2:00PM Water Cooler 8/15/2023 | bare capitalism


By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Affected person readers, to this point I’ve centered on digging into Part Three of the Fourteenth Modification, based mostly on our very illuminating dialogue final week, however including new materials. However it took awhile. Extra quickly! –lambert UPDATE All executed. I’ll meet up with the marketing campaign path tomorrow. Life’s wealthy pageant!

Chook Tune of the Day

Bobolink, J. Clark Salyer NWR, North Dakota, United States. “Unbroken lower with inside recordist announcement acquire change (MJA, 31Jan2005).” One other 4 minute lower!

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Search for the Helpers

Alert reader Bob feedback on the helpers who saved so many Vermont dairy cows:

I used to be in upstate NY for the ice storm in 1998.

They HAVE to exploit the cows.

With out energy it was unattainable to exploit that many cows. Usually it was achieved with milking gear, powered by electrical energy.

Somebody truly did the mathematics early on, in spite of everything the facility went out, and figured that even when they pressed each man girl and baby into milking they couldn’t do it. Too many cows, not sufficient folks.

If you happen to don’t milk cows they die. Hundreds of useless cows in the course of a catastrophe. Folks might help themselves. Dairy cattle can’t. There have been individuals who have been with out energy for weeks.

You’ll be able to dump milk in the event you can’t transfer it. It’s terrible to waste it, however you possibly can if you must. You’ll be able to’t assist the cows with out energy.

The urgent logistical problem was then learn how to get big mills for the milking gear between these farms.

The Military, out of Fort Drum, was one of many solutions. Big mills and excessive vans. If not for that there would have been much more carnage.


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

The Constitutional Order

Two households, each alike in dignity,
In truthful Verona, the place we lay our scene,
From historical grudge break to new mutiny,
The place civil blood makes civil palms unclean.
–William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare says the 2 households are “alike” in dignity, however he doesn’t say how a lot dignity they really have. If Verona’s households are like our events, the reply is “not a lot.”

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“The Sweep and Drive of Part Three” [William Baude and Michael Stokes Paulsen, University of Pennsylvania Law Review]. I extremely suggest this piece (and the following dialogue at NC, beginning right here). As a former English main and a fan of shut studying, I’m not averse to “originalism,” of which Baude and Paulsen present a magisterial instance, within the sense that understanding the legislation as a textual content should start with understanding the plain, public which means of the phrases used when the textual content was written. That’s how I learn Shakespeare, or Joyce, so why not the Structure? Simply so long as understanding doesn’t finish there! In any case, I’m working via it. One factor I discover is that there do appear to have been slightly plenty of rebellions and insurrections, not simply the Civil Struggle. To me, that is parallel to 1 lesson I drew from Mike Duncan’s Revolutions podcast (episode 1): There are slightly plenty of revolutions, too. Alert reader Pensions Man summarizes Baude and Paulsen as follows:

The authors undergo an exhaustive textual and originalism evaluation of Part Three, and their Federalist Society leanings don’t deter them from reaching their conclusion that officers in each State who’re charged with figuring out candidate {qualifications} ought to conclude that Donald Trump is disqualified from being on ballots due to the oath he took on Inauguration Day 2017 and subsequently violated via his position within the rebellion that passed off on January 6, 2021.

Taking “rebellion” as learn (I must do extra studying), right here is an aggregation on Part Three.

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“Their Fourteenth Modification, Part 3 and Ours” [JustSecurity]. From 2021. “[A] mind-set about constitutions… gained hegemony in American constitutional thought solely within the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. On this view, which continues to construction modern constitutional thought in the US, constitutions are authorized paperwork whose which means is greatest interpreted by authorized authorities. Individuals who draft a structure provision that speaks of ‘rebellion,’ ‘incitement,’ or, for that matter, ‘freedom of the press’ take note of a set authorized which means that courts are anticipated to implement. From this authorized perspective, the query ‘what did the individuals answerable for Part 3 imply by ‘rebellion’?”” is sensible, simply because the extra widespread query ‘what did the individuals answerable for Part 1 imply by ‘equal safety’?’ .” And: “The Republicans who drafted the Fourteenth Modification had an identical political notion of how constitutional which means was decided. If the Fourteenth Modification labored as they anticipated, the nationwide authorities can be managed by individuals of unquestioned loyalty to the federal government. These representatives might be trusted to find out what constituted an rebellion and what kind of participation in an rebellion merited disqualification beneath Part 3. No want existed to hamstring them with a technical authorized definition of ‘rebellion’ or ‘participation’ which may develop into inconsistent with the constitutional goal of giving Congress the instruments crucial to take care of loyal management of the state and federal authorities.  We would make an analogy to a tenure committee in a useful division (does one exist?). The requirements are fairly imprecise (authentic skilled work of top quality), however the members of the committee due to their rectitude and experience could be trusted to tell apart tenurable work from dreck.” • Oh. A tenure committee. A bizarre implementation of “standard constitutionalism,” although not maybe in “our democracy.”  I’m fascinated to see an early article on “Part Three” from the guts of the Lawfare institution. (JustSecurity additionally maintains a Part Three tracker.)

