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2:00PM Water Cooler 2/19/2024 | bare capitalism

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/19/2024 | bare capitalism

By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Chicken Music of the Day

Kinglet Manakin, PE da Serra do Conduru, Bahia, Brazil. Name; Non-vocal; Music.:

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

The Constitutional Order (Revolt)

“Wisconsin Trump elector on 2020 election docs: ‘It was not a protected time’” [Axios]. “After the Wisconsin Supreme Courtroom in December 2020 rejected Trump’s lawsuit searching for to disqualify over 221,000 ballots in two Democratic counties, [Former Wisconsin Republican Party Chair Andrew Hitt] stated he met with 9 different Republican electors as a result of he was suggested the previous president’s marketing campaign would enchantment to the U.S. Supreme Courtroom. ‘We bought particular recommendation from our attorneys that these paperwork have been meaningless until a courtroom stated that they had which means,’ Hitt advised CBS’s Anderson Cooper in the course of the ’60 Minutes’ interview. ‘And if I didn’t do this [sign the documents], and the courtroom did throw out these votes, it will have been solely my fault that Trump wouldn’t have gained Wisconsin,’ stated Hitt, who emphasised he was ‘completely’ scared. Cooper requested if Hitt was terrified of Trump supporters in his state. ‘It was not a protected time. If my lawyer is correct, and the entire cause Trump loses Wisconsin is due to me, I might be scared to demise,’ stated Hitt, who famous he felt ‘horrible’ about what occurred.” • Hmm.


Lower than a yr to go!

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Trump (R): “Trump’s high-top sneakers promote out hours after launch” [Axios]. “Former President Trump’s high-top sneakers offered out hours after their launch Saturday at Sneaker Con in Philadelphia. The footwear, referred to as ‘The By no means Give up Excessive-High Sneaker,’ promote for $399. The pair, together with two low-top sneakers, and a $99 bottle of ‘Victory47’ fragrance and cologne have been obtainable for buy on a brand new web site. ‘I simply wish to let you know, I’ve wished to do that for a very long time,’ Trump stated Saturday when unveiling the sneaker line…. Just one,000 pairs of the gold footwear have been obtainable, per the sneaker web site, which described the sneakers as ‘Tremendous Restricted.’” • Solely 1000? Had been they gilded by hand? In all probability not. Terrific thread from considered one of my responsible pleasures, Derek Man:

Solely this account would segue from Trump’s sneakers, to the economics of the sneaker trade, to offshore manufacturing usually, after which again to Trump, all of the whereas contemplating aesthetics. Full thread right here.

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Trump (R): “Meet the previous organized-crime prosecutor now overseeing the Trump Group” [MarketWatch]. “Following a ruling by a New York state choose Friday barring Donald Trump and his two eldest sons from having any function in operating the real-estate empire that was based in 1927 by the previous president’s father, the corporate has been positioned within the arms of a court-appointed monitor. Barbara Jones, a lawyer and former federal choose, will now have complete oversight of the real-estate conglomerate that performed a central function in shaping the general public picture that helped Trump win the White Home in 2016. Jones, 76, has been serving as a monitor on the Trump Group since November 2022, when she was appointed by New York State Supreme Courtroom Justice Arthur Engoron to supervise sure monetary issues on the firm. The appointment got here shortly after New York Lawyer Basic Letitia James introduced civil fraud costs towards Trump and members of his household, accusing them of ripping off banks and insurers by routinely misstating the worth of their properties. Following Jones’s preliminary appointment, the corporate was required to tell her of any monetary transfer it made after the actual fact. However now it’s going to want her approval earlier than taking any steps involving monetary disclosures to 3rd events — primarily which means mortgage purposes to banks. The choose’s ruling additionally ordered that an unbiased compliance officer, who will report back to Jones, be employed inside 30 days.” • Hmm.

