2:00PM Water Cooler 8/22/2023 | bare capitalism

By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Fowl Track of the Day

Massive Wren-Babbler, Kuala Lompat; Krau Reserve, Pahang, Malaysia. “Breeding Standing: territorial; Basic Local weather: moist; Cowl Density: thick). Different Behaviors: Promote. Habitat: Rainforest, Evergreen Forest, River.” I just like the title “Wren-Babbler.” It jogs my memory of a personality in a P.G. Wodehouse novel; “Bertie Wren-Babbler”; “Madeleine Wren-Babbler”; and so forth.

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Search for the Helpers

“Obituary for a Quiet Life” [The Bitter Southerner (LL)]. “‘Would you write your papaw’s obituary?’ she requested, ever sensible even amid the lack of the love of her life. … Once I sat down to jot down, I discovered myself dropping particulars right into a template — son of, survived by. The obituary kind places a specific stress on what issues, on what must be remembered and praised, however what does one say a few life that aimed to hold on within the background, that had no real interest in a reputation in newsprint or an award on the mantel? Ray Harrell, son of Jim and Cora, was content material to sit down nonetheless and watch the breeze scatter the leaves? Ray Harrell, sergeant top notch, organized the payments in his pockets in descending order? Ray Harrell, survived by Grace, whistled the identical invented tune yr after yr whereas looking for the suitable nail within the shed? I stuffed within the anticipated particulars and despatched the obituary to the newspaper, however I knew it wasn’t proper. It captured nothing of the life he lived. What I returned to within the days after he handed, as the women from church lined the desk in casseroles and Grandma slept in a mattress alone for the primary time since she was 19, was the sheer audacity of a quiet life.” • LL writes: “This will a little bit of a stretch but it surely’s a stunning piece of writing and a celebration of a non-greedy lifestyle.” I agree (and I like The Bitter Southerner, not least due to its title; I believed I had subscribed,  however apparently not.) I’ve written the obituaries for each my mother and father; it’s certainly useful, each to 1’s self, the familu, and the neighborhood, so -called. The writing doesn’t resolve something, however the small phrase depend brings its personal type of readability, and the submission to the native paper is a well-defined step ahead within the ritual-based switch of property that’s, in America, the consequence of dying, in a course of the place nearly nothing else (emotions, say) is well-defined in any respect, or certainly assisted. “It’s altogether becoming and correct that we should always do that,” as Lincoln put it. It could be attention-grabbing to seek out out of the obituaries for the million souls misplaced to Covid differed from previous obituaries in any manner; a very good venture for a wet day, or a reporter, if funded. And so it should by no means occur.


“So lots 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

Two households, each alike in dignity,
In truthful Verona, the place we lay our scene,
From historical grudge break to new mutiny,
The place civil blood makes civil arms unclean.
–William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare says the 2 households are “alike” in dignity, however he doesn’t say how a lot dignity they really have. If Verona’s households are like our events, the reply is “not a lot.”

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“The Sweep and Pressure 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, starting 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 by way of it. One factor I discover is that there do appear to have been reasonably a number of rebellions and insurrections, not simply the Civil Battle. To me, that is parallel to 1 lesson I drew from Mike Duncan’s Revolutions podcast (episode 1): There are reasonably a number of revolutions, too. Alert reader Pensions Guy 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 by way of his position within the revolt that passed off on January 6, 2021.

Taking “revolt” as learn (I have to do more reading), extra on my persevering with protection of Part Three.

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“This subject might knock Trump off ballots nationwide. Prepare for it to dominate major season” [Los Angeles Times]. “Even because the prison circumstances in opposition to Donald Trump dominate headlines, a special, much less publicized wave of litigation is constructing that would endanger his presidential ambitions: efforts to exclude him from the poll below a constitutional provision adopted after the Civil Battle…. Even earlier than that, nonetheless, liberal authorized teams had begun researching state legal guidelines and dealing with voters who might problem Trump’s entry to the poll…. ‘The American public ought to count on to see a sequence of challenges filed in state after state,’ says Ron Fein, authorized director of 1 such group, Free Speech for People.” From the About Web page, Director Ben Binswanger: “Mr. Binswanger started his profession as a political marketing consultant for quite a few Democratic candidates, and labored for greater than 5 years as Senator Edward Kennedy’s senior political advisor in Washington… Mr. Binswanger has additionally served on the boards of Demos.” Extra: “Whether or not the efforts succeed is anybody’s guess; the authorized points are advanced and with out clear precedents and will result in a Supreme Court docket showdown early within the new yr. Win or lose, nonetheless, the problem might severely disrupt a major season that’s already fraught with potential for strife and violence — one other instance of how Trump’s is stressing the nation’s authorized and political methods.” • Totes, just one social gathering does that. The social gathering of The Others.

