By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Chicken Track of the Day
Western Kingbird, Lake, Oregon, United States. “Daybreak music from willow tree [This is the “dawn song” or “Regularly Repeated Vocalization” following BNA and W. J. Smith.]”
“However what’s authorities itself, however the biggest of all reflections on human nature?” –James Madison, Federalist 51
“Right here’s meals for thought, had Ahab time to assume; however Ahab by no means thinks; he solely feels, feels, feels” –Herman Melville, Moby Dick
“So lots of the social reactions that strike us as psychological are in reality a rational administration of symbolic capital.” –Pierre Bourdieu, Classification Struggles
“Biden staff eyes finish of Covid emergency declaration and shift in Covid staff” [Politico]. “Senior Biden officers are focusing on an finish to the emergency designation for Covid as quickly because the spring, after debating doing so final summer season and taking a cross, three folks with data of the matter informed POLITICO. Ought to they achieve this, such a transfer would characterize a significant pivot level within the nation’s battle with the pandemic. The choice, which has not but been finalized amid extra fast efforts to handle a current spike in Covid circumstances, would set off a posh restructuring of main components of the federal response — and set the stage for the eventual shifting of better accountability for vaccines and coverings to the non-public market. It will kickstart a transition away from the White Home-led disaster operation and towards treating the virus as a steady long-term menace. And for President Joe Biden, who campaigned on eliminating the virus, it will symbolize a measure of progress towards an early pledge that has confirmed far harder than anticipated to maintain.” • What “battle”?
“Biden’s Schooling Division simply proposed a brand new method to make month-to-month student-loan funds ‘extra reasonably priced and manageable than ever earlier than’” [Business Insider]. Wowsers. ” the division stated that the brand new IDR plan would require debtors to pay not more than 5% of their discretionary revenue month-to-month on their undergraduate pupil loans — down from the present 10%, and it will additionally forestall curiosity from including onto a borrower’s principal steadiness. Fairly than creating a wholly new plan, as a truth sheet stated, the division will amend the Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) plan, which was created in 2016 to calculate debtors’ month-to-month funds based mostly on their discretionary revenue.” • The Secretary of Schooling is Miguel Cardona. We don’t hear a lot from him. Is it an excessive amount of to ask that this effort received’t be butchered like all of the others?
“Joe Biden’s declare to presidential greatness” [Financial Times]. My abdomen is cast-iron. “However Biden’s effectiveness as president stems largely from his Reaganite means to set a transparent route for coverage after which to delegate. The Democrats on Capitol Hill have executed the heavy lifting to get laws via Congress. The president’s nationwide safety employees have organised coverage on Ukraine. Biden has presided however he has not tried to micromanage coverage. A second time period could seem an excessive amount of of a stretch. However all through his political profession, Biden has proven a capability to shock and confound his critics. Don’t guess in opposition to him doing it once more.” • I’m positive they juice him up earlier than they wheel him out. That doens’t matter. Biden is nonetheless one of the best politician within the Democrat Social gathering. Who’s higher?
“Fulton particular grand jury completes Trump investigation” [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]. “The Fulton County particular grand jury that has spent the final eight months analyzing potential legal interference in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election has accomplished its work and is being dissolved, in line with the decide overseeing the high-profile panel. In a short order issued Monday, Fulton Superior Court docket Choose Robert McBurney wrote that the grand jury has fulfilled its duties to his satisfaction…. McBurney additionally scheduled a listening to on Jan. 24, throughout which events — together with the Fulton District Legal professional’s workplace that suggested the jury, the information media and, presumably, investigation targets — will argue whether or not the grand jury’s report needs to be made public. Jurors beneficial that their report be revealed, McBurney stated.”
“McCarthy’s concessions spur fears of potential default, authorities shutdown” [The Hill]. “The concessions Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) agreed to in a bid to appease conservative rebels arrange showdowns this 12 months with Senate Democrats and President Biden on the debt restrict and the annual spending payments — heightening the hazard of a nationwide default or a authorities shutdown, political strategists say. McCarthy’s guarantees all however assure a standoff with Senate Democrats and Biden later this 12 months, notably these to connect spending cuts to laws to boost the debt restrict and to cap discretionary spending at fiscal 2022 ranges. Democrats have refused to barter including spending cuts or different fiscal reforms to any debt restrict laws over the previous decade.” • Extra auto-kinbaku-ji. And also you’ll pry the debt restrict out of liberal Democrats chilly, useless fingers, precisely as with the filibuster.
