2:00PM Water Cooler 1/4/2024 | bare capitalism

By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Chook Tune of the Day

Nice Cuckoo-Dove, Varirata Nationwide Park Central, Papua New Guinea. A fowl calling. Elevation: 486 m.”

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“So lots of the social reactions that strike us as psychological are actually a rational administration of symbolic capital.” –Pierre Bourdieu, Classification Struggles

The Constitutional Order

“Proof that the President is an “Officer of the USA” for Functions of Part 3 of the Fourteenth Modification” [James Heilpern and Michael T. Worley, SSRN]. From the Summary: “Half I opinions Blackman and Tillman’s article [at NC here] and the usage of its arguments within the Colorado litigation. In Half II, we reply to those arguments as a textual matter, in the end concluding that . In Half III and IV, we then flip to the that means of the phrase on the time of the ratification of the Fourteenth Modification. In Half III, we focus on and ensure that historic information together with the textual content, legislative historical past and ratification debates of the Fourteenth Modification, the legislative historical past of the Fifteenth Modification, and widespread sources resembling modern newspapers reveal that elected officers may be ‘officers of the USA.’ Half IV then discusses .” • If that is actually dispositive, that knocks out one large argument on the anti-Part Three facet.

“The Supreme Courtroom is predicted to find out whether or not Trump can preserve working for president. Right here’s why” [Associated Press]. • This can be a fairly fair-minded abstract of the problems at play. Price a learn!

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“May a Trump Win Put His Operating Mate in Workplace?” [The New Yorker]. Wild stuff! “What if Trump wins the election and Congress declines to take away his disqualification [under Section Three for insurrection]? The chance that Trump can not maintain workplace till Congress votes to let him is the centerpiece of the amicus transient, additionally filed on Wednesday, on behalf of the Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee and its chair, Senator Steve Daines, Republican of Montana. Authored by Noel Francisco, Trump’s former Solicitor Basic, and different revered conservative attorneys of the Supreme Courtroom bar, the transient states that, ‘even when the Colorado Supreme Courtroom had been right that President Trump can not take workplace on Inauguration Day,” he’s nonetheless permitted to run ‘and likewise search removing of any alleged disqualification [the ‘disability’ of Section Three] from Congress if obligatory [which takes a two-thirds vote from each House].’ What occurs within the meantime, in accordance with the N.R.S.C., is specified within the Twentieth Modification, which Trump’s petition acknowledges solely in passing: ‘if the President elect shall have did not qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President till a President shall have certified.’… That means that , presumably all through the four-year time period. … That Trump’s former Solicitor Basic, Senate Republicans, and outstanding, extremely credentialed, conservative attorneys are foregrounding a state of affairs whereby Trump’s working mate acts because the President on Day One invitations, wittingly or not, a Republican insurgency that would assert Trump’s disqualification solely after his working mate rides Trump’s recognition to electoral victory and successfully turns into President-in-waiting.” • So Trump responds by selecting who as insurance coverage? Absolutely not Haley or DeSantis. How about RFK Jr.? Kidding! I believe….

“It’s not simply Trump: Democrats are transferring to bar Republicans from ballots nationwide” [Jonathan Turley, New York Post]. “As the choices disqualifying former President Donald Trump from the 2024 election work their means by way of the courts, a brand new submitting in Pennsylvania seeks the identical ‘poll cleaning’ by barring Republican Rep. Scott Perry…. Former congressional candidate Gene Stilp, who’s made headlines by burning MAGA flags with swastikas outdoors courthouses, filed the problem…. However what’s chilling is what number of assist such efforts, together with Democratic officeholders from Maine’s secretary of state to dozens of members of Congress. Rep. Invoice Pascrell (D-NJ) sought to bar 126 members of Congress beneath the identical principle for difficult the election earlier than Jan. 6, 2021. Related laws from Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) to disqualify members obtained 63 co-sponsors, all Democrats, together with New York Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman and Ritchie Torres and ‘Squad’ members Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan…. The grounds had been just about an identical to these of Stilp. He accuses Perry of supporting challenges to Biden’s election and opposing its certification. After all, he ignores Democratic members who sought to dam certification of Republican presidents beneath the exact same legislation with no factual or authorized foundation.” • For instance:

Capitol Seizure

“One assault, two interpretations: Biden and Trump each make the Jan. 6 riot a political rallying cry” [Associated Press]. “Biden’s marketing campaign additionally introduced an promoting push beginning Saturday with a spot centering on the Capitol assault. Within the advert, Biden says, ‘There’s one thing harmful occurring in America.’ ‘There’s an extremist motion that doesn’t share the essential beliefs of ,’ Biden says as photographs from the revolt seem. ‘All of us are being requested proper now, what is going to we do to take care of .’ His marketing campaign is spending $500,000 to run the 60-second advert on nationwide tv information and on native night information in TV markets in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in addition to shorter variations on digital platforms.” • $500,000 just isn’t very a lot. And I’ve gotta say, I’ve obtained a tough time reconciling the occasion of the Censorship Industrial Advanced with democracy, not to mention “ours.” Right here’s the advert:

Right here’s the ultimate body. I don’t assume “DEMOCRACY” is in Gotham, however that fussy look is bound Obama 2008:

Dudes, that marketing campaign was 2024 – 2008 = 16 years in the past. That’s a very long time.


Lower than a yr to go!

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“Trump attorneys search to carry Jack Smith in contempt of court docket in 2020 election case” [Axios]. “Former President Trump’s authorized crew on Thursday filed a movement arguing that particular counsel Jack Smith needs to be held in contempt of court docket for allegedly violating a keep order within the federal 2020 election case. Trump’s crew is arguing that Smith and his crew continued to submit court docket filings after Choose Tanya Chutkan ordered a pause to proceedings within the case.” • We haven’t heard from any authorized beagles but, so I’m by myself right here. Right here is the docket; right here is Trump’s movement for a keep; right here is Chutkan granting it. Trump: “President Donald J. Trump respectfully submits this movement for an order imposing the automated keep of all district court docket proceedings….” Chutkan: “the court docket hereby STAYS the deadlines and proceedings scheduled by its Pretrial Order, as amended.” What’s a “continuing”? Authorized Info Institute: “A judicial continuing is any continuing over which a decide presides. The exact definition of judicial continuing varies relying on the jurisdiction, and should embrace quasi-judicial proceedings.” What Trump is ticked off about is that Prosecutor Jack Smith is constant to make filings. Is submitting a doc with the clerk of the court docket a “judicial continuing”? IANAL, however I’m doubtful. Maybe a reader who really is aware of what they’re speaking about can weigh in!

“Trump shores up new wave of congressional assist forward of Iowa caucuses” [Washington Examiner]. “The previous president boasts greater than 100 endorsements and counting within the Home and Senate as a result of he “by no means stops working the telephones,” in accordance with senior Trump adviser Jason Miller…. The polls, during which Trump has expanded his lead and maintained the assist of the vast majority of Republicans, are driving members to make their transfer, [GOP strategist John Feehery] mentioned.”

“Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Will Be Investigated within the Trump Case. However by Whom?” [New York Times]. “For the reason that indictment of former President Donald J. Trump and 18 of his allies final summer season on election interference costs in Georgia, a fragile query has gone unanswered: Would legal costs even be coming for Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, a longtime Trump supporter and one of the bold politicians within the Southern swing state? Mr. Jones was one of many 16 Republicans who acted as pretend electors for Mr. Trump in Georgia in an effort to overturn his 2020 defeat. Three of them are charged with felonies, together with violating the state racketeering legislation. However in 2022, a decide blocked the Fulton County district legal professional who led the investigation, Fani T. Willis, from creating a case in opposition to Mr. Jones, citing a battle of curiosity as a result of she had headlined a fund-raiser for his Democratic rival within the lieutenant governor’s race. It’s now as much as a state company known as the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia to discover a particular prosecutor to research Mr. Jones, who has denied any wrongdoing. The pinnacle of the company, Peter J. Skandalakis, has for months mentioned little in regards to the choice course of.” • Holy moley, Georgia politics. What a tangle!

