By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Hen Music of the Day

American Robin, Libertytown; Audrey Carroll Wildlife Sanctuary, Frederick, Maryland. “Night music with calls.”

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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 lots of the social reactions that strike us as psychological are actually a rational administration of symbolic capital.” –Pierre Bourdieu, Classification Struggles


Biden Administration

“Manchin to oppose Biden’s nominee to move IRS” [Politico]. “‘Whereas Daniel Werfel is supremely certified to function the IRS Commissioner, I’ve zero religion he will probably be given the autonomy to carry out the job in accordance with the regulation and for that purpose, I can’t assist his nomination,’ Manchin mentioned in an announcement. The West Virginia Democrat has been battling the Treasury Division over what he considers misguided interpretations of laws Democrats pushed into regulation final summer season increasing tax credit for electrical automobiles and a slew of different inexperienced vitality packages. Manchin and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) largely wrote that laws. Manchin’s transfer additionally comes as he faces the prospect of a troublesome reelection race subsequent yr in his Republican-leaning state. He has not mentioned whether or not he’ll run for an additional time period. Manchin’s opposition is unlikely endanger Werfel’s nomination, which seems assured. Werfel gained bipartisan assist on the chamber’s Finance Committee, with three Republicans there backing him. The Senate is anticipated to vote on Werfel’s affirmation Wednesday night.” • Non-story, then?


“The Case for a Main Problem to Joe Biden” [The Atlantic]. “There needs to be one good Challenger X on the market from the occasion’s supposed “deep bench,” proper? Somebody who’s compelling, formidable, and youthful than, say, 65. Somebody who isn’t Marianne Williamson. Somebody who could be unfailingly gracious to Biden and reverential of his profession—even whereas making an attempt to finish it.” • “Reverential” for what? Clarence Thomas? Plus, Joe Biden owes me 600 bucks.

A thread value studying from Policy Tensor. Asking cui bono from Biden’s two-front warmongering, the reply appears to be Democrat political apparatchiks — no less than in their very own minds:

It will likely be fascinating to see how this seems, as a result of that bastard Trump retains asking for my vote (and no less than by electing him, we delay a proxy warfare with Russia by 4 years. That’s not neglible!)

“DeSantis’ state of state speech mirrors lots of the themes of different GOP governors” [Miami Herald]. “In tone and substance, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ state of the state speech on Tuesday was very very similar to the opposite 19 Republican governors who’ve already delivered the 2023 evaluation of their state’s standing and their legislative plans to maneuver ahead. He talked about increasing vouchers for folks to ship youngsters to non-public colleges [see under Class Warfare], increasing tax breaks to ‘scale back the ache of inflation.’ He touted his push ‘to affix 25 different states’ and permit individuals to hold hid weapons and not using a allow, and he vowed to make everlasting the state ban on coronavirus vaccine mandates and masks. However in some ways his 30-minute tackle targeted extra on trying again at his first 4 years in workplace than trying forward at what ought to come subsequent. And he stopped wanting specializing in many bread and butter points embraced by Republican governors in different states, in response to an evaluation of their speeches by the Miami Herald, from the checklist of state of the state speeches compiled by the National Association of State Budget Officers.”

Democrats en Déshabillé

Affected person readers, plainly individuals are really studying the back-dated publish! However I’ve not up to date it, and there are lots 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 post, to which I’ll periodically add materials, summarizing the addition right here in a “reside” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) It seems that defining the Democrat Social gathering is, actually, a tough drawback. I do assume the paragraph that follows is on level all the way in which again to 2016, if not earlier than:

The Democrat Social gathering is the political expression of the category energy of PMC, their base (lucidly defined by Thomas Frank in Hear, Liberal!). ; if the Democrat Social gathering didn’t exist, the PMC must invent it. . (“PMC” modulo “class expatriates,” in fact.) 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 solely) these parts comprise a community — a Flex Internet? An iron octagon? — of funders, distributors, apparatchiks, electeds, NGOs, and miscellaneous mercenaries, with property within the press and the intelligence neighborhood.

Notice, in fact, 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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Sources, United States (Nationwide): Transmission (CDC); Wastewater (CDC, Biobot; contains many counties); Variants (CDC; Walgreens); “Iowa COVID-19 Tracker” (in IA, however nationwide knowledge).

