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Mask Up When Dressing Deer, State Health Officials Urge Hunters Mount Pleasant-Sturtevant Patch

No verdict after daylong deliberations by Rittenhouse jury AP

JPMorgan Fights Tesla Over Warrants Bloomberg. Commentary:

Oh Great, They’re Filming Porn Inside Teslas on Autopilot Futurism. Subscription-based funding model for Elon’s Mars trip. No, don’t thank me.

Vancouver is now completely cut off from the rest of Canada by road Kelowna Now. Flooding and mudslides.

COP26/Climate

The naive fantasy of global action on climate change The Week

Vegan Helicopter Embodies Aviation’s Response to COP26 Bloomberg. Not the whole helicopter. The “trimmings” (seat coverings, etc). Purchased by “a wealthy couple.”

#COVID19

An ethical analysis of vaccinating children against COVID-19: benefits, risks, and issues of global health equity (open letter) Wellcome Open Reseach (dd). [version 1; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. From the Abstract: “[W]e argue that it is currently unclear whether routine COVID-19 vaccination of healthy children is ethically justified in most contexts, given the minimal direct benefit that COVID-19 vaccination provides to children, the potential for rare risks to outweigh these benefits and undermine vaccine confidence, and substantial evidence that COVID-19 vaccination confers adequate protection to risk groups, such as older adults, without the need to vaccinate children. We conclude that child COVID-19 vaccination in wealthy communities before adults in poor communities worldwide is ethically unacceptable and consider how policy deliberations might evolve in light of future developments.”

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Estimation of SARS-CoV-2 infection fatality rate by age and comorbidity status using antibody screening of blood donors during the COVID-19 epidemic in Denmark Journal of Infectious Diseases. n = 84,944. From the Abstract: “In this nationwide study, the [Infection Fatality Rate (IFR)] was very low among people younger than 51 years without comorbidity.” Of course, in the United States, the political economy seems almost designed to produce co-morbidities, efficiently and in great numbers.

Mortality Risk Among Patients With COVID-19 Prescribed Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants JAMA. n = 3401. From Key Points: “These findings suggest that SSRI use may reduce mortality among patients with COVID-19, although they may be subject to unaccounted confounding variables; further investigation via large, randomized clinical trials is needed.” Fluoxetine hydrochloride and fluvoxamine maleate. Interesting which repurposed drugs get respect and which don’t.

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Pfizer to allow more nations to make COVID drug, files for EUA with FDA Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Paxlovid. “Peace and love’….

Biden administration plans to buy enough of Pfizer’s anti-Covid pill to treat 10 million NBC. EUA just a formality, I suppose.

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US and UK Press Mock New Zealand’s Incredibly Successful Covid Response FAIR

Four Decades Ago the NEJM Helped Create the Opioid Crisis. Now It’s After Ivermectin. Michael Capuzzo, RESCUE. Watch out for observational studies in letters.

China?

Xi-Biden summit: US and China stress need for status quo on Taiwan South China Morning Post and Biden and Xi Pause Saber Rattling for First Face-to-Face Foreign Policy. “Summit” is the Post’s framing.

Xi-Biden agreement on nuclear talks highlights challenge of reaching a deal FT

In Biden-Xi meeting, China dangles a big carrot in front of U.S. business Fortune

Biden-Xi talk; Full text of the historical resolution Sinocism

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China’s Tough Measures Beat Daily Covid Cases Back to Single Digits Bloomberg

Selling China’s Story: How the Chinese Gov’t Privatized Facebook Propaganda ChinaTalk

China: What Was Going on in 1870?; or, Why Was the Twentieth Century Not a Chinese Century? (draft book chapter) J. Bradford DeLong. In iCloud. Better than Google Docs, I suppose…

Australian War Propaganda Keeps Getting Crazier Caitlin Johnstone

Myanmar

Myanmar says Covid-19 and internal conflict on the wane, looks to reopen borders Straits Times. Let me know how that works out.

Myanmar Coup Leader Meets Senior Officials From China, Japan and Thailand The Irrawaddy. Commentary:

Myanmar junta charges Aung San Suu Kyi with fraud during 2020 polls Channel News Asia

Vietnam bidding to power a regional battery storage revolution Globe_

‘Fourth Wave’ | The Pandemic in Vietnam Vietnam Coracle

India

Learning from the best in India’s COVID-19 fight The Hindu

Will India’s digital push in agriculture help farmers or help exploit them? Scroll.in

Syraqistan

“Hell on Earth”: Millions of Afghans Face Starvation as U.S. & West Freeze Billions in Gov’t Funds Democracy Now! (GF).

The US makes the rules, and Syria massacre was no exception Responsible Statecraft

UK/EU

Poland uses water cannons against migrants at Belarus border ABC

The Zemmour Effect LRB and Immigration in far-away France La Campagne

New Cold War

Russia Rejects Accusations Of Endangering Astronauts Aboard ISS With Weapons Test AP. There are two Russian astronauts in the ISS….

How Putin Is Pushing Back Against the West The National Interest

Biden Administration

White House sends Kigali amendment on climate-warming gases to Senate Reuters. Hydrofluorocarbons.

Supply Chain

Container Logjam Eases as L.A. Port Threatens Penalties Bloomberg and Empty Containers Pile Up at Port of Los Angeles as Ocean Liners Add ‘Sweeper’ Ships to Clear Backlog Reuters

WTO Says Goods Trade Slowing Due to Supply Issues, Cooler Demand MarineLink

L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

Top Barclays investors raise alarm over terms of Jes Staley’s exit FT. Previously on our show: “Jes Staley exchanged 1,200 emails with Epstein that included unexplained phrases.” Well, at least Staley isn’t a lizard.

Imperial Collapse Watch

Shadow Wars Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News

Class Warfare

Mapping the US Solidarity City (video) Grassroots Economic Organizing

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Kroger workers in Houston vote again to strike amid feud over pay, health care Houston Chronicle. Feud.

UC lecturers will strike Wednesday, halting instruction for thousands of students CalMatters

US school bus drivers in nationwide strikes over poor pay and Covid risk Guardian

NC School Worker Strike Wave Spreads – After Getting $15 an Hour, Pittsburgh Workers Still Walk Out – Kellogg Looks to Hire Scabs Payday Report

North Fork vineyard workers make history as first farm laborers union in the state Riverhead Local

Over 100 Activision Blizzard employees stage walkout, demand CEO step down WaPo. Oddly. not hash-tagged #MeToo.

New mineral davemaoite discovered inside a diamond from Earth’s mantle New Scientist. Named after [wait for it] Dave Mao.

Boaty McBoatface:

Antidote du jour (via):

Links 11/17/2021

Bonus antidote. The light at the end of the tunnel:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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