Trump (R): “The exhausting struggle over what jurors will see in Trump categorized paperwork trial” [Washington Examiner]. “Smith has harassed that the legislation favors “the general public’s proper to a speedy trial.” In December, he sought to have a jury questionnaire procured by a proposed Feb. 2 deadline, a time-frame that Cannon discovered couldn’t be met, and set a Feb. 28 deadline as a substitute. The questionnaire’s completion is essential to the particular counsel’s urgency to adjudicate the case, as no trial can begin with out it. Since then, authorities and protection counsel have debated at size the extent of categorized discovery supplies that Trump’s attorneys ought to be capable to witness, whereas prosecutors oppose such efforts and search to redact sure information earlier than they’re launched at trial. The forefront of the struggle surrounds Trump’s January movement to compel discovery, which requests presiding U.S. District Decide Aileen Cannon to compel prosecutors to show in further info they imagine to be useful to the three defendants within the case. A Washington Examiner evaluate of a whole lot of pages of courtroom filings from the previous two months paints an image of a brewing battle over the extent of the case’s discovery filings at the moment below seal that would doubtlessly develop into a part of the courtroom’s document forward of a trial…. Cannon has already been overturned as soon as on the eleventh Circuit in relation to the Trump categorized paperwork investigation. Earlier than the indictment, she was overturned by the appeals courtroom after she allowed a particular grasp to look at practically 100 recordsdata with categorized markings that have been seized from Mar-a-Lago throughout an FBI raid in August 2022… Trump’s efforts to hunt dismissal of the case on a number of fronts, his pursuit of further information from the federal government to fortify his protection, and scheduling conflicts on account of his three separate prison circumstances can and certain will pose dangers to the trial schedule in Cannon’s courtroom, although it’s unclear whether or not it’s going to in the end delay the trial till the November election, the place Trump is searching for to regain the Oval Workplace and will pardon himself from at the least his two federal indictments.” • It might be hilarious if one of many paperwork in query turned out to be “The Binder” (unlikely).

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Biden (D): “Biden’s allies are stepping ahead to vouch for him amid age questions” [NBC]. “Maybe no official spends extra time with Biden than his chief of workers, Jeff Zients. Press aides didn’t make him obtainable for an interview. As a substitute, they launched an announcement from Zients that in contrast Biden favorably to a lot youthful presidents — together with Barack Obama, for whom Biden served as vice chairman.” • Odd.

Biden (D): “Kamala Harris has stepped up on marketing campaign path — however main Democrats concern it’s not sufficient” [Washington Examiner]. Or an excessive amount of. “Harris’s lively efforts in coordinating with and listening to her fellow Democrats have reportedly been effectively obtained. However a sense of stagnation stays, with main Democrats frightened it’s going to result in their downfall in November. Whitmer, at a gathering final Saturday, blasted Biden and Harris for a way they’ve been speaking about abortion rights, in response to greater than two dozen sources to whom the outlet spoke, whereas Pritzker aired his frustrations over the Biden marketing campaign not attacking Republicans and Trump sufficient on working towards the Senate’s bipartisan immigration invoice. However maybe most troublesome is Biden and Harris’s regression with younger voters. Each the president and vice chairman have been focused for not doing extra to guard Palestinians in Gaza, in addition to different issues that younger voters typically prioritize. As Harris has reportedly stated occasionally, she doesn’t fear a lot about Biden shedding outright to Trump, however she does fear about shedding ‘to the sofa.’” • What does “shedding to the sofa” even imply? Low turnout? Versus the psychiatrist’s sofa?

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Kennedy (I): Ah, the “lanyard class”:

Overlapping The Blob, however not equivalent to it.