“Voter advocates goal Arizona officers linked to January 6 rebellion” [Kiowa Country Press]. “A authorized advocacy group is taking an uncommon strategy in its try to stop three Arizona officers linked to the January sixth riot from holding public workplace. Free Speech for Folks has filed complaints in an Arizona court docket to bar Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., Rep. Andy Biggs R-Ariz., and Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, from workplace for his or her involvement within the Washington, D.C., rebellion. The complaints cite a clause within the 14th Modification, which disqualifies officers who take part in a revolt from holding any official place.” • This isn’t a case of Part Three being “self-executing,” nevertheless, because the advocacy group is working via the courts.

“Prof. Michael McConnell, Responding Concerning the Fourteenth Modification, ‘Riot,’ and Trump” [Reason]. , depriving voters of the flexibility to elect candidates of their alternative. If abused, that is profoundly anti-democratic. ‘The fitting to vote freely for the candidate of 1’s alternative is of the essence of a democratic society, and any restrictions on that proper strike on the coronary heart of consultant authorities.’ Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533, 555 (1964). The broader and extra nebulous the definition of participating in rebellion, and the less the procedural safeguards, the larger the hazard. Part 3 speaks of ‘rebellion’ and ‘revolt.’ These are demanding phrases, connoting solely probably the most critical of uprisings towards the federal government, such because the Whisky Revolt and the Civil Struggle. The phrases of Part 3 shouldn’t be outlined down to incorporate mere riots or civil disturbances, that are widespread in United States historical past. Many of those riots impede the lawful operations of presidency, and exceed the facility of regular legislation enforcement to manage. Are they insurrections or rebellions, throughout the which means of Part 3?” • I’ve remarked that the distinctive competence of the trendy political get together (not, maybe, within the 1800s) is management of the poll. Is a possible “Sweep and Drive” of “Part 3” formalizing that? If that’s the case, does that make events a part of the constitutional order, just like the press? Because the press is constituted by the First Modification, are events now to be constituted by the Thirteenth?

“Prof. Michael McConnell, Responding Concerning the Fourteenth Modification, ‘Riot,’ and Trump’” [Election Law Blog]. McConnell will get round! “Placing collectively my mates’ broad definitions of ‘rebellion’ and ‘have interaction,’ and lack of concern about enforcement process, I fear that this strategy may empower partisans to hunt disqualification each time a politician helps or speaks in help of the targets of a political riot. . If that’s what Part 3 essentially means, we’ve to stay with it. However in my view, we should always search the narrowest, most exact, least vulnerable to abuse, definition that’s in line with historical past and precedent. Within the absence of precise engagement in precise rebellion, judged as such by competent authorities, we should always enable the American folks to vote for the candidates of their alternative.” • In different phrases, anticipate the lawsuits towards Democrats who supported Black Lives Matter (which some have characterised as a “revolt.” Others not).

“The Conservative Authorized Roadmap to Disqualify Trump From Workplace” [The New Republic]. “However [Baude and Paulsen’s] work stands as as they get able to administer the 2024 elections, particularly on the subject of deciding who can and may’t be on the poll.” • As above. Although it gained’t be some legislation evaluate article that does the nudging, eh? Sounds to me like 2024 will probably be extra risky than we ever imagined. And right here we go:

I seemed up the Board of Administrators for Bonifaz’s NGO. First hit: Ben Binswanger, former advisor to Teddy Kennedy. Dudes, come on.

