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2:00PM Water Cooler 9/30/2022 | bare capitalism

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2:00PM Water Cooler 9/30/2022 | bare capitalism

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By Lambert Strether of Corrente

Chook Track of the Day

Black-throated Bobwhite, Celestún, Yucatán, Mexico. That is solely three stars, however I believe folks take factors off for issues I like, like plenty of different birds and atmospherics. However you possibly can hear the Bobwhite. I believe the migration season is arising, so in the event you, pricey readers, have any ideas on birds leaving (or transferring in) to the neighborhood, please go away them in feedback.

• “How a COVID lockdown modified chook behaviour” [Nature]. “As a result of folks spent extra time at house and in parks than earlier than March 2020, the evaluation discovered that 20 of the 25 chook species examined behaved otherwise throughout lockdown. Parks — which had been flooded with guests — noticed an an uptick within the numbers of corvids and gulls, whereas smaller birds, resembling Eurasian blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) and home sparrows (Passer domesticus), had been noticed much less regularly than in earlier years. And since folks spent extra time at house, the variety of avian species that visited home gardens additionally dropped, by round one-quarter, in contrast with earlier years.Different species, together with rock pigeons (Columba livia), didn’t react to the lockdown in any respect. Warrington discovered this stunning, as a result of pigeons are metropolis dwellers, so she thought they might be affected by the modifications in folks’s behaviour. ‘However they don’t give a crap about what we do,’ she says.”

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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 suppose; however Ahab by no means thinks; he solely feels, feels, feels” –Herman Melville, Moby Dick

“The logic of the insult and the logic of scientific classification symbolize the 2 excessive poles of what a classification could also be within the social world.” –Pierre Bourdieu, Classification Struggles

Biden Administration

“Treasury strikes ahead with database on company possession” [Associated Press]. “Tens of hundreds of thousands of small U.S. corporations shall be required to offer the federal government with particulars on their homeowners and others who profit from them beneath a regulation finalized Thursday that’s supposed to peel again the layers of possession that may cover unlawfully obtained belongings. The Treasury Division mentioned it was transferring to create a database that can include private data on the homeowners of not less than 32 million U.S. companies as a part of an effort to fight illicit finance. Treasury officers mentioned the brand new rule represents a sea change on the planet of company transparency. The regulation comes within the midst of U.S. and Western allies’ ongoing makes an attempt to sanction Russian oligarchs and rich buddies of Russian President Vladimir Putin because the begin of his invasion of Ukraine. The rich Russians are accused of hiding stolen cash and belongings within the U.S. and world wide.”

2022

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“Two Dem stars battle to recapture the magic” [Politico]. “Only a few quick years in the past, Beto O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams had been among the many Democratic Get together’s shiniest stars, two youthful candidates who electrified their events even in defeat. Whereas they got here up simply quick of their longshot 2018 bids to win statewide workplace in Texas and Georgia, respectively, their promise was such that every sparked speak of their prospects on the nationwide stage…. Each have constantly trailed their opponents within the polls. O’Rourke hasn’t led in a single survey since he introduced his candidacy final November, and Abrams is barely doing higher.” • These candidates aren’t for electing; they’re for fundraising. (Additionally, stars shine, however they aren’t “shiny.” “Brightest stars,” or “most brightly shining stars.”)

“A Selection Election, however an Unsure One” [Charles Cook, Cook Political Report]. “Right here’s one other issue working in opposition to overly assured prognosticators: ‘Toss-Up’ Home, Senate, and gubernatorial races generally tend to interrupt in a standard route fairly than evenly. Two years in the past everybody was whipsawed within the final six weeks. Issues appeared to break down on Republicans after then-President Trump’s hideously unhealthy efficiency within the Sept. 29 debate. Down-ballot Republican candidates’ numbers plunged as nicely, triggering hypothesis of an impending “blue wave.” However after a number of weeks of dialog in regards to the implications of such an enormous victory for Democrats, a last-minute gust shifted in the other way, turning the blue wave right into a Useless Sea as independents determined to hedge their bets. Within the Home, each single race rated as a toss-up going into Election Day went Republican. However this isn’t solely a Home or a 2020 phenomenon. During the last 12 elections, a median of 77 % of the Senate races rated within the toss-up column going into Election Day broke in the identical route. Democrats received eight out of 9 toss-ups in 2006, Republicans eight out of 9 in 2014. In 1998, Democrats received six out of seven toss-ups. Democrats received eight out of 12 in each 2008 and 2012, and 7 out of 9 in 2000. The development is even a bit streaky: Toss-ups broke in favor of Republicans within the final 4 elections (2014-2020), however for Democrats within the earlier 4 (2006-2012).” • Prepare dinner factors to the mostest of the first-past-the-post-ness….

