Friday, June 14, 2024

2:00PM Water Cooler 8/10/2023 | bare capitalism


By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Chook Music of the Day

Jap Meadowlark, Clark MO Household Farm, Clark, Missouri, United States. That is quick, however I believe I hear a creaking tree department!

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Search for the Helpers

“Vermont’s dairy trade saved majority of milk provide throughout catastrophic storm” [VT Digger (JF)]. “E.B. Flory’s voice broke a number of occasions on Friday describing how distinctive dedication in numerous components of the dairy provide chain stored milk losses to a minimal this week…. ‘It’s been all fingers on deck with many alternative sectors attempting to get this carried out,’ Flory stated. Haulers have been extremely devoted, creatively attempting to get to farms in no matter method potential, she stated. ‘They’d their very own crises at house, you realize. Their basements have been flooded, and so they have been on the highway getting the milk,’ Flory stated.  And it wasn’t simply drivers. Within the Northeast Kingdom, company milk inspector Eric Perkins determined he would assist them, going forward in his automotive to the subsequent farm to scout the most effective path to keep away from backups and turnarounds. That initiative was so profitable that the state’s different inspectors adopted the follow within the different corners of the state. ;He stepped up and did one thing actually revolutionary that we’ve by no means carried out earlier than, and it actually labored,’ Flory stated.” • Value enthusiastic about for different… catastrophes (Rebecca Solnit’s A Paradise In-built Hell is admittedly good on this).

Politics

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

Abortion

“Voters in Ohio reject GOP-backed proposal that will have made it more durable to guard abortion rights” [Associated Press]. “Ohio voters resoundingly rejected a Republican-backed measure that will have made it harder to alter the state’s structure, establishing a fall marketing campaign that may turn into the nation’s newest referendum on abortion rights because the U.S. Supreme Court docket overturned nationwide protections final yr. The defeat of Situation 1 on Tuesday retains in place a easy majority threshold for passing future constitutional amendments, moderately than the 60% supermajority that was proposed. Its supporters stated the upper bar would defend the state’s foundational doc from exterior curiosity teams.” • 

2024

Time for the Countdown Clock!

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“Trump says he received’t signal the loyalty pledge required for first GOP debate” [NBC]. “Throughout a Newsmax interview, Trump stated that he took difficulty with a selected clause of the pledge that claims the candidate will help the eventual GOP nominee. ‘I wouldn’t signal the pledge,’ Trump informed host Eric Bolling. ‘They need you to signal a pledge, however I can title three or 4 folks that I wouldn’t help for president. So proper there there’s an issue.’ Trump declined to call the candidates he wouldn’t help, however criticized each former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie whom he stated would each ‘ask me nasty questions.’ The 2 former governors have been sharp critics of Trump, the GOP entrance runner within the polls.” • A celebration that requires loyalty oaths. Hmm.

“Trump Performs Hamlet Forward of the Republican Major Debate” [Karl Rove (!), Wall Street Journal]. “To debate, or to not debate, that’s the query. Donald Trump is asking, just like the prince of Denmark, ‘Whether or not ’tis nobler within the thoughts to endure / The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ by declining to attend the Aug. 23 GOP presidential major debate in Milwaukee or to indicate as much as “”take arms in opposition to a sea of troubles / And by opposing finish them.””… If I have been a betting man, I’d say Mr. Trump exhibits up. He merely should be the focal point. However nobody is aware of now, in all probability together with Mr. Trump. He could determine on the literal final hour.” • Right here’s the complete soliloqy; I’m undecided Rove learn throughout. I don’t see “thus conscience does make cowards of us all” as being high of thoughts for Trump… 

“After Trump Interview, Newsmax Host Reads Disclaimer Acknowledging 2020 Election Outcomes as ‘Authorized and Remaining’” [The Messenger]. • This jogs my memory (hear me out) of Napoleon’s Previous Guard on the Battle of Waterloo: ” Amazingly, Napoleon’s immortals have been thrown again within the eleventh hour and, for the primary time ever, fled the sphere. “‘The Guard is retreating,’ peculiar French troopers cried on the unbelievable spectacle. ‘Each man for himself!’” I can not carry John Keegan’s The Face of Battle handy, however in anatomizing Waterloo, he makes the purpose that when troops break, they break from the rear. That’s, “the sharp finish of the spear” will not be the place to observe. Have a look at the troops within the rear, not but dedicated to battle. Not Trump loyalists on the tip; these not engaged, or solely weekly engaged.

