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Affected person readers, perhaps there in reality is one thing to this Mercury-in-retrograde woo woo. The store changed my borked display screen with a display screen that was once itself borked. So I wait some other day. And my coffee mechanical device failed [snarl]. –lambert

Through Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Chicken Tune of the Day

Mountain Chiffchaff (Caucasian) Ikizdere; Sivri Kaya, Rize, Türkiye. “One chicken trapped and photographed; making a song from 50cm top bush of beech scrub (Fagus) close to snow limiit.” No longer certain what the white noise is; I’m picturing a mountain waterfall.

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“Such a lot of of the social reactions that strike us as mental are in reality a rational control of symbolic capital.” –Pierre Bourdieu, Classification Struggles

The Constitutional Order

“Ultimate Courtroom to Come to a decision Whether or not to Kick Trump Off Poll” [Newsweek]. “The criminal debate about whether or not or now not former President Donald Trump will have to be allowed to seem at the 2024 poll has made its method earlier than the Ultimate Courtroom. The court docket disbursed John Castro v. Donald Trump to the justices for convention on Wednesday forward of the impending time period, which is able to start on October 2. Convention is to happen on September 26 and the case is predicted to be determined on or earlier than October 9. Castro, a tax lawyer working for the Republican nomination subsequent 12 months, despatched his petition to the Ultimate Courtroom final month, asking the justices to respond to whether or not political applicants can problem the eligibility of some other candidate of the similar celebration working for a similar nomination ‘in line with a political aggressive harm within the shape a diminution of votes.’” Sounds novel. Extra: “The lawsuit is looking for to argue that Trump will have to now not be allowed to run for the White Space in line with segment 3 of the 14th Modification… Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani up to now advised Newsweek that it’s not going for the justices to aspect with Castro since Trump has but to be charged or convicted of rebellion and rise up. ‘A conviction isn’t required below the apparent language of the Charter, but it surely’s telling that even the ones prosecuting Trump don’t consider that there’s sufficient proof to convict him or rebellion or sedition,’ Rahmani stated.” The headline is a bit misleading, because it assumes Castro already has status. Here’s his concept: “Castro, on the other hand, argues that his case would have sufficient status [whatever that means] as a result of since he’s additionally working for the Republican nomination.” • The speculation that one candiate can inflict a “aggressive harm” on some other turns out like a Pandora’s field, to me; person who the Courtroom would want superb reason why to open. If I had been a Ultimate Courtroom justice, I’d deep six Castro and watch for a blank case introduced in opposition to an election professional performing on Baude and Paulen’s concept (beneath). And perhaps stuff Baude and Paulen again of their casket and nail the lid close, so that they don’t stay shooting up thru 2024.

“It’s time for Chris Christie to sue Donald Trump” [Hayes Brown, MSNBC]. Identical concept as above. From August 26: “Steven Calabresi, a regulation professor at Northwestern and Yale and co-founder of The Federalist Society, has instructed {that a} candidate, particularly Christie, take the lead: ‘,’ Calabresi wrote this month in The Volokh Conspiracy, a libertarian-leaning criminal weblog. ‘They draw from some equivalent electorate. Christie will have to sue, if important, to get Trump’s title off the poll.’ I’d make bigger Calabresi’s name for Christie to sue to incorporate Hutchinson as smartly, particularly since he appears to be smartly conscious about the arguments in desire of Trump’s disqualification. From there, the case is more likely to rocket as much as the Ultimate Courtroom….” • Because it did, so just right name (which says not anything at the deserves).

“Does Segment 3 of the Fourteenth Modification Disqualify Trump?” [Cato]. “[N]o one will have to suppose that simply because Baude and Paulsen have made a formidable highbrow case for his or her originalist studying, that the Ultimate Courtroom will claim itself satisfied and disqualify Trump. Justice Antonin Scalia memorably described himself as a ‘faint‐​hearted originalist,’ which captures one thing essential concerning the considering of just about each Justice—if overruling a wrongly determined previous case threatens to disrupt settled expectancies to the purpose of spreading chaos and grief thru society, maximum of them will chorus. Stare decisis, and a total choice for continuity in regulation, nonetheless issues.”

