2:00PM Water Cooler 8/9/2022 | bare capitalism

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By Lambert Strether of Corrente

Chicken Tune of the Day

Polynesian Triller, Tongatapu, Tonga.

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Politics

“However what’s authorities itself, however the biggest of all reflections on human nature?” –James Madison, Federalist 51

“That they had discovered nothing, and forgotten nothing.” –Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

“Right here’s meals for thought, had Ahab time to suppose; however Ahab by no means thinks; he solely feels, feels, feels” –Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Abortion

“The Kansas abortion vote, in a single graph” [WaPo]. The graph:

“The determine under compares the extent of turnout by county (alongside the X-axis, with increased turnout to the suitable) in comparison with the share of voters in every county voting towards the modification (alongside the Y-axis). Counties voting to guard abortion rights are increased on the Y-axis, and people voting to limit abortion rights are decrease on the axis…. The counties voting to reject the modification tended to be dependable Democratic areas. However occasion affiliation alone can’t clarify the result. Even in historically Republican counties, extra voters rejected the modification than we’d anticipate from partisan conduct alone…. On common, counties voted “no” on the modification by a margin of 9 share factors increased than they voted for the Democrats’ gubernatorial candidate, Laura Kelly, in 2018. What’s extra, “no” carried out virtually 20 share factors increased by county than Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden in 2016 and 2020, respectively. Right here’s an instance — whereas Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump carried conservative Ellis County by greater than 70 p.c of the vote in each 2016 and 2020, assist for the modification (the “sure” votes) within the county peaked at lower than 60 p.c.” • Simply presumably, hopeful information for Democrats within the midterms.

Biden Administration

Nice masks self-discipline:

To be honest, the recording doesn’t present Biden coughing, and fomite transmission may be very uncommon. However wowsers, do these guys like to share air!

2022

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PA: “John Fetterman is Operating a Take a look at that Democrats Must Watch” [Politico]. “Whereas consultants and organizers discuss concerning the want for rural speaking factors and investments in rural newspaper and radio buys, this politician has deployed the obvious technique for making inroads with rural voters: He confirmed up in each county in his state. Then, he did one thing actually exceptional: He confirmed up once more. That candidate is John Fetterman, who secured the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania’s Might major with a strong 59 p.c of the vote and at present holds the lead basically election polling. Fetterman lived as much as his ‘Each County, Each Vote’ slogan. On a single Saturday in early Might, for instance, he visited 5 counties in north-central Pennsylvania, a part of the state’s ‘rural T’ — the huge space which kind a giant ‘T’ on the map between the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh metro areas and north to the New York state line.” • Too lazy to search out the hyperlink, however Obama attributed doing nicely in Iowa 2008 to easily being prepared to point out up. Extra: “On the subject of abortion rights and unions, Fetterman has been recognized to make use of the phrase “sacred,” and he has been notably vocal because the Supreme Courtroom overturned Roe v. Wade in June.” • See above on Kansas underneath “Abortion.”

PA: “John Fetterman declares first marketing campaign rally since struggling stroke in Might” [CNN]. “Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman will make his full return to the path on August 12 with a rally in Erie, his first full marketing campaign occasion since struggling a stroke in Might. The return represents a big step for Fetterman, who has solely headlined a fundraiser and casual marketing campaign gatherings whereas recovering from the stroke…. Erie is a strategic spot for the Democratic candidate — Erie County voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, then switched to Donald Trump in 2016 earlier than swinging again to Democrats in 2020 by narrowly backing Biden. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, with Fetterman as his operating mate, carried the county by greater than 20 factors in 2018.”

PA: “Pennsylvania Senate Race: Fetterman leads Ozin new ballot” [WHTM]. “A brand new Pennsylvania Senate Race ballot reveals Democrat John Fetterman holding a double-digit lead over Republican Mehmet Oz. The ballot was performed by Momentive/SurveyMonkey for Middle Avenue PAC, ‘a nonpartisan political motion committee centered on selling rational governance and combatting extremism.’ Of the 1,206 voters recorded for the ballot between July 29 and August 1, Fetterman obtained 47% to Ozs 30% with 23% undecided, a 17% hole between Fetterman and Oz. Ozs assist grew to 38% amongst probably voters, nonetheless, Fetterman’s assist additionally grew amongst probably voters to 52%…. Fetterman additionally obtained 17% assist from voters who supported Donald Trump in 2020.”

