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2:00PM Water Cooler 11/27/2023 | bare capitalism


By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Fowl Tune of the Day

Horned Screamer, Hato El Milagro, Cojedes, Venezuela. ” Neotropical Institute Reduce # 6. Bulk reel: 09 Climate: Honest. This can be identical pair however now in a unique tree. (Be aware the velocity of this can be barely off as @ finish I began to get the warning sign.) (Scardafella squammata in background.)” I couldn’t resist the title of the chook….

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Politics

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

The Constitutional Order

“Challenges to Trump’s eligibility are murky at greatest. However there’s a clear technique to cease him” [Editorial Board, Boston Globe]. “Various authorized students and consultants from throughout the ideological spectrum, from the Federalist Society’s William Baude and Michael Stokes Paulsen, to Harvard Legislation professor emeritus Laurence Tribe, to conservative retired decide J. Michael Luttig have argued that this provision in itself bars Trump from ever returning to the Oval Workplace. But up to now, the challengers have been winless. Courts in Michigan and Minnesota have refused to order that Trump be faraway from major election ballots, both as a result of Congress has failed to talk on the matter or as a result of the choice to put nominees on the poll is as much as political events, not courts. However in Colorado, the challengers’ loss was much more doubtlessly disastrous. Whereas District Decide Sarah B. Wallace dominated that Trump did ‘interact in an revolt,’ as a result of Part 3 doesn’t clearly and unmistakably check with the workplace of the presidency, she wrote, she couldn’t ’embrace an interpretation which might disqualify a presidential candidate.’ This idea — that the presidency is exempt from the disqualification clause — has been embraced by a rising variety of authorized consultants, together with Northwestern College regulation professor Steven Calabresi…. Even when a bunch of constitutional students and revered authorized leaders imagine the problem is obvious minimize, because the three rulings which were issued up to now show, it’s something however. With the novel questions that these authorized challenges current, it could be foolhardy to imagine that that is probably the most surefire technique to preserve Trump out of workplace completely. There’s a particular method to take action: on the poll field.” • Yep.

“President Trump Can Not Be Disqualified” [Steven G. Calabresi, Wall Street Journal]. From September 14, nonetheless germane: “Former U.S. Legal professional Basic Michael Mukasey’s op-ed “Was Trump ‘an Officer of america’?” (Sept. 8) has induced me to alter my thoughts about an argument that I’ve had with Prof. Seth Barrett Tillman for 25 years. Mr. Mukasey is true: Checked out within the context of the Disqualification Clause of the 14th Modification, the president is neither an ‘officer of america,’ nor, clearly, a ‘member of Congress.’ That should be why the Structure prescribes a separate oath for the president. In consequence, former President Donald Trump isn’t lined by the Disqualification Clause, and he’s eligible to be on the poll within the 2024 presidential election.” • A novel argument, and a few heartburning on it (see right here and right here). Calabresi is President of the Federalist Society.

2024

Lower than a 12 months to go!

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“Consultants weigh in on whether or not DeSantis’ Iowa technique might be sufficient to topple Trump: ‘Hail Mary’” [FOX]. “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis not too long ago earned two key Iowa endorsements as he continues to push marketing campaign sources into the state, a transfer that political consultants inform Fox Information Digital is an ‘all in’ technique as he seems to upset former President Trump in an uphill battle that would make or break his presidential ambitions subsequent 12 months. Shortly after receiving the endorsement of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, DeSantis was endorsed by influential Iowa evangelical chief Bob Vander Plaats who stated ‘there’s undoubtedly a shot that the previous president may be beat right here’ regardless of Trump main DeSantis by a minimum of 30 factors, in line with the Actual Clear Politics common, with simply over six weeks till the Iowa caucus…. DeSantis and his major Tremendous PAC, By no means Again Down, have poured a overwhelming majority of their sources into Iowa in a method that GOP strategist Alex Conant, founding accomplice at Firehouse Methods, advised Fox Information Digital is a method born out of ‘necessity’ and that acknowledges the ‘political actuality that if Trump wins Iowa’ it’s ‘laborious to see how he’s stopped wherever.’” • In the meantime, again in Florida:

I suppose it will play within the pulpits?

