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Links 9/24/2021

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Breeding bees fit for Dubai’s heat CNN Are We Starting to See Why It’s Really the Exorbitant “Burden” Michael Pettis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Reserve currency status of the dollar. A must-read. The Internet’s Original Sin Galaxy Brain. On the online advertising ecosystem. Also a must-read, but grab a cup of coffee. #COVID19 Many unvaccinated people are not opposed to getting a shot. The challenge is trying to get it to them. WaPo. If the PMC would stop whinging about Bubba, and start advocating for policies that would give material help to the willing… Oh, what’s the use. Whinging means clicks. And moral preening! When Will Kids’ COVID Vaccines Be Available? Scientific America. Presumably after a public hearing and with data available, exactly the approval process

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Breeding bees fit for Dubai’s heat CNN

Are We Starting to See Why It’s Really the Exorbitant “Burden” Michael Pettis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Reserve currency status of the dollar. A must-read.

The Internet’s Original Sin Galaxy Brain. On the online advertising ecosystem. Also a must-read, but grab a cup of coffee.

#COVID19

Many unvaccinated people are not opposed to getting a shot. The challenge is trying to get it to them. WaPo. If the PMC would stop whinging about Bubba, and start advocating for policies that would give material help to the willing… Oh, what’s the use. Whinging means clicks. And moral preening!

When Will Kids’ COVID Vaccines Be Available? Scientific America. Presumably after a public hearing and with data available, exactly the approval process Pfizer’s vaccine for adults underwent, transitioning from its EUA. Oh, wait….

Retail Groups Request More Time to Implement Vaccine Mandate For Employees Footwear News. Detail on the OSHA rule.

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The removal of airborne SARS-CoV-2 and other microbial bioaerosols by air filtration on COVID-19 surge units (preprint) (PDF) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “Airborne SARS-CoV-2 was detected in the ward on all five days before activation of air/UV filtration, but on none of the five days when the air/UV filter was operational; SARS-CoV-2 was again detected on four out of five days when the filter was off. Airborne SARS-CoV-2 was infrequently detected in the ICU. Filtration significantly reduced the burden of other microbial bioaerosols in both the ward (48 pathogens detected before filtration, two after, p=0.05) and the ICU (45 pathogens detected before filtration, five after p=0.05)…. These data demonstrate the feasibility of removing SARS-CoV-2 from the air of repurposed ‘surge’ wards and suggest that air filtration devices may help reduce the risk of hospital-acquired SARSCoV-2.” Commentary:

Viral RNA and infectious influenza virus on mobile phones of influenza patients in Hong Kong and the United States (accepted manuscript) Journal of Infectious Diseases. From the Abstract: “Mobile phones are among the most highly touched personal objects. As part of a broader study on the contribution of fomites to influenza transmission, between 2017-19, we swabbed mobile phones from 138 influenza patients in two locations. Influenza viral RNA detection rates were 23% (23/99) and 36% (14/39) in Hong Kong and Maryland, respectively. In Hong Kong, infectious influenza virus was recovered from 3/23 mobile phones. Mobile phone influenza contamination was positively associated with upper-respiratory viral load and negatively associated with age. Cleaning personal objects of influenza patients should be recommended and individuals should avoid sharing objects with influenza patients.”

Same-day SARS-CoV-2 antigen test screening in an indoor mass-gathering live music event: a randomised controlled trial The Lancet. n=1140. From the Discussion: “To our knowledge, this is the first randomised clinical trial that assesses the risk of COVID-19 transmission in an indoor mass-gathering live concert done under comprehensive safety measures, including same-day SARS-CoV-2 screening with Ag-RDTs, compulsory N95 face mask wearing, and optimised air ventilation. Participants were encouraged to sing and dance in the concert hall room, and no physical distancing was recommended. None of the 465 participants became infected, compared with two of 495 in the control arm.”

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My Family Was a COVID Cluster Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker

China?

Fears grow for China Evergrande after interest deadline passes Reuters. Evergrande’s books, a thread:

Affected by the plummet of bank stocks, ten banks responded to the status quo of Evergrande loans What China Reads

Ex-head of Chinese liquor giant Moutai jailed for life for bribery Agence France Presse

Changing China: Xi Jinping’s effort to return to socialism BBC

WPX: Why China’s Demand for Pork is Driving the Global Export Economy The Pig Site

People Vs. Agribusiness Corporations: The Battle Over Global Food and Agriculture Governance The Oakland Institute

Myanmar

Assessing Tatmadaw’s intention and capabilities: What is next for the North-East insurgencies? Observer Research Foundation. From May. A clarifying regional perspective, suggesting that Tatmadaw “overstretch” makes the NUG’s call for armed resistance not quite the act of desperation it might seem.