PA: “Fetterman Tries to ‘Weirdify’ Dr. Ozin Senate Race — and Builds Polling Lead” [Bloomberg]. “That contentious major and Fetterman’s onslaught have left Ozwith a severe enthusiasm hole. Solely 35% of Ozsupporters again him enthusiastically, and 45% say they assist him solely reluctantly, based on the Fox Information ballot. For Fetterman, 68% of his assist is enthusiastic and solely 18% say they’ve reservations. Nonetheless, it’s Ozwho’s had management of the bottom conflict for the previous two months. His staff says the previous surgeon has made greater than 120 basic election marketing campaign stops and traveled 2,463 miles in July alone whereas Fetterman was recuperating.” • True sufficient. These miles haven’t added as much as a lot, have they? Nonetheless, it’s not even Labor Day but.

2024

“Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence searched by FBI in unprecedented transfer” [Politico]. “Two sources accustomed to the matter stated high Biden White Home officers weren’t given advance discover of the raid, which may probably alter the course of each the upcoming midterms and an eventual Trump-Biden rematch in 2024.” Oh, puh-leeze. Extra: “Although the investigation of Trump’s dealing with of presidential data has been percolating for months, it has largely remained within the background whereas the Jan. 6 choose committee constructed a case that Trump dedicated crimes to disrupt the transition of energy after his defeat within the 2020 election. The Nationwide Archives and Information Administration had confirmed in February that it had sought to get well 15 packing containers of data from Mar-a-Lago that it deemed improperly eliminated, together with some marked as ‘categorized nationwide safety info.’ The Archives confirmed on the time that it had been in contact with the Justice Division concerning the recovered paperwork. On the time, the Archives stated it had had ‘ongoing communications’ with Trump’s staff about recovering lacking presidential data.” • I’m unsure how this matches into the idea of the case, if in actual fact there may be one. Absolutely we aren’t going to dwindle from a cost of revolt to a violation of the Presidential Information Act? Additionally, if I’ve this proper, if Trump is responsible of revolt, he can’t run, underneath the Fourteenth Modification. The political payoff for Democrats is apparent. However I don’t suppose a violation of the Presidential Information Act has an equal payoff. And talking of data, we didn’t indict Clinton for operating an unsecured server out of the lavatory in her residence whereas in workplace. So we’re going to indict Trump? (For the “however her emails” crowd, that intelligent slogan obscures, as it’s meant to, the actual situation: The unsecured server.) The blogger who broke the story:

To not preen, however Yves would positively have “hunted this down.”

“FBI searches Trump secure at Mar-a-Lago for doable categorized paperwork” [WaPo]. “Looking out a former president’s property to search for doable proof of against the law is extremely uncommon and would require approval on the high ranges of the Justice Division. It represents a historic second in Trump’s tortured relationship with the Justice Division, each out and in of the White Home. A division spokeswoman declined to remark when requested whether or not Lawyer Basic Merrick Garland authorised the search. The FBI additionally declined to remark…. Trump nominated the present head of the FBI, Christopher A. Wray, to the place in 2017, after firing the earlier FBI director, James B. Comey, amid a probe into whether or not any Trump marketing campaign advisers had conspired with Russian operatives to affect the 2016 election.” Trump is such a stone fascist he can’t even appoint a head of the Secret Police who’s loyal to him. And: “It was not instantly clear on Monday why FBI brokers would conduct a search associated to the paperwork many months after the 15 packing containers of fabric had been retrieved. A sitting president is the highest classification authority within the authorities, giving that individual much more leeway than most authorities workers in deciding what’s and isn’t categorized.” • Maybe there’s some main occasion arising in just a few months? Maybe another investigation didn’t pan out?