“May just the 14th Modification stay Trump off the poll in 2024?” [WaPo]. That is in reality a just right wrap-up. “Within the historically first-in-the-nation number one state of New Hampshire, Secretary of State David Scanlan (R) has requested the state’s lawyer total to read about the problem and its doable applicability within the upcoming presidential election…. Within the battleground state of Michigan, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) lately stated “there are legitimate criminal arguments being made” for conserving the previous president off the poll and that it’s one thing she is discussing with election officers in different states. In a up to date interview with MSNBC, she stated states will ‘most probably want to act in live performance, if we act in any respect’ in regards to the constitutional demanding situations and predicted the problem will in the end be settled in courts…. In Arizona, Secretary of State Adrian Fontes (D) has stated that he does now not have the authority to bar Trump from the poll, however that the query about Trump’s eligibility isn’t settled. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has stated when requested about Trump and the 14th Modification that electorate ‘deserve the precise to come to a decision elections.’” • Fascinating that Benson needs to enroll in palms with different Democrats so they may be able to bounce off the cliff in combination. I wonder whether anyone is orchestrating that effort.

“Is the President an ‘Officer of america’ for Functions of Segment 3 of the Fourteenth Modification?” [Josh Blackman & Seth Barrett Tillman, NYU Journal of Law & Liberty]. Scholar edited; from 2021 (!). Segment 3 says that “No one shall… cling any place of job, civil or army, below america, who who, having up to now taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or , or as a member of any state legislature, or as an govt or judicial officer of any state, to beef up the Charter of america, shall have engaged in rebellion….” I crossed out the portions now not related to Trump. Elevating the query: Is the President an “an officer of america”? The authors argue no: “Phase I can contend that the words ‘officer of america’ and ‘place of job . . . below america’ in Segment 3 discuss with other classes of positions. Phase II will analyze the word ‘officer of america,’ which is used within the Charter of 1788 and in Segment 3 of the Fourteenth Modification. Phase III will display that the that means of the word ‘officer of america’ didn’t float from 1788 thru 1868. In each eras, there’s considerable proof that the President was once now not thought to be an ‘officer of america.’ Phase IV will recount longstanding Government Department reviews, which affirmed that elected officers just like the President aren’t ‘officials of america.’ Phase V will reply to contemporary arguments suggesting that the President is an ‘officer of america’ for functions of Segment 3. Phase VI will chart how the courts, and now not Congress, will most probably have the overall say about whether or not President Trump is topic to Segment 3 of the Fourteenth Modification.” • Utterly simply throwing this one in the market. In all probability anyone with extra criminal experience than I’ve can remark.

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“The Sweep and Power of Segment 3” [William Baude and Michael Stokes Paulsen, University of Pennsylvania Law Review]. I extremely counsel this piece (and the following dialogue at NC, beginning right here). As a former English main and keen on shut studying, I’m now not averse to “originalism,” of which Baude and Paulsen supply a magisterial instance, within the sense that figuring out the regulation as a textual content should start with figuring out the apparent, public that means of the phrases used when the textual content was once written. That’s how I learn Shakespeare, or Joyce, so why now not the Charter? Simply so long as figuring out doesn’t finish there! In the end, I’m operating thru it. Something I realize is that there do appear to have been quite a large number of rebellions and insurrections, now not simply the Civil Battle. To me, that is parallel to at least one lesson I drew from Mike Duncan’s Revolutions podcast (episode 1): There are quite a large number of revolutions, too. Alert reader Pensions Man summarizes Baude and Paulsen as follows:

The authors undergo an exhaustive textual and originalism research of Segment 3, and their Federalist Society leanings don’t deter them from achieving their conclusion that officers in each State who’re charged with figuring out candidate {qualifications} will have to conclude that Donald Trump is disqualified from being on ballots on account of the oath he took on Inauguration Day 2017 and due to this fact violated thru his position within the rebellion that came about on January 6, 2021.

