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By Lambert Strether of Corrente

Affected person readers, I had a family debacle. Extra shortly. Additionally, the rogue tweets have been discovered and handled summarily. Safari customers rejoice! –lambert

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Falcated Wren-Babbler, Palawan, Philippines.

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Politics

Lambert right here: One reader steered altering these quotes; I don’t assume it’s a nasty thought, however I would like to consider it. I don’t wish to be too doomy — we’re not in need of stock in that division — however I don’t wish to go all chipped and Pollyanna-esque, both.

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

“They’d realized nothing, and forgotten nothing.” –Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

“When the going will get bizarre, the bizarre flip professional.” –Hunter Thompson

Capitol Seizure

“The Proper’s Massive Rating” [John Ganz]. “Trump by no means represented any type of coherent set of coverage preferences, however was reasonably main a reactionary mass motion directed in opposition to a conservative elite that had misplaced legitimacy with their constituency due to what have been seen as say-measures and betrayals. The aim was bringing the ‘sturdy’ chief to energy over the ‘cucked’ outdated G.O.P. management. He represented a legendary return to a earlier America and a wholesale assault on immigrants and ungrateful minorities that had been lurking within the wings of Republican performances however had not but totally asserted itself. From the beginning, he attracted and unified all of the splintered teams of the intense proper. Lastly, right here was their man. He was an intruder and, at the very least initially, a car for plebiscitary rage in opposition to the Republicans and the entire institution. All of this for this reason I believed it was honest to deliver historic fascism into the analysis of the Trump phenomenon, a view I feel has been considerably vindicated with the revelations about January 6 as some type of shambolic model of the March on Rome.”

“Will No One Defend the American Republic?” [Ryan Cooper]. “Any pupil of historical past contemplating the summary probabilities of an opposition occasion trying a coup d’etat in opposition to a sitting president with out first acquiring agency management of the navy would absolutely price them low. However the superior feebleness of Democrats raises doubts. Absolutely one cause it might be unwise to aim to grab energy in opposition to a longtime incumbent can be the excessive likelihood of getting arrested or shot. However not solely are Democrats not locking up the insurrectionist criminals, this identical occasion had the presidency stolen from them by a well-liked vote loser in 2000 (admittedly in a a lot much less blatant trend, however nonetheless at backside the identical conduct) and again then they simply rolled over and took it as properly….” • How properly I keep in mind Al Gore, as President of the Senate, in Fahrenheit 911, gaveling the Black Caucus into silence after they sought to get their claims of election theft heard. No surprise they turned corrupt so badly; corruption is a politician’s nihilism.

Abortion

“Impassioned Biden indicators order on abortion entry” [Associated Press]. “President Joe Biden delivered impassioned remarks Friday condemning the “excessive” Supreme Court docket majority that ended a constitutional proper to abortion and pleading with Individuals upset by the choice to “vote, vote, vote vote” in November. He signed an government order to attempt to shield entry to the process below mounting strain from fellow Democrats to be extra forceful in response to the ruling. The actions Biden outlined are supposed to mitigate some potential penalties that girls looking for abortion could face after the ruling, however his order can not restore entry to abortion within the greater than a dozen states the place strict limits or whole bans have gone into impact. A few dozen extra states are set to impose extra restrictions. Biden acknowledged the restrictions dealing with his workplace, saying it might require an act of Congress to revive nationwide entry to the best way it was earlier than the June 24 determination. ‘The quickest approach to restore Roe is to go a nationwide regulation,’ Biden mentioned. ‘The problem is exit and vote. For God’s sake there may be an election in November!’” • Vote, vote, vote, as a result of I’m helpless in opposition to President Manchin and his Woman Sidekick, Sinema!