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PA: “OnPolitics: Pennsylvania’s Senate race heats up” [USA Today]. “From being trolled by Fetterman on social media over referring to a grocery store veggie tray as ‘crudités,’ Oz has now attracted hundreds of thousands of {dollars} from nationwide political motion committees. He has a barrage of adverts operating in opposition to his opponent, has the media becoming a member of him in asking for the Democrat’s well being information and has successfully lower Fetterman’s lead to a couple factors – inside the margin of error. Early in the summertime, Fetterman held a virtually double-digit lead over his Republican opponent and was on monitor to assist Senate Democrats safe their majority. However within the final month, Oz has surged in spending and favorability and eroded Fetterman’s result in 3 factors, in accordance with a brand new Franklin & Marshall Ballot out Thursday. ‘It was like Fetterman was operating unopposed over the summer season,’ mentioned Berwood Yost, director of Franklin & Marshall’s Heart for Opinion Analysis. ‘That has modified. Oz is difficult his crime report, and the messaging is working.’” • If the important thing second seems to be the controversy, that’s not excellent news for Fetterman, who just isn’t a very good debater.

PA: “John Fetterman Presents Voters Medical Transparency By Ripping Coronary heart Out Of Chest” [The Onion]. “‘It’s important that we tackle any worries voters have about their candidate’s health for workplace, which is why the lieutenant governor selected to tear out his still-beating coronary heart and maintain it out for all to see,’ mentioned marketing campaign supervisor Brendan McPhillips….”

WI: No means no:

“Superb Democrats”…. That’s fairly an act. What do you name it?

2024

“Extra Democrats need Biden to run in 2024; Harris best choice if he doesn’t: ballot” [The Hill]. “A brand new Morning Seek the advice of-Politico ballot discovered that 59 % Democrat voters suppose Biden ought to make one other run for the Oval Workplace, up from 53 % in August.” • Let’s simply hope Biden isn’t relying on changing into a “wartime chief” as an October Shock. Say with a nuclear strike.

Grateful to The Hill’s photograph editor for leaving me some house for a value-add.

“Newsom indicators UFW invoice aimed toward serving to California farmworkers manage” [Los Angeles Times]. “After beforehand indicating he may veto the measure, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a brand new legislation Wednesday that can make it simpler for agricultural laborers to hitch unions, a hard-fought win for the United Farm Employees.

The signature got here after union members and their supporters made a 335-mile pilgrimage from Delano, Calif., to Sacramento after which camped out in entrance of the state Capitol for weeks as dignitaries visited — a vivid and theatrical show of political heft. Including to the stress, President Biden took the weird step of inserting himself into state politics, releasing an announcement over Labor Day weekend urging Newsom to enact the legislation, generally known as Meeting Invoice 2183. Vice President Kamala Harris and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) additionally joined the refrain.”

“Decide overrules particular grasp order for Trump to present ‘remaining’ objections on FBI search stock” [FOX]. “U.S. District Decide Aileen M. Cannon on Thursday overruled an order by Particular Grasp Raymond Dearie that mentioned former President Donald Trump wanted to offer any ‘remaining’ objections or disputes concerning the objects seized by the FBI throughout its unprecedented raid on Mar-a-Lago final month. Final week, Dearie requested the Trump workforce that by no later than Sept. 30 to offer a declaration of affidavit that features a listing of any particular objects within the property stock that they assert weren’t seized from the premises; a listing of things that had been seized however to which the outline of the contents or the placement of the merchandise was incorrect; and a listing and outline of any merchandise that Trump’s authorized workforce asserts was seized however just isn’t listed within the property receipt. ‘This submission shall be plaintiff’s remaining alternative to boost any factual dispute as to the completeness and accuracy of the Detailed property stock,’ Dearie wrote within the submitting final week. Cannon, who appointed Dearie as particular grasp, reviewed his order and on Thursday mentioned there ‘shall be no separate requirement’ for Trump ‘at this stage, previous to the evaluate of the Seized Supplies, to lodge ex ante remaining objections to the accuracy of Defendant’s Stock, its descriptions, or its contents.’”

