2:00PM Water Cooler 9/18/2023 | bare capitalism


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By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Affected person readers, I received wrapped across the axle on Trump (additionally birds). Extra in a bit. –lambert

Chook Music of the Day

Yellow Warbler (Northern), Bonner’s Ferry Boundary, Idaho, United States. “On the sting of the marsh close to the Nature Conservancy Ball Creek Ranch protect. Habitat: Freshwater Marsh.”

“Showcasing the spectacle of fowl migration” [BirdCast]. • I’m not a stone birder, so I don’t already find out about this. Cornell Lab of Ornithology concerned, which is good. Useful map:

“Swarms of birds will fly over the US quickly. Discover BirdCast’s new migration instrument that can assist you put together” [USA Today]. “For every area, BirdCast features a migrants’ noticeability (how probably birders are to note a given species’ arrival or departure based mostly on eBird experiences), estimated arrival date, inflow, peak and departure. Some species are lacking dates if their arrival or departure happens largely outdoors of the spring months, or if a species lingers within the area earlier than or after migration, BirdCast stated.”

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

The Constitutional Order

“Banning Trump” [Eric Posner, Project Syndicate]. On Chase’s opinion in Griffin: “Baude and Paulsen, in contrast, condemn Chase of a technical error of judicial interpretation, committing the ‘traditional blunder’ of ‘swapping in unique intent for unique that means’ when he interpreted the modification. They assume Chase ought to have enforced the ill-considered impulses of Congress, come what might. They usually assume at this time’s secretaries of state ought to implement those self same ill-considered, vengeful impulses, as embodied within the textual content and unique understanding in 1868. The implication is that they need to disregard the totally completely different context – the elimination from the poll of a former president and Republican Social gathering frontrunner – regardless of the influence of disenfranchising an enormous portion of the citizens in its personal eyes. It’s arduous to think about a greater technique to discredit each democracy and the rule of legislation in a single blow.”

“The Restricted Sweep and Ineffectual Power of False Analogies: A Transient Reply to Baude and Paulsen” [F. E. Guerra-Pujol, SSRN]. “For starters, Baude and Paulsen’s self-execution argument is constructed on the shaky basis of two false and deceptive analogies. One is to the age, citizenship, and residency necessities set forth within the {Qualifications} Clause in Part 1 of Article II of the Structure. The opposite defective comparability they make is to the Thirteenth Modification. Each of those constitutional analogies, nonetheless, might function textbook illustrations of , a logical fallacy that bedevils most types of Originalist scholarship. At a excessive sufficient stage of generality, for instance, it’s true that each apples and oranges are alike–in spite of everything, each are items of fruit that style candy–however when one inspects or bites into them one will quickly uncover that apples are, in truth, fairly completely different from oranges. To start with, though the Fourteenth Modification’s Disqualification Clause and the age, citizenship, and residency necessities in Article II share the same linguistic construction to a point, e.g. “”no individual shall …,”” each provisions are substantively completely different, for they try to resolve completely different issues in several methods. Merely put, .” • If self-executing, the second is a judgment name; the primary just isn’t.

“Do Liberals Suppose the Supreme Court docket Will Save Us From Trump?” [MSN]. “[E]ven assuming that there was an hermetic case on originalist grounds, it will be unwise to imagine that it’s going to truly sway votes among the many conservative justices. No matter one makes of originalism as an instructional pursuit, it’s not practiced by conservative justices in something resembling a legitimately principled or goal method. All too typically, originalism within the courts is little greater than an outcome-driven interpretive methodology that someway — magically — nearly at all times aligns with the political and coverage prerogatives of the Republican Social gathering…. It was one factor for them to have rejected Trump’s numerous authorized efforts to overturn the 2020 election within the courts after he misplaced, however it will be one other factor completely for them to stop him from working altogether, notably when most Republican politicians and Republican voters strongly assist his candidacy. For this to work, at a naked minimal, a complete and compelling authorized argument with broad ideological attraction and sturdy bipartisan assist would probably want to return collectively. Which will emerge as litigation proceeds, and as students and legal professionals proceed to debate and refine their concepts, however it’s not right here but. For now, Trump’s opponents have to concentrate on beating him the old school manner — on the poll field.”

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“The Sweep and Power of Part Three” [William Baude and Michael Stokes Paulsen, University of Pennsylvania Law Review]. I extremely advocate this piece (and the following dialogue at NC, beginning right here). As a former English main and a fan of shut studying, I’m not averse to “originalism,” of which Baude and Paulsen present a magisterial instance, within the sense that understanding the legislation as a textual content should start with understanding the plain, public that means of the phrases used when the textual content was written. That’s how I learn Shakespeare, or Joyce, so why not the Structure? Simply so long as understanding doesn’t finish there! In any case, I’m working via it. One factor I discover is that there do appear to have been somewhat lots of rebellions and insurrections, not simply the Civil Struggle. To me, that is parallel to 1 lesson I drew from Mike Duncan’s Revolutions podcast (episode 1): There are somewhat lots of revolutions, too. Alert reader Pensions Man summarizes Baude and Paulsen as follows:

The authors undergo an exhaustive textual and originalism evaluation of Part Three, and their Federalist Society leanings don’t deter them from reaching their conclusion that officers in each State who’re charged with figuring out candidate {qualifications} ought to conclude that Donald Trump is disqualified from being on ballots due to the oath he took on Inauguration Day 2017 and subsequently violated via his function within the revolt that passed off on January 6, 2021.

