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By Lambert Strether of Corrente

Chicken Music of the Day

Chestnut Sparrow, Manyara, Tanzania. “Calls of a giant group.” That is very brief, however I just like the burst of wings at first.

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Politics

“However what’s authorities itself, however the best of all reflections on human nature?” –James Madison, Federalist 51

“Right here’s meals for thought, had Ahab time to assume; however Ahab by no means thinks; he solely feels, feels, feels” –Herman Melville, Moby Dick

“You may’t actually mud for vomit.” Nigel Tufnel, That is Spinal Faucet

Biden Administration

“Biden’s ‘pandemic is over’ feedback muddle COVID messaging” [Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy]. • No, it doesn’t. It is the message, and is completely in line with Administration messaging all through the pandemic. I discover it actually exhausting to consider that Biden’s “it’s over” comment will damage him on the polls; and it could assist him. Propaganda works!

“GOP leaders say approving Covid assist shall be even more durable after Biden ‘pandemic is over’ comment” [CNN]. “High Republicans, who have been already skeptical about approving extra Covid-19 aid cash, stated Monday that President Joe Biden’s feedback that the ‘pandemic is over’ primarily shuts the door on the slim probabilities of more cash getting permitted. ‘It makes it eminently more durable for positive,’ Senate Minority Whip John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, advised CNN. ‘It additionally begs the query as to why (he’s approving) different pandemic-related measures, like student-loan forgiveness, cancellations.’” • Sure, it does, and Biden is aware of this. I doubt that this figures largely in Administration considering, however zeroing out Covid funding may reduce these pesky nasal vaccines off on the go — at the least for benighted America — and the way is that not factor?

“HHS Sec: ‘The president is appropriate’ concerning the COVID-19 pandemic” [Yahoo News]. U.S. Well being Sec. Xavier Becerra supported a shock remark over the weekend from President Joe Biden, who declared the pandemic over. ‘The president is appropriate,’ Becerra advised Yahoo Finance Monday.” • A pliant creature of the California oligarchy springs into motion and performs his half. (A creature withi no background in well being care coverage in any respect, little doubt a qualification for his job at HHS.)

2022

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“Excessive Flooring + Low Ceilings = Tight Races” [Charles Cook, Cook Political Report]. “Don’t be stunned between now and the midterm elections to see most unbiased political prognosticators being unusually cautious of their pronouncements (these within the partisan cheerleading roles will exhibit their predictable responses). In any case, the trajectory of this marketing campaign has already departed that of any midterm election in fashionable instances. A key part in election evaluation is learning previous elections, on this case midterm elections below considerably comparable circumstances. However this 12 months is akin to driving cross nation with no map or GPS. With the nation at giant and lots of states so evenly divided and with hyper-partisanship so pervasive, the political surroundings has created excessive flooring and low ceilings for candidates in key races, protecting trailing candidates inside placing distance of these within the lead. It takes an uncommon circumstance for one candidate to win comfortably in lots of of those contests, a lot more durable than it was only a decade or two in the past.” For instance: “The AARP Florida ballot confirmed Rubio forward of Demings within the Senate race by 2 factors, 49 to 47 %, and DeSantis main Crist by 3 factors, 50 to 47 %. Within the generic congressional poll, Republicans lead Democrats by 2 factors, 48 to 46 %. Mainly, the id of the candidates didn’t matter: One group was voting just for Republicans, the opposite for Democrats; there have been only a few who did the rest. Notice the remarkably tight cluster of Republican vote shares of 49, 50, and 48 % within the Senate, governor, and Home races, respectively, and the equally tight 47, 47, and 46 % for Democrats. Rubio carried Republicans by 82 factors, DeSantis by 84 factors. Republicans stayed in line on the generic by 86 factors, 91 to five %.” • Effectively price a learn.