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“No Labels nonetheless pursuing third-party candidates after Manchin’s choice to not run for president” [FOX]. “”We’re speaking with a number of distinctive leaders. Now we have our personal inside course of,” No Labels nationwide co-chair, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, stated Sunday on MSNBC’s ‘The Weekend.’ ‘Within the subsequent couple of weeks or extra, we are going to most likely make an announcement whether or not or not we are going to give the poll entry to a unity ticket,” Chavis, a longtime civil rights activist and former government director of the NAACP, added. ‘A unity ticket means a Republican and a Democrat. And we’re speaking to Republicans, Democrats, and independents.’ Chavis stated that No Labels has certified for the poll in 16 states thus far forward of the 2024 election and continues to be working to qualify for all 50, pushing again towards co-host Michael Steele’s argument that it will be difficult for No Labels or any third-party ticket to win come November.”

Democrats en Déshabillé

MI: “Rep. Rashida Tlaib urges Michigan Democrats to vote towards Biden within the main” [NBC]. “[Tlaib] joined rising calls from progressive activists in Michigan to vote ‘uncommitted’ within the state’s Democratic presidential main on Feb. 27 as a substitute of voting for Biden. dThe video of Tlaib was posted to the X account of ‘Hearken to Michigan,’ a gaggle urging voters to vote ‘uncommitted’ within the main. Tlaib, who’s Palestinian American, cited her dissatisfaction with the Biden administration’s function within the struggle between Israel and Hamas as her cause for urging folks to vote. ‘It is usually vital to create a voting bloc, one thing that could be a bullhorn, to say, ‘Sufficient is sufficient. We don’t desire a nation that helps wars and bombs and destruction. We wish to help life. We wish to help life. We wish to arise for each single life killed in Gaza,’” Tlaib stated.” And: “On Wednesday, Our Revolution, a progressive political group based by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., additionally urged Michigan Democrats to vote ‘uncommitted’ within the main. (Sanders has distanced himself from the group’s place, saying he helps Biden’s re-election bid.) The group did clarify, although, that whereas it’s pushing its members to vote towards Biden now, it’s going to again him once more in November. ‘Our Rev supporters can push Biden to vary course on Gaza now and enhance his possibilities of profitable Michigan in November — as a result of we MUST defeat the suitable wing Trump agenda!’ an e-mail to supporters from Our Revolution stated.” • Properly, that’s pathetic. If genocide isn’t a part of the “proper wing agenda,” doesn’t that imply I ought to give these lunatics it a re-examination?

MI: “Michigan progressives indignant over Gaza urge voters to ditch Biden in main” [The Hill]. “The Abandon Biden motion is targeted on withholding votes from Biden in primaries in battleground states together with Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, and Florida to empower pro-Palestine Individuals to protest by way of poll field. The White Home has tried to interact with Arab American teams, significantly these in Michigan, however has been met with canceled conferences, largely failing to vary any minds. Officers traveled to Michigan to interact with leaders on the bottom earlier this month however, when Biden was in Michigan himself, he didn’t meet with any leaders. He additionally didn’t go to Dearborn, the Detroit suburb the place Arab Individuals make up the vast majority of the inhabitants. A Michigan official, who requested to stay nameless whereas speaking about delicate points, stated Biden’s go to was ‘too late’ and that the ‘neighborhood was too indignant. Nothing would have come from that dialogue.’ The Abandon Biden motion is aware of what’s at stake in November, when Biden is prone to face Trump, the GOP front-runner who has vowed to reinstate and develop his Muslim ban if elected. ‘We discovered the earlier president distasteful,’ Salam stated. ‘The earlier president prevented our household and our mates and our colleagues from getting into the nation. However Mr. Biden killed them..’”


“I’m in earnest — I cannot equivocate — I cannot excuse — I cannot retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.” –William Lloyd Garrison

Assets, United States (Nationwide): Transmission (CDC); Wastewater (CDC, Biobot; consists of many counties; Wastewater Scan, consists of drilldown by zip); Variants (CDC; Walgreens); “Iowa COVID-19 Tracker” (in IA, however nationwide knowledge). “An infection Management, Emergency Administration, Security, and Basic Ideas” (particularly on hospitalization by metropolis).