Democrats en Déshabillé

Affected person readers, evidently persons are really studying the back-dated submit! However I’ve not up to date it, and there are lots 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,” in fact.) 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 totally) these parts comprise a community — a Flex Internet? An iron octagon? — of funders, distributors, apparatchiks, electeds, NGOs, and miscellaneous mercenaries, with belongings within the press and the intelligence group.

Notice, in fact, 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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“Registered Democrats are sick of the novel left—and a few are switching sides” [New York Post]. • That is the submit, so take with a dose of salts. Attention-grabbing interviews, although.

Sullying the identify of Occupy, as they’ve for a few years:

RussiaGate

“Durham Prosecutes FBI Informants, Whereas Defending Their Handlers” [RealClearPolitics]. “Since being named particular counsel in October 2020, John Durham has investigated or indicted a number of unscrupulous anti-Trump informants. However he has spared the FBI brokers who dealt with them, elevating suspicions he’s letting investigators off the hook in his waning investigation of misconduct within the Russiagate probe. In latest court docket filings, Durham has portrayed the G-men as naive recipients of unhealthy data, tricked into opening improper investigations concentrating on Donald Trump and acquiring invalid warrants to spy on one in every of his advisers.”

Realignment and Legitimacy

“The Drawback with Polling May Be Unfixable” [Richard Hanania’s Newsletter]. “Taking the information collectively, I believe there’s an honest quantity of proof for a development wherein the polls began out comparatively unbiased, however have been getting extra biased in direction of Democrats over time. It’s not very sturdy proof, however the issue with hoping for something higher is that the longer you wait to be able to achieve extra observations, the extra the world modifications. It subsequently wouldn’t be applicable to say “let’s wait till 2050 so we have now an honest pattern measurement,” as a result of by that point the 2 main events, and in all probability American society itself, shall be unrecognizable to us in the present day. This can be a downside with political science extra usually – findings could be traditionally contingent and it’s at all times open to interpretation how a lot they will help in forecasting the longer term.” • Very fascinating article. If polls are damaged, and no one does exit polls any extra, then we don’t have a cross-check on election resujlts. Not that this might ever be an issue….

Stay-tweeting jury choice in DC for the Proud Boys:

There’s your sans culottes, proper there….

#COVID19

• If you happen to surprise why I’m nonetheless watching the charts like a cat watching a mousehoke, right here’s why:

• ”New Infectious Threats Are Coming. The U.S. Most likely Gained’t Comprise Them” [New York Times]. “If it wasn’t clear sufficient throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, it has turn out to be apparent throughout the monkeypox outbreak: The US, among the many richest, most superior nations on the planet, stays wholly unprepared to fight new pathogens. The coronavirus was a sly, surprising adversary. Monkeypox was a well-known foe, and assessments, vaccines and coverings had been already at hand. However the response to each threats sputtered and stumbled at each step. The US spends between 300 to 500 occasions extra on its navy protection than on its well being programs, and but “no battle has killed 1,000,000 Individuals,” famous Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, who led the C.D.C. beneath former President Barack Obama.”