“Trump Touts But ANOTHER Lifeless-Finish 2020 Election Fraud Report” [The Daily Beast]. “Trump wrote proudly that the report is “absolutely verified, a lot of the info was gotten from Authorities Sources, Tapes, and different Public Data, and compiled by essentially the most extremely certified Election Specialists within the Nation.’” • Right here’s a duplicate of the report, which at the least is written in a sober fashion (I say “copy” as a result of this one is undated and unsigned. No authors (!). I’ve to say, although, that the after studying in regards to the bucket of snakes that’s Georgia politics, I want I had time to undergo that part, if solely to debunk it. As far as I can inform, this isn’t coated wherever however the Each day Beast.

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“Joe unplugged: Biden fundraisers conflict with US script, please donors” [Reuters]. “As president, Joe Biden has relied closely on Teleprompters and pre-written scripts for his public speeches, a largely disciplined method that’s been in sharp distinction to his many years of free-wheeling, typically less-than-diplomatic remarks…. Biden’s open-mic disclosures are clashing with the White Home system constructed to maintain him on script. The feedback typically baffle, rankle, or fear his aides, who’re compelled to clarify or contradict them later. They usually battle to shift consideration again to the administration’s message of the day, or clarify why Biden’s feedback are seemingly at odds with official U.S. coverage. As Biden himself has acknowledged, his candor can typically trigger issues. ‘Nobody ever doubts I imply what I say,’ Biden advised donors final yr. ‘The issue is I typically say all that I imply.’” • However right here’s an instance:

Biden additionally advised donors on the identical fundraiser that he advised Netanyahu his authorities wanted “to vary,” and he had mentioned prior to now that “I don’t agree with a rattling factor you need to say.” As Biden warmed as much as the subject, reporters had been requested to depart the room by Biden’s aides, however declined to take action… The feedback on Israel immediately turned a prime information story of the day, , who was pleading with Republicans in Congress to approve extra funding to repel Russia’s invasion.

However wouldn’t that be precisely what Biden needed?

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“Christie says Haley ‘knew precisely what she was doing’ in Civil Conflict remarks” [The Hill]. “‘She’s sensible and he or she is aware of higher. And he or she didn’t say it as a result of she’s a racist. As a result of she’s not … The rationale she did it’s simply as dangerous, if not worse, and will make all people involved about her candidacy: She did it as a result of she’s unwilling to offend anybody by telling the reality,’ Christie mentioned within the remarks supplied by a spokesperson. Christie’s remarks continued: ‘If she is unwilling to face up and say that slavery is what induced the Civil Conflict as a result of she’s afraid of offending constituents in another a part of the nation, if she’s afraid to say that Donald Trump is unfit as a result of she’s afraid of offending individuals who assist Donald Trump, and since possibly she harbors behind her thoughts being vp or being secretary of State and since she gained’t deny it, we’ve to consider that she’s prepared to do it … What’s going to occur when she has to face up in opposition to forces in our personal occasion who need to drag this nation deeper and deeper into anger and division and exhaustion?’” • Christie’s not incorrect!

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What in regards to the poll line in Utah?

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“The Battle for Normie Ridge” [John Halpin, The Liberal Patriot]. “The true contested battle for the presidency lies amongst a blended group of much less engaged People who fall into two fundamental classes of what are sometimes known as “normie voters”: individuals who dislike politics, don’t care a lot for both Biden or Trump, maintain mainstream views, and simply need secure and safe lives for his or her households with out lots of drama. A few of these voters are nonetheless deciding and others are contemplating whether or not to vote in any respect. One department of normie People at present leans extra Democratic, and is made up largely of college-educated, white, suburban voters who don’t like excessive politics and candidates of any variety, who assist abortion rights as a authorized matter, and who usually place a premium on quality-of-life points round crime, faculties, and the economic system. The opposite broad group of normie People leans extra Republican and is made up of working-class voters with out a 4-year diploma (largely white however more and more black and Hispanic) who don’t like social lecturing and peculiar views from elites, who stay pinched from the lingering results of inflation and stagnant wages, and who additionally fear about crime however are most involved about immigration and the chaos on the southern border. The issue for Biden and Trump is that neither certainly one of these normie voter teams alone will probably be sufficient to drag out an Electoral School victory in a handful of states.” • One way or the other “stagnant wages” aren’t a “high quality of life” subject. That’s our Democrats!