“Of Insurrections, Presidents, and the Utter Failure of Constitutional Legislation to Tackle the Actual Points” [Dorf on Law]. “What Baude and Paulsen clearly missed, which Professor McConnell and Chief Justice Chase didn’t, is a very powerful query concerning the authorized points surrounding Part 3: what are its penalties? How will the authors’ interpretations play out in the true world?  Is it a good suggestion to use Part 3 to President Trump particularly and the occasions of January sixth typically? Will Part 3 be badly abused sooner or later to individuals who, in contrast to Trump, don’t need to be disqualified from workplace? There aren’t any clear solutions to these questions however these are the questions we ought to be debating (as McConnell did)…. Bush v. Gore gives a superb instance of how we might all be higher served if justices and legislation professors centered extra on details and penalties and fewer on silly formalisms. It’s a well-accepted concept that the equal safety evaluation performed by the justices in that case reversed the justices’ regular partisan preferences on equal safety with all of the conservatives giving the clause a broad studying and two liberals giving it a slim studying. Extra importantly, the justices’ interference in that election could effectively have modified the course of human historical past (simply ask the folks of Iraq). That interference was not persuasively grounded in textual content, historical past, or precedent. The deserves and jurisdictional points have been advanced, contestable, and new. Retired Choose Richard Posner, who had no use for authorized formalisms, believed the case was determined accurately as a result of America wanted a solution and he feared the chaos and confusion can be very harmful if the Court docket let the case go till Florida may end the recount [bullshit]. Whether or not you agree with that evaluation or not, and I don’t, we’re speaking about deciding an extremely shut presidential election. Pragmatic on-the-ground issues are utterly acceptable for this type of monumental case, particularly when the authorized points are blurry with out persuasive solutions. If he have been in a position at this time to reply to the Baude and Paulsen article, he would say one thing like, ‘.’” 

“Conservative Case Emerges to Disqualify Trump for Position on Jan. 6” [New York Times]. “‘,’ Professor Paulsen stated [modestly].” • One may take a look at this because the RINOs lastly retaining their very own aspect of the road clear. However extra volatility! 


Time for the Countdown Clock!

Democrats en Déshabillé

Affected person readers, plainly persons are truly studying the back-dated publish! However I’ve not up to date it, and there are numerous updates. So I should 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 publish, to which I’ll periodically add materials, summarizing the addition right here in a “stay” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) It seems that defining the Democrat Social gathering is, in actual fact, a tough drawback. 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 Pay attention, Liberal!). ; if the Democrat Social gathering didn’t exist, the PMC must invent it. . (“PMC” modulo “class expatriates,” in fact.) Second, all of the working components of the Social gathering reinforce one another. Depart apart characterizing the relationships between parts of the Social gathering (ka-ching, however not totally) 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 neighborhood.

Word, in fact, that the category energy of the PMC each expresses and is proscribed 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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“Please, Please Cease With the Progressive Hero Worship of Jack Smith and Tanya Chutkan” [Politico]. “Inside days of being assigned to preside over Donald Trump’s unprecedented Washington trial, Choose Tanya Chutkan achieved a way more acquainted fashionable political milestone: She grew to become the topic of novelty T-shirt gross sales…. I get the impulse. Sadly, it undercuts the whole lot the iconography is supposed to have a good time… Chutkan is simply the newest public worker whose interplay with Trump has turned her into an icon for the tote-bag-and-novelty-sock set. Final week, my colleague Calder McHugh wrote about the cult that has sprung up round Jack Smith, the person prosecuting Trump, full with fanboy Twitter and Tiktok accounts and gross sales of a pillow depicting Smith as Jaws.” • The “adults within the room” additionally named their canines after Mueller. Do not forget that?


“I’m in earnest — I cannot equivocate — I cannot excuse — I cannot retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.” –William Lloyd Garrison

Assets, United States (Nationwide): Transmission (CDC); Wastewater (CDC, Biobot; contains many counties; Wastewater Scan, contains drilldown by zip); Variants (CDC; Walgreens); “Iowa COVID-19 Tracker” (in IA, however nationwide information). “An infection Management, Emergency Administration, Security, and Common Ideas” (particularly on hospitalization by metropolis).

Lambert right here: Readers, thanks for the collective effort. To replace any entry, do be happy to contact me on the tackle given with the crops. Please put “COVID” within the topic line. Thanks!

