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2:00PM Water Cooler 5/2/2024 | bare capitalism

2:00PM Water Cooler 5/2/2024 | bare capitalism


By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

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Hen Track of the Day

American Robin, 138 Captains Dr, West Babylon, Suffolk, New York, United States. “American Robin singing on a roof earlier than daybreak. Hen provides a number of name notes earlier than flying off on the finish of the recording.”

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In Case You Would possibly Miss…

(1) Boeing deaths.

(2) Trump nostalgia.

(3) Encampments information.

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Politics

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

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Biden Administration

“Biden on campus protesters: No ‘proper to trigger chaos’” [Axios]. • Appropriate. Let’s go away that to the Govt Department!

2024

Lower than a 12 months to go!

RCP Ballot Averages, April 26:

Nationwide outcomes are nonetheless transferring Biden’s manner. However all of the Swing States (extra right here) are transferring Trump’s manner, though in tiny increments. It’s onerous to attribute this consistency to mere probability. “All” with one exception: Pennsylvania. If Susie Wiles is such a mind genius, why isn’t she fixing this?

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Trump (R) (Bragg/Merchan): “Michael Cohen TikTok movies, fundraising stun authorized observers: Could have ‘torpedoed case towards Trump’” [FOX]. “Michael Cohen, who is meant to be a star witness in NY v. Trump, may need ‘torpedoed’ the case earlier than taking the stand by ranting about it on TikTok whereas fundraising, based on authorized observers…. ABC Information revealed an article Sunday declaring Cohen’s actions ‘might be an issue, declaring that Cohen has chimed in on former Nationwide Enquirer writer David Pecker’s testimony, has frequently ‘railed towards Trump,’ has insisted the jury isn’t ‘bored’ and might revenue when followers bathe him with presents. TikTok permits viewers to donate ‘presents’ as they watch customers’ livestreams…. ‘Michael Cohen via his narcissism and his ego could have simply torpedoed the case towards Trump,’ [Michael] Avenatti informed Fox Information Digital from federal jail.” “(!!!!) Extra: ‘The state can’t win the case with out him and due to his conduct in reviewing trial testimony in violation of the courtroom’s order, which simply admitted to when talking with ABC, the courtroom should strike him as a witness, declare a mistrial, or each,’ Avenatti continued. ‘He had no enterprise commenting on different witnesses’ testimony.’ Avenatti stated Cohen is ‘not even purported to be listening to or studying of that testimony earlier than he testifies’ himself. ‘Alvin Bragg and his workforce have lots of explaining to do, for my part,’ Avenatti stated.” • Entertaining!

Trump (R) (Bragg/Merchan): “NY vs. Trump: A trial seeking an imaginary crime” [FOX]. “Bragg’s courtroom smear marketing campaign towards Trump continued with prosecution witness Keith Davidson, the Los Angeles lawyer for Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who purportedly had an affair with Trump. Davidson negotiated the so-called “hush cash” funds for each his shoppers, which had been fully lawful. Paying somebody for his or her silence in change for a non-disclosure settlement just isn’t against the law. Certainly, it’s a staple of hundreds of settlement agreements signed every single day…. Prosecutors additionally exploited the McDougal-Daniels imbroglio to backdoor a outstanding point out in courtroom of the notorious “Entry Hollywood” tape that proved damaging to Trump simply weeks earlier than the 2016 election. Such proof ought to by no means be permitted since its scant probative worth is materially outweighed by the prejudicial impact on the jury. Regardless of. That’s precisely what Bragg desires.” • The Molineux Rule as soon as extra….

Trump (R) (Smith/Cannon) “Unredactions Reveal Early White Home Involvement in Trump Paperwork Case” [Julie Kelly, RealClearInvestigations]. “A comparability of the redacted and unredacted materials exhibits the Archives acted in live performance with a number of Biden administration companies to construct the case — coordination that included the DOJ, the Biden White Home, and the intelligence neighborhood. The Trump case prompted revelations that each Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence had additionally retained categorised paperwork – in Biden’s case for many years, stretching again to his time within the Senate. However whereas the Archives’ outreach to Biden and Pence consisted of requests, the company took a extra assertive stance with Trump. ”