“Biden’s deliberate anti-abortion judicial nominee ‘sturdy’ conservative, ex-boss wrote” [Reuters]. “A Republican lawyer thought of by President Joe Biden for a Kentucky federal judgeship regardless of his opposition to abortion can be a “sturdy and reliable conservative” voice on the bench for many years, his ex-boss mentioned in a letter launched Thursday…. The workplace of [Republican Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s] Democratic successor, Andy Beshear, launched the letter from M. Stephen Pitt in response to a public information request a day after releasing emails exhibiting Biden had deliberate to appoint Meredith to the federal bench.” Oops. And: “Beshear throughout a press convention Thursday mentioned he has acquired no additional replace from the White Home on whether or not Biden nonetheless plans to appoint Meredith. It’s been loads of time, and by now they need to be telling us that it’s been rescinded,’ he mentioned. The White Home has declined to say whether or not Biden will nonetheless nominate Meredith.” •¨See blow on White Home trade-offs with McConnnell. I keep in mind when Amy McGrath — keep in mind her? — was operating in opposition to “Moscow Mitch,” the Trillbillies scoffed and remarked that McConnnell has “a rock-hard d*ck.” They’re right.

Biden Administration

“Dems weigh jamming McConnell on China invoice” [Axios]. ” McConnell is making an attempt to power Democrats to decide on between bipartisan laws on the stalled China competitors invoice and a Democrat-only reconciliation bundle they may attain with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)…. After issuing his ultimatum final week, McConnell has adopted up with a transparent “pencils down” directive to Senate Republican negotiators, freezing the talks between the Home and Senate on ironing out variations between their two payments…. These formal negotiations have been making gradual — however tangible — progress, till McConnell determined to take the China competitors invoice hostage by vowing to kill it if Democrats stored chasing a local weather, power and prescription drug reform invoice with Manchin.”

UPDATE “Biden’s White Home fears canceling pupil debt will drive inflation even increased — and that restarting mortgage funds would possibly assist keep away from that” [Yahoo News]. “On the marketing campaign path, President Joe Biden pledged to voters with federal pupil debt that they’d see a $10,000 discount of their balances — nevertheless it’s been over two years, and hundreds of thousands of debtors are nonetheless ready for that reduction.” That’s $10,600. Extra: “However with the US dealing with 40-year-high inflation, that burst of recent spending energy from shoppers who’d immediately see their web worths soar by 1000’s of {dollars} might ship the price of frequent items and companies even increased. Costs soared 8.6% within the yr by means of Could, powered by an abundance of client demand and woefully inadequate provide.” • Heaven forfend that we should always see a rise in “client” web price. If not now, when?

2022

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2024

Democrats en Déshabillé

I’ve moved my standing remarks on the Democrat Celebration (“the Democrat Celebration 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 “reside” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) It seems that defining the Democrat Celebration is, in reality, a tough drawback. I do assume the paragraph that follows is on level all the best way again to 2016, if not earlier than:

The Democrat Celebration is the political expression of the category energy of PMC, their base (lucidly defined by Thomas Frank in Hear, Liberal!). ; if the Democrat Celebration didn’t exist, the PMC must invent it. . (“PMC” modulo “class expatriates,” in fact.) Second, all of the working elements of the Celebration reinforce one another. Depart apart characterizing the relationships between parts of the Celebration (ka-ching, however not fully) these parts 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.

Word, in fact, that the category energy of the PMC each expresses and is restricted by different lessons; 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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“A New Conservative Majority on New York’s Prime Court docket is Upending State Legislation” [New York Focus]. “The Court docket of Appeals dominated on 98 circumstances in its most up-to-date time period, which ended final month. DiFiore, Cannataro, Garcia and Singas voted in tandem in 96 of these circumstances. On the seven-member courtroom, a bloc of 4 that sticks collectively can dictate the result of each case. Up to now yr, these 4 judges have used their energy to forestall felony defendants from presenting expert testimony supporting their innocence, bar employees from suing employers for office accidents, and make it more durable for victims of police misconduct to sue for damages, amongst different rulings. All of them have been nominated by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and confirmed by the state Senate. Echoing recent rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court docket’s new conservative supermajority, Chief Decide DiFiore and her new bloc of associates are making New York regulation extra pleasant to regulation enforcement and highly effective financial actors.” • I used to be going to file this below “Republican Funhouse,” however on condition that Democrats nominated these judges and voted them in, I’m submitting this right here. Precisely as on the Supreme Court docket.