“The Seats-in-Hassle Forecasts of the 2022 Midterm Congressional Elections” [Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball]. “The objective is to make use of micro stage (congressional district and state) competitiveness assessments together with their electoral historical past to statistically generate an correct prediction of the election’s nationwide end result. The seats-in-trouble forecasts for the 2022 midterms are losses for the Democrats of 42 seats within the Home of Representatives and 1 seat within the Senate…. Not like standard mixture fashions utilizing purely nationwide indicators, the seats-in-trouble equations are based mostly on competitiveness rankings of particular person elections produced by the venerable Prepare dinner Political Report. Prepare dinner’s race by race rankings take numerous native situations (the candidates, native points, how nationwide points are taking part in regionally, and redistricting) into consideration in addition to how nationwide situations (like presidential approval and the financial system) are distributed throughout native and state elections.[1] And in contrast to nationwide impressions of probably occasion seat change pieced collectively from district by district rankings, the seats-in-trouble mannequin systematically aggregates these items of the nationwide puzzle into indices and statistically estimates how these indices have been related traditionally with precise election outcomes. The result’s an correct, traditionally grounded, easy, and systematic forecasting mannequin of nationwide congressional election outcomes (the macro perspective) based mostly on intensive examinations of particular person election contests (the micro perspective).” • That is super-interesting and effectively price a learn.

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“Scoop: McConnell’s closed-door confidence” [Axios]. “Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed cautious optimism in closed-door remarks Monday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the GOP can win again management of the Senate, Axios has realized…. McConnell additionally stated he expects the election to be shut, with a 50/50 Senate reflecting a 50/50 nation that continues to be starkly divided.”

“Cocky Democrats could also be counting their midterm votes earlier than they’re solid” [MSNBC]. “In line with Actual Clear Politics’ common of the generic poll polling, which mixes methodologies and smooths out particular person polling’s margins of error, Individuals favor Democrats by 0.5 %. However that’s not the case on the stage of the aggressive districts that can resolve which occasion secures a majority within the 118th Congress. A late August CBS Information/YouGov “battleground tracker” ballot of voters in swing districts discovered Republicans get pleasure from the identical 2-point benefit over Democrats they loved in that ballot in late July, and with fewer undecided voters left to persuade.” • Yep.

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AL: “Kemp widens lead over Abrams to eight factors in Georgia governor race: ballot” [The Hill]. “Half of probably Georgia voters within the Atlanta Journal-Structure ballot launched on Tuesday stated they’d assist Kemp, whereas 42 % stated they backed Abrams. In late July, Kemp led Abrams by 5 factors, 48 % to 43 %. The brand new survey differed considerably from a Quinnipiac College ballot final Wednesday that confirmed the 2 rivals locked in a decent race, with Kemp holding a slim 2-point lead over Abrams. Kemp beat Abrams within the state’s 2018 gubernatorial race by lower than 2 factors.”

KS:

I don’t know if this interprets to Democrat votes within the basic. Voting down an anti-abortion modification is one factor. Voting for the occasion who “fought for” Roe for years, pocketed the massive bucks, after which didn’t ship, is one other. We’ll see.

MD: “You By no means Actually Felt Protected”: Resistance to Far-Proper Maryland Sheriff Builds in Election Lead-Up” [BOLTS]. Underneath [Republican Sheriff Chuck Jenkins], Frederick County grew to become dwelling to probably the most draconian anti-immigrant native legislation enforcement regimes within the nation. Working hand-in-hand with ICE, Jenkins’ police pressure deported greater than 1,500 immigrants and detained numerous extra. The sheriff has ridden his anti-immigrant platform to the summit of small-town stardom, changing into a darling of Fox Information and making an look at political gatherings held on the White Home by former President Donald Trump and later at his Mar-a-Lago seaside dwelling. However that joyride would possibly quickly come to an finish. Jenkins is up for reelection in November, and immigrants’ rights advocates hope that is the second their longstanding efforts to reverse native insurance policies lastly repay. Jenkins faces Democrat Karl Bickel, a former sheriff’s deputy and a retired policing analyst on the Division of Justice, who says he would curtail the sheriff’s division’s relationship with ICE if he wins. ‘It’s simply not the place of native legislation enforcement to get entangled in immigration enforcement,’ Bickel … advised Bolts. ‘It’s time to start out the exhausting work of rebuilding belief with the immigrant neighborhood.’”