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Trump (R): “Is Trump Nostalgia Sufficient?” [Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics]. “The political science literature is fairly constant that that is the time when the citizens’s views concerning the election begin to harden, significantly with respect to the economic system. That’s not good for Biden both: When requested how they’d fee circumstances within the economic system in the present day, 30% stated ‘good,’ whereas 70% stated ‘poor.’ That’s higher than the 18-82 break up from mid-2022, but it surely’s nonetheless worse than in the midst of the COVID shutdown, when it was a 34-65 breakdown. And it’s far worse than the 70% ‘good’ score Trump obtained in late 2019. We are able to repeat ‘It’s a very long time till Election Day,’ and that’s true in a way. However Election Day can also be quick approaching; we’re nearly in Could, and other people begin voting in September in some states. If voters nonetheless have a good view of Trump’s presidency in a number of months and suppose the incumbent president is a failure, the state of affairs will shortly flip essential for Biden and the Democratic Get together.

Trump (R): “On a time off from courtroom, fired-up Trump hits swing states” [BBC]. “However on Wednesday at a rally exterior of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he appeared fired up as he spoke to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters for about an hour and a half…. ‘The trial is unquestionably going to extend his reputation,’ stated Nancy Ridge, a supporter from close by Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, who was sporting a jacket printed with Mr Trump’s mugshot on the again and the phrases ‘Wished: for president.’ ‘Particularly amongst lower-class individuals who have been convicted of crimes and even falsely accused. They perceive the justice system and the way corrupt it may be,’ she stated. ‘It’s free publicity,’ stated Jerry Cleppe, one other Trump fan ready in a queue exterior the occasion. ‘It doesn’t matter if it’s good or unhealthy, it’s consideration. The trial is an efficient factor.’…. After his rally in Wisconsin, the previous president hosted one other occasion in Michigan.” • So, MI and WI are the priorities (this week).

Trump (R): “Trump eyes 2 battleground states as he appears to tear down Dem ‘blue wall’ once more” [FOX]. “It’s the previous president’s second swing via the 2 Nice Lakes swing states in a month…. Biden has made a number of journeys to Michigan and Wisconsin this 12 months, and his marketing campaign enjoys a formidable benefit in each states in terms of group and ground-game efforts.”

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Biden (D): “Biden’s Electoral Faculty Problem” [Ron Brownstein, The Atlantic]. “President Joe Biden received a decisive Electoral Faculty victory in 2020 by restoring outdated Democratic benefits within the Rust Belt whereas establishing new beachheads within the Solar Belt. However this 12 months, his place in polls has weakened on each fronts. The result’s that, even this removed from Election Day, indicators are growing that Biden may face a last-mile drawback within the Electoral Faculty. Even a modest restoration in Biden’s present help may put him in place to win states price 255 Electoral Faculty votes, strategists in each events agree. His drawback is that each possibility for capturing the ultimate 15 Electoral Faculty votes he would wish to succeed in a successful majority of 270 appears considerably harder…. Biden’s odds could significantly diminish if he can not maintain all three of the previous ‘blue wall’ states throughout the Rust Belt that he recaptured in 2020 after Trump had taken them 4 years earlier: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Biden is working extra competitively in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin than in some other swing states. However in Michigan, Biden has struggled in most polls, whipsawed by defections amongst a number of teams Democrats depend on, together with Arab People, auto staff, younger individuals, and Black People. As James Carville, the veteran Democratic strategist informed me, if Biden can get better to win Michigan together with Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, ‘you aren’t going to lose.’ However, Carville added, if Biden can’t maintain all three, ‘you’re going to need to catch an inside straight to win.’” And: “Many operatives in each events separate the six states Biden carried most narrowly into three distinct tiers. Biden has regarded greatest in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Biden’s place has been weakest in Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia. Michigan falls into its personal tier in between.” • The collective knowledge of Democratic strategists however nonetheless price a learn.