Lambert right here: Readers, thanks for the collective effort. To replace any entry, do be at liberty to contact me on the tackle given with the vegetation. Please put “COVID” within the topic line. Thanks!

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Search for the Helpers

“How Brisbane Impartial Faculty prevented outbreaks of COVID-19, regardless of Omicron wave” [ABC Australia]. From 2022, nonetheless germane: “A small main college in Brisbane’s west has achieved what many others have been unable to realize throughout COVID-19’s Omicron wave in Queensland: stay outbreak-free…. And it’s all a results of a gaggle of dads on the Brisbane Impartial Faculty in Pullenvale getting along with the principal and utilizing science and engineering information to stop SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — spreading by means of lecture rooms….. Utilizing a smoke machine, they studied airflow patterns within the college’s 5 lecture rooms and administration areas. Carbon dioxide meters have been additionally used to establish low-ventilation areas or ‘lifeless spots.’ They then bought air purifiers — generally known as high-efficiency particulate absorbing (HEPA) filters — to mitigate the chance from SARS-CoV-2 particles [sic] that could be circulating in lecture rooms and different indoor areas of the varsity…. Though one instructor and as much as two college students in most, however not all courses, have had COVID-19 throughout Queensland’s rampant Omicron wave, no in-school transmission has been recognized. ‘Our purpose in creating clean-air lecture rooms on the college was to minimise this threat of transmission inside the neighborhood,’ Dr Roff stated.” • The “dads” behaving that means is what I might name “regular”; apparently not. And one has to ask why their efforts — and the comfortable outcome — weren’t broadly publicized within the media and by the general public well being institution. Additionally, discover this: “circulating in lecture rooms and different indoor areas of the varsity.” They understood that with aerosols, the complete facility have to be thought of, making them a lot smarter than these sociopathic nimrods at HICPAC, who appear to have no notion that SARS-CoV-2 may unfold out into the hallway from an open door. And likewise from Australia, this yr–

“Assets to assist colleges hold college students and workers protected” [Covid Safety for Schools]. Registration is free; sure, there’s an aerosol scientist. “Module 5: How COVID Spreads.

Airborne transmission, short-range vs long-range transmission, influence of air flow and different mitigations.” “Module 6: The right way to Stop COVID Spreading in Colleges

Layered mitigations together with air flow, bodily distancing, cohorting, CO2 monitoring, HEPA filters, masks, testing and isolation.” • If the “ZOMG they closed the faculties!!!!” GBDers had a shred of mental honesty, they’d be pushing this materials. However no, after all now.


“COVID-19 vaccines and opposed occasions of particular curiosity: A multinational World Vaccine Knowledge Community (GVDN) cohort research of 99 million vaccinated people” [Vaccine]. From the Dialogue: “This multi-country cohort research was carried out within the distinctive setting of the GVDN. Thus far, the variety of such giant systematically coordinated research throughout various geographical areas and populations is restricted…. We investigated the affiliation between COVID-19 vaccination and 13 [adverse events of special interest (AESIs)] comprising neurological, haematological, and cardiovascular situations throughout 10 websites in eight nations together with Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania. On this research together with greater than 99 million folks vaccinated towards SARS-CoV-2, the chance as much as 42 days after vaccination was usually much like the background threat for almost all of outcomes; nevertheless, just a few potential security indicators have been recognized.” • Hmm.