Taking “revolt” as learn (I have to do extra studying), this has been extra of my persevering with protection of Part Three.

Capitol Seizure

“A Jan. 6 rioter was convicted and sentenced in secret. Nobody will say why” [Independent]. “Tons of of rioters have been charged, convicted and sentenced for becoming a member of the mob assault on the U.S. Capitol. In contrast to their instances, Samuel Lazar’s seems to have been resolved in secret — saved below seal with no rationalization, even after his launch from jail. Lazar, 37, of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, was arrested in July 2021 on costs that he got here to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, wearing tactical gear and protecting goggles, and used chemical spray on officers who had been desperately attempting to beat again the offended Donald Trump supporters. There isn’t any public report of a conviction or a sentence in Lazar’s courtroom docket… Lazar shouted profane insults at police via the bullhorn, calling them tyrants and yelling, ‘Let’s get their weapons!’ One other video captured Lazar saying, ‘There’s a time for peace and there’s a time for battle.’” • As is well-known: The primary one calling for violence is at all times the cop. Or the spook.


Time for the Countdown Clock!

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“Donald Trump Denounces DeSantis Abortion Ban As ‘A Horrible Mistake’” [Vanity Fair]. “Donald Trump referred to as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s six-week abortion ban ‘a horrible factor and a horrible mistake,’ underscoring the form of distinction he hopes to attract along with his chief major rival on a problem that has confirmed to be an electoral legal responsibility for the GOP. In an interview with Kristen Welker throughout her Sunday debut as the brand new Meet the Press moderator on NBC, Trump refused to say whether or not he’d signal a 15-week federal abortion ban if it got here throughout his desk as president. ‘I might sit down with either side, and I’d negotiate one thing, and we’ll find yourself with peace on that situation for the primary time in 52 years. I’m not going to say I might or I wouldn’t,’ Trump stated. ‘I imply, ‘DeSanctus’ is keen to signal a five-week and six-week ban.’” • I like it, Trump shifting to DeSantis’s left on abortion…. Nonetheless, that “I’d negotiate one thing” may put on skinny after awhile? That’s Trump’s line on Ukraine, too.

“Full transcript: Learn Kristen Welker’s interview with Trump” [NBC] Meet the Press. I’ve received to edit down Trump on Ukraine, as a result of he’s actually received his “riffing jazzily” factor going. A sidebar: “Riffing jazzily” is taken from my 2016 submit, “Worry and Loathing on the Cross Enviornment in Bangor, Maine: Donald Trump Makes Headlines.” Would it not shock you to be taught that this submit doesn’t present up in Google?

Finish sidebar, again to Trump:

[TRUMP:] Ukraine would have by no means occurred if I had been president. If this election weren’t rigged, Ukraine would have by no means occurred. You’d have a whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals, together with a lot of troopers, nonetheless dwelling. The cities can be flourishing, or not less than up. These are cities that may by no means be rebuilt once more, actually not the best way they had been, magnificent buildings all ripped down like a demolition website. It will have by no means occurred for 2 causes. Primary, and most significantly, Putin has lots of respect for me. And he wouldn’t have performed video games. And I informed him, “”Don’t ever go in.”” And he would by no means have gone in. This was solely after I left that this occurred…. Equally as importantly, oil costs would have been at $40 a barrel as a substitute of $110 a barrel. So he wouldn’t have been capable of afford stepping into. He truly is the one nation that made cash, as a result of oil has been pushed up so excessive by silly individuals like Biden.

Simply to that key query although, Mr. President, do you assume that our safety, the US’ safety, is linked to Ukraine’s safety?

[TRUMP:] I believe that Europe has to do extra. We’re in for $200 billion. They’re in for $25 billion. And it impacts them greater than it impacts us. It actually impacts them rather more than it impacts us.

I don’t know if Trump is asking for my vote right here, precisely, however he’s actually adjoining to it.

“Jack Smith goes too far in attempting to gag Donald Trump” [Jonathan Turley, New York Post]. “[The words] ‘a narrowly tailor-made order that imposes modest, permissible restrictions’ had been utilized by Particular Counsel Jack Smith to suggest a gag order that will sharply curtail the power of former President Donald Trump to criticize Smith and his prosecution. The Smith movement is something however ‘narrowly tailor-made.’ … ‘The movement states that Trump’s ‘latest extrajudicial statements are meant to undermine public confidence in an establishment — the judicial system — and to undermine confidence in and intimidate people — the Court docket, the jury pool, witnesses, and prosecutors.’” The jury pool is most of the people. Is Trump actually to not be permitted to deal with most of the people when he’s working for workplace? Extra: “One of many high points on this presidential marketing campaign is Trump’s insistence that the Justice Division and the prison justice system have been weaponized by Democrats. He was working on that situation even earlier than the 4 separate prison instances had been filed in opposition to him in Florida, Georgia, New York, and Washington, D.C. Extra importantly, it is a matter that’s resonating with tens of hundreds of thousands of People.  One ballot confirmed 62% of the general public considered the prosecutions as ‘politically motivated.’  One other ballot reveals that 65% nonetheless view the prosecutions as ‘severe.’” • So most of the people is taking a fairly wise view.