“Wish to Perceive 2024? Take a look at 1948.” [Nate Cohn, New York Times]. “There was a interval of financial unrest that bears a hanging resemblance to at present: the aftermath of World Conflict II, when People had been close to nice prosperity but discovered themselves pissed off by the economic system and their president…. However within the period of contemporary financial knowledge, Harry Truman was the one president apart from Joe Biden to supervise an economic system with inflation over 7 % whereas unemployment stayed beneath 4 % and G.D.P. development saved climbing. Voters weren’t overjoyed then, both. As a substitute, they noticed Mr. Truman as incompetent, feared one other despair and doubted their financial future, despite the fact that they had been on the daybreak of postwar financial prosperity. The supply of postwar inflation was basically just like post-pandemic inflation. The top of wartime rationing unleashed years of pent-up client demand …. The Chilly Conflict, civil rights, Israel and different home points mixed to place extraordinary political strain on an more and more fractured Democratic coalition… In the long run, Mr. Truman gained in maybe essentially the most celebrated comeback in American electoral historical past, together with the enduring ‘Dewey Beats Truman’ headline and {photograph}.”

Republican Funhouse

“We Sat Down With the Conservative Mastermind Behind Claudine Homosexual’s Ouster” [Politico]. “However this actually was a crew effort that concerned three major factors of leverage. First was the narrative leverage, and this was performed primarily by me, Christopher Brunet and Aaron Sibarium. Second was the monetary leverage, which was led by Invoice Ackman and different Harvard donors. And eventually, there was the political leverage which was actually led by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s masterful efficiency with Claudine Homosexual at her hearings. Once you put these three components collectively — narrative, monetary and political strain — and also you squeeze onerous sufficient, you see the outcomes that we obtained at present, which was the resignation of America’s strongest tutorial chief…. However I knew that with the intention to obtain my goal, we needed to get the narrative into the left-wing media. However the left-wing uniformly ignored the story for 10 days and tried to bury it, so I engaged in a sort of a considerate and substantive marketing campaign of shaming and bullying my colleagues on the left to take critically the story of essentially the most important tutorial corruption scandal in Harvard’s historical past…. As soon as my place — which started on the correct — turned the dominant place throughout the center-left, I knew that it was only a matter of time earlier than we had been going to achieve success…. I’ve run the identical playbook on essential race principle, on gender ideology, on DEI paperwork. In the interim, given the construction of our establishments, this can be a common technique that may be utilized by the correct to most points.” And: “I labored on essential race principle for a really very long time earlier than it yielded fruit, however this Claudine Homosexual story has proven that we are able to drive main, paradigm-shifting victories over a compressed timeframe. I’d like to have interaction in additional experimentation on how we are able to cycle up a few of these campaigns in a short time.” • Very fascinating and nicely value a learn. After all, this confuses liberals and the left, and liberals have certainly, as Rufo factors out, grown “complacent, lazy, entitled and ripe for disruption.”

“One other Home Republican plans early exit from Congress” [Axios]. “Rep. Invoice Johnson (R-Ohio) is planning an earlier-than-expected departure this month to grow to be president of Youngstown State College…. Johnson is a member of the centrist Republican Governance Group, the pragmatist Essential Avenue Caucus and the bipartisan Drawback Solvers Caucus…. Republicans will probably be down to only 219 seats to Democrats’ 213 as soon as Johnson leaves.”

Democrats en Déshabillé

“How Greg Abbott Pressured Democrats to Change” [Newsweek]. “Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reshaped the U.S. political panorama on immigration by busing migrants from Texas to Democratic-led sanctuary cities. Abbott, a Republican, in 2022 started busing migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border to sanctuary cities that defend undocumented immigrants from deportation, amid an inflow of migrants arriving to the southern border. There have been greater than 2.4 million encounters on the U.S.-Mexico border in the course of the 2023 fiscal yr, up from roughly 1.7 million in 2021, in accordance with knowledge from U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP)….. Mona Kleinberg, assistant professor at Queens School of the Metropolis College of New York, advised Newsweek that Abbott has put Democrats in a ‘lose-lose’ state of affairs by convincing a ‘notoriously immigrant-friendly metropolis that immigration is a burden.’” Hmm. Was is Abbott who did the convincing? Extra: “She warned that Abbott’s success doesn’t bode nicely for Democrats in 2024, as immigration stays a hot-button subject. Biden should supply a ‘constructive counter-narrative on immigration’ or threat backing Republicans’ stance, Kleinberg mentioned.” Kamala’s in command of that, so what’s the problem? Extra: “‘In the event that they undertake an anti-immigrant stance just like the Republicans, they may even alienate the voters who vote Democratic as a result of Democrats have traditionally been extra pleasant—or shall we embrace—much less hostile, towards immigrants than the Republicans. So it’s a lose-lose state of affairs except Democrats can current coverage options that embrace constructive messaging on migration.’” • Being a “sanctuary metropolis” is all very nicely, till someone takes you up on the supply.

