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2:00PM Water Cooler 2/10/2023 | naked capitalism



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By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Reader Question As soon as Extra: Periodically we’ve posted threads of suggestions for distributors (medical doctors, dentists, eating places, retail, gyms, efficiency venues) which are what I would name “airborne aware,” that’s, having correct air flow (HEPA, CO2 meter, perhaps Far UV), and masking. Very occasionally I see a web site float by, however nothing actually appears to click on. Thanks! –lambert P.S. There’s definitely nothing on Google Maps, within the sense that this data is a traditional discipline like handle and telephone, which might certainly be very helpful, although maybe somebody has constructed a Google map that does this.

Fowl Tune of the Day

Ultramarine Grosbeak, Distrito Capital, Venezuela. “Neotropical Institute Reduce # 8. Bulk reel: 177 Background fairly clear though Arremonops conirostris is heard faintly. Be aware: the final two songs could also be of a special particular person.”

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“However what’s authorities itself, however the biggest of all reflections on human nature?” –James Madison, Federalist 51

“Right here’s meals for thought, had Ahab time to suppose; however Ahab by no means thinks; he solely feels, feels, feels.” –Herman Melville, Moby Dick

“So most of the social reactions that strike us as psychological are in reality a rational administration of symbolic capital.” –Pierre Bourdieu, Classification Struggles

Biden Administration

Biden’s SOTU stats:

Nevertheless, if, as Stoller urges beneath, Biden’s actual viewers was the get together, this doesn’t matter very a lot.

“Former Twitter Executives Say They Erred in Blocking Hyperlinks to Hunter Biden Laptop computer Articles” [Wall Street Journal]. The deck: “Executives inform Home Oversight Committee that errors stemmed from restricted data, not stress from authorities officers.” • The deck appears to encapsulate the Democrat(/RINO?) framing very nicely. So, no “authorities officers,” no downside? That is moronic. First, the stress got here from Democrat get together officers (as “The Twitter Information” makes fairly clear). The top of that get together later grew to become President, and it’s not implausible to suppose that’s the results of “election interference” within the type of Twitter’s suppression of the New York Submit’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop computer. (Absolutely, what’s sauce for the “however her emails” goose is sauce for the “Hunter’s laptop computer” gander?) Second, the excellence between Twitter workers, authorities officers, and the Democrat Social gathering is a false one. In actuality, Twitter content material moderation was a ginormous cuddle puddle of Democrat tribalist Flexians, some pitching, some catching, through which all such distinctions have been collapsed. Holy Lord, the Republicans are going to butcher this simple lay-up, I can see it coming.

“Home GOP’s under-the-radar Hunter Biden downside: DOJ obtained there first” [Politico]. “Home Republicans are itching to analyze Hunter Biden. However they’ve an issue: The feds obtained there first. Although their probes differ in focus and scope — Republicans are attainable conflicts of curiosity by the Biden household writ giant whereas the Justice Division houses in on potential crimes by Hunter Biden — they’re treading on overlapping terrain. That’s a problem for the Home GOP, as a result of any DOJ indictment of Hunter Biden would successfully shut off sure investigative paths. The turf battle has flown largely underneath the radar, however it threatens to undermine certainly one of Home Republicans’ most extremely seen priorities for his or her new majority. Investigating Hunter Biden is among the few issues they might do unilaterally, no less than in idea. However the DOJ looms as a possible roadblock.” • I wouldn’t fear. Absolutely the DOJ investigation will probably be full earlier than 2024.


“Biden’s 2024 complications” [Axios]. “Chicago Democrats are pushing President Biden to decide on their metropolis for the 2024 Democratic Nationwide Conference, warning that internet hosting the occasion in a right-to-work state like Georgia can be a serious insult to the labor motion.” Be aware additionally: “The DNC has given New Hampshire and Georgia till June to adjust to the brand new calendar dates, however Democrats will punish New Hampshire in the event that they bounce forward, probably by revoking delegates on the nationwide get together conference.”

“Ballot: DeSantis leads Trump for 2024 GOP nod — however not if Haley and others break up the vote” [Yahoo News]. • That is their story: Trump gained as a result of the get together was divided. No. Trump gained as a result of he was the higher candidate. (Purely on the technical, nuts and bolts degree: Present me one other candidate who did A/B testing, personally, dwell earlier than audiences.)

