Links 11/7/2021 | naked capitalism


Buffett Out Of Ideas For $150 Billion Cash Mountain The Heisenberg Report

Record fundraising by a nuclear fusion start-up FT

Helium-3: The secret ‘mining war’ in space Asia Times (Re Silc).

Apple’s New Screen Repair Trap Could Change the Repair Industry Forever iFixit (dk). And by “change,” we mean completely [family blog].

COP26/Climate

COP26: more than 100 nations pledge to cut methane, but not China South China Morning Post

Ecological Leninism Adam Tooze, London Review of Books. Paraphrasing Andreas Malm: “The environmental movement may have aligned itself with social justice activism, it hasn’t been ‘able to challenge capitalism.’” There is no “but.” Social justice activism does not, in fact, challenge capitalism. All power to the NGOs is not a defensible position.

‘Paralysing jargon’ is preventing us from taking action on climate change, says new research EuroNews

#COVID19

The Future of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination — Lessons from Influenza NEJM. Final paragraph: “Overall, the situation will be fluid, but we will require the continuing use of vaccines to avert severe consequences, even if milder illnesses still occur at a low frequency. We need to learn to live with these illnesses, just as we have learned to live with influenza.”

There Is Finally a Visible Way Out of the COVID Pandemic Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine. Finally?

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Nov. 5: Spike in COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia traced to multi-day religious gathering Saltwire. Without aersols as a method of transmission, governments must take function into account when regulating gatherings, as opposed to venue size and ventilation, thereby privileging religious superspreaders, good job.

Waning Immunity after the BNT162b2 Vaccine in Israel NEJM. Pfizer. From the Conclusion: “These findings indicate that immunity against the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 waned in all age groups a few months after receipt of the second dose of vaccine.”

When are masks most useful? COVID cases offer hints Nature

China?

China reaffirms commitment to zero-Covid policy as new cases spread FT

China’s trade with world surges ninefold after 20 years in WTO Nikkei Asia

What China’s Top-Secret Communist Party Meeting Is All About Bloomberg

What if Xi Jinping just isn’t that competent? Noahpinion. My ranking for competence has always been Putin > Xi > Biden. If in fact the ranking should be Putin > Biden > Xi, we’re in terrible trouble.

How much is religious soft power worth? Indonesian President Jokowi searches for answers in Abu Dhabi The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer

India

Recalling a recent Diwali in a Warli hamlet People’s Archive of Rural India. From 2018, still germane.

In India and Canada’s international student recruiting machine, opportunity turns into grief and exploitation Globe and Mail

Idol Threats The Believer

Ethiopia’s security crisis is worsening, what are China’s options? The Africa Report

UK/EU

John Major attacks ‘politically corrupt’ Johnson government FT

Biden Administration

Roads, transit, internet: What’s in the infrastructure bill AP

Will Monopolies Steal the Infrastructure Money? Matt Stoller, BIG. Throwing a flag on the Betteridge’s Law violation.

Democrats Quietly Nix Biden’s $100B for School Modernization From Infrastructure Package US News. “A 2020 report the Government Accountability Office released just at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic found that 41% of districts required HVAC system upgrades or replacements in at least half of their schools.” So much for fixing ventilation, good job.

New Dem Paid Leave Plan Eliminates Eligibility for the Lowest Earners People’s Policy Project

Joe Biden or the new Mr Trump? Camilla ‘hasn’t stopped talking about’ hearing the President ‘break wind’ during chat at Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow Daily Mail. Nature is healing. Musical interlude.

FAA refers 37 of the ‘most egregious’ unruly passenger cases to FBI for criminal review ABC

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Federal appeals court issues stay on vaccine rule for U.S. companies Axios

Florida lawmakers want to ditch OSHA in fight over vaccine mandate Fortune

Investigations widen into deadly stampede at Houston rap concert Reuters. Poor crowd control, as we see here:

RussiaGate

Was the FBI Manipulated by the Democratic Party? Bloomberg

Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 election is a bigger threat to democracy than bad ‘Russiagate’ media coverage, despite what disingenuous hacks want you to think Business Insider. Well, I guess that’s where we are. Personally, I think we should center the marginalized voices on this one:

And:

Democrats en Deshabille

Moms who voted for Biden explain why they voted for a Republican in Virginia (video) CNN.

Rural Democrats stare into the abyss after Virginia Politico. “Rural Democrats say the party’s problems on their turf are twofold: The party infrastructure is largely not investing money in those regions, and the party is not committed to any sort of organizing outside the confines of a brief window during campaigns.” Also, the Democrat base hates them.

Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout The Hill. That’s a damn shame. The leadership will have to work overtime to install more Blue Dogs.

Republican Funhouse

The Covid War Is A Class War The American Conservative

The American Right’s civil war Unherd

Imperial Collapse Watch

U.S. Navy Relieves Commanding Officer of Damaged Seawolf-Class Sub Maritime Executive. Oopsies from the Seventh Fleet again.

Stealth Plasma Could Challenge 75 Years of Air Defense Strategy Interesting Engineering. Big if true.

The Shared Genius of Mahan and Corbett War on the Rocks

A Drone Tried to Disrupt the Power Grid. It Won’t Be the Last Wired

Class Warfare

Walking America: Orlando Chris Arnade, Intellectual Inting. Well worth a read, especially for Snow Crash fans.

The Second-Largest Strike in the U.S. Is Happening in New York City New York Magazine

As Strike Looms, UC Lecturers Raise the Stakes Labor Notes

Starbucks management in a tizzy:

California legislation targets Amazon, but all warehouses would be impacted Freight Waves. Interesting enforcement mechanism.

Early Civilizations Had It All Figured Out The New Yorker. Review of Graeber and Wengrow’s The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity.

Landlords Didn’t Expect Tenant Would Move Her Garden With Her, Have Potential Buyers Walk Out Bored Panda

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