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“Positive, Joe Biden is fairly previous: Hear, might you do what he’s doing?” [Salon]. “Would it not be superb to have somebody youthful than 80? Positive it could. However that’s not actuality this time round. And that imaginary 45-year-old wouldn’t have the intensive institutional and overseas coverage expertise that Joe Biden has. The Democratic Get together has fairly a couple of really worthy (and maybe even charismatic) future candidates for the very best workplace ready within the wings, gaining extra expertise in governing and serving all of the residents of their districts or states, not simply those who voted for them. However these candidates will want a liberal democracy in place (i.e., fundamental rule of regulation, help for voting rights, willingness to compromise on insurance policies and acceptance of the peaceable switch of energy) for us to seek out out what they’ll do to maneuver us ahead. If you happen to suppose 80 is admittedly previous — nicely, in some instances it’s. Folks typically die a lot youthful than that. Within the two months since I retired, I’ve misplaced two shut buddies. However let’s checklist only a few older people who find themselves nonetheless on the market killing it: Paul McCartney is touring once more and places on vigorous three-hour concert events (with out breaks). He turned 81 in June. Mick Jagger continues to be doing that chicken-strut factor he discovered from Tina Turner, and celebrated his eightieth birthday in July. At 97, Mel Brooks is sharper (and lots funnier) than you or me. So is the superb Norman Lear, at 101. Many notable scientists, philosophers, poets, artists and folks in different demanding fields operate at a excessive stage, mentally and bodily, deep into their lives. Furthermore, emotional well-being tends to extend in previous age, as private ambitions drop away and we enable ourselves the time to only be. (These findings don’t apply to individuals who by no means develop up, by the way in which.) Biden stays lively, eats a great food plan, has social intelligence and consciousness of others’ wants, has assorted pursuits and solves complicated issues each day — these, it appears, are the habits and traits of ‘tremendous agers.’ He’s buoyed by a loving spouse and household [dear Hunter!], as a result of he’s earned that love. (The Beatles would approve.)” • As an previous codger myself — although not almost as previous as Biden — I’m not unsympathetic. However in Biden’s case, and leaving the lengthy checklist of regarding incidents apart, I’m deeply suspicious of this “With age comes knowledge” narrative in Biden’s case. Exhibit 1: Ukraine, a battle we’re about to lose. Exhibit 2: Gaza, a battle we’ll by no means win. Moreover, a canine that bites individuals says one thing concerning the grasp, and what it says is not “social intelligence.” Anyhow, Joe Biden owes me 600 bucks.

“Biden’s mishandling of paperwork, his household’s enterprise schemes threaten our nationwide safety” [James Comer, FOX]. “The Home Oversight Committee has obtained monetary information revealing the Biden relations, their enterprise associates and their associated corporations acquired vital funds from people and corporations in China, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Romania. President Biden has repeatedly lied to the American individuals about his data of and participation in his household’s enterprise dealings. Not solely did Joe Biden find out about his household’s enterprise dealings, however he was additionally concerned and financially benefited from them. Primarily based on witness testimony, then-Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Hunter Biden’s enterprise associates by cellphone a minimum of 20 occasions, dined with overseas oligarchs and a Burisma government who collectively wired tens of millions to the Bidens, and had espresso with Hunter Biden’s Chinese language enterprise accomplice in Beijing. The Home Oversight Committee additionally has traced financial institution information revealing that Joe Biden acquired $40,000 in proceeds from China within the type of a private verify from his brother, James Biden and sister-in-law, Sara Biden. Even when this verify was mortgage compensation from James Biden because the White Home asserts, it nonetheless exhibits how Joe Biden benefited from his household cashing in on his title – with cash from China no much less.” • On this article,Comer mixes up his wonderful work on financial institution information with the separate monitor on categorized paperwork (which excite no person outdoors the Beltway. And I don’t care that Trump’s been charged with the identical stupidity, so this would possibly even the rating. Please can we for as soon as preserve our speaking factors clear). Keep on with the [family blogging] financial institution information and hammer on the timeline, my recommendation. On the very minimal, Hunter traded on his Father’s title, together with his Father’s data, with the end result that the tributaries of the Biden clan had been periodically refreshed with money. Granted, none of this has the eerie, complicated great thing about the Clinton Basis, and it’s all mind-bogglingly petty and sordid, however how can it probably be OK? It’s a quite simple story: The Pastor’s household have their arms within the assortment plate. Promote that, ffs, and preserve it easy!

