2:00PM Water Cooler 11/16/2022 | bare capitalism

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By Lambert Strether of Corrente

Chicken Music of the Day

Russet Nightingale-Thrush, Bosque de Santa Ana Tlacotenco, Milpa Alta, Ciudad de México, Mexico.

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Politics

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

“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

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

Biden Administration

“Biden would veto proposed U.S. Senate decision to finish COVID nationwide emergency -White Home” [Reuters]. • Good.

Good one, Ron:

Now perhaps rip out no matter CDC is doing with its information and provides it to USDS, too?

2022

The Home:

Nonetheless ready….

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“An surprising winner within the midterms: public well being” [Michelle A. Williams, The Hill]. Williams is dean of the college of the Harvard T.H. Chan Faculty of Public Well being. “Public well being was on the poll final week — and it gained. I’m not speaking about particular candidates, as essential as these races are. I’m speaking concerning the ethos of public well being — the precept that well being is a elementary human proper and the understanding that we should look out for each other, to suppose not nearly our personal well-being, however concerning the public good…. Probably the most high-profile examples of public well being wins are the abortion referendums…. In one other main victory for public well being, South Dakota voters decisively selected to develop eligibility for Medicaid, utilizing a poll measure to increase entry to well being care to the working poor when their legislators refused to take action…. In Oregon, in the meantime, voters permitted a poll measure that makes the state the primary within the U.S. to ensure residents entry to “cost-effective, clinically applicable and inexpensive” well being care. This measure successfully establishes well being care as a human proper…. Arizona voters overwhelmingly supported a poll measure to restructure assortment and restrict rates of interest on medical debt, which has grow to be an unlimited burden for much too many households. Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont outlawed pressured labor for jail inmates, restoring some measure of their dignity and autonomy. And in California, voters overwhelmingly endorsed a ban on all flavored tobacco merchandise within the state — a transfer designed to guard younger folks, who gravitate towards flavored vape merchandise…. The outcomes of those poll measures recommend {that a} majority of voters, in each crimson states and blue, consider the federal government has an obligation to guard the well being and well-being of probably the most weak amongst us. That’s the essence of public well being. It additionally occurs to be the one solution to construct a resilient economic system and a profitable civil society.” • Oddly, Williams doesn’t point out that the Oregon poll measure is a part of a years-long push for single payer well being care. I dunno. I don’t want to appear churlish, however a seize bag of social justice measures doth not a public well being motion make. That is, principally, small ball.

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Los Angeles, CA: “Los Angeles Mayor Election Outcomes 2022” [NBC].

71% appears sluggish. VSAP lower than scratch?

GA: “Walker’s marketing campaign tells Republicans to cease ‘misleading fundraising’ in Georgia runoff” [NBC]. “Republican politicians and related committees are sending out determined fundraising emails begging the GOP trustworthy to assist save America by getting behind Herschel Walker in his Dec. 6 runoff towards Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in Georgia. However what’s not instantly clear to recipients is how little of that cash goes to Walker’s marketing campaign: only a dime for each greenback given by small donors. Walker’s marketing campaign, which has trailed Warnock’s in fundraising all through the election, is asking fellow Republicans to cease their fundraising practices — or not less than to begin sharing extra with the candidate. ‘We’d like everybody targeted on successful the Georgia Senate race, and misleading fundraising ways by groups that simply gained their races are siphoning cash away from Georgia,’ Walker marketing campaign supervisor Scott Paradise stated Monday.” • Goodness. That’s the kind of factor a Democrat would do!

NY: “The Inside Story of Sean Patrick Maloney’s Face Plant in New York” [Slate]. “Maloney can be the primary DCCC chair to lose reelection in 40 years. ” Juicy particulars: “Within the weeks earlier than Election Day, Maloney set off on a Europe journey, the place he frolicked on a balcony overlooking the Seine, and turned up in London, Paris, and Geneva, typically alongside congressman Adam Schiff, for gatherings billed as DCCC fundraising occasions. (The DCCC stated in an announcement that its whole efforts in Europe, of which Maloney’s journey was half, raised $1 million.)…. Throughout the main Democratic exterior spending committees, Maloney sopped up greater than $4 million in help, all of it coming at a time when the DCCC he chairs—in addition to Pelosi’s Home Majority PAC—was crying poor and reducing funding in extraordinarily winnable races. He had pledged in August to not spend get together sources on his personal race. Just some months later, he was siphoning crucial {dollars} that might have gone to different contests, together with Oregon’s fifth, the place the DCCC and Home Majority PAC each reduce bait on Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a Democrat who, on Sunday, narrowly misplaced to her Republican opponent.” And: “In a telephone name, Invoice O’Reilly, the communication director of New York seventeenth’s incoming Republican Home member, Lawler, mirrored on the win. ‘I really feel unhealthy saying it as a result of he’s been so gracious,’ he stated, of Maloney. ‘Nevertheless it actually was simply an ‘outworked’ state of affairs. He wasn’t round, and we simply outworked him.’”