Biden (D): “Don’t Neglect the Backlash to the ’60s” [Politico]. “Most media retrospectives of the Sixties have fun the marchers, the protests, the peace indicators together with the obligatory Buffalo Springfield lyrics (“There’s one thing occurring right here/ However what it’s ain’t precisely clear”). The truth is these upheavals had been an unlimited in-kind contribution to the political fortunes of the fitting. And if historical past comes even near repeating itself, then the newest episode will redound to Donald Trump’s profit. Start with this, sadly correct, generalization: Protests of any form, even these most justified, produce a way of unease among the many public…. When upheaval started on faculty campuses, largely triggered by the escalation of the Vietnam Warfare, this sense of disapproval grew sharply, and so did the political penalties. Ronald Reagan centered a lot of his 1966 marketing campaign for governor of California on attacking the Free Speech Motion on the College of California, Berkeley. He pledged to ‘clear up the mess at Berkeley,’ and denounced the ‘beatniks, radicals and filthy speech advocates’ who fueled ‘anarchy and rioting.’… The backlash towards the left was a key a part of the 1968 presidential race. Richard Nixon famously ran a marketing campaign on ‘legislation and order’ — highlighting each city and campus unrest. One industrial featured scenes of protest, as Nixon argued that ‘in a system of presidency that gives for peaceable change, there isn’t any trigger that justifies a resort to violence.’…. The scenes of violence in Chicago exterior the Democrats’ 1968 presidential conference, in the meantime, additional contributed to the notion that left-wing lawlessness had gotten uncontrolled. It was a nightmare occasion for Hubert Humphrey’s beleaguered presidential marketing campaign, one the place the general public overwhelmingly sided with the Chicago police, not the demonstrators. (And, in fact, guess the place Democrats are holding their 2024 conference: Chicago.)”

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Kennedy (I):

Cheeky!

Kennedy (I): “Railroad Owned by RFK Jr.’s Megadonor Repeatedly Violated Environmental and Security Legal guidelines” [Exposed by CMD]. “Robert F. Kennedy Jr. could declare he might be ‘one of the best environmental president in American historical past,’ however the Republican industrialist bankrolling the tremendous PAC behind his longshot bid for the White Home has an extended historical past of violating environmental legal guidelines. A Middle for Media and Democracy (CMD) research of the railroad enterprise that 81-year-old megadonor Timothy Mellon owned for 45 years exhibits quite a few violations of federal and state environmental and security legal guidelines, together with a legal conviction of the corporate for overlaying up a 2006 oil spill. Mellon’s backing could also be associated to Kennedy’s current emergence as a local weather skeptic and harsh critic of the Environmental Safety Company (EPA). Regardless of being a former environmental lawyer and ‘crusader,’ he has shifted his place so radically that former allies are calling his marketing campaign a ‘local weather catastrophe.’ On the marketing campaign path, Kennedy has known as the local weather disaster ‘a pretext for clamping down totalitarian controls, the identical manner the Covid disaster was,’ blaming ‘intelligence companies,’ ‘the world financial discussion board,’ and ‘the billionaire boys’ membership at Davos’ for efforts to regulate world warming. Kennedy additionally denounces the EPA as ‘successfully run by the oil business, the coal business and the pesticide business,’ even supposing the fossil gas business and Republican state attorneys basic have repeatedly sued the company to problem its laws….. Throughout this election cycle alone [Mellon] has given greater than $50 million to GOP candidates and PACs, together with over $20 million to the American Values 2024 tremendous PAC that helps Kennedy’s impartial run for president. This represents nearly half of the PAC’s $43-million haul to date this cycle. On the similar time, Mellon is financing former President Trump’s third run for the White Home.”

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“Why the Senate GOP is downplaying the probabilities of a crimson wave” [Politico]. “Senate Republicans are six months away from their most favorable Election Day map in a decade, with pickup alternatives in no less than a half-dozen states — together with sapphire-blue Maryland. Mitch McConnell isn’t predicting a crimson wave forward, although. There’s a motive for that. The minority chief is clearly cautious of his get together overextending itself regardless of the advantageous circumstances after the dual debacles of 2020 and 2022, when former President Donald Trump’s embrace of flawed GOP nominees contributed to shocking Democratic wins. Whereas former Senate GOP marketing campaign chief Rick Scott (R-Fla.) predicted the get together would win as much as 55 seats within the midterms, Democrats ended up gaining a seat. So despite the fact that Republicans have room to compete in eight states, McConnell stated in an interview that he’s primarily targeted on 4 for now…. ‘You are taking polls round Labor Day and start to resolve the place you’re going to play,’ McConnell stated. ‘However we all know the place we’re going to play for positive proper now: Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland.’”

