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Links 9/23/2021

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New genomic analysis sorts out when Polynesians reached which islands ars technica (Kevin W) Coral Reef Protection in Exchange for Debt Relief: Could it Really Work? Credit Slips Ghost forests creep up U.S. East Coast NBC Boris Johnson: Time for humanity to grow up on climate change BBC Metals supercharge a promising method to bury harmful carbon dioxide under the sea University of Texas at Austin (Chuck L) Baby Poop Is Loaded With Microplastics Wired ‘We Need Software Updates Forever’ SpectrumIEEE This Microchip With Wings Is The Smallest Flying Structure Humans Have Ever Built ScienceAlert (David L) New optical ‘transistor’ speeds up computation up to 1,000 times, at lowest switching energy possible Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Chuck L) Mathematicians discover music

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New genomic analysis sorts out when Polynesians reached which islands ars technica (Kevin W)

Coral Reef Protection in Exchange for Debt Relief: Could it Really Work? Credit Slips

Ghost forests creep up U.S. East Coast NBC

Boris Johnson: Time for humanity to grow up on climate change BBC

Metals supercharge a promising method to bury harmful carbon dioxide under the sea University of Texas at Austin (Chuck L)

Baby Poop Is Loaded With Microplastics Wired

‘We Need Software Updates Forever’ SpectrumIEEE

This Microchip With Wings Is The Smallest Flying Structure Humans Have Ever Built ScienceAlert (David L)

New optical ‘transistor’ speeds up computation up to 1,000 times, at lowest switching energy possible Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Chuck L)

Mathematicians discover music really can be infectious – like a virus Guardian (David L)

Infectious diseases go hand in hand with authoritarian attitudes ZMEScience

Is ‘the worst cold ever’ going around? BBC. Yours truly has a mild sniffle nearly all winter, which I tell myself helps me ward off worse infections (this really does seem to be true). I am sniffling a bit ahead of schedule.

People who eat more dairy fat have lower risk of heart disease, study suggests CNN (furzy). n=1, but my 93 year old mother thinks butter is a food group and has a “perfect” EKG. And she has correctly declared herself to be the original couch potato, so it’s not as if her heart benefited from years of strenuous activity.

#COVID-19

Science/Medicine

Covid: Immune therapy from llamas shows promise BBC. Bob H: “I haven’t read this ariticle, I just like the pictures.”

Echoes Through Time: The Historical Origins of the Droplet Dogma and its Role in the Misidentification of Airborne Respiratory Infection Transmission SSRN

Infectious SARS-CoV-2 in Exhaled Aerosols and Efficacy of Masks During Early Mild Infection Oxford. Layperson key finding: COVID-19 is evolving to become more airborne, says recent study Jerusalem Post

Study Shows That Up To 8 In 10 Women Had A Miscarriage After Getting The Covid Vaccine Before The Third Trimester Evie. This is a right-leaning and lunatic-adjacent site with a Teen Vogue veneer. Magazine startups generally and right wing ones especially are often thinly staffed, and I think that is the case here. It has a professional look but does not go beyond the generic in the way that Teen Vogue or The Strategist do. Hence thin links, and also the willingness to take work from writers who will work for little or nothing, which includes writers with other sources of income, like mom and dad OR right-wing think tanks. With that big caveat, on a quick pass, I think they have the math right…The key point is they are correct to exclude getting vaccines in the third trimester from the computation of miscarriages. A miscarriage = spontaneous abortion when fetus not yet viable. Viability in the US is considered to be at 24 weeks, as in just before the third trimester.

Why India Still Has A 12-16 Week Gap Between Covishield Doses IndiaSpend (J-LS)

A new Chinese rejoinder in the origin blame game: COVID-19 highly likely circulated in U.S. in Sept. 2019: study CGTN

UK/Europe

Covid cases among England’s schoolchildren hit record peak Financial Times

Australia

Australian police fire rubber bullets to clear demonstration at Melbourne’s war memorial as third day of rallies by anti-vaxxers turns violent Daily Mail (J-LS)

US

FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot for older and high-risk Americans The Hill

President Biden Announces Donation of Another 500 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Overseas C-SPAN (Kevin C)

Finance/Economy

Only half of the people who lost jobs during COVID are going back to work Business Insider

Rep. Bush, Sen. Warren introduce bill to reinstate federal eviction moratorium CNBC

United Airlines employees sue company over its ‘draconian’ COVID vaccine mandate Fox (Li)

China?