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On Pelosi (from 2007):

The instance that at all times involves thoughts to me is one which Tom Perriello, a Democrat who served one time period within the Home from a really crimson district in Virginia from 2009 to 2011 (and is now working for governor) instructed Ezra Klein again in December 2010. Perriello was weighing whether or not to vote for the DREAM Act, which might legalize the standing of undocumented immigrants who arrived as youngsters. “There was the entire query of whether or not the Senate would help it,” he instructed Klein. “And I didn’t wish to do that if it was simply going to die within the Senate.”

Then the lobbying began. “I obtained a name from [Education Secretary] Arne Duncan, and he started telling me concerning the particular person anecdotes of men that he labored with in Chicago who wanted this laws,” Perriello recalled. “There have been sturdy Latino organizing networks that started transferring, and somebody I went to second grade with referred to as and was like, ‘Tom, you won’t vote for the DREAM Act? I do know we haven’t talked in 32 years, however…’ A number of of my associates from faculty began to name. A number of folks contacted colleagues I’d had in previous jobs, so now they’re writing me. ‘Dude, I haven’t been following this, however I’ve heard from six folks at this time that I’ve to name you concerning the DREAM Act. …’”

That is how Pelosi whipped votes. She obtained the administration concerned, she obtained exterior teams concerned, she obtained random figures from Congress members’ pasts concerned. She was actually, actually good at it. And all of it occurred quietly, with out anybody watching or applauding.

If solely she had used her superpowers for good!

As fairly as… nicely, AOC:

I embrace this tweet as a result of though Every day Progress is actual, the tweet shouldn’t be natural:

I searched the Twitter on “Pelosi speaker” and obtained a ton of tweets an identical to this one, all from totally different accounts. Appears like any individual made a purchase, however why?

One various to Pelosi:

2024

“Trump broadcasts 2024 run for president” [The Hill]. “Even in asserting his newest marketing campaign on Tuesday, Trump urged that China could have performed “a really lively function within the 2020 election.” He additionally insisted that solely paper ballots ought to be utilized in elections.” • Properly, he’s proper (and a bitter irony that Trump’s endorsement will poison paper ballots within the minds of liberal Democrats for many years. Not that they really ever needed them; paper ballots are too easy, too rugged, don’t require homework, and make it arduous to steal elections (as in Iowa 2020)). Ah nicely. Commentary:

“With midterm losses, Trump’s climb to the nomination could possibly be steeper than he’d like” [NPR]. “Donald Trump, who tried to overthrow the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election and impressed a lethal riot on the Capitol in a determined try and preserve himself in energy, introduced he’s working once more for president in 2024.” • Once you use the phrase “determined” within the lead, you’re not doing reporting. Or journalism, for that matter. Commentary:

Unmentioned by “Hollywood’s Final Insider’ is that he hates the riff-raff.

“Trump, who as president fomented an revolt, says he’s working once more” [WaPo]. “A defeated former president working for election once more whereas dealing with potential felony indictment is unprecedented in U.S. historical past.” • The partitions are closing in!

“Don’t Blame Trump” [J.D. Vance, The American Conservative]. “One thing odd occurred on Election Day. Within the morning, we had been assured of my victory in Ohio and cautiously optimistic about the remainder of the nation. By the point the polls closed, that optimism had turned to jubilance—and lobbying. Each advisor and character I encountered throughout my marketing campaign claimed credit score for their very own faction. The victory was a testomony to Mitch McConnell’s Senate Management Fund (SLF), one individual instructed me. One other argued as an alternative that SLF had really bungled the race, and the Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC)—chaired by Rick Scott—deserved the credit score. (Full disclosure: each the NRSC and SLF helped my race in Ohio, for which I’m grateful.) However then the outcomes rolled in, and it was clear the result was way more disappointing than hoped. And each individual claiming victory on Tuesday morning knew precisely who guilty on Tuesday night time: Donald J. Trump.” • Deploy the Blame Cannons!