“Blue states open 2024 election yr with migrant disaster escalating” [Politico]. “Texas has additionally sidestepped new guidelines for sending migrants to Chicago, which has seen greater than 26,000 asylum seekers arrive since August 2022. At 1 a.m. on Sunday, a Boeing 777 from San Antonio dropped off 350 asylum seekers to the airport in Rockford, about 90 miles west of Chicago. Eight buses chartered by Abbott’s administration then dropped off the migrants to surrounding suburbs. The brand new arrivals took trains and different modes of transportation from there to make their solution to the touchdown zone in downtown Chicago, in accordance with the town. The transfer follows guidelines handed final month to wonderful bus corporations that don’t observe the drop-off procedures for migrants. They embrace solely delivering the brand new arrivals to the town’s touchdown zone on Mondays by way of Fridays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.”

“The FBI-Tainted Whitmer ‘Kidnap Plot’ You’ve Heard Subsequent to Nothing About” [Julie Kelly, RealClearInvestigations]. “On Oct. 8, 2020, Whitmer introduced the stunning arrests of a number of males accused of planning to kidnap and presumably assassinate her. The case produced alarming headlines simply weeks earlier than Election Day; Democrats, together with Whitmer, used information of the plot responsible Trump for inciting violence. Joe Biden recommended the FBI for thwarting the kidnapping plan and, in a written assertion issued the identical day, claimed that “there’s a by way of line from President Trump’s canine whistles and tolerance of hate….” Biden continued that line of assault throughout marketing campaign speeches in Michigan, a swing state that voted for Trump in 2016, and one Biden wanted to seize to win the presidency…. [C]ourt paperwork have recast the episode as one thing extra sinister. As a substitute of a heroic effort by the FBI to safeguard the nation from home terrorists, it now seems to have been a broad conspiracy by legislation enforcement to entrap Americans who held unpopular political beliefs…. the operation sound like one thing out of a Hollywood script. It options secretive money payouts; drug- and booze-fueled events; a convicted wife-beating FBI investigator; a profession felon revealed as a longtime FBI asset and later accused of performing as a ‘double agent’; and a dramatic takedown scene on the finish. Public defenders representing the accused have recognized at the least 12 FBI informants and three undercover FBI brokers managed by FBI officers in quite a few discipline workplaces chargeable for framing the lads.” • Attention-grabbing play within the playbook? (I’ve a obscure reminiscence, and I can’t run it down, that FBI brokers concerned on this entrapment scheme had been additionally energetic in January 6. Readers?)

Realignment and Legitimacy

“Trump’s Closing Battle Has Begun” [Frank Bruni, New York Times]. “‘I see our political course of pulling away from the place individuals are on the bottom,’ mentioned Danielle Allen, a professor of political philosophy, ethics and public coverage at Harvard who’s an advocate of higher civics training and extra constructive engagement in civic life. ‘The political course of has grow to be a sort of theatrical spectacle, and on the bottom, since 2016, we’ve seen this unbelievable development of grass-roots organizations engaged on all types of civic well being. .’ She famous that in a rising variety of states, there are critical actions to dispose of occasion primaries, a political reform supposed to counter partisanship and produce extra average, consensus winners.” • Allen’s perspective is definitely distinctive, and welcome, if true. Can readers remark? (Are the “grass-roots organizations” actually simply liberal Democrat NGOs? Or is one thing happening that’s not making the information?)