“Trump’s Authorized Staff Is Enmeshed in a Tangle of Doable Conflicts” [New York Times]. “The authorized workforce that Mr. Trump has assembled to signify him within the twin prosecutions by the particular counsel, Jack Smith, is marked by a tangled internet of potential conflicts and overlapping pursuits — a lot in order that Mr. Smith’s workplace has began asking questions. Whereas it isn’t unusual for attorneys in advanced issues — like massive mob circumstances or monetary inquiries — to put on many hats or to play competing roles, the Gordian knot of intertwined imperatives within the Trump investigations is especially intricate and insular. A few of the attorneys concerned within the circumstances are representing each charged defendants and uncharged witnesses. A minimum of one may ultimately turn into a defendant, and one other may find yourself as a witness in a single case and Mr. Trump’s defender in a special one. All of that sits atop one other thorny reality: Lots of the attorneys are being paid by Save America PAC, Mr. Trump’s political motion committee, which has itself been beneath authorities scrutiny for months. A few of the witnesses these attorneys signify work for the Trump Group, Mr. Trump’s firm, however their authorized protection has not been organized by the corporate, however moderately by Mr. Trump’s personal authorized workforce, an individual with data of the matter stated.” • FlexNet Lawfare™? I imply, it’s not as if Smith, et al., will not be additionally “a tangled internet of potential conflicts and overlapping pursuits.” That goes for everybody and all people within the Beltway!

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“One other Marketing campaign Shake-up Not a Good Signal for DeSantis’” [Ed Kilgore, New York Magazine]. “it’s not nice information for the Florida governor that he’s simply undertaken the third spherical of main staffing modifications in his marketing campaign in lower than a month…. Like [outgoing campaign manager Generra Peck], [his new campaign manager, James Uthmeier] is a 30-something with zero expertise in nationwide political campaigns.” • Plus they already labored for DeSantis, so no new blood.

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“Tim Scott: It’s ‘ridiculous’ to speak about local weather over border emergency” [The Hill]. “Throughout an interview on ‘Fox & Associates,’ Scott, who’s operating for the GOP presidential nomination, was requested about President Biden’s latest interview with The Climate Channel, wherein the president stated that ‘successfully talking,’ [whatever that means] he already declared a nationwide emergency regarding local weather change.  Fox Information’s Brian Kilmeade [serving up a softball] requested Scott why he believed Biden, who did the interview from the Grand Canyon the place he had established a brand new nationwide monument, didn’t as a substitute do the interview close to the southern border. Scott visited the southern border at Yuma, Ariz., final week. Calling it ‘a dereliction of responsibility,”” Scott [deftly fielded the question and] continued, ‘Let’s be clear about it. President Biden has failed this nation, particularly in declaring the precise emergency, which is an emergency at our border. Fentanyl has killed 70,000 Individuals; he ought to reinstate Title 42 for a well being emergency referred to as fentanyl. It’s killing Individuals.’” • Purple meat is unhealthy for the local weather.

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“{Dollars} to Eating: Financial institution data present proximity of Joe Biden conferences to son’s international funds” [Just the News]. “Within the weeks earlier than she dined with Joe Biden at a swanky Washington D.C. restaurant in April 2014, Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina deposited $3.5 million right into a checking account tied to Hunter Biden’s companies and in addition dedicated to spend money on a New York Metropolis actual property mission with Biden’s companions, financial institution data collected by Congress and emails among the many youthful Biden’s enterprise companions present. ‘Any information on this?’ Hunter Biden emailed his accomplice Devon Archer on April 13, 2014, searching for an replace on an actual property deal within the Chelsea neighborhood of New York Metropolis….. Archer, who lately testified to Congress, wrote again the long run presidential son that the Russian businesswoman and spouse of former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov was dedicated to the mission. “Vendor is flaking. Requested for 90 days. We made a $41mm provide. Yelena confirmed inexperienced mild to fund deposit,”” he replied. The emails and financial institution data clarify that Hunter Biden’s capacity to offer international suitors entry to his father, then the vice chairman, significantly got here at occasions when offers have been pending. The sample, in accordance with proof made public Wednesday by the Home Oversight Committee, was unmistakable. ‘It’s an enormous concern,’ Home Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer informed the Simply the Information, No Noise tv present Wednesday evening. ‘. With these funds, Joe Biden was at all times inside vary.’ ‘Each single individual that wired the Bidens tens of thousands and thousands of {dollars} from around the globe had some kind of communication with Joe Biden. Joe Biden is the model. That’s what Devon Archer testified beneath oath. Joe Biden is the model, and his household was promoting the model,’ Comer added. The sample seen within the Baturina anecdote was repeated for different international purchasers in Kazakhstan and Ukraine as properly, the committee said.” •  Explains the timeline presentation, fairly an enchancment over yarn diagrams.