A superb query:

(I don’t consider the tales on Trump flushing paperwork down a rest room. For one factor, he’s germaphopic, so what if the bathroom get blocked? For an additional, Trump’s New York actual property: The way in which to cover a doc is to present it to your lawyer.

“Decide who authorised FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago as soon as linked to Jeffrey Epstein” [New York Post]. “The Florida federal Justice of the Peace decide who signed off on a search warrant authorizing the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort left the native US Lawyer’s workplace greater than a decade in the past to rep workers of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein who had obtained immunity within the long-running sex-trafficking investigation of the financier. Sources inform The Put up that Decide Bruce Reinhart authorised the warrant that enabled federal brokers to converge on the palatial South Florida property on Monday in what Trump known as an ‘unannounced raid on my residence.’ Reinhart was elevated to Justice of the Peace decide in March 2018 after 10 years in non-public follow. That November, the Miami Herald reported that he had represented a number of of Epstein’s workers — together with, by Reinhart’s personal admission to the outlet, Epstein’s pilots; his scheduler, Sarah Kellen; and Nadia Marcinkova, who Epstein as soon as reportedly described as his ‘Yugoslavian intercourse slave.’ Kellen and Marcinkova had been amongst Epstein’s lieutenants who had been granted immunity as a part of a controversial 2007 cope with federal prosecutors that allowed the pervert to plead responsible to state expenses quite than federal crimes. Epstein wound up serving simply 13 months in county jail and was granted work launch.” • Florida Man Grants Warrant. I don’t need to draw the yarn too tight on the diagram. However lots of people concerned on this have kind, and never simply Trump.

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“Hear Me Out: Trump Received’t Run Once more” [Slate]. “Nowadays, it appears, no nationwide reporter desires to be seen, as soon as once more, predicting ol’ Donny gained’t be capable to wriggle his method out of THIS jam. These jams at present embrace continued unpopularity among the many basic citizens, falling assist within the Republican Celebration, rising potential rivals in that occasion, public hearings which have uncovered his extraordinary degree of duty for the mob violence on Jan. 6, a civil case set to go to trial subsequent yr over an allegation that Trump dedicated rape, a civil investigation in New York that’s pursuing allegations of fraudulent enterprise practices towards the Trump Group, and a collection of state and federal felony investigations over Trump’s actions surrounding Jan. 6. The purpose is that it ought to be straightforward to view Trump as an extremely weakened determine who has higher odds of ending up in an orange jumpsuit or dropping his fortune in a lawsuit than returning to the White Home. Nonetheless, virtually no person within the nationwide media appears to report it that method….. To me, Trump shall be a politically crippled determine heading into the 2024 major. At his most harmful, he shall be a political albatross hanging across the neck of the Republican Celebration, tearing it aside.” •

“The Enchantment of Ron DeSantis” [The American Mind]. Hagiography on a fund-raising letter, definitely a brand new factor: “Our nation is at present going through an important risk. A brand new enemy has emerged from the shadows that seeks to destroy and intimidate their approach to a reworked state, and nation, that you simply and I’d hardly acknowledge…. This enemy is the novel vigilante woke mob that can steamroll something and anybody of their method. Their blatant assaults on the American lifestyle are clear and intensifying: stifling dissent, public shaming, rampant violence, and a perverted model of historical past.” • Dunno the way you characterize a billionaire as a member of a mob, however right here we’re. The truth is, the writer agrees: “DeSantis tells us the enemy is a “radical vigilante woke mob.” I’m not sure that is one of the best ways to explain the enemy, which isn’t, in actual fact, a bunch of outlaws. It’s, as DeSantis later acknowledges, a unfastened confederation of the nation’s main establishments, in his phrases, ‘media, instructional establishments, company boards, skilled sports activities, foundations, {and professional} establishments.’ I’d add to this record the Democratic occasion and the ‘administrative state.’ I name this confederation the ‘Woke Communists’—’Woke Comms’ for brief— which is a modern-day decentralized totalitarian regime. Like all such regimes, the Woke Comms intention to manage, not simply politics, however all facets of private and non-private life.” • One of many funnier facets of conservative discourse is that they’ve — don’t appear to not have, however do not need — what communism really is. Do you hear any members of this “confederation” (hmm) advocate for possession of the technique of manufacturing by the working class? No? Then no communists. Bury My Coronary heart at Jerking Knee, a e book I need to learn one among nowadays.