• Readers, thanks for the push. We at the moment are as much as 38/50 states (76%). May these of you in states not listed assist out by both with dashboard/wastewater hyperlinks, or ruling your state out definitively? Thanks! (I believe I’ve caught up with all people I missed.)

Sources, United States (Native): AK (dashboard); AL (dashboard); AR (dashboard); AZ (dashboard); CA (dashboard), Marin; CO (dashboard; wastewater); CT (dashboard); DE (dashboard); IL (wastewater); IN (dashboard); LA (dashboard); MA (wastewater); MD (dashboard); ME (dashboard); MI (wastewater; wastewater); MN (dashboard); MT (dashboard); NC (dashboard); NH (wastewater); NJ (dashboard); NM (dashboard); NY (dashboard); OH (dashboard); OK (dashboard); OR (dashboard); PA (dashboard); RI (dashboard); SC (dashboard); SD (dashboard); TN (dashboard); TX (dashboard); UT (wastewater); VA (dashboard); VT (dashboard); WA (dashboard; dashboard); WI (wastewater); WV (wastewater); WY (wastewater).

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

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

Hat tricks to useful readers: Art_DogCT, B24S, CanCyn, ChiGal, Chuck L, Festoonic, FM, Gumbo, hop2it, JB, JEHR, JF, Joe, John, JM (6), JW, LL, Michael King, KF, LaRuse, mrsyk, MT, otisyves, Petal (5), RK (2), RL, RM, Rod, sq. coats (4), tennesseewaltzer, Utah, Bob White (3). (Readers, should you go away your hyperlink in feedback, I credit score you by your deal with. Should you ship it to me by way of e mail, I take advantage of your initials (within the absence of a deal with. I’m not placing your deal with subsequent to your contribution as a result of I hope and anticipate the checklist will probably be lengthy, and I would like it to be simple for readers to scan.)

• Extra like this, please! Whole: 1 6 11 18 20 22 26 27 28 38/50 (76% of US states). We must always checklist states that should not have Covid sources, or have stopped updating their websites, so others don’t look fruitlessly. Thanks!

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Search for the Helpers

“Three years in: 7 issues we’ve realized about COVID” [CU Boulder Today]. Submitting this right here as a result of CU’s Prof. Jose-Luis Jimenez did a lot to advance our understanding that #COVIDisAirborne, despite the fact that he’s from a state faculty [snort]. And among the seven issues on this round-up are new: “Latest CU Boulder analysis has discovered that airborne particles carrying coronavirus can stay infectious for twice as lengthy in drier air, partly as a result of the saliva emitted with them serves as a protecting barrier across the virus, particularly at low humidity ranges. … Humidifying indoor areas is pricey and inefficient, nonetheless, mentioned Hernandez. As an alternative, including excessive effectivity particulate air (HEPA) air filters, opening home windows and bettering air flow are all simple and inexpensive measures anybody can implement.” And: “When individuals merely take a second to mirror on the results of their habits, they have an inclination to decide on choices that impose fewer dangers on different individuals, in response to analysis from Leaf Van Boven, professor of psychology and neuroscience. The worldwide examine of 13,000 individuals, printed in November in PNAS Nexus, was performed on the peak of the pandemic. Van Boven and his colleagues introduced the worldwide contributors with hypothetical eventualities associated to becoming a member of social gatherings throughout the pandemic, for which they needed to determine to attend, cancel, or scale back capability. However earlier than they did so, some contributors had been instructed to pause and follow a method referred to as “structured reflection.” These within the structured reflection group had been considerably extra more likely to err on the facet of minimizing public well being dangers. As COVID-19 restrictions raise, such private accountability will develop more and more vital.” And: “Printed in Environmental Science & Know-how Letters, the work discovered that after [germicidal ultraviolet light (GUV)], disinfection, the quantity of dangerous secondary chemical substances in indoor air have an effect, however usually are not so detrimental as to suggest towards the usage of GUV. This means that GUV can be utilized to combat COVID, in addition to influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), in environments at excessive threat of virus transmission, similar to emergency ready rooms, eating places and gymnasiums.” And: “Feeding our intestine microbes with wholesome meals, spices and antioxidants, in addition to addressing our stress and balancing bodily exercise with satisfactory restoration are some actions we will take to provide ourselves an opportunity at much less extreme outcomes and full restoration following an infection, mentioned Barbara Demmig-Adams, professor of distinction and director of the EBIO Honors Program inside the Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Demmig-Adams is co-author on a examine printed final yr within the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, detailing how the human physique is predisposed to persistent, low-level irritation—which places us at a organic drawback when preventing off the virus that causes COVID-19. As a consequence of our our bodies’ inflammatory responses, she notes that we must be simply as cautious about overexerting our our bodies as not transferring them sufficient. In case you are actively sick or lately recovered, it could be clever to schedule in additional relaxation and restoration time than anticipated.” • OK, OK, it’s from a college’s PR division. However the click-throughs usually are not unimpressive.