PA: “John Fetterman, Going through Well being Questions, Boosts Public Schedule in Pennsylvania Senate Bid” [Wall Street Journal]. “4 months after a life-threatening stroke took him off the marketing campaign path, John Fetterman, the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, is presenting himself extra typically to voters as he tries to point out that he retains the power to serve successfully. His Republican opponent, the celeb physician Mehmet Oz, says that Mr. Fetterman is shielding his well being standing from voters, by declining to carry information conferences and by agreeing to seem at just one debate. That debate is scheduled for Oct. 25, two weeks earlier than Election Day and greater than a month after Pennsylvania counties are allowed to start out early voting. Mr. Fetterman stated at a marketing campaign rally on Saturday in Scranton, within the state’s northeast, that he was nonetheless recovering from a language processing downside attributable to the stroke. He spoke for about 13 minutes, making clear arguments however stumbling two or 3 times over phrases. ‘The one challenge is a lingering challenge of auditory processing,’ he stated of his well being. ‘Generally I’d miss a phrase. Or, typically I’ll mush two phrases collectively and create one which doesn’t exist,’ he stated, earlier than tweaking Mr. Ozfor posting a video during which the Republican candidate mixed the names of two native grocery store chains, Wegmans and Redner’s, into one he referred to as ‘Wegners.’”

2024

“Texas sheriff investigating how migrants have been ‘lured’ on flights DeSantis organized” [Politico]. “Texas legislation enforcement authorities stated Monday they’re opening an investigation into how 48 Venezuelan migrants have been ‘lured’ final week to board flights from San Antonio, Texas, to Martha‘s Winery below a plan orchestrated by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for ‘nothing extra … than a photograph op.’ ‘Our understanding is {that a} Venezuelan migrant was paid what we’d name a hen canine price to recruit roughly 50 migrants from the realm round a migrant Useful resource Middle … in San Antonio,’ Bexar County, Texas Sheriff Javier Salazar advised reporters.” •

“Martha’s Winery Takes Revenge On DeSantis By Delivery Him 50 Karens” [Babylon Bee]. “The group of fifty Karens was chosen from over 478 Karens who volunteered for the flight, as most girls who stay on the island are named Karen. ‘Hopefully this political stunt will assist DeSATAN see the error of his methods,’ stated HOA Vice President Karen Bohannan. ‘If not, we’ll ship much more. There are lots extra Karens the place that got here from!’ As soon as the Karens land in Florida, they’ve been instructed to wreak havoc on the locals by strolling into institutions and demanding to see the supervisor, calling the police on black joggers, and driving slowly within the left lane. Locals have mobilized to organize for the onslaught by constructing partitions of sandbags and boarding up home windows.” • To be honest, I’m positive Florida has loads of Karens already. (I apologize to anyone within the commentariat really named “Karen.”)

“Trump discovers he’s not in Cannon-land anymore” [Politico]. “Donald Trump put the Justice Division on its heels, courtesy of a single federal choose who gave him the good thing about virtually each doubt as he fought towards the FBI’s probe of paperwork seized from his Mar-a-Lago property. Now, his group of attorneys is making ready to check whether or not they can replicate their fortune in entrance of a probably extra skeptical viewers. And the primary indication, provided in a submitting on Monday night time, suggests a harder street forward. The court-appointed ‘particular grasp’ reviewing paperwork the FBI seized through the Aug. 8 search has requested the previous president to reveal particulars about any supplies he claims to have declassified earlier than calling them his property. In a court docket submitting Monday, Trump’s attorneys urged Raymond Dearie, the senior federal choose based mostly in Brooklyn, to drop a part of his plan that features asking Trump for these particulars. Disclosing these through the evaluate, Trump’s attorneys stated, was not a requirement of U.S. District Court docket Decide Aileen Cannon’s order appointing Dearie as particular grasp. And, they added, it may hurt Trump’s protection towards any forthcoming legal fees.”