“Unpacking the Home GOP’s new guidelines: A helpful information to the adjustments” [Politico]. “Republicans have killed Democrats’ “pay-as-you-go” rule, typically shorthanded as PAYGO. It had required laws that will add to the deficit to be offset with tax will increase or spending cuts. The GOP has changed PAYGO with what it’s calling CUTGO, which requires obligatory spending will increase to be offset solely with equal or better decreases in obligatory spending — no new taxes allowed. The GOP final put this into place within the 112th Congress. That doesn’t imply that deficit-increasing tax cuts are off the desk. The CUTGO rule solely requires offsets if payments would improve obligatory spending inside a five-year or 10-year finances window. For instance, Republicans might cross extensions of the 2017 Trump tax cuts, a few of which have set to run out in 2025 (whereas others have already got).”
“Episode 240 – We Want To Speak About Kevin (w/ Thomas Frank)” (podcast) [Bad Faith]. “Every time one thing loopy goes down in Congress, Thomas Frank is right here to speak about it. We chatted whereas the Capitol was stormed on 1/6, and now the historian, author, and populism knowledgeable returns to Dangerous Religion because the Home Republicans battle to fulfill the 218-vote threshold to elect a Speaker. Inside: discussions in regards to the parallels between this historic second and those Frank has written about, the knowledge of Drive The Vote, and whether or not Briahna is correct to be jealous of the rogue Republicans on this second.” • Good to see Frank out and about.
Democrats en Déshabillé
Affected person readers, plainly individuals are truly studying the back-dated put up! However I’ve not up to date it, and there are lots of updates. So I should try this. –lambert
I’ve moved my standing remarks on the Democrat Social gathering (“the Democrat Social gathering is a rotting corpse that may’t bury itself”) to a separate, back-dated put up, to which I’ll periodically add materials, summarizing the addition right here in a “dwell” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) It seems that defining the Democrat Social gathering is, in reality, a tough drawback. I do assume the paragraph that follows is on level all the way in which again to 2016, if not earlier than:
The Democrat Social gathering is the political expression of the category energy of PMC, their base (lucidly defined by Thomas Frank in Hear, Liberal!). ; if the Democrat Social gathering didn’t exist, the PMC must invent it. . (“PMC” modulo “class expatriates,” after all.) Second, all of the working components of the Social gathering reinforce one another. Depart apart characterizing the relationships between components of the Social gathering (ka-ching, however not solely) these components comprise a community — a Flex Internet? An iron octagon? — of funders, distributors, apparatchiks, electeds, NGOs, and miscellaneous mercenaries, with property within the press and the intelligence neighborhood.