Beijing Tells Regime It Fears Attack on Its Oil, Gas Pipelines in Myanmar The Irrawaddy. With good reason:

Myanmar’s shadow government plans US$300 million vaccination drive to cover ‘20 per cent of population’ South China Morning Post. “Shadow giovernment” implies that the Tatmadaw’s military dictatorship is the legitimate government, at least debatable.

Amid education boycotts, ethnic schools help to fill the gap Frontier Myanmar

India

AUKUS, the Quad, and India’s Strategic Pivot Foreign Policy

Australians Need To Decide If This Is The Kind Of Country We Want To Live In From Now On Caitlin Johnstone

Once Covid world-beaters, the mood in New Zealand is changing – and Jacinda Ardern knows it Guardian. The strong do what they can, and the weak suffer what they must. This applies within the Five Eyes, too.

The Koreas

As South Korea, US discuss ‘creative’ ways to engage with Pyongyang, does Moon have a shot at ending the Korean war? South China Morning Post

How Bush set stage for N. Korean nuclearization The Hankyoreh

Thai water project gives Beijing a new Belt and Road foothold Nikkei Asian Review

Sinovac’s COVID shot highly effective against serious illness- Malaysia study Reuters

UK/EU

How the natgas crisis emulates the Northern Rock crisis Izabella Kaminska, FT Alphaville (Vlade). Vlade comments:

Kaminska raises our perennial favourite – running “lean” operations which have no fat when a crisis comes, including in strategic sectors where it will hit the whole nation. Kaminska compares it to Uber in the text, but if Uber goes belly up, most people won’t give a toss. When Northern Rock went belly up, or when there’s no gas to be delivered to the households, a different story entirely.

As the Asians were “tiger economies”, we can call this “cheetah economy” (no fat, run fast, die if anything goes wrong), closely followed by “vulture and hyena” one.

Charles’s Wild ‘Cash for Access’ Scandal, Explained Jezebel

Emails emerge of ‘VIP route’ for UK Covid test contracts Guardian

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The long shadow of Merkel: Germany has a future of delay and gridlock CIty AM

New Cold War

Russian Navy Practices Striking Black Sea Targets as Ukraine, US Hold Drills Maritime Link

The Caribbean

US Envoy to Haiti Resigns, Citing Political Intervention and “Inhumane” Deportation Policy CEPR

Biden Administration

Pentagon removes top nuclear policy official from post WaPo. Hmm.

US stops using horses in border ops after outcry over Haiti migrants South China Morning Post

CIA Vienna station chief removed amid ‘Havana syndrome’ criticism -Washington Post Reuters. Looks like a microwave generator that would produce such a putative “syndrome” would have to be the size of a truck. Surely mass hysteria is the most plausible explanation, especially since moral panic attacks (RussiaGate, WMDs, witchhunts of all sorts) are so common in our mentally and morally beleaguered national security and foreign policy communities?

Health Care

If I HADN’T seen my patient in person, he’d have died… that’s why it would be a disaster to rely on remote appointments, writes DR MARTIN SCURR Daily Mail (nvl). “Disaster” for whom?

‘Health equity tourists’: How white scholars are colonizing research on health disparities STAT

Police State Watch

L.A. County sheriff’s unit accused of targeting political enemies, vocal critics LA Times. The URL is more pointed: sheriff-alex-villanueva-secret-police.

Investigative reporter Dave Biscobing breaks down the problems with MCAO and Phoenix PD Arizona Agenda

Things Your Therapist Is Legally Obligated To Report To The Police The Onion

Zeitgeist Watch

The Unbelievable Grimness of HermanCainAward, the Subreddit That Catalogs Anti-Vaxxer COVID Deaths Slate

Stop calling America’s murder crisis a ‘crime’ issue. It’s something far worse. Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer

Class Warfare

“It’s about having a democratic voice in Starbucks.” Interview with Brian Murray of SBWorkersUnited. Strike Wave

Age of Invention: The New Space Empires Anton Howes, The Age of Invention

At the ‘Human Library’, everyone is an open book Agence France Presse

Antidote du Jour (via):

Links 9/24/2021

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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