“GOP memo argues direct funds to President Biden not wanted to indicate corruption” [The Hill]. • They’re appropriate; see Zephyr Teachout at NC right here.

“Does Ukraine Have Kompromat on Joe Biden?” [Max Abrahms, Newsweek]. “And what was this kompromat that Russia had over Trump, per our august media establishments? Putin apparently had intercourse tapes of Trump with prostitutes peeing on him. It appears so ridiculous that anybody—not to mention our most august media establishments—believed this in hindsight. We now know that the pee tape stemmed from Hillary Clinton’s marketing campaign. However the kompromat conspiracy idea was important for the [lying yet undicted] Democrats’ narrative that Russia possessed boundless affect over the president…. It’s a way more affordable query about Joe Biden than it ever was when posed as a certainty about Trump. In spite of everything, Hunter Biden was paid many thousands and thousands of {dollars} by the shady Ukrainian power agency Burisma, regardless of having no {qualifications} for the job that anybody may level to past being the son of the Vice President on the time—which proved lucky when his father fired the overall prosecutor of Ukraine, Viktor Shokin, who had begun an investigation into the Burisma-Hunter gravy prepare.” • I’m afraid a misplaced the path with Shokin. I would like a timeline!

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“Pritzker’s Fact Police: How the Illinois Governor Made the Case Towards the Trump Indictment” [Jonathan Turley]. “Just lately, a federal decide appropriately dominated {that a} new Illinois regulation focusing on pro-life facilities is ‘painfully and blatantly a violation of the First Modification.’  The Misleading Practices of Restricted Providers Being pregnant Facilities Act would have allowed the state to crackdown on facilities for what it considers ‘misleading ways’ to affect pregnant girls to have their infants.. Probably the most regarding assertion got here from Pritzker himself. In a CNN interview… Pritzker declared that the regulation is ‘identical to the case in opposition to President Trump. .’ … In 2012, within the United States v. Alvarez choice, the Supreme Court docket held 6-3 that it’s unconstitutional to criminalize lies in a case involving a politician who lied about army decorations. Notably, the Court docket’s warning about criminalizing false or deceptive speech matches the Illinois regulation and Pritzker to a tee. The Court docket stated that such legal guidelines ‘would give authorities a broad censorial energy unprecedented on this Court docket’s circumstances or in our constitutional custom. The mere potential for the train of that energy casts a chill, a chill the First Modification can not allow if free speech, thought, and discourse are to stay a basis of our freedom.’” • One may view this as a sign from Pritzker to the Censorship Industrial Complicated that he’s totally on board.

“‘Like a boxing match’: Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom embrace ‘threat’ in shock debate” [NBC]. “As political strategists on either side of the aisle informed NBC Information, DeSantis’ acceptance was not coming from a spot of power; he agreed to the problem as his ballot numbers have been trailing off and he seeks to reset his marketing campaign. What’s extra, the one-on-one showdown carries appreciable threat for the Florida governor, these strategists stated, ought to he stumble or falter within the setting. With Newsom not operating for president, DeSantis is taking time to confront an opponent who isn’t truly an opponent for 2024.  However some strategists stated this nonetheless is a threat value taking for DeSantis, in no small half due to the curiosity a California vs. Florida contest may attract prime time.”

Democrats en Déshabillé

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

I’ve moved my standing remarks on the Democrat Occasion (“the Democrat Occasion 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 Occasion is, in actual fact, a tough downside. I do assume the paragraph that follows is on level all the best way again to 2016, if not earlier than:

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

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

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“It Is Fairly Doubtless That Some Of Our Faves Will Be Implicated” [Eschaton]. “I truly don’t assume a lot of curiosity will come out of the marketing campaign finance portion of the SBF prosecution, however it’s *potential* and a few individuals may be nervous.”