Notice, after all, that the category energy of the PMC each expresses and is restricted by different courses; 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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“Russian trolls on Twitter had little affect on 2016 voters” [WaPo]. “Russian affect operations on Twitter within the 2016 presidential election reached comparatively few customers, most of whom had been extremely partisan Republicans, and the Russian accounts had no measurable affect in altering minds or influencing voter conduct, in line with a examine out this morning. The examine, which the New York College Heart for Social Media and Politics helmed, explores the boundaries of what Russian disinformation and misinformation was capable of obtain on one main social media platform within the 2016 elections. ‘My private sense popping out of that is that this bought means overhyped,” Josh Tucker, one of many report’s authors who can also be the co-director of the New York College heart, informed me in regards to the meaningfulness of the Russian tweets. ‘Now we’re trying again at knowledge and we are able to see how concentrated this was in a single small portion of the inhabitants, and the way the truth that individuals who had been being uncovered to those had been actually, actually prone to vote for Trump,’ Tucker stated. ‘After which now we have this knowledge to indicate we are able to’t discover any relationship between being uncovered to those tweets and other people’s change in attitudes.’ • Hilarity ensues, due to course all this was apparent from the very starting. And it’s been out in plain sight on a regular basis; the Instances, in spite of everything, revealed an archive of “Russian” memes. Who might consider they’d affect anybody? Moreover credulous liberal Democrats, I imply.There was Buff Bernie;
And who might neglect:
“We’ll beat it collectively” sorta sums up the entire sorry RussiaGate saga, doesn’t it? Anyhow, now that we see that these 9/11 airplnes missed the Twin Towers utterly, can we now cauterize the cancerous organs of state safety that metastasized throughout our First Modification rights? Not an opportunity! Right here’s the examine–
“Publicity to the Russian Web Analysis Company overseas affect marketing campaign on Twitter within the 2016 US election and its relationship to attitudes and voting conduct” [Nature]. “. Utilizing longitudinal survey knowledge from US respondents linked to their Twitter feeds, we quantify the connection between publicity to the Russian overseas affect marketing campaign and attitudes and voting conduct within the 2016 US election. We exhibit, first, that publicity to Russian disinformation accounts was closely concentrated: just one% of customers accounted for 70% of exposures. Second, publicity was concentrated amongst customers who strongly recognized as Republicans. Third, publicity to the Russian affect marketing campaign was eclipsed by content material from home information media and politicians. Lastly, we discover no proof of a significant relationship between publicity to the Russian overseas affect marketing campaign and adjustments in attitudes, polarization, or voting conduct. The outcomes have implications for understanding the boundaries of election interference campaigns on social media.” • Greenwald feedback:
The findings from the survey itself are much more hanging.
It solely took 6 years for “knowledge” to show the apparent: in an election the place oligarchs spend trillions; CIA/FBI/DHS are concerned; main media companies are doing all the things potential, a couple of Twitter bots are irrelevant. pic.twitter.com/YIo8n7pf0F
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 9, 2023
Our Famously Free Press
Berenson’s “Twitter Information” effort sank like a stone:
1/ My first #TwitterFiles report: how @scottgottliebmd – a high Pfizer board member – used the identical Twitter lobbyist because the White Home to suppress debate on Covid vaccines, INCLUDING FROM A FELLOW HEAD OF @US_FDA!
Thanks @elonmusk for opening these information.https://t.co/UbHlmtjELP
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) January 9, 2023
Partly, little question, as a result of who desires to assault a sanctified establishment like Pfizer, but in addition as a result of Berenson wrote 4 tweets after which blog-whored his website! (Each different Twitter Information report has been written in full on Twitter. So I don’t know what makes Berenson particular. Like I stated, they need to have put a reporter on it. Which Berenson, sadly, as soon as was….)
Lambert right here: I’m however a humble tapewatcher, however in contrast to Eric Topol, I’m not calling a surge, as a result of the final peak was Biden’s Omicron debacle, and after an Everest like that, what’s left? Topol’s view is the institution view: Hospital-centric. Mine is infection-centric. I don’t see the common acceleration or doubling in circumstances that I’d anticipate to see based mostly on previous surges.
I’m calling a “One thing Terrible.” It’s gonna be dangerous, in some new means, and we don’t understand how, but (however see right here for immune system dysregulation, which is trying fairly terrible). Wastewater has taken off in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, proper on time, two weeks after Thanksgiving. These aren’t solely in themselves massive cities, they’re all of the websites of worldwide airports (paying homage to the preliminary surge in spring 2020, which emanated, through air journey, from New York). Wastewater is a number one indicator for circumstances, which in flip lead hospitalization (and demise). As well as, positivity has reached its highest stage ever, a minimum of at Walgreens, and BQ.1* has taken over, intently adopted by XBB, and each are immunue escape variants. UPDATE The rise of XBB within the Northeast could be very regarding. The consequences of all our vacation journey needs to be taking part in out within the subsequent two weeks, and we’re one week in.
Keep protected on the market!
