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Who’s Killing the Grizzlies of Fremont County? WaPo How the Pandemic Changed the Terms of Investment John Authers, Bloomberg Bitcoin’s weekend tumble hints at Wall Street traders’ growing sway FT Climate USA TODAY investigation reveals a stunning shift in the way rain falls in America USA Today. Important. Beings Seen and Unseen (interview) Amitav Ghosh, Emergence Magazine We Can’t Have Our Climate Cake And Eat It Too Indi.ca Creating a Better Leaf Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker #COVID19 Tshwane District Omicron Variant Patient Profile – Early Features South African Medical Research Council. From Gauteng. Probable Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant in Quarantine Hotel, Hong Kong, China, November 2021 (research letter) CDC, Emerging Infectious Diseases. From the body: The only

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Nick Corbishley writes Opposition Rises to NHS Vaccine Mandate, As Justifications for Mandate Run Out of Logic

Yves Smith writes UN Report: The World’s Farms Stretched to ‘A Breaking Point’

Who’s Killing the Grizzlies of Fremont County? WaPo

How the Pandemic Changed the Terms of Investment John Authers, Bloomberg

Bitcoin’s weekend tumble hints at Wall Street traders’ growing sway FT

Climate

USA TODAY investigation reveals a stunning shift in the way rain falls in America USA Today. Important.

Beings Seen and Unseen (interview) Amitav Ghosh, Emergence Magazine

We Can’t Have Our Climate Cake And Eat It Too Indi.ca

Creating a Better Leaf Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker

#COVID19

Tshwane District Omicron Variant Patient Profile – Early Features South African Medical Research Council. From Gauteng.

Probable Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Variant in Quarantine Hotel, Hong Kong, China, November 2021 (research letter) CDC, Emerging Infectious Diseases. From the body:

The only time the 2 quarantined persons opened their respective doors was to collect of food that was placed immediately outside each room door. The only other time they might have opened their doors would be for RT-PCRs, which were conducted in 3-day intervals. However, because these 2 case-patients arrived 1 day apart, it is unlikely that they would be tested on the same day. Airborne transmission across the corridor is the most probable mode of transmission.

CDC’s goons managed to keep “airborne” out of the headline, and out of the abstract, but couldn’t suppress it in the text. And still we have Walensky recommending handwashing. And saying nothing about ventilation. Nothing about ventilation in Biden’s speech on his “Winter Plan,” either.

New data shows GSK-Vir drug works against all Omicron mutations Reuters. Sotrovimab. In vitro. Nothing peer-reviewed.

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The press noticed the oncoming testing debacle in Biden’s “Winter Plan”:

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Data point on requiring test results from international travelers to the United States, from an alert reader:

My friend/former coworker that is an immunology professor in [South America] arrived this morning. She flew into Miami yesterday, and said no one is asking for passengers’ test results or anything, they are just letting everyone in off the international flights with no questions.

Will Grigory Potemkin please pick up the nearest white courtesy telephone?

COVID-19 Hit This County Hard. A Weakened Health Department Still Can’t Get People Vaccinated. Pro Publica

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WTO faces renewed scrutiny amid omicron threat The Hill. Summing it all up (dk):

Trade secrets remain the sticking point in global debate over a vaccine IP waiver Osborne Clarke. Intellectual property lawyers.

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New York City Announces First-In-The-Nation Vaccine Mandate For Private Companies CBS New York

The Discourse™ Still Isn’t Talking About Long COVID Mike the Mad Biologist

China?

China property stocks rise as Beijing tries to ease Evergrande turmoil FT

China defends zero-Covid strategy, says speed vital to stopping spread South China Morning Post.

China ‘adjusts’ approach to coal after recent power crisis Hellenic Shipping News

Myanmar

Resistance fighters strengthen hold over Myaung Township in Sagaing Myanmar Now. Pop. 100,000, central Myanmar.

Myanmar foreign minister visits Cambodia after Suu Kyi sentencing Reuters. The press really shouldn’t be using judicial terms to describe the proceedings of a kangaroo court.

Syraqistan

U.S. Hope for Iran Nuclear Talks Now Rests on China, Russia Wall Street Journal

Is the glass half-full or half-empty? That is the question with contradictory US human rights policies towards Saudi Arabia and Iran The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer

UK/EU

Britain helped create the refugees it now wants to keep out Middle East Eye

Fighting breaks out as French far-right candidate Zemmour launches 2022 bid with rally France24

Far-right divisions on display after parties fail to agree on EU-wide political group Euronews

EU plan to tackle ‘coercion’ against member states faces resistance FT

Weapons trade booms as profits hit record $531bn in 2020 Al Jazeera (dk).

Russia, India abandon US dollar in mutual settlements Al Mayadeen

New Cold War

Biden Sees ‘Long Discussion’ With Putin Over Ukraine Border Bloomberg (December 3) and Kremlin expecting Putin-Biden talks to be substantive, long Interfax (December 6).

Zelenskiy Holds Call With Blinken Ahead Of Biden-Putin Call Radio Liberty. “Moscow has demanded written guarantees that Ukraine will not be allowed to join NATO, calling such a scenario a ‘red line.'” Only natural, since the United States is not agreement-capable.

Biden Administration

Biden is approving more oil and gas drilling permits on public lands than Trump, analysis finds WaPo

White House announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns NBC

After Roe, The Coming Fight to End All Abortions Everywhere Verdict

Supply Chain

Toyota embracing small flaws as supply chain pressures bite Channel News Asia

RussiaGate

Ping!! How Those Trump/Russia Stories Got Shopped to the Media The Nation

Trump

California Rep. Devin Nunes leaving Congress to head Trump social media group LA Times

Who Just Gave Trump $1 Billion? Let’s Find Out. Bloomberg (Furzy Mouse).

Trump’s blood oxygen levels fell ‘dangerously low’ after he contracted COVID – despite telling the world he was fine, Mark Meadows reveals in new book Daily Mail

L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein wired $30.7M to alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell over a period of eight years, jury in sex trafficking trial hears Daily Mail

Health Care

It’s time to open up health care’s secret analytics STAT

Taking Viagra cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 69 percent NY Post. Isn’t Pfizer making enough money already?

Guillotine Watch

The Super-Rich Are Forming a New Exclusive Club Bloomberg. I dunno. $100 million net income for membership seems low. I hope they’re not letting any trash in.

Class Warfare

The First Privilege Walk Nonsite.org. From November, still germane. Holy moley, we got Patient Zero….

Where is Standard of Living the Highest? Local Prices and the Geography of Consumption Rebecca Diamond and Enrico Moretti, NBER. From the Abstract: “We uncover vast geographical differences in material standard of living for a given income level. Low-income residents in the most affordable commuting zone enjoy a level of consumption that is 74% higher than that of low-income residents in the most expensive commuting zone.”

The Teamster Election Tempest

Gone to the Dogs over the Holidays: Notes from the Adjunct Underground, Part III Academe Blog

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Links 12/7/2021

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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