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Links 11/6/2020

Yves apologizes for the lack of an original post. She had to take her mother to the Emergency Room, an environment not conducive to posting, and spent seven hours there. Fortunately, there was nothing serious and her mother was OK! (For readers in civilized countries, seven hours in the ER is par for the course in America). –lambert

Global food system emissions could preclude achieving the 1.5° and 2°C climate change targets Science

Prince Charles Says We Must Tackle The ‘Extraordinary Trend of Throw-Away Clothing’ in Interview with British Vogue Independent

The Unannounced Death Of The Green New Deal: Part 2 – An Object Of Projection The Wrong Kind of Green. Part 1. Can’t tell the players without a scorecard on this one, but informative nonetheless.


Challenges in creating herd immunity to SARS-CoV-2 infection by mass vaccination The Lancet. From the Abstract: “For any licensed vaccine, efficacy and duration of protection are key issues. Vaccine efficacies to protect against infection above 80% are desirable,1 but duration of protection will remain uncertain for a number of years post licensure of COVID-19 vaccines. Preliminary evidence suggests waning antibody titres in those who have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection, but antibodies are only one part of the human immune response and acquired immunity to reinfection or the prevention of disease when reinfected. Data on immunity to other coronaviruses suggest that immunity to SARS-CoV-2 might be short lived, perhaps 12–18 months in duration. Whether past infection will prevent severe COVID-19 on re-exposure to SARS-CoV-2 is not known at present.”

Evolution of Antibody Immunity to SARS-CoV-2 (preprint) bioRxiv. From the Abstract: “We conclude that the memory B cell response to SARS-CoV-2 evolves between 1.3 and 6.2 months after infection in a manner that is consistent with antigen persistence.” n=87.

Change in Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 Over 60 Days Among Health Care Personnel in Nashville, Tennessee JAMA. From the Discussion “Anti–SARS-CoV-2 antibodies to the spike protein, which have correlated with neutralizing antibodies,5 decreased over 60 days in health care personnel, with 58% of seropositive individuals becoming seronegative. The consistency in decline in the signal-to-threshold ratio regardless of the baseline ratio and a higher proportion of asymptomatic participants becoming seronegative support the interpretation as a true decline over a 2-month period rather than an artifact of assay performance.” n=600.

How the Coronavirus Hacks the Immune System The New Yorker. Interesting. But whenever I think I’ve seen peak liberalism, The New Yorker surprises me: “Our bodies, like the United States government, make a startlingly large investment in defense.”

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Llama nanobodies could be a powerful weapon against COVID-19 Medical Xpress (original).

Intranasal fusion inhibitory lipopeptide prevents direct contact SARS-CoV-2 transmission in ferrets (preprint) bioRxiv. The Abstract: “Containment of the COVID-19 pandemic requires reducing viral transmission. SARS-CoV-2 infection is initiated by membrane fusion between the viral and host cell membranes, mediated by the viral spike protein. We have designed a dimeric lipopeptide fusion inhibitor that blocks this critical first step of infection for emerging coronaviruses and document that it completely prevents SARS-CoV-2 infection in ferrets. Daily intranasal administration to ferrets completely prevented SARS-CoV-2 direct-contact transmission during 24-hour co-housing with infected animals, under stringent conditions that resulted in infection of 100% of untreated animals. These lipopeptides are highly stable and non-toxic and thus readily translate into a safe and effective intranasal prophylactic approach to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2.” Monkeys exaggerate and mice lie. I don’t know what ferrets do.

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SARS-CoV-2 uses ‘genome origami’ to infect and replicate inside host cells Phys.org (original).

Spread of mutated coronavirus in Danish mink ‘hits all the scary buttons,’ but fears may be overblown STAT

The coronavirus didn’t respect borders. Now El Paso and Juarez face a mounting crisis Los Angeles Times

Tracking the reach of COVID-19 kin loss with a bereavement multiplier applied to the United States PNAS. Significance: “In the United States, we estimate that on average, under diverse epidemiological circumstances, every death from COVID-19 will leave approximately nine bereaved.”