“The Secret Hand Behind the Girls Who Stood by Cuomo? His Sister” [New York Times]. “The menacing posts started cropping up on Twitter final September simply hours after a former aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York sued him over sexual harassment claims. The tweets attacked the aide, Charlotte Bennett, in starkly private phrases. ‘Your life can be dissected like a frog in a HS science class,’ learn one of the crucial threatening, which additionally featured a photograph of Ms. Bennett dancing at a bar in lingerie. The submit was a part of a thread written by Anna Vavare, a frontrunner of a small however devoted group of principally older girls who banded collectively on-line to defend Mr. Cuomo from a cascade of sexual misconduct claims that led to his resignation in August 2021. But it surely seems, her tweets had secretly been ordered up by somebody even nearer to the previous governor’s trigger: Madeline Cuomo, his sister…. Removed from an remoted episode, the unvarnished trade is a part of a trove of greater than 4,000 textual content messages, emails and voice memos between leaders of the group and Ms. Cuomo shared with The Instances this summer season.” Good individuals. Additionally unhappy: ‘She didn’t need to be my girlfriend — she was utilizing us.’”

“AIPAC steps up efforts to oust anti-Israel lawmakers” [Jewish Insider]. “In latest months, AIPAC has stepped up its recruitment efforts to problem Democratic incumbents who’ve clashed with the pro-Israel institution, pushing the activist left right into a defensive crouch because it prepares for a probably bruising major cycle. The bipartisan pro-Israel group has been actively courting a slate of Home candidates to oppose marquee members of the ‘Squad,’ together with Reps. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), in accordance with a number of sources conversant in AIPAC’s outreach who spoke with Jewish Insider on Tuesday. The recruitment efforts have come amid a shock shake-up at a number one progressive group, Justice Democrats, which laid off almost half of its employees final month. The embattled group has claimed a number of main victories over pro-Israel Democrats in earlier primaries, however has in any other case struggled to boost cash after an costly election cycle wherein a number of progressive candidates have been defeated by institution Democrats. Whereas AIPAC quietly opposed Omar final cycle by contributing $350,000 to a separate group created to spice up a high Democratic major challenger, its newest efforts level to a brand new and probably extra expansive route for the group, whose affiliated tremendous PAC, launched in late 2021, has largely engaged in open-seat races moderately than difficult incumbents.” • Election meddling, certainly.

“Each expelled members of ‘Tennessee Three’ win again their state Home seats” [Associated Press]. “Tennessee Reps. Justin Pearson and Justin Jones, who grew to become Democratic heroes as members of the ‘Tennessee Three,’ reclaimed their legislative seats Thursday after they have been expelled for involvement in a gun management protest on the Home ground. The younger Black lawmakers have been reinstated by native officers after being booted from the GOP-dominated Statehouse, however solely on an interim foundation. They superior Thursday by a particular election to totally reclaim their positions.” • At Federal stage, may such a protest have been constructed as “influencing… an official continuing”? I’m guessing sure, relying.

“NYC shutters public well being library that was important useful resource throughout COVID attributable to price range cuts” [New York Daily News]. “The William Hallock Park Memorial Public Well being Library, positioned in Lengthy Island Metropolis, Queens, has for many years supplied division epidemiologists and the general public with entry to peer-reviewed medical journals, databases, books and different analysis supplies, on web site and electronically in addition to by way of loans. The library is known as after famend bacteriologist William Hallock Park, who was credited with creating vaccines to deal with and forestall diphtheria within the early 1900s. However the division knowledgeable employees this summer season that it’s shuttering the library attributable to cost-saving directives ordered by Mayor Adams earlier within the yr.” • Cop-loving Democrats… 

