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Patient readers, Yves had to get her mother to the ER, so she apologizes in advance for… however today’s posting ultimately turns out. Do wish them both luck. –lambert UPDATE $90 co-pay. From Medicare! “Citizen, don’t even think of sending your mother to the hospital unless you can cough up ninety bucks, cash on the nail.” What a country.

Bee-friendly urban wildflower meadows prove a hit with German city dwellers Guardian

Shark Attacks in Maine Were Unthinkable — Until Last Summer Downeast

Market Narratives Have Pushed Aside Fundamentals Barry Pu, The Big Picture

How meme lords fuelled a boom in the ‘stonk market’ FT

Fatal Strategies And The Value Of Human Life The Heisenberg Report

A Reluctant Optimist Scott Galloway

The Memo Chris Laing. APIs and Amazon’s business model.

‘Potentially the worst drought in 1,200 years’: scientists on the scorching US heatwave Guardian

#COVID19

Britain faces learning to live with Covid’s tragic consequences FT

Choosing Love over Eugenics JSTOR Daily

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Can the C.D.C. Be Fixed? NYT. By Betteridge’s Law, no, as we have been saying for some time.

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High-dimensional characterization of post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 Nature. From the Abstract: “Our findings show that a substantial burden of health loss that spans pulmonary and several extrapulmonary organ systems is experienced by patients who survive after the acute phase of COVID-19.” We really need to get away from the (hospital-centric) notion that hospitalization and death are the only metrics that matter.

Brain imaging before and after COVID-19 in UK Biobank (preprint) medRvix. From the Abstract: “There is strong evidence for brain-related pathologies in COVID-19, some of which could be a consequence of viral neurotropism…. UK Biobank scanned over 40,000 participants before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, making it possible to invite back in 2021 hundreds of previously-imaged participants for a second imaging visit…. [Our findings] consistently relate to loss of grey matter in limbic cortical areas directly linked to the primary olfactory and gustatory system. Unlike in post hoc disease studies, the availability of preinfection imaging data helps avoid the danger of pre-existing risk factors or clinical conditions being mis-interpreted as disease effects.” As above. Not just “the flu.”

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Mass mask-wearing notably reduces COVID-19 transmission (preprint) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “We establish the effectiveness of mass mask-wearing, and highlight that wearing data, not mandate data, are necessary to infer this effect.”

The Novel Coronavirus’ Spike Protein Plays Additional Key Role In Illness Salk News. From late May, still germane.

Wondering if the Vaccine Worked? Get the Right Test, at the Right Time NYT

China?

China’s Falling Unemployment Masks a Lack of Jobs For the Young Bloomberg

Li Yang: The total scale of China’s banking industry exceeds that of the United States, but there are still three major shortcomings What China Reads. At the bottom of the page: “Note: This is an auto-translated version of the article meant for Chinese audience. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.”

Taiwan’s COVID-19 legacy depends on working from home and innovative testing Commonwealth Magazine

Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan’s rollout AP

Myanmar

The UN has condemned Myanmar’s military coup. Will that matter? Vox

Myanmar junta leader leaves for Russia conference, second trip abroad since coup Reuters

Patient readers, Yves had to get her mother to the ER. so she apologizes in advance for… however today’s posting ultimately turns out. Do wish them both luck. –lambert UPDATE $90 co-pay — from Medicare! “Citizen, don’t even think of sending your mother to the hospital unless you can cough up ninety bucks.” What a country.

Bee-friendly urban wildflower meadows prove a hit with German city dwellers Guardian

Shark Attacks in Maine Were Unthinkable — Until Last Summer Downeast

Market Narratives Have Pushed Aside Fundamentals Barry Pu, The Big Picture

How meme lords fuelled a boom in the ‘stonk market’ FT

Fatal Strategies And The Value Of Human Life The Heisenberg Report

A Reluctant Optimist Scott Galloway

The Memo Chris Laing. APIs and Amazon’s business model.

‘Potentially the worst drought in 1,200 years’: scientists on the scorching US heatwave Guardian

#COVID19

Britain faces learning to live with Covid’s tragic consequences FT

Choosing Love over Eugenics JSTOR Daily

* * *

Can the C.D.C. Be Fixed? NYT. By Betteridge’s Law, no, as we have been saying for some time.

* * *

High-dimensional characterization of post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 Nature. From the Abstract: “Our findings show that a substantial burden of health loss that spans pulmonary and several extrapulmonary organ systems is experienced by patients who survive after the acute phase of COVID-19.” We really need to get away from the (hospital-centric) notion that hospitalization and death are the only metrics that matter.

Brain imaging before and after COVID-19 in UK Biobank (preprint) medRvix. From the Abtract: “There is strong evidence for brain-related pathologies in COVID-19, some of which could be a consequence of viral neurotropism…. UK Biobank scanned over 40,000 participants before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, making it possible to invite back in 2021 hundreds of previously-imaged participants for a second imaging visit…. [Our findings] consistently relate to loss of grey matter in limbic cortical areas directly linked to the primary olfactory and gustatory system. Unlike in post hoc disease studies, the availability of preinfection imaging data helps avoid the danger of pre-existing risk factors or clinical conditions being mis-interpreted as disease effects.” Not just “the flu.”