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• ”Lengthy COVID danger falls solely barely after vaccination, enormous examine exhibits” [Nature]. “Vaccination in opposition to SARS-CoV-2 lowers the chance of lengthy COVID after an infection by solely about 15%, in accordance with a examine of greater than 13 million people1. That’s the biggest cohort that has but been used to look at how a lot vaccines defend in opposition to the situation, however it’s unlikely to finish the uncertainty. The authors of the newest examine additionally in contrast signs resembling mind fog and fatigue in vaccinated and unvaccinated folks for as much as six months after they examined constructive for SARS-CoV-2. The workforce discovered no distinction in kind or severity of signs between those that had been vaccinated and those that had not. ‘Those self same fingerprints we see in individuals who have breakthrough infections,’ Al-Aly says.” • Effectively, I suppose we will see who no one within the Adminisration or CDC or Large Pharma needs to speak about Lengthy Covid.

• ”New steering launched on diagnosing, treating lengthy COVID signs” [ABC]. “Citing issues in regards to the lingering and typically debilitating long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the physique — and noticed inequities amongst minority sufferers struggling disproportionately from the virus — medical specialists on “lengthy COVID” issued the primary steering of its form to diagnose and deal with the mysterious sickness. Specialists on the American Academy of Bodily Medication and Rehabilitation mentioned they hope the steering will assist different docs leverage their expertise with sufferers to assist tackle and mitigate their signs. The steering is indicative of widespread concern amongst medical specialists that even months after resolving the preliminary an infection, COVID continues to be inflicting severe well being issues amongst many Individuals. A minimum of 9 million lengthy COVID sufferers are grappling with a spread of signs, however specialists mentioned that quantity may very well be as excessive as 28 million folks.” • In my understanding, solely governmental entities like CDC can situation “steering.” Not NGOs just like the American Academy of Bodily Medication and Rehabilitation.

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• Once they say “private danger evaluation” they imply simply that:

So I don’t see the problem right here….

• And talking of the ethical excessive floor:


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• ”COVID-19 pandemic modified our personalities, claims examine” [Sky News]. “The examine assessed the persona of seven,109 folks, between the ages of 18 and 109, and contributors got a check measuring neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness. The primary assessments throughout the begin of the pandemic, December 2019 to March 2020, confirmed folks’s persona to be comparatively secure with only a small decline in neuroticism. Within the second half of the pandemic, there have been declines in how extroverted folks had been, how open folks had been to new experiences and the way agreeable and conscientious they had been.”

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• ”Oregon to cowl health-related local weather change bills beneath Medicaid” [Seattle Times]. “Oregon is about to turn out to be the primary state within the nation to cowl local weather change bills for sure low-income sufferers beneath its Medicaid program because the usually temperate Pacific Northwest area sees longer warmth waves and extra intense wildfires. The brand new initiative, slated to take impact in 2024, will cowl cost for units resembling air conditioners and air filters for Medicaid members with well being circumstances who dwell in an space the place an emergency resulting from excessive climate has been declared by the federal authorities or the governor’s workplace, in accordance with the Oregon Well being Authority.” • However not Covid?! Nonetheless, since Corsi-Rosenthal bins can be utilized for each Covid and wildfire smoke, maybe different units might as nicely.

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• Extra on “gentle”:

I keep in mind that video and that second. “Gentle” unfold around the world immediately

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 circumstances, and draw the DNC-blue “Biden Line” at that time. The earlier rely was ~60,000. In the present day, it’s ~53,100 and 53,100 * 6 = a Biden line at 318,600. (Bear in mind these knowledge 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. If you happen to take a look at the Fauci line, you will notice that regardless of the bleating and yammering about Covid being “over,” we have now solely only in the near past reached the (nominal) case stage of the primary surge in New York, within the spring of 2020 (after which the Instances printed the photographs of the 100,000 who died, contemplating that a big quantity, because it was on the time).

Lambert right here: The autumn in case rely appears to be like spectacular sufficient. What the Fauci Line exhibits, nonetheless, is that we have now eventually achieved the extent of the preliminary peak, when New York was storing the our bodies in fridge vehicles. So the endzone celebrations are, to my thoughts, untimely. Not that anybody will throw a flag. In fact, the actual story is within the charts for California and the South. See under.

Regional case rely for 4 weeks:

The South:

The South (minus Texas and Florida):

The West:

California dug its circumstances out of that drawer.

Wastewater

Wastewater knowledge (CDC), September 26:

Lambert right here: I’m happy to see that there at the moment are some dwell websites in New York Metropolis.