“Georgia indictment and post-Civil Battle historical past make it clear: Trump’s actions have already disqualified him from the presidency” [The Conversation]. “We consider the Georgia indictment supplies much more element than the sooner federal one about how Trump’s actions have already disqualified him from workplace, and reveals a approach to hold him off the poll in 2024.” • An indictment? Actually? Ask any ham sandwich about that! (Clearly, election officers want cowl for these judgments on disqualification. They want a non-partisan, branded MR SUBLIMINAL And completely not spook-infested! NGO. How concerning the Atlantic Council?

“Will Donald Trump Be Disqualified from Working Below the 14th Modification?” [Newsweek]. “The case that Donald Trump is ineligible to run for president in 2024 because of the 14th Modification is ‘compelling,’ however ‘unlikely to realize broad acceptance,’ based on [former federal prosecutor Adam Kamenstein, a partner with the Los Angeles-based law firm Adams, Duerk & Kamenstein]: ‘[L]ike all authorized arguments, its sensible software rests on the widespread acceptance of sure information. We don’t have that right here, in the present day, the place information and fact differ relying on one’s political perspective. Even when everybody agreed on the underlying Constitutional scholarship, we’d by no means see settlement on the information to which it should be utilized. So, regardless of how compelling the authorized scholarship, it’s unlikely to realize broad acceptance.’” • 

Lambert right here: Hat tip to reader yesterday who dug into Baude and Paulsen. Main sources rule! 

Biden Administration


Time for the Countdown Clock!

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“5 Key Issues to Look ahead to in Republican Main Debate” [Newsweek]. “[I]n a race for second place, there’s a lot for the possible candidates to realize, notably given a front-runner whose marketing campaign warfare chest is dedicated to combating off 91 prison costs in 4 totally different jurisdictions.” • “DeSantis vs. Ramaswamy,” ‘Pile on Ron’, “Splintering on Ukraine,” “Nuance on Abortion,” “Who takes on Trump?” • That’s odd. Nothing a few Republican flip to the working class (regardless of how cynical and fumbling).

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“New Trump ballot proves Obama and Clinton had been proper: The GOP base are deplorable, bitter clingers” [Amanda Marcotte, Salon]. Amanda Marcotte and Henry Kissinger: Each nonetheless in there punching! “New polling out this week from CBS News proves, as many feared, Trump’s fourth set of indictments — he now faces 91 [fancy!] felony charges across four jurisdictions — has solely triggered the GOP to rally round their seething orange chief…. And, in a ballot discovering that basically is astonishing, Trump voters claimed they belief the infamous fraudster greater than anybody. A whopping 71% of Trump voters declare “what he says is true.” Solely 63% of them say that about household and pals, 56% about conservative media figures and 42% about spiritual leaders. The phrase that involves thoughts is ‘cult.’ ‘Cult leaders should be dynamic, charismatic, and convincing as a result of their aim is to regulate their members to amass cash or power-related benefits,’ stated Joe Scarborough on MSNBC in response to the ballot Monday. Political scientist Brian Klaas tweeted, ‘you have to perceive what an authoritarian cult of character is, as a result of that’s what it has turn into.’” • Speakling of “cults,” however to beMR SUBLIMINAL As all the time! truthful, I can’t discover a story the place anyone named their puppy after Jack Smith. Or, for that matter, Fani Willis. So maybe — as [genuflects] Obama as soon as put it — the fever is breaking. We will however hope.

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“Mass shootings spur divergent legal guidelines as states cut up between gun rights and management” [Associated Press]. “[F]ellow Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a legislation making Illinois the eighth state to roll again authorized protections for firearms producers and distributors. The brand new legislation bans firearms promoting that officers decide produces a public security risk or appeals to youngsters, militants or others who may later use the weapons illegally. Pritzker signed the invoice alongside attendees of an annual convention hosted by the gun-control group Everytown for Gun Security. The group stated 2023 has been ‘a historic yr for gun security within the states.’ Along with Illinois, Democratic-led legislatures in Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington all handed a number of gun management provisions this yr.” • Pritzker checking these packing containers in very disciplined trend.