“Democrats Are Feckless and Republicans Are Chaotic. Right here’s Why” [Politico]. “Because the political scientists Sam Rosenfeld and Daniel Schlozman argue of their new guide, Hole Events: The Many Pasts and Disordered Current of American Get together Politics, America’s present system is formed by a paradox: The events seem omnipresent — on the poll line, on the get together conventions, on the talk stage — but they’re unable to carry out lots of their fundamental capabilities, like implementing ideological self-discipline amongst officeholders or constructing efficient electoral coalitions.” Another goddamned guide to learn. Extra: “Rosenfeld: You probably have a undertaking for energy and if you wish to accomplish one thing, there isn’t any different to get together politics.” • Lenin would agree. And he can be proper.

AZ: “Arizona Senate repeals near-total 1864 abortion ban in divisive vote” [Al Jazeera]. “The Arizona Senate has voted to repeal the state’s 1864 ban on abortion, which might in any other case have taken impact inside weeks. The repeal was handed by the Senate in a 16-14 vote on Wednesday and is predicted to be signed swiftly by Governor Katie Hobbs, a Democrat. Two Republican senators crossed get together traces to vote in favour of repealing the ban. The Arizona Home final week handed the measure after a handful of Republicans broke get together ranks and voted with Democrats to ship it to the Senate. ‘We’re right here to repeal a nasty legislation,’ Senator Eva Burch, a Democrat, stated from the ground. “I don’t need us honouring legal guidelines about girls, written throughout a time when girls had been forbidden from voting.’”

Republican Funhouse

“Political heart revolts towards fringe, as leaders rebuke Greene, protesters” [The Hill]. “In a outstanding improvement Tuesday, Home Democratic Chief Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) introduced he and different Democrats would step in to assist Johnson defeat any movement provided by conservatives to vacate his place. ‘I believe individuals are sick and bored with chaos and dysfunction. So I congratulate all of our associates on either side of the aisle within the Home for … truly doing their job as an alternative of the entire sideshow,’ stated Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate management workforce. ‘Republicans are by and huge bored with all of the antics and the chaos, they usually notice it’s a political legal responsibility,’ he added. Vin Weber, a GOP strategist and former member of the Home Republican management stated, ‘We’re seeing a really robust response towards the political course of by the fringes of each events.’ ‘Regardless that he’s of the opposite get together, we’re seeing within the response of the Democratic chief a pacesetter,’ he stated of Jeffries’s choice to facet with Johnson towards the conservative insurgents in is convention. And he praised Johnson for standing as much as the critics in his convention by pushing the international support package deal via the Home, despite the fact that doing so put his job in danger. That daring choice was validated by the robust vote its totally different parts obtained from Home Republicans, together with 101 GOP lawmakers who voted for Ukraine funding.” • What the heck is “daring” about servicing The Blob?

“GOP Proper Flank Challenges Speaker Johnson (and Trump)” [RealClearPolitics]. “Home Speaker Mike Johnson has a revolt on his proper flank, and by extension, so does Donald Trump. The previous president has actually tightened his grasp on the Republican Get together as he seeks to return to the White Home. All the identical, his authority just isn’t full…. Greene was by no means amongst those that distanced themselves from Trump after Jan. 6, and her reference to him was so robust that former Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy repeatedly sought her counsel as a liaison to Mar-a-Lago. MTG nonetheless speaks with Trump frequently. She campaigned with him earlier this 12 months…. The Georgia firebrand just isn’t, nevertheless, a Trump rubber stamp. Neither is Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie or Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar. The trio plans to pressure a vote to take away Johnson subsequent week…. ‘Whether or not it’s working for minority chief or speaker subsequent Congress, no one’s relying on this man being round,’ one other Republican lawmaker informed RCP earlier than including that Johnson’s solely path to salvation can be ‘Trump maneuvering to maintain him round.’ ‘I don’t know why he would,’ the lawmaker continued. ‘I don’t understand how Trump would justify that.’ For the speaker’s half, Johnson has stated that he and Trump ‘are 100% in line’ on their coverage agenda. And proper now, the previous president opposes the trouble to shake up management and sees it as counterproductive to Republican electoral goals. A Trump emissary, RNC Chair Michael Whatley, delivered that message on to the congresswoman in her workplace Wednesday.”