UPDATE “Town household is a Machiavellian tragedy” [Marina Times (NorthBeacher)]. From 2020, nonetheless germane: “Willie Brown has aided within the ascension of many politicians, together with each mayor since him. Take for instance present California governor Gavin Newsom. A good-looking businessman and good friend of the highly effective Getty household, Brown plucked Newsom from obscurity, appointing him to San Francisco’s Parking and Visitors Fee and later to District 2 supervisor. It was all a part of Brown’s grasp plan to sculpt a compliant mayoral successor (extra on that later)…. Because the FBI picks off town household one after the other, the silence from Mayor London Breed — one other Brown protégé — is deafening…. As for metropolis household patriarch Willie Brown, he has the Chronicle to set the document straight on all the pieces from escaping prosecution regardless of years of corruption allegations to his relationship with now-Senator Kamala Harris. When Harris was briefly the frontrunner within the race to turn out to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, Brown wrote a Chronicle op-ed declaring for the document that he and Harris had dated 20 years in the past, and he was just about chargeable for each job she’s had since. There’s nothing honorable a couple of man who demeans a powerful lady by publicizing their historical past within the bed room and taking credit score for her successes, whether or not it’s true or not.” • Who mentioned Harris was a “sturdy lady”? And if Harris had been weak, would Brown’s op-ed have been okay? Sheesh! It is a fascinating article — the phrase for it, and Brown, is, I feel, ‘redolent” — that’s dense with element, together with Democrat election theft, shocked shocked.

Realignment and Legitimacy

“The Proper’s Massive Rating” [John Ganz]. Sure, I break up this in two: “[T]he conservative elite made primarily the identical guess as these did in Europe when confronted with Hitler and Mussolini, apart from our conservatives its paying off. That is in so small half as a result of Trump was not Hitler or Mussolini: he lacked the tightly-organized occasion construction that was able to step in and exchange key sections of the state, organs of efficient propaganda, and direct management over paramilitaries to consistently terrorize their opponents, and so on. All in all, he was a reasonably weak and ineffective fascist, extra akin to the failed fascisms that dotted Europe within the interwar interval, and have been smothered by extra typical authoritarian conservatives, episodes we been forgotten at our peril. The conservatives have been in a position to make use of this untimely and disorganized model of fascism as a battering ram—they acquired their Court docket, their most coveted aim—and now could also be within the strategy of deftly leaving it to the aspect. They like to stifle democracy the quaint manner: not by means of dramatic coups, however within the courts and on the state stage. .” • 

“Will No One Defend the American Republic?” [Ryan Cooper]. Sure, I break up this in two, additionally: “Lincoln all the time had an acute sense for the grubby realities of energy, however this wasn’t mere political cynicism; it was a part of an act of political will. His strained (although not wholly dishonest) arguments in regards to the founders and the Structure have been a part of an effort that vastly modified the precise character of the nation. He seized on the elements of American establishments and historical past that have been helpful to his objective of destroying slavery, and downplayed the elements that weren’t. Lincoln was thus in a position to convincingly declare political legitimacy (backed up by an enormous nationwide group) as chief of the nation and defender of freedom, the Structure, and the Declaration of Independence, and lead the nation by means of a horrendously bloody struggle that really did destroy slavery. It was, in a way, a profitable political prophecy. Then he used his unparalleled rhetorical presents to cement the that means of that sacrifice, and he and his occasion closely revised the textual content of the Structure and legal guidelines—with sweeping reforms to the foreign money, banking system, increased schooling, land, and extra—to cement that new actuality. The histories of all nations have many threads, and plenty of of America’s are darkish certainly. However it’s merely inaccurate to say that there’s nothing price defending or being happy with in there. Eradicating slavery was a terrific achievement. Enfranchising 4 million former slaves was one of the crucial radical expansions of democracy in world historical past. The New Deal was, on stability, an enormous enchancment on the established order, even for Black Individuals. The Civil Rights Motion was a splendid achievement.” • Not unfaithful. And all a protracted, very long time in the past, even the Civil Rights Motion.