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Discovering like-minded individuals on (sorry) Fb:

“Covid Meetups” [COVID MEETUPS (JM)]. “A free service to seek out people, households and native companies/providers who take COVID precautions in your space.” • I performed round with it some. It appears to be Fb-driven, sadly, however you need to use the Directory with out logging in. I get rational hits from the U.S., however not from London, UK, FWIW.

Covid Is Airborne

“Indoor air is stuffed with flu and COVID viruses. Will nations clear it up?” [Nature]. “In March 2022, the US authorities launched a Clear Air in Buildings Problem to spur constructing house owners and operators to enhance their air flow and indoor air high quality. In October final yr, the state of California handed a regulation requiring all faculty buildings to supply clear indoor air. And in December, the White Home introduced that every one federal buildings — some 1,500 in complete — would meet minimal air-safety necessities. Additionally in December, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) — a construction-industry physique whose suggestions are adopted into regulation via native constructing codes in the USA and elsewhere — introduced that it could be growing requirements that take an infection threat into consideration by June 2023…. Specialists in indoor air high quality are buoyed by the prospect that the pandemic might convey lasting enhancements to the air we breathe indoors. … ‘There’s by no means been, in historical past, a lot motion about indoor air high quality,’ says Lidia Morawska, an aerosol scientist on the Queensland College of Know-how in Brisbane, Australia…. Researchers say it is going to take time to decrease the an infection dangers inside buildings. ‘We’re 30 years,’ says Morawska. ‘However we’re speaking about the way forward for our society.’” • 30 years? Don’t throw out your masks simply but, then….


How Democrat Eric Adams reframed mask-wearers as criminals, good job:

Since no person slapped him round, Democrats assist Adams in his views (unsurprisingly, seeing as how iconic liberal Democrat venues just like the New Yorker and the New York Times — you already know, the “In This Home” crowd — opened the door to blaming and shaming individuals who need solely to guard others and themselves from a deadly airborne pathogen). See how to resist here. Adams doesn’t get to rewrite human rights laws simply by emitting nonsense verbiage on radio and tv.

Boggles the thoughts that medical places of work are such offenders:


“Efficacy of Cetylpyridinium Chloride mouthwash towards SARS-CoV-2: A scientific evaluation of randomized managed trials” [Molecular Oral Microbiology]. Meta-study of RCTs. “Randomized managed trials evaluating cetylpyridinium chloride mouthwash with placebo and different mouthwash components in SARS-CoV-2 optimistic people had been recognized and evaluated… Mouthwashes containing cetylpyridinium chloride are efficient towards salivary viral load of SARS-CoV-2 in vivo. There may be additionally the likelihood that the usage of mouthwash containing cetylpyridinium chloride in SARS-CoV-2 optimistic topics might scale back transmissibility and severity of COVID-19.” • Crest and Colgate. Test the label!


“Lengthy-term gastrointestinal outcomes of COVID-19” [Nature]. VA knowledge. “We present that past the primary 30 days of an infection, individuals with COVID-19 exhibited elevated dangers and 1-year burdens of incident gastrointestinal problems spanning a number of illness classes together with motility problems, acid associated problems (dyspepsia, gastroesophageal reflux illness, peptic ulcer illness), purposeful intestinal problems, acute pancreatitis, hepatic and biliary illness. The dangers had been evident in individuals who weren’t hospitalized throughout the acute part of COVID-19 and elevated in a graded vogue throughout the severity spectrum of the acute part of COVID-19 (non-hospitalized, hospitalized, and admitted to intensive care). The dangers had been constant in comparisons together with the COVID-19 vs the up to date management group and COVID-19 vs the historic management group because the referent class. Altogether, our outcomes present that individuals with SARS-CoV-2 an infection are at elevated threat of gastrointestinal problems within the post-acute part of COVID-19. Put up-covid care ought to contain consideration to gastrointestinal well being and illness.” • Extra assist for the concept that having been infected with Covid is itself a disability and has the authorized standing as such.

