2:00PM Water Cooler 1/10/2023 | bare capitalism

By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Hen 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.]”

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“However what’s authorities itself, however the best 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 most of the social reactions that strike us as psychological are in truth a rational administration of symbolic capital.” –Pierre Bourdieu, Classification Struggles

Biden Administration

“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 accomplish that, 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 latest spike in Covid instances, would set off a fancy restructuring of main parts of the federal response — and set the stage for the eventual shifting of larger accountability for vaccines and coverings to the non-public market. It could 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 could symbolize a measure of progress towards an early pledge that has confirmed far harder than anticipated to maintain.” • What “battle”?

“Biden’s Training Division simply proposed a brand new solution to make month-to-month student-loan funds ‘extra inexpensive 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 earnings month-to-month on their undergraduate scholar loans — down from the present 10%, and it could 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 earnings.” • The Secretary of Training 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 capacity to set a transparent course for coverage after which to delegate. The Democrats on Capitol Hill have finished the heavy lifting to get laws by Congress. The president’s nationwide safety workers have organised coverage on Ukraine. Biden has presided however he has not tried to micromanage coverage. A second time period could appear 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 towards 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 the most effective politician within the Democrat Get together. 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 prison 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 Courtroom 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 Lawyer’s workplace that suggested the jury, the information media and, presumably, investigation targets — will argue whether or not the grand jury’s report ought to be made public. Jurors really helpful that their report be printed, McBurney stated.”

Republican Funhouse

“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, significantly 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, lifeless arms, precisely as with the filibuster.

“Unpacking the Home GOP’s new guidelines: A useful information to the modifications” [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 larger 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 enhance obligatory spending inside a five-year or 10-year price range 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 Discuss 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 wrestle to fulfill the 218-vote threshold to elect a Speaker. Inside: discussions concerning the parallels between this historic second and those Frank has written about, the knowledge of Power 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, it appears that evidently persons are really studying the back-dated publish! However I’ve not up to date it, and there are various updates. So I must do this. –lambert

I’ve moved my standing remarks on the Democrat Get together (“the Democrat Get together is a rotting corpse that may’t bury itself”) to a separate, back-dated post, 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 Get together is, in truth, 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 Get together is the political expression of the category energy of PMC, their base (lucidly defined by Thomas Frank in Hear, Liberal!). ; if the Democrat Get together didn’t exist, the PMC must invent it. . (“PMC” modulo “class expatriates,” after all.) Second, all of the working elements of the Get together reinforce one another. Depart apart characterizing the relationships between parts of the Get together (ka-ching, however not completely) these parts comprise 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 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 bounds of what Russian disinformation and misinformation was in a position to obtain on one main social media platform within the 2016 elections. ‘My private sense popping out of that is that this received means overhyped,” Josh Tucker, one of many report’s authors who can be the co-director of the New York College heart, informed me concerning the meaningfulness of the Russian tweets. ‘Now we’re wanting again at information 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 more likely to vote for Trump,’ Tucker stated. ‘After which we have now this information to point out we are able to’t discover any relationship between being uncovered to those tweets and folks’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, printed an archive of “Russian” memes. Who might imagine they’d affect anybody? Apart from 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 international affect marketing campaign on Twitter within the 2016 US election and its relationship to attitudes and voting conduct” [Nature]. “. Utilizing longitudinal survey information from US respondents linked to their Twitter feeds, we quantify the connection between publicity to the Russian international 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 international affect marketing campaign and modifications in attitudes, polarization, or voting conduct. The outcomes have implications for understanding the bounds of election interference campaigns on social media.” • Greenwald feedback:

A meta-SCAD?

Our Famously Free Press

Berenson’s “Twitter Recordsdata” effort sank like a stone:

Partly, little doubt, as a result of who desires to assault a sanctified establishment like Pfizer, but additionally as a result of Berenson wrote 4 tweets after which blog-whored his website! (Each different Twitter Recordsdata 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 instances that I’d anticipate to see based mostly on previous surges.

I’m calling a “One thing Terrible.” It’s gonna be unhealthy, in some new means, and we don’t know the way, but (however see right here for immune system dysregulation, which is wanting fairly terrible). Wastewater has taken off in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, proper on time, two weeks after Thanksgiving. These should not 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 instances, which in flip lead hospitalization (and demise). As well as, positivity has reached its highest stage ever, at the least 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 may be very regarding. The results of all our vacation journey ought to be enjoying out within the subsequent two weeks, and we’re one week in.

Keep secure on the market!