“Trump attorneys oppose Justice Division request to maintain categorised info from particular grasp” [Los Angeles Times]. ” In a court docket submitting Tuesday, former President Trump’s attorneys once more questioned if the categorised paperwork recovered by the FBI through the Aug. 8 search of his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida have been really categorised, however offered no proof that Trump had declassified them….

‘The federal government once more presupposes that the paperwork it claims are categorised are, the truth is, categorised and their segregation is inviolable. Nonetheless, the federal government has not but confirmed this crucial truth,’ the submitting states.” • I confess I’m not grasp of the element on this case, so I don’t know if this can be a mere debater’s level. However sure, absolutely the burden of proof is on the prosecutorial facet to show that the paperwork have been categorised within the first place? (And simply because a doc has “High Sekrit” written on the duvet doesn’t imply it really is; there isn’t an workplace within the authorities charged with placing new covers on declassfied paperwork.)

“Trump defends ‘excellent’ name with Raffensperger amid menace of jail sentences from Georgia probe” [The Hill]. “Former President Trump defended the controversial name he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger following the 2020 election, saying in a press release on Monday that it was ‘a fully PERFECT telephone name.’ He claimed that these on the decision ‘had no issues with the decision, and didn’t voice any objections or complaints about something that I stated on the decision which might be construed as inappropriate.’”

“Movies Present Trump Allies Dealing with Georgia Voting Tools” [New York Times]. “The brand new movies additionally present that a number of the Trump allies who visited Espresso County got entry to a storage room, and that numerous folks affiliated with Mr. Trump’s marketing campaign, or his allies, had entry to the constructing over a number of days. The brand new footage additionally reveals Cathy Latham, then the pinnacle of the county’s Republican Social gathering, with members of the Trump group, standing collectively in an workplace the place the county’s ballot pads have been laid out on a desk. Ms. Latham is among the many targets of a legal investigation in Atlanta, associated to her participation as one in every of an alternate slate of electors who tried to overturn Mr. Trump’s loss in Georgia. That investigation, which is being led by Fani T. Willis, the district legal professional of Fulton County, has additionally touched on what happened in Espresso County…. Investigators from Mr. Raffensperger’s workplace additionally seem within the new movies, elevating questions on what they knew. … [V]oting rights advocates concerned within the litigation have questioned why Mr. Raffensperger, the defendant within the civil case, didn’t transfer extra aggressively.” • There shouldn’t be “voting tools.” There’s your downside.

Democrats en Déshabillé

I’ve moved my standing remarks on the Democrat Social gathering (“the Democrat Social gathering is a rotting corpse that may’t bury itself”) to a separate, back-dated put up, to which I’ll periodically add materials, summarizing the addition right here in a “stay” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) It seems that defining the Democrat Social gathering is, the truth is, a tough downside. I do assume the paragraph that follows is on level all the way in which again to 2016, if not earlier than:

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

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

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#COVID19

• “Disrupt the social order.” At NIH final week, by way of:

That was the query from the very starting, as I present right here (and below capitalism, the “social order” means the wage relation). Fauci’s remarks on vaccines and variants are additionally very fascinating; elites speaking amongst themselves don’t sound like they sound on TV.

• “‘Very Dangerous’ Lack of Information Blunts U.S. Response to Outbreaks” [New York Times]. “The federal authorities invested closely over the previous decade to modernize the info techniques of personal hospitals and well being care suppliers, doling out greater than $38 billion in incentives to shift to digital well being information. That has enabled medical doctors and well being care techniques to share details about sufferers way more effectively.” That’s ***cough*** “share details about sufferers billing ***cough***. I imply, that’s what so-called medical coding is for. See NC right here, right here, and right here on “upcoding” and EHRs usually. Extra: “A long time of underinvestment in public well being info techniques has crippled efforts to grasp the pandemic, stranding essential information in incompatible information techniques so outmoded that info typically have to be repeatedly typed in by hand. The info failure, a salient lesson of a pandemic that has killed a couple of million Individuals, shall be costly and time-consuming to repair. The exact value in pointless sickness and loss of life can’t be quantified.” Two causes nothing shall be achieved. After which there’s this: “However virtually two years after the primary Covid photographs have been administered, the C.D.C. nonetheless has no nationwide information on breakthrough instances.” • However that’s as a result of CDC determined to not gather breakthrough information! You’d assume that Walensky and Jha, who’re the primary sources quoted within the story, would have talked about that. Guess not.

