Harry Reid Confirms Federal Government Covered Up UFOs For Years HuffPo. Reid: “There’s more than one up there.” Apparently, 2002’s showrunners decided murder hornets and venomous caterpillar aren’t enough. I think they’re flailing.
Central bank digital currencies: foundational principles and core features (PDF) Bank of Canada, European Central Bank, Bank of Japan, Sveriges Riksbank, Swiss National Bank, Bank of England, Board of Governors Federal Reserve System, and Bank for International Settlements.
Endowment Velociraptors Are Best Left to Roam Free John Authers, Bloomberg
The effect of temperature on persistence of SARS-CoV-2 on common surfaces Virology Journal. From the Abstract: “While the role of fomite transmission is not yet fully understood, precise data on the environmental stability of SARS-CoV-2 is required to determine the risks of fomite transmission from contaminated surfaces.” In the lab, in the dark (no UV): “We obtained half lives of between 1.7 and 2.7 days at 20 °C, reducing to a few hours when temperature was elevated to 40 °C. With initial viral loads broadly equivalent to the highest titres excreted by infectious patients, viable virus was isolated for up to 28 days at 20 °C from common surfaces such as glass, stainless steel and both paper and polymer banknotes. Conversely, infectious virus survived less than 24 h at 40 °C on some surfaces.”
Community and Close Contact Exposures Associated with COVID-19 Among Symptomatic Adults ≥18 Years in 11 Outpatient Health Care Facilities — United States, July 2020 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. From the Summary: “Findings from a case-control investigation of symptomatic outpatients from 11 U.S. health care facilities found that close contact with persons with known COVID-19 or going to locations that offer on-site eating and drinking options were associated with COVID-19 positivity.”
COVID-19: faecal–oral transmission? Nature. From March, possibly germane: “”Physicians and caretakers of potentially-infected children need to be aware that stools might be infectious,” adds [Mary Estes at Baylor College of Medicine]. The results are preliminary and further research is needed. ‘We are now assembling a much larger cohort to confirm our results and will test more patients to confirm faecal–oral transmission,” says [Kang] Zhang.’” Worth adding to the fomite v. aerosol discussion; there was, after all, a fecal plume in Amoy Gardens case, during 2003’s SARS outbreak in Hong Kong.
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Focused Protection, Herd Immunity, and Other Deadly Delusions The Nation. Speculating a bit: Aerosols are like cigarette smoke. We tried “focused protection” with cigarettes with smoking areas, etc. At best, protection was partial, below expectations, and far inferior to prohibition. Focused protection won’t work with the virus, either; fortune, like smoke, passes everywhere. As with cigarettes, the only solution will be to change our ways, collectively. But see below.
I think the toothpaste might be out of the tube:
A police officer escorting me out tonight said he estimated 9000-10,000 worshippers filled the courthouse steps in downtown Nashville!
— Sean Feucht (@seanfeucht) October 12, 2020
Go long domestic tourism, because passports are gonna be a problem. (To be fair, it would be nice if this service was like BLM marches (no known cases), and not like indoor political rallies (cases), or Wisconsin in-person voting (cases). It is outdoors. But I’m not seeing masks, people are singing and shouting, and they remain close to their neighbors for an extended period of time. So I’m not hopeful. Tennessee isn’t doing well, either.)
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Air cleaner notes Potrzebie Review. “Notes from reading up on air cleaners to help deal with the current California wirefire smoke.”
Asia Today: China to test 9 million after new outbreak AP. Impressive.
Washington Watching as Beijing’s Space Power Grows The Diplomat. From September, still germane.
Southeast Asia Isn’t Interested In Joining A New Cold War The American Conservative
Lebanon explosion: Deadly fuel tank blast rocks Beirut BBC. There seem to be rather a lot of explosions just now:
If you’re keeping up- 3 explosions in the last 24 hours in #Lebanon killing at least 4 and injuring more than a dozen in Beirut and Jiyyeh, south of Beirut.
All attributed to explosions of either diesel or gas storage tanks. https://t.co/6XUJ8NtaEe
— Timour Azhari (@timourazhari) October 10, 2020
Azerbaijan v. Armenia:
Like we always say on RWN, it helps to look at the maps. And then it’s good to add a topographic map. Here you can see that the Azerbaijani advances (green arrows) are in the south, where there’s flat land… pic.twitter.com/TVRDPdQBre
— The War Nerd (@TheWarNerd) October 11, 2020
Boris Johnson faces rebellion over Covid job support for workers FT. Lack thereof.
The anti-lockdown crusade gains oxygen from this government’s ineptitude Stumbling and Mumbling
France risks new lockdowns if Covid-19 surge worsens: PM Agence France Presse
Republicans Have Already Packed the Courts. It’s Up To Democrats How To Rebalance Them. Washington Monthly. Perhaps, in retrospect, Schumer waving Trump’s nominations through so the Senate could go on vacation wasn’t the best plan?
Fix America by Undoing Decades of Privatization The Atlantic
No and no:
A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2020
Twitter is correct to flag this, though if platform have to make such calls, maybe there shouldn’t be platforms.
Protests and Riots
The Meaning of Timothy Mcveigh Gore Vidal, Vanity Fair. From 2001, still germane.
Police State Watch
Police killings more likely in agencies that get military gear, data shows Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Big Brother Is Watching You
Lord Advocate Launches War on Twitter Craig Murray (GF). “[T]he Lord Advocate of Scotland is claiming in the contempt of court case against me that I am legally responsible for the content of replies to my tweets…. But neither you nor I nor any other user is the publisher of Twitter. There is no sensible view in which you are the publisher of replies to your tweets. Twitter is the publisher of tweets and users are responsible for what they tweet.”
Further to my post on “bureaucratic” barriers to “access,” we have this (flora):
Physicians have codes to delineate every outcome and cost = value, except delayed, changed or abandoned care due to insurance industry prior authorization rationing or high costs @FTC @TheJusticeDept @AmerMedicalAssn @SeemaCMS
— Howard Green, MD (@DermHAG) October 4, 2020
Health Care: The Best and the Rest New York Review of Books. Review of Ezekiel J. Emanuel’s new book. “Emanuel sees automatic enrollment as both essential and nonthreatening—a social good requiring little systemic change.” If Emanuel thinks that, he’s out of his mind, and not just because the Freedom caucus will hate it.
Our Famously Free Press
An Arrest in Canada Casts a Shadow on a New York Times Star, and The Times NYT. Picture caption: “The New York Times newsroom. The paper is in the midst of an evolution from the stodgy paper of record into a juicy collection of great narratives.” Oh.
ICO’s final report into Cambridge Analytica invites regulatory questions FT. “[I]t may shortly become even harder to disprove the uncomfortable proposition that Cambridge Analytica’s main data-related crime was overselling its own capabilities rather than actually hacking democracy with the help of the Russians.”
Black Injustice Tipping Point
A Nation of Walls Places Journal
The Cultural Roots of Conservatism Roger Kimball, American Greatness
Kafka in Pieces The Baffler
Antidote du jour (via):
A second en-zoo-ed animal, I admit. But awfully cute!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.