“DeSantis edges nearer to 2024 resolution” [The Hill]. “A number of Republicans aware of the deliberations say that DeSantis is sort of sure to hunt the GOP’s presidential nomination. His advisers have begun reaching out to and interviewing potential hires for a marketing campaign and are gaming out the most effective time to announce his intentions. A proper marketing campaign launch continues to be months away, they are saying, and gained’t probably come till after the state legislature wraps up its common session in Might. Two sources aware of the plans stated that the Florida governor may announce his presidential bid as early as late Might or early June. ‘I feel his thoughts is just about made up at this level,’ one Republican operative stated. ‘My learn on it’s: Let’s get by way of session, get some stuff performed and see the place issues stand. However until one thing adjustments drastically between from time to time, I’d say he’s a go.’ DeSantis has stated little about his 2024 ambitions, however his rising stature throughout the GOP is obvious. Early polling reveals him tied with or beating former President Trump, his onetime political benefactor, in a head-to-head main match-up, and conservatives are more and more naming him as a best choice for the get together’s presidential nod.”

“‘Sorry, Ron, you’re No. 2′: Sununu says he’s the highest canine amongst conservative governors” [Politico]. “‘I’m ranked essentially the most fiscally conservative governor within the nation,’ Sununu, who’s contemplating a 2024 presidential bid, informed POLITICO’s Lisa Kashinsky. ‘I’m No. 1 in private freedoms. Sorry, Ron, you’re No. 2,’ he added, a jab on the Florida governor, thought of a frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. ‘I might problem anybody on Second Modification rights. We’re far and away the most effective, you recognize, as a result of we consider in these particular person freedoms. Regulatory reform, I’ll problem any state on it,’ Sununu added. Sununu acknowledged that he could also be ‘extra reasonable’ on social points. However on these points, New Hampshire has ‘higher outcomes than nearly anyplace else,’ he stated. ‘I might problem anybody on conservative credentials.’” • Testing whether or not short-bodied Yalie DeSantis can take a punch? As a result of the DeSantis boomlet appears engineered by By no means Trumpers, to me.

Republican Funhouse

“Emails expose right-wing fraudsters’ scheme to make use of robo calls to suppress Black voter turnout in Cleveland” []. ” Hours after right-wing fraud peddlers Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl unleashed tens of 1000’s of robocalls on Black voters in Cleveland and different cities throughout the nation to suppress their vote within the November 2020 election, Burkman dashed off a giddy electronic mail to his associate provocateur…. The emails bolstered Cuyahoga County prosecutors’ assertion that the boys particularly sought to suppress Black voter turnout within the 2020 election between Democrat Joe Biden and then-President Donald Trump…. The e-mail is amongst a number of items of proof that prosecutors right here used to cost and ultimately elicit responsible pleas from Burkman and Wohl for calls that went to Cleveland and East Cleveland residents. The boys additionally face comparable legal costs in Michigan, that are pending.”

Democrats en Déshabillé

Affected person readers, evidently individuals are truly studying the back-dated submit! However I’ve not up to date it, and there are numerous updates. So I must do this. –lambert

I’ve moved my standing remarks on the Democrat Social gathering (“the Democrat Social gathering is a rotting corpse that may’t bury itself”) to a separate, back-dated post, to which I’ll periodically add materials, summarizing the addition right here in a “dwell” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) It seems that defining the Democrat Social gathering is, in reality, a tough downside. I do suppose the paragraph that follows is on level all the way in which again to 2016, if not earlier than:

The Democrat Social gathering is the political expression of the category energy of PMC, their base (lucidly defined by Thomas Frank in Hear, Liberal!). ; if the Democrat Social gathering didn’t exist, the PMC must invent it. . (“PMC” modulo “class expatriates,” after all.) Second, all of the working components of the Social gathering reinforce one another. Depart apart characterizing the relationships between components of the Social gathering (ka-ching, however not completely) these components comprise a community — a Flex Web? An iron octagon? — of funders, distributors, apparatchiks, electeds, NGOs, and miscellaneous mercenaries, with belongings within the press and the intelligence group.