Assets, United States (Native): AK (dashboard); AL (dashboard); AR (dashboard); AZ (dashboard); CA (dashboard; Marin, dashboard; Stanford, wastewater; Oakland, wastewater); CO (dashboard; wastewater); CT (dashboard); DE (dashboard); FL (wastewater); GA (wastewater); HI (dashboard); IA (wastewater stories); ID (dashboard, Boise; dashboard, wastewater, Central Idaho; wastewater, Coeur d’Alene; dashboard, Spokane County); IL (wastewater); IN (dashboard); KS (dashboard; wastewater, Lawrence); KY (dashboard, Louisville); LA (dashboard); MA (wastewater); MD (dashboard); ME (dashboard); MI (wastewater; wastewater); MN (dashboard); MO (wastewater); MS (dashboard); MT (dashboard); NC (dashboard); ND (dashboard; wastewater); NE (dashboard); NH (wastewater); NJ (dashboard); NM (dashboard); NV (dashboard; wastewater, Southern NV); NY (dashboard); OH (dashboard); OK (dashboard); OR (dashboard); PA (dashboard); RI (dashboard); SC (dashboard); SD (dashboard); TN (dashboard); TX (dashboard); UT (wastewater); VA (dashboard); VT (dashboard); WA (dashboard; dashboard); WI (wastewater); WV (wastewater); WY (wastewater).

Assets, Canada (Nationwide): Wastewater (Authorities of Canada).

Assets, Canada (Provincial): ON (wastewater); QC (les eaux usées); BC, Vancouver (wastewater).

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Keep protected on the market!

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Search for the Helpers

Presentation supplies:

Thanks, Twitter (or X, because the case could also be):


As I’ve been saying:


“Waning safety after vaccination and prior an infection towards COVID-19-related mortality over 18 months” [Clinical Microbiology]. N = 14,936. “[A]lthough vaccination and prior an infection are protecting towards COVID-19-mortality, safety wanes significantly after six months. With SARS-CoV-2 more and more shifting in direction of endemicity, the continual risk of recent virus mutations, and the general public well being response predominantly counting on vaccines, waning of infection-induced, vaccine-induced and hybrid immunity ought to be monitored. This may increasingly enable figuring out susceptible inhabitants teams with inadequate immunity and supply the proof base to additional fine-tune vaccination suggestions.” • “Could.” Certainly. 

Movie star Watch

Hat tip to Dave Anthony (beforehand of the great “The West Wing” podcast, so useful in diagnosing liberal Democrat mind injury:


“The New COVID ‘Eris’ Variant and Rising Instances: What You Must Know” [KQED]. “[Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, infectious disease expert at UCSF] says that within the context of earlier rises in COVID circumstances over summer season — and winter — he ‘sort of anticipated’ this newest surge for a number of causes. The primary, he stated, is the quantity of summer season journey folks have executed — and are nonetheless doing: ‘Extra folks shifting round, report variety of vacationers, mixing folks from extra dangerous with much less dangerous areas.’ The second is the presence of current warmth waves across the U.S. — and to some extent, throughout the Bay Space — and the way they’ve pushed folks to hunt shelter and average temperatures indoors: ‘Identical to winter drives folks indoors,’ Chin-Hong famous. Thirdly, there’s the actual fact of waning immunity. Whether or not folks gained immunity from getting a COVID an infection again within the winter or by getting their vaccine booster within the late fall of 2022, that’s about ‘six months and alter’ in the past, stated Chin-Hong, ‘so persons are shedding immunity.’ ‘And we all know that immunity wanes the quickest, from CDC information, in those that are over 65,’ he stated. “”So that’s all contributing to simply plenty of extra vulnerable hosts.””

“With ‘Eris’ rising and now ‘Fornax,’ when are COVID circumstances more likely to peak once more? A take a look at what could lie forward for fall and winter” [Fortune]. “As of Friday, one other new participant is extra formally within the combine: ‘Fornax,’ or FL.1.5.1, an Eris relative named after a constellation within the southern hemisphere. That’s in response to Ryan Gregory, a biology professor on the College of Guelph in Ontario, who has been assigning ‘road names’ like Kraken to high-flying variants…. FL.1.5.1 is the highest variant presently reported in New York, thought of a bellwether state by variant trackers…. However the present swell hovers greater than wastewater ranges at previous low factors within the pandemic, together with spring of final 12 months and even Could of 2020. In brief, the damned factor’s nonetheless very a lot with us. From COVID’s introduction to people in late 2019 via the preliminary Omicron wave in January 2022, ‘you sort of have huge, distinct, sharp waves, an enormous peak that went up quick and got here down quick, pushed by a person variant—Alpha, Delta, Omicron,’ he tells Fortune. However since final summer season, there ‘simply hasn’t been that sample anymore.’ As a substitute, a brand new cadence developed—and it’s more likely to proceed this fall and winter. It’s one among a excessive wall of circumstances sustained by mini-waves of a number of new variants overlapping one another—one slicker, sooner, sleeker Omicron spawn after the following. It’s all concerning the ‘excessive sea degree slightly than tsunamis,’ says Gregory.” • Till it isn’t?

