Friday, June 14, 2024

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/1/2024 | bare capitalism


By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Chook Music of the Day

Winter Wren, Grand Manan Island; Center Dam Pond, New Brunswick, Canada. “JUMBLED COLLECTION OF MUSICAL NOTES.” Hardly!

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Politics

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

2024

Lower than a 12 months to go!

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Trump (R) (Willis, Election Interference) “Ex-divorce lawyer’s testimony complicates Willis, Wade controversy” [The Hill]. “The protection is looking for to disqualify Willis, Wade and the whole lot of the Fulton County district lawyer’s workplace from persevering with to prosecute the sweeping racketeering case in opposition to Trump and a number of other allies. On the coronary heart of their argument is the timeline of Willis and Wade’s relationship, which protection attorneys say started previous to Wade’s hiring. The protection claims Willis has benefited from Wade’s employment through journeys the pair took collectively whereas relationship. Wade was employed in November 2021. Each prosecutors have maintained that they started relationship in early 2022 — after Wade’s hiring — and broke it off in summer season 2023, simply earlier than Trump’s indictment was handed down, insisting there isn’t any battle. However testimony this week threw their timeline additional into query. Ashleigh Service provider, an lawyer for 2020 Trump marketing campaign operative Michael Roman, who first publicly surfaced allegations of the connection, offered Bradley with the protection’s silver bullet Tuesday: textual content messages exhibiting the ex-Wade legislation companion confirming the protection’s timeline…. Regardless of Bradley’s demurring on the witness stand, his textual content messages align with testimony given at an earlier listening to by an ex-friend of Willis. Robin Yeartie, who met Willis in school, testified earlier this month that Willis and Wade started a romantic relationship in 2019, after a municipal court docket convention — and a number of other years sooner than the prosecutors have claimed, underneath oath. Willis dismissed Yeartie’s testimony.” And: “Decide Scott McAfee will hear arguments from the attorneys Friday afternoon and can then proceed to craft a call. He beforehand stated the allegations in opposition to Willis and Wade ‘may outcome’ of their disqualification if proof reveals an ‘precise battle of curiosity or the looks of 1.’”

Trump (R) (Willis, Election Interference) “Texts Present Witness Readily Helped Construct a Case to Disqualify Trump Prosecutors” [New York Times]. undreds of textual content messages obtained by The New York Occasions present that Bradley, a former legislation companion and buddy of Wade, helped a protection lawyer to show the connection between the 2 prosecutors. The texts reveal that Bradley, who served for a time as Wade’s divorce lawyer till the 2 males had a bitter falling-out, assisted the hassle to disclose the romance and supply particulars about it for at the very least 4 months — countering the impression he left on the witness stand that he had identified subsequent to nothing in regards to the romance.” And: “Earlier than exposing the romance in her Jan. 8 submitting, Service provider requested Bradley in a textual content, ‘Do you assume it began earlier than she employed him?’ ‘Completely,” Bradley replied, including that the romance had began when the 2 served as native judges, earlier than Willis’ election as district lawyer in 2020. However on the witness stand this week, Bradley stated he had solely been ‘speculating’ in regards to the timing. Though Wade had instructed him in regards to the relationship, he stated on the stand, he didn’t have direct information about when it started.”

Trump (R) “Trump’s one loss this week: His 2024 courtroom technique” [Axios]. “Trump’s delay techniques are paying off in court docket, however he could also be dropping considered one of his most potent venues for his grievance-centered marketing campaign: courthouses. It now seems seemingly that simply considered one of Trump’s 4 legal instances — the one in New York involving hush cash paid to an grownup movie actress — will conclude earlier than the 2024 election. Meaning Trump — who’s used court docket appearances for rants in opposition to in opposition to Democrats and fundraising pleas — may have new backdrops in casting himself as a sufferer of politically motivated prosecutors. At the same time as he’s orchestrated his court docket appearances as marketing campaign messaging, Trump has complained of being ‘caught right here’ as an alternative of being on the marketing campaign path. However a few of Trump’s greatest fundraising hauls of the marketing campaign have come after his courthouse speeches, his group has stated. The U.S. Supreme Courtroom’s determination on Wednesday to listen to arguments over whether or not Trump has immunity for any crimes dedicated as president has thrown a wrench into his court docket calendar — an extension of his marketing campaign schedule.” • I’m positive the Democrats will provide you with one thing else…

