Links 11/11/2022

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‘Spectacular’ and bizarre ocean creatures (like stilt-walking fish) found living near deep-sea volcanoes LiveScience

Thought To Be Extinct for 80 Years – Scientists Rediscover a Unique Insect SciTech Daily

The Importance of Whiskers to an Animal Laughing Squid. Original paper from Mammal Review.

Climate

Strong words:

Plight of dissidents such as Alaa Abdel Fattah overshadows COP27 FT. Good job.

Sea levels might rise much faster than thought, data from Greenland suggest Space

COP27: Fossil fuel carbon emissions to hit all-time high Deutsche Welle

Drewry urges shippers to start planning for decarbonisation in shipping, warns of up to $14 billion in extra costs Hellenic Shipping News

COP 27 leaders urged to kick-start restoration of soil ecosystems Forest News

#COVID19

Totally committed to the bit:

Vax-only!

U.S. set to face third Covid winter, this time without key tools and treatments STAT

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How to Hide a Plague (video) Justin Feldmand, Institute for Bioethics & Health Humanities. This lecture:

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Viable SARS-CoV-2 detected in the air of hospital rooms of COVID-19 patients with early infection International Journal of Infectious Diseases. From the Abstract: “These results suggest that the detection of viable SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV-2 RNA in air samples is also associated with a multitude of factors other than patient’s viral load. These include patient’s behaviors such as coughing, sneezing, talking, and mask wearing, and environmental circumstances.” This is a very big deal. I recall (too lazy to find the link) that one of the earliest studies to show the likelihood of aerosol transmission showed SARS-CoV-2 RNA on a hospital windowsill. But this is not RNA; it’s live virus. CDC hospital infection control guidance is already demonstrably miserably inadequate, since it takes no account of the fact that #CovidIsAirborne, but this study should be the fire bell in the night for CDC to wake up and fix them. If they care about patients’ lives, of course — an open question.

Acute and postacute sequelae associated with SARS-CoV-2 reinfection Nature. From the Discussion: “In this study of 5,819,264 people, including 443,588 people with a first infection, 40,947 people who had reinfection and 5,334,729 noninfected controls, we showed that…. [c]ompared to noninfected controls, assessment of the cumulative risks of repeat infection showed that the risk and burden of all-cause mortality and the prespecified health outcomes increased in a graded fashion according to the number of infections (that is, risks were lowest in people with one infection, increased in people with two infections and were highest in people with three or more infections).” Ulp.

Universal Masking in School Works. New Data Shows How Well Time. Round-up on the NEJM study linked to yesterday.

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Meissa posts early clinical data on nasal COVID-19 vaccine, providing support for role in breaking transmission chains Fierce Pharma. MV-014-212. n = 49. From Abstract of earlier Meissa study on non-human primates: “Intranasally delivered, live attenuated vaccines such as MV-014-212 entail low-cost manufacturing suitable for global deployment.”

The End of Evusheld The Atlantic

China?

China shortens COVID quarantine times, eases flight curbs Reuters Commentary:

I’m open to the possibility that China knows something about fomites that we don’t, or that fomite transmission is more likely under Chinese conditions. That said, ignoring airborne transmission entirely…. is hardly a strategy of layered protection.”

Hong Kong gives arrivals freer rein to move around in latest relaxation of Covid travel curbs South China Morning Post. So awesome:

Magnet Maker Arrested for Sending DOD Drawings to China Manufacturing.net

Myanmar

As the ASEAN Summit 2022 begins, analysts say regional leaders must do more to solve the Myanmar crisis Globe_

The Myanmar military’s deadliest airstrikes Myanmar Now

The Koreas

US to buy S Korea artillery shells for Ukraine, adds $400m in aid Al Jazeera. Stripping the Asian cupboard bare for Ukraine, go Atlanticists!

New Not-So-Cold War

Ukraine Moves Forward in South, With Little Resistance From Russia NYT. It’s quiet. Too quiet. More than fog-of-war quiet. Where is the enormous Blob-induced liberalgasm at a Russian withdrawal? Why hasn’t Zelensky green-screened his triumphant entry into Kherson at the head of a column of tanks? Where are the aerial photos of trapped Russian soldiers milling about at the Dnieper river crossings? It will be interesting to see what emerges by 5:00 today so the Sunday shouting heads have something to shout about.

