2:00PM Water Cooler 1/3/2022

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By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Patient readers, I must extend my holiday breather by one day in order to finish a post. I will be nack in full force tomorrow. –lambert

Bird Song of the Day

Two swans, not a’swimming… They’re not kidding about that “trumpeter” part. The pair sound like a parade of football fans after a victory!

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Here are a couple Covid charts. Case count by United States regions:

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Looks like a three-day weekend reporting problem, to me. (Worth noting the case count is probably an undercount. All home tests don’t get counted, and not everybody can go get a test.)

NOT UPDATED Here are the CDC’s rapid riser counties as of 12/29/2021:

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Oy. California and Texas, suddenly not looking good at all. (I’m not adding the blue dots so as not to conceal the spread of red, but those Blue Cities aren’t looking any better either.)

NOT UPDATED Previous (12/28/2021):

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Here, thanks to the sharp eyes of alert reader ChrisFromGeorgia, I have helpfully dotted the major cities that are also rapid riser counties — in blue (plus Denver and Nashville). Looks like those Blue Cities have some sort of Enemy Within thing going on…. (Chicago isn’t red, but pink, so no dot.)

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Not a flex in Bezos’s class, but still:

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Contact information for plants: Readers, feel free to contact me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, to (a) find out how to send me a check if you are allergic to PayPal and (b) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary plants! If you want your handle to appear as a credit, please place it at the start of your mail in parentheses: (thus). Otherwise, I will anonymize by using your initials. See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. Today’s plant (JD):

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JD writes: “Longtime lurker here. I took this at a lovely place called Mt. Misery, west of Boston, a few years ago while walking my dog. The photo is actually of a small pond reflecting October in all its glory.” Mt. Misery is about the most New England name I’ve ever heard. Still, what a gorgeous photo!

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