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Trump (R): “‘She sits in a tricky chair’: Meet Susie Wiles, the operative making an attempt to information Trump via 4 indictments to the White Home” [NBC]. “In a uncommon on-the-record interview the day after Trump romped to victory over Nikki Haley in South Carolina, the platinum-bobbed and blue-eyed Wiles, 66, stated his success up to now is attributable to exactly one individual: ‘President Trump.’” She had higher! Extra: “She stated his pure political expertise — ‘dedication’ and being a ‘pupil of individuals’ and a ‘good reader of sentiment’ — have been coupled with invaluable expertise gained over eight years within the political and coverage arenas. ‘He’s now extra educated about what it takes to be president after his first time period. He’s extra educated about how one can work together with the media. His personnel instincts are, I believe, higher honed,’ Wiles stated in a 30-minute telephone name. ‘The brand new expertise are contained in the package deal of the identical Donald Trump, and I believe that’s what’s making the distinction this time.’” However then there’s this: “A former Trump marketing campaign official, talking on the situation of anonymity to keep away from angering him and Wiles, pointed to Trump’s money crunch as a cause to doubt Wiles’ effectiveness. This individual stated Wiles is succesful in state-level races and presidential primaries, wherein shut relationships with exterior energy gamers matter greater than they do in a full-scale nationwide marketing campaign for the White Home.” • We’ll see. However it is sensible to spend early and lock the nomination up. s

Trump (R): “No, Trump, ‘the Black folks’ aren’t in your facet” [Renée Graham, Boston Globe]. “‘I believe that’s why the Black individuals are a lot on my facet now as a result of they see what’s taking place to me occurs to them,’ Trump stated. ‘Does that make sense?’ No. It doesn’t. It’s a protected guess {that a} majority of ‘the Black folks’ don’t equate the authorized wages of Trump’s self-inflicted sins — 91 federal felony counts from 4 indictments in 4 jurisdictions — with the greater than 400 brutal years of legalized, systemic, and institutional discrimination that Black folks in America have all the time confronted.” • Absolutely not all and even most. However I can’t assist however recall the (Black) folks cheering Trump’s motorcade as he drove by on his method to being arraigned. Properly-to-do suburbanites they weren’t. “What’s taking place to me occurs to them”? Yep.

Trump (R): “Trump Says He Is ‘Completely’ Contemplating Gov. Greg Abbott As Potential VP Decide” [HuffPost]. “In a joint interview with Fox Information’ Sean Hannity throughout a go to to the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump stated the governor is ‘completely’ included on his vice presidential shortlist. ‘Definitely, he can be someone that I’d very a lot think about,’ Trump stated in a joint look with Abbott. Trump praised Abbott as a ‘spectacular man,’ including that he was honored to obtain his endorsement this previous November. Abbott, although [as he must], instructed CNN’s ‘State of the Union” Sunday that he stays targeted on Texas and serving to Trump win re-election in his present place as governor.” • What’s Abbot going to do? Swing Texas Trump’s method?

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Biden (D): “Axelrod: Biden Wants To Fear About Black Voters, Particularly If Trump Picks Tim Scott As VP” [RealClearPolitics]. “[Trump’s] polling, you already know, 20, 21% amongst, African-American voters right here. Biden, received 88% of that vote, again in 2020. And that is going to be a marginal race. So, this can be a concern. And, sure, Black males and notably youthful Black males are those which might be drifting away. Some could vote for Trump, some could not vote in any respect. And, this must be a priority, for the Biden marketing campaign. Trump is aware of that. And I, by the way in which, I believe it might impression on his vice presidential selection. And, you already know, there’s a whole lot of speak about Tim Scott as a vice presidential candidate. I believe if he picks Tim Scott, it’s partly as a result of he acknowledges this might be useful in form of sealing in, that portion of the African-American vote that he now has.”

Biden (D): “The Growing Assaults on Kamala Harris” [The New Yorker]. The deck: “The Vice-President is to forged herself as a frontrunner and join with voters who should not excited in regards to the Democratic ticket.” • I learn the entire article, and it boils right down to “making an attempt.” There’s nothing there.