Elite Malfeasance

Suckers, liars, get me a shovel:

Or a pump deal with, because the case could also be.

“Northampton to make use of pandemic reduction {dollars} for ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ manhole covers” [Boston.com]. “A collection of manhole covers in Northampton are about to get a contemporary coat of super-powered paint because of hundreds of {dollars} in pandemic reduction funds. This week, the town introduced the way it plans to spend $4 million it acquired below the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). A complete of $20,000 will probably be used to create 4 customized manhole covers with artwork depicting the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’ This public artwork show is meant to be a tribute to the well-known ‘heroes in a half shell,’ which had been created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman whereas they lived in Northampton within the early 80’s.” • Northampton. Throw a manhole cowl, hit a liberal.

The Jackpot

This account from the UK is fairly darkish, so:

Readers, what do you see?

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Appears like “leveling off to a excessive plateau” throughout the board. (I nonetheless assume “One thing Terrible” is coming, nonetheless. I imply, apart from what we already find out about.) Keep secure on the market!

Case Information

BioBot wastewater data from March 6:

For now, I’m going to make use of this nationwide wastewater knowledge as the most effective proxy for case knowledge (ignoring the scientific case knowledge portion of this chart, which in my opinion “goes unhealthy” after March 2022, for causes as but unexplained). A minimum of we will spot developments, and examine present ranges to equal previous ranges.

• “COVID name facilities and testing websites shut in additional signal US is transferring previous the pandemic” [ABC]. The deck: “A number of COVID knowledge trackers have additionally lately shut down.” Extra; “Hospitalizations and deaths, each of that are historically lagging indicators, have additionally been trending downward. Over the identical interval, weekly deaths have fallen from 4,448 to 2,407, in response to CDC knowledge.” • 2,407 * 52 = 125,164, not value monitoring, so the eugenicists have added one other tranche of normalized lethality on prime of deaths of despair, and so on. Mission completed, and solely good ol’ Scranton Joe might have finished it. I’m wondering the place the following tranche will come from?

Covid Emergency Room Visits

From CDC NCIRD Surveillance, from March 4:

NOTE “Charts and knowledge offered by CDC, updates Wednesday by 8am. For the previous yr, utilizing a rolling 52-week interval.” So not your entire 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 individuals a lot. Anyhow, I added a gray “Fauci line” simply to point out that Covid wasn’t “over” once they began saying it was, and it’s not over now.


From the Walgreen’s test positivity tracker, printed March 8:

-2.8%. Nonetheless excessive, however ultimately a definite downturn.


Dying charge (Our World in Data):

Total: 1,147,217 – 1,146,740 = 477 (477 * 365 = 174,105 deaths per yr, in the present day’s YouGenicist™ quantity for “dwelling with” Covid (fairly a bit greater than the minimizers would really like, although they will speak themselves into something. If the YouGenicist™ metric retains chugging alongside like this, I may need to determine that is what the powers-that-be take into account “mission completed” for this specific tranche of demise and illness).

Stats Watch

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Retail: “As Buyer Issues Hit a Report Excessive, Extra Folks Search ‘Revenge’” [Wall Street Journal] Crapification + enshittification. “Individuals are encountering extra issues with firms’ services and products than ever earlier than, and a better proportion of them are actively searching for “revenge” for his or her troubles, a brand new examine has discovered….. The share of customers who’ve taken motion to settle a rating towards an organization via measures similar to pestering or public shaming in particular person or on-line, has tripled to 9% from 3% in 2020, in response to the examine. That reversed a downward development as regards to revenge-seeking habits: The typical share of shoppers searching for revenge between 2003 and 2017 was 17%…. The newest wave of analysis discovered 79% of shoppers complained about their most major problem to the corporate at fault, a rise from 72% in 2020. And 43% mentioned they raised their voice to a customer support consultant to point out displeasure about their most major problem, up from 35% in 2017, the newest earlier time the query was requested on the survey.”

Huge Ag:

“Corn is a platform.”

