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Happy Bastille Day! Giant goldfish problem in US lake prompts warning to pet owners BBC Fintech and the digital transformation of financial services: implications for market structure and public policy (PDF) Bank of International Settlements On the decline since Panama Papers, Malta punished for dirty money reputation ICIJ Got an Old Power Plant Lying Around? Crypto Miners Are Buying Them Up Curbed Okapi Resources lands ‘transformational’ US uranium deal The West Australian #COVID19 Reprogrammed CRISPR-Cas13b suppresses SARS-CoV-2 replication and circumvents its mutational escape through mismatch tolerance Nature. The Abstract concludes: “[T]he recent dramatic appearance of variants of concern of SARS-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) highlights the need for innovative approaches that

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Happy Bastille Day!

Giant goldfish problem in US lake prompts warning to pet owners BBC

Fintech and the digital transformation of financial services: implications for market structure and public policy (PDF) Bank of International Settlements

On the decline since Panama Papers, Malta punished for dirty money reputation ICIJ

Got an Old Power Plant Lying Around? Crypto Miners Are Buying Them Up Curbed

Okapi Resources lands ‘transformational’ US uranium deal The West Australian

#COVID19

Reprogrammed CRISPR-Cas13b suppresses SARS-CoV-2 replication and circumvents its mutational escape through mismatch tolerance Nature. The Abstract concludes: “[T]he recent dramatic appearance of variants of concern of SARS-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) highlights the need for innovative approaches that simultaneously suppress viral replication and circumvent viral escape from host immunity and antiviral therapeutics…. The specificity, efficiency and rapid deployment properties of reprogrammed Cas13b described here provide a molecular blueprint for antiviral drug development to suppress and prevent a wide range of SARS-CoV-2 mutants, and is readily adaptable to other emerging pathogenic viruses.” Good to finally see some focus on treatment. And CRISPR as a platform, hmm…

Coronavirus Today: Where are the COVID-19 treatments? Los Angeles Times. Waiting for the emergency use authorizations to expire, I would imagine.

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Transmission event of SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant reveals multiple vaccine breakthrough infections (preprint) medRxiv (Furzy Mouse). From the Introduction: “Here we describe a transmission of a Delta variant containing SARS-CoV-2 strain, between family members associated with events surrounding a wedding with 92 attendees, near Houston, Texas. Attendance required guests be fully vaccinated and took place outdoors in a large, open-air tent. To date, 6 individuals have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, all patients were symptomatic, one patient severely enough to receive monoclonal antibody infusion treatment (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.) and one patient has died. Encounter timings and viral sequence similarities suggest the strain containing the Delta variant was transmitted to wedding guests from two patients travelling from India [and how the hell did that happen?]. With no history of vaccine failure in these patients, our observations suggest these are true cases of vaccine breakthrough, mediated by the Delta variant.” Outdoors, too. As with the “fleeting encounters” in Australia, masking at the event is not described.

CDC says roughly 4,100 people have been hospitalized or died with Covid breakthrough infections after vaccination CNBC

Infection and Vaccine-Induced Neutralizing-Antibody Responses to the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617 Variants (letter) New England Journal of Medicine. Delta. Final sentence: “[P]rotective immunity conferred by the mRNA vaccines is most likely retained against the B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2 variants.”

Sinovac-produced antibodies ‘halve every 40 days’ Bangkok Post (Furzy Mouse). n=500. Study from Thammasat University’s faculty of medicine and the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. I haven’t been able to find the paper online. So much for China’s vaccine diplomacy.

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Strategies to minimize SARS-CoV-2 transmission in classroom settings: Combined impacts of ventilation and mask effective filtration efficiency (accepted manuscript) Science and Technology for the Built Environment (DG). Includes interesting material on the Badger Seal DIY mask fitter. “Overall, the results indicate that use of mask fitters can significantly improve the observed [Effective Filtration Efficiency (EFE)].” Just in time for Delta? (“Badger,” because developed at the University of Wisconsin.)

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‘Long COVID’: More than a quarter of COVID-19 patients still symptomatic after 6 months Science Daily (PG).

Tennessee fires top vaccine official as COVID-19 shows signs of new spread Tennessean

China?

China’s Slowing V-Shaped Economic Recovery Sends Global Warning Bloomberg

Global investors’ exposure to Chinese assets surges to $800bn FT

Exclusive | Xi-Biden summit moves closer as senior US diplomat visits China next week South China Morning Post

Blinken calls out China in meeting with ASEAN bloc ministers -spokesman Reuters

The Chinese Communist Party at 100: Back to the future? Responsible Statecraft

China Deals Another Blow to Its Crypto Miners Bloomberg. It’s an ill coin…

Chinese athletes complain about lax virus measures at Olympics hotel Agence France Presse

Myanmar

Despite ceasefire, volunteers risk their lives to help over 100,000 fleeing conflict Frontier Myanmar. Meanwhile:

Syraqistan

Iran-China to sign 25-year cooperation pact: Tehran Arab News

Report from the looting frontline: I am the closest I have ever been to losing hope Daily Maverick. South Africa.

South Africa’s Biggest Refinery Shuts Down Due to Unrest Bloomberg. There seems to be rather a lot of unrest about, suddenly.

UK/EU

Compulsory Smiling London Review of Books

New Cold War

US and Russia pledge to ‘move together’ against climate change FT

The Caribbean

Mayor of Miami on Bombing Cuba: ‘That Option Is One That Has To Be Explored’ Mediaite (Re Silc). Not inaccurate:

SOS Cuba Demonstrators Blocked Palmetto Expressway Traffic For Hours 4CBS

Homeland Security chief says U.S. will not give refuge to those fleeing Cuba and Haiti by boat CBS

What’s happening in Haiti? Open Democracy

U.S. Intervention in Haiti Would Be a Disaster—Again Foreign Policy

Several tied to Haiti assassination plot were previously US law enforcement informants CNN

Venezuela announces terrorism charges against Guaido ally after highway arrest Reuters

US border closure has caused big losses on one side, some gains on the other Mexico News Daily

Biden Administration

Senate Democrats reach $3.5 trillion deal for Biden’s ‘human infrastructure’ agenda, Medicare expansion USA Today. We’ll need to check with President Manchin on the pay-fors.

Joe Biden styles himself as a 21st century ‘trust buster’ FT

‘A Real Disquiet’: FTC Staff Attorneys Are Job Hunting Law.com. Addition by subtraction.

DOD IG Omitted Evidence Of Alleged Corruption in Jedi Program, Documents Show The Intercept

G.O.P. Lawmakers Question Amazon’s Connections on Pentagon Contract NYT

GOP senators fight to preserve Biden’s war powers amid tensions with Iran Politico

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

‘Potentially a death sentence’: White House goes off on vaccine fearmongers Politico. They buried the lead. Seven paragraphs down:

Biden allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee, are also planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages.

When I saw the talk radio headline “DNC Wants Phone Companies To Monitor Your Texts For Vaccine Misinformation” I thought that was right-wing fever swamp stuff. Now I find out it’s worse than even they thought; DNC doesn’t merely want the phone companies to “monitor”; DNC wants to be directly involved in the monitoring process (“work with”). Sadly for the putative goal of the program, DNC, besides being corrupt, is incompetent, so presumably this Stasi-like effort will do little other than enrich whichever contractors the DNC has wired up. So there’s that. I wonder what technology they will use:

Imperial Collapse Watch

Harmony House Resort (photo essay) Abandoned America

Class Warfare

Labor Department Announces Plans To Stop Counting Jobs And Just Enjoy Economy The Onion

In Favor of Bad Takes The Scholar’s Stage

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