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Williamson (D): “Marianne Williamson Re-Enters 2024 Race After Profitable 3% in Michigan” [Bloomberg]. “Self-help writer Marianne Williamson stated she is “unsuspending” her long-shot presidential marketing campaign a day after profitable 3% of the vote within the Michigan Democratic main…. ‘Some folks would say, ‘you’re delusional.’ However I’ll inform you what’s delusional. What’s delusional is simply closing our eyes and crossing our fingers and hoping that someway Biden and Harris will be capable to beat that juggernaut of darkish, darkish imaginative and prescient,’ she stated, referring to Republican Donald Trump, in a video posted on X, previously Twitter. Williamson, 71, has championed progressive concepts, together with Medicare-for-all and free school tuition. Her re-entry into the race is supposed to seize ongoing dissatisfaction with Biden, 81, amongst some Democrats amid considerations about his dealing with of the financial system and psychological acuity.” • Right here’s the Tweet:

Williamson (D): “Marianne Williamson ‘unsuspends’ her 2024 presidential marketing campaign” [WXYZ Detroit]. The Democratic candidate introduced Wednesday she is throwing her hat again within the ring, ‘unsuspending’ her marketing campaign after saying she was calling it quits three weeks in the past. ‘I had suspended it as a result of I used to be dropping the horse race, however one thing a lot extra necessary than the horse race is at stake right here, and we should reply,’ she stated in a video posted to X. … Williamson, working as a progressive to the left of President Biden, got here in third with round 3% of the votes, beating out fellow presidential hopeful Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota regardless of having already suspended her race.” • Williamson beats Phillips like a gong. That’s fairly humorous.

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“Towards Democrats’ ‘What, Me Fear?’ Method to Dropping Working Class Voters” [Ruy Tiexeira, The Liberal Patriot]. Extra recycled Thomas Frank, although it does appear that Tiexeira has the zeal of the apostate. Nonetheless, verify this out: “… the progressive or intersectional left…. ” Tiexeira ties his shoelaces collectively proper there. He apparently can not — precisely as liberal Democrat can not — of empowering the working class, interval. Right here is the mathematical defintion of intersection: “{1,2,3} ∩ {2,3,4} = {2,3}. “Much less is much less.” Absolutely what we would like is “extra is extra”? Maybe what we would like is, not coincidentally, union {1,2,3} ∪ {2,3,4} = {1,2,3,4} (if I’ve that notation proper, and I’m undecided I do.

“People Aren’t Paying Shut Consideration to the 2024 Election” [The Liberal Patriot]. Sure, Labor Day is a methods away. Attention-grabbing chart, although:

“Our democracy.”

#COVID19

“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; consists of many counties; Wastewater Scan, consists of 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).

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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 studies); 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).

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Covid is Airborne

“SARS-CoV-2 Contamination on Wholesome People’ Palms in Neighborhood Settings Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic” [Cureus]. From the Summary: “We collected 1,022 swab samples from the fingers of wholesome contributors. Based on the factors for knowledge assortment, 97 samples had been excluded, and 925 samples had been analyzed utilizing RT-qPCR…. The RT-qPCR-positive samples didn’t comprise viable viruses, as confirmed by the plaque assay outcomes…. The detection charge of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from the fingers of wholesome people was extraordinarily low, and no viable viruses had been detected. These outcomes counsel that the chance of contact transmission through fingers in a group setting is extraordinarily uncommon.” • Shocked, shocked. Anyone inform CDC!

Maskstravaganza

“Influence of group masks mandates on SARS-CoV-2 transmission in Ontario after adjustment for differential testing by age and intercourse” [PNAS Nexus]. Mannequin research. From the Summary: “In Ontario, Canada, irregular regional introduction of group masks mandates in 2020 created a quasi-experiment helpful for evaluating the impression of such mandates… The prevented fraction related to masks mandates was 46% (95% CI 41–51%), with 290,000 medical instances, 3,008 deaths, and lack of 29,038 quality-adjusted life years averted from 2020 June to December, representing $CDN 610 million in financial wealth. Below-testing in youthful people biases estimates of SARS-CoV-2 an infection threat and obscures the impression of public well being preventive measures. After adjustment for under-testing, masks mandates emerged as extremely efficient. Neighborhood masking saved substantial numbers of lives, and prevented financial prices, through the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Ontario, Canada.”

Conversational tip:


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“Analysis of the Efficacy and Aerodynamic Intervention of Face Shields in opposition to Pathogenic Aerosols Utilizing Computational Fluid Dynamics and Wells-Riley Transport Mannequin” (accepted article) [Philippine Journal of Science]. From the Summary: “Outcomes confirmed that the face defend is simply efficient in opposition to coughs hitting perpendicular to the floor. At different angles of assault, the safety by the face defend diminishes, and carrying a face defend can as an alternative enhance the an infection threat in opposition to pathogenic aerosols.”