• “The coronavirus is talking. It’s saying it’s not finished with us.” [Eric Topol, WaPo]. “[XBB1.5,] the brand new dominant pressure exhibits that the virus is all the time 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…. People can take some consolation within the mixed immunity from the nation’s huge numbers of infections, reinfections, vaccinations and boosters. That ought to blunt the impact of XBB.1.5. Nonetheless, we have now already seen the degrees of covid hospitalizations in america attain their highest stage in virtually 11 months, and we’re not finished with this wave but…. The implications of XBB.1.5 are additionally a lot larger 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 pretend out or elude our immune response, however can even get higher at penetrating our cells. What’s going to occur subsequent? Will we see a complete new household of variants come up which are distinct from the omicron household? It’s completely doable… We’ve moved from complacency to frank capitulation at simply the improper 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 towards a power that isn’t. Now we have the intelligence, resourcefulness and ingenuity to lastly get forward of the virus, however politics and unwillingness to speculate are holding us again. We can’t afford that gridlock.” • Assuming good religion, after all.

• “XBB.1.5 is the most recent COVID-19 subvariant: What you could know” [Yahoo News]. “XBB.1.5 has just a few 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. Nonetheless, whereas it seems to have some development benefit, it’s to not the identical extent that it was initially thought to have. ‘A couple of weeks in the past, the CDC XBB.1.5 to characterize over 40 per cent of all COVID samples in america,’ he says. ‘It was really based mostly on extra locations reporting information 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.

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• “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 increased affinity to motile cilia and present accelerated viral entry. Our work means that motile cilia, microvilli, and mucociliary-dependent mucus circulate 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 improper! Extra–

• “Stanford Drugs scientists pinpoint COVID-19 virus’s entry and exit ports inside our noses” (press launch) [Stanford Medicine]. “Anyone 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 would knock out respiratory viruses’ capacity to colonize your nostril and throat. In a examine publishing at this time within the print challenge of Cell [above], Peter Jackson, PhD, a Stanford Drugs professor of pathology and of microbiology and immunology, and his colleagues introduced that risk 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 exact use case for the Vaill CoviTRAP nasal spray developed in Thailand (see NC here, and — to not be unfair to Jackson — here: “A smallish Southeast Asian nation was in a position to develop this expertise, safe approval, produce, and bring 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!”).

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• “Circulating Spike Protein Detected in Publish–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. Nonetheless, 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 unhealthy. No motive little spike factories can’t have a particular solution to be worse (in some people). A layperson’s abstract, nicely value a learn–

“Spikes Out: A COVID Thriller” [MedScape]. “In 12 out of 16 youngsters with myocarditis, the researchers had been in a position to measure free spike protein within the blood — that’s to say spike protein, not sure by anti-spike antibodies. These free spikes had been current in — await 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 must wrap up the case with a great story: How was all of it finished? 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, at the least. 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 recommended that inadvertent intravenous injection of vaccine, in contrast with the suitable intramuscular route, would possibly 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’re not 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 depend, 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 adverse group was considerably increased than these within the COVID-19 constructive 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 could have a adverse impact on male fertility. Nonetheless, in the long run, extra complete research with a big pattern dimension are wanted to grasp higher the modifications in sperm focus.” • Extra examine wanted….

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• Maskstravaganza: “Lengthy-haul flight passengers ought to put on face masks: WHO” [Bloomberg]. “Passengers on long-haul flights ought to be suggested to put on masks and it’s not unreasonable for Europe to undertake journey restrictions as COVID-19 instances surge in China and the US, World Well being Group officers stated. ‘A menace might come from a brand new variant of concern anyplace, 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 position their seatbacks and traytables “of their upright and locked place.” We require it. Why this unimaginable weak spot, this flaccidity, on measures to guard the general public’s well being?

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• “Effectiveness of influenza vaccination towards SARS-CoV-2 an infection amongst healthcare employees in Qatar” [Journal of Infection and Public Health]. n= 30,774. “This matched, test-negative, case-control examine was applied on a inhabitants of 30,774 healthcare employees (HCWs) in Qatar through the 2020 annual influenza vaccination marketing campaign, September 17, 2020-December 31, 2020, earlier than introduction of COVID-19 vaccination…. Current influenza vaccination is related to a big discount within the danger 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 perhaps an element on this winter’s oddly behaving numbers. Nonetheless, my impression is that complete flu vaccination is down (CDC and search should not particularly useful on this). If that’s the case, a lot for that concept. Readers?

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Right here is CDC’s interactive map by county set to neighborhood transmission (the “pink map,” which is the map CDC wants only hospitals to look at, not you.) The map is claimed to replace Monday-Friday by 8 pm:

At the least Alabama isn’t all blue anymore.