Democrats en Déshabillé

Affected person readers, evidently individuals are really studying the back-dated put up! However I’ve not up to date it, and there are lots of updates. So I should do this. –lambert

I’ve moved my standing remarks on the Democrat Get together (“the Democrat Get together 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 “reside” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) It seems that defining the Democrat Get together is, actually, a tough downside. I do suppose the paragraph that follows is on level all the best way again to 2016, if not earlier than:

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

Be aware, after all, that the category energy of the PMC each expresses and is proscribed 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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“Column: And also you thought the film ‘L.A. Confidential’ was fiction” [Los Angeles Times]. “How is it attainable, in twenty first century Los Angeles, {that a} high-ranking police officer swore allegiance to a serious Hollywood determine accused of sexual assault, then vowed to make use of his regulation enforcement place to maintain the alleged sufferer quiet? What is that this, 1950? And but that’s precisely what the New York lawyer basic says a now-retired LAPD commander did after Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, a retired TV present growth govt impressed by the burgeoning #MeToo motion, walked into the Hollywood police station in 2017 and filed a confidential grievance that Moonves had sexually assaulted her in 1986 when he was an govt at Lorimar Productions. The LAPD recognized the commander as Cory Palka, a now-retired former captain of the Hollywood station, after the report was launched…. ‘Les -I’m deeply sorry that this has occurred,’ Palka wrote to Moonves. “I’ll at all times stand with, by and pledge my allegiance to you. You’ve embodied management, class and the very best of character by all of this. With upmost [sic] respect …’” • However… However… Los Angeles is a Democratic city. Sure, and anyone who’s stunned by the feudal stage of fealty expressed in Palka’s “pledge my allegiance to you” hasn’t been following Democrat get together politics intently.

Realignment and Legitimacy

“Seven politicians are returning FTX’s tainted cash — others are retaining quiet” [Popular Information]. “Bankman-Fried spent about $41 million within the 2022 midterm elections, principally benefiting Democrats. Bankman-Fried donated to 47 particular person Democratic candidates, 8 Republican candidates, 16 Democratic PACs, 4 Republican PACs, and a couple of non-partisan PACs. Bankman-Fried additionally spent hundreds of thousands on impartial expenditures by his Tremendous PAC, Shield Our Future. Bankman-Fried donations seem to have given him an uncommon quantity of sway with Democratic get together leaders. In April, Bankman-Fried donated $6 million to the Home Majority PAC, the Tremendous PAC affiliated with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Shortly thereafter, the Home Majority PAC took the bizarre step of supporting political newcomer Carrick Flynn, who was competing in a Democratic Congressional main in Oregon. Bankman-Fried spent greater than $11 million on Flynn’s unsuccessful marketing campaign, citing Flynn’s dedication to ‘pandemic preparedness.’…. Common Data contacted 98 particular person campaigns and 24 PACs that acquired cash from Bankman-Fried or Salame. Seven members of Congress — 4 Democrats and three Republicans — indicated that they’re donating the money from FTX to charity or again to FTX’s prospects.” John Hoeven (R-ND), Kevin Hern (R-OK), Chuy Garcia (D-IL), Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), and David Schweikert (R-AZ). Extra: “Most candidates and PACs that acquired funds from Bankman-Fried and Salame didn’t return requests for remark. This consists of the highest Republican recipients of funds, the Senate Management Fund (Mitch McConnell’s Tremendous PAC), which acquired $2.5 million from Salame, and the highest Democratic recipient of funds, the Democratic Nationwide Committee, which acquired $865,000 from Bankman-Fried. Different main recipients of funds from FTX executives that didn’t reply to requests for remark embrace the NRCC ($184,800), the DCCC ($156,400), the DSCC ($66,500), Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) ($20,600), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) ($20,600), Congressman Alex Mooney (R-WV) ($11,600), and Congressman Ronny Jackson (R-TX) ($10,000).” • It’s gone the place the woodbine twineth.