“The polls preserve getting worse for Biden” [Politico]. “The president’s standing in head-to-head matchups with Trump is falling: Among the many newest surveys this month from 13 separate pollsters, Biden’s place is worse than their earlier polls in all however two of them…. And whereas polls counsel a lot of the motion comes from voters abandoning Biden — who would possibly turn into undecided however not swing to supporting Trump — the Republican has additionally began to achieve steam. Trump’s vote share within the nationwide polling common is increased now than at any level previously 12 months. The state-level information are simply as hanging: Along with these New York Instances/Siena polls, inside the final week and a half, different surveys have proven Trump forward by 8 factors in Arizona and 5 factors up in Michigan.” • Useful chart:

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“Senate rankings: 5 seats almost definitely to flip” [The Hill]. • West Virginia, Montana, Ohio, Arizona, Pennsylvania. Arizona and Pennsylvania are swing states too, apparently.

CA: “Race in open California district could possibly be pivotal to Home management” [Roll Call]. “The forty seventh district features a swath of southern California stretching alongside the Pacific from the retirement villages of Seal Seaside to the conservative enclaves of Huntington Seaside and Newport Seaside. It reaches to Irvine, the area’s quick rising and more and more various biotech and schooling hub…. Democrats are combating to carry on to the southern California battleground — which is prone to play a key function in figuring out which celebration controls the Home — and are break up between state Sen. Dave Min and neighborhood activist Joanna Weiss. Beneath California’s guidelines, the highest two finishers — no matter celebration affiliation — within the March 5 major will seem on the November poll… [T]he GOP has its sights on the open seat within the forty seventh. The celebration’s hopes relaxation with Scott Baugh, a former member of the state meeting, who got here inside 3 share factors of ousting Porter in 2022, regardless of being outspent $26 million to $3 million.”

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“Democrats Race To Get Abortion on Swing State Ballots To Blunt Biden’s Sinking Ballot Numbers” [New York Sun]. “Democrats are racing to place abortion on the poll in 2024 after seeing victories on each state poll it’s been on because the overturning of Roe v. Wade…. Along with Ohio, state poll measures have been profitable in California, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, and Vermont since 2022’s Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group resolution. … New York and Maryland have already got questions on the ‘24 poll to find out if every state will enshrine abortion into its structure. A sequence of comparable pro-abortion poll efforts are underway in states starting from Arizona and Colorado to Florida and Missouri, with traction coming in some states greater than others.” • Good factor we by no means codified Roe into laws!

Republican Funhouse

“The Blueprint” [Harold Myerson, The American Prospect]. “Earlier this 12 months, Undertaking 2025 printed a 920-page manifesto referred to as Mandate for Management: The Conservative Promise, laying out its agenda for Trump or some other Republican who ought to win the White Home. The e book consists mainly of the world’s longest enemies checklist, with detailed directions on how you can goal them, oust them, and reverse their insurance policies, each actual and imagined.” One other method of claiming that is that Republicans have all the time been a extra severe celebration than Democrats, a minimum of in my lifetime. Distinction Obama, who, for instance, rationalized and legitimized Bush’s felonious program of warrantless surveillance, and seemed ahead and never backward on torture. To be truthful, Obama in all probability didn’t take into account spooks “enemies.” Extra: “This isn’t the primary time Heritage has sketched out a blueprint for a conservative presidency. In 1980, the suppose tank aided one other neophyte politician with revolutionary aspirations—Ronald Reagan—with a report, additionally referred to as Mandate for Management, that stretched to 1,100 pages and lined nearly each nook and cranny of presidency…. A subsequent version of Mandate for Management has been produced for each presidential election since 1980. This iteration, very a lot within the spirit of Trump, is lighter on coverage and heavier on retribution…. Heritage’s data of the federal emptiness course of turns into helpful. Beneath the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, for many federal companies, a emptiness on the high signifies that the subsequent out there deputy turns into the appearing head. Undertaking 2025 sees a path to manipulating this regulation to make sure loyalists take management. ‘The place a profession worker holds a management place,’ explains Ken Cuccinelli, the previous appearing deputy homeland safety secretary underneath Trump, ‘that place must be deemed vacant for line-of-succession functions, and the subsequent eligible political appointee within the sequence ought to assume appearing authority.’ Different authors name for political appointees to be put into the road of succession instantly, ‘chosen by the President-elect’s transition group’ and ‘in place the primary day of the Administration.’ This gambit would hand over the executive state to these devoted to crushing it. That will mix with the restoration of Trump’s October 2020 ‘Schedule F’ order, which might reassign as much as 50,000 civil service staff with a designation that robs them of employment protections, making them simpler to terminate. So the management of government department companies could be ideologues, and lots of bureaucrats underneath their care could possibly be fired at will.” • I’m imagining a CDC run by Nice Barrington sorts, right here; Jay Bhattacharya dousing a dumpsterfull of masks in gasoline and tossing a match, as an alternative of Maskless Mandy respiratory bioeffluent throughout all people. I dunno. If he did that, possibly America’s school cities would masks up, 100%, in a single day…..

