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Happy Federal Holiday! –lambert ‘Extreme Numbers’ Of Large Invasive Spiders In Georgia May Be A Good Thing HuffPo A taxonomy of sustainable finance taxonomies (PDF) Bank of International Settlements. Page 22: “The primary purpose of taxonomies is to provide a clear signal to investors.” Starvation Diet Doomberg #COVID19 Another Winter of COVID The New Yorker. Nobody understands anything but vax, vax, vax. A truly splendid example of the systematic erasure of aerosol transmission (and, at a higher level, layered strategies of prevention, including masking). Why in the name of all that is holy do these ultra-smart people think that transmission rates differ indoors and outdoors? Concluding: “We all walked into this pandemic together. But we’ll leave it at different speeds, and at different

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Happy Federal Holiday! –lambert

‘Extreme Numbers’ Of Large Invasive Spiders In Georgia May Be A Good Thing HuffPo

A taxonomy of sustainable finance taxonomies (PDF) Bank of International Settlements. Page 22: “The primary purpose of taxonomies is to provide a clear signal to investors.”

Starvation Diet Doomberg

#COVID19

Another Winter of COVID The New Yorker. Nobody understands anything but vax, vax, vax. A truly splendid example of the systematic erasure of aerosol transmission (and, at a higher level, layered strategies of prevention, including masking). Why in the name of all that is holy do these ultra-smart people think that transmission rates differ indoors and outdoors? Concluding: “We all walked into this pandemic together. But we’ll leave it at different speeds, and at different times.” Yes, we will, but no, we all very didn’t. Handy map:

Links 10/11/2021

The Hot New Back-to-School Accessory? An Air Quality Monitor. NYT. This is what parents have to do to protect their children from the negligence — or worse — of the CDC and the Biden Administration. Of course, you need to be able to afford the monitor, and you need to have the clout to get the school administration to listen to your findings.

Why Aren’t We Even Talking About Easing COVID Restrictions? Ross Barkan, The Atlantic. The deck: “Yes, it’s too soon to lift restrictions. But it’s odd that there are no clear benchmarks for getting there.” Or not.

A COVID Serenity Prayer The Atlantic. The softest sell on “Let ‘er rip” I’ve ever seen.

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COVID-19 transmission dynamics underlying epidemic waves in Kenya Science. From the Abstract: “Three COVID-19 epidemic waves have been observed in Kenya. Using a mechanistic mathematical model, we explain the first two distinct waves by differences in contact rates in high and low social-economic groups, and the third wave by the introduction of higher-transmissibility variants. Reopening schools led to a minor increase in transmission between the second and third waves. Socio-economic and urban/rural population structure are critical determinants of viral transmission in Kenya.”

Symptoms and Health Outcomes Among Survivors of COVID-19 Infection 1 Year After Discharge From Hospitals in Wuhan, China JAMA. Findings: “In this cohort study of 2433 patients who had been hospitalized with COVID-19, the most common symptoms at 1 year after discharge were fatigue, sweating, chest tightness, anxiety, and myalgia. Patients with severe disease had more postinfection symptoms and higher chronic obstructive pulmonary disease assessment test scores.”

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Vaccination-related employee departures at 25 hospitals, health systems Becker’s Hospital Review. An aggregation of anecdotes. The numbers on a percentage basis are not large. But what happens at the margin in a system with no slack?

Lateral flow tests: Health chiefs probe ‘high number’ of positive rapid Covid tests followed by negative PCRs iiNews

An end to isolation: can Asia-Pacific live with coronavirus? FT. Dudes, the headline. Via:

Links 10/11/2021

Fog in Channel. Continent Isolated.”

China?

Chinese Builders Scramble for Ways to Avoid Bond Defaults Bloomberg

China’s coal futures hit record high as floods worsen energy crisis FT

Is there a dark side to China’s high-speed rail network? South China Morning Post

“Squid Game” has exploded globally, and the market value of the company behind it has soared by 120 billion! Why are Koreans the first to win the global audience? What China Reads

Myanmar

Unnamed Myanmar photographer wins Bayeux war reporting prize France24. See here.

European Parliament Throws Support Behind Myanmar’s Shadow Government The Irrawaddy

Covid-19: 2,909 new cases in Singapore; sharp rise in infections in migrant worker dormitories Today Online. From last week, still germane.

India

India made unreasonable demands, China says after border talks fail South China Morning Post

Syraqistan

U.S. says Taliban talks in Doha were ‘candid and professional’ Reuters

Iraq’s elderly vote, the young boycott France24

UK/EU

Forget Russian intentions, fundamentals drove up Europe’s gas price Hellenic Shipping News

Six takeaways from the Czech Republic’s historic election EuroNews

EC head ‘deeply concerned’ by Polish constitutional court ruling The First News

We Finally Know How 43 Students on a Bus Vanished Into Thin Air Daily Beast

Biden Administration

US to resume enforcement of unlawful bird deaths by industry AP. Good!

Yellen confident U.S. Congress will pass minimum global corporate tax Reuters

Student loans: Education Department launches office of enforcement to ‘vigorously’ increase oversight Yahoo Finance

1 Billion TikTok Users Understand What Congress Doesn’t The Atlantic. If teens are your worry, Facebook is not the problem. Periodically, I run this video:

“My Mom’s on Facebook.”

Pity, Power, and Presence The Convivial Society

Heads Must Roll The Ad Contrarian. Facebook and the advertising industry.

Intelligence Community

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So the journamilists pushing this story are in fact helping intelligence community operatives defraud the government with false claims, all things work together for good, good job.

Democrats en Deshabille

Left warns of “double threat” Axios. Another consulting shop lays out its wares by the side of the road. Why is this ritual even a thing?

Our Famously Free Press

A Profession That Selects For Sociopaths Eschaton

Chinese ‘Disinformation’ and US Propaganda FAIR

“‘Government without newspapers.'” Patrick Lawrence, The Scrum

The Science Of Propaganda Is Still Being Developed And Advanced Caitlin Johnstone

Trump Legacy

Steven Mnuchin Stepped In To Prevent Ivanka Trump World Bank Appointment The Intercept

Sports Desk

Bag-Headed Sports Fans Who Love Awful Teams Bleacher Report

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Tesla ordered to pay $137M over racism in rare verdict NNY360. That’s a damn shame.

Man who helped ignite George Floyd riots identified as white supremacist: Police ABC

Southwest Airlines’ Widespread Cancellations Disrupt Weekend Travel NYT. For more on this story, and the extraordinary possibility of an “emergent strike,” see NC here.

Class Warfare

In a Surprise, John Deere Workers Get to See Contract Before Voting On It Labor Notes. Thumbs down from some:

Fifth Day Of Do-Or-Die IATSE Contract Talks Wrap; Will Resume Monday Deadline but IATSE leadership prepares betrayal of entertainment industry workers WSWS

Hayao Miyazaki, Union Man Animation Obsessive

D.C. Suspends Clearing Of NoMa Encampments After Unhoused Person Hit By Bulldozer Driver DCist

The Cross of Gold – populism, democratic iterations and the politics of money Adam Tooze, Chartboook

A global fight looms over Kratom, a possible opioid alternative Politico

Being alone with your thoughts is a skill you can practise Aeon

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