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“Virginia Democrats increase alarms that Gov. Glenn Youngkin may very well be constructing towards a nationwide bid” [EMEA Tribune]. Pakistani, fascinatingly, although initially revealed at NBC. “Virginia Democrats are nervous the nationwide social gathering isn’t doing sufficient to cease Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, elevating alarm bells that he might attempt to use wins on the state degree to drag Virginia to the suitable and, doubtlessly, mount a presidential bid. Chief amongst their worries is that this fall’s legislative elections. Each single seat within the commonwealth’s Basic Meeting, which is presently cut up between the 2 events, is up for re-election in November. Republicans now maintain a five-seat edge within the Home of Delegates with three vacancies, whereas Democrats management the Senate by the identical margin. Youngkin’s statewide operation is aiming at a GOP sweep, which might open the door to a conservative governing bundle Democrats have largely been in a position to stymie throughout his first two years in workplace. GOP strategist Karl Rove, who beforehand labored for the Virginia GOP, agrees. Rove believes Youngkin and his political workforce have made all the suitable strikes to take full benefit of his reputation and channel it correctly. ‘Cash isn’t all the things in politics, but it surely’s essential and he started elevating it early and spending it correctly, which occurs far much less typically than you may suppose in politics,’ Rove stated… Rove believes that whereas Youngkin’s nationwide profile is on the rise, a race for president may nonetheless be a tough proposition this late within the calendar. ‘It’s an extended shot if he decides to pursue it,’ Rove stated. ‘The irony is it’s a greater shot if he stays targeted on November and decides afterwards than if he decides in the present day.’”

“Gov. Youngkin fires again in school district defying coverage on gender identification: ‘Mother and father are in cost’” [NBC News]. “Gov. Glenn Youngkin, R-Va., responded to a faculty district asserting it wouldn’t use the new model policies set by Virginia’s Training Division (VDOE), saying it’s the legislation and the district ‘doesn’t have a alternative’ within the matter.  Prince William County Public Colleges (PWCS) released a statement final week stating that it might stick to an older coverage that addresses the ‘rights of transgender and gender-nonconforming college students’ as a result of it’s ‘in keeping with each federal and state anti-discrimination legal guidelines.’ The VDOE’s 2021 mannequin insurance policies for college districts allowed transgender college students to make use of loos and college amenities that matched their gender identification in addition to required academics to make use of college students’ most popular gender pronouns, based on the Washington Publish.” • Not talked about within the article above, oddly. Discover that if darkish horse Pritzker runs, gender identity will transfer entrance and heart as an election “subject.” All the time one thing to stay up for in 2024.

“Virginia college district not shocked by ‘controversy’ over accepting anti-‘woke’ books in class libraries” [Washington Examiner]. “Taylor added that the query of ‘the place are the constructive books?’ impressed a higher push to encourage the acceptance of Courageous Books of their college libraries. The Courageous Books CEO stated Monday that he doesn’t perceive why some adults are advocating pornographic and inappropriate supplies in class libraries and is thrilled Spotsylvania is including his values-based books of their libraries. ‘Everyone will get grossed out by it, and youngsters get grossed out by it by nature,’ Talbott stated of graphic books in faculties. Taylor hopes different college districts observe their lead in an emphasis on offering college students a ‘ethical training’ and ‘acceptable studying choices.’” • Can’t we simply go away what’s within the library to librarians? Or, heaven forfend, has the successor ideology corrupted them too?

Democrats en Déshabillé

Affected person readers, it appears that evidently persons are truly studying the back-dated publish! However I’ve not up to date it, and there are lots of 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 “stay” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) It seems that defining the Democrat Get together is, in truth, a tough downside. I do suppose 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 Pay attention, 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 components of the Get together reinforce one another. Go away apart characterizing the relationships between components of the Get together (ka-ching, however not totally) these components 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.