“I’m in earnest — I cannot equivocate — I cannot excuse — I cannot retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.” –William Lloyd Garrison

Assets, United States (Nationwide): Transmission (CDC); Wastewater (CDC, Biobot; contains many counties; Wastewater Scan, contains drilldown by zip); Variants (CDC; Walgreens); “Iowa COVID-19 Tracker” (in IA, however nationwide knowledge). “An infection Management, Emergency Administration, Security, and Basic Ideas” (particularly on hospitalization by metropolis).

Lambert right here: Readers, thanks for the collective effort. To replace any entry, do be at liberty to contact me on the handle given with the crops. Please put “COVID” within the topic line. Thanks!

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Covid is Airborne

A sensible dialogue from Naomi Wu:

I do know that fecal aerosols are an issue, however possibly the Asian “squat rest room” has one thing going for it:


Anti-masking is an assault on the working class (1):

Anti-masking is an assault on the working class (2):

An assault that’s hopefully defeated:

Immune Dysregulation

“The Cough That Doesn’t Finish” [New York Magazine]. “I used to be at a long-awaited panel dialogue at my associates’ personal residence, listening to Senator Kristen Gillibrand discuss paid go away and reproductive rights with girls’s-health entrepreneurs Priyanka Jain and Alessandra Henderson, once I first heard it: the Cough. Henderson, the founding father of a girls’s-health firm known as Elektra Well being, coughed discreetly from the makeshift stage. Then she coughed once more. It was dry and fast and frequent. Every now and then, she would flip her head, elevate her palms, and, behind the swishy curtain of her stylish blonde bob, cough. A lady stole over and slipped her a cough drop. Gillibrand had warmed up and was on a tear about TikTok. (Not a fan, by the best way.) And nonetheless, discreetly however definitely not imperceptibly, coughing. Henderson didn’t in any other case appear sick. She was an influence girl on a panel with a senator, in peak kind, however what can I say? Nowadays, you discover the cough. Who amongst us has not walked the streets of New York beset by the scourge of the season, the persistent hacking cough? Perhaps you at present have one your self, or the particular person within the subway seat subsequent to you is coughing, otherwise you’ve narrowly escaped catching a chilly out of your throat-clearing cubicle neighbor. Even if you happen to’re been personally spared, you’ve probably seen that your complete metropolis is hacking away proper now, or possibly on this infinite COVID period, it’s all simply tougher to disregard.” • That is really piece, in that it mentions Covid. (Maybe the “respiratory virus season” body permits this.) There’s even point out of air filters! Nonetheless, there are two lacking items of data. First, immune dysregulation from Covid just isn’t talked about. Why are so many so sick? Second, there’s no point out that Covid transmits asymptomatically; it’s not solely the coughing folks you need to fear about!

Denial and Cope

Right here is one other wildly speculative clarification for what Jessica Wildfire calls “The Nice Abdication” (Hyperlinks, at present). Like yesterday’s pondering, this comes from the Neurodivergent (ND) group, who should do lots of fascinated about why Neurotypical (NT) folks behave as they do. Once more, sorry for the small measurement, nevertheless it’s one of the best I can do given my monitor:

An infection

It actually is feasible to keep away from an infection with layered safety. Right here is how one mom protected her child:


Lack of government perform within the plane collision in Japan?

The airplane (JA722A) that pulled out onto the runway learn again the Tower’s directions to “maintain quick” accurately. Then they did the precise reverse, pulled out, and JL516, touchdown, crashed into them.

Origins Debate

“CIA accused of hiding information that analysts took ‘financial incentives’ to bury COVID lab leak discovering” [New York Post]. “An offshoot of the conservative Heritage Basis is suing the Central Intelligence Company, accusing it of withholding information detailing payoffs to analysts to bury findings {that a} lab leak was the almost certainly clarification for the COVID-19 pandemic. The assume tank’s Oversight Mission filed a federal lawsuit in opposition to the CIA Dec. 22, alleging the company didn’t adjust to its Freedom of Info Act (FOIA) request about analysts who allegedly “obtained financial incentives to vary their place on the origins of the virus,” in accordance with a duplicate of the grievance first reported Tuesday by the Each day Caller.” • Hmm.