An infection

“14th century Yersinia pestis genomes help emergence of pestis secunda inside Europe” [PLOS Pathogens]. “Pestis secunda (1356–1366 CE) is the primary of a sequence of plague outbreaks in Europe that adopted the Black Loss of life (1346–1353 CE). Collectively this era is named the Second Pandemic. From a genomic perspective, nearly all of post-Black Loss of life strains of Yersinia pestis to date recognized in Europe show variety accrued over a interval of centuries that type a terminal sub-branch of the Y. pestis phylogeny…. By way of consideration of historic sources that discover first documentation of the pandemic in at this time’s Central Germany, we argue that these information present sturdy proof to help a post-Black Loss of life evolution of the pathogen inside Europe slightly than a re-introduction from outdoors.” • The Black Loss of life killed 25% of Europe’s inhabitants, Pestis secunda 10-20%. So one may argue that Yersinia pestis did, in actual fact, get “milder.” I’m unsure I might wish to, nevertheless.


“Prevalence of Signs ≤12 Months After Acute Sickness, by COVID-19 Testing Standing Amongst Adults — United States, December 2020–March 2023” [Morbibity and Mortality Weekly Report, CDC]. “These findings increase the understanding of post-COVID situations. Earlier research have reported symptom prevalence estimates throughout different, nonstandardized durations or at a single time limit, leading to challenges evaluating research and problem distinguishing among the many presence of reported persistent signs on the time of COVID-19 analysis, people who resolved after which reemerged, and people who emerged after preliminary restoration (3–9). Few earlier longitudinal research have in contrast signs in COVID take a look at–constructive members with these in individuals with a COVID-like sickness and who acquired unfavourable SARS-CoV-2 take a look at outcomes. By conducting serial measurements of rising and ongoing signs, this examine was capable of confirm that members who have been symptomatic at a given time level included members with ongoing signs in addition to these with rising signs (i.e., signs that weren’t current 3 months earlier). The inclusion of members with COVID-like sickness and unfavourable take a look at outcomes guides discussions on characterizing signs related to post-COVID situations (10). This differentiation provides nuance and readability to the pure historical past of post-COVID situations and characterizes the fluctuating nature of signs over time and acknowledges that these signs should not distinctive to COVID-19 or to post-COVID situations. Many members skilled new signs ≥6 months after the acute sickness, suggesting that the prevalence of rising signs within the months after acute COVID-like sickness is likely to be appreciable. Cognitive difficulties and excessive fatigue have been two widespread signs that emerged after 6 months and are sometimes reported to happen with post-COVID situations (1,3,6,9). Differentiating between signs that resolve and emerge over time helps to characterize post-COVID situations and means that measurements at single time factors underestimate or mischaracterize the true results of illness.” • Too dangerous NIH p*ssed away a billion {dollars} with out in search of organic markers, however right here we’re.

“Teen Suicide Plummeted Throughout Covid-19 Faculty Closures, New Examine Finds” [Forbes]. “Researchers with the College of Texas’s Houston Faculty of Public Well being studied greater than 73,000 emergency division visits and hospitalizations between 2016 and 2021, of which there have been a mean of 964 suicide-related visits per 100,000 youngsters between ages 10 and 18 every year. The speed of suicidality amongst younger folks, which has been growing for a decade, rose from 760 per 100,000 youngsters in 2016 to 1,006 in 2019 earlier than an surprising lower in 2020—the primary 12 months of the pandemic—introduced the speed all the way down to 942. The examine additionally discovered peaks in suicidal ideation in April and October of most years, with a dramatic low in the summertime months when college was not in session, however in 2020 noticed a disruption in that seasonal sample with the bottom suicidality charges in April and Could—when faculties have been closed for Covid.” • And all of the GBD goons yammering to this very day concerning the unforgivable injury our half-assed lockdowns did.