Taking “rebellion” as learn (I want to do extra studying), this has been extra of my proceeding protection of Segment 3.

Biden Management

“Due to Biden, the Battle Birthday celebration is again” [Responsible Statecraft]. “As Robert Kagan, Nuland’s husband and main neo-conservative pundit, places it, ‘Superpowers don’t get to retire.’ Kagan asserts baldly what this group believes: ‘The time has come to inform American citizens that there is not any get away from international duty…the duty of keeping up an international order is never-ending and fraught with prices however preferable to the other.’ If truth be told, the time has come for a brutally truthful evaluate of the rising prices and lengthening perils that come from the militarization of our international coverage and the relentless effort to police the arena. Because the Quincy Institute’s Andrew Bachevich places it, ‘Our precise dilemma derives from the not up to truthful declare that historical past obliges america to pursue a coverage of militarized hegemony till the top of time. Possible choices do exist.’ Sadly the Biden management seems dedicated to the warfare celebration’s failed playbook of the previous, and the emerging prices of an international coverage we neither want nor can manage to pay for.”


Time for the Countdown Clock!

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“Fani Willis lays out felony case in opposition to false electors” [Politico]. Or, as we are saying, “contingent electors” (no less than in orginal expression). A number of element, price studying in complete. “On Dec. 14, 2020, the day presidential electors around the country had been required to fulfill and forged their votes, thereby declaring Joe Biden’s victory, dozens of Trump allies in seven states the place Biden was once the qualified winner convened their very own mock elector ceremonies, signing petitions claiming to be legit presidential electors and due to this fact turning in them to Congress…. Shawn Nonetheless, Cathleen Latham and David Shafer — the previous chairman of the Georgia Republican Birthday celebration — had been a few of the Trump allies who signed the false paperwork in Georgia, they usually’ve been charged as a part of a sprawling racketeering conspiracy aimed toward subverting Georgia’s 2020 election. They’re additionally charged with false statements, forgery and different similar fees. In contemporary court docket filings, all 3 have argued that they believed they had been doing Trump’s bidding once they signed the false paperwork, pointing to the truth that Trump despatched a marketing campaign lawyer to their Dec. 14 assembly who prompt them to signal the paperwork to stay Trump’s election hopes alive. That lawyer, Ray Smith, may be charged within the alleged conspiracy. The false Georgia electors are making an attempt to “take away” their felony instances to federal court docket, the place they may try to argue that they’re immune from the state fees. On the center in their argument is the declare that they acted at Trump’s behest — and, subsequently, was appendages of the government. Federal regulation lets in the ones performing as federal ‘officials’ to take away their instances to federal court docket in the event that they’re charged with movements that relate to their professional duties.”

“May just a New Georgia Legislation Defeat Fani Willis Earlier than She Tries Trump?” [New York Sun]. “Georgia’s regulation introduced on July 1 and can start to box lawsuits on October 1, simply months earlier than President Trump and 18 different defendants will stand trial at a Fulton County courthouse…. The rush to oust Ms. Willis, who’s prosecuting Mr. Trump and 18 others for alleged efforts in Georgia to overturn the 2020 election, is rising as a sidebar to her stewardship of the case, nonetheless in its early days. Governor Kemp at a press convention referred to as the impeachment of Ms. Willis ‘political theater that solely inflames the feelings of the instant.’ The governor added {that a} particular consultation dedicated to casting off Ms. Wilis “would forget about present Georgia regulation and without delay intrude with the court cases of a separate however equivalent department of presidency.” He added that the ‘base line is that within the state of Georgia, so long as I’m governor, we’re going to practice the regulation and the Charter, without reference to who[m] it is helping or harms politically.’ In Would possibly on the Chatham County Sheriff’s Workplace, regardless that, Mr. Kemp signed into regulation a measure referred to as S.B. 92. The regulation creates an eight-member ‘Prosecuting Legal professionals Oversight Fee.’… 3 of the ones contributors are designated as ‘investigators,’ and 3 are assigned to function a ‘listening to panel.’ The fee possesses the ‘energy to self-discipline, take away, and motive involuntary retirement of appointed or elected district lawyers or solicitors-general.’ One state lawmaker, Steven Dixon, has already promised to report a criticism in opposition to Ms. Willis for her indictment of Mr. Trump…. The committee contributors are to be appointed by means of the governor, the lieutenant governor, and the speaker of Georgia’s Space of Representatives, all Republicans. All 3 of those that were appointed to this point were district lawyers, like Ms. Willis, suggesting that they might be empathetic towards her workout of discretion.” • Shark-infested waters. Together with Willis herself, I may upload.