For grins, September 25:

NOTE To get the CDC knowledge pages to load, I’ve to show off my VPN. Thanks for the safety breach, CDC.

An alert reader steered looking at the MWRA knowledge from the Boston space, and lo and behold:

Nonetheless vertical. This can be a seven-day common, thoughts you, so the rise is not any fluke. Allow us to additionally do not forget that the Boston space just isn’t solely the house of many, many college students, it’s additionally a PMC middle, and we have now already seen one ginormous superspreader occasion from the convention in Boston. Boston additionally has a serious worldwide airport, one other reason behind unfold.

Positivity

SITE DOWN From the Walgreen’s check positivity tracker, September 21:

-0.5%. Not a lot down, as fluky. One thing appears to have nuked the format.

Transmission

NOTE: I shall most definitely not be utilizing the CDC’s new “Neighborhood Degree” metric. As a result of CDC has mixed a number one indicator (circumstances) with a lagging one (hospitalization) their new metric is a poor warning signal of a surge, and a poor technique to assess private danger. As well as, Covid is a illness you don’t need to get. Even if you’re not hospitalized, you possibly can endure from Lengthy Covid, vascular points, and neurological points. For these causes, case counts — recognized to be underestimated, resulting from house check kits — deserve to face alone as a quantity to be tracked, regardless of how a lot the political operatives in CDC management want 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 group transmission instantly under.

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

Lambert right here: I’ve to say, I’m seeing extra yellow, which continues to please.

NOT UPDATED FFS Speedy Riser knowledge, by county (CDC), September 23:

I suppose that if case counts are certainly stage, it’s possible there could be few speedy risers. These two pink areas in Northern Maine and upstate New York are each on the way in which to Quebec, Canada.

Earlier Speedy Riser knowledge:

NOT UPDATED FFS Hospitalization knowledge, by state (CDC), September 23:

Not a sea of inexperienced.

NOTE: Speedy Riser and Hospitalization knowledge are up to date Wednesdays and Fridays. Not this week, although! Mr Covid’s on trip? So the girls and boys don’t have to come back into the workplace?

Variants

Lambert right here: It’s past irritating how gradual the variant knowledge 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 everyone will get the outcomes from them? Further sources from readers welcome [grinds teeth, bangs head on desk].

SITE DOWN Variant knowledge, nationwide (Walgreens), September 10:

Nonetheless no signal of BA.2.75 at Walgreens, regardless of its look in CDC knowledge under.

Variant knowledge, nationwide (CDC), September 10 (Nowcast off):

Since BA.2.75 appears neglible moreover BA.4.6 and our new buddy BF.7, I’m going to desert updating the desk I made for it (although I could recycle it later).

• “COVID Variant Tracker Reveals BA.4.6, BF.7 on the Rise as BA.5 Instances Slowly Lower” [NBC]. “New York is seeing almost 15% of its COVID circumstances tied to the BA.4.6 subvariant, whereas an space of New England that features Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island is seeing greater than 3.9% of its circumstances attributable to the BF.7 subvariant.”

• “Large COVID-19 waves could also be coming, new Omicron strains counsel” [Science]. “Almost 3 years into the pandemic, SARS-CoV-2 faces a formidable problem: discovering new methods across the immunity people have constructed up by vaccines and numerous infections. Worrisome new knowledge present it’s as much as the problem. A number of new and extremely immune-evasive strains of the virus have caught scientists’ consideration in latest weeks; a number of might nicely trigger huge, new COVID-19 waves this fall and winter. ‘We will say with certainty that one thing is coming. Most likely a number of issues are coming,’ says Cornelius Roemer, who research viral evolution on the College of Basel. Whether or not they may even result in many hospitalizations and deaths is the massive query. ‘It’s not stunning that we’re seeing modifications that but once more assist the virus to evade immune responses,’ says molecular epidemiologist Emma Hodcroft of the College of Bern, who notes that SARS-CoV-2 faces ‘the identical problem that issues just like the frequent chilly and influenza face yearly— make a comeback.’” • Right here’s the video that goes with this story:

I didn’t hear air flow talked about by the newscaster or the “well being fairness guide.” Or masks….

