2:00PM Water Cooler 8/24/2023 | bare capitalism

By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Falcated Wren-Babbler, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Nationwide Park Path, Palawan, Philippines

“Armed with nets, Sharpies and glitter pens, silverspot researchers spend the summer season monitoring threatened butterfly” [YachatsNews (AC)]. “The Oregon silverspot as soon as inhabited coastal meadows from southern Washington to northern California. It was positioned on the federal threatened species checklist in 1980 however its numbers and vary proceed to say no. Immediately the butterfly holds on in simply 5 locations in Oregon and one close to Lake Earl in Del Norte County, California. Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service and the united statesFish & Wildlife Service have been main restoration efforts via habitat restoration and reintroduction due to silverspot caterpillar breeding applications on the Oregon Zoo in Portland and the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.” The volunteers are marking their wings with Sharpies (which don’t dislodge any scales) to allow them to be visually tracked. Extra: “On the epicenter of Oregon silverspot survival is a single host plant – the early blue violet. The small plant is the one flower on which the butterfly larvae can efficiently feed and develop.” So the volunteers put mesh tents over blue violets with zoo-raised caterpillar eggs on them. Extra: “Oregon silverspot reside out their life cycle in distinctive wind-blown salt-spray coastal meadows and contribute to pollinating a number of wildflowers from the ocean to close by forests. Butterflies emerge in late June and into July. They mate and lay 200 or so eggs the scale of sesame seeds close to blue violets in August. ‘The butterflies can reside 4 to 6 weeks, which is a extremely very long time for a butterfly,’ [Izzy Bur, one of several field researchers,] stated.” • Maybe alien guests suppose our lifespan is “a extremely very long time” “for a human”?

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

Two households, each alike in dignity,
In truthful Verona, the place we lay our scene,
From historic grudge break to new mutiny,
The place civil blood makes civil fingers 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 reasonably lots 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 reasonably lots 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 occurred on January 6, 2021.

Taking “rebellion” as learn (I must do extra studying), extra on my persevering with protection of Part Three.

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Lambert right here: The media frenzy on Baude and Paulsen appears to have died down. I’ve stated, for a while, that the distinctive competence of the trendy political celebration is the poll: What the poll line is, how the ballots are forged and counted, even which poll line wins. Nevertheless, hitherto, events have solely managed the poll line for their very own candidates. When Baude and Paulsen suggest that state-level election officers “disqualify” candidates of the opposing celebration, that appears to me fairly a radical proposal. Events don’t have any Constitutional standing, but when we in the US have an “unwritten Structure”, then Baude and Paulsen suggest a change within the Constitutional order, and I don’t care what the verbiage is. Additional, the change within the Constitutional order emanates from the hive-mind of an NGO composed of conservative legal professionals (PMC), and if put via, might be put via by a liberal dogpile within the press (PMC). That, too, is a change in Constitutional order, reasonably like Napoleon crowning himself — that, too, was “self-executing” — an analogy I’m positive Bourdieu would love:

“Regulation Professors, Authorized Punditry, Donald Trump, and What’s an Educational to Do?” [Dorf on Law]. “In lay phrases, each the elimination statute and the doctrine of supremacy clause immunity require the defendant to have engaged in official conduct and, for elimination, have a colorable federal protection outlined fairly loosely. Each points will probably come down as to if Trump was engaged in official conduct guaranteeing the equity of federal elections or whether or not he was a candidate attempting to steal an election (or maybe each). Have been I writing a legislation evaluation article on the topic, I’d say these are problems with first impression, they affect our nation tremendously, and my learn of the legislation and info is that Trump ought to lose however, after all, decrease court docket judges and finally SCOTUS could effectively come to a unique conclusion. I expressed these ideas publicly, which obtained me in hassle with some on the left who wished no a part of any uncertainty. The celebration line is Trump should and can lose these motions and why present the opposite aspect with even the slightest ammunition to make their case stronger. This pushback gave me important pause…..  I might have stated final week one thing like, ‘effectively Trump ought to simply lose on each points as a result of the legislation and info are towards him and right here’s why.’ I agree with that sentence however it isn’t even near the complete fact. For one factor, predicting what appellate judges and SCOTUS will do in legally simple instances with a liberal/progressive political valence is fraught with hazard, given the 6-3 conservative court docket (to not point out that half of the lively judges on the eleventh Circuit have been nominated by Donald Trump). Second, it’s essential that Trump be handled the identical approach we might need future Presidents to be handled, and the road between candidate and federal officer might be blurrier than many individuals suppose. And, third, the truth is that these are all problems with first impression with monumental implications for our nation and perhaps we should always simply decelerate and take a while earlier than announcing that Trump ought to positively lose on each elimination and immunity. However the media watch for nobody. …. However right here’s the rub. My capability to get others to acknowledge each my educational work and my punditry (there’s nothing else to name a five-minute section on CNN or a 1500-word essay in SLATE) completely relies upon right now on full participation in non-legal media of all types. That actuality will not be true for folk educating at elite faculties, who by advantage of their Ivy League credentials might be able to garner publicity in different methods (corresponding to hobnobbing with different elites). However for these of us with out these credentials educating at much less elite faculties, the trail to profession success lately is thru social media rather more than via 30,000-word legislation evaluation articles and even books (however after all one additionally should produce such conventional scholarship).” • Hegemony in motion. Dorf doesn’t wish to “find yourself like Invoice Black.”