Democrats en Déshabillé

Yep:

All factions of each events partaking liberally of the fascist “All You Can Eat” buffet.

Realignment and Legitimacy

Northern Arizona College encampment:

Similar as at Columbia, the place the cop-wielding President is a “lady of coloration.” A lot for identification politics, one would have thought.

UCLA encampment:

Perhaps a UAW 4811 strike will ignite one thing….

UCLA encampment:

The dastardly campers are cleverly concealing their connection to Soros by buying multi-colored tents…

Dartmouth:

“Greater than 90 protesters arrested at Dartmouth Faculty pro-Palestinian encampment” [Boston Globe]. “Hanover police stated in an announcement that they’d been suggested by the school that no tents can be allowed. Protesters put up a small grouping of 4 tents, and shortly a whole bunch of individuals had gathered on the small encampment, singing songs and calling on the college to divest from firms that revenue from warfare in Israel. By 8:30 p.m., about 30 state troopers and native law enforcement officials arrived on campus.” • Seven cops oer tent.

Brown encampment:

That is the time-honored tactic of college directors: Divert the scholar power right into a committee (after which, in fact, sabotage the committee).

Pandemics

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

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

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

Assets, United States (Native): AK (dashboard); AL (dashboard); AR (dashboard); AZ (dashboard); CA (dashboard; Marin, dashboard; Stanford, wastewater; Oakland, wastewater); CO (dashboard; wastewater); CT (dashboard); DE (dashboard); FL (wastewater); GA (wastewater); HI (dashboard); IA (wastewater experiences); ID (dashboard, Boise; dashboard, wastewater, Central Idaho; wastewater, Coeur d’Alene; dashboard, Spokane County); IL (wastewater); IN (dashboard); KS (dashboard; wastewater, Lawrence); KY (dashboard, Louisville); LA (dashboard); MA (wastewater); MD (dashboard); ME (dashboard); MI (wastewater; wastewater); MN (dashboard); MO (wastewater); MS (dashboard); MT (dashboard); NC (dashboard); ND (dashboard; wastewater); NE (dashboard); NH (wastewater); NJ (dashboard); NM (dashboard); NV (dashboard; wastewater, Southern NV); NY (dashboard); OH (dashboard); OK (dashboard); OR (dashboard); PA (dashboard); RI (dashboard); SC (dashboard); SD (dashboard); TN (dashboard); TX (dashboard); UT (wastewater); VA (dashboard); VT (dashboard); WA (dashboard; dashboard); WI (wastewater); WV (wastewater); WY (wastewater).

Assets, Canada (Nationwide): Wastewater (Authorities of Canada).

Assets, Canada (Provincial): ON (wastewater); QC (les eaux usées); BC (wastewater); BC, Vancouver (wastewater).

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Airborne Transmission: Covid

“Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: The Distinction between Indoors and Outside” [Fluids]. From the Dialogue: “Two points specifically, the interplay between thermal plumes and ceilings and the entrainment of room air into exhalation plumes, seem to have been largely neglected within the literature. Each aren’t an issue outdoor. But indoors, they current a significant problem as a result of rooms are by definition confined and customarily have ceilings. Because of this indoors: (i) boluses of respiratory aerosols (high-concentration clouds) will are inclined to kind on the ceiling and journey horizontally earlier than descending via the respiratory zone of the room occupants; and (ii) because the focus of respiratory aerosols builds up within the room area, so the near-field publicity threat related to exhalation plumes will have a tendency to extend. Each these phenomena imply that the chance of transmission is way larger indoors in contrast with outdoor. Additionally they spotlight the inadequacy of the simplistic ‘near-field’–‘far-field’ evaluation framework. In actuality, in most indoor environments, the near-field and far-field publicity dangers are inextricably linked—one thing that’s not the case outdoor. As a result of exhalation plumes entrain air from the encircling room area, a suggestions loop exists between the far-field and near-field. ” And the conclusion: “By evaluating aerosol behaviour inside and outdoors buildings, we’ve been in a position to present that profound variations exist between the 2 environments and that that is prone to be the principle motive why SARS-CoV-2 transmission is a lot increased indoors than outdoor. Specifically, we’ve recognized {that a} suggestions loop exists between the near-field and the far-field inside buildings, which is totally absent outdoor. This suggestions loop is facilitated by the motion of the exhalation and thermal plumes related to occupants in room areas. These plumes drive a lot of the air circulation inside rooms and might quickly disperse respiratory aerosol particles all through an area.” • This why masking ought to be common all through hospital amenities (though one would suppose CDC would know higher than anybody that sizzling air rises).