Recalling the playful distinction I made the other day:

Leaving apart the madness of the proportion of directors to physicians, precise care-givers — see additionally faculties and universities — each physicians and directors are subclasses of PMC. I’m wondering, nonetheless, what the proportion of hegemonic (help present social relations) to distinctive (oppose them) is inside every subclass. My guess is that the Hippocratic oath would are likely to make for a bigger distinctive subclass inside physicians, however maybe not. In fact, I guess that the fabric realities of being despatched out to the pandemic entrance traces with out correct weaponry would have its impact, as properly. (This chart, tweeted here, was onerous to run down; I think the original is paywalled. It’s attested to right here, by the Milken Institute, of all locations.

#COVID19

“• Multimodal surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 at a college permits improvement of a strong outbreak response framework” (PDF) [medRxiv]. From the Summary:

Universities are significantly weak to infectious illness outbreaks and are additionally splendid environments to review transmission dynamics and consider mitigation and surveillance measures when outbreaks happen. Right here, we introduce a SARS-CoV-2 surveillance and response framework based mostly on high-resolution, multimodal information collected in the course of the 2020-2021 tutorial yr at Colorado Mesa College. We analyzed epidemiological and sociobehavioral information (demographics, contact tracing, and wifi-based co-location information) alongside pathogen surveillance information (wastewater, random, and reflexive diagnostic testing; and viral genomic sequencing of wastewater and scientific specimens) to characterize outbreak dynamics and inform coverage choices. We quantified group attributes that elevated illness threat, and highlighted parallels between conventional and wifi-based contact tracing. We moreover used scientific and environmental viral sequencing to determine cryptic transmission, cluster overdispersion, and novel lineages or mutations. In the end, we used distinct information varieties to determine data that will assist form institutional coverage and to develop a mannequin of pathogen surveillance appropriate for the way forward for outbreak preparedness.

Outcomes:

To evaluate the general efficacy of CMU’s surveillance program, we in contrast CMU’s incidence price to that of Mesa County, which had restricted testing out there on the time. CMU’s weekly incidence exceeded county incidence charges and predicted them with a lag time of three days (correlation = 0.73; Appendix Determine 1AB). That is in line with stories that sufficient college testing can foreshadow group outcomes12 130 and highlights the power of well131 designed college testing packages to function bellwethers. Because the pandemic’s influence on the encircling group grew to become clearer, the college sponsored testing for exterior group members, each as a public profit and to restrict unfold of SARS-CoV-2 into the campus

The funders give me pause; they embrace MacKenzie Scott (née Bezos) and the Chan/Zuckerberg Initiative. I don’t quarrel with the outcomes or the method, each of which verify my priors, however their involvment means they see what they name “alternative,” which implies rents and abuse for the remainder of us.

• We wrote of Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre back in June; it appears to have turn out to be a form of Mecca for air flow/aerosol nerds:

Effectively price studying in full. To the accounts nice credit score, a contrarian thread is included, from a second air flow/aerosol geek:

Nonetheless, geeks going spherical gathering and publicizing CO2 ranges (a proxy for “shared air”). It’s a superb signal.

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• Maskstravaganza: Hospitals forcing you to take off a useful masks and exchange it with a surgical masks:

This isn’t the one such anecdote I’ve heard. Has the hospital an infection management group misplaced its collective thoughts? Are all of them nonetheless droplet goons? WTF?

• Maskstavaganza: It is a scorching scorching take!