Be aware, after all, that the category energy of the PMC each expresses and is restricted by different courses; oligarchs and American gentry (see ‘industrial mannequin’ of Ferguson, Jorgensen, and Jie) and the working class spring to thoughts. Suck up, kick down.

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“Invoice Clinton Has Left the Constructing” [Matt Stoller, BIG]. I put this in Hyperlinks this morning, however I need to draw your consideration to this paragraph:

The best way to know political arguments isn’t about who wins the talk. It’s about who will get to ask the query. If the President proposes one thing about flag burning, then politics turns into outlined round what folks consider flag burning. If he discusses massive enterprise, then massive enterprise turns into the realm of political exercise. So what Biden stated in his State of the Union mattered, as a result of .

This jibes very properly with the portrait of the Democrat Social gathering — actually, the heirarchy of elected and get together officers, under no circumstances the entire Social gathering — painted by Kim Stanley Robinons in New York, 2140, quoted in Water Cooler, January 31. Charlotte, one of many protagonists, has simply been requested to run for Congress:

“No means!” Charlotte stated, shocked. “What concerning the mayor’s candidate?”>

[The Democrat] Social gathering was a hierarchy; you began on the backside and moved up one step at a time—faculty board, metropolis council, state meeting—after which for those who had demonstrated lockstep workforce loyalty, the powers on the prime would provide the get together endorsement and its help, and also you have been good to go. Had been that means for hundreds of years. Outsiders did pop as much as categorical numerous dissatisfactions, and infrequently a few of them even overthrew the order of issues and obtained elected, however then they have been ostracized by the get together and will get nothing performed. They simply wasted their time and no matter little cash may very well be dredged as much as assist such quixotic tilts.

So certainly “the powers on the prime” inform “the Democratic Social gathering institution what to consider.” Looks like a vulnerability….

Realignment and Legitimacy

“U.S. lawmakers attempt once more to finish ‘eternally conflict’ authorizations” [Reuters]. “Democratic and Republican U.S. lawmakers launched laws on Thursday looking for to repeal two longstanding authorizations for previous wars in Iraq, renewing an ongoing effort to reassert Congress’ function in deciding whether or not to ship troops into fight. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, Republican Senator Todd Younger, Republican Representatives Tom Cole and Chip Roy and Democratic Representatives Barbara Lee and Abigail Spanberger led the trouble to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Navy Pressure, or AUMFs.” • Moderates!

“Martin Wolf on Democratic Capitalism (and me because it seems!)” [Equality by Lot]. “Martin Wolf is speaking up a storm on the disaster of democratic capitalism, and he’s supporting sortition as you possibly can hear from round 11 minutes in the place I’ve set it as much as start.”

“You’re most likely incorrect about how issues have modified” [Experimental History]. “I feel the higher answer is to crank down your convictions. It’s simple to really feel like you recognize what issues have been like again then and what they’re like now, however it’s exhausting to really know. You may’t get sense of the previous or the current by skimming the headlines, identical to you possibly can’t get sense of America by spending a 4-hour layover on the Reno airport. You must hire a automobile and drive round, discuss to folks, eat a burrito, fall in love, watch some dangerous standup, host Thanksgiving, go tenting, get your coronary heart damaged, take the Staten Island Ferry previous the Statue of Liberty, play intramural basketball, and transfer flats 4 instances in three years—and even then all you actually know is that you simply don’t know a lot. And that’s simply what it takes to know the current. Understanding the previous is far tougher. Historical past is an limitless show of priceless vases and time is a dude with a sledgehammer smashing every one in flip: as soon as a second is gone, it’s gone for good, and all we will do is attempt to piece collectively what it used to appear like. Possibly this piece went with that one? Possibly it’s an image of a—is {that a} lion, or is that an individual? In the meantime, the pile of shards grows taller. These research present that, once we attempt to glue the vases again collectively, we don’t simply combine up some items randomly. We persistently put a few of them within the incorrect place. One of many massive errors we make is failing to comprehend how liberal attitudes already have been up to now, and the way little they’ve modified since then. Individuals have been already break up on abortion within the Nineteen Seventies, they’ve lengthy thought that folks with unpopular opinions ought to have the appropriate to free speech, and most of them have believed for many years that people are inflicting local weather change. A majority of them additionally thought interracial marriage was dangerous as not too long ago as 1990. The previous is difficult, man. So subsequent time you’ve obtained an inkling that issues ain’t like they was, take into account the chance that you simply is perhaps completely incorrect. Man, folks was so a lot better at this!”


