2:00PM Water Cooler 1/8/2024 | bare capitalism


By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Chicken Music of the Day

Peaceable Dove, Utopia Atmosphere Reserve, Queensland, Australia. “Minimize begins with tail up show then regular name from Peaceable Dove, decrease calls from Bar-shouldered dove, subsequent tail up show calls from Peaceable.”

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Politics

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

The Constitutional Order

“Transient for Republican Nationwide Committee and Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee as Amici Curiae in Help of Petitioner” (PDF) [The United States Supreme Court]. “Transient for Republican Nationwide Committee and Nationwide Republican Congressional Committee as Amici Curiae in Help of PetitionerHistorical context severely undermines the decrease courtroom’s interpretation of Part Three. The Reconstruction Amendments “have been particularly designed as an growth of federal energy and an intrusion on state sovereignty.” Metropolis of Rome v. United States, 446 U.S. 156, 179 (1980). But the Colorado Supreme Court docket reworked Part Three right into a states’-rights superpower. In response to the courtroom, the Reconstruction Congress gave state officers—right here, state courts and state election officers—the ability to determine probably the most delicate political questions on loyalty and legitimacy, and to then determine on that foundation who could stand for election to a very powerful place within the nationwide authorities. That declare—that the Reconstruction Congress gave States, together with former Accomplice States, the ability to independently determine nationwide candidates’ {qualifications} with no congressional permission—is implausible.” • A very good argument, however Republicans arguing forcefully towards states’-rights wasn’t on my Bingo card!

“‘This Week’ Transcript 1-7-24: Home Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi & Rep. Tony Gonzales” [FOX]. “STEPHANOPOULOS: So, Madam Speaker, for those who imagine he engaged in rebel below the plain that means of the 14th Modification, you imagine he’s ineligible to be president? PELOSI: These legal guidelines – you already know, these are as much as the states. They’ve totally different legal guidelines from state to state. I don’t suppose he ought to ever have been president. STEPHANOPOULOS: It’s the Structure.” • If by “these legal guidelines” Pelosi means poll {qualifications}, she’s proper, and Pelosi correcting Stephanopolous on some extent of legislation wasn’t on my Bingo card both.

“How Trump 2024 is Shaping Part Three of the Fourteenth Modification” [University of Baltimore Law Review]. “New Mexico residents have already used Part Three to disqualify County Commissioner Couy Griffin for his participation in January sixth. The courtroom discovered that Griffin engaged in rebel or rise up towards the US as a result of he “appeared at a Cease the Steal rally in Albuquerque together with the New Mexico Civil Guard” and “was a featured speaker on a multi-city bus tour to Washington DC.” On this tour, his aim “was to rally and inflame crowds and recruit them to come back to Washington DC” on January sixth. If a courtroom finds Trump was as concerned as Griffin within the January sixth assault on the Capitol, it might very nicely disqualify him from holding workplace. Nonetheless, of the 9 politicians that have been accused in courtroom of violating Part Three resulting from their involvement with January sixth, courts have solely chosen to bar Griffin from workplace. One other risk is that, very similar to Consultant Greene, Trump’s actions can be too far faraway from the incident for him to be disqualified. Consultant Greene is the consultant for Georgia’s 14th district within the Home of Representatives. In the course of the January sixth assault, Consultant Greene posted a video on social media displaying help for the contributors. The courtroom discovered this proof inadequate to ascertain that Consultant Greene violated the Fourteenth Modification. The query turns into whether or not Trump’s actions are extra akin to Griffin’s lively recruiting or nearer to Consultant Greene’s passive help.” • Hmm.

“Former Congresswoman Liz Cheney decries Trump as a risk to U.S. democracy” [The Dartmouth]. “All through her speech, Cheney closely criticized former President Donald Trump, stating that Trump’s try to ‘seize energy’ following the 2020 election ‘threaten[ed] the very foundations of our democracy.’ Cheney described Trump as ‘wicked’ and ‘derelict in his obligation’ for and expressed dissatisfaction with members of Congress who proceed to help and endorse Trump.” • I’ve seen this speaking about emerge in the previous couple of days, together with in Biden’s “Valley Forge” speech. So cost him for it!