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 Get together (“the Democrat Get together 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 “dwell” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) It seems that defining the Democrat Get together is, the truth is, a tough downside. I do suppose the paragraph that follows is on level all the way in which again to 2016, if not earlier than:

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

Be aware, 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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#COVID19

“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

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

Lambert right here: Readers, thanks for the collective effort. To replace any entry, do be happy to contact me on the tackle given with the 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 stories); ID (dashboard, Boise; dashboard, wastewater, Central Idaho; wastewater, Coeur d’Alene; dashboard, Spokane County); IL (wastewater); IN (dashboard); KS (dashboard; wastewater, Lawrence); KY (dashboard, Louisville); LA (dashboard); MA (wastewater); MD (dashboard); ME (dashboard); MI (wastewater; wastewater); MN (dashboard); MO (wastewater); MS (dashboard); MT (dashboard); NC (dashboard); ND (dashboard; wastewater); NE (dashboard); NH (wastewater); NJ (dashboard); NM (dashboard); NV (dashboard; wastewater, Southern NV); NY (dashboard); OH (dashboard); OK (dashboard); OR (dashboard); PA (dashboard); RI (dashboard); SC (dashboard); SD (dashboard); TN (dashboard); TX (dashboard); UT (wastewater); VA (dashboard); VT (dashboard); WA (dashboard; dashboard); WI (wastewater); WV (wastewater); WY (wastewater).

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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Search for the Helpers

Gracious in victory:

Maskstravaganza

Bubble, bubble, toil and bother:

Variants

You is probably not concerned with variants, however variants are concerned with you. T. Ryan Gregory:

Sequelae

“Covid linked to lethal ailments, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, bowel illness” [News.com]. “As Australia enters its eighth Covid wave, researchers are warning of a attainable hyperlink between Covid and a variety of devastating ailments corresponding to Parkinsons, Alzheimers in addition to auto-immune circumstances like bowel illness and rheumatoid arthritis. Greater than 10,000 Australians reported contracting the virus within the final seven days however the true determine could possibly be a lot bigger as it’s now not a requirement to lodge a constructive check with an individual’s state. Added to that new information revealed only one.9 million Australian adults have acquired a Covid vaccination within the final six months, and lots of of those might be approaching six months since their final an infection. However researchers are actually suggesting Aussies must be apprehensive not simply concerning the affect of the virus within the quick time period — they need to take into account the way it would possibly affect them long-term.” • Nothing NC readers don’t know. However vital that this message, a minimum of, has reached the mainstream.

“One thing Terrible”

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

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Airborne AIDS?

“Immune deficiency,” in any case….

Elite Maleficence

“Moderna is Spying on You” [Lee Fang, Unherd]. “[A]s demand for [Moderna’s] vaccinations has diminished, inevitably, so too have its earnings. This 12 months, its solely marketable product lies unused and the corporate has recorded steep losses…. A very powerful factor for Moderna is that individuals preserve having their jabs. Sensible advertisements are a part of that. However extra necessary is to push again aggressively in opposition to any prevailing anti-vax narrative and interact the place attainable in any discussions round vaccine coverage. That’s the place the Moderna disinformation division is available in. Behind the scenes, the advertising arm of the corporate has been working with former regulation enforcement officers and public well being officers to watch and affect vaccine coverage. Key to it is a drug industry-funded NGO referred to as Public Good Tasks. In response to paperwork we’ve seen, PGP works carefully with social media platforms, authorities companies and information web sites to confront the ‘root reason for vaccine hesitancy’ by quickly figuring out and ‘shutting down misinformation.’ A community of 45,000 healthcare professionals are given speaking factors ‘and recommendation on how you can reply when vaccine misinformation goes mainstream’, in line with an electronic mail from Moderna…. Regardless of the rising backlash in opposition to social media censorship, the community of fact-checking nonprofits has grown at an industrial tempo, offering opaque alternatives for personal and public pursuits to take delicate management over the general public discourse. Such sophistication in mixing public-health messaging and company promoting ought to concern anybody with an curiosity in how authorities controls free speech.” • A parallel effort:

