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Bank of America announces zero down payment, zero closing cost mortgages for Black and Hispanic first-time homebuyers NBC (Re I). Re Silc writes: “Thus you recognize the tip is close to….”
Where We’ll End Up Living as the Planet Burns Time (Re Silc). “Our greatest hope lies in cooperating as by no means earlier than: decoupling the political map from geography.” True. Actual property speculators could transfer quicker, nevertheless.
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How does low-impact development help manage stormwater? Soils Matter, Get the Scoop. Permeable pavement is sweet!
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FDA authorizes updated COVID boosters from Moderna and Pfizer Middle for Infectious Illness Reseach and Coverage. Commentary:
Vaccine knowledgeable Paul Offit from the FDA’s sidelined vaccine approval committee is hesitant to approve the brand new jabs coming this fall. “I’m uncomfortable that we’d transfer ahead — that we’d give tens of millions or tens of tens of millions of doses to individuals — primarily based on mouse knowledge,” he wrote.
— John Cunnington 🇨🇦 : First do no hurt! (@JohnCunnington5) August 30, 2022
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Exclusive: Covaxin’s Manufacturing Practices Remain ‘Unacceptable’ Says WHO The Wire. That is unhealthy, since Covaxin is manufactured by Bharat, who additionally manufacture BBV154, a nasal vaccine mentioned to have handed its section three trial, however with its regulatory approval mysteriously extended.
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Covid-19 Vaccines — Immunity, Variants, Boosters NEJM. From the textual content: “The expectation that Covid-19 vaccines would forestall acquisition of an infection and block onward transmission was primarily based on preliminary knowledge in 2020 (earlier than the emergence of viral variants) that confirmed excessive neutralizing antibody titers and strong protecting efficacy at peak immunity after mRNA vaccination. Nonetheless, given the substantial waning of serum neutralizing antibody titers and the emergence of variants with elevated transmissibility and antibody escape, it will be affordable now to recalibrate targets for Covid-19 vaccines.” I like “recalibrate.” As for the emergence of variants, no person might have predicted that!
Clinical severity of Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant relative to Delta in British Columbia, Canada: A retrospective analysis of whole genome sequenced cases Scientific Infectious Illnesses (IM). n = 13,128. From the Summary: ” In late 2021, the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant emerged and quickly changed Delta because the dominant variant globally. The elevated transmissibility of the variant led to surges in case charges in addition to will increase in hospitalizations, nevertheless, the true severity of the variant remained unclear. We aimed to supply strong estimates of Omicron severity relative to Delta…. Our evaluation helps findings from different research demonstrating decrease danger of extreme outcomes in Omicron-infected people relative to Delta.”
Taiwanese forces shot down drone over tiny island near Chinese mainland South China Morning Publish
Taiwan president says she looks forward to producing ‘democracy chips’ with U.S. Reuters. So, Taiwan transferring capital off-island? Why?
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Funding Myanmar’s Spring Revolution The Diplomat
What do US forces want to achieve in Syria? Deutsche Welle
Bars, cinemas, gyms: Belgium agrees on ‘ventilation plan’ for public places Brussels Instances
New Not-So-Chilly Chilly Struggle
The Heisenberg Offensive:
Southern Axis Replace:
The #Ukrainian army and authorities are repeating requests to keep away from any reporting or forecasting of the Ukrainian counteroffensive, a measure that’s important if the counteroffensive contains feints or misdirections.https://t.co/rGIKSsh69W pic.twitter.com/sozSo5nUIN
— ISW (@TheStudyofWar) September 1, 2022
No air cowl, little gas, ~ten-to-one inferiority in shellfire. So the Russians pull again the meat-grinder again a couple of kilometers, and let the Ukrainians throw themselves into it there?
Ukraine – A Frontline Report – Vanishing Foreign Weapons Moon of Alabama
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Euros and the US. 😅
– through Pepe Escobar, Telegram pic.twitter.com/8lABewuDMy
— Seeji Sundarakshan (@Sseeji) August 30, 2022
Escalating Blowback From Russian Sanctions Larry Johnson, A Son of the New American Revolution
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Remembering Gorbachev Glibert Doctorow (ctlieee). “The [Soviet] financial system was hopelessly mismanaged and the whole legacy of Soviet laws rendered it just about unimaginable to flee from violence or the specter of violence to make issues work.” Completely in contrast to the Unied States….
The Real Student Debt Debate In The Lengthy Run
Biden’s Student Loan Scam Black Agenda Report
Exclusive: Biden administration moves to streamline Medicaid, CHIP enrollment USA Right now. New rule. However see at subhead: “Pandemic’s formal finish complicates protection” (good spin with “formal,” BTW). “[B]etween 5 million and 14 million, in line with a Kaiser Household Basis estimate, might lose Medicaid as states begin to unwind protection when the Biden administration declares the COVID-19 public well being emergency to be over… it’s unlikely the proposed rule would go into impact earlier than the unwinding course of begins, [Allison Orris, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities] mentioned.”
Why Yesterday’s DOJ Filing Suggests a Trump Indictment Is Coming Andrew McCarthy, Nationwide Evaluation
Dissecting 7 key pieces of the Mar-a-Lago photo CNN. Digital proof….
Democrats can’t win until they recognize how bad Obama’s financial policies were (no paywall) Matt Stoller, WaPo. From 2017, and extra true than ever. A must-read.
Groves of Academe
New Acquisitions: On the Wisdom of Noah Smith A Assortment of Unmitigated Pedantry (LL).
The Screening Room
What Are You Doing on Saturday Night? Staying Home to Watch ‘Svengoolie’ WSJ. The deck: “Wire-cutters get antennas to look at campy horror-movie anthology present on MeTV, led by a comic in a high hat providing corny jokes from an upright coffin.” Yves writes: “Svengoolie dude Wealthy Koz is a industrial genius. Who has a cable franchise that isn’t simply nonetheless working after 40 years previous however truly rising, and prices nothing to supply?” Koz usually runs previous B-movies with dinosaurs and monsters, lots of them created by particular results wizard Ray Harryhausen, the topic of my brother Roy Webber’s e-book, The Dinosaur Films of Ray Harryhausen. (Roy was the primary in our household to have a e-book printed.) Each time Koz runs a Harryhausen film, he provides Roy a shout-out, and generally an interview!
this sounds unimaginable pic.twitter.com/t2yIcCHAtg
— Quinn Slobodian (@zeithistoriker) August 31, 2022
So I’m in a gathering with my spouse, and Jeffrey Epstein texts me….
Lakewood cut down Town Square trees to deter homeless Asbury Park Press
Genomes from a medieval mass burial show Ashkenazi-associated hereditary diseases pre-date the 12th century Present Biology. Commentary:
The deaths of 17 medieval Jews: An unimaginable new genetics paper has simply dropped: The earliest Jewish genomes and the story of the place they’re from and the way they died is extremely essential, and central to the origin of latest antisemitic conspiracy hatred. 🧵
— Dr Adam Rutherford (@AdamRutherford) August 31, 2022
Commenters argue the case that medieval Norwich, England, was the epicenter for European anti-semitism.
Philip K. Dick’s fiction is our nonfiction Evgenia, Yasha Levine. Right now’s second must-read.
Antidote du jour (via):
And a bonus antidote:
🔥 Gibbon teasing tiger cubs pic.twitter.com/kyrwdBwR2o
— Nature Is Lit (@NatureIs_Lit) June 28, 2022
See yesterday’s Hyperlinks and Antidote du Jour here.