“Deer chief?” (letter to the editor) [Valley News]. “Once I’m using, and a deer passes in entrance of my automobile, I don’t have a look at the deer; I glance in course it got here from, to peer if there are different deer following in the back of it. Former President Trump has been indicted on a number of fronts with extra to return. The true query isn’t whether or not he’s convicted; it’s whether or not there’s sufficient time earlier than the election in 2024 to search out him in charge of a criminal offense that rises to the extent of a offense in opposition to the Charter, which received’t permit him to run. I’d argue that there isn’t.” • I just like the metaphor. Despite the fact that I’m now not certain I comprehend it.

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“Joe Biden’s ‘Iron Grip’ on His Birthday celebration” [Wall Street Journal]. “No matter is also stated concerning the GOP’s solicitous perspective to Mr. Trump all the way through the years of his presidency, it compares favorably with the left’s omertà within the face of President Biden’s glaring psychological infirmity, incompetence and what seems to be a historical past of self-enrichment. Mr. Trump’s election occasioned some unlovely moving of ideas at the proper, but it surely additionally brought about fierce debate. Some Republicans refused to search out fault with the brand new president for the rest. Others made their peace together with his election however remained vital when his behavior and choices merited it. A couple of made it their undertaking to spoil him. Proper-oriented coverage organizations and conservative publications continued rancorous public schisms. Conservative non secular leaders, together with evangelical Christians, fell out with each and every different. This is a couple of can say for the Democratic Birthday celebration and the mainstream left of the 2020s.” No longer unfair. Extra: “You may have anticipated a reputable Democrat, perhaps a retired army officer, to problem Mr. Biden in a number one. However no; the celebration rearranged its conventional number one agenda first of all South Carolina and so make any number one problem just about unattainable.” • They did. Worse, placing South Carolina first was once an glaring payoff to James Clyburn, avatar of the Black Misleadership Elegance, and the South Carolina Democrats for serving to to nobble Sanders, pre-Tremendous Tuesday, in 2020.

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Harris at the more than a few Trump issues:

And from the similar interview:

“Harris says she’s in a position to step into position of president if Biden is in poor health: ‘Can have to take over’” [FOX]. “‘I see him each day,’ Harris stated of Biden. ‘A great deal of time we spend in combination is within the Oval Workplace, the place I see how his talent to grasp problems and weave thru advanced problems in some way that nobody else can to make sensible and essential choices on behalf of the American other people have performed out.’” • One doesn’t “weave thru” advanced problems, like a working again weaving throughout the protection; one weaves in combination. And naturally “sensible.” We adore our sensible. “You don’t want that masks, Joe. Let see your smile!”

