How Trumpism May Endure David Bright, NYT. “An effective, enduring Lost Cause story needs to know clearly what it hates, has to attain widespread control of its own communication and needs institutional rooting, and it must explain almost everything.” Speaking of which:
Saliva viral load is a dynamic unifying correlate of COVID-19 severity and mortality (preprint) medRxiv. From the Discussion: “Saliva viral load could significantly predict disease severity and mortality over age or nasopharyngeal viral load with the first sample collection, and, importantly, was enhanced with the inclusion of days from symptom onset. Nasopharyngeal viral load could not reliably distinguish severity or predict mortality in our study with the first sample collection—which varied from the date of admission.” From a tweet storm discussing the article (NP = nasopharyngeal):
Why is saliva viral load a better correlate of disease than NP load? We think that NP only reflects upper respiratory tract (URT) viral replication, while saliva represents both URT and lower respiratory tract. Mucociliary clearance propels virus from LRT to oral cavity. (12/n) pic.twitter.com/1kCqE4YgM0
So, to this layperson, it looks like the throat is the key battleground.
Kinetics of antibody responses dictate COVID-19 outcome (preprint) medRxiv. From the Discussion: “Our study demonstrated that neutralizing antibody responses developed within 14 days of symptom onset correlated with recovery, while those induced at later timepoints appear to lose this protective effect. It is unclear why antibodies generated after this time point are unable to promote viral clearance and recovery in COVID-19 patients. We speculate that the virus might become inaccessible to the antibodies after a certain time point, by establishing infection within immune privileged tissues. Alternatively, disease may be driven by late-onset antibody-mediated immunopathology.”
“BLM” activists could have been criminalized en masse this past summer for causing violent riots under the vastly expanded “incitement” doctrine now being espoused by liberals and leftists desperate to inflict maximum punishment on Trump
The crux of all this is sheer complexity & lack of prep time. For a product that has 24hrs to get to market, small delays at diff points are crippling. This is the “simplified” 18-step process for moving fish from Scotland to France. This, on top of 8-step process for importers pic.twitter.com/Ra4J0liWpC
Here’s The Way Joe Biden And The Democrats Can Pass Their Agenda — Maybe HuffPo. Budget reconciliation. But “Senate Republicans can still wield the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to overcome,” and “the filibuster has become a de facto supermajority requirement” imply that abolishing the filibuster requires 60 votes. That is false; the filibuster can be abolished or modified by a simple majority. Which a party that wanted to govern would do. Of course, as the author points out, reconciliation is “limited by complex rules,” so you can see why liberal Democrats like it.
Human will plays an important role here. What if the behind Apple’s App Store revenue distribution model—which acts as the central bank or Federal Reserve of the attention economy—simply chose to distribute revenue to app makers based not on whose users bought the most virtual goods or spent the most time using the app, but on who among the app makers best cooperated with other apps on the phone to help all members of society live more by their values?