• “The coronavirus is talking. It’s saying it’s not executed with us.” [Eric Topol, WaPo]. “[XBB1.5,] the brand new dominant pressure exhibits that the virus is at all times evolving to unfold extra shortly and infect us extra effectively. That ought to function a wake-up name for the nation to re-invest in new vaccines, remedies and pandemic monitoring…. Individuals can take some consolation within the mixed immunity from the nation’s large numbers of infections, reinfections, vaccinations and boosters. That ought to blunt the impact of XBB.1.5. Nonetheless, now we have already seen the degrees of covid hospitalizations in the US attain their highest stage in virtually 11 months, and we’re not executed with this wave but…. The implications of XBB.1.5 are additionally a lot greater than simply this formidable variant. The virus is speaking to us, and it’s telling us it has many extra methods to evolve. It’s revealing that it not solely can faux out or elude our immune response, however can even get higher at penetrating our cells. What is going to occur subsequent? Will we see a complete new household of variants come up which might be distinct from the omicron household? It’s solely potential… We’ve moved from complacency to frank capitulation at simply the mistaken time. If XBB.1.5 is telling us one factor, it’s that we are able to’t be oblivious. We’re all drained, however we’re up in opposition to a drive that isn’t. Now we have the intelligence, resourcefulness and ingenuity to lastly get forward of the virus, however politics and unwillingness to take a position are holding us again. We can’t afford that gridlock.” • Assuming good religion, after all.
• “XBB.1.5 is the newest COVID-19 subvariant: What you’ll want to know” [Yahoo News]. “XBB.1.5 has a couple of mutations in it which can give it some development benefit over different variants, [Toronto epidemiologist Isaac Bogoch] explains. Up to now, it’s been present in over 30 counties, together with Canada. Nevertheless, whereas it seems to have some development benefit, it’s to not the identical extent that it was initially thought to have. ‘Just a few weeks in the past, the CDC XBB.1.5 to characterize over 40 per cent of all COVID samples in the US,’ he says. ‘It was truly based mostly on extra locations reporting knowledge to characterize nearer to twenty per cent of sequence samples.’ Whereas XBB.1.5 been proven to ‘wiggle round’ our protecting immunity and trigger reinfection, Bogoch says it’s not seeing the diploma of exponential development it was initially thought to have.” • So, my hermeneutic of suspicion relating to CDC projections seems to be proper (but once more). Now, XBB.1.5 is rising impressively quick, because the CDC variant charts (under) present. Simply not as quick as CDC projected.
• “SARS-CoV-2 replication in airway epithelia requires motile cilia and microvillar reprogramming” [Cell (ChrisRUEcon)]. Essential. From the Summary: “Utilizing major nasal epithelial organoid cultures, we discovered that the virus attaches to motile cilia through the ACE2 receptor. . Depleting cilia blocks an infection for SARS-CoV-2 and different respiratory viruses. SARS-CoV-2 progeny connect to airway microvilli 24 h post-infection and set off formation of apically prolonged and , supporting …. Importantly, Omicron variants bind with larger affinity to motile cilia and present accelerated viral entry. Our work means that motile cilia, microvilli, and mucociliary-dependent mucus move are vital for environment friendly virus replication in nasal epithelia.” • First time I’ve heard a mechanism for nasal an infection described. Right here is the graphical summary:
So us nasal spray stans may not have been mistaken! Extra–
• “Stanford Drugs scientists pinpoint COVID-19 virus’s entry and exit ports inside our noses” (press launch) [Stanford Medicine]. “Any person simply coughed on you. On a aircraft. At a cocktail party. In a grocery store line. If solely there have been a ‘morning after’ nasal spray that might knock out respiratory viruses’ means to colonize your nostril and throat. In a examine publishing right now within the print situation of Cell [above], Peter Jackson, PhD, a Stanford Drugs professor of pathology and of microbiology and immunology, and his colleagues introduced that chance nearer to actuality by pinpointing the routes that SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus, takes to enter and exit cells in our nasal cavity. ‘,’ Jackson stated.” • A “morning after” nasal spray is the precise use case for the Vaill CoviTRAP nasal spray developed in Thailand (see NC right here, and — to not be unfair to Jackson — right here: “A smallish Southeast Asian nation was capable of develop this expertise, safe approval, produce, and deliver it to market whereas we within the wealthy West sat on our pasty white fundaments and, to place it politely, twiddled our fingers. Ye Gods!”).