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Case Information

NOT UPDATED From BioBot wastewater knowledge, December 23:

Lambert right here: Nonetheless going up. As a completely “intestine really feel” tapewatcher, I’d anticipate this peak to fulfill or exceed the 2 earlier Biden peaks; in spite of everything, we haven’t actually begun the subsequent bout of vacation journey, or the subsequent rounds of celebrations. Plus college students haven’t come from from college, after which returned. So a better peak appears just about “baked in.” And that’s earlier than we get to new variants, like JN.1. The true factor to look at is the slope of the curve. If it begins to go vertical, and if it retains on doing so, then maintain onto your hats.

Regional knowledge:

Regional break up continues.

• FFS:

Verily and CDC are additionally not up to date. So right here we’re within the midst of a peak, and no knowledge. What a public well being debacle.

• CDC additionally has a this “nationwide developments” chart from the Nationwide Wastewater Surveillance system, which is, as we’ve come to anticipate from CDC net designers, utterly separate from its “wastewater surveillance” web page. Anyhow, right here’s from NWSS, despite the fact that it too ends on December 23:

Evaluating NWSS to Biobot, the peaks and valleys are kind of the identical, however lack Biobot’s regional bifurcation (which begins in December). The chart can also be slightly misleading, in that “all outcomes” may lead the naive to consider that the chart covers your complete pandemic, when actually NWSS solely goes again to January 2022. Nevertheless, the gray bar to point knowledge topic to backward revision is nice, and Biobot ought to undertake it.


NOT UPDATED From CDC, December 23:

Lambert right here: JN.1 now dominates. That was quick.

From CDC, December 9:

Lambert right here: I positive hope the volunteers doing Pangolin, on which this chart relies upon, don’t all transfer on the inexperienced fields and pastures new (or have their entry to amenities lower by directors of in poor health intent).

CDC: “As of Might 11, genomic surveillance knowledge will probably be reported biweekly, based mostly on the supply of constructive check specimens.” “Biweeekly: 1. occurring each two weeks. 2. occurring twice every week; semiweekly.” Appears to be like like CDC has chosen sense #1. In essence, they’re telling us variants are nothing to fret about. Time will inform.

Covid Emergency Room Visits

NOT UPDATED From CDC NCIRD Surveillance, December 30:

Lambert: Return to upward motion. Solely every week’s lag, so this can be our greatest present nationwide, present indicator.

NOTE “Charts and knowledge supplied by CDC, updates Wednesday by 8am. For the previous yr, utilizing a rolling 52-week interval.” So not your complete pandemic, FFS (the implicit message right here being that Covid is “similar to the flu,” which is why the seasonal “rolling 52-week interval” is acceptable for eachMR SUBLIMINAL I hate these folks a lot. Discover additionally that this chart reveals, at the least for its time interval, that Covid is not seasonal, despite the fact that CDC is attempting to get us to consider that it’s, presumably to allow them to piggyback on the present institutional equipment for injections. And naturally, we’re not even stepping into the standard of the wastewater websites that we’ve as a proxy for Covid an infection total.


Bellwether New York Metropolis, knowledge as of January 3:

Lambert right here: I nonetheless don’t just like the slope of that curve, and spot we’re approaching earlier peak ranges (granted, not 2020 or 2022, however respectable).

NOT UPDATED Right here’s a special CDC visualization on hospitalization, nationwide, not by state, however with a date, at the least. December 23:

Transferring forward briskly!

Lambert right here: “Maps, charts, and knowledge supplied by CDC, updates weekly for the earlier MMWR week (Sunday-Saturday) on Thursdays (Deaths, Emergency Division Visits, Take a look at Positivity) and weekly the next Mondays (Hospitalizations) by 8 pm ET†”. So the place the heck is the replace, CDC?


Lambert right here: Discover that for each Walgreens and the Cleveland Clinic, that though the proportion of positives is secure, absolutely the numbers have tremendously elevated; Walgreen’s doubled. This speaks nicely of individuals; they’re getting examined earlier than the vacations (and in face of a shit*tstorm barrage of propaganda and peer strain to reduce, too).

NOT UPDATED From Walgreens, January 2:

1.1%. Up. (It will be fascinating to survey this inhabitants usually; these are individuals who, regardless of a tsunami of official propaganda and large peer strain, went and obtained examined anyhow.)