The Bezzle: “Commentary: Cory Doctorow: Finish to Finish” [Cory Doctorow, Locus]. “Right here’s one thing I believe we should always all agree upon: when a prepared speaker needs to say one thing to a prepared listener, our expertise must be de­signed to make a finest effort to ship the speaker’s message to the one that requested to get it. I hope that is self-evidently true. While you dial a cellphone quantity, the cellphone firm’s job is to attach you to that quantity, to not another person. While you name Tony’s Pizza, you anticipate to be linked to Tony’s Pizza – to not Domino’s, not even when Domino’s is prepared to pay for the privilege. While you use your TV distant to tune into CNN, you don’t need your cable operator to point out you Fox as a substitute – not even when Fox pays them to take action. Should you comply with somebody on social media, then the issues that particular person says ought to present up in your timeline. That’s not a radical proposition, however additionally it is not the case in the present day. Fb, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and different dominant social media platforms deal with the checklist of individuals we comply with as strategies, not instructions. While you establish an inventory of individuals you need to hear from, the platform makes use of that as coaching knowledge for strategies that solely by the way include the messages that the individuals you subscribed to. There are numerous causes for this, however all of them boil all the way down to the platform shifting worth away from its customers to its shareholders. Clearly that’s the case with adverts: the amount of ‘‘sponsored posts” that enshittify your feed is titrated to be slightly below the brink the place the service turns into ineffective to you. However there’s one other group of people that pays to succeed in you – the individuals you’ve chosen to comply with. While you subscribe to a performer, or a information outlet, or a political group, they need to pay to make sure that the issues they publish present up for you. The platforms have cute names for this danegeld (‘‘enhance­ing,” and so on), however it boils all the way down to the cellphone firm telling Tony’s Pizza, ‘‘Should you don’t pay us further, then each time somebody calls Tony’s, we’re going to attach them to Domino’s.” Thus the enshittification of your feed is simply partially about displaying you adverts: it’s additionally about making the individuals you need to hear from pay to succeed in you. This shouldn’t be allowed. The providers ought to make their finest effort to ship messages from prepared senders to prepared receivers. This precept might be generalized to different kinds of on-line providers. While you seek for a product on Amazon, the primary consequence must be the product you looked for, not an Amazon own-brand clone of that product, or the product of a rival that paid for the privilege of being on the prime of the outcomes.”

Tech: “How a single engineer introduced down Twitter on Monday” [Platformer]. Occurred proper whereas I used to be doing Water Cooler. Embed died, hyperlinks died. Twitter was backup after an hour or so, nonetheless. “On Monday morning, Twitter customers logged on to discover a thicket of linked points. Clicking on hyperlinks would not open them; as a substitute, customers would see a mysterious error message reporting that “your present API plan doesn’t embrace entry to this endpoint.” Photographs stopped loading as nicely. Different customers reported that they might not entry TweetDeck, the Twitter-owned consumer for skilled customers…. The change in query was a part of a venture to close down free entry to the Twitter API, Platformer can now verify. On February 1, the corporate introduced it is going to not assist free entry to its API, which successfully ended the existence of third-party shoppers and dramatically restricted exterior researchers’ capacity to review the community. The corporate has been constructing a brand new, paid API for builders to work with. However in an indication of simply how deep Elon Musk’s cuts to the corporate have been, just one web site reliability engineer has been staffed on the venture, we’re advised. On Monday, the engineer made a ‘unhealthy configuration change’ that ‘principally broke the Twitter API,’ in response to a present worker.” Oops. Extra: “The change had cascading penalties inside the corporate, bringing down a lot of Twitter’s inner instruments together with the public-facing APIs. On Slack, engineers responded with variations of ‘crap’ and ‘Twitter is down – your entire factor’ as they scrambled to repair the issue. Elon Musk was livid, we’re advised. ‘A small API change had huge ramifications,’ Musk tweeted later within the day, after Twitter investor Marc Andreessen posted a screenshot displaying that the corporate’s API failures had been trending on the location. ‘The code stack is extraordinarily brittle for no good purpose. Will finally want an entire rewrite.’” • Persist with COBOL, my recommendation. A few of that steam-powered stuff has been operating for many years.

Manufacturing: “90,000 Miles On My Tesla Mannequin 3 — Upkeep Prices Larger Than Anticipated” [CleanTechnica]. “In simply over 90,000 miles, the entire value of the tires and out-of-warranty repairs for my Mannequin 3 have been $5,441.42. See itemized prices under. That is far more than I anticipated. I’ve had the upkeep points detailed within the following paragraphs. Conveniently, I used to be in a position to acquire the dates, mileage, and actual value of my Tesla repairs from the Tesla app on my cellphone. Not conveniently, it seems to return solely 2 years.” • Hmm. Attention-grabbing level on the heavy battery inflicting elevated tire put on.