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“UMD Researcher Develops Nasal COVID Vaccine” [Maryland Today]. “Xiaoping Zhu, a professor of veterinary medication, has developed an inhalable coronavirus vaccine that goes on to work within the elements of the physique—just like the nostril and sinuses—the place even these absolutely updated with photographs might be weak…. ‘[The shots are] fantastic vaccines that defend folks from hospitalization and loss of life, however don’t forestall transmission,’ Zhu stated. ‘The nasal vaccine produces an antibody that stays within the higher respiratory tract to cease transmission, which the intramuscular vaccine doesn’t.’”• Zhu’s vaccine is starting medical trials. Factor is, although, I believed Covid was speculated to be “endemic,” just like the flu? But when we cease tranmission, what occurs to Pfizer and Moderna? Will no one consider Massive Pharma?

“Nasal and inhaled vaccines could also be the very best hope to lastly cease COVID transmission, however the U.S. isn’t funding them: ‘It’s simply unacceptable’” [Fortune]. “[Eric] Topol has been pushing the U.S. authorities to undertake an ‘Operation Nasal Vaccine’ to fund the event of nasal vaccines much like how Operation Warp Velocity helped fund the primary era of COVID-19 vaccines. Over the summer time, the U.S. authorities hosted a ‘way forward for vaccines’ summit that mentioned authorities assist for nasal sprays and different new vaccine applied sciences. However further funding for vaccine improvement has been held up in U.S. Congress for months, and it’s unclear if the federal government will allot further vaccine funds. ‘We’ve waited and waited and waited,’ says Topol. ‘It’s simply unacceptable.’ After all, vaccine makers like Pfizer (which spends greater than $10 billion yearly on analysis and improvement) don’t want essentially authorities assist to fund the event of latest vaccine know-how. Morgon says giant corporations have shunned nasal vaccine investments as a result of they have already got a product that works. ‘Massive firms are usually fairly conservative,’ he says.” • Asking Pfizer to develop a sterilizing vaccine is like asking Gilette to develop a self-sharpening razor. Why would they?

“Defined | How does a COVID-19 nasal vaccine work?” [The Hindu]. “A nasal vaccine is delivered by the nostril or mouth and it’s anticipated to work on the mucosal lining, prompting an immune response on the entry factors of the virus within the human physique. It probably prevents the an infection proper there, thereby additionally blocking its unfold. Scientists have referred to as this sterilising immunity, the place the virus is prevented from inflicting an infection within the host successfully…. ‘Precisely how profitable these vaccines shall be is unclear. Anticipating a vaccine to cease transmission of a virus or forestall even delicate sickness — reaching what is named sterilising immunity — is a excessive bar. Bharat [Biotech] and CanSino [Chinese vaccine maker that has secured a licence to use another nasal vaccine] gained’t know whether or not their vaccines can obtain this till they’ve carried out additional efficacy research,’ explains [science writer Emily] Waltz. Each Bharat Biotech and CanSino have introduced that their trials have been profitable however haven’t launched information. She factors to 2 different nasal vaccines which have reportedly been deployed in populations, one in Iran and the opposite, an intra-nasal model of Sputnik V in Russia, however says scant information is out there from both of them.” • Hopefully we’re not going to repeat historical past on the info….

• “Preclinical analysis of security and immunogenicity of a main sequence intranasal COVID-19 vaccine candidate (BBV154), and humoral immunogenicity analysis of a heterologous prime-boost technique with COVAXIN (BBV152)” (preprint) [Research Square]. “We carried out preclinical evaluations of BBV154 in mice, rats, hamsters and rabbits. Repeated dose toxicity research introduced wonderful security profiles when it comes to pathology and biochemical evaluation. [Intranasal (IN)] administration of BBV154 elicited sturdy mucosal and systemic humoral immune responses coupled with cell-mediated immune responses dominated by Th1-like cytokine expression. Heterologous prime-boost vaccination with intramuscular (IM) COVAXIN-prime adopted by BBV154 intranasal in rabbits elicited superior immune responses in contrast with the homologous COVAXIN/COVAXIN schedule. BBV154 is now being assessed in each homologous and heterologous mixture schedules in ongoing human medical trials.”