Capitol Seizure

GENIUS!

Bought out, however pre-orders accessible. On a distinct observe–

“Household of Ashli Babbitt Information $30 Million Wrongful Dying Motion” [Jonathan Turley]. “The long-awaited tort motion from the household of Ashli Babbitt has now been filed in Southern California. Babbitt was shot and killed on Jan. sixth and her household is searching for $30 million in a wrongful demise motion. Equally essential, the lawsuit might pressure further solutions to why Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd shot and killed the unarmed protester as she tried to climb by way of a window close to the Home Chamber…. Babbitt, 35, was an Air Drive veteran and Trump supporter who participated within the riot three years in the past. She was clearly committing legal acts of trespass, property injury, and different offenses. Nonetheless, the query is whether or not an officer is justified in capturing a protester when he admits that he didn’t see any weapon earlier than discharging his weapon.”

Biden Administration

2024

Lower than a yr to go!

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Biden’s speech at Valley Forge:

Attention-grabbing for a number of causes: The invitation-only viewers chanting “4 Extra Years,” Biden in control of his colleges, at the very least in the course of the speech (the stuff with Jill afterwards took awhile to enter the information cycle, after which solely by way of the Each day Mail, so far as I can see). He may very well imagine what he’s saying; his hatred and contempt for Trump have been palpable. If the marketing campaign goes with “Let Biden be Biden,” that is what we are going to get. Biden is definitely snug with the theme. I took a display screen shot from the video:

I bear in mind, again within the day, seeing the identical expression on George W. Bush’s face very often; the set of his jaw, the downturned mouth. Beneath the frat-boy demeanor, Bush was imply, a vicious S.O.B. Similar with Biden.

“Protesters disrupt Biden, president resumes remarks at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church” [Post and Courier]. From the dwell protection: “Biden has been interrupted by protestors calling for a ceasefire in Palestine. ‘There’s blood in your palms,’ protestors shouted. Biden stopped and stated, ‘That’s alright.’ The viewers began chanting ‘4 extra years’ so loud that the demonstrators couldn’t be heard. Secret Service brokers promptly ushered the protesters out of the sanctuary. Biden resumed his speech, saying, ‘I perceive your ardour.’ Biden stated that he’s working with the Israeli authorities.” • The reporter tweets:

Apparently, they’ve acquired Biden taking place the large stairs once more. Possibly they tinkered along with his dose?

“Obama, apprehensive about Trump, urges Biden circle to bolster marketing campaign” [WaPo]. “Obama’s dialog with Biden on the topic occurred throughout a non-public lunch on the White Home in latest months, one of many folks stated, a gathering that has not been beforehand reported. Biden, who has lengthy used Obama as a sounding board, invited his former boss to lunch, and the 2 mentioned a variety of matters together with the 2024 election. In the course of the lunch, Obama famous the success of his reelection marketing campaign construction in 2012, when a few of his prime presidential aides, together with David Axelrod and Jim Messina, left the White Home to take cost of the reelection operation in Chicago. That may be a sharp distinction from Biden’s strategy of leaving his closest aides on the White Home although they’re concerned in all the important thing selections made by the marketing campaign. Obama additionally really useful that Biden search counsel from Obama’s personal former marketing campaign aides, which Biden officers say they’ve completed, the folks stated.” • This text is reasonably gauzy. I suppose that Obama, by way of his nameless sources, is saying “Rent a few of my folks.” And he’s additionally, within the gentlest doable manner, positioning the blame cannons (“Joe didn’t observe my recommendation”).

“Biden marketing campaign responds to report on Obama warnings about Trump” [The Hill].

“Clyburn involved Biden marketing campaign isn’t breaking by way of ‘MAGA wall’” [The Hill]. “‘I’ve no drawback with the Biden administration and what it has completed. My drawback is that we’ve not been capable of break by way of that MAGA wall in an effort to get to folks precisely what this president has completed,’ Clyburn stated in an interview on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’ Clyburn, a long-time South Carolina consultant within the Home, is usually credited with serving to Biden’s marketing campaign finally clinch the 2020 Democratic nomination after profitable the Palmetto State that yr. Biden gained his first early contest within the South Carolina major, after securing Clyburn’s endorsement. Within the interview Sunday, Clyburn stated he has sat down with Biden to precise his considerations concerning the Biden crew’s reelection marketing campaign, however burdened he was ‘not apprehensive,’ however ‘very involved.’” • “Involved,” within the Beltway, means “hair on hearth.”