Healthcare: “Gender Reassignment Surgical procedure Market by Sort, Finish-user and Geography – Forecast and Evaluation 2023-2027” [Technavio]. “The gender reassignment surgical procedure market is estimated to develop at a CAGR of 10.73% between 2022 and 2027. The scale of the market is forecast to extend by USD 321.48 million. The expansion of the market will depend on serval components, together with the rise within the variety of individuals choosing intercourse change surgical procedures globally, beneficial authorities insurance policies, and rising insurance coverage protection for gender reassignment surgical procedures….. The variety of gender reassignment procedures performed within the US every year is estimated to be between 100 and 500. The variety of such surgical procedures carried out worldwide is estimated to be 2 to five occasions better than that within the US…. Intercourse change surgical procedure is irreversible.”

The Financial system: “Explainer: U.S. yield curve reaches deepest inversion since 1981: What’s it telling us?” [Reuters]. “An inverted yield curve happens when yields on shorter-dated Treasuries rise above these for longer-term ones. It means that whereas traders anticipate rates of interest to rise within the close to time period, they consider that greater borrowing prices will finally harm the financial system, forcing the Fed to later ease financial coverage…. The phenomenon is carefully watched by traders because it has preceded previous recessions…. When short-term charges improve, U.S. banks increase benchmark charges for a variety of shopper and business loans, together with small enterprise loans and bank cards, making borrowing extra pricey for customers. Mortgage charges additionally rise. When the yield curve steepens, banks can borrow at decrease charges and lend at greater charges. When the curve is flatter their margins are squeezed, which can deter lending.”

The Financial system: “Fed Chair Powell Warns of Extra Aggressive Price Hikes to Deal with Inflation” (video) [C-SPAN]. Transcribed:

Not constrained in our coverage by the budgetary state of affairs of the USA. Jogs my memory of one thing….

In the present day’s Concern & Greed Index: 46 Impartial (earlier shut: 47 Impartial) [CNN]. One week in the past: 48 (Impartial). (0 is Excessive Concern; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Mar 8 at 12:58 PM ET.

The Screening Room

“The Final of Us” (HBO) [IMDB] “After a worldwide pandemic destroys civilization, a hardened survivor takes cost of a 14-year-old lady who could also be humanity’s final hope.” The 14-year-old lady is performed by Bella Ramsey, who performed Lyanna Mormont in Season 6 of HBO’s ‘Recreation of Thrones.’” Rotten Tomatoes: “The Final of Us is bingeworthy TV that ranks among the many all-time best online game variations.” • I binged on a couple of episodes with a good friend. It’s superb, and really a propos. The fungus (coryceps) spreads very quickly and turns people into zombies, so there’s that for the “Covid cautious.” There are additionally quarantine zones managed by a fascist state for the anti-maskers and GBD varieties, plus an precise armed resistances making an attempt each to overthrow the fascists and return the world to people for the left, if any. So there’s one thing for everyone!

The Gallery

Huge Atget fan right here:

However… that [family blog] triangle operating from backside left to mid-right — the ground, the sidewalk, the pavement — that at all times seems if you shoot one thing human-made at an angle, particularly in road images…. Am I the one one bugged by this?

Our Famously Free Press

Any person needed to say it:

Occasioned by this:

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Comanche empire:

If empire it was. I actually point out this solely as a result of the feral hog hunter in Neal Stephenson’s latest, Termination Shock, is (part-?) Comanche.

Class Warfare

“Full Suffrage for Ladies Was Received First by Socialists” [Labor Politics]. “There are loads of other ways to discredit working-class politics. Because the continued promotion of the ‘Bernie Bro’ myth illustrates, one of the in style in the present day is to assert that socialists ignore girls’s oppression. Elaborate variations of this argument fill the news-media, Twitter, and academia. By focusing solely on financial points and sophistication, we’re advised, the socialist motion has at all times marginalized girls and their particular calls for for equality. Like all good liberal myths, these arguments depend on unhealthy historical past. Working-class feminism has an extended and wealthy legacy. For over a century working women fought for their very own liberation via the socialist motion. Few instances higher illustrate this level (or have been extra buried by historical past) than that of turn-of-the-century Finland. In 1906, via a mass normal strike and working-class insurgency towards the Russian Empire, it turned the first nation in the world to grant full common suffrage — i.e. the best to vote and run for workplace. Socialists had been on the forefront.”