Eurasia takes shape: How the SCO just flipped the world order The Saker (Kevin W, Chuck L)

Evergrande deadline sends chills through $400bn Asian debt market Financial Times

Evergrande Group meets crucial debt deadline but another looms CNN (furzy)

AUKUS

Boris Johnson tells Macron: Donnez-moi un break over new pact BBC (Kevin W)

Looks like Macron has extracted his payoff. From the Politico daily European newsletter:

MACRON AND BIDEN VOW TO MAKE AMENDS: In a remarkable conciliatory statement after his call with French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday expressed regret over an Indo-Pacific security pact that enraged Paris.

How Biden says sorry 1: “The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefitted from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners. President Biden conveyed his ongoing commitment in that regard,” said the readout of the call released by the White House and the Elysée.

How Biden says sorry 2: Biden’s most concrete concession to France was a promise to reinforce America’s “support to counter-terrorism operations in the Sahel conducted by European states.” Macron has long been calling for the international community — especially other EU countries and the U.S. — to step up their support to France’s mission in Mali.

Saying it in person: The White House also announced plans for Biden and Macron to meet in Europe at the end of October. In addition, the French Ambassador to the United States Philippe Étienne will return to his post in Washington next week, after being recalled last Friday amid the diplomatic row.

Europe doesn’t need a ‘Mega-Fab’ Bruegel. Readers? My default is that supply chain issues are making clear that being more of an autarky, at the cost of getting the best price, is worth the tradeoff. But the lead times here are not trivial.

Brexit

Brexit caused huge drop in Great Britain to Ireland exports in 2021 Guardian (PlutoniumKun)

Country Britain dumped the EU for not interested Daily Mash

By crushing party democracy, Labour may sign its own death warrant openDemocracy

Biden

Images of Border Patrol’s Treatment of Haitian Migrants Prompt Outrage New York Times

Many migrants staying in US even as expulsion flights rise Associated Press

Guantánamo Bay: Biden administration to reopen migrant detention camp near prison Guardian

Number of Immigrants Detained by ICE Has Increased 70 Percent Under Biden Truthout

TikTok Users Watch Nancy Pelosi For Stock Trade Tips From Congress Disclosures NPR (TF)

Clinics in states neighboring Texas are seeing drastic increases in patients seeking an abortion Business Insider

Florida Proposal Would Ban Most Abortions, Mimicking Texas Bloomberg

California-Grown Cannabis To Be Judged At Next State Fair CBS Sacramento. Resilc: “4H: High, hazy, happy, hammered.”

Our Famously Free Press

Russiagate, More Like Watergate Matt Taibbi

Number of Environmental Advocates Killed in 2020 Hits New Record Undark :-(

What one city’s struggle to ban natural gas says about the challenge of electrifying buildings Grist

US crude at 24 month low, gasoline at 22 month low, total supplies at 42 month low Angry Bear

A record number of cargo ships are stuck outside LA. What’s happening? Guardian (David L)

Apple memo from Tim Cook denouncing leakers gets leaked RT (Kevin W)

Wagging the Bitcoin Dog Counterpoint. Yours truly was not cynical enough: “Living up to its deserved reputation as a tool associated with criminality, the Salvadoran move to Bitcoin is very much political theater.”

NASA’s top official says Blue Origin lawsuit could delay human return to moon Business Insider

The Fed is evaluating whether to launch a digital currency and in what form, Powell says CNBC (J-LS)

So BofA thinks their customers only rent their deposits?

Reclaiming Central Banks Ann Pettifor, Project Syndicate (Colonel Smithers)

Class Warfare

The Sacrificial King Charles Eisenstein (furzy)

The Global Housing Market Is Broken, and It’s Dividing Entire Countries Bloomberg. I was going to write this up….a very good, in depth account.

California governor signs legislation to protect warehouse workers Reuters

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