“Elizabeth Warren desires to move a serious crypto invoice. Sherrod Brown says not so quick.” [Politico]. “Two key questions lawmakers have but to kind out are the extent to which businesses have enough current authorities to police the market and, if not, which company ought to be empowered to supervise it. Leaders of the SEC and CFTC are vying for items of the crypto market, and the cut up is mirrored in laws that’s began to emerge from Capitol Hill. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) stated Tuesday {that a} digital foreign money invoice have to be ‘complete,’ protecting client protections, anti-money laundering guidelines and local weather safeguards for crypto mining. When requested if the SEC had enough powers in the mean time, she stated the company ‘might do extra with the present authorities however to be able to regulate this whole house we’d like extra laws from Congress.’ Warren stated it was an ‘open query’ whether or not the SEC ought to be the first regulator. ‘The SEC has actually proven up to now that it has a robust bent towards client safety however it additionally wants extra sources to be able to perform its present jobs,’ Warren instructed reporters. The leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are backing a invoice that may give the CFTC an even bigger function in overseeing crypto buying and selling. The CFTC at this time primarily focuses on monetary derivatives akin to futures contracts.”

#COVID19

Lambert right here: I can’t name a winter surge, although we’ll actually have to attend for Thanksgiving journey. Nevertheless, excessive transmission (CDC), the elevation and continued enhance in positivity (Walgreens), and the regular takeover of BQ.1* (CDC; Walgreens) are all somewhat unsettling (as is the obvious proliferation of variants). Keep protected on the market! (So far as Thanksgiving journey goes, missing CDC’s “Fast Riser” counties function, the most effective we are able to do, I believe, is comply with the information and take a look at wastewater. I’d order threat from highest to lowest at JFK/LGA (New York), LAX (Los Angeles), ATL, Atlanta, and ORD (Chicago). Since New York — as of this writing, and naturally all the information is delayed, making private threat evaluation an effort in delusion, however I digress — is a BQ.1* hotbed, I’d attempt to use EWR (Newark) not JFK/LGA. My $0.02!

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“The scientist behind Pfizer’s Covid vaccine says a flu pandemic is just a matter of time” [STAT]. Final sentence: “As this pandemic turns into extra manageable, nonetheless, the flu, in flip, could grow to be extra like Covid.” • Joyful thought!

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• Yet one more for the Walensky file on the Hague:

• Jack’s new rule on parody accounts already bringing outcomes:

• Yet one more for the Walensky file. From 2020:


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“Diagnostic accuracy of SARS-CoV-2 speedy antigen self-tests in asymptomatic people within the Omicron interval: cross sectional research” [Clinical Microbiology and Infection]. n = 3,600. ” Individuals had been sampled for RT-PCR (reference check) and acquired one self-test (both Acon Flowflex (Flowflex), MP Biomedicals (MPBio), or Siemens-Healthineers Clinitest (Clinitest)) to carry out unsupervised at house. Diagnostic accuracies of every self-test had been calculated…. The sensitivities of three generally used SARS-CoV-2 Ag-RDTs when used as self-tests in asymptomatic people within the Omicron interval had been very low. Ag-RDT self-testing in asymptomatic people could solely detect the minority of infections at that time limit. Repeated self-testing in case of a adverse self-test is advocated to enhance the diagnostic yield, and people ought to be suggested to re-test when signs develop.” • Hmm.

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• Stoicism?


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Transmission

Right here is CDC’s interactive map by county set to group transmission. (That is the map CDC desires solely hospitals to take a look at, not you.)

Positivity

From the Walgreen’s check positivity tracker, printed November 14:

-0.7%. Down.

Wastewater

Wastewater information (CDC), November 12:

Lambert right here: An unlimited variety of counties have gone darkish (gray dot, no information) in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, and Oregon. I don’t know whether or not that’s as a result of they’ve dropped out of this system. or CDC butchered the information, or CDC’s contractor, Biobot, had issues. (Biobot’s information web page consists of the next disclaimers: “Not all places could have submitted current samples,” and “Biobot’s scheduled variant information replace is delayed.” Possibly so.) I poked round to see if there was a reporter someplace who had CDC as their beat. Apparently not.

November 12:

We discovered elevated ranges (orange dot) in JFK/LGA’s county, Queens. We checked out ORD’s county, Prepare dinner (one in all two counties, really), which was not elevated (blue dot). On November 12, CDC’s map stated LAX’s county was not elevated (blue dot) however we are able to see a slight rise in its chart.

Heck, right here’s ATL (Cobb):

Variants

Lambert right here: It’s past irritating how sluggish the variant information is. Does no one 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 all people will get the outcomes from them? [grinds teeth, bangs head on desk]. UPDATE Sure. See NC right here on Pango. Each Friday, a stately, tutorial tempo completely incompatible with defending your self towards a variant exhibiting doubling habits.

NOT UPDATED Variant information, nationwide (Walgreens), October 25:

Lambert right here: BQ.1* transferring alongside fairly briskly.