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“The Industrial Designer behind the N95 Masks” [Scientific American]. “[At 3M, Sara Little Turnbull] dug into that non-woven know-how and all its many potential makes use of. She got here up with 100 unique product concepts, together with one whose results would resound throughout the globe: the moldable bra cup. As a substitute of a very inflexible and uncomfortable form, the moldable cup match snugly to the breast–and with fewer seam strains at that! [But] that moldable bra cup would pave the way in which for an additional invention – one with a lot farther-reaching results… Whereas she was working with 3M, Sara was additionally taking good care of three sick members of the family. Each her dad and mom and her sister had been dying, all on the identical time, which meant that Sara spent a whole lot of time in hospitals. And he or she started to note the masks the medical doctors had been carrying – a flat piece of material, with a tie within the again. Possibly it was the boredom of lengthy hours spent in hospital rooms; perhaps it was a racing mind that couldn’t be tamed; perhaps it was a challenge designed to distract herself from her personal intense grief – we are able to’t say for positive. However Sara had an concept. What if she may take that moldable bra that she’d designed… and switch it into a greater medical masks? In 1972, 3M produced a masks… and it regarded an entire lot like a moldable bra cup!” • Speculating very freely: Will Dr. Freud please decide up the white courtesy telephone? Is it attainable that the N95 prompts unconscious taboos, and that that is one supply for the unreasoning resistance to them?

“Compliance with containment measures to the COVID-19 pandemic over time: Do delinquent traits matter?” [Personality and Individual Differences]. 2021. From the Summary: “This research investigated the relationships between delinquent traits and compliance with COVID-19 containment measures. The pattern consisted of 1578 Brazilian adults aged 18–73 years who answered sides from the PID-5, the Affective resonance issue of the ACME, and a questionnaire about compliance with containment measures…. Our findings indicated that delinquent traits, particularly decrease ranges of empathy and better ranges of Callousness, Deceitfulness, and Threat-taking, are instantly related to decrease compliance with containment measures. These traits clarify, at the very least partially, the rationale why folks proceed not adhering to the containment measures even with growing numbers of instances and deaths.” • Loads of libertarians in Brazil, then? (Critically: I deprecate cross-country/cross-cultural research. And I don’t assume snarking on anti-maskers is efficient, pragmatically, although heaven is aware of what’s.)

Prevention

“Lowering Vaccinia virus transmission indoors inside 60 seconds: Making use of SAFEAIR-X aerosol with Iodine-V as a disinfectant” [PLOS One]. “Iodine-V ((C26H39N4O15)x * (I2)y) demonstrates an in vitro virucidal exercise by deactivating SARS-CoV-2 viral titers. The antiviral properties of Iodine-V scale back viral load within the air to inhibit viral transmission indoors. This antiviral property was utilized to type a disinfectant resolution known as SAFEAIR-X Aerosol. … The experiment measured the antiviral efficacy of SAFEAIR-X following publicity to the Vaccinia virus (VACV) samples as a confirmed surrogate for SARS-CoV-2. The SAFEAIR-X confirmed 96% effectiveness, with 2 seconds of spraying period and 60 seconds of contact time releasing lower than 0.0001 ppm of iodine into the air, and a log discount worth of 1.50 at 60 seconds in 2 out of three checks was noticed. Due to this fact, this research demonstrates SAFEAIR-X aerosol as a possible indoor floor and air disinfectant.” • Superior. When can we purchase it?

Elite Maleficence

“PETITION TO THE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW CHALLENGING ALLEGED UNDERGROUND REGULATION” (PDF) [World Health Network] (embedded on the finish of at this time’s Water Cooler). This petition challenges the California Division of Public Well being (CDPH) “at some point” steerage for Covid isolation, shortly to be adopted by the CDC, as we noticed in Hyperlinks this morning. Right here is the important thing paragraph:

CPDH simply promulgated the rule, arbitrarily. They don’t get to try this. CDPH should assume they’re the CDC, or one thing. (On “underground regulation,” see “The California ‘Division of Political Well being’ Mandates Covid An infection with Its New ‘One Day’ Order (and How one can Cease Them)” at NC.)