Lambert right here:

Appears to be like like “leveling off to a excessive plateau” throughout the board. Keep secure on the market!

A little bit of self-criticisism right here: In contrast to Eric Topol I didn’t name a “surge” in January, as a result of in my thoughts a “surge” worthy of the title would must be of Bidenian, Omicronic scale. Nevertheless, I ready to make the decision. My idea of the case was that (1) vacation journey, the elimination of all mitigations, and new variants that have been extra transmissible and immune evasive would make the numbers, and (2) the sample of unfold, given vacation journey, can be just like the sample in 2020: Beginning in airports, with air journey, and spreading. Therefore, as you’ll keep in mind, I began monitoring wastewater in airports and hospitalization in 2020’s epicenter, New York (JFK/LGA), and certainly each wastewater and hospitalization in these areas have been excessive. However no surge on the Omicron degree made itself seen, and so I didn’t name one. Nevertheless, what the wastewater case information (see beneath) clearly reveals is that there was a surge, barely greater than July 2022, and better than all of the surges besides Omicron. This surge I didn’t name, for which I apologize. (I flashed on utilizing the wastewater information as a proxy for case information too late.) Maybe I’ve change into jaded, idk.

I nonetheless suppose “One thing Terrible” is coming, nevertheless. I imply, apart from what we already learn about.

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Lambert right here (once more):

Right this moment I’m going to reconfigure Covid protection (no less than quickly; we may have to regulate to a different surge). I’ve at all times considered this part as offering readers with not solely development information, however early warning about places (to the county degree) notably in journey season. However now the information is just too gradual and too dangerous, unsurprisingly, since “Covid is over.” So I’ll revert to a few charts solely: nationwide Case Knowledge (Biobot), state Positivity (Walgreens), and nationwide Deaths (Our World in Knowledge). I’ll embrace hyperlinks to Transmission (CDC), Wastewater (CDC), and Variants (CDC; Walgreens). I’ll nonetheless cowl all of those subjects (particularly variants), however get rid of the charts. I additionally really feel that the highest of the #COVID19 part has not been sufficiently structured, and I’m going to create some buckets, like “Indoor Air,” or “Masks” (and “Variants,” if I encounter hyperlink). This reconfiguration shouldn’t be a “step again,” as Dima would say; however I do suppose I can use the freed-up time to beef up different sections, like Politics and particularly Stats. Reader remark welcome!

Indoor Air

“Hidden harms of indoor air air pollution — 5 steps to reveal them” [Nature]. “Air air pollution is a number one explanation for sickness — from bronchial asthma to coronary heart illness, stroke, lung most cancers and, most likely, dementia. For out of doors air air pollution, improved requirements and laws, guided by science, have over the previous three many years markedly pushed down emissions of particulates, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide in lots of components of the world. Indoor air air pollution hasn’t acquired the identical consideration, although it would trigger nearly as many deaths globally — 3.2 million in 2020, in response to the World Well being Group (WHO), in contrast with round 3.5 million linked to polluted out of doors air (see In industrialized nations, most individuals spend 80–90% of their time indoors — in personal houses in addition to in public areas similar to faculties, workplaces, transport hubs, hospitals and supermarkets. Such areas are usually not topic to legally enforceable ambient air-quality requirements… Determination makers want scientific proof to assist them prioritize teams of interventions and to develop methods for enhancing indoor air high quality. There are various choices, however it’s tough to quantify the impact of every intervention (see Usually, as for open air, eradicating the biggest sources of emission is only. Which may imply changing gasoline cookers with electrical stoves, or reformulating merchandise — for instance, altering sprays similar to deodorants and air fresheners that include butane and propane to make use of nitrogen or air as a substitute. Some indoor sources are surprisingly giant — in the UK, compressed-aerosol cans now launch extra risky natural compounds than do petrol automobiles.”

Mass producing Corsi-Rosenthal bins:

I don’t know why the hatred and shaming for masks doesn’t occur with CR Bins too. Odd!