NOT UPDATED Variant information, nationwide (CDC), October 22 (Nowcast off):

BQ.1* transferring alongside fairly briskly. New York/New Jersey (Area 2) numbers are greater:

As a test, since New York is a BQ.1* hotbed, New York hospitalization, up to date November 15:

Lambert right here: An virtually imperceptible enhance. Let’s wait and see.

Deaths

Dying fee (Our World in Information):

Complete: 1,100,631 – 1,100,296 = 335 (335 * 365 = 122,275, which is at this time’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “dwelling with” Covid (fairly a bit greater than the minimizers would really like, although they will discuss themselves into something. If the YouGenicist™ metric retains chugging alongside like this, I could need to resolve that is what the powers-that-be think about “mission achieved” for this explicit tranche of demise and illness).

It’s good that for deaths I’ve a easy, day by day chart that simply retains chugging alongside, in contrast to every little thing else CDC and the White Home are screwing up or letting go darkish, good job.

Stats Watch

Industrial Manufacturing: “United States Industrial Manufacturing” [Trading Economics]. “Industrial manufacturing within the US decreased by 0.1% mother in October of 2022, after a 0.1% enhance in September and lacking market expectations of a 0.2% acquire as greater rates of interest and costs weighed on demand. Manufacturing output went up 0.1%, beneath expectations for a 0.2% enhance principally supported by sturdy items (0.5%).”

Manufacturing Manufacturing: “United States Manufacturing Manufacturing” [Trading Economics]. “Manufacturing manufacturing in america edged up 0.1% from a month earlier in October of 2022, after a 0.2% enhance in September and beneath market expectations of a 0.2% acquire. Manufacturing output went up 0.1%, beneath expectations for a 0.2% enhance principally supported by sturdy items (0.5%). Inside durables, will increase of not less than 1.5% had been recorded by electrical gear, home equipment, and parts; aerospace and miscellaneous transportation gear; and motor automobiles and components.”

Capability: “United States Capability Utilization” [Trading Economics]. “Capability Utilization in america decreased to 79.9 p.c in October from 80.1 p.c in September of 2022. It’s the lowest studying since June and beneath forecasts of 80.4 p.c. Capability utilization for manufacturing was unchanged at 79.5 p.c. The working fee for mining fell 0.5 proportion level to 88.4 p.c, whereas the working fee for utilities declined 1.2 proportion factors to 72.1 p.c.”

Retail: “U.S. Retail Gross sales” [Trading Economics]. “Retail gross sales within the US surged 1.3% month-over-month in October of 2022, the strongest enhance in eight months, after a flat studying in September and beating market forecasts of a 1% acquire. Gross sales at motorized vehicle sellers had been up 1.3% as provide chain constraints have been easing whereas rising gasoline prices pushed gross sales at gasoline stations 4.1% greater. Excluding gasoline and autos, retail gross sales had been up 0.9%.”

Retail: “United States Retail Inventories Ex Autos” [Trading Economics]. “Retail commerce inventories in america, excluding cars and components, fell by 0.1 p.c from the earlier month in September of 2022, matching the advance estimate and following an upwardly revised 0.7 p.c rise within the earlier month. It was the primary lower in retail inventories excluding cars and components since June of 2020.”

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The Bezzle: “Huge Majority of Individuals Who Put money into Bitcoin Inevitably Lose Cash, Examine Reveals” [Gizmodo]. “Round three quarters of newfound bitcoin buyers have misplaced cash when placing their funds into the good crypto recreation, in response to new analysis from one of many world’s main central financial institution establishments. A working paper from the Financial institution of Worldwide Settlements launched Monday seemed on the crypto world from 2015 to 2022 and located proof to state what we had been all already pondering, that most individuals, from 73 to 81% of recent crypto buyers, inevitably misplaced cash on their preliminary funding. Most individuals who had been shopping for into crypto got here from Turkey, Singapore, the UK, and the U.S. throughout that point.” • From what I recall of crypto tradition — we ran an extended and brutal YouTube on this which now I can not discover — the fundamental thought was that everybody can be a winner. Ah nicely, however.