“PETITION TO THE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW CHALLENGING ALLEGED UNDERGROUND REGULATION” [World Health Network] (embedded on the finish of at this time’s Water Cooler). The identical argument, however for California’s division of Occupational Security and Well being (DOSH), generally known as “Cal/OSHA.”

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TABLE 1: Each day Covid Charts

LEGEND

1) for charts new at this time; all others should not up to date.

2) For a full-size/full-resolution picture, Command-click (MacOS) or right-click (Home windows) on the chart thumbnail and “open picture in new tab.”

NOTES

[1] (Biobot) Biobot drops, conformant to Walgreen positivity knowledge (if that’s certainly not an information artifact). Be aware, nonetheless, the world “underneath the curve,” moreover peaks. That space is bigger underneath Biden than underneath Trump, and it appears to be rising steadily if erratically.

[2] (Biobot) Regional separation re-emerges.

[3] (CDC Variants) As of Could 11, genomic surveillance knowledge will likely be reported biweekly, primarily based on the supply of optimistic take a look at specimens.” “Biweeekly: 1. occurring each two weeks. 2. occurring twice every week; semiweekly.” Seems to be like CDC has chosen sense #1. In essence, they’re telling us variants are nothing to fret about. Time will inform.

[4] (ER) Doesn’t assist Biobot knowledge. “Charts and knowledge supplied by CDC, updates Wednesday by 8am. For the previous 12 months, utilizing a rolling 52-week interval.”

[5] (Hospitalization: NY) Not flattening.

[6] (Hospitalization: CDC) Nonetheless down. “Maps, charts, and knowledge supplied by CDC, updates weekly for the earlier MMWR week (Sunday-Saturday) on Thursdays (Deaths, Emergency Division Visits, Take a look at Positivity) and weekly the next Mondays (Hospitalizations) by 8 pm ET†”.

[7] (Walgreens) That’s an enormous drop! It will be attention-grabbing to survey this inhabitants usually; these are individuals who, regardless of a tsunami of official propaganda and large peer stress, went and received examined anyhow.

[8] (Cleveland) Flattening, per Biobot knowledge.

[9] (Vacationers: Posivitity) Down, albeit within the rear view mirror.

[10] (Vacationers: Variants) About time for one thing to problem JN.1. However what’s “different”? One thing to stay up for, I assume! Alert reader RoadDoggie factors out that “Different” is NV.1, which is (very out of the blue) 12.5% of the whole, even when JN.1 nonetheless dominates. Right here is the Biobot historical past of HV.1:

As you may see, HV.1 was dominant in November 2023. On at this time’s CDC variant “NowCast,” it’s fairly low. Odd.

Stats Watch

Manufacturing: “United States ISM Buying Managers Index (PMI)” [Trading Economics]. “The ISM Manufacturing PMI in america fell to 47.8 in February 2024 from 49.1 within the earlier month, firmly beneath market expectations of 49.5 to level to the sixteenth consecutive interval of declines in manufacturing exercise, erasing earlier hopes of contemporary traction within the sector.”

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Antitrust: “Google ‘predatory’ promoting practices probe expanded by Canada antitrust watchdog” [New York Post]. “As a part of the Competitors Bureau’s probe — which expands on an investigation that originally started in 2020 — the legislation enforcement company obtained an order from the Federal Courtroom of Canada requiring Google to producing related data and written info, in keeping with The Wall Road Journal. The Competitors Bureau was issued its first court docket order associated to their investigation into Google’s conduct within the online-display-advertising market in October 2021, which sought to find out whether or not the Alphabet subsidiary was ‘impeding the success of opponents’ and surging costs in consequence, The Journal reported.”

Tech: “Elon Musk sues OpenAI accusing it of placing revenue earlier than humanity” [The Guardian]. “Elon Musk has filed a lawsuit accusing OpenAI and its chief govt, Sam Altman, of betraying its foundational mission by placing the pursuit of revenue forward of the good thing about humanity. The world’s richest man, a founding board member of the unreal intelligence firm behind ChatGPT, claimed Altman had ‘set aflame’ OpenAI’s founding settlement by signing an funding take care of Microsoft. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco on Thursday, claims OpenAI is now creating synthetic normal intelligence (AGI) – a theoretical type of AI that may carry out a variety of duties at or above a human stage of intelligence – for revenue relatively than for the good thing about humankind. ‘OpenAI Inc has been reworked right into a closed-source, de facto subsidiary of the biggest know-how firm on the planet: Microsoft. Below its new board, it isn’t simply creating however is definitely refining an AGI to maximise earnings for Microsoft, relatively than for the good thing about humanity,’ the lawsuit alleges.” • I don’t perceive. Revenue is “the good thing about humanity.” What different cause may there be?