Transmission: H5N1

Michigan takes the lead:

Good for them!

Sequelae: Covid

Hair loss? Actually?

Have any readers heard of this?

Elite Maleficence

CDC kills off hospital information:

Since clearly solely hospitals who really feel they’re performing effectively will report, the information is now ineffective. I’m going to need to rethink my tables once more. Keep in mind that the general public well being institution thinks solely hospitalizations and deaths are vital, and each appear to be going darkish.

WHO is a maskless and ill-ventilated speaking store:

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TABLE 1: Each day Covid Charts

LEGEND

1) for charts new in the present day; 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.”

NOTES

[1] (Biobot) Our curve has now flattened out at a degree far above valleys below Trump. Not an incredible victory. Be aware additionally the realm “below the curve,” apart from peaks. That space is bigger below Biden than below Trump, and it appears to be rising steadily if inconsistently.

[2] (Biobot) No backward revisons….

[3] (CDC Variants) KP.2 has entered the chat, no less than within the mannequin. As of Could 11, genomic surveillance information might be reported biweekly, primarily based on the provision of optimistic check specimens.” “Biweeekly: 1. occurring each two weeks. 2. occurring twice every week; semiweekly.” Appears to be like like CDC has chosen sense #1. In essence, they’re telling us variants are nothing to fret about. Time will inform.

[4] (ER) CDC appears to have killed this off, for the reason that hyperlink is damaged, I believe in favor of this factor. I’ll attempt to affirm. UPDATE Sure, go away it to CDC to kill a web page, after which announce it was archived a day later. And heaven forfend CDC ought to clarify the place to go to get equal information, if any. I appreciated the ER information, as a result of it appeared actually onerous to recreation.

[5] (Hospitalization: NY) Flattening out to a non-zero baseline. I suppose to a tame epidemiologist it appears like “endemicity,” however to me it appears like one other tranche of lethality.

[6] (Hospitalization: CDC) Nonetheless down. “Maps, charts, and information 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) Leveling out.

[8] (Cleveland) Slight uptrend.

[9] (Vacationers: Posivitity) Uptick.

[10] (Vacationers: Variants) JN.1 dominates totally. And no point out of KP.2

[11] Appears to be like just like the Occasions isn’t reporting loss of life information any extra? Perhaps I would like to return to The Economist….

Stats Watch

Employment Scenario: “United States Preliminary Jobless Claims” [Trading Economics]. “The variety of individuals claiming unemployment advantages within the US was unchanged from the prior week at 208,000 on the interval ending April twenty seventh, remaining on the lowest degree in two months, and firmly under market expectations of 212,000. It was the fourth consecutive stronger-than-expected outcome, pointing to continued tightness within the US labor market and including leeway for the Federal Reserve to delay rate of interest cuts ought to inflation stay stubbornly above the central financial institution’s goal. ”

Manufacturing: “United States Manufacturing unit Orders” [Trading Economics]. “New orders for US manufactured items rose by 1.6% from the earlier month to $584.5 billion in March of 2024, following a 1.2% improve in February, in step with expectations.”

Provide Chain: “United States LMI Logistics Managers Index” [Trading Economics]. “The Logistics Supervisor’s Index within the US elevated to 58.3 in March 2024, from 56.5 in February, marking the quickest growth since September 2022. This means that the general logistics business is experiencing wholesome progress, albeit on the decrease finish. The expansion is attributed to long-planned stock expansions and improved effectivity in warehousing and transportation.”