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“The Maximum Vital Elections of 2023 Will Check Pink-State Citizens—and Glenn Youngkin’s Clout” [Wall Street Journal]. “Virginia electorate’ possible choices this November will give the most important clues concerning the course of the nationwide elections subsequent November, and concerning the political long run of a emerging Republican megastar: Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Keep watch over of the state legislature is at stake, with all 140 seats in each chambers up for grabs. Democrats cling a slender majority within the Senate, Republicans have an edge within the Space. Youngkin, whilst now not at the poll, is pushing laborious for a GOP trifecta so he can go a 15-week abortion restrict and different conservative priorities—and so he can burnish his popularity as a Republican who can win in swing territory after his 2021 victory put him at the nationwide map. If the Nov. 7 elections cross smartly for his celebration, Youngkin may just make a overdue access into the 2024 presidential race—a prospect he hasn’t dominated out and a few nationwide Republicans have pined for privately. GOP number one polling and a few early poll cut-off dates recommend this kind of bid would have little probability of good fortune. Or Youngkin, 56 years previous, may just attempt to proceed development legislative and political victories with an eye fixed to working for president in 2028. Virginia governors can’t serve consecutive four-year phrases.”

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Obama Legacy

Democrats en Déshabillé

Affected person readers, it kind of feels that persons are in reality studying the back-dated publish! However I’ve now not up to date it, and there are lots of updates. So I can have to try this. –lambert

I’ve moved my status remarks at the Democrat Birthday celebration (“the Democrat Birthday celebration is a rotting corpse that may’t bury itself”) to a separate, back-dated publish, to which I can periodically upload subject matter, summarizing the addition right here in a “reside” Water Cooler. (Confidently, some Bourdieu.) It seems that defining the Democrat Birthday celebration is, in reality, a troublesome downside. I do suppose the paragraph that follows is on level all of the as far back as 2016, if now not earlier than:

The Democrat Birthday celebration is the political expression of the category energy of PMC, their base (lucidly defined by means of Thomas Frank in Pay attention, Liberal!). ; if the Democrat Birthday celebration didn’t exist, the PMC must invent it. . (“PMC” modulo “magnificence expatriates,” after all.) 2d, all of the operating portions of the Birthday celebration fortify each and every different. Go away apart characterizing the relationships between components of the Birthday celebration (ka-ching, however now not completely) the ones components include a community — a Flex Internet? An iron octagon? — of funders, distributors, apparatchiks, electeds, NGOs, and miscellaneous mercenaries, with belongings within the press and the intelligence group.

Be aware, after all, that the category energy of the PMC each expresses and is restricted by means of different categories; oligarchs and American gentry (see ‘business style’ of Ferguson, Jorgensen, and Jie) and the operating magnificence are evoked. Suck up, kick down.

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Realignment and Legitimacy


“I’m in earnest — I can now not equivocate — I can now not excuse — I can now not retreat a unmarried inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD.” –William Lloyd Garrison

Sources, United States (Nationwide): Transmission (CDC); Wastewater (CDC, Biobot; comprises many counties; Wastewater Scan, comprises drilldown by means of zip); Variants (CDC; Walgreens); “Iowa COVID-19 Tracker” (in IA, however nationwide knowledge). “An infection Keep watch over, Emergency Control, Protection, and Common Ideas” (particularly on hospitalization by means of town).

Lambert right here: Readers, thank you for the collective effort. To replace any access, do be happy to touch me on the cope with given with the crops. Please put “COVID” within the topic line. Thanks!

Sources, 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 reviews); 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).

Sources, Canada (Nationwide): Wastewater (Executive of Canada).

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

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Keep protected in the market!

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Covid is Airborne


“SARS-CoV-2 reservoir in post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC)” [Nature]. The Abtract: ‘Tens of millions of persons are affected by Lengthy COVID or post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC). A number of organic elements have emerged as doable drivers of PASC pathology. Some people with PASC would possibly not totally transparent the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 after acute an infection. As an alternative, replicating virus and/or viral RNA—probably in a position to being translated to provide viral proteins—persist in tissue as a ‘reservoir’. This reservoir may just modulate host immune responses or liberate viral proteins into the circulate. Right here we assessment research that experience recognized SARS-CoV-2 RNA/protein or immune responses indicative of a SARS-CoV-2 reservoir in PASC samples. Mechanisms through which a SARS-CoV-2 reservoir might give a contribution to PASC pathology, together with coagulation, microbiome and neuroimmune abnormalities, are delineated. We determine analysis priorities to lead the additional find out about of a SARS-CoV-2 reservoir in PASC, with the function that medical trials of antivirals or different therapeutics with doable to transparent a SARS-CoV-2 reservoir are speeded up.”