Ukraine war: Russia pulling out of key city of Kherson – what it means for the conflict The Conversation

Russia Withdraws from Kherson, Surovikin Steadies Nerves, Promises Offensive (video) Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. Good on reaction to the Kherson withdrawal inside Russia (i.e., the reaction that matters to Putin).

On “orderly withdrawals.” A thread from October, still germane:

I don’t like the source much, or the source’s sourcing, but there’s still some good information here.

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Top U.S. General Urges Diplomacy in Ukraine While Biden Advisers Resist NYT. Mothra (The Blob) vs. Godzilla (the Pentagon)? Commentary:

Russia’s Return to Grain Deal Is a Sign of Turkey’s Growing Influence Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

South America

From right to left:

A Clash Over a Census Reflects a Bolivia in Flux Americas Quarterly

Bolivian strike over census delay paralyzes agriculture export hub Reuters. “Lawmakers called for calm.”

Bolivia: The Insurrection of the Oligarchy Step by Step Internationalist 360°

Biden Administration

Texas Judge Strikes Down Biden’s Student Debt Cancellation NYT. From the opinion (PDF), footnote page 1:

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Unless the mere machine is thrown off kilter by a “zealous law clerk,” of course — from the Federalist Society.

FTC Restores Rigorous Enforcement of Law Banning Unfair Methods of Competition (press release) FTC

How the FCC Shields Cellphone Companies From Safety Concerns ProPublica

2022

Notable uncalled House races include Boebert, Katie Porter KXAN (Re Silc).

Trump Lost the Midterms. DeSantis Won. David Frum, The Atlantic. Opinion-havers are an important part of the DeSantis coalition (though I must say I’ve never seen “public opinion” congeal quite so rapidly, and around a short-bodied vulgarian like DeSantis, too, who has all the charisma and all the certainties of a chiseling exurban used car dealer).

More MAGA Than Ever The Atlantic (Re Silc). “It’s hard to overstate how radicalized and anarchic the base of the Republican Party remains.” Very much unlike the base of the Democrat Party, one might add.

The Bezzle

FTX assets frozen by Bahamas regulator as crypto exchange fights to survive FT. Hoo boy.

Crypto’s FTX Moment Shows Danger of Centralized Finance With No Central Bank WSJ

Untangling the knotty empire of Bankman-Fried and FTX FT. One of two attempts to create an org chart:

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Obfuscatory much?

The Twitter

Elon Musk is putting Twitter at risk of billions in fines, warns company lawyer The Verge

Musk warns of Twitter bankruptcy as more senior executives quit Reuters

Why Twitter should be a public utility:

It’s not enough for Twitter to be unprofitable. It shouldn’t have profit as part of its mission; no public square could or should!

Healthcare

CDC Says ‘Do Not Eat Meat or Cheese From Any Deli Counter’ Unless It’s ‘Steaming Hot’ Barron’s. Comment: “Fascinating that @CDCgov @CDCDirector has much stronger/ more appropriate recs for a listeria outbreak that’s sickened less than 20 people than they do for a virus that’s killed & maimed millions.” Yes, “steaming hot” is indeed the word for CDC’s Covid communications.

California expected to partner with nonprofit Civica Rx to produce its own low-cost insulin, sources say NBC

Police State Watch

The FBI’s Transformation, from National Police to Domestic Spy Agency. Part One: “Disruption” Matt Taibbi, TK News. “Domestic spying without predicate.”

Dear Old Blighty

Too Poor for War Project Syndicate

Zeitgeist Watch

Separation Is The Largest Religion In The World Caitlin’s Newsletter

It’s Not Just You: NYC Has a Serious Dungeon Master Shortage Hellgate

Class Warfare

Prices rise because firms raise them:

TikTok’s Subcontractor in Colombia Under Investigation for Traumatic Work Time

Antivirals The Convivial Society. Interesting. Reminds me of one of Games People Play author Eric Berne’s “good games”: “They’ll be glad they knew me.”

Antidote du jour (via):

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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