Links 9/12/2022

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Stuck in Vermont: Donna Bister Has Been Raising Monarch Butterflies Since 2016 Seven Days (Re Silc).

From a single domestication, donkeys helped build empires around the world Science

San Francisco Braces for Epic Commercial Real Estate Crash The San Francisco Standard

What’s the deal with all those weird wrong-number texts? Read Max


The 7 climate tipping points that could change the world forever Grist

Poop and pee fueled the huge algae bloom in San Francisco Bay. Fixing the problem could cost $14 billion San Francisco Chronicle. Go long bunker filtration units, I suppose.

Climate change may make pandemics like COVID-19 much more common ABC. All systems “go” for the next tranche of Lebensunwertes Leben, thanks to the Biden Administration’s stellar work in turning the United States into a reservoir of viral infection, literal and metaphorical.


COVID-19: China’s death toll puts US to shame but the western centric media tell a different story Pearls and Irritations

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Effects of Vaccination and Previous Infection on Omicron Infections in Children NEJM. “Both the BNT162b2 [Pfizer] vaccine and previous infection were found to confer considerable immunity against omicron infection and protection against hospitalization and death. The rapid decline in protection against omicron infection that was conferred by vaccination and previous infection provides support for booster vaccination.”

Lots of long COVID treatment leads, but few are proven PNAS. The deck: “Lingering virus particles, microclots, and faulty immune signaling are likely culprits for many long-hauler symptoms. Anticoagulants, immune regulators, and antivirals show early promise.”

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Long COVID outpaces diabetes in 2022 employer health spending Lab Pulse

Data Shows COVID-19 Impact on Funeral Service is Significant (press release) Kates-Boylston Publications. Publisher of a number of trade journals for the funeral industry.

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What to do if a family member tests positive? How to ‘Covid-proof’ your home NBC. Well worth a read, especially the ventilation part. Plenty of anecdotal reports to the effect that these techniques work. I can’t imagine why the Biden Adminisration hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon, here.


China’s Xi Jinping Will Travel to Central Asia, First Overseas Trip Since Pandemic Bloomberg

The Emperor has no clothes: The China workpaper “workaround” gets the WSJ treatment Francine McKenna, The DIg

China’s Surveillance State Will Be the West’s Future, Too Bloomberg

Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo under pressure to import Russian oil FT


India’s energy diplomacy blossoms, finally India Punchline


The Bankruptcy of Biden Middle East Policy Tikkun Olan

Chain of corruption: how the White Helmets compromised OPCW investigations in Syria Aaron Maté, The Gray Zone


Why EU finance ministers face a tough balancing act FT. Because the entire circus is collapsing?

New Not-So-Cold War

Russia Retaliates For Ukrainian Strikes On Russian Controlled Electricity Networks Moon of Alabama

How the Ukraine Offensive Will Shift the Market Narrative Bloomberg

Top Putin Ally Criticises Russia’s Losses In Ukraine; Calls Out Moscow’s ‘mistakes’ Republic World. Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov.

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Our latest interview with Jacques Baud MR Online. We ran this when it first appeared, on 9/3. I am re-upping it, for those who didn’t get to it, because of Baud’s discussion on the pitfalls of maps (or, if you prefer, the relation between a thing and its representation).

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Zelensky to headline US defense industry conference The Hill. A little too on the nose?

Ukraine’s anti-worker law comes into effect Open Democracy

Biden Adminstration

Exclusive: Biden to hit China with broader curbs on U.S. chip and tool exports Reuters

Supply Chain

Handy chart (1):

Handy chart (2):

Queen Elizabeth

It’s wall to wall Queen Queen Queen everywhere! First Dog on the Moon, Guardian. Commentary from the John Heartfield of our day:

What Happens to Prince Andrew Now? The Cut. Maybe he signs a book deal, then goes on Oprah and tells all? While booking his suites on the ground floor of every hotel?

A kindred spirit:

We’re collecting portraits of American Presidents!


20 Years After 9/11, Surveillance Has Become a Way of Life Wired

9/11 Made It Easier For The Government To Target Black Activists Essence

The tech legacy of 9/11 Protocol

Hillary Clinton says ‘lessons still to be learned’ from 9/11 The Hill. No kidding.


Mar-a-Lago a magnet for spies, officials warn after nuclear file reportedly found Guardian. Sourcing: “former intelligence officials.”

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Republican Housewife Insists On Cleaning Baseboards In Case FBI Raids House Tomorrow Babylon Bee


Human genomics vs Clinical genomics Eric Topol, Ground Truths

Our Famously Free Press

The Narrative Is Coming Apart Patrick Lawrence, ScheerPost

“‘The submissive void.’” The Scrum. On propaganda.

Groves of Academe

In Hasidic Enclaves, Failing Private Schools Flush With Public Money NYT

Realignment and Legitimacy

So Long to Anthony Fauci, Unlikely Avatar of Polarization Bloomberg

A Note on “Industrial Policy” Brad DeLong, Grasping Reality

Liberalism is resilient Noah Smith, Bloomberg. Weird flex, but OK.

Guillotine Watch

Palm Beach Is Facing a Devastating Private-School Shortage Curbed (Re Silc).

Class Warfare

Unions blast rail move to delay shipments before deadline AP

4,000 Google cafeteria workers quietly unionized during the pandemic WaPo

Amazon workers at fulfillment center in Moreno Valley announce union drive LA Times

A Photographer’s Intimate Look at Burning Man Inside Hook

The Art of Excess and the Excess of Art From the Forests of Arduinna. “What’s needed is not less-wasteful art and ritual, but rather more of it.”

Antidote du jour (via):

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Bonus antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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