Time for the Countdown Clock!

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Trump’s interview with Tucker Carlson:

The one transcript I can discover is the autogenerated YouTube one, which is ridiculous. (Kudos to YouTube for lastly making the timestamps clickable, however why the heck can’t I search inside the transcript and duplicate it?) Anyhow, this alternate was attention-grabbing. I cleaned it up a bit (all errors mine):

7:15 [CARLSON:] I’m trying on the trajectory since 2015, whenever you obtained into politics for actual after which received. It began with protests towards you, large protests, organized protest by the left after which it moved to impeachment twice, and now indictment. The following stage is violence. Why wouldn’t they attempt to kill you? Actually.

[TRUMP:] are savage animals. are individuals which can be sick, actually sick. You’ve nice individuals within the Democrat Celebration. You’ve nice individuals which can be Democrats. Most people in our nation are implausible, and I’m representing everyone, not simply Republicans or conservatives, I characterize everyone. I’m the president of everyone. However I’ve seen what they do,  I’ve seen the lengths that they go to. After they make up the Russia Russia Russia, when that’s uncovered they go down and Barr ought to have gone after them…..”

Two attention-grabbing issues. First, Trump speaks with out warmth (very a lot not like the screaming headlines). Second, the dearth of company is pervasive. Who, precisely, is “they”? Clearly not all Democrats, as Trump says explicitly, nor all of the American individuals. So, who? Oh, and three: Trump doesn’t reply Carlson’s query (which is an effective one). Readers, am I flawed? Does Trump reply this query, and I missed it within the transcript? If that’s the case, hmm. (Trump additionally has an well-observed evaluation of Biden’s physique; Trump’s time on this planet {of professional} wrestling served him effectively! Once more, delivered with out warmth; stuff everyone has seen.)

Lambert right here: Alert readers, if a transcript does seem, please put a hyperlink to it in feedback.

“Trump faucets veteran Atlanta protection legal professional to steer combat towards racketeering fees” [Politico]. “Donald Trump has tapped a brand new lead protection legal professional as he prepares to show himself in to state authorities in Georgia, the place he faces allegations of orchestrating a sprawling racketeering conspiracy to subvert the 2020 election. Steve Sadow, a veteran Atlanta-based protection legal professional, filed an look on Trump’s behalf Thursday morning in Fulton County Superior Courtroom, supplanting Drew Findling as Trump’s lead legal professional within the case. Sadow has been publicly important of the way in which racketeering fees have been leveled by Georgia prosecutors, telling the Atlanta Journal-Structure in 2021 — as Fulton County District Legal professional Fani Willis started her Trump-related probe — that the statute has been ‘overused.’ Sadow has represented different high-profile purchasers lately, together with a star College of Georgia linebacker who pleaded responsible to sexually assaulting two ladies, and Sergio Kitchens, a rapper often known as ‘Gunna,’ who pleaded responsible to a racketeering cost final 12 months. Sadow’s high-profile purchasers have additionally included figures like Howard Stern, Usher and Rick Ross.” • Hmm. Trump appears to be hiring a greater class of legal professionals, lately. Suggests to me that the instances aren’t as sturdy as liberal Democrat rapture would indicate (given Trump’s nature and status as a consumer).