“Determinants of the onset and diagnosis of the post-COVID-19 situation: a 2-year potential observational cohort find out about” [The Lancet]. “A minimum of 5–10% of topics surviving COVID-19 broaden the post-COVID-19 situation (PCC) or “Lengthy COVID”. The medical presentation of PCC is heterogeneous, its pathogenesis is being deciphered, and function, validated biomarkers are missing. It’s unknown if PCC is a unmarried entity or a heterogeneous syndrome with overlapping pathophysiological foundation. The massive US RECOVER find out about recognized 4 clusters of topics with PCC in line with their presenting signs. Then again, the long-term medical implications of PCC stay unknown…. Preexisting clinical and socioeconomic elements, in addition to acute COVID-19 signs, are related to the improvement of and restoration from the PCC. Restoration is terribly uncommon all the way through the primary 2 years, posing a big problem to healthcare programs.”

“Lengthy COVID as a practical somatic symptom dysfunction led to by means of abnormally exact prior expectancies all the way through Bayesian perceptual processing: A brand new speculation and implications for pandemic reaction” [SAGE Open Medicine (Raymond Sim)]. “This assessment proposes a style of Lengthy-COVID the place the constellation of signs are in reality in actuality skilled power bodily signs which are most often practical in nature and subsequently probably reversible, this is, Lengthy-COVID is a somatic symptom dysfunction. First, we describe what’s lately recognized about Lengthy-COVID in youngsters and adults. 2d, we read about reported ‘Lengthy-Pandemic’ results that create a chance for equivalent somatic signs to broaden in non-COVID-19 sufferers. 3rd, we describe what was once recognized about somatization and somatic symptom dysfunction earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, and recommend that by means of analogy, Lengthy-COVID might absolute best be conceptualized as such a issues, with equivalent signs and predisposing, precipitating, and perpetuating elements. Fourth, . 5th, we describe the present theoretical style of the mechanism underlying practical issues, the Bayesian predictive coding style for belief. This style accounts for moderators that may make symptom inferences functionally faulty and subsequently can give an explanation for how one can perceive not unusual predisposing, precipitating, and perpetuating elements. In any case, we talk about the results of this framework for progressed public well being messaging all the way through a virus, with suggestions for the control of Lengthy-COVID signs in healthcare programs. .” • That is the stupidest timeline. I ponder which solution to Lengthy Covid will win out?

“One thing Terrible”

Lambert right here: I’m getting the sensation that the “One thing Terrible” may well be a sawtooth trend — variant after variant — that averages out to a completely top plateau. A number of exceptionally nasty sequelae, perhaps deriving from immune dysregulation (says this layperson). To which we may upload mind harm, together with persona adjustments therefrom.

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Case Knowledge

NOT UPDATED From BioBot wastewater knowledge, September 5:

Again to a gradual upward climb.

Regional knowledge:

The Midwest now movint upward as smartly. I’m now not certain what the downward swoop was once all about. Curiously, the upswing starts earlier than July 4, which neither hurries up nor retards it.


NOT UPDATED From CDC, September 2:

Lambert right here: Best of the leaderboard: EG.5 (“Eris“). No BA.2.86 right here, now not even within the be aware, however see beneath at Positivity.

CDC: “As of Would possibly 11, genomic surveillance knowledge can be reported biweekly, in line with the provision of sure take a look at specimens.” “Biweeekly: 1. happening each two weeks. 2. happening two times every week; semiweekly.” Seems like CDC has selected sense #1. In essence, they’re telling us variants are not anything to fret about. Time will inform.