Commentary: Masks could be secret behind Vietnam’s COVID-19 success Channel News Asia


US-China rivalry: Biden likely to boost ties with Asian allies to keep Beijing in check, observers say South China Morning Post

Chip Flory: China’s Focus on Food Security Farm Journal

Hong Kong: Snitch hotline gets more than 1,000 calls BBC

Malaysia’s 1MDB state fund still US$7.8 billion in debt: Government report Channel News Asia

The Koreas

Coming soon: A neutral South Korea? The Interpreter

Korean IPO candidates turn conservative after Big Hit burst Pulse


Brexit: Watchdog warns of ‘significant’ border disruption BBC


Coronavirus: Manchester students pull down COVID security fences in protest Sky News

Macron calls for a ‘refoundation of the Schengen area’ Politico

Bolivia’s President-elect suffered dynamite attack, says MAS spokesman El Globo (Google translation).

The OAS has to answer for its role in the Bolivian coup Guardian

The dawn of fintech in Latin America: landscape, prospects and challenges Bank of International Settlements


How the Cambridge Analytica sausage was made Immigrants as a Weapon. Key driver of liberal Democrat RussiaGate hysteria revealed as cheap grift. Who knew?

Putin orders Russian government to try to meet Paris climate goals Reuters

Trump Transition

Agency Strips Bargaining Powers of Immigration Judges’ Union US News


Biden within 6 electoral votes of victory Politico. Live updates.

Biden says he has ‘no doubt’ he will defeat Trump when vote count is finished FOX. As of this writing, Biden just pulled ahead in GA.

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Biden sought referendum on Covid-19 but voters disagreed FT

Counties with worst virus surges overwhelmingly voted Trump AP

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Donald Trump’s legal war against the US election results FT. Summary of the legal issues by state; worth clearing your “ft.” cookies for.

Michigan judge denies Trump campaign lawsuit to stop ballot count Independent. As I understand it, the Trump supporters wanted the count stopped because they were not allowed to watch*. “In public” is a critical part of “hand-marked ballots, hand-counted in public,” and if I am correct in my interpretation — it looks like the Republicans really butchered the filing — that will be another important principle lost in 2020. That would also make the headline deceptive. NOTE * Like everything else in our beknighted and corrupt electoral system, rules for observing ballot tabulation will vary by the State.

Hundreds upset over ballot counting protest in downtown Phoenix Arizona Family

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Even if Biden Wins, It’s Trump’s America Now Foreign Policy

Tired of blue state life, rural Oregon voters eye new border Agence France Presse

Kentucky town elects a dog as mayor: French bulldog Wilbur Beast becomes the the new leader of Rabbit Hash, replacing pit bull who ruled for three years Daily Mail

Biden Transition

Government gridlock would be the worst-case economic scenario Felix Salmon, Axios

America’s new power couple: Joe and Mitch Politico

The Moustache Of Misunderstanding Eschaton

Democrats in Disarray

‘It was a failure’: Furious House Democrats unload as leadership promises answers after election losses USA Today (KW). Rep. Abigail Spanberger: “We need to not ever use the words ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again.” Of course, if “socialist” AOC were some foreigner, CIA Democrats like Spanberger (2018; 2020) could have had her whacked. So I understand their frustration. But there were alternatives:

Realignment and Legitimacy

Which is the Real “Working Class Party” Now? Matt Taibbi

What Democrats Should Learn From the Spate of Socialist Wins on Election Day In These Times

Donald Trump and Being Deplorable Dean Baker, CEPR. Good suggestions on patents here, but: “If we want to reach out to non-college-educated workers, who may have supported Trump, a really good first step would be to acknowledge that their poor prospects in the economy were the result of design. It might still be good for them, as an individual matter, to get more skill and education, but as a group they are hurting because people in power wanted to redistribute income upward.” Let me know how that works out.

A Multi-Ethnic, Working-Class Conservatism American Compass. It will be interesting to watch conservatives attempt to become the workers’ party without actually empowering them.

Health Care

Psilocybin therapy 4 times more effective than antidepressants, study finds New Atlas (Furzy Mouse). Original.

What Biden’s Election Would Mean For The Affordable Care Act Health Affairs

Sports Desk

Friday Night Bytes: Can Analytics Revolutionize High School Football? NYT (Re Silc). I dunno. Will it fix the brain damage problem?

Our Famously Free Press


Guillotine Watch

All Eyes on Bonac Blind: Art Sparks Vandalism & Conversation Dan’s Papers. The Hamptons.

How to Cope With Stress Teen Vogue. Musical interlude.

Guard Against Confusion Lapham’s Quarterly. Wittgenstein.

The subjective turn Aeon. Hegel.

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