• “Circulating Spike Protein Detected in Put up–COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Myocarditis” [Circulation]. n = 16. “Immunoprofiling of vaccinated adolescents and younger adults revealed that the mRNA vaccine–induced immune responses didn’t differ between people who developed myocarditis and people who didn’t. Nevertheless, free spike antigen was detected within the blood of adolescents and younger adults who developed post-mRNA vaccine myocarditis, advancing perception into its potential underlying trigger.” • The spikes are dangerous. No cause little spike factories can’t have a particular method to be worse (in some people). A layperson’s abstract, nicely price a learn–
“Spikes Out: A COVID Thriller” [MedScape]. “In 12 out of 16 children with myocarditis, the researchers had been capable of measure free spike protein within the blood — that’s to say spike protein, not certain by anti-spike antibodies. These free spikes had been current in — anticipate it — zero of the 45 management sufferers. That makes spike protein itself our prime suspect. J’accuse free spike protein! In fact, all good detectives have to wrap up the case with an excellent story: How was all of it executed? And right here’s the place we might use Agatha Christie’s assist. How might this all work? The vaccine will get injected; mRNA is taken up into cells, the place spike protein is generated and launched, producing antibody and T-cell responses all of the whereas. These responses quickly clear that spike protein from the system — this has been demonstrated in a number of research — in adults, a minimum of. However in some small variety of folks, apparently, spike protein shouldn’t be cleared. Why? It makes no rattling sense. Compels me, although. Some have instructed that inadvertent intravenous injection of vaccine, in contrast with the suitable intramuscular route, may distribute the vaccine to websites with much less immune surveillance. However that’s undoubtedly not confirmed but. We’re on the trail for positive, however that is, as Benoit Blanc would say, a twisted net — and we aren’t completed untangling it. Not but.” • No mechanism but. However with research like this, and the nasal examine above, it does appear that we’re getting nearer to an account.
• “Investigation of the impact of COVID-19 on sperm rely, motility, and morphology” [Journal of Medical Virology]. From the Summary: “Two teams had been chosen (100 males had and recovered from COVID-19, and 100 males by no means had COVID-19) spermiograms from each teams had been analyzed in accordance with the World Well being Group requirements. The sperm focus of the COVID-19 detrimental group was considerably larger than these within the COVID-19 optimistic group. No statistically vital distinction was detected between the teams for sperm motility and morphology. It was noticed that males with COVID-19 had decreased sperm concentrations suggesting that COVID-19 might have a detrimental impact on male fertility. Nevertheless, in the long run, extra complete research with a big pattern measurement are wanted to grasp higher the adjustments in sperm focus.” • Extra examine wanted….
• Maskstravaganza: “Lengthy-haul flight passengers ought to put on face masks: WHO” [Bloomberg]. “Passengers on long-haul flights needs to be suggested to put on masks and it’s not unreasonable for Europe to undertake journey restrictions as COVID-19 circumstances surge in China and the US, World Well being Group officers stated. ‘A menace might come from a brand new variant of concern wherever, anytime,’ Hans Kluge, the WHO’s regional director for Europe, stated at a briefing in Copenhagen.” • We don’t “advise” passengers to placed on their seatbelts, or “advise” them to put their seatbacks and traytables “of their upright and locked place.” We require it. Why this unimaginable weak point, this flaccidity, on measures to guard the general public’s well being?
• “Effectiveness of influenza vaccination in opposition to SARS-CoV-2 an infection amongst healthcare staff in Qatar” [Journal of Infection and Public Health]. n= 30,774. “This matched, test-negative, case-control examine was carried out on a inhabitants of 30,774 healthcare staff (HCWs) in Qatar in the course of the 2020 annual influenza vaccination marketing campaign, September 17, 2020-December 31, 2020, earlier than introduction of COVID-19 vaccination…. Latest influenza vaccination is related to a big discount within the threat of SARS-CoV-2 an infection and COVID-19 severity.” • Granted, that is the 2020 pressure. It had occurred to me that for the present variants, Covid safety from flu vaccine is likely to be an element on this winter’s oddly behaving numbers. Nevertheless, my impression is that whole flu vaccination is down (CDC and search aren’t particularly useful on this). If that’s the case, a lot for that concept. Readers?