Covid Emergency Room Visits

From CDC NCIRD Surveillance, September 2:

Lambert right here: Every other Hard work Day weekend drop, like Walgreens? Generally, three-day weekends don’t coincide with height an infection!

Lambert right here: I modified this ER chart to a Covid-only chart damaged down by means of age. Be aware the highlighting.

NOTE “Charts and knowledge equipped by means of CDC, updates Wednesday by means of 8am. For the previous 12 months, the use of a rolling 52-week duration.” So now not all of the pandemic, FFS (the implicit message right here being that Covid is “similar to the flu,” which is why the seasonal “rolling 52-week duration” is acceptable for eachMR SUBLIMINAL I hate those other people such a lot. Realize additionally that this chart presentations, no less than for its period of time, that Covid is now not seasonal, even supposing CDC is attempting to get us to consider that it’s, probably so they may be able to piggyback at the current institutional equipment for injections.


NOT UPDATED Bellwether New York Town, knowledge as of September 2:

Leveling out? I hate this metric for the reason that lag makes it misleading.

Right here’s a special CDC visualization on hospitalization, national, now not by means of state, however with a date, no less than. August 26, 2023:

A minimum of now we now that hospitalization tracks positivity, which is good. Despite the fact that we don’t understand how many instances there are. And positivity as top because it’s been at any time, apart from for Omicron.


NOT UPDATED From Walgreens, September 4:

-2.7% Giant drop, most likely because of Hard work Day shuttle, regardless that absolutely the numbers are nonetheless very small relative to June 2022, say. Curiously, those don’t correlate with the regional figures for wastewater. (It could be attention-grabbing to survey this inhabitants in most cases; those are individuals who, in spite of a tsunami of professional propaganda and huge peer drive, went and were given examined anyways.)

NOT UPDATED From CDC, traveler’s knowledge, August 14:

Lambert right here: That is the CDC’s “Traveler-Primarily based Genomic Surveillance” knowledge. And the variant knowledge:


NOT UPDATED Iowa COVID-19 Tracker, August 30:

Lambert right here: The WHO knowledge is nugatory, so I changed it with the Iowa Covid Knowledge Tracker. Their manner: “Those knowledge were sourced, by the use of the API from the CDC: https://knowledge.cdc.gov/NCHS/Prerequisites-Contributing-to-COVID-19-Deaths-by-Stat/hk9y-quqm. This visualization updates on Wednesday evenings. Knowledge are provisional and are adjusted weekly by means of the CDC.” I will be able to’t appear to get a pop-up that presentations a complete of the 3 reasons (most sensible proper). Readers?,,

General: 1,174,291 – 1,174,149 = 142 (142 * 365 = 51,830 deaths consistent with 12 months, lately’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “dwelling with” Covid (reasonably a little upper than the minimizers would love, regardless that they may be able to communicate themselves into the rest. If the YouGenicist™ metric helps to keep chugging alongside like this, I might simply need to come to a decision that is what the powers-that-be believe “undertaking achieved” for this actual tranche of loss of life and illness).

Lambert right here: Giant as a result of over a weekend.

Extra Deaths

The Economist, September 4:

Lambert right here: That is now being up to date day by day. Bizarre. In response to a machine-learning style. (The CDC has an extra estimate too, however because it ran without end with a large typo within the Legend, I figured no one was once in reality taking a look at it, so I were given rid it. )

Stats Watch

Products and services: “United States ISM Products and services PMI” [Trading Economics]. “The ISM Products and services PMI all of a sudden jumped to 54.5 in August 2023, pointing to the most powerful enlargement within the services and products sector in six months, in comparison to 52.7 in July and forecasts of 52.5.”

Car Gross sales: “United States General Car Gross sales” [Trading Economics]. “General Car Gross sales in america reduced to fifteen.04 Million in August from 15.75 Million in July.”