“Is Orthrus the Subsequent High-Canine COVID Variant?” [MedPage Today]. “The Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5opens in a brand new tab or window — aka “Krakenopens in a brand new tab or window” — has climbed to greater than 66% of recent COVID-19 circumstances within the U.S., however a comparatively new Omicron subvariant named after a two-headed canine could also be nipping at its tentacles. During the last a number of weeks, CH.1.1 — deemed “Orthrusopens” after a monster canine in Greek mythology — accounted for lower than 2% of recent COVID circumstances within the U.S. as of January, per the CDC. Nevertheless, Orthrus has a mutation, L452R, beforehand seen within the extremely pathogenic Delta variant, and extremely transmissible BA.4 and BA.5 variants, in response to researchers from the Ohio State College in Columbus. In a BioRxiv preprint, Shan-Lu Liu, MD, PhD, and colleagues stated Orthrus emerged in Southeast Asia in November 2022, and now accounts for a few quarter of circumstances within the U.Ok. and New Zealand. At different instances within the pandemic, the U.Ok. has served as a bellwether of what may hit the U.S. when it comes to new variants and potential surges. In addition they defined that Orthrus, together with one other new variant, CA.3.1, possess a ‘persistently stronger neutralization resistance than XBB, XBB.1, and XBB.1.5, which is astonishing and warrants steady monitoring and additional investigations.’ Liu’s group referred to as for persevering with present vaccination methods, or the investigation of recent ones, and the continuing surveillance of rising variants. The February 2023 COVID epidemiological update from the World Well being Group (WHO) lists Orthrus among the many prime three most prevalent variants in Europe, clocking in at 12.3%, barely behind BQ.1 at 13% and BQ.1.1 at 31.3%.”


“Early Therapy with Pegylated Interferon Lambda for Covid-19” [NEJM (NL)]. n = 933. Brazil. From the Dialogue: “This section 3 trial, which was performed in a predominantly vaccinated inhabitants contaminated with numerous SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, confirmed the efficacy of a single subcutaneous dose of administered inside 7 days after the onset of signs (imply, 3 days). This routine resulted in a better than 50% discount within the danger of a primary-outcome [hospitalization or ER] occasion. Our trial findings have been constant throughout the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and throughout a number of subgroups in response to vaccination standing.”

“Incidence and predictors of breakthrough and extreme breakthrough infections of SARS-CoV-2 after main sequence vaccination in adults: A population-based survey of twenty-two,575 contributors” (accepted manuscript) [Journal of Infectious Diseases]. n = 89,762. From the Summary: “Breakthrough an infection was 4-25 instances extra widespread through the Omicron-dominant wave versus earlier waves. Increased burden of extreme breakthrough infections was recognized in subgroups.”


Vascular injury:

Good to see this make it by way of on one of many networks.

Science Is Popping

“Scientists uncover receptor that blocks COVID-19 an infection” (press launch) [University of Sydney]. “College of Sydney scientists have found a protein within the lung that blocks SARS-CoV-2 an infection and kinds a pure protecting barrier within the human physique. This protein, the leucine-rich repeat-containing protein 15 (LRRC15), is an inbuilt receptor that binds the SARS-CoV-2 virus with out passing on the an infection. The analysis opens up a completely new space of immunology analysis round LRRC15 and affords a promising pathway to develop new medication to stop viral an infection from coronaviruses like COVID-19 or cope with fibrosis within the lungs. The examine has been revealed within the journal PLOS Biology. ”

“Inhalable ‘SHIELD’ Protects Lungs Towards COVID-19, Flu Viruses” (press launch) [North Carolina State University]. “Researchers have developed an inhalable powder that would defend lungs and airways from viral invasion by reinforcing the physique’s personal mucosal layer. The powder, referred to as Spherical Hydrogel Inhalation for Enhanced Lung Protection, or SHIELD, diminished an infection in each mouse and non-human primate fashions over a 24-hour interval, and will be taken repeatedly with out affecting regular lung operate. ‘The thought behind this work is straightforward – viruses need to penetrate the mucus as a way to attain and infect the cells, so we’ve created an inhalable bioadhesive that mixes with your individual mucus to stop viruses from attending to your lung cells,’ says Ke Cheng, corresponding writer of the paper describing the work. “Mucus is the physique’s pure hydrogel barrier; we’re simply enhancing that barrier.” • One can solely marvel how a lot artistic, helpful, life-saving work has been held again by “vax solely” and “the pandemic is over.” However there appears to be a whole lot of work popping out simply now (I commented on all of the nasal-related work popping out in prestigious journals). One can solely hope that’s not an indication that funding has dried up.