I actually want anti-maskers would cease mendacity. Masks don’t “cowl the face.” They cowl the mouth and nostril to keep away from an infection by means of respiration. They don’t cowl the eyes, and final I checked, the eyes weren’t solely a part of the face, however an necessary one. The silly! (“Face masking” is even worse.)

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If you happen to missed it, right here’s a publish on my queasiness with CDC numbers, particularly case depend, which I (nonetheless) think about most necessary, regardless of what Walensky’s psychos at CDC who invented “community levels” assume. However these are the numbers we’ve.

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Lambert right here: I finished doing the Biobot website. We now produce other wastewater websites, they don’t replace fairly often, and I by no means appreciated their bizarre backwater revisions. I’m additionally eliminating the CDC extra deaths chart. The legend has huge typos which have gone unfixed without end. I don’t assume anyone at CDC checks it or cares about it.

Case Rely

Case depend for the United States:

Kind of flat. There was a bizarre, plateau-like “fiddling and diddling” stage earlier than the Omicron explosion, too. This conjuncture feels the identical. Beneath the hood the BA.4/BA.5 are making up a higher and higher proportion of circumstances. Keep in mind that circumstances are undercounted, one supply saying by a factor of six, Gottlieb thinking we only pick up one in seven or eight.) Therefore, I take the case depend and multiply it by six to approximate the true stage of circumstances, and draw the DNC-blue “Biden Line” at that time. The earlier depend was ~110,400. Right now, it’s ~102,300, and 110,400 * 6 = a Biden line at 613,800. At the very least we’ve affirmation that the extraordinary mass of case anecdotes had a foundation in actuality. (Keep in mind these information factors are weekly averages, so day by day fluctuations are smoothed out.) The black “Fauci Line” is a counter to triumphalism, because it compares present ranges to previous crises.

Regional case count for 4 weeks:

The South:

Positivity

From the Walgreen’s test positivity tracker:

4.5%. Oof. (I’m leaving the company emblem on as a slap to and test on the psychos at CDC.)

Wastewater

Wastewater information (CDC), Jun 19, 2022 – Jul 03, 2022:

This chart works a bit like fast riser counties: “This metric reveals whether or not SARS-CoV-2 ranges at a website are at present increased or decrease than previous historic ranges on the identical website. 0% means ranges are the bottom they’ve been on the website; 100% means ranges are the best they’ve been on the website.” So, there’s a bunch of purple dots on the West Coast. That’s 100%, so which means “ranges are the best they’ve ever been.” Not damaged down by variant, CDC, good job.

Variants

Lambert right here: It’s past irritating how gradual the variant information is. I seemed for extra charts: California doesn’t to a BA.4/BA.5 breakdown. New York does nevertheless it, too, is on a molasses-like two-week cycle. Does no one within the public well being institution get a promotion for monitoring variants? Are there no grants? Is there a single lab that does this work, and all people will get the outcomes from them? Further sources from readers welcome [grinds teeth, bangs head on desk].

NOT UPDATED Variant information, nationwide (Walgreens), June 18:

NOT UPDATED Variant information, nationwide (CDC), June 18:

CDC has restored the button that lets me flip their NowCast button off. Doubling conduct shifting alongside fairly briskly, however I might reasonably calculate slash intuit the rise myself, and evaluate that to Walgreens, than use CDC’s mannequin, which might be damaged anyhow.

Transmission

Lambert right here: I shall most actually not be utilizing the CDC’s new “Community Level” metric. As a result of CDC has mixed a number one indicator (circumstances) with a lagging one (hospitalization) their new metric is a poor warning signal of a surge, and a poor approach to assess private threat. As well as, Covid is a illness you don’t wish to get. Even in case you are not hospitalized, you may endure from Lengthy Covid, vascular points, and neurological points. For these causes, case counts — recognized to be underestimated, on account of residence check kits — deserve to face alone as a quantity to be tracked, irrespective of how a lot the political operatives in CDC management want to obfuscate it. That the “inexperienced map” (which Topol calls a “capitulation” and a “deception”) remains to be up and being taken severely verges on the felony. Use the group transmission instantly under.