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“Physique Language Informed Me Every little thing I Wanted to Know In regards to the GOP Debate” [Politico]. “I’ve been learning nonverbal communication for over 50 years, 25 of them as an FBI agent specializing in decoding human conduct. I realized that people are pretty good at mendacity — however they’re awful at concealing their true feelings, particularly when burdened. … Because the eight Republican candidates — Trump, the frontrunner, was conspicuously absent — traded rhetorical blows, I watched with the hold forth to focus solely on their physique language: the handshakes, the gestures, the revealing facial expressions. Then I turned the sound on to evaluate how their tone of voice and phrases matched or conflicted with their nonverbal language.” “DeSantis has been criticized — even by his personal celebration! — for being socially inept. However I didn’t see that. I noticed a really critical candidate who is worried concerning the points; it’s clear from the stress in his face. His glabella (the area between your eyebrows) furrowed, which alongside together with his emphatic hand gestures expressed his concern. DeSantis’ physique language could not have communicated likeability, an essential issue for undecided voters searching for a candidate they’ll belief, however he did present viewers that he considers the problems raised within the debate to be of the utmost significance.” “[Ramaswamy’s] gestures have been the broadest and essentially the most emphatic of the pack. Once you make broad gestures, you lend extra energy to your phrases than somebody gesturing evenly or by no means. Ramaswamy additionally made repeated use of what’s referred to as a precision grip — together with his index finger and thumb making an OK signal — which individuals use to indicate that they’ve command of a subject. His beaming smile garnered consideration and defanged his detractors.” “However what actually stood out was his willingness to have interaction others instantly. One of the crucial dynamic moments of the controversy was when Pence took on Ramaswamy over the state of the tradition struggle and American exceptionalism, inflicting Ramaswamy to jerk his head again in disbelief. Pence’s tightly compressed lips had one unequivocal message: You’re flawed.” • Fascinating, however is it woo woo?

“In Trump’s absence, Ramaswamy drives the GOP debate” [Axios]. “The jabs at Ramaswamy, and the sharp elbows he threw in return, so dominated the controversy that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — who’s operating a distant second to absent frontrunner Donald Trump — prevented the ‘dog-pile on Ron‘ state of affairs his marketing campaign had predicted…. Whereas Trump counter-programmed the controversy with an interview with former Fox Information host Tucker Carlson, Ramaswamy primarily bear-hugged the previous president. Trump wasn’t there, however a few of his aides have been. They praised Ramaswamy’s efficiency.” • Too unhealthy “Slick Vivek” is a harmful lunatic:

Not that Biden’s insurance policies are something like satisfactory to the scope of the issue. 

“Vivek Ramaswamy makes an impression at one New Hampshire debate watch celebration” [WaPo]. “By the tip of the night time, [Zach] Hayes was announcing the political newcomer’s title accurately and praising him because the winner of the Wednesday night time debate. ‘I agree with lots of what he says. I’m excited to see how he progresses,’ stated Hayes, 39, a software program engineer. Hayes joined greater than 60 Republican voters right here within the first-in-the-nation major state for the community of donors and activist teams led by the conservative billionaire Charles Koch [oh]. The group is explicitly opposing the candidacy of former president Donald Trump however says it has not but endorsed a candidate. After an evening of sipping beers and consuming fried mozzarella sticks at Murphy’s Taproom, a pub in downtown, it turned clear that many citizens who attended the occasion felt the identical as Hayes: Ramaswamy captured their consideration, making an early and powerful impression towards extra skilled political figures, together with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who many thought would have garnered extra of a highlight throughout the two-hour debate.” • The friends fastidiously chosen, I assume.

“Trump absent however nonetheless dominates as GOP presidential rivals conflict at first debate” [Kansas Reflector]. “The second matter of the night time, maybe a shock to Republican major voters, was about local weather change. A Catholic College of America scholar requested how the candidates would soothe younger voters involved about local weather change….. Majorities of voters in each events now say human exercise is inflicting a warming local weather, however nonetheless differ on whether or not these rising temperatures are major components in harmful climate occasions — corresponding to wildfires, floods, drought and extreme storms — in response to a Washington Publish-College of Maryland ballot printed Wednesday.” • What any local weather denialist candidate dangers, within the  439 days till the election, is a number of climate occasions that drive dwelling the truth of local weather change to even the toughest to influence. (Biden, although he blew it in Maui — “molasses-brained West Wing” is a phrase I haven’t utilized in awhile — has, as President, a marketing campaign alternative in such a climate occasion, if he can exhibit competence in catastrophe reduction and drive dwelling the lesson that local weather is actual; like Katrina in reverse. Then once more, the chance to do that in Maui is so apparent that one wonders how the employees missed it; maybe they’re solely consumed with retaining The Massive Man ambulatory.