NOT UPDATED From Cleveland Clinic, December 30:

Lambert right here: Proportion plateaued. Absolute numbers steadily rising.

NOT UPDATED From CDC, traveler’s knowledge, December 11:

Turning down.

Down, albeit within the rear view mirror. And listed here are the variants for vacationers, December 4:

BA.2.86 again up, completely dominant. This could be a terrific early warning system, if the warning had been actually early, as a substitute of weeks late, good job, CDC.


NOT UPDATED Right here is the New York Occasions, based mostly on CDC knowledge, December 23:

• “Lengthy COVID Has Precipitated 1000’s of US Deaths: New CDC Information” [Medscape]. “Whereas COVID has now claimed greater than 1 million lives in the USA alone, these aren’t the one fatalities induced at the least partially by the virus… Greater than 5000 People have died from lengthy COVID for the reason that begin of the pandemic, in accordance with new estimates from the CDC… It’s additionally tough to differentiate between what number of deaths associated to the virus in the end happen on account of lengthy COVID relatively than acute infections. That’s as a result of it might rely upon quite a lot of components, together with how persistently health workers observe the CDC pointers, mentioned Ziyad Al-Aly, MD, chief of analysis on the Veterans Affairs, St. Louis Well being Care System and a senior scientific epidemiologist at Washington College in St. Louis. ‘Lengthy COVID stays massively underdiagnosed, and demise in folks with lengthy COVID is misattributed to different issues,’ Al-Aly mentioned.”

Stats Watch

Employment State of affairs: “United States ADP Employment Change” [Trading Economics]. “Non-public companies within the US employed 164K staff in December 2023, greater than a downwardly revised 101K in November and beating forecasts of 115K. Leisure and hospitality led the best way, because the sector added 59K jobs, adopted by training/well being companies (42K), development (24K), monetary actions (18K), and commerce/transportation/utilities (15K). In distinction, job losses had been seen in manufacturing (-13K), info companies (-2K) and pure assets and mining (-2K). ”

Employment State of affairs: “United States Preliminary Jobless Claims” [Trading Economics]. “The variety of People submitting for unemployment advantages sank by 18,000 to 202,000 within the final week of 2023, firmly beneath market expectations of 216,000 to mark the bottom declare depend since October.”

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Right now’s Concern & Greed Index: 77 Excessive Greed (earlier shut: 72 Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 78 (Excessive Greed). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Jan 4 at 1:30:16 PM ET.

Zeitgeist Watch

And when streaming fails?

A lot for all our cultural inheritance….

Information of the Wired

“‘Large’ predator worms greater than half a billion years outdated found in North Greenland” (press launch) [University of Bristol]. “The brand new fossil animals have been named Timorebestia, that means ‘terror beasts’ in Latin. Adorned with fins down the edges of their physique, a definite head with lengthy antennae, huge jaw buildings inside their mouth and rising to greater than 30cm in size, these had been a number of the largest swimming animals within the Early Cambrian occasions…. ‘Now we have many extra thrilling findings to share within the coming years that can assist present how the earliest animal ecosystems regarded like and developed,’ [Tae Yoon Park from the Korean Polar Research Institute, senior author and field expedition leader] concluded.”

“Fossil proof of photosynthesis will get a billion years older” [Ars Technica]. “New fossils described by a crew on the College of Liège push unambiguous proof of photosynthesis again over a billion years to 1.7 billion years in the past.” • Perhaps some variety reader can translate the remainder!

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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 the way to ship me a verify if you’re allergic to PayPal and (b) to learn the way to ship me photographs of crops. Greens are wonderful! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary crops! If you’d like your deal with to look as a credit score, please place it in the beginning 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 TH:

TH writes: “This little fella with exceedingly lengthy antennae is exploring an Alyogyne hakeifolia, (Crimson Centered Hibiscus) Naples Island, Lengthy Seashore, CA.”

• Variety readers, I nonetheless am not comfy that I’ve sufficient crops within the queue. Snow-covered bushes! Icy flowers! The autumn harvest! Autumn leaves! Final yr’s wildflowers! Additionally, after all, honorary crops like fungi and lichen! Algae!

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