“Home GOP Recommends Hunter Biden Be Held in Contempt of Congress” [The Daily Beast]. “Home Republicans filed a decision Monday requesting that Hunter Biden be held in contempt of Congress for defying a ‘essential’ deposition request associated to the GOP’s impeachment inquiry into his father, President Joe Biden…. If the decision passes the committees, the total Home—which has a slim Republican majority—will vote on whether or not Biden ought to be held in contempt of Congress. If that vote passes, the Home can then refer the advice to the Division of Justice, which might finally determine if Biden ought to be criminally charged.”

Realignment and Legitimacy

“Trump allies search to co-opt coming election-security case to bolster 2020 lie” [WaPo]. The deck: “The largely left-leaning plaintiffs within the federal civil case going to trial this week in Georgia allege that the state’s voting machines are weak to hacking — not that they’ve been hacked.” Extra: “The folks U.S. District Court docket Choose Amy Totenberg declared to be not ‘conspiracy theorists of any selection’ are the largely left-leaning plaintiffs in a lawsuit that was filed in Georgia lengthy earlier than the 2020 election and that’s slated to go to trial this week. They argue that voting machines there current safety dangers that state officers are constitutionally obligated to deal with — and so they have the backing, Totenberg wrote, of ‘among the nation’s main cybersecurity consultants and laptop scientists.’ A good end result for the plaintiffs would have extraordinary implications: Georgia, one of many swing states that determined the final presidential election, might head into the 2024 cycle with machines {that a} federal choose has deemed dangerously weak to safety breaches, at the very least as presently operated. Although it might be geared toward making certain a safer voting system, such a ruling might have unpredictable implications for the general public understanding of election integrity, significantly whether it is mischaracterized by these searching for to sow doubt about previous and future elections.” • Nonetheless, digital voting machines are in a phishing equilibrium (encapsulated: “If fraud can occur, it can have already got occurred,” on the identical precept {that a} twenty greenback invoice mendacity on the street might be a discarded faux, since any individual would have already got picked up an actual one).

#COVID19

“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).

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Covid is Airborne

“Avoiding COVID was about extra than simply preserving 2 metres aside, research finds” [EuroNews]. “Researchers from the Nuffield Division for Drugs on the College of Oxford analysed knowledge from 7 million folks in England and Wales who, in the course of the well being emergency, have been notified by the nation’s NHS COVID-19 app that that they had been involved with somebody who was contaminated. The aim was to learn how lots of these alerted really contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus…. The researchers took benefit of this ‘treasure trove’ of data to review the relation between distance and length of an encounter with an contaminated individual to see how this could affect the chance of somebody being contaminated. And it seems that . ‘Everyone was focussed on the gap. There was this 1-metre or 2-metre distance rule in outlets, at stations. However distance ought to have by no means been the main target of it as a result of as we all know now, the reality is extra nuanced than that,’ Ferretti stated. ‘When you’re a brief distance from somebody, it’s the length that issues. For those who’re uncovered for 10 seconds, you should be very unfortunate for the particles from the mouth of the contaminated individual to get to your mouth or your nostril. However for those who keep there one hour, after all yEou will attempt your luck 60 occasions with respect to 1 minute.’” And: “The researchers discovered that longer exposures at higher distances had an identical threat to shorter exposures at nearer distances….. [T]he longer somebody spent with one other one who was sick, the extra probably they have been to get sick themselves, even when they stored a 2-metre distance always.” • Droplet dogma wouldn’t predict this. Aerosol unfold would.

Even the historical past of aerosol transmission as been erased. Public well being has rather a lot to reply for:

Maskstravaganza

“They must make their very own selections”:

Unimaginable physique language; leafing by way of the briefing guide is a really good contact!