LEGEND: Earlier CDC variant launch proven in parentheses, (thus).

Not encouraging. In fact, absolutely the numbers are small, however we’ve seen that film earlier than. I particularly don’t just like the leap in Area 2, as a result of the New York space is “spready,” based mostly on previous historical past. Area 1, then again, dropped.

Deaths

Demise charge (Our World in Information):

Whole: 1,084,282 – 1,083,798 = 484 (484 * 365 = 176,660, which is in the present day’s LivingWith™* quantity (fairly a bit larger than the minimizers would love, although they will 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

There are not any stats of sufficient curiosity in the present day and I’m in a rush.

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Tech: “Google Broke Picture Seek for Inventive Commons and Hardly Anybody Observed/Cares” [CogDogBlog]. “Besides me. As of 1 minute in the past I confirmed what I observed final Wednesday. In keeping with the all seeing Google, on your complete world vast internet there are however three Inventive Commons licensed pictures of a canine.” • Yikes!

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In the present day’s Concern & Greed Index: 17 Excessive Concern (earlier shut: 14 Excessive Concern) [CNN]. One week in the past: 24 (Excessive Concern). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Sep 30 at 2:15 PM EDT.

Sports activities Desk

“World Cup 2022: These are the COVID necessities to enter Qatar” [Al Jazeera]. “Soccer followers heading to Qatar for the World Cup, resulting from begin on November 20, should present a destructive COVID-19 check to enter the nation, organisers have confirmed. All guests over the age of 18 should additionally obtain Ehteraz, a contact-tracing, government-run telephone software that tracks folks’s actions and an infection standing.” • Let the whinging start!

The Gallery

I like the flattened surfaces (if that’s how you’ll describe them). Just like the lamp. Nearly cubist:

Additionally the child nearest the range doesn’t have a blanket.

Well being Care

“Medical Debt Makes the Sick Sicker” [MedPage Today]. “We discovered that multiple in 10 U.S. adults — and almost one in 5 households — incurred a medical debt they couldn’t pay… Whereas the uninsured had the very best charge (15.3%) of medical indebtedness, 10.5% of people with non-public protection had medical money owed — presumably resulting from excessive copayments, deductibles, and protection denials — with Medicare Benefit enrollees having a very excessive charge. And the money owed weren’t trivial: they averaged $21,687 per debtor in 2018.” Medicare Benefit working as designed, I see. Extra: ” As a result of the Census Bureau repeatedly surveyed the identical people over 3 years, we, not like earlier analysts (who used one-time surveys), may assess the implications of newly buying medical debt. Amongst people with no medical money owed in 2017, those that newly incurred such debt in subsequent years had been greater than twice as prone to newly turn out to be meals insecure or unable to pay their lease, mortgage, or utility invoice, and to be evicted or endure foreclosures in subsequent years.”

“Biogen pays $900M to settle physician kickback allegations” [Associated Press]. “Biogen has agreed to pay $900 million to resolve allegations that it violated federal legislation by paying kickbacks to docs to steer them to prescribe its a number of sclerosis medication, federal prosecutors mentioned. The settlement introduced Monday settles a whistleblower lawsuit introduced by former Biogen worker Michael Bawduniak, in accordance with an announcement from the workplace of U.S. lawyer for Massachusetts, Rachael Rollins. Beneath the phrases of the settlement, Biogen pays greater than $843 million to the federal authorities and greater than $56 million to fifteen states for overbilling Medicare and Medicaid insurance coverage packages. Bawduniak will obtain a portion of the federal restoration. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical firm in an announcement mentioned it settled so it will possibly deal with ‘our sufferers and strategic priorities’ and mentioned the settlement doesn’t embody an admission of legal responsibility.” • I believe these folks ought to begin admitting legal responsibility.

