Links 6/20/2022

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Anti-Covid nasal spray ready soon Bangkok Post (Furzy Mouse). The second after Bharat, linked to yesteday.

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Policy stringency and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal analysis of data from 15 countries The Lancet. metastudy. I find the death resuls more interesting than the mental health results, although those are important too. From the Results: “Because early and targeted action resulted in lower levels of virus circulation, average policy stringency was lower in countries that pursued elimination strategies than countries that pursued mitigation strategies in the 15-country sample… and the Nordic countries subset…. Countries pursuing an elimination strategy also had fewer daily deaths (per 100 000 population) in the 15-country sample…. and the Nordic subset…. Thus, the COVID-19 policies implemented by countries pursuing an elimination strategy and near-elimination strategy, particularly higher levels of contact tracing …., might have allowed these countries to avoid a trade-off between policy stringency and COVID-19 deaths .”

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Modelling long-term COVID-19 hospital admission dynamics using immune protection waning data (preprint) medRxiv. Model study. The Abtract: “Immune waning is key to the timely anticipation of COVID-19 long-term dynamics. We assess the impact of periodic vaccination campaigns using a compartmental epidemiological model with multiple age structures and parameterised using empiric time-dependent vaccine protection data. Despite the inherent uncertainty, we show that vaccination on its own, especially if restricted to individuals over 60 years old, seems insufficient to prevent a large number of hospital admissions.” Oopsie. Handy chart:

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s an air taxi. They’re coming to Los Angeles LA Times

It’s Time to Consider the Broader Socioeconomic Impact of Air Taxis Aviation Today. From 2020, still germane.

Once-Spurned Superjumbos Return to Skies as Travel Roars Back Bloomberg. The A380.

NASA is worried SpaceX’s Starship could destroy its iconic launch pad 39A Interesting Engineering

China?

Bitcoin crashed, the wealth of the richest Chinese shrunk by 89 percent What China Reads

‘Mind-reading’ device to detect porn could speed China’s policing of illicit content, say researchers South China Morning Post

Indonesia Tunes Out the U.S. WSJ. #4 in world population, so Atlanticists, good job.

India

Thousands ransack railway station as protests intensify over India’s military hiring plan Guardian

The Bezzle

Bitcoin Teeters Around $20,000 Amid a Volatile Crypto Winter Storm Barron’s

The Coin That Could Wreck Crypto NYT. Tether. Commentary:

Miners as intermediaries: extractable value and market manipulation in crypto and DeFi Bank of International Settlements. “Since [validators or “miners”] can choose which transactions they add to the ledger and in which order, they can engage in activities that would be illegal in traditional markets such as front-running and sandwich trades. The resulting profit is termed ‘miner extractable value’ (MEV).” Regulatory arbitrage.

New Not-So-Cold War

Russia says eastern attack is going well, strikes Ukraine with missiles Reuters. About that missile strike:

So how did Russia know where the meeting was?

Personally, I think it was was the command post cleaning crew, some of whom may have had relatives in Donetsk.

Hummus On The Front: Volunteers Feeding Ukraine’s Vegan Troops Agence France Presse. Scraping the bottom of the barrel on propaganda, here.

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China May oil imports from Russia soar to a record, surpass top supplier Saudi Reuters

Italy’s Eni joins giant Qatar gas project after Russian cuts France24

Germany to fire up coal plants as Russia turns down the gas Deutsche Welle

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West at inflection point in Ukraine war M. K. Bhadrakumar, Indian Punchline

How the US Could Lose the New Cold War Project Syndicate

China ready to supply components for aircraft to Russia, says envoy Tass

Ukraine’s Possible EU Accession Not Universally Welcome Der Spiegel (Re Silc).

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St. Petersburg sets the stage for the War of Economic Corridors Pepe Escobar, The Cradle

The Return of Industrial Warfare Royal United Services Institute (Re Silc).

Colombia’s new leftist president Petro promises to fight inequality Reuters

Our Famously Free Press

Network of Syria conspiracy theorists identified Guardian. Commentary:

Emails confirm pro-NATO warmonger Paul Mason works with intelligence agencies WSWS. From earlier this month. Commentary on this continuing controversy:

Listen all the way to the end.

What Makes Censors Tick? Los Angeles Review of Books

UK/EU

Britain set for biggest rail strike in decades France24

Northern Ireland Protocol: No off ramps, only cliff edges RTE

The deafening silence over Brexit’s economic fallout FT

Assange

The UK’s Decision to Extradite Assange Shows Why The US/UK’s Freedom Lectures Are a Farce Glenn Greenwald. Commentary:

Intelligence Community

What Spies Really Think About John le Carré Foreign Policy. “But what about the successes?”

Imperial Collapse Watch

As jurors deliberate in the Fat Leonard case, Navy culture that spawned the bribes is unchanged KPBS

Navy relieves itself of command Duffel Blog

UK troops filmed having orgy at barracks, barred from NATO deployment NY Post (Re Silc).

Guillotine Watch

Silicon Valley’s Horrible Bosses The Atlantic

Class Warfare

Americans Pawning Items to Buy Gas, Survive Inflation: Pawn Shop Owners Newsweek (Furzy Mouse).

Thomas Piketty’s Case for ‘Participatory Socialism NYT

Chasing Cicadas Emergence

65,000-year-old ‘stone Swiss Army knives’ show early humans had long-distance social networks The Conversation

Do we need a better understanding of ‘progress’? BBC

Antidote du jour (via):

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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