Be aware, 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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Realignment and Legitimacy

“Does Voting By Mail Actually Assist Candidates Win?” [Washington Monthly]. “Lecturers and political professionals have lengthy debated the results of mail-in voting, and up to date studies have come to 2 conclusions. First, sending voters a poll by mail—which they will fill out at dwelling and mail again or ship in individual to a drop field or polling location—boosts total turnout. Second, on stability, mail-in voting—generally referred to as voting at home—doesn’t benefit one social gathering over one other. The latter conclusion appeared true even in 2020, when Donald Trump particularly dissuaded his base from voting by mail, spreading false conspiracy theories that absentee voting causes fraud and unfairly benefits Democrats. Regardless that Trump misplaced and a far larger portion of Democrats than Republicans voted by mail that yr (58 % versus 32 % based on a Pew survey), a complete study failed to point out a partisan benefit for Democrats within the nation as an entire. The research additionally discovered, nonetheless, a small benefit for Democrats in states that allowed voters to acquire mail ballots with out an excuse (like, say, a be aware from a physician). Because it occurs, almost all the battleground states in 2020, the place the presidential campaigns targeted their power and sources, had been additionally “”no excuse”” states. In consequence, the discovering suggests—though it doesn’t undoubtedly show—that the Democrats’ higher give attention to vote by mail in these states might have made a distinction.   The outcomes from the 2022 midterms level in the identical route. Democratic candidates all over the place endorsed mail-in voting and carried out higher than anticipated, whereas Republicans shied away—largely for worry of antagonizing Trump and his hardcore supporters—and did worse.” • I don’t care, I hate all of it, and I don’t care what goo-goos from Oregon say. Any system aside from all the nation voting on the similar time rewards partisan affiliation, which is the very final thing we need to do (and why Democrats prefer it a lot.


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

Assets, United States (Nationwide): Transmission (CDC); Wastewater (CDC, Biobot; contains many counties; Wastewater Scan, contains drilldown by zip); Variants (CDC; Walgreens); “Iowa COVID-19 Tracker” (in IA, however nationwide information). “Infection Control, Emergency Management, Safety, and General Thoughts” (particularly on hospitalization by metropolis).

Lambert right here: Readers, thanks for the collective effort. To replace any entry, do be happy to contact me on the 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 reports); 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 (Government of Canada).

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

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Keep secure on the market!

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An intelligence take a look at! Which Mandy fails, dramatically:

I’m impressed by CDC staffers’ collective (and distinctive) silent rebuke to “Maskless Mandy”‘s recklessness (and I hope the auditorium was well-ventilated). These staffers give me hope. The parallel between Mandy’s modeling of masking follow throughout a pandemic pushed by an airborne Degree 3 biohazard and the administration pablum on Mandy’s PowerPoint is fairly stark. You need “belief”? Then act in a reliable trend!

Elite Maleficence

“CDC Weighs Decrease An infection Security Precautions For Healthcare Staff” [Judy Stone, Forbes]. “The Healthcare Infection Control Advisory Committee advises the CDC on pointers for an infection management in healthcare settings. HICPAC met in June and revealed slides summarizing its draft guidelines [finally]. That is the place the controversy started. It’s scheduled to fulfill once more on Tuesday, Aug 22, and, per its published draft agenda [finally], to vote on finalizing its plan for the CDC. Nevertheless, I used to be advised by a CDC consultant that there won’t be a vote till no less than November. The deliberate HICPAC revisions would water down an infection management protections, notably for aerosol transmission and multidrug-resistant organisms.” Importantly:

Greater than 900 specialists in infectious illness, public well being, industrial hygiene, aerosol science and air flow engineering signed a letter to Mandy Cohen, M.D., the brand new CDC director, explaining how the brand new draft pointers weaken protections for healthcare employees. They state, ‘Surgical masks can’t be advisable to guard well being care personnel in opposition to inhalation of infectious aerosols.’ The specialists’ letter was coauthored by Lisa Brosseau, Jane Thomason and Peg Seminario, amongst others. Seminario was the director of occupational security and well being for the AFL-CIO from 1990 to 2019.

The CDC responded to Seminario and the specialists’ letter solely now, a month later, and simply earlier than the scheduled Aug 22 assembly. The company provided no substantive or particular rebuttal, however spoke of its dedication to ‘bettering healthcare high quality’ and dedication to ‘to transparency, communication, and stakeholder engagement.’ . The letter will not be but publicly obtainable [dry, very very].

I hardly dare hope that my yammering about FACA (here; here) had some impact. However a person can dream! In the present day is August 22; HICPAC will finish meeting one half hour after Water Cooler posts in a great world; and we’ll see what the outcomes are.