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Manufacturing: “Whistleblower Josh Dean of Boeing provider Spirit AeroSystems has died” [Seattle Times]. “Joshua Dean, a former high quality auditor at Boeing provider Spirit AeroSystems and one of many first whistleblowers to allege Spirit management had ignored manufacturing defects on the 737 MAX, died Tuesday morning after a wrestle with a sudden, fast-spreading an infection. Generally known as Josh, Dean lived in Wichita, Kan., the place Spirit relies. He was 45, had been in good well being and was famous for having a wholesome life-style. He died after two weeks in essential situation, his aunt Carol Parsons stated…. Parsons stated Dean grew to become unwell and went to the hospital as a result of he was having hassle respiratory simply over two weeks in the past. He was intubated and developed pneumonia after which a severe bacterial an infection, MRSA…. Dean was represented by a legislation agency in South Carolina that additionally represented Boeing whistleblower John ‘Mitch’ Barnett.” Extra element–

Manufacturing: “Boeing provider whistleblower Joshua Dean lifeless at 45” [FOX 59]. “Dean had been hospitalized with Influenza B and MRSA, and developed pneumonia, based on a Fb publish from his mom. His situation shortly deteriorated and he was transferred to a hospital in Oklahoma Metropolis. There, he was placed on an ECMO machine, which pumps blood exterior the physique and circulates oxygenated blood, taking on the operate of the center and lungs and permitting different organs to heal. He was additionally present process dialysis. It was quickly found after a CT scan that Dean suffered a stroke. Previous to his hospitalization, Dean was stated to be ‘in good well being and was famous for having a wholesome life-style,’ based on The Seattle Occasions, which first reported his loss of life.” • Eeesh. Can’t Boeing follow killing individuals wholesale? Does it need to go retail? Kidding!

Manufacturing: “Whistleblower Legal guidelines That Defend Lawbreakers” [Maureen Tkacik, American Prospect]. This text, wonderful as common, is actually two articles, one on the subject within the headline, one buried. Right here is the buried half: (1) “Showing earlier than the Senate Everlasting Subcommittee on Investigations, [Sam] Salehpour described an unsettling night when his model new tire started to flatten on the drive house. When he pulled over at a physique store, a mechanic found a nail. Simply so you recognize, the mechanic informed him, you didn’t run over this nail; it’s not an accident.” (2) “Later that afternoon, I obtained a textual content message from one in all Barnett’s outdated Boeing co-workers who’d been fired from the Charleston plant for reporting a security threat created by shoddy manufacturing. An FAA investigation had vindicated a lot of the whistleblower’s allegations, solely after they’d withdrawn their AIR 21 criticism out of worry Boeing would pressure them to pay authorized charges. Contained in the whistleblower’s textual content was a photograph of a wheel lacking two lug nuts; the automotive had been mysteriously wobbling, so that they’d pulled over to verify. It had been years since they’d left the corporate, however they may not shake the sense that somebody, someplace was nonetheless making an attempt to precise revenge on them for talking out. “If something occurs,” they informed me, not for the primary time, “I’m not suicidal.’” (3) “”John’s boss at all times informed him he was going to push him until he broke, and that’s what they did,” says Turkewitz, whose therapist has been serving to him come to peace with the truth that Barnett seemingly did kill himself, and that his preliminary denial was partially influenced by guilt for having pressured his consumer to relive six and a half years of every day micro- and macro aggressions in a grueling deposition.” • Anyone aside from me having some cognitive dissonance over (1) and (2) vs. (3)? And now we’ve one other loss of life, this one from “a fast-paced an infection,” not crude sabotage, however perhaps they’re extra refined up in Seattle? Not that I’m foily, however as I wrote, of Barnett’s loss of life: ” Issues I need to know: Why was the gun in Barnett’s hand? Why did the police mud the automotive for finger prints? What did the observe learn? The place is Barnett’s pc?” These questions appear affordable to me, and have by no means been answered. So I don’t know why the opinion of Turkewitz’s therapist — Jennifer Melfi? — is related, right here.