“Why Biden is smiling right now” [Steve Israel [ick], The Hill]. Israel appears to suppose Ukraine is a successful political situation for Biden (and it seems to be just like the DNC does too). Nevertheless: “Talking of the king, I by no means thought I’d say this, however I missed Trump. It was like going to a Broadway present and studying that the star isn’t performing, and there’s not even an understudy — only a bunch of individuals auditioning for the half.”

“It’s Trump’s celebration: Winners, losers and the absent front-runner on the first GOP debate” [USA Today]. “However the simple trip he obtained within the GOP’s first major debate Wednesday night time − with out even bothering to indicate up on the Milwaukee stage − underscored the truth that the one individual prone to price Trump the nomination is Trump, because the repercussion of some well being or authorized or different disaster. At the least in the intervening time, that form of political lightning looms as an even bigger threat to him than the prospect that one of many rivals on stage goes to have the ability to consolidate sufficient assist to be a menace…. Practically an hour handed earlier than a query was posed about what Baier referred to as ‘the elephant not within the room’−that’s, the truth that Trump now faces 91 felony fees that embrace obstructing justice, mishandling a number of the nation’s most delicate paperwork and attempting to overturn the 2020 election.”

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“I Lived Like Mike Pence for a Week” [Slate]. “Males are by no means to spend any time with a girl with out a chaperoning presence. That’s a core tenet of the Modesto Manifesto, as outlined by the late mega-preacher and infamous fundamentalist crusader Billy Graham. The thought is that by placing your self below fixed, panoptic surveillance, you shall by no means succumb to temptations of the flesh… Billy Graham established this statute in 1948, with enter from a wide range of his different neo-evangelist comrades, and lived by it till his dying in 2018. Extra not too long ago, a model of the creed was popularized by former Vice President and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence…” And: “I say all of this as a result of Slate requested me—a 32-year-old media skilled with a liberal arts diploma, a long-term cohabiting girlfriend, an residence in Brooklyn, and, let’s say, a 65-to-35 cut up between feminine associates and male associates—to reside like Mike Pence for every week.” • So this text is totally what one would anticipate, but it surely’s attention-grabbing to have the background on Billy Graham.

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“Why the Home Has No Different to an Impeachment Inquiry into President Biden” [Jonathan Turley, The Messenger]. Simply asking questions:

Weiss minimize a take care of Hunter’s authorized group that was extensively derided…. Home Republicans had beforehand demanded that Weiss and his group reply questions concerning the investigation and the plea discount. And an look earlier than a Home committee was deliberate when Garland instantly preempted that by doing what many people have demanded for years: He appointed a particular counsel. To the amazement of many, although, he appointed the one prosecutor who ought to have been categorically excluded — David Weiss. Part 600.3 of the DOJ’s code on particular counsels requires an appointment from exterior the Justice Division, for apparent causes. Whereas one other prior particular counsel, John Durham, additionally got here from inside the Justice Division, Durham was retiring from the division on the time of his appointment. Not solely did Garland should ignore his personal laws to nominate Weiss however he additionally needed to ignore the primary qualification: The appointed exterior counsel needs to be somebody with ‘a status for integrity and neutral decision-making.’ Weiss might effectively have a reliable protection to Republican complaints that he ran a hard and fast investigation into Hunter or accusations that he made false statements to his personal group. Nevertheless, he clearly stays below suspicion by many individuals. That’s mirrored in an ABC Information/Ipsos ballot during which virtually half of People lack belief that the DOJ will conduct the Hunter Biden investigation in a ‘truthful and nonpartisan method.’ Along with this controversial appointment, Garland once more refused to expressly lengthen the particular counsel’s mandate to incorporate influence-peddling allegations involving President Biden.” • An impeachment inquiry shouldn’t be an inquiry. Nonetheless. In my opinion, the Home Republicans have performed this investigation in a critical method (very a lot not like the Benghazi hairball). We’ll see if they’ll pull Turley’s advice off.

