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Links 9/26/2021

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The unlikely protector against Bangladesh’s rising seas BBC Competitive Compatibility: Let’s Fix the Internet, Not the Tech Giants Cory Doctorow, Communications of the ACM. “But as with all technological questions, the relevant question is not merely ‘What does this technology do?’ It is ‘Who does this technology do it to and who does it do it for?'” “Who, whom?“, the eternal question. America’s Overprotection Epidemic Will Have Consequences Zaid Jilani, Inquire US and China climate commitments raise hopes ahead of COP26 summit FT #COVID ASHRAE Publishes Updated Ventilation Standard for Health Care Facilities Engineering News Record. From ASHRAE “guidance” (PDF): Virus Most Commonly Spread Through Droplets – Contact Exposures Aerosolized Virus Is a Limited but Possible Vector of

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The unlikely protector against Bangladesh’s rising seas BBC

Competitive Compatibility: Let’s Fix the Internet, Not the Tech Giants Cory Doctorow, Communications of the ACM. “But as with all technological questions, the relevant question is not merely ‘What does this technology do?’ It is ‘Who does this technology do it to and who does it do it for?'” “Who, whom?“, the eternal question.

America’s Overprotection Epidemic Will Have Consequences Zaid Jilani, Inquire

US and China climate commitments raise hopes ahead of COP26 summit FT

#COVID

ASHRAE Publishes Updated Ventilation Standard for Health Care Facilities Engineering News Record. From ASHRAE “guidance” (PDF):

  • Virus Most Commonly Spread Through Droplets – Contact Exposures
  • Aerosolized Virus Is a Limited but Possible Vector of Transmission*
  • Recognize That Virus May Be Aerosolized During Toilet Flush

Wrong on the science, though fecal plumes are real. (Amazingly, the “*” cites to a 2020 preprint from NEJM, and not, at the very least, to the final NEJM version. Shoddy!) I hate to be cynical about this, but translation: Your budgets are safe.

Scientists warring over how COVID-19 is transmitted: droplets/touch vs aerosols. Interview with Dr. Jose-Luis Jimenez, aerosol scientist, University of Colorado;

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COVID vaccines for younger kids could be the secret to ending the U.S. pandemic Yahoo News

COVID-19 vaccine boosters could mean billions for drugmakers AP

Federal appeals court blocks NYC teacher vaccine mandate The Hill (the original class action lawsuit).

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SARS-CoV-2 Testing Prior to International Airline Travel, December 2020-May 2021 (preprint) (PDF) Mayo Clinic Proceedings. From the Abstract: “Among 9,853 passengers with a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR performed within 72 hours of departure from December 2020 through May 2021, five (0.05%) passengers with active SARS-CoV-2 infection were identified with rapid antigen tests and confirmed with rapid molecular test performed before and after an international flight from the United States to Italy. This translates to a case detection rate of one per 1970 travelers during a time of high prevalence of active infection in the United States. A negative molecular test for SARS-CoV-2 within 72 hours of international airline departure results in a low probability of active infection identified on antigen testing during commercial airline flight.” The United States attracted 80 million international visitors in 2019. 80,000,000 * 0.05% = 40,000. Granted, that’s in the Before Times, but since we’re aiming for endemic status rather than eradication….

Association Between K–12 School Mask Policies and School-Associated COVID-19 Outbreaks — Maricopa and Pima Counties, Arizona, July–August 2021 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC. “After adjusting for potential described confounders, the odds of a school-associated COVID-19 outbreak in schools without a mask requirement were 3.5 times higher than those in schools with an early mask requirement.”

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Why Mandates Make Us Feel Threatened Harvard Business Review

When public health becomes the public enemy High Country News

China?

China Is a Declining Power—and That’s the Problem Foreign Policy. Perhaps. But China knows us all too well (PD):

Chinese military plans for Taiwan hampered by second island chain but China, US unlikely to have military conflict, Chinese think tank says South China Morning Post

SPEECH: China and Africa, W. E. B. Du Bois, 1959 Black Agenda Report. Still germane.