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• Maskstravaganza: Making an attempt to get by to the Hospital An infection Management Group:


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Case Depend

Case rely for america:

Instances are undercounted, one supply saying by an element of six, Gottlieb considering we solely choose up one in seven or eight.) Therefore, I take the nominal case rely and multiply it by six to approximate the actual stage of instances, and draw the DNC-blue “Biden Line” at that time. The earlier rely was ~62,400. As we speak, it’s ~60,600 and 60,600 * 6 = a Biden line at 363,600. (Bear in mind these information factors are weekly averages, so every day fluctuations are smoothed out.) The black “Fauci Line” is a counter to triumphalism, because it compares present ranges to previous crises. In case you have a look at the Fauci line, you will notice that regardless of the bleating and yammering about Covid being “over,” we’ve solely only in the near past reached the (nominal) case stage of November 1, 2021, and we’re very removed from that of July 1, 2021. And the actual stage is way worse.

Lambert right here: The autumn in case rely seems spectacular sufficient. What the Fauci Line reveals, nevertheless, is that we’ve ultimately achieved the extent of the preliminary peak, when New York was storing the our bodies in fridge vans. So the endzone celebrations are, to my thoughts, untimely. Not that anybody will throw a flag. After all, the actual story is within the charts for California and the South. See under.

Regional case rely for 4 weeks:

The South:

I’m wondering if Florida’s bizarre reporting is what causes the odd “lumpiness” within the nationwide case rely throughout this “excessive plateau.” Earlier, the curves are a lot smoother.

The South (minus Texas and Florida):

Encouraging.

The West:

What’s occurring on the market?

Wastewater

SITE DOWN Wastewater information (CDC), September 13:

Lambert right here: I added all of the dots again in. The variety of gray dots actually considerations me. How can all of the websites for worldwide air journey heart New York be gray (“no latest information”). And California’s fairly gappy, too.

For grins, September 11:

Positivity

From the Walgreen’s check positivity tracker, September 10:

-3.3%. Excellent news!

Transmission

NOTE: I shall most definitely not be utilizing the CDC’s new “Group Stage” metric. As a result of CDC has mixed a number one indicator (instances) with a lagging one (hospitalization) their new metric is a poor warning signal of a surge, and a poor method to assess private danger. As well as, Covid is a illness you don’t need to get. Even if you’re not hospitalized, you may undergo from Lengthy Covid, vascular points, and neurological points. For these causes, case counts — recognized to be underestimated, on account of dwelling check kits — deserve to face alone as a quantity to be tracked, regardless of how a lot the political operatives in CDC management wish to obfuscate it. That the “inexperienced map” (which Topol calls a “capitulation” and a “deception”) continues to be up and being taken severely verges on the legal. Use the neighborhood transmission instantly under.

Right here is CDC’s interactive map by county set to neighborhood transmission. (That is the map CDC needs solely hospitals to take a look at, not you.)

Lambert right here: Clearly, the pandemic is over. Holy [family blog], even when someone shoved CDC’s reprehensible “Group Ranges” chart (see above) below Biden’s nostril, even he may see that solely half the nation continues to be medium or excessive:

How does that translate into “over”? 50.73% “low” is first previous the put up?

• “The tip of the pandemic” [Noah Smith, Noahpinion]. “In some unspecified time in the future, we merely collectively cease considering of ailments as pandemics and begin considering of them as endemic — as ailments that are actually merely current in our world somewhat than as particular, uncommon threats. In some unspecified time in the future this occurred for HIV, the opposite nice pandemic of our instances. So it appears to me that Biden’s declaration that the pandemic is over is nearly as good a spot as any to bookmark this transition.”