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“RFK Jr attracts fairly a crowd – what does it imply for 2024?” [Guardian]. “Sporting a Robert Kennedy Jr marketing campaign T-shirt, Kevin O’Keeffe discovered there was standing room solely because the candidate, launched as “”Bobby Kennedy””, walked on a sunbaked stage decked with hay bales to whoops and applause. ‘He helps freedom of speech, and he’s questioned the efficacy of the vaccine, which is reliable at this level,’ stated O’Keeffe, 52, who works for a telecommunications firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. ‘I like his views on international coverage and retaining us out of the struggle. He cares about his fellow People in a approach that lots of the politicians these days I don’t suppose actually do.’ He was removed from alone in rooting for Kennedy at the Iowa state truthful in Des Moines final weekend. The longshot challenger to Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination in 2024 drew one of many largest and most energetic crowds, outnumbering standard politicians on the Republican aspect. The shouts of ‘We love you, Robert!’ and ‘Thanks, Robert!’, and subsequent mobbing of Kennedy for handshakes and selfies, hinted on the stirrings of a motion…. Kennedy rose to prominence throughout the coronavirus pandemic due to his strident and extensively condemned opposition to vaccines. He has styled himself as a hammer of the elites – fairly a feat for a scion of one in all America’s most storied political dynasties. He has scrambled outdated political allegiances, putting an anti-establishment nerve on the far left and much proper over the Ukraine struggle and different points.” • First candidate created by the implosion of the general public well being institution (or, tin-foil hat time, the flip of public well being to eugenics).

Republican Funhouse

“Virginia GOP Official Shows 16 Foot Penis Signal at Youth Baseball Sport to Protest Woke” [MTN]. • One thing flawed with Delight?

Democrats en Déshabillé

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

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

Word, after all, that the category energy of the PMC each expresses and is proscribed 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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Realignment and Legitimacy


“I’m in earnest — I can’t equivocate — I can’t excuse — I can’t 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 knowledge). “An infection Management, Emergency Administration, Security, and Normal 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 handle given with the vegetation. 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 reviews); 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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“Masks mandates reemerge amid upturn in COVID-19 instances” [The Hill]. “The latest upturn in COVID-19 instances in some areas has spurred a handful of entities across the nation to reinstate masks mandates, reigniting the controversy over what place masking necessities have in an period of dwelling with the coronavirus.” Lionsgate, Kaiser, varied hospitals and universities. “In line with Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Affiliation of State and Territorial Well being Officers (ASTHO), the need of masks mandates will come all the way down to a case-by-case foundation, including that publicly out there knowledge [lol, dude, come on, what data?] ought to inform these selections. ‘I believe the brand new strategy [oh, it’s new!] is we [who] wish to make that info out there to the general public [lol] and provides individuals some warning [albeit some weeks late] that there could also be some [unknown amount of] will increase in illness exercise [or, in the vulgate, suffering and death],”” Plescia stated. “”After which individuals determine for themselves form of how they wish to react and how much precautions they wish to take.’” • In different phrases, let ‘er rip. How did the general public well being institution get populated by monsters?

One more metaphor:


“COVID-19: inspecting the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions” [The Royal Society]. Extraordinarily essential:

Scientists and policymakers knew little or no about SARS-CoV-2 when the pandemic started. It was not clear what an optimum technique for NPI implementation seemed like, together with how outcomes fluctuate for individuals of various ages, ethnicities, well being standing and socioeconomic teams. The widespread roll out of NPIs was additionally economically expensive and led to main social disruption with wider impacts on well being and wellbeing.

Now’s an opportune time study from NPI implementation throughout the pandemic and spotlight proof gaps to make sure we’re ready for potential future outbreaks of infectious illness.

There may be clear proof from research performed throughout the pandemic that stringent implementation of packages of NPIs was efficient in some nations in lowering transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

There may be additionally proof for the effectiveness of particular person NPIs, however most NPIs have been carried out in packages. Disentangling the consequences of 1 NPI when different NPIs have been carried out on the identical time presents a big problem.

That’s, an RCT shouldn’t be an acceptable option to consider a “Swiss Cheese Technique” of multi-layer safety, since every layer confounds the others. Extra:

Proof means that NPIs have been, normally, simpler when case numbers and the related transmission depth of SARS-CoV-2 have been decrease. NPIs turned much less efficient as extra transmissible variants of the virus emerged (eg Delta, Omicron) which have been higher tailored to spreading between individuals and evading immune responses.

So do NPIs onerous and early, as many (together with our personal GM) suggested.

Stringency of software of particular person NPIs and teams of NPIs influenced charges of transmission, eg respirator masks have been simpler than surgical masks and two weeks of quarantine have been simpler than shorter durations.

One of the crucial essential classes from this pandemic is that the efficient software of NPIs ‘buys time’ to permit the event and manufacturing of medication and vaccines. There may be each motive to suppose that implementing packages of NPIs might be essential in future pandemics.

However NPIs like air flow take years to implement. So if NPIs purchase time for vaccines, vaccines additionally purchase time for NPIs (time that the Biden administration, to its everlasting discredit, squandered). NPIs that concerned altering cultural norms (masking; social distancing) additionally take years, so vaccines purchase time for them, too.