Chinese Fable Stories With Morals Thought.co (ctlieee).

Can We Harness Himalayan Hydropower? Yes, But It’s Risky Interesting Engineering

AUKUS

How AUKUS may damage NATO Asia Times

India

Kashmir’s Dal Lake choking with ‘huge amount of sewage’ and weeds Al Jazeera

UK/EU

My Secret Brexit Diary by Michel Barnier review – a British roasting Guardian

Starmer wins Labour backing for diluted leadership vote changes FT

After the Union Verfassungsblog. The structure of German political parties (different from US and UK).

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns Reuters

The Caribbean

Thousands More Haitians Are Heading to the US-Mexico Border Vice (GF).

Photographer behind controversial photos speaks exclusively to KTSM KTSM (Furzy Mouse).

Haiti Asks for International Help to Investigate Moise’s Killing Bloomberg

Biden Administration

As Dems race forward, Manchin pumps brakes: ‘There is no timeline’ Politico. Meanwhile, “Progressive” pledges fealty to paygo:

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Democrats missing big picture on taxes FT. “Failure to reform inheritance will leave Gatsby-level inequality intact.” That’s not a bug….

Kamala Harris’s Appearance on The View Goes All Wrong Jezebel. Note the material on Haiti (Harris’s problem, one would think, immigration having been put on her desk).

Biden’s chaotic messaging on Covid-19 boosters is pitting the White House against the government’s scientific advisers STAT. Advisers. Not Philosopher Kings.

Pentagon Budget Got 3.7x More in Defense Industry Cash ReadSludge

Police State Watch

Among Those Who Marched Into the Capitol on Jan. 6: An F.B.I. Informant NYT. Well, I’ll be! [slaps forehead] The discrepancy between the FBI’s effective infiltration of the Whitmer kidnapping case (12 informants (!!)) and the bungling depicted here is odd (see Buzzfeed here, two paragraphs starting “But the similarities went only so far”). If I were not the trusting soul that I am, I’d suspect this story was a “modified limited hangout.” (One reporter, Adam Goldman, “was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for national reporting on Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.” So.)

Assets and Liabilities The New Yorker. On Whitey Bulger.

Our Famously Free Press

These four words are helping spread vaccine misinformation CNN. “Do your own research.” Perhaps instead of imposing censorship, we could — hear me out — focus on increasing critical thinking skills?

Sports Desk

The NBA’s Anti-Vaxxers Are Trying to Push Around the League—And It’s Working Rolling Stone

How the Premier League Helped the Super-Rich Take Over Football Tribune

Imperial Collapse Watch

Lions led by donkeys:

Or other than lions, I suppose.

Guillotine Watch

New York City’s ‘Billionaires’ Row’ residents say their 96-floor building sways, floods, and traps families in elevators, according to new lawsuit Business Insider. Wait ’til they experience the spaceships to Mars!

Mark Zuckerberg’s “Metaverse” Is a Dystopian Nightmare Jacobin (Furzy Mouse).

‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ Review: Denzel Washington Commands in Joel Coen’s Visually Transporting Shakespeare Movie Variety

Class Warfare

‘If Your House Is On Fire You Run’: Workers Strike for Safety At Understaffed Mental Health Center Labor Notes

Carpenters union pauses picketing in Seattle after wildcat strikes, dispute with Kshama Sawant Seattle Times

If Hollywood Workers Strike, the Entertainment Industry Will Grind to a Halt Jacobin

Why Do We Think That Inflation Expectations Matter for Inflation? (And Should We?) (PDF) Jeremy B. Rudd, Finance and Economics Discussion Series Divisions of Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Chauncey Gardiner). See footnote 2.

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The Good Luck of Your Bad Luck: Marcus Aurelius on the Stoic Strategy for Weathering Life’s Waves and Turning Suffering into Strength Brain Pickings

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