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Case Knowledge

From BioBot wastewater data, August 22:

Lambert right here: Comfortable recollections of tape-watching days! Closing in on a Trump-era surge degree; Biden’s, after all, are larger. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see what occurs when faculties open up. I want to congratulate the Biden administration and the general public well being institution, the CDC particularly, for this monumental and unprecedented achievement. And a tip of the ol’ Water Cooler hat to the Nice Barrington goons, whose insurance policies have been adopted so assiduously! A curious reality: All of Biden’s peaks are larger than Trump’s peaks. Reveals you what public well being can do when it’s firing on all eight cylinders! Musical interlude. NOTE I’m not completely satisfied that Biobot can’t replace this information extra ceaselessly. 

Regional information:

Backward revisions. The nationwide flattening is because of the Midwest downward swoop. I’d look ahead to the backward revisions on that. Apparently, the upswing begins earlier than July 4, which neither accelerates nor retards it.

Regional variant information, August 19:

EG.5 (the orange pie slice) nonetheless appears evenly distributed. Sadly, the Midwest information will not be obtainable, so we are able to’t infer something concerning the Midwest surge and any variant(s), come what may. 


NOT UPDATED From CDC, August 19:

Lambert right here: Prime of the leaderboard: EG.5 (“Eris“). I’m not highlighting the BA.2’s as a result of the interactive model reveals that these BA.2’s been hanging round at a low degree for months.

From CDC, August 5:

Lambert right here: Unsure what to make of this. I’m used to seeing a brand new variant take down the beforehand dominant variant. Right here it seems to be like we’ve got a “tag workforce,” all working collectively to chop XBB.1.5 right down to dimension. I positive hope the volunteers doing Pangolin, on which this chart depends, don’t all transfer on the inexperienced fields and pastures new (or have their entry to amenities lower by directors of sick intent).

CDC: “As of Might 11, genomic surveillance information will likely be reported biweekly, primarily based on the provision of constructive take a look at specimens.” “Biweeekly: 1. occurring each two weeks. 2. occurring twice every week; semiweekly.” Seems 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, August 12:

Lambert right here: Enhance is much more distinct. (The black line is “mixed”, however it’s simple to see that Covid, the purple line, is driving all the things.)

NOTE “Charts and information offered by CDC, updates Wednesday by 8am. For the previous yr, utilizing a rolling 52-week interval.” So not all the 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 suitable for eachMR SUBLIMINAL I hate these folks a lot. Discover additionally that this chart reveals, no less than for its time interval, that Covid is not seasonal, though CDC is making an attempt to get us to consider that it’s, presumably to allow them to piggyback on the prevailing institutional equipment for injections.


I hate this metric as a result of the lag makes it misleading. However, right here’s bellwether New York City, information as of August 21:

Could possibly be worse, and probably will likely be. However how a lot worse?


Walgreens, August 21:

So, Walgreens is again within the recreation (and how on earth did that debacle occur? We breathlessly await the information protection). The proportion of positives is the very best ever, although absolute numbers are nonetheless small relative to previous surges.

NOT UPDATED From CDC, July 31:

Lambert right here: That is the CDC’s “Traveler-Based mostly Genomic Surveillance” information.


NOT UPDATED Iowa COVID-19 Tracker, August 9:

Lambert right here: The WHO information is nugatory, so I changed it with the Iowa Covid Knowledge Tracker. Their methodology: “These information have been sourced, by way of the API from the CDC: https://information.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?

Total: 1,172,801 – 1,172,458 = 343 (343 * 365 = 125,195 deaths per yr, in the present day’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “residing with” Covid (fairly a bit larger than the minimizers would love, although they will speak themselves into something. If the YouGenicist™ metric retains chugging alongside like this, I may must determine that is what the powers-that-be take into account “mission completed” for this explicit tranche of dying and illness). 

Extra Deaths

The Economist, August 21:

Lambert right here:  Again to nearly dailiy. Odd when it’s, odd when it stops. Based on a machine-learning model. (The CDC has an extra estimate too, however because it ran eternally with a large typo within the Legend, I figured no person was actually it, so I obtained rid it. )

Stats Watch

Manufacturing: “United States Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index” [Trading Economics]. “The Manufacturing Exercise Index within the Richmond space edged as much as -7 in August 2023 from -9 in July, as anticipated.”

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In the present day’s Concern & Greed Index: 50 Concern (earlier shut: 46 Impartial) [CNN]. One week in the past: 54 (Impartial). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Aug 21 at 12:31 PM ET. Mr. Market remains to be chewing his arms.

Class Warfare

From the mouths of menswear experts:

So it’s not doable to be a capitalist and a gentleman?

Information of the Wired

I’m not but wired in the present day.

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