Elite Maleficence

“NNU delivers petition urging CDC to strengthen proposed an infection management steerage; CDC cuts off public feedback at advisory committee assembly” [National Nurses United]. The NNU doesn’t [family blog] round:

HICPAC, the CDC’s advisory committee on well being care an infection management, met yesterday and failed to deal with any of the considerations which were raised concerning the proposed draft updates introduced at their June assembly. (See NNU’s letter to the CDC on the union’s considerations.) HICPAC had been set to vote on the steerage yesterday however delayed the vote till November.

Good. Extra time. And:

Many members of the general public registered to offer remark at yesterday’s assembly. Those that spoke expressed considerations and outrage concerning the course of and potential ramifications for sufferers and communities. Regardless of recognizing that extra had registered to talk, the CDC minimize off public remark after listening to from solely 14 individuals. This comes on the heels of serious criticism of the dearth of transparency in CDC/HICPAC’s course of and the committee’s failure to have interaction a variety of consultants with essential experience, together with direct care well being care employees, unions, aerosol scientists, respirator and air flow consultants, and occupational well being consultants.

“”It’s unconscionable that the CDC minimize off public remark at yesterday’s HICPAC assembly, when now we have been calling for elevated public engagement of their course of,”” stated Triunfo-Cortez, RN. “”HICPAC Work Group conferences have been performed behind closed doorways and no frontline nurses or well being care employees serve on this committee. After we tried to get details about these conferences through the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), our request was denied. We submitted a FOIA request to the CDC and acquired 279 pages of redacted paperwork.””

Ooooh. Paperwork to take a look at. And:

‘The CDC seems to be mustering its scientific and political may to discredit, not embrace, aerosol science and to present services a go to justify their lack of implementation of wanted protections. At present, a employee is safer and has higher gear in an Appalachian welding store than working within the native hospital,’ stated Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, board chairman of HealthWatch USA.

Stopping HICPAC in its tracks can not have been simple. I don’t think about that the hospitals that management HICPAC will take kindly to this. (I’m a bit shocked, nevertheless, that NNU doesn’t point out DHQP, which performs an essential position by supplying HICPAC with the putative science-like justification for doing what they wish to do anyhow. If HICPAC shouldn’t be particularly acountbale, DHQP shouldn’t be accountable in any respect.)

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Droplet dogma has risen from the grave:

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Case Knowledge

NOT UPDATED From BioBot wastewater knowledge, August 22:

Lambert right here: Blissful recollections of tape-watching days! Closing in on a Trump-era surge degree; Biden’s, after all, are increased. Will probably be attention-grabbing 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 monumental 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 increased than Trump’s peaks. Exhibits you what public well being can do when it’s firing on all eight cylinders! Musical interlude. NOTE I’m not comfortable that Biobot can’t replace this knowledge extra regularly. 

Regional knowledge:

Backward revisions. The nationwide flattening is because of the Midwest downward swoop. I’d watch for the backward revisions on that. Apparently, the upswing begins earlier than July 4, which neither accelerates nor retards it.

Regional variant knowledge, August 19:

EG.5 (the orange pie slice) nonetheless appears evenly distributed. Sadly, the Midwest knowledge shouldn’t be out there, so we are able to’t infer something concerning the Midwest surge and any variant(s), come what may. 


NOT UPDATED From CDC, August 19:

Lambert right here: Prime of the leaderboard: EG.5 (“Eris“). I’m not highlighting the BA.2’s as a result of the interactive model reveals that these BA.2’s been hanging round at a low degree for months.

From CDC, August 5:

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 seems to be like now we have a “tag group,” all working collectively to chop XBB.1.5 all the way down to measurement. I positive 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 services minimize by directors of ailing intent).

CDC: “As of Might 11, genomic surveillance knowledge might 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 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 19:

Lambert right here: Regular improve. (The black line is “mixed”, however it’s simple to see that Covid, the crimson line, is driving every thing.)

NOTE “Charts and knowledge offered by CDC, updates Wednesday by 8am. For the previous 12 months, utilizing a rolling 52-week interval.” So not the complete pandemic, FFS (the implicit message right here being that Covid is “identical to the flu,” which is why the seasonal “rolling 52-week interval” is suitable for eachMR SUBLIMINAL I hate these individuals a lot. Discover additionally that this chart reveals, at the very least for its time interval, that Covid is not seasonal, despite the fact that CDC is attempting to get us to imagine that it’s, presumably to allow them to piggyback on the present institutional equipment for injections.