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Retail: “If You’ve Were given a New Automobile, It’s a Knowledge Privateness Nightmare” [Gizmodo]. “[ Mozilla’s *Privacy Not Included project] discovered that each main automobile logo fails to stick to essentially the most elementary privateness and safety requirements in new internet-connected fashions, and all 25 of the manufacturers Mozilla tested flunked the group’s take a look at. Mozilla discovered manufacturers together with BMW, Ford, Toyota, Tesla, and Subaru gather knowledge about drivers together with race, facial expressions, weight, well being data, and the place you pressure. One of the vital automobiles examined gathered knowledge you wouldn’t be expecting your automobile to find out about, together with information about sexual task, race, and immigration standing, in line with Mozilla…. The worst culprit was once Nissan, Mozilla stated. The carmaker’s privateness coverage suggests the producer collects data together with sexual task, well being analysis knowledge, and genetic knowledge, regardless that there’s no information about how precisely that knowledge is collected. Nissan reserves the precise to percentage and promote ‘personal tastes, traits, mental developments, predispositions, conduct, attitudes, intelligence, talents, and aptitudes’ to knowledge agents, regulation enforcement, and different 3rd events.” • The slant six wasn’t the one advantage of the Dodge Dart….

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As of late’s Worry & Greed Index: 56 Greed (earlier shut: 59 Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 53 (Impartial). (0 is Excessive Worry; 100 is Excessive Greed). Remaining up to date Sep 6 at 1:26 PM ET.

Elegance Conflict

“The weather disaster is a disaster of inequality” [Science]. “Traditionally, the idea that financial enlargement ‘lifts all boats‘ has justified maximizing enlargement, which ‘loose marketplace’ proponents incessantly interpret as difficult minimum law and redistribution. However this enlargement calls for power, which in large part comes from burning fossil fuels, the key reason for the weather disaster. And to this point, markets have in large part failed to value the social price of carbon. Financial and weather inequality are tightly connected, inside of and throughout nations, with richer countries and people appropriating hugely extra fossil fuels whilst infrequently paying the social price of carbon and incessantly assuming that they may be able to defend themselves from the antagonistic penalties in their fossil gasoline use. In the meantime, globally, poverty intently corresponds with weather surprise sensitivity. The sector’s deficient are much more likely to are living in climate-vulnerable nations and feature fewer assets to protect in opposition to and recuperate from weather shocks. Their meals and water are threatened by means of weather breakdowns. Poorer other people—those that paintings outside, reside in families with out air con, or can not migrate from flood or fire-prone places—pays the perfect value for weather disruption in even wealthy countries. Despite the fact that the ones with financial energy consider that there is also a troublesome restrict to carbon emissions, they’ve incentives to behave abruptly to acceptable maximum of the ones assets, make the most of them, and broaden their economies, leaving in the back of the ones much less provided, making a vicious circle that will increase inequality. Emerging inequality undermines democracy because the richest wield really extensive affect over politics, which will diminish coverage efforts on redistribution, weather law, and carbon pricing. This may occasionally give an explanation for why international oil and coal use and carbon dioxide emissions are at file highs, in spite of humanity having recognized for 30 years the possibly disastrous weather affects of greenhouse gases.” • Remark:

Information of the Stressed

“Remembering Doug Lenat (1950–2023) and His Quest to Seize the International with Common sense” [Steven Wolfram]. “Some of the surprises of LLMs is they incessantly appear, in impact, to make use of good judgment, even supposing there’s not anything of their setup that explicitly comes to good judgment. However (as I’ve described somewhere else) I’m lovely certain what’s came about is that LLMs have ‘found out’ good judgment a lot as Aristotle did—by means of taking a look at a whole lot of examples of statements other people make and figuring out patterns in them. And in a similar fashion LLMs have ‘found out’ a whole lot of common sense wisdom, and reasoning. They’re simply following patterns they’ve noticed, however—most likely in impact arranged into what I’ve referred to as a ‘semantic grammar’ that determines ‘regulations of semantic movement’—that’s sufficient to incessantly succeed in some moderately spectacular commonsense-like effects.” • “Beautiful certain”? “Most likely in impact”?

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