Republican Funhouse

MTG desires my vote (1):

MTG desires my vote (2):

Numerous MTG views I may by no means be transformed to in one million years. However how come she’s getting these items proper, and never one single Democrat is? I’m so previous I bear in mind when Democrats didn’t love cops and spooks!

Democrats en Déshabillé

I’ve moved my standing remarks on the Democrat Celebration (“the Democrat Celebration is a rotting corpse that may’t bury itself”) to a separate, back-dated put up, to which I’ll periodically add materials, summarizing the addition right here in a “dwell” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) It seems that defining the Democrat Celebration is, in actual fact, a tough drawback. I do suppose the paragraph that follows is on level all the way in which again to 2016, if not earlier than:

The Democrat Celebration is the political expression of the category energy of PMC, their base (lucidly defined by Thomas Frank in Pay attention, Liberal!). ; if the Democrat Celebration didn’t exist, the PMC must invent it. . (“PMC” modulo “class expatriates,” after all.) Second, all of the working elements of the Celebration reinforce one another. Go away apart characterizing the relationships between components of the Celebration (ka-ching, however not completely) these components comprise a community — a Flex Internet? An iron octagon? — of funders, distributors, apparatchiks, electeds, NGOs, and miscellaneous mercenaries, with belongings within the press and the intelligence group.

Observe, after all, that the category energy of the PMC each expresses and is restricted by different lessons; oligarchs and American gentry (see ‘industrial mannequin’ of Ferguson, Jorgensen, and Jie) and the working class spring to thoughts. Suck up, kick down.

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Realignment and Legitimacy

The successor ideology:

In the meantime, or quite by design, non-public fairness rolls proper alongside, good job Democrats.

“McCarthy Says Home Investigation of Hunter Biden Will Embrace U.S. Intel Chiefs” [National Review]. “Home minority chief Kevin McCarthy stated the chamber’s investigation into Hunter Biden will embrace a probe of U.S. intelligence companies and chiefs who probably knew about his international enterprise dealings whereas his father, Joe Biden, was vp…. He added that Home Republicans need to query former intelligence company officers who signed onto an open letter in October 2020 dismissing the New York Put up’s reporting concerning the contents of the youthful Biden’s recovered laptop computer as Russian disinformation.” • Glorious. I want the Republicans would cease giving me causes to vote for them.

#COVID19

• “Relative Pandemic Severity in Canada and 4 Peer Nations In the course of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic” [medRxiv]. The Conclusion: “Canada outperformed peer international locations that aimed for mitigation, quite than elimination, of SARS-CoV-2 within the first two years of the pandemic, probably due to a extra stringent public well being response to illness transmission. This resulted in substantial numbers of lives saved and financial prices averted. Nonetheless, comparability with Australia demonstrates that an elimination focus would have allowed Canada to avoid wasting tens of hundreds of lives, and would have saved substantial financial prices.” • America, naturally, was the worst performer of all of the 5 Eyes international locations thought of right here. However talking of Australia:

Sounds acquainted!

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• As soon as once more on the teleology that viruses essentially evolve away from virulence:


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In the event you missed it, right here’s a put up on my queasiness with CDC numbers, particularly case depend, which I (nonetheless) contemplate most necessary, regardless of what Walensky’s psychos at CDC who invented “group ranges” suppose. However these are the numbers now we have.

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Case Rely

Case depend for the US:

This seems to be hopeful, however at present the drop is in California.

Instances are undercounted, one supply saying by an element of six, Gottlieb considering we solely decide up one in seven or eight.) Therefore, I take the case depend and multiply it by six to approximate the actual degree of instances, and draw the DNC-blue “Biden Line” at that time. The earlier depend was ~111,650. Immediately, it’s ~105,500 and 105,500 * 6 = a Biden line at 633,000. per day. That’s quite lots of instances per day, when you consider it. (Bear in mind these knowledge factors are weekly averages, so each day fluctuations are smoothed out.) The black “Fauci Line” is a counter to triumphalism, because it compares present ranges to previous crises. A minimum of now we have affirmation that the extraordinary mass of case anecdotes we’ve seen have a foundation in actuality. Nonetheless, I’m not seeing the amount of anecdotes I did on the Twitter. What are readers experiencing?