Censorship and Propaganda

“COVID: there’s a powerful present of pandemic revisionism within the mainstream media, and it’s harmful” [The Conversation]. “Containing COVID was an imperfect and tough job that required weighing well being, social, moral, psychological, financial and political pursuits within the face of a quickly spreading novel virus in 2020. But, with growing distance, the thorny, tough points are typically flattened to false narratives and a historical past of straightforward decisions. In different phrases, ‘pandemic revisionism.’ To study from how communities and governments responded to this pandemic disaster is vital. With the advantage of hindsight, established accounts of profitable interventions and tales of failure typically tackle new shades. Investing in a ramp-up of antigen testing most likely was worthwhile. Trusting Tory friends with the manufacturing of hospital robes was not…. because the lockdown sceptics imagine their long-held issues have been justified given the rising psychological well being issues, the chance is just not for an excessive public well being intervention to lose well-liked help – lockdown was at greatest the least worst choice. The actual threat is that this false allocation of culpability, in hand with misremembering of the previous, continues to erode a precept of solidarity on the coronary heart of public well being. It’s the voices of these misplaced to the pandemic, of these most weak to the virus, previous and current, of these most affected by the debilitating results of lengthy COVID and of these advocating for a pandemic response primarily based on rules of fairness, which are written out of this more and more well-liked, populist and revisionist image.”


Readers, have you ever seen this?

“Lengthy-term dangers of respiratory ailments in sufferers contaminated with SARS-CoV-2: a longitudinal, population-based cohort research” [eClinicalMedicine]. N = 502,368. From the Dialogue: “This analysis discovered that the occurrences of respiratory issues amongst sufferers who survived for 30 days after the COVID-19 prognosis continued to rise constantly, together with bronchial asthma, bronchiectasis, COPD, ILD, PVD, and lung most cancers. With the severity of the acute section of COVID-19, the chance of all respiratory ailments will increase progressively. In addition to, in the course of the 24-months follow-up, we noticed an growing development within the dangers of bronchial asthma and bronchiectasis over time, which signifies that long-term monitoring and meticulous follow-up of those sufferers is important.” Determine 2:

Quantity go up (and a possible oddity within the captions…).

Morbidity and Mortality

“Many extra deaths attributed to pure causes are literally uncounted COVID-19 deaths, new evaluation reveals” [Science Daily] “Almost 1,170,000 folks have died from COVID-19 in the USA in response to official federal counts, however a number of extra mortality research counsel that these totals are vastly undercounted. Whereas extra mortality supplies an estimation of deaths that probably wouldn’t have occurred below regular, non-pandemic situations, there’s nonetheless little proof into whether or not the SARS-CoV-2 virus contributed to those further deaths, or whether or not these deaths have been attributable to different components similar to healthcare disruptions or socioeconomic challenges…. For the research, Dr. Stokes, Dr. Paglino, and colleagues utilized novel statistical strategies to investigate month-to-month knowledge on natural-cause deaths and reported COVID-19 deaths for 3,127 counties over the primary 30 months of the pandemic, from March 2020 to August 2022. They estimated that 1.2 million extra natural-cause deaths occurred in US counties throughout this time interval, and located that roughly 163,000 of those deaths didn’t have COVID-19 listed in any respect on the demise certificates.” • I skimmed this and the unique twice, and I can’t discover what a need: A share to multiply reported deaths by so I can draw a brand new line on my charts. Readers? Commentary on authentic:

“The pandemic’s true demise toll” [The Economist]. The lead:

Seems to be like The Economist has the quantity I need: An element of 4. After all, that’s international and the USA is a First World nation MR SUBLIMINAL [snicker] and so 4 might be an excessive amount of. Make it 2. So, 1,170,000 * 2 = 2,340,000. That’s lots.

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on life expectancy in 27 nations” [Nature]. From 2023, nonetheless germane. “The outcomes present that life expectancy in 21 of the 27 nations was anticipated to extend in 2020 had COVID-19 not occurred. By contemplating the anticipated mortality adjustments between 2019 and 2020, the research reveals that, on common, the lack of life expectancy among the many 27 nations in 2020 amounted to 1.33 yr (95% CI 1.29–1.37) at age 15 and 0.91 years (95% CI 0.88–0.94) at age 65. Our outcomes counsel that if the year-on-year intrinsic variations/adjustments in mortality have been thought of, the consequences of COVID-19 on mortality are extra profound than beforehand understood. That is significantly outstanding for nations experiencing larger life expectancy enhance in recent times.” • Useful chart:

There appears to be a standard sample.

