India’s horrifying surge. (Over 1,000 Vietnamese citizens have been repatriated on government flights from India in recent weeks.)”

Cambodia’s COVID lockdown puts delivery drivers on the front line Nikkei Asian Review

India

Dr Nair, India, Summary (video) Dr. John Campbell, YouTube. 3:10, stroke; 3:56, diabetes; 11:26, Ivermectin discussion (and doxycycline). Well worth a listen.

COVID-19 in India: Leaders are accountable for near-collapse of the State, apocalypse must matter First Post

Syraqistan

Arab Spring: 10 Years On Valdai Discussion Club (Micael T).

Learning From Kyrgyzstan’s Local Elections The Diplomat

UK/EU

Builders who use Grenfell cladding give Tories £2.5m Times of London

How The US Taught Judge Moro To “Take Down” Lula Brasilwire. And then came Bolsonaro. Speaking of deforestation…

Biden Administration

Biden bans most travel to U.S. from India to limit COVID-19 spread Reuters. Good, but not good enough. “Permanent U.S. residents and family members and some other non-U.S. citizens, such as students, are exempted.” They should be quarantined. Oh well.

Biden admin taps Rich Cordray, former CFPB chief, to oversee federal student loans Politico

U.S. approves massive solar project in California desert Reuters

Supreme Court’s Ethics Problems Are Bigger Than Coney Barrett Bloomberg (David L).

Well, well:

The Urgency and Popularity of Transforming America’s Unemployment Insurance System (PDF) Data for Progress

Intelligence Community

Find somebody who looks at you the way liberals look at the CIA:

Police State Watch

86% of alerts from city’s gunshot detection system led to ‘dead-end deployments,’ researchers find Chicago Sun-Times

Politics of fear: Are youth really to blame for the carjacking spike? Chicago Reader

San Diego Held Back Materials Sought by Congress on Facial Recognition Voice of San Diego (dk). And by “held back,” we mean this: “In her lawsuit, [Tiffany Vinson, an employee in the city’s Office of Homeland Security,] portrays a culture within the city that routinely violated the California Public Records Act, one of the main instruments of transparency available to regular people and the powerful alike — in this case, congressional investigators.” San Diego has had a mix of Republican and Democrat mayors. Still, one wonders what Republican talk radio makes of this, since the current mayor is a Democrat.

Health Care

MDMA-Assisted Therapy Offers a Win for PTSD Remission MedPage Today

Groves of Academe

The strange case of the ‘$100m deli’ and the universities that own a slice FT (Sub-Boreal).

Bill and Melinda Gates to Divorce After 27 Years of Marriage Hollywood Reporter. Commentary:

All these elite breakups. Who’s next? Buffett and Munger?

Class Warfare

One in two people globally lost income due to the pandemic – Gallup Reuters. Bread riots, here we come….

How companies rip off poor employees — and get away with it AP

Call it ‘enforcement fatigue’: Restaurant workers are tired of fighting unruly customers Boston Globe. If we cared as much about mask discipline as we did about broken tail-lights and speed limits, “essential workers” — remember them? — wouldn;t be doing the enforcement. The police would.

Amazon’s New Algorithm Will Set Workers’ Schedules According to Muscle Use Vice (UserFriendly).

Manchester United fans invade stadium in protest against owners Al Jazeera. Now do capitalism.

How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously The New Yorker. Erase the records and forget the whole thing….

Antidote du Jour (via):

Links 5/4/2021

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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