Right here is CDC’s interactive map by county set to neighborhood transmission (the “purple map,” which is the map CDC desires solely hospitals to take a look at, not you.) The map is alleged to replace Monday-Friday by 8 pm:
At the very least Alabama isn’t all blue anymore.
The earlier map:
NOTE: I shall most definitely not be utilizing the CDC’s new “Neighborhood Degree” metric. As a result of CDC has mixed a number one indicator (circumstances) with a lagging one (hospitalization) their new metric is a poor warning signal of a surge, and a poor method to assess private threat. As well as, Covid is a illness you don’t need to get. Even in case you are not hospitalized, you may undergo from Lengthy Covid, vascular points, and neurological points. That the “inexperienced map” (which Topol calls a “capitulation” and a “deception”) continues to be up and being taken significantly verges on the legal.
From the Walgreen’s take a look at positivity tracker, revealed January 10:
-2.1.%. Nonetheless down.
Wastewater knowledge (CDC), January 6:
An excessive amount of gray. NY city down. Actually?!
NOT UPDATED And MWRA knowledge, January 5:
Lambert right here: Each North and South are down. Nevertheless, not all the scholars are again; BU courses start January 19; Harvard’s January 22.
Lambert right here: It’s past irritating how gradual the variant knowledge 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 in opposition to a variant exhibiting doubling conduct.
NOT UPDATED Variant knowledge, nationwide (Walgreens), December 23:
Lambert right here: BQ.1* dominates, XBB transferring up quick. Notice all of the BQ subvariants; it’s virtually like one thing’s encouraging them, like possibly a coverage of mass an infection. Certain hope none of ’em get fortunate, like XBB.
NOT UPDATED Variant knowledge, nationwide (CDC), December 17 (Nowcast off):
BQ.1* takes first place. XBB arising quick. (For BQ.1/XBB and vaccine escape, see right here.) Right here is Area 2, the Northeast, the place each BQ.1* and XBB are stated to be larger, and are:
Holy moley, XBB.1.5! (Makes clear that Area 2 (New England) varies tremendously from the nationwide common. Wouldn’t it’s fascinating if we ended up with completely different variants dominating completely different components of the nation.
• As a test, since New York is a BQ.1* hotbed, New York hospitalization, up to date January 5:
A retreat from the regular rise I’ve discovered so regarding.
• Hospitalization knowledge for Queens, up to date December 31:
I don’t know whether or not it is a real bounce or a backward revisions, however I’ve been ready for Queens to maneuver after the vacations, as a result of (I assume) quite a lot of LGA/JFK staff dwell there, or a minimum of commute via there.
Dying price (Our World in Information):
Whole: 1,121,298 –
1,121,097 = 201 (201 * 365 = 73,365 deaths per 12 months, right now’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “residing with” Covid (fairly a bit larger than the minimizers would really like, although they’ll discuss themselves into something. If the YouGenicist™ metric retains chugging alongside like this, I may should determine that is what the powers-that-be think about “mission achieved” for this specific tranche of demise and illness).
Lambert right here: Deaths lag, so now we have a pleasant little bounce right here as a consequence of no matter it’s we’ve been going via.
It’s good that for deaths I’ve a easy, every day chart that simply retains chugging alongside, in contrast to all the things else CDC and the White Home are screwing up or letting go darkish, good job.
Small Enterprise Optimism: “United States Nfib Enterprise Optimism Index” [Trading Economics]. “The NFIB Small Enterprise Optimism Index in the US declined to a six-month low of 89.8 in December of 2022, marking the twelfth straight month under the 49-year common of 98 as gross sales and enterprise circumstances are anticipated to deteriorate. Expectations for higher enterprise circumstances over the subsequent six months worsened by 8 factors to -51%. Additionally, the web p.c of householders who anticipate actual gross sales to be larger worsened by 2 factors to -10%. On the optimistic facet, 41% of householders reported job openings that had been exhausting to fill, down 3 factors however traditionally very excessive.”