“Mucociliary Clearance Augmenting Medication Block SARS-Cov-2 Replication in Human Airway Epithelial Cells” [bioRxiv]. “A outstanding part of COVID-19 is the an infection and destruction of the ciliated respiratory cells, which perpetuates dissemination and disrupts protecting mucociliary transport (MCT) operate, an innate protection of the respiratory tract. Thus, medication that increase MCT may enhance barrier operate of the airway epithelium, cut back viral replication and, in the end, COVID-19 outcomes. We examined 5 brokers identified to extend MCT by way of distinct mechanisms for exercise in opposition to SARS-CoV-2 an infection utilizing a mannequin of human respiratory epithelial cells terminally differentiated in an air/liquid interphase. Three of the 5 mucoactive compounds examined confirmed vital inhibitory exercise in opposition to SARS-CoV-2 replication.” • Similar remark as above.

Skilled Malfeasance

Hospital An infection Management is at it once more:

“Price impartial” is relatively a give-away, isn’t it? Nickel-and-diming sufferers to dying to maintain the masks line merchandise low! As Coatsworth would, in his personal apply (versus Canadian Medicare).

On the physician’s workplace:

Fathomless conceitedness and ignorance!

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Case Knowledge

BioBot wastewater data from February 9:

For now, I’m going to make use of this nationwide wastewater information as the most effective proxy for case information (ignoring the medical case information portion of this chart, which in my opinion “goes dangerous” after March 2022, for causes as but unexplained). At the very least we will spot tendencies, and evaluate present ranges to equal previous ranges.


From the Walgreen’s test positivity tracker, revealed February 10:

-0.8%. Nonetheless on the excessive plateau, equal to earlier peaks.


Dying price (Our World in Data):

Total: 1,139,675 – 1,137,929 = 1746 (1746 * 365 = 637,290 deaths per yr, in the present day’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “dwelling with” Covid (fairly a bit greater than the minimizers would really like, although they’ll discuss themselves into something. If the YouGenicist™ metric retains chugging alongside like this, I may need to resolve that is what the powers-that-be take into account “mission completed” for this explicit tranche of dying and illness).

It’s good that for deaths I’ve a easy, day by day chart that simply retains chugging alongside, not like the whole lot else CDC and the White Home are screwing up or letting go darkish, good job. (Although CDC could also be jiggering the numbers quickly. Decrease, naturally.)

Stats Watch

There are not any statistics of observe in the present day.

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Transport: “Extra boxships inactive as freight ranges tank” [Container News]. “Shut to six% of the worldwide boxship fleet is now idle, up from just below 5% every week in the past, in response to Alphaliner. It seems that it’s primarily the carrier-controlled small and mid-sized vessels that are actually unemployed. Alphaliner’s rely means that 338 vessels totalling round 1.48 million TEUs are actually inactive, as freight ranges, cargo volumes, and port congestion revert to pre-Covid-19 ranges. The inactive fleet was dominated by 1,000 TEU to 2,000 TEU ships, with 74 idle vessels adopted by 3,000 TEU to five,100 TEU vary, of which there have been 64 idle vessels. Vessel inactivity improve throughout all ship measurement courses except very giant and extremely giant ships above 12,500 TEUs, the place it remained kind of steady, with simply 31 inactive ships. nIdle ships are outlined as vessels that aren’t producing income, similar to these in heat or chilly lay-up, in-between service assignments for longer-than-normal durations, arrested, detained, deserted, or idle for every other causes.”

The Bezzle: “Dishonest carriers may price web-starved Individuals billions in subsidies” [The Register]. “Main US carriers are exaggerating the supply of mounted wi-fi companies and leaving under-served communities prone to lacking out on billions in federal funding that might pay for improved companies. The findings, detailed in a Bloomberg report this week, discovered that T-Cell and Verizon routinely claimed to supply mounted wi-fi companies the place no such service was truly accessible. The inducement to take action is apparent from a aggressive standpoint: advertising is advertising in spite of everything. Based on Bloomberg, the carriers’ protection maps declare companies can be found earlier than they’ve truly constructed the mandatory infrastructure. But when they’ve plans to construct the infrastructure ultimately, what’s the hurt? The hurt is that if provider maps present that exact cities and cities have already got broadband entry they gained’t be eligible for a share of the $42.5 billion in federal infrastructure funds the Biden administration allotted to enhance web service throughout the US.”