The earlier map:

NOTE: I shall most actually not be utilizing the CDC’s new “Community Level” metric. As a result of CDC has mixed a number one indicator (instances) with a lagging one (hospitalization) their new metric is a poor warning signal of a surge, and a poor solution to assess private danger. As well as, Covid is a illness you don’t wish to get. Even in case you are not hospitalized, you possibly can endure 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 prison.


From the Walgreen’s test positivity tracker, printed January 10:

-2.1.%. Nonetheless down.


Wastewater information (CDC), January 6:

An excessive amount of gray. NY city down. Actually?!

January 2:

NOT UPDATED And MWRA information, January 5:

Lambert right here: Each North and South are down. Nonetheless, not all the scholars are again; BU classes begin January 19; Harvard’s January 22.


Lambert right here: It’s past irritating how sluggish the variant information is. Does no person 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 here on Pango. Each Friday, a stately, tutorial tempo completely incompatible with defending your self towards a variant exhibiting doubling conduct.

NOT UPDATED Variant information, 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. Positive hope none of ’em get fortunate, like XBB.

NOT UPDATED Variant information, nationwide (CDC), December 17 (Nowcast off):

BQ.1* takes first place. XBB arising quick. (For BQ.1/XBB and vaccine escape, see here.) Right here is Area 2, the Northeast, the place each BQ.1* and XBB are stated to be increased, and are:

Holy moley, XBB.1.5! (Makes clear that Area 2 (New England) varies tremendously from the nationwide common. Wouldn’t it’s attention-grabbing if we ended up with completely different variants dominating completely different elements 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 information for Queens, up to date December 31:

I don’t know whether or not it is a real soar or a backward revisions, however I’ve been ready for Queens to maneuver after the vacations, as a result of (I assume) lots of LGA/JFK employees dwell there, or at the least commute by there.


Dying fee (Our World in Data):

Total: 1,121,298 – 1,121,097 = 201 (201 * 365 = 73,365 deaths per 12 months, at this time’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “dwelling with” Covid (fairly a bit increased than the minimizers would really like, although they’ll speak themselves into something. If the YouGenicist™ metric retains chugging alongside like this, I could should determine that is what the powers-that-be contemplate “mission completed” for this specific tranche of demise and illness).

Lambert right here: Deaths lag, so we have now a pleasant little soar right here as a consequence of no matter it’s we’ve been going by.

It’s good that for deaths I’ve a easy, each 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.

Stats Watch

Small Enterprise Optimism: “United States Nfib Enterprise Optimism Index” [Trading Economics]. “The NFIB Small Enterprise Optimism Index in america 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 situations are anticipated to deteriorate. Expectations for higher enterprise situations over the subsequent six months worsened by 8 factors to -51%. Additionally, the online % of householders who anticipate actual gross sales to be increased worsened by 2 factors to -10%. On the constructive facet, 41% of householders reported job openings that had been laborious to fill, down 3 factors however traditionally very excessive.”

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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 precious 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 speedy development. They’re a constructive suggestions loop, a flywheel that will get quicker and quicker. However community results minimize each methods. If a system will get extra precious because it attracts extra customers, it additionally will get much less precious because it sheds customers. The much less precious a system is to you, the better it’s to go away.”

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Right now’s Worry & Greed Index: 50 Impartial (earlier shut: 47 Impartial) [CNN]. One week in the past: 36 (Worry). (0 is Excessive Worry; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Jan 10 at 2:30 PM EST.


Mosler’s “man with a gun” concept:

Groves of Academe

College directors have misplaced their minds:

Apart from the final idiocy, the wee drawback is that practicum and discipline work should not 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

Field work:

2: work finished within the discipline (as by college students) to achieve sensible expertise and data by firsthand remark

3: the gathering of anthropological or sociological information by the interviewing and remark 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 colleges to increased schooling. However price range concerns 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.

Zeitgeist Watch

“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?

Class Warfare

“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 information sources utilizing employee surveys, employer-reported information, and administrative information. The reversal is because of a shrinking hole between low-wage and median-wage employees. In distinction, the hole between high and median employees has endured. Rising pay for low-wage employees shouldn’t be primarily because of the altering composition of employees or jobs, minimal wage will increase, or workplace-specific sources of inequality. As a substitute, it is because of broadly rising pay in low-wage occupations, which has significantly benefited employees in tightening labor markets. Rebounding publish–Nice Recession labor demand on the backside offset enduring drivers of inequality.” • Therefore, liberal Democrats busting unions. Useful chart:

This doesn’t imply, after all, that the absolute ranges low-wage occupations are something like livable or humane.

Information of the Wired

I’m not feeling wired at this time.

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