Movie star Watch

Positive is odd no celebrities do that:

Elite Maleficence

“Washington Publish: CDC to drop 5 day Covid isolation pointers in April” [Celebitchy] (“Celebitchy is a day by day gossip and leisure weblog, began in 2006, which additionally focuses on liberal politics, royal protection and vogue.”) “I don’t understand how I really feel about all of this. Whereas I do assume that the entire knowledge that reveals that we as a collective society most likely have reached a degree the place the virus is just not life-threatening to many of the inhabitants, I nonetheless really feel uneasy about these new pointers. The ends in Oregon are promising, although. However, let’s be sincere: not requiring folks to remain residence for 5 days implies that most companies are going to strain folks with Covid to return to work anyway, and similar to with RSV and the flu, this sucks for his or her coworkers who’re in high-risk conditions. For varied causes, lots of people both can’t or gained’t keep residence anymore as a result of pre-pandemic, most individuals have been compelled to go to work or college whereas sick. I hoped that one of many classes we realized popping out of the pandemic can be to normalize staying residence after we’re sick and carrying masks to guard others. I can’t assist however assume it will simply signify a return to the established order.” • The feedback are all educated and scathing. The second:

The CDC, dealing with intense backlash from folks mentioning that we’re at the moment shedding over 2000 Individuals per week to covid (and numerous extra are creating Lengthy Covid) is already waffling on this concept, and I hope they rethink it. “Individuals weren’t listening anyway!” is a TERRIBLE cause to water down medical pointers. Think about in the event that they’d do this with, say, seatbelts? (“We solely advocate carrying a seatbelt while you’re accelerating.”) Covid is just not the flu or RSV. Whereas the acute section of the virus is (in lots of circumstances, however not all) milder, your threat of creating Lengthy Covid goes *up* with every reinfection, and Lengthy Covid can injury practically each system within the physique. I extremely advocate this BBC interview from a few week in the past:

Individuals need Covid to be “over” as a result of it’s unhealthy for the financial system, and it depresses folks, and I get that. But when we willfully ignore its long-term dangers simply because we don’t like carrying a masks to Goal… effectively, the wave of incapacity and distress and misplaced productiveness isn’t gonna be a ton of enjoyable for anybody, both.

I discover that encouraging. The feedback on the Instances protection of the identical story are additionally encouraging. Right here is the primary reader decide:

Milder than I might put issues, however nonetheless not discouraging. Little doubt the minimizers and denialists didn’t learn the story to start with, however at the least the Covid aware readers are getting the eye of the newsroom.

The Jackpot

Submitting this right here due to the sheer scale:

There’s lots to love on this clarification. I feel there are two points: The account (1) lets the oligarchs (see NC right here) off the hook; responsibly goes “larger up” than “leaders and their events”; and (2) doesn’t give an account of China. How is it that the ruling class of the world’s primary manufacturing energy, who have been conscious that #CovidIsAirborne, didn’t mix Zero Covid with air flow? Because it turned out, when Xi abruptly deserted Zero Covid, at the least one million folks died, largely working class, akin to the USA, and absolutely simply as unhealthy because the 5 Eyes usually. And but the CCP’s ideology is hardly libertarian (appropriate?).

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TABLE 1: Every day Covid Charts


1) for charts new at the moment; all others aren’t up to date.

2) For a full-size/full-resolution picture, Command-click (MacOS) or right-click (Home windows) on the chart thumbnail and “open picture in new tab.”


[1] (Biobot) No backward revisions. The uptick is actual (at the least to Biobot).

[2] (Biobot) Biobot knowledge suggests an increase within the Northeast. MRWA knowledge doesn’t counsel that, as of February 8:

Right here, FWIW, is Verily nationwide knowledge as of February 14:

And regional knowledge for HHS Area, the Northeast:

[3] (CDC Variants) “As of Might 11, genomic surveillance knowledge might be reported biweekly, primarily based on the provision of constructive check specimens.” “Biweeekly: 1. occurring each two weeks. 2. occurring twice per week; semiweekly.” Seems to be like CDC has chosen sense #1. In essence, they’re telling us variants are nothing to fret about. Time will inform.