Manufacturing: “Boeing’s intentionally faulty fleet of flying sky-wreckage” [Cory Doctorow, Pluralistic]. Abstract of the sector of play. That is intereting “The factor is, Swampy* wasn’t simply defending the lives of the passengers in these faulty plane – he was additionally defending Boeing staff. Underneath Sec 38 of the US Felony Code, it’s a 15-year felony to make any ‘materially false writing, entry, certification, doc, report, information plate, label, or digital communication regarding any plane or area automobile half.’ (When Swampy informed a gathering that he took this severely as a result of ‘the paperwork is simply as vital because the plane’ the room erupted in laughter.)” • Holding off a felony cost looks as if motive for homicide, to me. NOTE * “Swampy” = John Barnett’s nickname, which Tkacik has adopted, and Doctorow appears to have adopted from Tkacik…..

Manufacturing: “One other Boeing Whistleblower Turns Up Useless” [FITS News]. The deck: “They’re dropping like 737s….” I can’t get into this; if some form reader can, please ship it alongside, as a result of these are locals who don’t fiddle. I believed the primary remark was attention-grabbing: “If we had been dwelling in an episode of The Blacklist, somebody contained in the legislation agency can be liable for the deaths. They’d be the frequent denominator that has the looks of advocating for the whistleblower. They’d be a part of a world operation, most likely primarily based in Russia, and solely a Boeing senior official and one other from an institutional shareholder would find out about it.” • Maybe a trifle baroque….

Tech: “A Lawsuit Argues Meta Is Required by Regulation to Let You Management Your Personal Feed” [Wired]. “The swimsuit was filed by the Knight First Modification Institute at Columbia College on behalf of researcher Ethan Zuckerman, an affiliate professor on the College of Massachusetts—Amherst. It makes an attempt to take a federal legislation that has typically shielded social networks and use it as a software forcing transparency…. Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act is greatest identified for permitting social media firms to evade authorized legal responsibility for content material on their platforms. Zuckerman’s swimsuit argues that one in all its subsections provides customers the fitting to regulate how they entry the web, and the instruments they use to take action.

“Part 230 (c) (2) (b) is kind of express about libraries, dad and mom, and others being able to regulate obscene or different undesirable content material on the web.” • Fascinating!

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Immediately’s Concern & Greed Index: 36 Concern (earlier shut: 40 Concern) [CNN]. One week in the past: 39 (Concern). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Could 2 at 1:37:46 PM ET.

Class Warfare

“Police Unions: What to Know and Why They Don’t Belong within the Labor Motion” [Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue]. “Police unions have at all times been outliers amongst organized labor, and there are numerous the reason why the Industrial Employees of the World (IWW) union has lengthy refused to permit cops (and jail guards) into its group. For one factor, no different union members maintain the authorized capability to straight-up kill one other human being whereas on the job…. [Author Kristian Williams] argues that the shared office identification that makes up the “skinny blue line” mentality for cops transcends different identification markers, and exhibits how they view themselves as police first, and every little thing else second. As such, police unions are inclined to preserve their distance from the remainder of the labor motion (except they’re cracking its members’ skulls)…. The cognitive dissonance that comes with realizing that members of my union are being overwhelmed bloody and viciously arrested by members of one other union that falls below that very same AFL-CIO umbrella is sickening, as is the data that we must battle our personal management to pressure a change. However I do know that there are an incredible many people who’re up for the problem, and this battle is much from over.”

Information of the Wired

“Key Consciousness Connections Uncovered” [Neuroscience News]. “The research concerned high-resolution scans that enabled the researchers to visualise mind connections at submillimeter spatial decision. This technical advance allowed them to determine beforehand unseen pathways connecting the brainstem, thalamus, hypothalamus, basal forebrain, and cerebral cortex. Collectively, these pathways kind a ‘default ascending arousal community’ that sustains wakefulness within the resting, aware human mind. The idea of a ‘default’ community relies on the concept that particular networks throughout the mind are most functionally energetic when the mind is in a resting state of consciousness. In distinction, different networks are extra energetic when the mind is performing goal-directed duties…. The authors are presently conducting scientific trials to stimulate the default ascending arousal community in sufferers with coma after traumatic mind harm, with the purpose of reactivating the community and restoring consciousness.” • Tremendous, however when can we use this default community for promoting, or higher but, hire it?

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