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“DeSantis Seeks Money From Texas Donors as His Marketing campaign Faces Upheaval” [Bloomberg]. “Texas might show to be a gold mine for DeSantis’s political operation, which wants to usher in new donors to problem Trump, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. Its energy-dependent economic system would profit from DeSantis’s plans to increase home fossil gas manufacturing. As a bonus, his marketing campaign finance director, Lauren Lofstrom, is a Texan…. The fundraising blitz comes at a crucial time for the marketing campaign that had been burning via money at an unsustainable price over the summer time and has confronted a gentle drop within the polls. To fight these issues, DeSantis fired roughly a 3rd of his employees, changed his marketing campaign supervisor and centered most of his time in Iowa. To maintain the slimmed-down operation afloat, DeSantis wants extra money…. The Texas journey comes roughly 4 months earlier than early voting begins within the Iowa caucuses, the place DeSantis allies and advisers acknowledge the Florida governor should carry out effectively in an effort to keep aggressive within the GOP major. Trump, who has been indicted 4 instances, leads him by a median of 43.9 factors in nationwide polls, in accordance with RealClearPolitics.” • The press has it in for DeSantis so unhealthy, you nearly really feel sorry for the scrappy little dude. Almost.

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“Three causes Biden’s issues look like overblown” [Harry Enten, CNN]. “However whereas Biden clearly has issues – no president with an approval ranking hovering round 40% is in fine condition – a few of his points look like overblown presently. Listed here are three the reason why… 1. Biden’s going to win the Democratic major, except one thing drastic [***cough***] occurs… 2. The impeachment inquiry isn’t damaging Biden … but…. Whereas the overwhelming majority of independents disapprove of the job Biden is doing as president (64%) in our newest CNN ballot, solely 39% assume he did one thing unlawful. An election a few probably unpopular impeachment can be higher for Biden than one about a problem that actually hurts him (akin to voters seeing him as too outdated)…. 3. Voters don’t just like the state of the economic system; it might not matter that a lot…. Imagine it or not, fewer People say the economic system is the highest downside going through the nation now (31%) than they’ve in both the median (40%) or common (45%) presidential election since 1988…. In spite of everything, there’s a purpose why Democrats have persistently outperformed the 2020 presidential baseline in particular elections this yr. If issues had been actually that unhealthy for Biden and the Democrats, they’d almost definitely be shedding elections everywhere in the nation. That merely isn’t taking place at this level.” • That particular elections hyperlink is fascinating, as a result of it reveals Democrats doing very effectively in PA, a swing state.

“Three causes Biden is scuffling with Black and Latino voters” [Vox]. “However there may be worth in wanting on the polls as a result of they reveal one thing else: At this level within the marketing campaign, it’s unarguable that Democrats, particularly Biden, are going through an issue with voters of shade. And that weaker standing with Black and Latino voters particularly appears to be fueling these tight nationwide polling numbers. That decrease stage of assist for Biden is distinct from earlier election cycles. The New York Instances’ Nate Cohn, who has been monitoring this for a while, analyzed final yr and this yr’s New York Instances/Siena polls of over 1,500 nonwhite respondents. He experiences that Biden leads Trump 53 % to twenty-eight % amongst registered nonwhite voters — a pointy drop off from the 70 % assist Biden garnered from voters of shade in the 2020 election. These numbers aren’t unique to the Instances, both, however present up throughout surveys. That’s a a lot worse place than a Democratic candidate has been in for the previous few election cycles. Whether or not this can be a new downside or not is debatable (as I’ve written earlier than, some Democratic operatives don’t wish to concede they’ve an actual downside with nonwhite voters). The causes for this weaker stage of assist are additionally up for debate: Some, like the liberal researcher and author Ruy Teixeira, argue that progressive cultural politics are largely in charge, whereas different Democratic operatives argue this can be a downside with messaging). However the traits in polls over the past yr are all pointing at one thing, even when individuals disagree on the particular numbers on the margins.” • Teixeira now works for AEI ffs. However value a learn.

“People Can Barely Afford Houses — and That’s a Drawback for Biden” [Bloomberg]. “Document-low US housing affordability is squeezing homebuyers and renters whereas threatening to spill into presidential politics… Milwaukee, the most important metropolis in key swing state Wisconsin, noticed affordability deteriorate in its rental market greater than nearly any US metro space within the yr ended July, in accordance with a measure by the Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors. The area additionally recorded one of many best will increase in mortgage burden among the many largest 50 metros up to now yr, knowledge from Zillow present…. Philadelphia, one other main inhabitants middle in a carefully fought battleground state, can be among the many US metros with the most important will increase in mortgage burdens final yr, in accordance with Zillow knowledge.” 