Tech: “Social Quitting” [Cory Doctorow, Locus]. “When economists and sociologists theorize about social media, they emphasize ‘‘community results.” A system has ‘‘community results” if it will get extra helpful as extra folks use it. You joined Fb since you valued the corporate of the individuals who had been already utilizing it; when you joined, different folks joined to hang around with you. Community results are highly effective drivers of fast development. They’re a optimistic suggestions loop, a flywheel that will get sooner and sooner. However community results reduce each methods. If a system will get extra helpful because it attracts extra customers, it additionally will get much less helpful because it sheds customers. The much less helpful a system is to you, the simpler it’s to go away.”
Right now’s Concern & Greed Index: 50 Impartial (earlier shut: 47 Impartial) [CNN]. One week in the past: 36 (Concern). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Jan 10 at 2:30 PM EST.
Mosler’s “man with a gun” concept:
In preparation for my evaluation of @stefeich‘s Forex of Politics, slowly coming into the rabbit gap of theories of cash. First cease, the Yap island and this unimaginable story in relation to its 𝑓𝑒𝑖 “foreign money”, as recounted by Keynes’ 1915 “The Island of Stone Cash”. pic.twitter.com/adVJDgwr6V
— Pavlos Roufos (@PRoufos) January 9, 2023
Groves of Academe
College directors have misplaced their minds:
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK: The phrase ‘discipline’ and phrases corresponding to ‘going into the sector’ or ‘discipline work’ could possibly be thought of anti-black or anti-immigrant pic.twitter.com/FSxY2E7Jwi
— Matt Orfalea (@0rf) January 10, 2023
Moreover the overall idiocy, the wee drawback is that practicum and discipline work aren’t synonyms. From Websters, practicum:
A course of examine designed particularly for the preparation of lecturers and clinicians that entails the supervised sensible software of beforehand studied concept
2: work executed within the discipline (as by college students) to achieve sensible expertise and data via firsthand commentary
3: the gathering of anthropological or sociological knowledge via the interviewing and commentary of topics within the discipline
“Conservatives take goal at tenure for college professors” [Associated Press]. “The development displays how conservative scrutiny of instruction associated to race, gender and sexuality has prolonged from faculties to larger schooling. However finances issues additionally play a job. Tenured school numbers have been declining even in additional liberal states. Universities are hiring extra part-time, adjunct instructors amid declines in monetary assist from state governments.” • Plus extra directors, naturally. See above.
“Man Wants Intercourse and Violence, Not High-Down ‘That means’” [Richard Hanania’s Newsletter]. I’ve to make use of a screenshot right here as a result of Substack’s HTML is horrid. See particularly the highlighted portion:
Or might it’s — hear me out — that decreased happiness had one thing to do with one million folks dying?
“Speedy wage development on the backside has offset rising US inequality” [PNAS]. From October 2022, nonetheless germane. “US earnings inequality has not elevated within the final decade. This marks the primary sustained reversal of rising earnings inequality since 1980. We doc this shift throughout eight knowledge sources utilizing employee surveys, employer-reported knowledge, and administrative knowledge. The reversal is because of a shrinking hole between low-wage and median-wage staff. In distinction, the hole between high and median staff has endured. Rising pay for low-wage staff shouldn’t be primarily because of the altering composition of staff or jobs, minimal wage will increase, or workplace-specific sources of inequality. As an alternative, it is because of broadly rising pay in low-wage occupations, which has notably benefited staff in tightening labor markets. Rebounding put up–Nice Recession labor demand on the backside offset enduring drivers of inequality.” • Therefore, liberal Democrats busting unions. Helpful chart:
During the last years, wages within the US have grown extra strongly for low-income households (1st quartile) than for high-income households (4th quartile), thereby contributing to a decline in wage inequality. pic.twitter.com/KVfbhM7CzO
— Philipp Heimberger (@heimbergecon) January 9, 2023
This doesn’t imply, after all, that the absolute ranges low-wage occupations are something like livable or humane.
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I’m not feeling wired right now.
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