Regional case depend for 4 weeks:

The South:

The South (minus Texas and Florida):

The West:

Immediately’s nationwide decline is due primarily to California.

Positivity

From the Walgreen’s take a look at positivity tracker, August 5:

0.3%. (I ponder if there’s a Keynesian Magnificence Contest impact, right here; that’s, if folks encounter a sympotomatic individual, whether or not of their social circle or in regular exercise, they’re extra prone to get a take a look at, as a result of they consider, appropriately, that it’s extra probably they are going to be contaminated.) Beginning to seem like positivity has peaked, a minimum of for Walgreen’s take a look at inhabitants.

Transmission

NOTE: I shall most definitely not be utilizing the CDC’s new “Neighborhood Degree” metric. As a result of CDC has mixed a number one indicator (instances) with a lagging one (hospitalization) their new metric is a poor warning signal of a surge, and a poor approach to assess private danger. As well as, Covid is a illness you don’t need to get. Even if you’re not hospitalized, you’ll be able to endure from Lengthy Covid, vascular points, and neurological points. For these causes, case counts — recognized to be underestimated, as a result of residence take a look at kits — deserve to face alone as a quantity to be tracked, irrespective of how a lot the political operatives in CDC management want to obfuscate it. That the “inexperienced map” (which Topol calls a “capitulation” and a “deception”) remains to be up and being taken significantly verges on the felony. Use the group transmission instantly under.

Right here is CDC’s interactive map by county set to group transmission. That is the map CDC desires solely hospitals to have a look at, not you. For July 21, 2020:

Some blue in flyover.

NOT UPDATED Speedy Riser knowledge, by county (CDC), August 3:

Enhancements all over the place (besides New Hampshire. Tourism?).

Earlier Speedy Riser knowledge:

NOT UPDATED Hospitalization knowledge, by state (CDC), August 3:

Risky.

Variants

Lambert right here: It’s past irritating how gradual the variant knowledge is. I seemed for extra charts: California doesn’t to a BA.4/BA.5 breakdown. New York does nevertheless it, too, is on a molasses-like two-week cycle. Does no person within the public well being institution get a promotion for monitoring variants? Are there no grants? Is there a single lab that does this work, and everyone will get the outcomes from them? Further sources from readers welcome [grinds teeth, bangs head on desk].

NOT UPDATED Variant knowledge, nationwide (Walgreens), July 21:

Variant knowledge, nationwide (CDC), July 23 (Nowcast off):

BA.5 shifting alongside properly.

Wastewater

Wastewater knowledge (CDC), August 5:

Purple dots improved.

Lambert: I added gray for at present. Gray, not on the legend at backside proper, is “No current knowledge.” How is there no current knowledge for New York Metropolis, a significant worldwide hub and already the epicenter of a minimum of one wave? How is there no for upstate New York, which solely not too long ago was stuffed with rapdi riser counties? The identical with West Virginia, Michigan, and Oregon. If I had been the paranoid kind, I’d theorize that CDC moved in on the one correct knowledge supply we’ve received, to be able to corrupt and destroy it.

Deaths

Dying charge (Our World in Information):

Whole: 1,059,210 – 1,058,738 = 472 (365 * 472 = 172,280; the brand new norma. Fluctuates fairly a bit, however even the low numbers are unhealthy). Fairly a pop. I’ve added an anti-triumphalist Fauci Line. It’s good that for deaths I’ve a easy, each day chart that simply retains chugging alongside, in contrast to every part else CDC and the White Home are screwing up or letting go darkish, good job.