[4] (ER) Doesn’t help Biobot knowledge. “Charts and knowledge supplied by CDC, updates Wednesday by 8am. For the previous yr, utilizing a rolling 52-week interval.”

[5] (Hospitalization: NY) Somewhat slowing of the lower could possibly be a flattening, in line with Biobot knowledge. Let’s wait and see.

[6] (Hospitalization: CDC) Nonetheless down “Maps, charts, and knowledge supplied by CDC, updates weekly for the earlier MMWR week (Sunday-Saturday) on Thursdays (Deaths, Emergency Division Visits, Take a look at Positivity) and weekly the next Mondays (Hospitalizations) by 8 pm ET†”.

[7] (Walgreens) It might be attention-grabbing to survey this inhabitants usually; these are individuals who, regardless of a tsunami of official propaganda and large peer strain, went and bought examined anyhow.

[8] (Cleveland) Lambert right here: Proportion and absolute numbers down.

[9] (Vacationers: Posivitity) Down, albeit within the rear view mirror.

[10] (Vacationers: Variants) JN.1 totally dominant.

Stats Watch

There aren’t any official statistics of curiosity at the moment.

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Right this moment’s Concern & Greed Index: 77 Excessive Greed (earlier shut: 77 Excessive Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 79 (Excessive Greed). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Feb 16 at 6:59:44 PM ET.

Rapture Index: Closes down one on Debt & Commerce. “For the primary time in a few years the commerce deficit is down” [Rapture Ready]. Document Excessive, October 10, 2016: 189. Present: 187. (Keep in mind that bringing on the Rapture is sweet.) NOTE on #42 Plagues: “The coronavirus pandemic has maxed out this class.” Extra sincere than most! • Apparently not involved concerning the goat sacrificers in any respect?

“Home cleaners discover two of the world’s first desktop PCs in random bins — Intel 8008-powered Q1 PC has 16KB of reminiscence, 800 kHz CPU” [Tom’s Hardware]. “London, UK-based waste agency Simply Clear was residing as much as its identify and simply clearing one other home when tucked below some random bins, they discovered two of the primary desktop microcomputers ever made: the Q1 PC, from Q1 Company, launched in 1972 (h/t The Mirror). Happily, this piece of computing historical past was not scrapped, and Simply Clear stored its arms on the outdated items lengthy sufficient to find out their precise historic worth. If you wish to see these for your self and are primarily based within the UK, transfer shortly! They’re now on show at Kingston College in Surrey, England, however just for the remainder of February seventeenth. Afterward, it’s anticipated each might be both auctioned or offered to a personal purchaser, so that you gained’t get many possibilities to see these artifacts within the flesh.”

“‘If you use a Walkman all of the reminiscences come again’: the folks nonetheless in love with outdated tech” [Guardian]. “Cassette gamers and tapes, CDs, video gamers and VHS look like relics of a earlier analogue period, however on eBay, Etsy or Discogs, amongst others, there’s a brisk commerce to be discovered. As vogue and elegance has proven us repeatedly, every thing and something will come again into vogue in cycles of 20 and 30 years…. [Alexander Renz, curator of Berlin’s Museum der Dinge] factors out that Ikea shelving from the 70s, initially offered at low costs, now goes for prime sums. A number of the museum’s early assortment was amassed from the streets: within the 70s youthful folks have been throwing out older picket gadgets in favour of recent plastic issues, so the museum picked them up. The same cycle occurred within the early 90s with the autumn of the communist world – East Germans removed GDR-issued furnishings to seize sought-after western merchandise. However furnishings from the east was designed to be long-lasting and is now extremely desired. A Sixties sideboard desk from the Dresden furnishings producer Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau can promote on Fb Market now for €230.”

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