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“Tim Scott: I’m courting a ‘beautiful Christian lady’” [The Hill]. • Is she from Canada?

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“He Was a Hillary Clinton Cheerleader. Now He Calls Democrats a Menace” [New York Times]. Fascinating piece on Peter Daou (who, with his Verrit platform, appears to have anticipated the Censorship Industrial Complicated, even when the trouble got here to nothing). Daou:

Have a look at the struggling created by the system and struggle the system. Don’t get hooked up to 1 politician or one social gathering. I discover the thought of anarchist philosophy, alongside the strains of David Graeber, fairly intriguing: You recognize, no energy dynamics, no coercion, a construction wherein wherein all of us cooperate, and there’s true equality, proper?

In the long run, what Dr. West is doing, that is the best way you do it: . And that’s what we’re going to be doing to the final day. He might be on the poll. And this isn’t going to be some form of course of wherein, , “”Down the road, effectively, possibly not, if that is going to deliver on a Republican.””

We’re working to get on the poll. Within the common election, there are going to be not less than three selections, and he might be certainly one of them.

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“One other Whitmer Fednapping Case Goes Increase” [Declassified with Julie Kelly]. “In one other blow to the FBI’s concocted plot to kidnap and assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020, a jury in Antrim County at this time acquitted three males indicted on state costs for his or her alleged function within the scheme…. The verdicts characterize the second time a jury has acquitted people charged within the FBI-orchestrated plot. In April 2022, a Grand Rapids jury acquitted Daniel Harris, Jr. and Brandon Caserta on federal kidnapping and weapons costs. The jury held on the remaining defendants, Adam Fox and Barry Croft, Jr.; each had been convicted after a second trial in August 2022. (Two co-defendants pleaded responsible and testified for the federal government at each trials.) In the course of the course of the federal proceedings, protection attorneys uncovered an elaborate entrapment scheme that concerned dozens of FBI informants, supervising brokers, and undercover workers.” • Whitmer’s not on my Presidential radar in any respect, and even my Vice-Presidential radar, however she’s actually spook-adjacent, so maybe she’ll transfer up on the charts.

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“Evaluation: Senate tilting crimson, Home blue for 2024” [Axios]. “The potential of a break up congressional resolution in 2024, with the Senate flipping to Republicans and the Home turning over to Democrats, is wanting more and more probably….  To win again management of the Senate, Republicans solely have to internet two seats (one if the GOP presidential nominee prevails)…. However Home Republicans are in an equally precarious place. To win again management of the Home, Democrats solely have to flip a internet 5 seats…. There are solely 5 senators representing states carried by the opposing social gathering’s presidential candidate. Of these, the one ones up for re-election in 2024 are [ West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, Montana’s Jon Tester and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown]. There are at present solely 23 lawmakers (18 Republicans, 5 Democrats) representing Home districts carried by the presidential candidate from the other social gathering. Meaning Home Republicans face a complete lot extra publicity than Democrats except their swing-district members can create ample distance from their social gathering’s management.

“Dems inch towards Home majority with latest courtroom wins” [Politico]. “The basics of the 2024 marketing campaign are nonetheless taking form, however one factor is already clear: A flurry of courtroom actions may cost Republicans the Home majority. Prior to now 9 days, state and federal judges threw out two congressional maps — and helped Democrats keep away from a worst-case situation in Ohio — kicking off an unusually busy redistricting calendar heading into the election yr. All informed, a dozen or extra seats throughout not less than six states might be redrawn, rising the probability Democrats might chip away the five-seat GOP Home majority via redistricting alone. Democrats might decide up an additional seat in every of a handful of states, together with Florida, Alabama and Louisiana, and maybe a number of extra in New York. Republicans might nonetheless decide up as many as 4 seats in North Carolina, however the latest rulings put Democrats able to offset these losses — after which some. Redistricting couldn’t solely give Democrats a slight edge of their bid to reclaim the bulk they misplaced in 2022 but in addition improve the variety of Black members of their convention.” • Hopefully reactionaries from the Black Misleadership Class!

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“Biden weighed by financial considerations, age in potential 2024 rematch with Trump, Reuters/Ipsos ballot reveals” [Reuters]. “However in a worrisome consequence for Biden, . In these states, Trump led with 41% to Biden’s 35%, and 24% undecided. The Reuters/Ipsos ballot was carried out on-line nationwide from Sept. 8 via Sept. 14, gathering responses from 4,413 U.S. adults. It had a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of about 2 share factors.” • I’d put within the 270toWin map, however it was final up to date July 28. Swing states had been in play then, too.