The Bezzle: “Frustrations Develop Over Firm’s Response to Respiratory Machine Remembers” [New York Times]. “By 2015, Philips Respironics knew its respiratory gadgets had an issue: Foam contained in the CPAP machines, which assist folks with sleep apnea breathe at night time, was breaking off into black flecks and blowing into the mouths and noses of customers. The corporate did nothing on the time. Years glided by as complaints mounted, and the corporate made cursory efforts to look at the issue, in response to an investigation carried out later by the Meals and Drug Administration. Nevertheless it was not till April of final 12 months, the corporate has claimed, that it realized the flaking foam contained doubtlessly cancer-causing particles, setting off the biggest and most disruptive medical system recall in additional than a decade…. The U.S. Justice Division is now negotiating the phrases of a consent decree with Philips, underscoring the deep concern about what the corporate knew — or ought to have identified — earlier than hundreds of thousands of individuals acquired gadgets that many consider induced devastating sicknesses. .” • Wowsers, that’s some decree.

Tech: “Silicon Valley’s All Twttr” [On my Om]. From 2006: “Twttr has married Quick Code Messaging, SMS with a solution to create social teams. By sending a textual content message to a brief code (for TWTTR) you possibly can ship your location data, your temper data or no matter and share it with people who find themselves in your social-mob! Better part – no set up mandatory!… Glass, says that it began off as a dialog between him and Jack Dorsey, “in a automotive parked on Valencia and 14 in san francisco” after an evening of Vodka ingesting!”

Mr. Market: Biden’s chip announcement allows a pure experiment on the environment friendly markets speculation:

And:

Readers, any of you play the ponies? What do you suppose?

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At the moment’s Worry & Greed Index: 66 Greed (earlier shut: 67 Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 52 (Impartial). (0 is Excessive Worry; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Nov 15 at 1:02 PM EST. Falling again to mere greed….

The 420

“Medical marijuana now partially authorized in Kentucky” [The Hill]. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) signed an govt order on Tuesday permitting some state residents to own and use medical marijuana. Within the govt order, Beshear stated Kentuckians with qualifying sicknesses akin to most cancers, a number of sclerosis, Crohn’s illness and post-traumatic stress dysfunction might use medical hashish bought from different states so long as they supply written proof from a Kentucky doctor diagnosing them with the sickness. ‘Permitting Kentuckians identified with sure medical circumstances and receiving palliative care to buy, possess and/or use medical hashish would enhance the standard of their lives,’ Beshear stated within the order. Per the order, Kentucky residents can not buy greater than eight ounces at a time. Kentuckians additionally should preserve proof of buy that shows the date and retailer after shopping for medical marijuana exterior of the state. ‘It might assist cut back abuse of different extra harmful and addictive medicines, akin to opiates.’ Kentucky is without doubt one of the dozen states that has but to legalize medical or leisure marijuana. As of February 2020, medical marijuana is authorized in Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and 37 states, together with most of these sharing a border with Kentucky.”

Ebook Nook

“A bluffer’s information to Proust 100 years after his demise” [ENCA]. “His neurologist father urged his sickly son to get out within the contemporary air and play sport, noting that bronchial asthma was not contagious. However Proust’s mom was vulnerable to mollycoddling, and from 1906 he adopted her counsel, staying cloistered inside like a hermit, with a gradual provide of caffeine and aspirin. His respiratory issues would lastly get the higher of him. He died after pneumonia that became bronchitis after which an abscess on the lungs.”

The Gallery

I by no means had the advantage of artwork historical past programs, so that is attention-grabbing to me, particularly on the variations between the Northern Renaissance (Germany, the Netherlands, Flanders) and the Southern (Italy):

I nonetheless don’t suppose the cranium is defined, although. For instance, why that angle?

Our Famously Free Press

Helpful chart:

The account is sort of proper on the Beeb. It’s an attention-grabbing record; I used to be stunned by scrappy Yahoo. And the New York Instances has accomplished very nicely for itself within the midterms, hasn’t it? Totabags galore.

Class Warfare

“New Measure of Local weather’s Toll: Disasters Are Now Frequent Throughout U.S.” [New York Times]. • We now have the instruments! Begin together with your private threat evaluation. Oddly, a New York paper makes no point out of the extremely profitable Occupy Sandy.

Extra aghastitude about The Twitter:

What the Musk dogpilers within the PMC can not appear to get their heads round is the concept Musk won’t be the one billionaire with unhealthy politics. No, no, it’s all about Musk [loud snicker]. It’s the identical with Twitter programmers who obtained the axe. Musk dogpilers actually take their troubles to coronary heart in a very non-performance vogue [weeping sounds]. However bosses lay off employees on a regular basis. The place’s the pearl-clutching then?

Information of the Wired

The Turbo Encabulator 2.0 with quantic IoT:

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