Right here is CDC’s interactive map by county set to group transmission. That is the map CDC wants only hospitals to look at, not you. For June 30 – July 6:

Establishment.

Lambert right here: Because of alert reader CR, who discovered the place CDC had interred the “Community Profile Report.” NOTE: The file identify is “Neighborhood Profile Report 20220707 (1).pdf.” That’s how a filename seems to be when it’s uploaded twice, the second time usually accidentally, so it does certainly appear like there was a kerfuffle of some type yesterday after I went to my ordinary CDC hyperlink and found an abomination. (I’m not taking again “sociopathic, democidal shitheads,” although. An excessive amount of else speaks in its favor.)

Speedy Riser information, by county (CDC), July 7:

Word Texas and Florida.

Hospitalization information, by state (CDC), July 7:

Very risky.

Deaths

Loss of life price (Our World in Data):

Total: 1,044,557 1,043,879. I’ve added an anti-triumphalist Fauci Line. It’s good that for deaths I’ve a pleasant, easy, day by day chart that simply retains chugging alongside, in contrast to all the pieces else CDC and the White Home are screwing up or letting go darkish, good job.

Stats Watch

Employment Scenario: “United States Unemployment Price” [Trading Economics]. “The US unemployment price was unchanged at 3.6 % in June of 2022, the identical as within the earlier three months, remaining the bottom since February 2020 and in step with market expectations. The variety of unemployed individuals decreased by 38 thousand to five.912 million, whereas employment ranges fell by 315 thousand to 158.111 million. In the meantime, the labor power participation price edged right down to 62.2 % in June fom 62.3 % in Could.”

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Right now’s Concern & Greed Index: 28 Concern (earlier shut: 24 Excessive Concern) [CNN]. One week in the past: 22 (Excessive Concern). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Jul 7 at 12:45 PM EDT.

Police State Watch

“Timothy Loehmann withdraws software for Tioga, PA police officer” [ABC Cleveland (Scylla)]. “Former Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann has withdrawn his software as the only real officer of Tioga, a small borough in Pennsylvania, after being sworn in earlier this week. Loehmann is the officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice in 2014…. Council unanimously authorised Loehmann’s hiring at $18 per hour. He was employed on a 90-day probationary interval, and in keeping with the mayor, the intention was to advertise him to chief after a profitable interval. The hiring prompted dozens of protesters to specific their displeasure with council’s determination…. This isn’t the primary time Loehmann was employed as a police officer after which resigned following his departure from Cleveland.” • Not a lot sympathy for Loehmann, who appears to take pleasure in his commerce. Tioga County is attention-grabbing. In 2020, they voted for Trump over Biden five to one. Then, in 2021, they declined to get involved in an Arizona-style “forensic investigation.” Fetterman was there in Could:

Information of the Wired

Programmers could discover this enjoyable:

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AG writes:

Right here close to Grass Valley, CA, elevation 2700 toes, our native lilies have began blooming.

It is a single bloom of the reasonably uncommon Pitkin’s Marsh Lily, about three inches throughout. We have now twenty–seven open blooms at this second, from eleven vegetation, set out in very small areas that get additional water right here and there in our backyard, and at the very least one other ten buds to come back. Aren’t they spectacular?

Earlier than these Marsh lilies are previous their prime, the native dryland Humboldt’s lilies will probably be opening; the buds are turning from inexperienced to brilliant orange proper now.

We hope for extra pollinators, this has been a horrible yr for native bees and butterflies. Possibly ten % of ordinary, all at the very least a month late, and a few species fully lacking. The one exceptions have been the early Dusky Wing butterflies, which got here and went earlier than the late snow. Nonetheless, we’ve seen one Monarch flitting by, the primary in 5 years, and a neighbor has seen two. We have now tons of our native 4 species of Milkweeds, prepared and ready!

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