“One thing Terrible”

Lambert right here: I’m getting the sensation that the “One thing Terrible” is likely to be a sawtooth sample — variant after variant — that averages out to a completely excessive plateau. Numerous exceptionally nasty sequelae, probably deriving from immune dysregulation (says this layperson). To which we’d add mind injury, together with character modifications therefrom.

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Elite Maleficence

“New emails present COVID vaccine mandates have been based mostly on a lie” [Washington Examiner]. Missed this in June, nonetheless germane. “Emails obtained via a Freedom of Data Act request present that CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and former NIH Director Francis Collins have been conscious of, and mentioned, ‘breakthrough circumstances’ of COVID in January 2021 — proper when the vaccines grew to become extensively accessible. In her e mail, Walensky says that ‘clearly,’ it’s an ‘vital space of examine,’ hyperlinks to a examine elevating the problem, and assures the particular person she is sending it to that Dr. Anthony Fauci is looped into these conversations. Nevertheless, in public, Walensky was saying one thing fairly totally different. Two months after discussing this information, she stated vaccinated folks ‘don’t carry the virus’ and ‘don’t get sick.’ In a congressional listening to, after it grew to become clear folks have been capable of get contaminated with COVID even after receiving the vaccine, she defended her authentic statements by claiming it was true on the time she stated it — specifically, for the strands we have been coping with in early 2021. We now know that was not true and that Walensky herself knew it was not true.” • Something that empowers Jay Bhattacharya is dangerous…. 

Has anybody else heard from this little chook?

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Case Information

From BioBot wastewater information, August 14:

Lambert right here: Not a lot of a leap over the past three days. Glad recollections of tape-watching days! It will likely be fascinating to see what occurs when faculties open up. I want to congratulate the Biden administration and the general public well being institution, the CDC particularly, for this huge and unprecedented achievement. And a tip of the ol’ Water Cooler hat to the Nice Barrington goons, whose insurance policies have been adopted so assiduously! A curious truth: All of Biden’s peaks are greater than Trump’s peaks. Reveals you what public well being can do when it’s firing on all eight cylinders! Musical interlude. NOTE I’m not blissful that Biobot can’t replace this information extra regularly. 

Regional information:

No backward revisions; maybe the Midwest surge, and leveling off all over the place else, is actual. Let’s wait and see. Apparently, the upswing begins earlier than July 4, which neither accelerates nor retards it.

Regional variant information, August 5.

EG.5 (the orange pie slice) nonetheless appears evenly distributed. Sadly, the Midwest information will not be accessible, so we will’t infer something concerning the Midwest surge and any variant(s), someway. 


NOT UPDATED From CDC, August 5:

From CDC, July 22:

Lambert right here: Undecided what to make of this. I’m used to seeing a brand new variant take down the beforehand dominant variant. Right here it appears like we’ve a “tag staff,” all working collectively to chop XBB.1.5 all the way down to dimension. I certain hope the volunteers doing Pangolin, on which this chart relies upon, don’t all transfer on the inexperienced fields and pastures new (or have their entry to amenities lower by directors of ailing intent).

CDC: “As of Could 11, genomic surveillance information will probably be reported biweekly, based mostly on the supply of constructive take a look at specimens.” “Biweeekly: 1. occurring each two weeks. 2. occurring twice every week; semiweekly.” Appears to be like like CDC has chosen sense #1. In essence, they’re telling us variants are nothing to fret about. Time will inform.

Covid Emergency Room Visits

NOT UPDATED From CDC NCIRD Surveillance, August 5:

Lambert right here: Improve is much more distinct. (The black line is “mixed”, however it’s straightforward to see that Covid, the crimson line, is driving the whole lot.)

NOTE “Charts and information offered by CDC, updates Wednesday by 8am. For the previous 12 months, utilizing a rolling 52-week interval.” So not your complete pandemic, FFS (the implicit message right here being that Covid is “similar to the flu,” which is why the seasonal “rolling 52-week interval” is acceptable for eachMR SUBLIMINAL I hate these folks a lot. Discover additionally that this chart reveals, no less than for its time interval, that Covid is not seasonal, although CDC is attempting to get us to imagine that it’s, presumably to allow them to piggyback on the present institutional equipment for injections.