Realignment and Legitimacy

“The Senile State” [Michael Lind, Tablet]. “The issue of gerontocracy is simple to magnify, nevertheless, as a result of Biden and Trump will not be typical of latest presidents. At their inaugurations, Obama was 47, George W. Bush 54, and Invoice Clinton 46. And the U.S. Home of Representatives is getting youthful. Whereas the median age in right now’s Senate is greater than ever at 55.3 years, the median age of members of the present 118th Congress is 57.9 years, down from the 117th’s median of 58.9. Furthermore, aged presidents, senators, and members of the Home would not have aged staffs. Within the present Congress, the typical age of Senate staffers is 33 and the typical age of Home staffers is 32. Aged Supreme Court docket justices have clerks simply out of regulation faculty to do analysis and draft opinions. A lot of the particular work of presidency in Washington in each department is finished by women and men between their 20s and their 60s…. Profitable politicians merely would not have as a lot time to learn extensively and take into account alternate viewpoints as they did once they have been school college students or younger activists. The day-to-day work of campaigning and governing takes up most of their time and power, and there may be little time to mirror on whether or not they need to modify their fundamental assumptions—one thing few individuals do in any stroll of life. The issue, then, is that within the regular course of politics these whose political worldview froze once they have been 26 or 30 lastly ascend to a major place of energy solely on the age of fifty or 60 or 70. Now that they’re ready to truly affect coverage, they naturally are likely to attempt to perform a program that they have been dedicated to of their youth, even supposing speedy technological or financial or social change could have already rendered a lot of their assumptions out of date…. Like every interpretation of politics, generational evaluation will be taken too far [no kidding]. My function right here is to emphasise the mismatch of insurance policies fitted to one period by a politician who involves energy a technology later.” • One funeral at a time… 

“Bananamerica: Unity Index Hits 29-Month Low Amid Biden’s Lawfare Turmoil” [TIPP Insights]. “In step with its revolutionary custom, TechnoMetrica developed the Unity Index, a barometer of the nation’s unity primarily based on the query: Normally, would you say the US is Very United, Considerably United, Considerably Divided, or Very Divided? It’s the solely goal measure that tracks unity in the US.” • Useful chart:

I believe unity is kinda like sincerity: For those who faux it, you’ve acquired it made!

#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

Sources, 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 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 at liberty to contact me on the deal with given with the vegetation. Please put “COVID” within the topic line. Thanks!

Sources, 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).

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

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

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Keep protected on the market!

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Maskstravaganza

“Actual Madrid Gamers Prepare in Futuristic Masks Forward of New Season” [Sports Brief]:

I want to see one thing a little bit extra style ahead; then once more, that is Actual Madrid, so maybe we’re seeing style ahead outlined.

A fanfest will get it proper, and CDC’s “illness detectives” acquired it mistaken. Go determine:

Alert reader JF (additionally) writes:

I lately discovered a dentist with strict COVID protections in place.  This was my favourite line from their web site:

N95 & ASTM Stage 3 Masks

The attractive smiles of our medical workforce – dentists, hygienists, and assistants – can be protected behind double-masking always.

I did a search. Sizzling rattling. A number of locations, so some dentists are studying the identical sources:

Encouraging!

Movie star Watch

“Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger Pauses Present and Says His Throat Feels ‘Completely Destroyed’: ‘I Can’t Do This’ [People]. • Why? ‘Tis a thriller! 

In the meantime, one other movie star, Andy Slavitt:

I listened by the cringey advertisements, and sure, Slavitt’s voice sounds “completely destroyed.” No matter may it’s? (He’s interviewing Mandy Cohen, who is way too downy a fowl to present him a quote like Rochelle Walensky’s “scarlet letter.” Poor Rochelle, in over her head from the start.

Testing and Monitoring

“Why monitoring COVID reinfections has waned whilst extra individuals grew to become sick” [ABC]. “‘There’s been an actual need by everybody to return to a state of regular and so so long as we’re closely monitoring and reporting COVID numbers, issues will not be feeling regular,’ Dr. Ashley Drews, Houston Methodist medical director of an infection prevention and management, informed ABC Information.” • Oh. For some definition of “actual,” for some definition of “everybody,” and for some definition of “regular” (and “feeling,” if it involves that).