I hate this metric as a result of the lag makes it misleading. Nonetheless, right here’s bellwether New York Metropolis, knowledge as of August 24:

Nonetheless getting worse. However how a lot worse?


NOT UPDATED Walgreens, August 21:

So, Walgreens is again within the sport (and how on earth did that debacle occur? We breathlessly await the information protection). The share of positives is the best ever, although absolute numbers are nonetheless small relative to previous surges.

NOT UPDATED From CDC, July 31:

Lambert right here: That is the CDC’s “Traveler-Primarily based Genomic Surveillance” knowledge.


NOT UPDATED Iowa COVID-19 Tracker, August 9:

Lambert right here: The WHO knowledge is nugatory, so I changed it with the Iowa Covid Knowledge Tracker. Their methodology: “These knowledge have been sourced, through the API from the CDC: This visualization updates on Wednesday evenings. Knowledge 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 (high proper). Readers?

Whole: 1,173,081 – 1,172,960 = 121 (121 * 365 = 44,165 deaths per 12 months, right now’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “dwelling with” Covid (fairly a bit increased than the minimizers would love, although they’ll speak themselves into something. If the YouGenicist™ metric retains chugging alongside like this, I could should determine that is what the powers-that-be take into account “mission completed” for this specific tranche of dying and illness). 

• “MEMORY HOLE: The Unique COVID-19 Lie” [Matt Orfalea, The Orf Report (Censored News) (via Taibbi)]. Making an attempt to disentangle this: “WHO initially estimated Covid’d dying fee at 3.4%. However: “The WHO’s dying fee was severely inflated as a result of most COVID-19 instances are delicate with no signs and are due to this fact by no means reported” (granting the tendentious “delicate” and assuming that testing isn’t completed). And now: “In the New England Journal of Medication, Fauci and Redfield concluded the quantity might be ‘significantly lower than 1%’.” Trump then repeats the 1% determine, and the Democrats engineer an infinite dogpile, reinforcing WHO’s authority on the upper quantity, which Ofalea paperwork at size. Concluding: “It was throughout this fear-mongering of each the virus and unbiased thought that damaging lockdown insurance policies have been adopted throughout the US. Later, on March 23, 2020, with lockdowns already in impact, after almost each present on CNN attacked Trump for questioning the WHO’s 3.4% dying fee, CNN’s personal skilled, Dr. John Ioannidis, expressed the identical skepticism as Trump, reside on CNN.” • Numerous issues with this overly tight yarn diagram. First, neither WHO (flawed on airborne) nor Fauci (noble lies on masks, transferring goalposts on putative herd immunity, conflicted) are reliable to the slightest diploma, and I’d wish to kick the tires on something Ioannidis wrote, too (I’m not a fan of paper mills). Second, if Orfalea is urging that coverage was engineered by the those that induced the dogpiling, then let him show it, which you’ll’t do from a media critique. Orfalea is attempting to reverse engineer a fact out of bullshit, and that may’t be completed. Third, “fear-mongering” is extraordinarily tendentious, to say the least. Nothing flawed with a bit rational apprehension about mass an infection with a Degree 3 biohazard! Fourth, the preening implicit in “unbiased thought” is as unhealthy as something I’ve ever heard from a liberal; it’s one of many extra offensive poses that conservatives strike, and fairly often, too. Fifth, “damaging lockdown insurance policies” is meaningless and kneejerk-inducing. For one factor, lockdown in the US was pissant, weak, unserious. For an additional, the entire piece is an implicit assault on non-pharmaceutical interventions typically. That’s worse than the deadly idiocy on masking Taibbi printed from Hopkins the opposite day, being extra skillfully crafted, invoking demon figures, kneejerk phrases, and so on. “Impartial considering” my Candy Aunt Fanny. Taibbi, IMNSHO, is in actual “lie down with canines, stand up with fleas” mode right here.

Extra Deaths

The Economist, August 24:

Lambert right here:  Again to virtually day by day. 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 person was actually it, so I obtained rid it. )

Stats Watch

Employment State of affairs: “United States Preliminary Jobless Claims” [Trading Economics]. “The variety of People submitting for unemployment advantages fell by 10,000 from the prior week’s upwardly revised worth to 230,000 on the week ending August nineteenth, beneath market expectations of 240,000…. The outcomes consolidated proof that the US labor market stays at traditionally tight ranges, including leeway for the Federal Reserve to increase its hawkish momentum to curb inflation.” • “Curb inflation” = “screw employees.” It’s proper out entrance now.