“US Division of Well being official who conspired with Anthony Fauci to downplay COVID lab-leak idea reveals ‘agonising’ over his actions” [Sky News]. “he former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response on the US Division of Well being, Dr Robert Kadlec, has advised Sky Information he feels obligated to disclose confidential discussions he had with Dr Fauci, America’s high infectious ailments adviser, about diverting consideration away from the lab leak idea…. Dr Kadlec, who labored for presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump and lead American efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, stated his intention in initially downplaying a lab leak was to encourage co-operation from China within the early days of the outbreak….. Dr Kadlec felt that Fauci had different causes for eager to divert consideration away from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. He stated Fauci was probably apprehensive about his fame if it eventuated that his company had funded the gain-of-function analysis that sparked the outbreak. ‘That will be a pure response of him or anyone, significantly I feel, for him saying, what might this do to me and to our institute as a consequence if we had been discovered to have some culpability or some involvement on this?’” • Cf. Proverbs 28:1.

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Case Information

From BioBot wastewater information, November 27:

Lambert right here: Case counts shifting neatly upward (and tinfoil hat time: That is the, er, inflection level CDC was attempting to hide once they gave the contract to Verily and didn’t guarantee a seamless transition).

Regional information:

That Midwest near-vertical curve is regarding, though as ever with Biobot you need to look ahead to backward revisions.

Variants

NOT UPDATED From CDC, November25:

Lambert right here: High of the leaderboard: HV.1, EG.5 a powerful second, however BA.2.86 developing quick on the surface.

From CDC, November 11:

Lambert right here: 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 Could 11, genomic surveillance information might be reported biweekly, primarily based on the provision of constructive check specimens.” “Biweeekly: 1. occurring each two weeks. 2. occurring twice every week; semiweekly.” Appears to be like like CDC has chosen sense #1. In essence, they’re telling us variants are nothing to fret about. Time will inform.

Covid Emergency Room Visits

NOT UPDATED From CDC NCIRD Surveillance, November 18:

Lambert right here: Slight will increase in some age teams, conforming to wastewater information. Solely every week’s lag, so this can be our greatest present nationwide, present indicator till Verily will get its home so as (and dealing class-centric, since I’d doubt the higher crust goes to the ER).

NOTE “Charts and information supplied by CDC, updates Wednesday by 8am. For the previous 12 months, utilizing a rolling 52-week interval.” So not all the 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 acceptable for eachMR SUBLIMINAL I hate these individuals a lot. Discover additionally that this chart exhibits, a minimum of for its time interval, that Covid is not seasonal, regardless 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.

Hospitalization

Bellwether New York Metropolis, information as of November 27:

Stage-ish, however I guess hospitalization drops over the vacation weekend. Let’s wait and see. New York state as a complete seems extra like a spike. (I hate this metric as a result of the lag makes it misleading, though the hospital-centric public well being institution loves it, hospitalization and deaths being the one metrics that matter [snort]).

NOT UPDATED Right here’s a unique CDC visualization on hospitalization, nationwide, not by state, however with a date, a minimum of. November 11:

Lambert right here: “Maps, charts, and information supplied by CDC, updates weekly for the earlier MMWR week (Sunday-Saturday) on Thursdays (Deaths, Emergency Division Visits, Check Positivity) and weekly the next Mondays (Hospitalizations) by 8 pm ET†”. So the place the heck is the replace, CDC?

Positivity

NOT UPDATED From Walgreens, November 20:

0.5%. Decline arrested. (It could be attention-grabbing to survey this inhabitants typically; these are individuals who, regardless of a tsunami of official propaganda and large peer strain, went and obtained examined anyhow.)