Censorship and Propaganda

“Put together For The Final Gaslighting” [Julio Vincent Gambuto, WBUR]. From 2020 (!!!!):

Fairly quickly, because the nation begins to determine “reopen” and transfer ahead, very highly effective forces will attempt to persuade us all to get again to regular.

Billions of {dollars} can be spent on promoting, messaging and media content material to make you are feeling snug once more. It’s going to are available in conventional kinds — a billboard right here, commercials there — and in new-media kinds, like memes.

In reality, you crave that feeling of normalcy. We wish desperately to really feel good once more, to get again to the routines of life, to not lie in mattress at evening questioning how we’re going to afford our lease and payments, to not wake to an countless scroll of human tragedy on our telephones, to have a cup of completely brewed espresso and easily go away the home for work. The necessity for consolation can be actual, and it is going to be sturdy. And each model in America will come to your rescue, expensive shopper, to assist take away that darkness and get life again to the way in which it was earlier than the disaster. I urge you to be nicely conscious of what’s coming.

He acquired that proper!

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Case Information

NOT UPDATED From BioBot wastewater knowledge, January 5:

Lambert right here: Nonetheless going up. As a completely “intestine really feel” tapewatcher, I might anticipate this peak to satisfy or exceed the 2 earlier Biden peaks; in any case, we haven’t actually begun the subsequent bout of vacation journey, or the subsequent rounds of superspreading occasions celebrations. Plus college students haven’t come from from faculty, 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.

Lambert right here: Referred to as it. Impressively, the Biden administration has now blown by way of all earlier data, with the only exception of the Omicron, the highest of the leaderboard, a document additionally set by itself. Congratulations to the Biden crew! I do know lots of people suppose the height will come within the subsequent two weeks or so; I’d like to listen to at the very least some anecdotal proof of that past the fashions (as a result of recall JN.1, whose peak that is, is extraordinarily infectious).

Regional knowledge:

Regional cut up continues. What’s extra worrisome is that the slope of the curve within the Northeast acquired steeper (though, as ever, Biobot knowledge is topic to backward revision).

Variants

NOT UPDATED From CDC, January 6:

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

CDC: “As of Might 11, genomic surveillance knowledge can be reported biweekly, based mostly on the provision of constructive check specimens.” “Biweeekly: 1. occurring each two weeks. 2. occurring twice per 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 per 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 the complete pandemic, FFS (the implicit message right here being that Covid is “identical to the flu,” which is why the seasonal “rolling 52-week interval” is suitable for eachMR SUBLIMINAL I hate these folks a lot. Discover additionally that this chart reveals, at the very least for its time interval, that Covid is not seasonal, although CDC is attempting to get us to imagine that it’s, presumably to allow them to piggyback on the prevailing institutional equipment for injections. And naturally, we’re not even moving into the standard of the wastewater websites that we’ve as a proxy for Covid an infection total.

Hospitalization

Bellwether New York Metropolis, knowledge as of January 8:

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

NOT UPDATED Right here’s a distinct CDC visualization on hospitalization, nationwide, not by state, however with a date, at the very least. December 30:

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, Check Positivity) and weekly the next Mondays (Hospitalizations) by 8 pm ET†”. So the place the heck is the replace, CDC?

Positivity

Lambert right here: Discover that for each Walgreens and the Cleveland Clinic, that though the share of positives is steady, absolutely the numbers have vastly 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 stress to reduce, too).

NOT UPDATED From Walgreens, January 2:

1.1%. Up. (It will be attention-grabbing to survey this inhabitants typically; these are individuals who, regardless of a tsunami of official propaganda and large peer stress, went and acquired examined anyhow.)

NOT UPDATED From Cleveland Clinic, December 30:

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

From CDC, traveler’s knowledge, December 18:

Down, albeit within the rear view mirror. And listed here are the variants for vacationers, December 18:

Word the chart has been revised to mirror that JN.1 is BA.2.86.1 (the numbers “roll over”).

Deaths

Right here is the New York Instances, based mostly on CDC knowledge, December 30:

Stats Watch

There aren’t any official statistics of curiosity right now.