IA: “A neighborhood wrestle over carbon pipelines in Iowa is changing into a 2024 presidential flashpoint” [NBC]. “Republican presidential hopefuls hitting the path in Iowa are being peppered with questions on abortion, social points and authorities spending — and likewise carbon dioxide pipelines and eminent area. The questions stem from efforts by three firms — Summit Carbon Options, Navigator CO₂ Ventures and Wolf Carbon Options — that suggest a collection of underground pipelines to maneuver carbon dioxide emitted from ethanol and different industrial crops in Iowa to both North Dakota or Illinois. However many landowners should not within the thought, which has led Navigator to hunt permission in Iowa to make use of eminent area, which permits the federal government to grab non-public land for public initiatives, The Gazette newspaper of Cedar Rapids reported in March. It has residents in small Iowa cities like Nevada and Glenwood in an uproar — and it has turn into the most recent native political situation in one of many influential early-voting states to show right into a venue for presidential politics. Forward of 2024, the pipeline situation is forcing GOP candidates to strike a fragile stability amongst defending landowners’ rights, supporting the ethanol business and demonstrating an understanding of the crucial function agriculture performs statewide.”

Republican Funhouse

“Too Sizzling For the Heritage Basis!” [Politico]. “Avik Roy, a longtime fixture in Republican policy-wonk circles, made a splash this summer time when he organized a manifesto pushing again on the nationalist, market-skeptical tendencies on the brand new, Trump-era proper. The doc, signed by Jeb Bush, Grover Norquist, George Will, and a pair hundred different conservative worthies, generated a good quantity of inside-the-Beltway buzz when it launched in July. It wasn’t simply that Freedom Conservatism: A Assertion of Ideas highlighted a household feud inside the motion. It was the actual fact that its pieties in regards to the majesty of capitalism had been even controversial — a sign of simply how far conservative financial theology had drifted.” So apparently there are “NatCons” and “FreeCons” (not less than within the Beltway). I believe I’ve to learn Corey Robin’s The Reactionary Thoughts to get a grip on all this. (Robin’s website is damaged. Can anybody inform him?) Extra: “‘It’s like we’re again in Metropolis School in 1938 with Alcove 1 and Alcove 2 and the Trotskyites and the Stalinists,’ mused Tevi Troy, a veteran of Beltway conservative coverage debates and somebody who has written thoughtfully on the that means of assume tanks themselves. It was a time and place of somewhat completely different politics, however the same sense of peril — and the same fetish for manifestos.” • Certainly!

“Grumbles Left and Proper: Two Books on the Previous and Way forward for Conservatism” [Wall Street Journal]. “One prevalent line of thought runs one thing like this. The post-World Struggle II conservative coalition’s stress on the free market and particular person liberty made sense in the course of the Chilly Struggle, when Soviet totalitarianism threatened the West and tempted its intellectuals to embrace Marxian centralization, however what’s wanted now’s cultural and financial solidarity. This critique, well-liked amongst some self-described ‘nationwide conservatives,’ overestimates the great and underestimates the hurt authorities planning can result in. Nonetheless, it isn’t an unreasonable argument. R.R. Reno’s ‘Return of the Robust Gods’ (2019) is an eloquent expression of it. However a variety of vocal ‘nat cons,’ as they’re referred to as, takes the criticism additional. Not solely is the Chilly Struggle-era conservative’s protection of markets and individualism not wanted, they contend; Twentieth-century conservatives who promoted financial and private liberty weren’t conservatives in any respect however ‘right-wing liberals.’ Intentionally or not, these ‘conservatives’—nat cons are liberal customers of ironic citation marks—did their half to foster the ethical anarchy of present-day America and over time divested conservatism of no matter authority it may need used to cease the bedlam.” • “Nationwide Conservatives.” I dunno. Are we saying the unhealthy half in regards to the Nationwide Socialsts was the Socialist half? (not that the socialist half was actual; simply chameleon-like protecting coloration).

Obama Legacy

“The place Did the Carter White Home’s Photo voltaic Panels Go?” [Scientific American]. From 2010, and a fantastic instance of how the press lined for Obama. Carter put the panels up. Reagan took the panels down. Someway, the panels ended up at Unity School in Maine. That far, the story will get. What the story omits is that a number of Unity School college students, pretty early within the Obama administrationk, drove the panels all the way down to the White Home and tried to present them again, assuming — as maybe an idealistic younger individual of that point would — that Obama would settle for them with gratitude (and a few intelligent West Wing kind would reap the PR advantages and stomp on Reagan, as Reagan so well-deserved). Nicely… They didn’t get to satisfy with Obama, they usually didn’t get at hand off the panels. Nonetheless, they met with a staffer, who gave them some brochures! (Too lazy to search out the hyperlinks, however I wrote it up on the time).

Democrats en Déshabillé

Affected person readers, evidently persons are truly studying the back-dated submit! However I’ve not up to date it, and there are a lot of updates. So I should do 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 submit, 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 truth, a tough downside. I do assume the paragraph that follows is on level all the best way 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. Go away apart characterizing the relationships between parts of the Social gathering (ka-ching, however not completely) these parts comprise a community — a Flex Web? An iron octagon? — of funders, distributors, apparatchiks, electeds, NGOs, and miscellaneous mercenaries, with property within the press and the intelligence neighborhood.