The Bezzle: “U.S. decide extends FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s bail restrictions” [Reuters]. “‘I’m far much less within the defendant’s comfort’ than in stopping attainable witness-tampering, [U.S. District Judge Lewis] Kaplan stated at a listening to in Manhattan federal court docket.” • And there is sort of a billion {dollars} floating round on the market someplace, no?

The Bezzle: A thread on recognizing ChatGPT papers:

Manufacturing: “Boeing 737 MAX plea deal withstands problem from crash victims’ households” [Reuters]. “A U.S. decide in Texas on Thursday denied a authorized bid by households of the victims of two Boeing (BA.N) 737 MAX crashes to reopen or reject a January 2021 deferred prosecution settlement. Boeing gained immunity from legal prosecution as a part of the $2.5 billion Justice Division settlement over a 737 MAX fraud conspiracy cost associated to the airplane’s flawed design. The households had requested the court docket to strip Boeing of immunity from prosecution, toss out, revise or supervise the settlement and order disclosure of details about Boeing’s conduct. U.S. District Choose Reed O’Connor dominated he didn’t have authorized authority to grant the relations’ requests regardless of what he referred to as ‘Boeing’s egregious legal conduct.’”

Mr. Market: “The Inventory Market Is within the Temper to Rally, Even when It Defies Logic” [Barron’s]. “There’s nonetheless an enormous disconnect available in the market’s logic. If the labor market and the financial system maintain up, then the Fed would most likely not really feel inclined to decrease rates of interest within the again half of 2023, as futures pricing implies. It’d take some actual deterioration within the financial information to spur the central financial institution into motion. In different phrases, it’s exhausting to see a situation except for charges staying greater for longer—lifting bond yields and placing stress on inventory valuations—or progress disappointing, dragging down earnings. There’s nonetheless an enormous disconnect available in the market’s logic. If the labor market and the financial system maintain up, then the Fed would most likely not really feel inclined to decrease rates of interest within the again half of 2023, as futures pricing implies. It’d take some actual deterioration within the financial information to spur the central financial institution into motion. In different phrases, it’s exhausting to see a situation except for charges staying greater for longer—lifting bond yields and placing stress on inventory valuations—or progress disappointing, dragging down earnings.”

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Right this moment’s Concern & Greed Index: 70 Greed (earlier shut: 72 Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 76 (Excessive Greed). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Feb 10 at 1:40 PM EST.

Civil Warfare Research

Minnesota good:

Many different examples, you betcha!

Fowl Flu (H5N1)

Let’s hope it’s a flash within the pan. Reader updates welcome!

See the thread for commentary on the sourcing. I feel Najberg is no less than actual sufficient to attract to your consideration. (Be aware that I’ve very robust priors on air journey. However simply because one thing rings true doesn’t imply it is true.)

A followup:

The problem right here, after Covid, is believing public health officials. They don’t need us to panic (that means they are panicked as a result of my gawd, careers are at stake).

“US – Medical physician studies there’s an H5N1 avian flu case in Houston, reportedly traveled from Hong Kong – February 9, 2023 – no official affirmation but” [Flu Trackers]. • This appears just like the supply to observe. It’s a discussion board, so there’s an extended thread, together with a response from the doctor, Tiffany Najberg, in addition to a duplicate of her physicians license, follow-ups, and many others. The moderators revealed it in “Dialogue,” not “Information,” a pleasant distinction!