“Tax Avoidance Continues to Gasoline College Privatization Efforts” [Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy]. “Lawmakers in a number of states are discussing enacting or increasing faculty voucher tax credit, which reimburse people and companies for ‘donations’ they make to organizations that give out vouchers totally free or lowered tuition at non-public Okay-12 colleges. In impact, these credit enable contributing households to decide out of paying for public schooling and different public providers. New knowledge—printed right here for the primary time—reveal that rich households are overwhelmingly those utilizing these credit to decide out of paying tax to public coffers. In all three states offering knowledge, many of the credit are being claimed by households with incomes over $200,000. Rich households’ curiosity in these packages is being pushed partly by a pair of tax shelters that may make ‘donating’ worthwhile. These shelters hinge on stacking state and federal tax cuts and are being marketed within the states as a solution to get a ‘double tax profit’ and ‘earn cash’ within the course of. This type of language is a far cry from most nonprofit fundraising pitches and offers some sense of the supersized nature of the tax advantages being supplied for personal and spiritual Okay-12 education. Voucher tax credit are with out advantage and must be repealed. In need of that, states can finish their use as worthwhile tax shelters with simple reforms. A nationwide answer to this drawback, nonetheless, would require motion by the IRS.” • Wowsers. It’s nearly like faculty vouchers are rip-off that advantages the wealthy.

“What’s a Image?” [JSTOR Daily]. An emblem is what image manipulating entities and brokers accumulate as a part of their symbolic capital. Why do you ask? “One of many first issues to find out about symbols is that the phrases image and icon usually are not interchangeable. Whereas icons are simplified representations of things on this planet that always have a one-to-one translation of a specific phrase, symbols symbolize an thought or summary idea. Take the next two posters selling boating security within the U.S. The primary makes use of icons rather than a particular phrase—a picture of a fish stands in for the phrase “fish”. Within the second poster, Uncle Sam is getting used as an emblem to speak a way of accountability and obligation to affiliate boating security with these concepts…. One of many first issues to find out about symbols is that the phrases image and icon usually are not interchangeable. Whereas icons are simplified representations of things on this planet that always have a one-to-one translation of a specific phrase, symbols symbolize an thought or summary idea. Take the next two posters selling boating security within the U.S. The primary makes use of icons rather than a particular phrase—a picture of a fish stands in for the phrase “fish”. Within the second poster, Uncle Sam is getting used as an emblem to speak a way of accountability and obligation to affiliate boating security with these concepts.”

“ChatGPT May Be an Efficient and Inexpensive Tutor” [The74]. • In fact, the wealthy pays for human tutors. However who can have tutored the tutors?

Information of the Wired

“Emma Willard’s Maps of Time” [The Public Domain Review]. “The present proliferation of visible info mirrors an identical second within the early nineteenth century, when the arrival of latest printing methods coincided with the speedy growth of schooling. Schoolrooms from the Atlantic seaboard to the Mississippi frontier made room for the kids of farmers in addition to retailers, women in addition to boys. Collectively, these shifts created a sturdy and extremely aggressive marketplace for faculty supplies, together with illustrated textbooks, faculty atlases, and even the brand new style of wall maps. No particular person exploited this publishing alternative greater than Emma Willard, one of many century’s most influential educators. From the 1820s via the Civil Conflict, Willard’s historical past and geography textbooks uncovered a complete technology of scholars to her deeply patriotic narratives, all of which had been studded with progressive and artistic footage of data that sought to translate massive knowledge into manageable visible kinds.” • For instance:

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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 the way to ship me a test if you’re allergic to PayPal and (b) to learn the way to ship me photographs of crops. Greens are tremendous! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary crops! If you would like your deal with to seem as a credit score, please place it firstly of your mail in parentheses: (thus). In any other case, I’ll anonymize by utilizing your initials. See the earlier Water Cooler (with plant) here. From BB:

BB writers: “Container grown blueberry plant, dormant for fall/winter. Hope it survives it’s first brutal winter with the wind and chilly in South Dakota. Positioned it close to the home to hopefully shield it. We’ll see within the spring.”

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