Observe, after all, that the category energy of the PMC each expresses and is proscribed 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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“The Left Can’t Cease Questioning The place Invoice Clinton Went Mistaken. The Reply Explains a Lot” [Slate]. “The creation of a everlasting and engaged New Deal–fashion coalition that might win decisive legislative majorities and go progressive coverage within the Nineties would have required a potent and engaged labor motion. But Lichtenstein and Stein [in A Fabulous Failure] depict a rising politician undermining progressive allies, promoting out unions, and largely acceding to company pursuits. The authors allude to younger Clinton’s deeply held “”progressive”” sensibilities and dedication to enact reform “”from inside.”” However how dedicated was Clinton to the reason for working individuals when his first date along with his future spouse, in 1971, concerned crossing a picket line at Yale? Lichtenstein and Stein by no means fairly sq. this circle.” From the concluding paragraph: “This spectacular survey of a pacesetter’s (considerably) good intentions led astray by structural forces, private failings, and a healthy dose of realpolitik may need led Lichtenstein and Stein to deal with bigger questions in regards to the deleterious influence of inequality on civil society and the essential contradictions between democracy and capitalism.” • Fairly radical for Slate (!). Price studying in full simply to remind ourselves how horrid Clinton was.


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

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

Lambert right here: Readers, thanks for the collective effort. To replace any entry, do be at liberty to contact me on the tackle given with the crops. 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, Vancouver (wastewater).

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Keep protected on the market!

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“Understanding The Cochrane Masks RCT Evaluate” [Pandemic Accountability Index]. Good clear enjoyable. “Anybody citing this Cochrane “gold normal” evaluation is both unable to learn & assume critically, or just doesn’t care & is utilizing the Cochrane identify – one they by no means heard of or cared about earlier to 2023 – to mislead you, their viewers, and/or most of the people to assume that there’s not efficient safety from a lethal & disabling airborne virus. All the discipline of PPE engineering disproves this absurd declare – and also you don’t see PPE engineers displaying up at hospitals to inform oncologists like Prasad how you can do their job. If you end up trusting dishonest, manipulative cranks like Jefferson or Vinay Prasad, bankrolled by racist billionaires like Jeffrey Tucker, then possibly ‘the science’ isn’t improper – and you’ll want to take a protracted, arduous look within the mirror about the way you had been so simply deceived by these pitiful charlatans.” • NOTE: This submit will get that “Carl Heneghan is a hidden co-author.” Nevertheless it misses that an unlisted co-author violates Cochrane’s specific requirements, as I present right here. And Cochrane let the authors get away with it.

Covid is Airborne

As Nipah could also be:

“Nipah virus: India’s Kerala state strikes rapidly to manage recent outbreak” [BMJ]. “The Indian state of Kerala has closed colleges, workplaces, and public transport within the Kozhikode district in response to a re-emergence of the doubtless lethal Nipah virus. The choice on 13 September was made as a precaution in opposition to the unfold of the virus, which has seen two deaths and 6 confirmed instances to date.” • A precaution! What an idea!

“Nipah virus is unfold by airborne cough droplets” [Australian Veterinary Journal]. From 1999, nonetheless germane. “Australian researchers have discovered that the newly found Nipah virus, which not too long ago killed greater than 100 individuals in Malaysia, could be unfold by airborne droplets from contaminated pigs…. CSIRO researcher, Dr. Deborah Middleton, informed the convention the virus is current in nasal mucous and saliva of contaminated pigs. ‘Our analysis into transmission of the virus reveals that farm employees who grew to become sick might have breathed-in or ingested fantastic particles coughed up by Nipah contaminated pigs. This result’s necessary – because it tells us that individuals concerned in any future outbreaks ought to put on respiration masks to keep away from infections,’ she stated.”

“The Use of Giant-Particle Aerosol Publicity to Nipah Virus to Mimic Human Neurological Illness Manifestations within the African Inexperienced Monkey” [Journal of Infectious Diseases]. “To develop a neurological mannequin for NiV an infection, we uncovered 6 grownup African inexperienced monkeys to a large-particle (roughly 12 μm) aerosol containing NiV (Malaysian isolate)….4 of six animals confirmed abnormalities harking back to human illness in mind magnetic resonance photographs.” • Not epidemiology, not dispositive, however opens the chance.

“Aerosol Survival, Disinfection and Formalin Inactivation of Nipah Virus” [Viruses]. “As NiV can unfold from person-to-person and it may be present in respiratory secretions, knowledge on the survival traits of NiV in aerosols are wanted to contribute to the understanding of the potential function of the aerosolised virus in transmission… On this paper, we current novel knowledge on the survival of NiV in small particle aerosols and show the efficacy of bleach and alcohol-based disinfection via the testing of discount in NiV titre after brief contact instances with a variety of concentrations of sodium hypochlorite and ethanol.” • Ditto.