The Gallery

“Discover Lots of of Beautiful Botanical Collages Created by an 18th-Century Septuagenarian Artist” [Colossal]. “At age 72, Mary Delany (1700-1788) devoted herself to her artwork apply, taking over a type of decoupage to create an beautiful assortment of botanical collages from dyed and lower paper. She interpreted most of the delicate specimens she encountered in Buckinghamshire whereas staying together with her buddy, the Duchess of Portland, by way of layered items on black backdrops. From the wispy clover-like leaves of an oxalis plant to the wildly splayed petals of the daffodil, the sensible works are each gorgeous for his or her magnificence and faithfulness to the unique lifeforms. Recognized for her scientific precision, Delany labeled every specimen with the plant’s taxonomic and customary names, the date, location of creation, title of the donor, and a group quantity, the latter of which was used to prepare all 985 collages in her Flora Delanica sequence. Collectively, the works create an unlimited and various florilegium, or compilation of botanicals and writings within the custom of commonplace books.” For instance:

Zeitgeist Watch

Just like the Moscow Subway:

Or the New York Public Library, in its personal means.

Through Nippersmom:

Our Famously Free Press

“End line: Preventing unwinnable wars” [Axios]. • Anecdote about Roger Ailes. Humorous, I assumed the story can be about one thing else. Possibly I shoujld have filed this underneath Zeitgeist Watch.

Class Warfare

“Two former manufacturing facility staff are going face to face in a battle to manage certainly one of America’s strongest unions” [Fortune]. “[This] would be the first-ever direct election of a UAW president within the union’s 88-year historical past… Till this yr, the leaders of the UAW had at all times been chosen by delegates to a conference relatively than by rank-and-file union members. However within the aftermath of a bribery-and-embezzlement scandal involving union officers, members voted to carry a direct election this time…. Below Curry’s management for the previous 19 months, the UAW has taken a extra aggressive stance in labor talks, having gone on strike in opposition to Volvo Vehicles, John Deere, the College of California and CNHI, a maker of agricultural and development tools. In forthcoming contract negotiations, Curry and Fain have every stated they might search to revive conventional pensions, which, starting in 2007, have been changed by a 401(okay)-style outlined contribution plan for brand new hires. Each additionally need cost-of-living and basic pay raises and an finish to differing tiers of wages and advantages for staff doing the identical jobs, relying on their size of service.” • Nevertheless:


“Will New Management Make the UAW Labor’s Vanguard As soon as Once more?” [The Nation]. “The rebel candidate, Fain, joined the UAW in 1994 as an electrician at Chrysler’s Kokomo Casting Plant. After almost 20 years within the store, he grew to become a union staffer but additionally a burr underneath the management’s saddle. He was amongst these on the UAW bargaining workforce who urged rank-and-file rejection of contracts that gained little or nothing from Fiat-Chrysler. With different reformers, Fain needed the UAW to elect prime officers by vote of your entire membership—a break from the long-standing delegated conference system that insured management by an Administrative Caucus all too adept at doling out favors or punishing dissidents. Curry, an African American who obtained his begin in a North Carolina truck plant, has been on the union government board for greater than a decade. He gained board appointment to the union presidency in 2021. The Administration Caucus was based three-quarters of a century in the past by the newly empowered forces supporting Walter Reuther. On the time, it was a vibrant coalition of militants, starting from Trotskyists on the left to Catholics corporatists on the appropriate, all able to tackle the massive auto companies. However after 1980 UAW membership plummeted as plant closures, international competitors, periodic recessions, and the expansion of nonunion manufacturing within the South sapped the union’s energy.”

“‘Disrespectful to the Craft:’ Actors Say They’re Being Requested to Signal Away Their Voice to AI” [Vice]. “Voice actors are more and more being requested to signal rights to their voices away so purchasers can use synthetic intelligence to generate artificial variations that would ultimately exchange them, and typically with out further compensation, in response to advocacy organizations and actors who spoke to Motherboard. These contractual obligations are simply one of many many issues actors have concerning the rise of voice-generating synthetic intelligence, which they are saying threaten to push whole segments of the business out of labor.”

Information of the Wired

“Rage Towards the Machine” [American Philosophical Association]. “Till machines can themselves motive with us and form our collective ethical norms, our reactive emotional responses to them won’t fall into the participant attitudes and won’t confer duty.” • So we will kill ChatGPT with hearth?

“Warmth pumps increase in Maine, regardless of frigid chilly and oil business pushback” [WaPo]. • I regarded inside one as soon as and it had circuit boards. Exterior? Actually? I dunno. Additionally, Maine doesn’t actually do air con in the summertime. If warmth pumps permit that, that’s dangerous from a local weather perspective.

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