NOT UPDATED From Cleveland Clinic, November 11:

Lambert right here: Enhance (with backward revision; guess they thought it was over). I do know that is simply Ohio, however the Cleveland Clinic is nice*, and we’re starved for information, so…. NOTE * Even when hospital an infection management is attempting to kill sufferers by eliminating common masking with N95s.

NOT UPDATED From CDC, traveler’s information, October 30:

Down, albeit within the rear view mirror. And listed here are the variants for vacationers, October 30:

Deaths

Whole: 1,183,396 – 1,183,379 = 17 (17 * 365 = 6,205 deaths per 12 months, immediately’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “residing 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 may should determine that is what the powers-that-be take into account “mission completed” for this specific tranche of demise and illness). 

Lambert right here: This quantity is simply too small it doesn’t matter what. Iowa Covid19 Tracker hasn’t been up to date since September 27, 2023. I could should revert to CDC information. Yech.

Extra Deaths

NOT UPDATED The Economist, November 18:

Lambert right here: Primarily based on a machine-learning mannequin.

Stats Watch

There aren’t any officals statistics of curiosity immediately.

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Manufacturing: Tern is a little bit of a doomer. Nonetheless:

Does make you marvel what number of different, nicely, PMC have comparable “briefs.”

Tech: “Meta Designed Merchandise to Capitalize on Teen Vulnerabilities, States Allege” [Wall Street Journal]. “An inner 2020 Meta presentation exhibits that the corporate sought to engineer its merchandise to capitalize on the elements of youth psychology that render teenagers ‘predisposed to impulse, peer strain, and doubtlessly dangerous dangerous habits,’ the filings present…. ‘Teenagers are insatiable with regards to ‘really feel good’ dopamine results,’ the Meta presentation exhibits, in line with the unredacted submitting, describing the corporate’s current product as already well-suited to offering the kind of stimuli that set off the potent neurotransmitter. ‘And each time one in all our teen customers finds one thing surprising their brains ship them a dopamine hit.’ Effectively-being issues had been particularly pronounced for youthful teenagers, some Meta executives concerned with youth well-being points internally acknowledged. ‘It’s not ‘regulators’ or ‘critics’ who suppose Instagram is unhealthy for younger teenagers—it’s everybody from researchers and educational consultants to folks,’ Karina Newton, Instagram’s head of coverage, wrote in a Could 2021 electronic mail cited by the attorneys common. ‘The blueprint of the app is inherently not designed for an age group that don’t have the identical cognitive and emotional expertise that older teenagers do.’ Meta says it didn’t design its merchandise to be addictive for teenagers. ‘The grievance mischaracterizes our work utilizing selective quotes and cherry-picked paperwork,’ stated Stephanie Otway, a spokeswoman for the corporate.” • Uh-huh [nods vigorously].

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At the moment’s Concern & Greed Index: 67 Greed (earlier shut: 68 Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 64 (Greed). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Nov 27 at 1:36:08 PM ET.

Rapture Index: Closes unchanged. Once more!! [Rapture Ready]. Document Excessive, October 10, 2016: 189. Present: 187. (Keep in mind that bringing on the Rapture is good.) NOTE on #42 Plagues: “The coronavirus pandemic has maxed out this class.” Extra trustworthy than most! •

Zeitgeist Watch

This account is one in all my responsible pleassures:

Nonetheless, well-made, well-cut males’s clothes lasts for years. If you happen to can afford the preliminary outlay, it’s nicely price it.

Class Warfare

“Wealth Methods in RPGs” [Troy Press]. “Clearly there are a wealth of how to deal with forex in tabletop role-playing video games.” • The concept of “wealth” appears a bit of… constricted.

Information of the Wired

“The Weight of New York Metropolis: Attainable Contributions to Subsidence From Anthropogenic Sources” [Earth’s Future]. “As coastal cities develop globally, the mix of development densification and sea stage rise suggest growing inundation hazard. The purpose of the paper is to lift consciousness that each further high-rise constructing constructed at coastal, river, or lakefront settings might contribute to future flood danger, and that mitigation methods could have to be included. The subsidence mapping idea helps to quantify the hazard and provides specificity to soil sorts and circumstances. We current satellite tv for pc information that present that town is sinking 1–2 mm/tr with some areas subsiding a lot sooner.”

Thesis, antithesis:

What about synthesis?

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