Elite Maleficence

“The CDC desires your belief again: It’ll ‘take time to rebuild.’” [Politico]. Presumably that’s why Mandy’s not masking, and why air flow isn’t talked about, and why Biden’s vaccination with out mitigation coverage remains to be in pressure. “[CDC Director Mandy] Cohen will personally make the case within the coming weeks touring throughout the nation, together with locations with excessive uninsured charges to tout the administration’s Bridge Entry Program, which gives Covid-19 vaccines for uninsured individuals…. ‘I wish to ensure that of us know, notably in Florida, that vaccination stays a protected manner by way of defending in opposition to extreme illness, hospitalization and dying,’ she stated. ‘It’s necessary for People to get these photographs.’” I’m so outdated I keep in mind when the message was that vaccines protected you in opposition to tranmission! Extra: “‘She talked about how we should be clear with resolution making, and we should be clear with our knowledge,’ stated Tao Kwan-Gett, Washington state’s chief science officer.” • What knowledge? Oh, and the Inexperienced Map remains to be up. At the very least Walensky might plead ignorance. Not so Mandy.

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Case Knowledge

From BioBot wastewater knowledge, September 18:

Lambert right here: The nationwide drop is due solely to the South. Different indicators — scattered and partial although they be — additionally converge on a drop: ER visits, positivity. We will see. (I would come with CDC’s wastewater map for comparability, nevertheless it’s eleven days outdated.)

Regional knowledge:

The identical regional variation additionally seems within the Walgreen’s positivity knowledge. Apparently, the upswing begins earlier than July 4, which neither accelerates nor retards it.


NOT UPDATED From CDC, September 16:

Lambert right here: High of the leaderboard: EG.5 (“Eris“). Nonetheless BA.2.86 right here, not even within the be aware, however see under at Positivity.

From CDC, September 2:

Lambert right here: Undecided what to make of this. I’m used to seeing a brand new variant take down the beforehand dominant variant. Right here it appears to be like like now we have a “tag group,” all working collectively to chop XBB.1.5 all the way down to measurement. I certain hope the volunteers doing Pangolin, on which this chart relies upon, don’t all transfer on the inexperienced fields and pastures new (or have their entry to services minimize by directors of sick intent).

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

Covid Emergency Room Visits

NOT UPDATED From CDC NCIRD Surveillance, September 9:

NOTE “Charts and knowledge supplied by CDC, updates Wednesday by 8am. For the previous yr, utilizing a rolling 52-week interval.” So not your complete pandemic, FFS (the implicit message right here being that Covid is “similar to the flu,” which is why the seasonal “rolling 52-week interval” is acceptable for eachMR SUBLIMINAL I hate these individuals a lot. Discover additionally that this chart reveals, not less than for its time interval, that Covid is not seasonal, though CDC is attempting to get us to imagine that it’s, presumably to allow them to piggyback on the present institutional equipment for injections.


Bellwether New York Metropolis, knowledge as of September 16:

A slight drop. I hate this metric as a result of the lag makes it misleading.

NOT UPDATED Right here’s a special CDC visualization on hospitalization, nationwide, not by state, however with a date, not less than. September 9:

Observe the slight drop, in keeping with Walgreens. At the very least now we now that hospitalization tracks positivity, which is good. Even when we don’t know what number of instances there are.


From Walgreens, September 18:

-8.3%. An unlimited drop (so not Labor Day knowledge). Nonetheless, I can’t recall seeing the map so polarized; a lot deep inexperienced, a lot deep crimson. Absolutely the numbers are nonetheless very small relative to June 2022, say. Apparently, these don’t correlate with the regional figures for wastewater. (It will be fascinating to survey this inhabitants usually; these are individuals who, regardless of a tsunami of official propaganda and massive peer stress, went and received examined anyhow.)

NOT UPDATED Cleveland Clinic, September 9:

Lambert right here: I do know that is simply Ohio, however the Cleveland Clinic is nice*, and we’re starved for knowledge, so…. NOTE * Even when hospital an infection management is attempting to kill sufferers by eliminating common masking with N95s.

NOT UPDATED From CDC, traveler’s knowledge, August 26:

A drop! And listed here are the variants:

No BA.2.86 for 2 of the long-delayed assortment weeks. I’ve highlighted the 2 leaders: EG.5 and FL.1.5.1. Apparently, these are the 2 leaders inside the US additionally, suggesting the nationwide and worldwide bouillabaisse is analogous. Or we’re infecting the world.


NOT UPDATED Iowa COVID-19 Tracker, September 13:

Lambert right here: The WHO knowledge is nugatory, so I changed it with the Iowa Covid Knowledge Tracker. Their methodology: “These knowledge have been sourced, by way of the API from the CDC: https://knowledge.cdc.gov/NCHS/Situations-Contributing-to-COVID-19-Deaths-by-Stat/hk9y-quqm. This visualization updates on Wednesday evenings. Knowledge are provisional and are adjusted weekly by the CDC.” I can’t appear to get a pop-up that reveals a complete of the three causes (high proper). Readers?