* * *

Mass mask-wearing notably reduces COVID-19 transmission (preprint) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “We establish the effectiveness of mass mask-wearing, and highlight that wearing data, not mandate data, are necessary to infer this effect.”

The Novel Coronavirus’ Spike Protein Plays Additional Key Role In Illness Salk News. From late May, still germane.

Wondering if the Vaccine Worked? Get the Right Test, at the Right Time NYT

China?

China’s Falling Unemployment Masks a Lack of Jobs For the Young Bloomberg

Li Yang: The total scale of China’s banking industry exceeds that of the United States, but there are still three major shortcomings What China Reads. At the bottom of the page: “Note: This is an auto-translated version of the article meant for Chinese audience. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.”

Taiwan’s COVID-19 legacy depends on working from home and innovative testing Commonwealth Magazine

Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan’s rollout AP

Myanmar

The UN has condemned Myanmar’s military coup. Will that matter? Vox

Myanmar junta leader leaves for Russia conference, second trip abroad since coup Reuters

Clinic raided for offering Ivermectin to Covid-19 patients Free Malaysia Today

India

Goa: ‘Government stand on Ivermectin Contradictory Times of India

Africa writes back Aeon

Syraqistan

Karzai says US legacy in Afghanistan is a ‘total disgrace and disaster’ The Hill

Biden set to meet Afghanistan President Ghani amid troop pullout Deutsche Welle

New Cold War

Five Degrees Of Improbability — General Gerasimov Won the Battle of Geneva Without Firing a Shot John Helmer

EU/UK

French far right irked by election results, southern region in play Reuters

Biden Administration

Joe Biden is better on the world stage than any president since George H.W. Bush David Rothkopf, USA Today

Decision Time for Biden on Infrastructure Deal: GOP Senator Bloomberg

Sanders says no to gas taxes, electric vehicle fees to fund infrastructure deal NBC

How a single new Alzheimer’s drug could blow up the federal budget NBC

Our Famously Free Press

Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows NPR. From May, still germane.

With Bezos at the Helm, Democracy Dies at the Washington Post Editorial Board Mint Press News

Class Warfare

Chamber of Commerce urges Biden to double visa quota amid nationwide worker shortage Yahoo News. Good to see the CoC finally coming out in support of open borders.

‘When is this going to end?’: US factory town devastated by jobs moving overseas Guardian (Re Silc). The town is in West Virginia, so why not see what President Manchin can do?

Policies That Make the Poor Less Poor Eclogiselle

America Should Become a Nation of Renters Bloomberg

Tasks, Automation, and the Rise in US Wage Inequality Daron Acemoglu & Pascual Restrepo, NBER.

Capital for the people — an idea whose time has come FT

Bacteria converts degraded plastic bottles into vanilla flavoring New Atlas (DL).

Enthusiastic Amateurs Advance Science As They Hunt For Exotic Mushrooms NPR

Clinic raided for offering Ivermectin to Covid-19 patients Free Malaysia Today

India

Goa: ‘Government stand on Ivermectin Contradictory Times of India

Africa writes back Aeon

Syraqistan

Karzai says US legacy in Afghanistan is a ‘total disgrace and disaster’ The Hill

Biden set to meet Afghanistan President Ghani amid troop pullout Deutsche Welle

New Cold War

Five Degrees Of Improbability — General Gerasimov Won the Battle of Geneva Without Firing a Shot John Helmer

EU/UK

French far right irked by election results, southern region in play Reuters

Biden Administration

Joe Biden is better on the world stage than any president since George H.W. Bush David Rothkopf, USA Today

Decision Time for Biden on Infrastructure Deal: GOP Senator Bloomberg

Sanders says no to gas taxes, electric vehicle fees to fund infrastructure deal NBC

How a single new Alzheimer’s drug could blow up the federal budget NBC

Our Famously Free Press

Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows NPR. From May, still germane.

With Bezos at the Helm, Democracy Dies at the Washington Post Editorial Board Mint Press News

Class Warfare

Chamber of Commerce urges Biden to double visa quota amid nationwide worker shortage Yahoo News. Good to see the CoC finally coming out in support of open borders.

‘When is this going to end?’: US factory town devastated by jobs moving overseas Guardian (Re Silc). The town is in West Virginia, so why not see what President Manchin can do?

Policies That Make the Poor Less Poor Eclogiselle

America Should Become a Nation of Renters Bloomberg

Tasks, Automation, and the Rise in US Wage Inequality Daron Acemoglu & Pascual Restrepo, NBER.

Capital for the people — an idea whose time has come FT

Bacteria converts degraded plastic bottles into vanilla flavoring New Atlas (DL).

Enthusiastic Amateurs Advance Science As They Hunt For Exotic Mushrooms NPR

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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