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The Economic system: “One of the generally cited recession indicators that’s been flashing pink has a significant flaw, NDR says” [Business Insider]. “One of the generally cited recession indicators is the Convention Board’s Main Financial Index, and it’s been flashing pink for almost two years. åThe forward-looking index has declined 20 months in a row, is down 12.6% from its peak two years in the past, and is down 7.6% over the previous yr. The index has by no means seen such a pointy and chronic decline with out an financial recession unfolding shortly thereafter. However this time would possibly lastly be totally different because it seems the index has ‘cried wolf,’ Ned Davis Analysis stated in a latest observe. The agency highlighted why the financial index’s excellent monitor document of warning about an imminent recession might need lastly come to an finish. ‘The LEI could also be one other sufferer of pandemic associated distortions,’ NDR stated. That’s as a result of the underlying elements of the index weigh items too closely and companies not sufficient. That’s an issue when you think about that the make-up of right now’s financial system is roughly 85% companies. ‘5 of the ten indicators are goods-related and three are financial-related,’ NDR defined. Just one element of the LEI captures the companies financial system, and that’s unemployment claims. The heavy reliance on goods-focused elements is why the main index didn’t catch the sharp reacceleration within the US financial system in the course of the second half of 2023, by which GDP grew by about 5% within the third-quarter.”

Manufacturing: “Alaska Airways accident might have been ‘far more tragic,’ NTSB official says” [NBC]. “Seats adjoining to the blowout, which occurred when a panel referred to as a door plug indifferent from the airplane, weren’t occupied, and the plane’s altitude meant passengers have been probably seated with seatbelts in use, Nationwide Transportation Security Board Chair Jennifer Homendy stated throughout a information convention Saturday evening.” • Listed here are the 737 MAX seats to keep away from:

Manufacturing: On the “door plug” itself, an extended thread, excerpted:

Massive if true. Maybe mechanical engineers and plane professionals within the readership can remark.

Manufacturing: “The door fell off”:

Newer readers is probably not conscious that that is an homage “The Entrance Fell Off”, by the good Australian comedy duo Clark & Dawe (right here very, very younger):

Manufacturing: The system labored:

Helpful perspective, however absolutely the system is coming ever nearer to not working?

Manufacturing: “Alaska 737 cockpit voice recorder knowledge erasure renews security debate” [Reuters]. “The cockpit voice recorder knowledge on the Alaska Airways Boeing 737 MAX 9 jet which misplaced a panel mid-flight on Friday was overwritten, U.S. authorities stated, renewing consideration on an trade name for longer in-flight recordings. Nationwide Transportation Security Board (NTSB) chair Jennifer Homendy stated on Sunday no knowledge was accessible on the cockpit voice recorder as a result of it was not retrieved inside two hours – when recording restarts, erasing earlier knowledge. The U.S. requires cockpit voice recorders to log two hours of information versus 25 hours in Europe for planes made after 2021. The Worldwide Civil Aviation Group (ICAO) has since 2016 referred to as for 25-hour recording on pl anes manufactured from 2021. ‘There was rather a lot happening, on the flight deck and on the airplane. It’s a really chaotic occasion. The circuit breaker for the CVR (cockpit voice recorder) was not pulled. The upkeep crew went out to get it, however it was proper at concerning the two-hour mark,’ Homendy stated.” • Whoops.

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At the moment’s Concern & Greed Index: 72 Greed (earlier shut: 73 Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 75 (Excessive Greed). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Jan 8 at 1:53:07 PM ET.

Rapture Index: Closes unchanged [Rapture Ready]. Document Excessive, October 10, 2016: 189. Present: 188. (Do not forget that bringing on the Rapture is good.) NOTE on #42 Plagues: “The coronavirus pandemic has maxed out this class.” Extra sincere than most! • What are they ready for? A pink heifer?

The 420

“Cannabinoids Block Mobile Entry of SARS-CoV-2 and the Rising Variants” [Journal of Natural Products]. From 2022, nonetheless germaine. In vitro. Commentary:

Little doubt!

Information of the Wired

“What actually has a 1 in 1,000,000 likelihood?” [Berkeley]. From a statistics class: “20 coin tosses (by me) all developing Tails. YES… For those who tossed the cash then the primary reply can be NO, except I’m very assured you lack the power to idiot me …”

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