Sequelae

“Lengthy covid has derailed my life. Make no mistake: It may yours, too” [WaPo]. “I’ve watched in horror as our public establishments have turned their again on containment. The virus continues to be very a lot with us, however the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has stopped reporting on circumstances. States have shut down testing. Companies, moderately than enhancing air flow of their buildings, have pushed for protect legal guidelines indemnifying them in opposition to lawsuits. Regardless of the crystal-clear science on the injury covid-19 does to our our bodies, medical settings have dropped masks necessities, so sufferers now gamble their well being to obtain care. These of us who’re high-risk or immunocompromised, or who simply don’t need to roll the cube on dying and distress, haven’t solely been left behind — we’re being actively mocked and pathologized. I’ve personally been ridiculed, heckled and coughed on for sporting my N95. Acquaintances who have been understanding at first are actually irritated, even offended. One demanded: How lengthy are you going to do that? As if attempting to keep away from covid was an assault on her, moderately than an try and hold myself from sliding additional into an abyss that threatens to swallow my household. The USA has at all times been a horrible place to be sick and disabled. Ableism is baked into our myths of bootstrapping and self-reliance, wherein well being is advantage and sickness is degeneracy. It’s gone time for a bedrock shift, for all of us.” • An absolute ethical collapse, at a civilizational stage.

“One thing Terrible”

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

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Elite Maleficence

The place are the lawsuits:

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Case Information

NOT UPDATED From BioBot wastewater information, August 7:

Lambert right here: We’ve now surpassed the second peak (#2), of the earlier Covid pandemic an infection peaks. 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! I’m wondering which of the earlier peaks (#1, #3, or #4) we’ll surpass subsequent. A curious reality: All of Biden’s peaks are all greater than Trump’s peaks. Exhibits you what public well being can do when it’s firing on all eight cylinders! Musical interlude.

Regional information:

Apparently, the upswing begins earlier than July 4, which neither accelerates nor retards it.

Regional variant information:

EG.5 (the orange pie slice) nonetheless appears evenly distributed.

Variants

NOT UPDATED From CDC, August 5:

From CDC, July 22:

Lambert right here: Unsure 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 have now a “tag workforce,” all working collectively to chop XBB.1.5 right down to dimension. 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 sick intent).

CDC: “As of Might 11, genomic surveillance information can be reported biweekly, primarily based on the supply of constructive check specimens.” “Biweeekly: 1. occurring each two weeks. 2. occurring twice per week; semiweekly.” Seems 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

From CDC NCIRD Surveillance, August 5:

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

NOTE “Charts and information supplied by CDC, updates Wednesday by 8am. For the previous yr, 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 exhibits, no less than for its time interval, that Covid is not seasonal, though CDC is attempting to get us to imagine that it’s, presumably to allow them to piggyback on the present institutional equipment for injections.

Positivity

NOT UPDATED From Walgreens, August 7:

3.4%. 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 will be fascinating to survey this inhabitants typically; these are individuals who, regardless of a tsunami of official propaganda and large peer stress, went and acquired examined anyhow.)

NOT UPDATED From CDC, July 17:

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

Deaths

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 exhibits a complete of the three causes (high proper). Readers?

Whole: 1,170,864 – 1,170,792 = 72 (72 * 365 = 26,280 deaths per yr, right now’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “residing with” Covid (fairly a bit greater than the minimizers would really like, although they’ll speak themselves into something. If the YouGenicist™ metric retains chugging alongside like this, I may should determine that is what the powers-that-be take into account “mission completed” for this explicit tranche of dying and illness). 

• I knew I used to be proper to not use CDC charts:

Extra Deaths

NOT UPDATED The Economist, August 6:

Lambert right here:  Now not up to date every day. Odd when it was, odd when it stopped. Primarily based on a machine-learning mannequin. (The CDC has an extra estimate too, however because it ran eternally with a large typo within the Legend, I figured no person was actually taking a look at it, so I acquired rid it. )

Stats Watch

Employment Scenario: “United States Preliminary Jobless Claims” [Trading Economics]. “The variety of Individuals submitting for unemployment advantages jumped by 21,000 from the prior week to 248,000 on the week ending August fifth, the very best in a single month, sharply above expectations of 230,000. Regardless of remaining at a traditionally low stage, the determine urged that the US labor market is beginning to soften from stubbornly tight ranges because the begin of the yr, loosely aligning with latest bets that the Federal Reserve could chorus from tightening financial coverage additional this yr.”=

Inflation: “United States Inflation Price” [Trading Economics]. “Annual inflation charge within the US accelerated to three.2% in July 2023 from 3% in June, however beneath forecasts of three.3%. It marks a halt within the 12 consecutive months of declines, attributable to base results.”