From Walgreens, August 14:

-0.7%. A pause right here, too? Apparently, persons are citing to this, too, in addition to Biobot. Vertical-ish, although absolutely the numbers are nonetheless very small relative to June 2022, say. Apparently, these don’t correlate with the regional figures for wastewater. (It could be fascinating to survey this inhabitants typically; these are individuals who, regardless of a tsunami of official propaganda and massive peer stress, went and obtained examined anyhow.)

NOT UPDATED From CDC, July 24:

Lambert right here: That is the CDC’s “Traveler-Primarily based Genomic Surveillance” information. They are saying “maps,” however I don’t see one…. 


NOT UPDATED Iowa COVID-19 Tracker, August 9:

Lambert right here: The WHO information is nugatory, so I changed it with the Iowa Covid Information Tracker. Their methodology: “These information have been sourced, by way of the API from the CDC: https://information.cdc.gov/NCHS/Circumstances-Contributing-to-COVID-19-Deaths-by-Stat/hk9y-quqm. This visualization updates on Wednesday evenings. Information are provisional and are adjusted weekly by the CDC.” I can’t appear to get a pop-up that reveals a complete of the three causes (prime proper). Readers?

Whole: 1,172,112 – 1,171,692 = 420 (420 * 365 = 153,300 deaths per 12 months, at this time’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “residing with” Covid (fairly a bit greater than the minimizers would really like, although they will speak themselves into something. If the YouGenicist™ metric retains chugging alongside like this, I may should resolve that is what the powers-that-be think about “mission achieved” for this explicit tranche of dying and illness). 

Extra Deaths

The Economist, August 15:

Lambert right here:  Again to nearly dailiy. Odd when it’s, odd when it stops. Primarily based on a machine-learning mannequin. (The CDC has an extra estimate too, however because it ran endlessly with a large typo within the Legend, I figured no one was actually it, so I obtained rid it. )

• “Covid nonetheless vital as mortality price jumps” [The Actuary]. The UK. “The Steady Mortality Investigation’s (CMI) Q1 2023 replace reveals that 20,000 extra deaths have been reported between January and March – the very best quantity because the pandemic’s second wave in Q1 2021, once they topped 30,000. It stories that, between January and March, 8,600 deaths registered within the UK talked about Covid-19 on the dying certificates. This accounts for round 40% of complete extra deaths…. The variety of deaths registered in England and Wales in week 13 of 2023 was 10,374 –1,210 greater than if mortality charges had been the identical as within the thirteenth week of 2019 and equal to 12% extra deaths than anticipated.”

Stats Watch

Manufacturing: “United States NY Empire State Manufacturing Index” [Trading Economics]. “The NY Empire State Manufacturing Index sank to -19 in August of 2023 from 1.1 in July, effectively under market forecasts of -1, and pointing to the primary decline in manufacturing exercise within the NY state in three months.”

Retail: “U.S. Retail Gross sales” [Trading Economics]. “Retail gross sales within the US have been up 0.7% month-over-month in July of 2023, marking a fourth consecutive rise, and beating market forecasts of a 0.4% enhance. It follows an upwardly revised 0.3% acquire in June, in one other signal client spending stays robust regardless of excessive costs and borrowing prices. Gross sales in July possible obtained a lift from Amazon’s Prime Day.”

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Media: “ESPN Is About To Get A lot Extra Annoying” [Defector]. “ESPN introduced on Tuesday that it was making a billion-dollar cope with on line casino firm Penn Leisure. Over the following 10 years, Penn pays ESPN $2 billion in change for the appropriate to slap ESPN’s title on its sportsbook, and for the flexibility to market that sportsbook via ESPN’s varied media channels. That is going to suck. The legalization of sports activities playing has made being a sports activities fan way more annoying. Over the previous few years, your complete sports activities media business has been steadily and more and more underwritten by promoting {dollars} from sportsbooks, who’ve made offers with as many leagues, publications, and broadcasters as attainable in an effort to get extra bettors onto their apps. Not so way back, you may watch an NBA broadcast on TNT with out Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith interrupting the motion to inform you about an thrilling new parlay accessible on no matter silly playing app they’re in mattress with, however that point has handed. To look at, pay attention, and examine sports activities now’s to be assaulted by promoting for a product meant to separate you out of your cash as shortly as attainable.” • As a result of markets.

Tech: I lastly found out learn how to flip off Chrome-clone Opera’s silly AI pop-up (and no less than I may, kudos to Opera):

Ha ha! Why on earth not? Appears to be like like Bud from Authorized has been at work right here…. 