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Stats Watch

The Economic system: “United States Nfib Enterprise Optimism Index” [Trading Economics]. “The NFIB Small Enterprise Optimism Index in the US edged increased to 89.9 in July of 2022 however nonetheless remained near a 9-1/2-year low of 89.5 hit in June, pointing to a subdued degree of confidence, nicely under the historic common of 98. 37% of enterprise house owners reported that inflation was their most necessary drawback and 49% had job openings they might not fill.”

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Immediately’s Concern & Greed Index: 49 Impartial (earlier shut: 49 Impartial) [CNN]. One week in the past: 40 (Concern). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Aug 8 at 1:07 PM EDT.

The Gallery

However the place are the bears?

I watch Lawrence Alma-Tadema go by on my timeline with horrified fascination. However ZOMG, the element.

Zeitgeist Watch

Arduous to discover a higher instance of performative liberalism than this:

Why not mourn the deaths by constructing a Corsi field and giving it away? Or freely giving masks? Or setting CDC headquarters ablaze, plowing the rubble underneath, after which salting the earth?

Class Warfare

The world of NGOs:

“Modern options to maintain ladies salt miners hydrated” is probably the most neoliberal sentence I’ve ever learn.

“SC Starbucks supervisor alleges kidnapping throughout union confrontation, TikTok video reveals in any other case” [The State]. “An effort to kind a union at an Anderson, South Carolina, Starbucks boiled over when a supervisor known as regulation enforcement alleging kidnapping and assault and the corporate closed the shop. A TikTok video reveals the Aug. 1 encounter on the Clemson Boulevard exit alongside Interstate 85, starting with the supervisor, who was not recognized, on the telephone sitting at a desk with a dozen or so workers standing close by. The supervisor then will get up, walks previous them and to the entrance of the shop, nudging one worker as they go. Somebody says, ‘Why are you pushing him?’ The supervisor is outwardly on the telephone with regulation enforcement. A spokesman for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Workplace couldn’t be reached for touch upon whether or not expenses had been really filed. Ian Hayes, a lawyer representing the Starbucks union, stated at a press convention Monday the union has filed a grievance with the Nationwide Labor Relation Board charging Starbucks with illegally retaliating towards staff whereas they engaged in permitted union exercise.” • What now we have right here is faliure to speak.

“The Jobs Impact of Ending Pandemic Unemployment Advantages: A State-Degree Evaluation” [Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis]. A pure experiment: “This observe makes use of the asynchronous cessation of emergency unemployment advantages (EUB) in 2021 to analyze the roles influence of ending unemployment advantages. Whereas some states stopped offering EUB in September, different states stopped in June and July. Utilizing the cessation month as an instrument, we estimate the causal impact on employment of decreasing unemployment rolls. Within the first three months following a state’s program termination, for each 100 individual discount in beneficiaries, state employment causally elevated by about 35 individuals. The impact is statistically completely different from zero and strong to a wide selection of different specs.” • So what the Fed is actually saying — hear me out — is that The Bearded One shouldn’t be solely right on the position of the Reserve Military of Labor, however on the ability relation between capital and labor usually? The entire “promote your labor energy to outlive” bit?

Information of the Wired

“How you can Fall Out of Love With Your Garden” [New York Times]. “Whereas the garden could also be a strong image of American postwar prosperity, it’s additionally an ecological useless zone that’s sucking the nation’s aquifers dry. On this video essay we argue that it’s time to kill your garden, not simply to avoid wasting the planet, however in your personal well being and sanity too. And whereas the thought of euthanizing such a beloved member of the household may appear harsh, we present the options that would make the loss extra bearable.” • Oh good, a “video essay.” No transcript. Naturally.

“What the Romans Did for Us” (podcast) [Gone Medieval]. “Early Medieval Britain was extra Roman than we predict. The Roman Empire left huge infrastructural sources, not least roads, partitions and bridges. Why have they survived so nicely? And what did the individuals who lived right here instantly after the Romans consider them and do with them?” • Not our first Jackpot, eh? Although the present one is shaping as much as be worse. In fact, the Romans left bridges and roads. We’re going to depart…. cellphones. Not the identical. Nonetheless, fascinating present with intelligent historiography. Naming an important infrastructure could be a spoiler, so I gained’t do it. Immediately is my day to be sort.

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