NOT UPDATED Speedy Riser information, by county (CDC), September 16:

I suppose that if case counts are certainly stage, it’s probably there could be few fast risers.

Earlier Speedy Riser information:

NOT UPDATED Hospitalization information, by state (CDC), September 16:

Sea of inexperienced!

NOTE: Speedy Riser and Hospitalization information are up to date Wednesdays and Fridays.

Variants

Lambert right here: It’s past irritating how sluggish the variant information is. I appeared for extra charts: California doesn’t to a BA.4/BA.5 breakdown. New York does nevertheless it, too, is on a molasses-like two-week cycle. Does no one within the public well being institution get a promotion for monitoring variants? Are there no grants? Is there a single lab that does this work, and all people will get the outcomes from them? Further sources from readers welcome [grinds teeth, bangs head on desk].

NOT UPDATED Variant information, nationwide (Walgreens), September 1:

Nonetheless no signal of BA.2.75 at Walgreens, regardless of its success in India and presence in Bay Space wastewater.

NOT UPDATED Variant information, nationwide (CDC), August 27 (Nowcast off):

Two highlights: BA.4.6 has assumed a barely larger proportion (extra within the NowCast mannequin, which I refuse to make use of). Additionally, first look of BA.2.75. So the place is it, you ask?

The above chart reveals variants nationally. I’ve gone by the CDC areas and made a desk. As you may see, BA.2.75 is outstanding in Area 2 (New York and New Jersey), adopted by Area 5 (Midwest), and Area 1 (Northeast). Hmm.

Desk 1: CDC Regional BA.2.75 Information, Sorted by % Complete

CDC Area % Complete States in Area
Area 2: 0.8% New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
Area 5: 0.7% Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
Area 1: 0.7% Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Area 3: 0.4% Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
Area 4: 0.4% Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
Area 7: 0.3% lowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska
Area 6: 0.0% Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
Area 8: 0.0% Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
Area 9: 0.0% Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands….
Area 10: 0.0% Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

Let’s see if BA.2.75 begins doubling.

• An extended thread on immune escape. I’d have an interest to listen to what the Mind Belief thinks:

Deaths

Loss of life price (Our World in Information):

Lambert right here: Unsure why World in Information modified the colour to pink.

Complete: 1,078,938 – 1,078,018 = 920 (920 * 365 = 335,800, which is at this time’s LivingWith™* quantity (fairly a bit greater than the minimizers would love, thought they’ll speak themselves into something. Fluctuates fairly a bit, however even the low numbers are unhealthy). I’ve added an anti-triumphalist black Fauci Line.

It’s good that for deaths I’ve a easy, every day chart that simply retains chugging alongside, not like every part else CDC and the White Home are screwing up or letting go darkish, good job.

Stats Watch

Housing: “United States Housing Begins” [Trading Economics]. “Housing begins within the US unexpectedly jumped 12.2% month-over-month to an annualized price of 1.575 million models in August of 2022, beating market expectations of 1.445 million. It’s the largest enhance since March final 12 months, though figures for the earlier months have been revised decrease to confirmed begins fell at a quicker 10.9% in July.”

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As we speak’s Concern & Greed Index: 34 Concern (earlier shut: 37 Concern) [CNN]. One week in the past: 39 (Concern). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Sep 20 at 1:55 PM EDT.

The Gallery

Cubists not named Picasso (2):

Groves of Academe

“Taking Our Time: How Australian Universities Measure Tutorial Work” [Public Books]. “Instructing and analysis are what makes a college a college. So, unsurprisingly, with extra managers and fewer securely employed lecturers {and professional} assist staff, the calls for on staff doing the core work have elevated. As anybody who has been topic to an effectivity drive will know, the hassle to do extra with much less both reduces high quality or results in overwork. Rising scholar numbers and elevating calls for for analysis outputs, mixed with reducing urge for food for funding in educating and analysis, have led to emphasize and burnout. As well as, the managerialist devaluation and decentring of educational work within the establishment—by each structural divestment and growing precarity of educational professionals—is arguably one of many causes of the broader social devaluation of skilled knowledges. Is it a coincidence that we’ve to make the general public case for the belief worth of scholarly information (about local weather change, vaccination, and the financial significance of frontline care staff, for instance) when the establishments that generate the information don’t themselves belief and worth the folks doing this very important work.”