Manufacturing: “United States Kansas Fed Manufacturing Index” [Trading Economics]. “The Kansas Metropolis Fed’s Manufacturing Manufacturing index jumped to 12 in August of 2023 from -20 within the earlier month, rebounding to its first constructive studying since September of 2022 and monitoring the rise in different US regional exercise indices. The outcome challenged earlier months’ knowledge that recommended that producers have been below growing strain from the upper rates of interest, reflecting a brand new wave of resilience.” • What does “resilience” even imply, and since when does it are available in waves? That’s new.

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Retail: “Greenback Tree stated theft is such an issue it should begin locking up gadgets or cease promoting them altogether” [CNN]. “Greenback Tree had a depressing quarter, and firm administration is chalking it as much as a mixture of components: altering shopper calls for on high of upper costs for gasoline and electrical energy … and theft…. Greenback Tree CEO Richard Dreiling and CFO Jeffrey Davis blamed a surprisingly massive drop in gross revenue margin — tumbling to 29.8% final quarter from 32.7% a 12 months earlier — on ‘shrink,’ the business time period for stock losses because of theft, damages and different causes. Davis stated the corporate has taken steps to repair the issue, however the shrink situation is getting worse — and ‘positively superior a bit additional than what we had anticipated.’ In response, Dreiling stated Greenback Tree and Household Greenback shops, which the corporate additionally owns, will take extra drastic measures within the coming months. ‘We at the moment are taking a really defensive strategy to shrink,’ Dreiling advised analysts Thursday. ‘We now have a number of new shrink codecs that we’ll introduce within the again half of the 12 months, and it goes every thing from transferring sure SKUs to behind the test stand. It has to do with some instances being locked up. And even to the purpose the place now we have some shops that may’t preserve a sure SKU on the shelf simply discontinuing the merchandise. So now we have lots of issues within the works.’” • One thing’s not proper…. 

The Bezzle:

The Bezzle: “Crypto has ‘amplified monetary dangers’ in rising markets, central banks warn” [Financial Times]. “[C]rypto belongings have to date not diminished however reasonably amplified the monetary dangers in much less developed economies. Subsequently, they need to be assessed from a threat and regulatory perspective like all different belongings,”” [the Bank of International Settlements] stated in a 50-page report. Watchdogs together with the IMF and the Financial institution for Worldwide Settlements have been charting the evolving monetary stability dangers from the cryptocurrency market because it ballooned from a nascent business to 1 whose worth peaked at $2.9tn in November 2021. Some have been comforted by the restricted blowback for the broader monetary system as crypto’s worth plummeted by 75 per cent inside simply over a 12 months of its all-time excessive, however regulators together with the European Central Financial institution have continued to warn of future dangers, whereas international securities watchdog Iosco is pushing nationwide authorities to be quicker and bolder of their strategy.”

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Immediately’s Worry & Greed Index: 47 Impartial (earlier shut: 49 Impartial) [CNN]. One week in the past: 43 (Worry). (0 is Excessive Worry; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Aug 24 at 1:13 PM ET. C’mon, Mr. Market! In some way!

Zeitgeist Watch

“A single weekly bout of train could scale back cardiovascular mortality: how little ache for cardiac acquire? ‘The HUNT research, Norway’” [European Journal of Preventive Cardiology]. N = 27,143 males and 28,929 ladies over sixteen years. From the Summary: “The commentary that train coaching reduces cardiovascular mortality is strong and constant, however the quantity and depth of train that’s required for threat discount shouldn’t be but resolved…. A single weekly bout of train of excessive depth diminished the danger of cardiovascular dying… The chance discount associated to train elevated with growing age in males, however not in ladies…. These outcomes problem the present advice that expenditure of at the very least 1000 kcal per week is required to realize exercise-induced safety towards untimely cardiovascular mortality.” • Fortuitously for sofa potatoes like me, low depth has advantages too! So take that stroll….

Class Warfare

Information of the Wired

“New historic ape from Türkiye challenges the story of human origins” []. “A brand new fossil ape from an 8.7-million-year-old website in Türkiye is difficult long-accepted concepts of human origins and including weight to the speculation that the ancestors of African apes and people developed in Europe earlier than migrating to Africa between 9 and 7 million years in the past…. ‘The founding of the trendy African open nation fauna from the jap Mediterranean has lengthy been identified and now we are able to add to the checklist of entrants the ancestors of the African apes and people,’ stated [Professor Ayla Sevim Erol at Ankara University].” All my apes are gone. To Africa!

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