Tech: “Notes on utilizing a single-person Mastodon server” [Julia Evans]. “There’s no technique to search previous posts you’ve learn. If I see one thing fascinating on my timeline and wish to discover it later, I normally can’t. (Mastodon has a Elasticsearch-based search function, however it solely lets you search your individual posts, your mentions, your favourites, and your bookmarks). These limitations on search are intentional (and a quite common supply of arguments) – it’s a privateness / security problem. Right here’s a abstract from Tim Bray with numerous hyperlinks.” • Effectively, no surprise only a few folks moved to Mastodon from Twitter. Yikes. Particularly when Google search is so horrid. For something newsworthy, Twitter is usually superior. Not so Mastodon!

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Immediately’s Worry & Greed Index: 59 Greed (earlier shut: 65 Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 68 (Greed). (0 is Excessive Worry; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Aug 15 at 12:52 PM ET.

Rapture Index: Closes unchanged [Rapture Ready]. Document Excessive, October 10, 2016: 189. Present: 183. (Do not forget that bringing on the Rapture is good.) NOTE on #42 Plagues: “The coronavirus pandemic has maxed out this class.” Extra sincere than most! 

Feral Hog Watch

“Feral Pigs Are More and more Working Wild In Some Oahu Neighborhoods” [Honolulu Civil Beat]. “As roving herds of feral pigs get larger and extra intimidating, grunting and rooting in backyards island-wide, many individuals residing in Oahu’s forested valleys are beginning to really feel the menace. Martha Noyes, 73, of Pacific Heights, just lately left her purchases within the automobile in a single day slightly than enterprise outdoors at nighttime whereas a herd of pigs — as many as 20 at a time, some weighing 150 kilos or extra — snorted and lumbered throughout her garden. ‘A few occasions I’ve felt genuinely threatened,’ she stated just lately. ‘They don’t prefer it once we come outdoors. Generally I can’t get to my automobile.’ … No person appears certain why the pig inhabitants has shot up so shortly and in so many locations. Some suppose dry climate at greater elevations has brought about pigs to forage farther afield. Others suppose that folks in residential neighborhoods started feeding pigs throughout the Covid-19 shutdown, which attracted extra of them to prosperous city suburbs.” • That’s a Jackpot-level cascading impact!

Video games

“The wait between main online game sequels is getting longer” [Axios]. “Whether or not it’s Zelda or God of Struggle or Murderer’s Creed or Forza, new installments take extra time to develop than they did a decade in the past, as annual releases or two-year gaps give technique to dev cycles lasting 5 years or extra…. Followers anticipate larger, extra graphically detailed video games every day trip, a number of builders talked about to Axios, which requires larger groups and richer budgets. The usually-painstaking means of discovering the enjoyable in sport design, requiring a number of iterations and the scrapping of numerous work, doesn’t get any sooner with extra folks on board…. To make their a reimbursement, publishers have de-emphasized quick-turnaround sequels by diverting assets right into a single huge sport’s expansions and seasons of post-release content material, chasing recurring live-service sport income… ‘There simply aren’t as many video games being made total,’ [analyst Doug Creutz] says.” • We don’t want video games. We have our video games…. 

Class Warfare

“Boots Riley on SAG, WGA Strikes and the Way forward for Hollywood’s Labor Motion” (interview) [Teen Vogue]. RILEY: “I heard this saying at one level, that class consciousness was realizing what aspect of the fence you have been on; class evaluation is realizing who’s there with you. What I’m seeing is folks realizing who’s there with them, connecting with one another, strategizing, and really being in one another’s faces and areas, assembly in particular person. It has created this tradition that, for some of us, it’s their first time having that. For other people, like me, it’s one thing they possibly learn about, however haven’t been having of their life proper now. I feel that’s one factor the [studios don’t] understand, is that it’s enjoyable, proper? That doesn’t imply folks aren’t anxious about the truth that the whole lot stopped, particularly for people on crews, like IATSE and Teamsters — there’s plenty of work not occurring. However once more, that feeling of being along with folks is one thing that’s a payoff in and of itself.”

Information of the Wired

“Some running a blog myths” [Julia Evans]. “Running a blog isn’t for everybody. Tons of fantastic builders don’t have blogs or private web sites in any respect. I write as a result of it’s enjoyable for me and it helps me set up my ideas.” • A enjoyable publish on running a blog. Nonetheless dulce et utile at this time!

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