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The Bezzle: “WeWork Faucets Administrators With Chapter Chops After Board Resignations” [Wall Street Journal]. “WeWork reshuffled its board after the resignation of three administrators who disagreed with its governance and technique, changing them with company chapter specialists because it forged doubt on its capacity to outlive turmoil within the office-building market.” • Oh.

Tech: “Amazon Prime Air loses two key operations leaders, as drone supply struggles proceed” [CNBC]. “Amazon has misplaced two executives key to the corporate’s drone supply operations, the newest setback for an aspirational program that’s required hefty funding however has skilled scant success…. The departures come at a important juncture for Prime Air, which has struggled to transition into a totally operational service since Amazon founder Jeff Bezos predicted in 2013 that inside 5 years Amazon would ship by drone packages weighing 5 kilos or much less to clients’ doorsteps… However issues for Prime Air predated the financial downturn. The drone unit has been hamstrung by regulatory restrictions that restrict the place deliveries will be made…. There’s additionally been a string of crashes.” • That’s a rattling disgrace.

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As we speak’s Concern & Greed Index: 64 Greed (earlier shut: 67 Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 74 (Greed). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Aug 10 at 1:43 PM ET.

Our Famously Free Press

“All of the Information the CIA Sees Match to Print” [David Talbot, The Kennedy Beacon]. “John Kiriakou regarded up from his desk at CIA headquarters and was surprised to see The Washington Put up investigative reporter, Bob Woodward, strolling by the safe space with out an company escort. On one other event, Kiriakou—who rose on the CIA to turn into government assistant to the deputy in command of operations, the spy company’s darkish actions—noticed CNN host Wolf Blitzer wandering unattended by the identical space, regardless of the CIA’s ban on speaking with the media.” • As I urged

Clearly, we have now moved very removed from the type of Constitutional authorities envisioned by the Framers. Right here is Madison on the particularities of workplace in Federalist 51:

However the nice safety in opposition to a gradual focus of the a number of powers in the identical division, consists in giving to those that administer every division the required constitutional means and private motives to withstand encroachments of the others. The availability for protection should on this, as in all different circumstances, be made commensurate to the hazard of assault. Ambition should be made to counteract ambition. . It might be a mirrored image on human nature, that such units needs to be crucial to regulate the abuses of presidency. However what’s authorities itself, however the biggest of all reflections on human nature? If males have been angels, no authorities can be crucial. If angels have been to manipulate males, neither exterior nor inside controls on authorities can be crucial. In framing a authorities which is to be administered by males over males, the nice issue lies on this: you could first allow the federal government to regulate the ruled; and within the subsequent place oblige it to regulate itself.

(By “”place,”” Madison means sense 9, “”a job, submit, or workplace,”” with “”individuals in excessive locations”” being the utilization instance.) For instance, it needs to be not merely mistaken, however not in any FBI agent’s curiosity to be censoring home communications on Twitter; however clearly that’s not taking place. With the particularities of workplace dissolved, all people will be on the identical “”workforce,”” all people can observe the identical “”leaders,”” whatever the “”division”” they belong to (“”absolutely the fusion of state, company, and civil society organizations””). Beneath Fuherprinzip, each place turns into the identical place.

Clearly, then, Woodward, Blitzer, and the spooks all see themselves as being in the identical “place,” not totally different “locations.” They’re all on the identical workforce; all of the “departments” are merged into one… Blob. RFK’s substack, BTW.

Guillotine Watch

“The Gradations of @ssholery: A Jerks Week Explainer” [The Ringer]. • In precept I’m all for classification schemes. However “Billionaire” appears to be lacking.

Class Warfare

“What Tech Staff Need to Do Subsequent: AI and Cloud Computing” [Morning Consult]. “In a yr of huge unrest for tech employees, the almost quarter-million layoffs within the trade and the speedy progress of the bogus intelligence sector are coloring tech employees’ skilled priorities and pursuits. A brand new Morning Seek the advice of survey of a whole bunch of employees in technical roles — together with software program engineers, software program product managers, information scientists, IT specialists and others — reveals the areas wherein these people say they need to work, and what they’re searching for of their subsequent employer. Particularly, many are in search of job safety and alternatives in AI or cloud computing.” • Clouds of bullshit….

Information of the Wired

Information you need to use:

Not that I like to recommend this, after all.

On the chestnut tree:

For extra on chestnuts, see NC right here.

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