Guillotine Watch

CEOs behaving badly:

“Dr. Fauci and spouse’s wealth ‘skyrocketed’ by $5 million throughout pandemic: evaluation” [New York Post]. “The couple’s wealth increase was due partially to main wage will increase, money awards and royalties, in accordance with the report. ‘Fauci’s hovering internet value was based mostly on career-end wage spiking, profitable money prizes awarded by non-profit organizations world wide and an ever-larger funding portfolio,’ [OpenTheBooks CEO Adam Andrzejewsk] mentioned. ‘He’s the top-paid federal worker, his first-year golden parachute retirement pension is the biggest in federal historical past, and he’s accepting $1 million prizes from overseas non-profits, he added.” • Ka-ching….

Class Warfare

 ”My Household’s Slave” [The Atlantic] “To our American neighbors, we had been mannequin immigrants, a poster household. They instructed us so. My father had a legislation diploma, my mom was on her technique to changing into a physician, and my siblings and I obtained good grades and at all times mentioned “please” and “thanks.” We by no means talked about Lola. Our secret went to the core of who we had been and, not less than for us children, who we wished to be. After my mom died of leukemia, in 1999, Lola got here to dwell with me in a small city north of Seattle. I had a household, a profession, a home within the suburbs—the American dream. After which I had a slave.” • ”The human eye is a superb machine. With slightly effort, it will possibly miss out on even probably the most evident injustice.” –Richard Morgan, Woken Furies. Effectively value a learn.

“How Revolutionary had been the Bourgeois Revolutions?” [Reviews in History]. “The gentry and the Aristocracy who led the lengthy English battle for a constitutionalism to hem within the Crown – climaxing with the Civil wars of 1640s and extra durably with the 1688 Superb Revolution – might nicely have been capitalist, in as far as their earnings derived from farming organised for trade and revenue – however they had been in no extra a ‘bourgeoisie’ than the nineteenth-century Prussian Junkers who likewise organised their estates on a industrial foundation. Honour, standing, and politicking remained their major determinants of existence. As for the bourgeoisie correct, except engaged within the American commerce most retailers supported the royalists within the Civil Wars. The intentions of the Roundheads within the English Civil Conflict didn’t differ so radically from the aristocrat-led rebels of the Fronde. We will legitimately see the English Civil Wars as a part of a common disaster of the Seventeenth-century world. The French Revolution, in distinction, definitely was made by a bourgeoisie, however not a very capitalist one. Many had been tax-farmers, attorneys, civil servants, and so forth, and people few engaged in residing by commerce or trade usually had little time for subversion. Karl Kautsky [of blessed memory], the chief theorist of Marxism within the technology after Marx and Engels, made simply this level in a guide revealed for the Revolution’s centenary: these pre-1789 French bourgeoisie most straight engaged in capitalist enterprise had been the least prone to be anti-royalist revolutionaries. Bourgeois modernity, subsequently, was not normally an final result of the center lessons taking up the state. It could be seen as rising considerably adventitiously from a battle between two established social forces. The aristocracy tended to favour a consultant parliamentarianism that might inhibit the chief state from interfering with the legal guidelines, privileges and rights of the propertied. The crown, for its half, struggled to subordinate over-mighty magnates, open landed estates to the legislation of the realm, and encourage the prosperity of taxable commerce and commerce.” • In a method, it’s too unhealthy that Capital began from (presumed) first ideas, and never on the finish (the place the lessons transform bourgeioisie, rentiers, petty bourgeiosie (on whom the Bearded One actually punts), and the working class. (And no peasants?) Anyhow, this 800+ web page tome actually does look fascinating…

Information of the Wired

“Hurricane Ian uproots Dali Museum’s Want Tree” [Florida Politics]. “The St. Petersburg Dali Museum’s beloved Want Tree has fallen sufferer to the highly effective winds introduced by Hurricane Ian on Wednesday. The tree, woven with over 20,000 handwritten needs, has stood within the museum’s Avant-garden for almost 11 years. The tree holds needs amongst guests of the museum, written by company on wristbands tied to the branches. Though Hurricane Ian was the last word pressure behind the tree’s uprooting, the museum had already been planning on changing it, in accordance with the Tampa Bay Instances. Hurricane Irma additionally took its toll on the tree in 2017, leaving it reliant on assist crutches and anchors.” • From the headline, I assumed the tree has one thing to do with Dali. One hesitates to think about what sort of needs he would have written.

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