Zeitgeist Watch

“Most Adults Ought to Be Screened for Nervousness, U.S. Panel Recommends” [Wall Street Journal]. • Ya assume?

“I Want I Was a Little Bit Taller” [GQ]. “The promise of Dr. D’s [leg lengthening] institute is that, for a worth, you can also enhance your odds of changing into a Fortune 500 CEO. And individuals are keen to pay. Most sufferers will fork over from $70,000 to $150,000, relying on what number of inches they need to achieve. The bulk go for the usual three inches, which might be anticipated should you get solely your femurs achieved—a course of that takes a few 12 months—however six inches is feasible if medical doctors later do your tibias as effectively. You then need to get the nails surgically eliminated, which prices a further $14,000 to $20,000. Cash a problem? Private financing is out there by SoFi, the web financial institution. John took out a mortgage for his femurs—$1,200 a month for the following 5 years. It’s nothing wanting a miracle that we will change one thing within the human physique that was as soon as unchangeable. A brief king can remodel himself into only a king—so long as he’s keen to topic himself to the form of horrifying, life-altering damage historically related to getting hit by a bus. It’s as if we’re taking part in God to seem barely extra boneable on Tinder. On some stage it’s grotesque. It’s additionally a medical surprise. And it raises every kind of thorny existential questions, like whether or not creations as fragile as us needs to be taking part in God in any respect.” • All questions the Jackpot will clear up….

Class Warfare

See Fauci’s remarks on the first bullet below #COVID19

Information of the Wired

“Filling the Gaps” [History Today]. ” Contemplating the intense, mental, scholarly and infrequently non secular nature of most early fashionable texts, nearly all of text-related annotations in these volumes represent what historians time period ‘aids to reminiscence’. These aids got here in many alternative types and in various levels of depth, which counsel the differing ranges of engagement with the textual content itself. Most typical, maybe, have been marks and symbols, reminiscent of an asterisk or a manicule (a pointing finger), within the margins of a web page subsequent to particular sentences or passages of explicit significance. In some situations, readers summarised the contents of a web page with a sub-heading, of types, on the prime of a web page. Extra typically, these handwritten reminiscence aids prolonged into verbal summaries or brief commentaries on paragraphs or factors these readers discovered vital or pertinent to their motive for studying. Generally marginalia stuffed up the whole lot of the clean web page surrounding the textual content, leaving little or no white area. Often small drawings might be detailed within the margins, illustrating the content material of the textual content. A quantity from the library of Anthony Higgin, Dean of Ripon from 1608 to 1624, incorporates a small illustration of a crocodile within the margin of 1 web page, adopted by a drawing of the solar (full with a smiley face) and the moon adjoining to their textual descriptions.” • An early type of hypertext? Granted, not digital… .

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Contact info for crops: Readers, be at liberty to contact me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, to (a) learn how to ship me a verify if you’re allergic to PayPal and (b) to learn how to ship me pictures of crops. Greens are advantageous! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary crops! In order for you your deal with to seem as a credit score, please place it at first of your mail in parentheses: (thus). In any other case, I’ll anonymize by utilizing your initials. See the earlier Water Cooler (with plant) right here. From CG:

CG writes: “I had an excellent Sunday stroll yesterday and noticed that goldenrod was in bloom all over the place, from solitary stalks to giant areas. I have a tendency to consider goldenrod (in bloom from late summer time by early autumn) because the coral reef of crops, for the reason that goldenrod (in a wholesome surroundings) helps innumerable lives, from bees and numerous pollinators, to butterflies, dragonflies, and different bugs. Monarchs love goldenrod too: the late blooms assist assist them of their journey south.

The primary picture is an total space of blossoms; the second goldenrod picture features a honeybee. (The black background is a pleasing photographic utilization of setting the sunshine for the foreground topic and the background, if in shade, turns into black.)

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