Complete: 1,175,172 – 1,175,152 = 20 (20 * 365 = 7,300 deaths per yr, at this time’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “dwelling with” Covid (fairly a bit greater than the minimizers would really like, although they’ll discuss themselves into something. If the YouGenicist™ metric retains chugging alongside like this, I could must determine that is what the powers-that-be take into account “mission achieved” for this explicit tranche of dying and illness). 

Extra Deaths

The Economist, September 17:

Lambert right here: That is now being up to date every day once more. Odd. Primarily based on a machine-learning mannequin.

Stats Watch

There are not any official statistics of curiosity at this time.

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At this time’s Worry & Greed Index: 50 Impartial (earlier shut: 51 Worry) [CNN]. One week in the past: 53 (Impartial). (0 is Excessive Worry; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Sep 18 at 1:59:42 PM ET.

Rapture Index: Closes unchanged [Rapture Ready]. Document Excessive, October 10, 2016: 189. Present: 185. (Do not forget that bringing on the Rapture is good.) NOTE on #42 Plagues: “The coronavirus pandemic has maxed out this class.” Extra trustworthy than most! 

Class Warfare

“A UAW Strike Made in Washington” [Wall Street Journal]. “In some ways, this strike is made in Washington due to the Biden Administration’s coverage mandating a speedy transition to electrical autos. The UAW is aware of that EVs require fewer employees to make and can jeopardize union jobs making gas-powered vehicles. However the firms already lose cash on EVs and fear about making too many concessions to the UAW that can trigger them to lose much more as they’re pressured to construct extra EVs.” 

“Can the UAW Rework America Once more?” [The New Republic]. “The Biden administration not too long ago granted desire to union retailers on a $15 billion bundle of loans and funding for E.V. conversion, nevertheless it didn’t require union retailers. The UAW desires Biden to require them, and it’s withholding a 2024 endorsement from him to exert stress. It isn’t clear Biden has the authorized authority to take action. Alternatively, he has a status to defend as a buddy to labor—a status he can’t afford to compromise heading into his 2024 reelection marketing campaign.” Sure, the railroad employees didn’t threaten to strike shut sufficient to the election, so the Democrats threw them below the prepare. Extra: “This strike will apply not less than as a lot stress on Biden to bend because it does on the Large Three auto firms. That’s asking rather a lot, and maybe an excessive amount of, of probably the most pro-labor president since Harry Truman. It might not work. Nonetheless, it’s wonderful to see an American labor chief pondering huge once more.” 

“Fetterman joins hanging UAW employees in Michigan” [Axios]. “Fetterman’s present of solidarity comes a day after President Biden stated he’s dispatching Performing Labor Secretary Julie Su and adviser Gene Sperling to Detroit to assist attain a settlement to the walkout that started at midnight Friday.”

Information of the Wired

“Your Mind Is Not an Onion With a Tiny Reptile Inside” [Current Directions in Psychological Science]. “The aim of this text is to make clear a widespread false impression in psychological science concerning nervous-system evolution. Many psychologists imagine that as new vertebrate species arose, evolutionarily newer complicated mind buildings had been laid on high of evolutionarily older less complicated buildings; that’s, that an older core coping with feelings and instinctive behaviors (the “”reptilian mind”” consisting of the basal ganglia and limbic system) lies inside a more moderen mind able to language, motion planning, and so forth. The necessary options of this mannequin, typically referred to as the triune-brain principle, are that (a) newer parts are actually layered outdoors of older parts as new species emerge, and (b) these newer buildings are related to complicated psychological features we reserve for people or, if we’re feeling beneficiant, for different primates and social mammals…. The right view of evolution is that animals radiated from widespread ancestors… Inside these radiations, complicated nervous programs and complicated cognitive skills advanced independently many instances. For instance, cephalopod mollusks, akin to octopus and cuttlefish, possess tremendously complicated nervous programs and conduct, and the identical is true of some bugs and different arthropods. Even amongst nonmammalian vertebrates, mind complexity has elevated independently a number of instances, notably amongst some sharks, teleost fishes, and birds. Together with this misunderstanding comes the inaccurate perception that including complicated neural buildings permits elevated behavioral complexity—that structural complexity endows practical complexity.” • Fascinating!

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Contact info for crops: Readers, be at liberty to contact me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, to (a) learn how to ship me a examine in case you are allergic to PayPal and (b) to learn how to ship me photographs of crops. Greens are fantastic! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary crops! If you need your deal with to seem as a credit score, please place it in the beginning of your mail in parentheses: (thus). In any other case, I’ll anonymize by utilizing your initials. See the earlier Water Cooler (with plant) right here. From KW:

KW writes: “Cherokee ‘Lake’-Yahara River Flowage, July 22, 2022. We watched this ‘island’ float towards us from someplace close to the distant shore on a windy Summer time day. The Solar was in our eyes so we couldn’t inform what it was. After 45 minutes or so, ‘they’ arrived, and now, a yr later, thriving, wanting like they’ve been there ceaselessly. Cat tails featured, amongst others. The marsh is reclaiming this place. Right here’s a more in-depth view of the ‘soil.’”


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