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China and world at risk of financial turmoil greater than 2008 crisis, ex-finance minister warns South China Morning Post
Optimism in the Time of COVID (PDF) Randal K. Quarles, Bank of International Settlements
COVID-19 and the Search for Digital Alternatives to Cash Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Why some banks still lean on mainframes The American Banker
Pontifications: Winter is coming Leeham News and Analysis
‘Horrifying’ Glass Fire burns homes, with 68,000 from Santa Rosa to Napa fleeing San Francisco Chronicle
“California Is Built To Burn” (interview) Der Spiegel
COVID-19 vaccine tracker The Vaccine Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
As Their Numbers Grow, COVID-19 “Long Haulers” Stump Experts JAMA. A review of the literature. From the text of the paper: “Adults with severe illness who spend weeks in intensive care, often intubated, can experience long-lasting symptoms, but that’s not unique to patients with COVID-19. What’s unusual about the long haulers is that many initially had mild to moderate symptoms that didn’t require lengthy hospitalization—if any—let alone intensive care.”
A case series of coinfection with SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus in Louisiana Respiratory Medicine Case Reports. From the Conclusion: “There is a sparsity in the literature concerning coinfection of these two respiratory viruses and their impact on clinical outcomes. Here we reported 4 cases of patients with coinfection of Covid-19 and influenza.” n = 4, although to be fair this is indeed a journal of case reports.
Antigen-specific adaptive immunity to SARS-CoV-2 in acute COVID-19 and associations with age and disease severity Cell. From the Highlights: “Adaptive immune responses limit COVID-19 disease severity; multiple coordinated arms of adaptive immunity control better than partial responses; … aging and scarcity of naive T cells may be linked risk factors for severe COVID-19.”
Influenza A virus is transmissible via aerosolized fomites Nature. From August, still germane. “Our data suggest that aerosolized fomites may contribute to influenza virus transmission in animal models of human influenza, if not among humans themselves, with important but understudied implications for public health.” Intriguing. If aerosols can be said to have a life-cycle — unlike ballistic droplets — we don’t know what it is.
Why are landslides so deadly in Nepal? Third Pole
The Disappearing Party Tribune. The deck: “With the objective of a mass membership party now abandoned, Labour is returning to its recent past as a Westminster political machine – but members can still have influence, if they organise.” Sounds familiar.
No Meat, No Milk, No Bread: Hunger Crisis Rocks Latin America Bloomberg (Re Silc). Re Silc comments: “When I was in Guatemala, parents would decide who gets fed. no work, no food. Youngest died.”
New Cold War
New Armenia-Azerbaijan fighting a long time in the making Eurasianet. Some damn thing in the Caucusus….
Russia and China in the Arctic: assumptions and realities The Strategist
The world has gone absolutely insane! The Vineyard of the Saker
Bartiromo: Durham Report Will Not Be Released Before Election RealClearPolitics
James Baker’s 7 Rules for Running Washington Politico (Re Silc). There were giants in those days….
Democrats unveil scaled-down $2.2T coronavirus relief package The Hill. So who’d they screw? You got it:
The May 15th HEROES Act prominently included a plan to pay each essential worker up to $10,000 in hazard pay. The new proposal drops that entirely. NYT‘s story doesn’t mention it all. WaPo gives it one line at the end.
— wsbgnl (@wsbgnl) September 29, 2020
Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine investigator leaves FDA advisory committee over conflict of interest Fierce Biotech. Flexian morphing…
Biden’s Delaware: Making Swiss Banking Look Hyper-Clean The Globalist
Supreme Court Battle
Why Amy Coney Barrett Should Not Be On The Supreme Court Current Affairs
Look at Smith & Wesson investor call, some interesting highlights.
– “two fastest-growing segments of new gun owners being women and African Americans.”
– CEO Mark Smith: “After this election, I’m not anticipating that we’re going to have the large fall off that we did.”
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) September 29, 2020
The Rump Professional Class and Its Fallen Counterpart Benjamin Studebaker
Growing Through Sabotage: Energizing Hierarchical Power (PDF) Review of Capital as Power. From the abstract: “[H]ierarchical power is sought for its own sake; that building and sustaining this power demands strategic sabotage; and that sabotage absorbs a significant proportion of the energy captured by society. From this standpoint, capitalism grows, at least in part, not despite but because of – and indeed through – sabotage.” Sounds like Veblen.
What is ‘friluftsliv’? How an idea of outdoor living could help us this winter National Geographic
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.