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In the present day’s Concern & Greed Index: 77 Excessive Greed (earlier shut: 79 Excessive Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 77 (Excessive Greed). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Mar 1 at 1:22:35 PM ET.

Photograph E book

“Astronomy Image of the Day” [NASA]. “How does the sky flip darkish at night time? In levels, and with totally different attribute colours rising from the horizon.” Picture Credit score & Copyright: Dario Giannobile:

Zeitgeist Watch

“A brand new firm is transport Arctic ice from Greenland to relax posh drinks in Dubai” [CNN]. “The startup firm, Arctic Ice, shipped its first container of round 22 tons of Greenland ice to Dubai this 12 months on the market to high-end bars and eating places. Based in 2022 by two Greenlanders, Arctic Ice has an attention-grabbing — and controversial — enterprise mannequin. It scours the fjord close to the nation’s capital metropolis of Nuuk for icebergs which have naturally indifferent from the ice sheet.​ “We’re on the lookout for the clearest and thereby additionally oldest and purest ice,” stated Malik V. Rasmussen, one of many co-founders of Arctic Ice.” • Get pleasure from it whereas it lasts!

Air as a Service enterprise mannequin (alert reader DG):

Class Warfare

“Dr. Pangloss’s Panopticon” [Crooked Timber]. “What Acemoglu and Robinson are saying is one thing fairly totally different than what Noah depicts them as saying. For positive, they acknowledge that persuasion has some stochasticity. However they stress that it isn’t a collection of haphazard accidents. As a substitute, underneath their argument, there are some sorts of people who find themselves systematically extra seemingly to reach getting their views listened to than other forms of individuals. This asymmetry can moderately be thought-about to be an asymmetry of energy. Below this definition, energy is a form of social affect. Once more, it’s utterly true that it’s extraordinarily troublesome to isolate social affect from different components, proving that social affect completely brought on this, that, or the opposite factor. But when Noah himself doesn’t consider within the significance and worth of social affect, then why does he stand up within the morning and hearth up his keyboard to exit and affect folks, and why do folks assist his dwelling by studying him? I think about Noah would concede that social affect is an actual factor! And if he had been truly put to it, I believe that he would additionally must comply with a really believable corollary: that on common he, Noah Smith, exerts extra social affect than the modal punter argufying on the Web. A number of folks pay to obtain his e-newsletter; a number of different folks obtain it at no cost. Meaning that he’s, underneath a really affordable definition, extra highly effective than these different folks. He’s, on common, extra able to persuading giant numbers of individuals of his beliefs than the modal reply-guy goes to be. This understanding of energy is neither purely semantic nor empirically ineffective.” • Yep.

Information of the Wired

“The Butterfly Redemption” [Hakai]. “Together with eight different incarcerated girls, Heather is entrusted with the care and feeding of almost 4,000 members of an endangered species, the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly. With this belief comes the privilege of working simply past the razor-wire fence through the day earlier than returning to life among the many normal jail inhabitants every night time…. Recognizing the necessity for pressing motion, the Oregon Zoo started a captive breeding program for the species in 2003. In 2011, the zoo helped set up the breeding program at Mission Creek as a part of The Evergreen State School and Washington State’s Sustainability in Prisons Challenge. Since then, the work undertaken by these incarcerated girls has turn into one of many final greatest hopes for the species’ survival.” • That’s good, or at the very least higher, definitely for Heather. It’s too dangerous each citizen doesn’t have a straightforward pathway to turning into a citizen scientist. We want extra of them!

“What To Do After You End the NY Occasions Crossword Puzzle” [Kottke.org]. Good compendium of crossword hyperlinks. “However actually the principle factor to do after ending the puzzle is to open the Spelling Bee again up… Am I proper???” • I’m so outdated I keep in mind when the paper model of the Occasions was truly an occasion. It weighed a metric f*ckton, value underneath two bucks, and typically it was truly good! In my lifetime!

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APPENDIX World Well being Community’s Challenges to California’s “One Day” Covid Isolation Steerage

I’d provide URLs, however these had been solely filed at this time, in order that they’re too new. Please flow into extensively.

Petition on CalOSHA Underground Regulation

 

Petition on CDPH Underground Regulation

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