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Jan 17, 2024


By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

Affected person readers, I acquired a late begin. There’s lots on Iowa, however I’ve to fill in round it… –lambert

Fowl Tune of the Day

Darkish-eyed Junco (Slate-colored), Wakely Mountain, New York, United States. “Lengthy-Vary Tune is heard.”

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


Lower than a yr to go!

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“56 % in new ballot prepared to see Trump disqualified from ballots in all or some states” [The Hill]. “A majority of People in a brand new survey say they might assist the Supreme Courtroom both disqualifying former President Trump from presidential ballots throughout the nation or letting states determine whether or not to incorporate him on their ballots. Almost one-third — 30 % — of respondents in the ABC Information/Ipsos survey stated they suppose the justices ought to order that Trump be faraway from ballots throughout the nation, and 26 % stated they believed the matter must be left as much as election officers in every state. Moreover, 39 % of People surveyed stated they suppose the Supreme Courtroom ought to order Trump be stored on the poll in all states. Greater than half of the survey’s respondents, 53 %, stated they consider the justices within the nation’s highest court docket will rule on the premise of regulation on the matter, whereas 43 % stated they suppose they are going to rule based mostly on their political beliefs on Trump.” • Headline is a contact misleading…..

“Republicans Select Chaos, Violence, And Election Lies” [Brian Buetler, Off Message]. “In yr eight, one thing completely different is going on, and each Democrats and the media must be alert to it. This time round they’ve a clearer path to expunging Trump. With the Iowa caucuses now within the rearview mirror, they may rally for Nikki Haley the way in which Democratic elites flocked to Joe Biden when the 2020 main got here all the way down to him and Bernie Sanders. As a substitute, they’re selecting Trump, with out reservation. Many had resolved to assist him earlier than the caucuses, and are attempting now to edge his challengers out of the race.” • “Off message”? Actually? (Observe the extraordinarily distorted view of 2020, which utterly erases the position of The Wizard of Kalorama™.)

“Judicial Discover (01.13.24): In The Scorching Seat” [David Lat, Original Jurisdiction]. “As first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Structure, certainly one of Trump’s co-defendants—Michael Roman, a former Trump marketing campaign official—alleged in a court docket submitting that Willis and Nathan Wade, certainly one of three particular prosecutors she appointed to work on the matter, ‘have been engaged in an improper, clandestine private relationship in the course of the pendency of this case.” And since Wade has been paid greater than $650,000 up to now, a few of which he allegedly used to take Willis on a Napa Valley journey and Caribbean cruises, each Willis and Wade “revenue[ed] considerably from this prosecution, on the expense of the taxpayers.’ Roman’s movement additional alleges that regardless of being employed to function a particular prosecutor in a particularly high-profile, multi-defendant racketeering case, Nathan Wade has by no means tried a felony racketeering case—or any felony case, interval. He additionally apparently billed Fulton County for twenty-four hours of labor in a single day in November 2021, which is… not nice. Roman seeks to have the fees towards him dismissed, and he has additionally referred to as for Willis, Wade, and your complete Fulton County DA’s workplace to be disqualified from the case…. What do Willis and Wade should say? Up to now, not a lot. In accordance with Willis’s workplace, the prosecution will reply by way of a court docket submitting, and Choose Scott McAfee will then schedule a listening to, anticipated to happen subsequent month…. However in remarks delivered at this time (Sunday) at Massive Bethel A.M.E Church in Atlanta, Willis alluded obliquely to the controversy. She described herself as ‘imperfect’ and ‘flawed’—like Dr. King, whose ‘journey was filled with errors’ and alleged ‘private indiscretions.’ With out mentioning Wade by identify, she praised his ‘impeccable’ credentials—and famous that although she appointed three particular prosecutors, critics are attacking solely the Black man.” • Willis has a white boyfriend, too? Did she rent him?

“Fani Willis breaks silence on misconduct accusations” [The Hill]. “Willis, talking Sunday with a congregation on the Massive Bethel AME Church forward of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, didn’t instantly handle the allegations of an improper relationship with [special prosecutor Nathan Wade], however fiercely rejected claims she acted improper [sic] in hiring Wade within the state’s election interference case involving Trump and greater than a dozen co-defendants…. Talking as if she was having a dialog with God, Willis requested, ‘How come, God, the identical Black man I employed was acceptable when a Republican abroad employed him and paid him twice the speed?’”

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“Ron DeSantis simply failed in Iowa. And it’s solely going to worsen from right here” [MSNBC]. “DeSantis invested large assets within the Hawkeye State, and at the same time as his marketing campaign handled monetary troubles, he particularly prioritized investing in marketing campaign workers and discipline operations there. He additionally hustled to safe native endorsements and succeeded in securing some large ones, together with evangelical energy dealer Bob Vander Plaats and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Tremendous PACs backing his candidacy spent large quantities of money on advertisements and door-knocking operations, seeing that technique because the prime alternative to derail the Trump prepare. However within the weeks earlier than the race, a type of PACs, By no means Again Down, spiked its advert purchase plans after sensing that DeSantis’ candidacy was already a misplaced trigger. Monday’s outcomes vindicated its considerations. If DeSantis couldn’t pull off a win in Iowa — the place he went all in and the place voters are uniquely open to non-front-runner candidates — it’s arduous to think about the place he can win. ”

“Former Obama Advisor David Plouffe: Ron DeSantis Was A ‘Horrible Candidate’” [RealClearPolitics]. “DAVID PLOUFFE: , to turn into the nominee of a celebration, you truly should be an honest candidate…. The political graveyard is suffering from individuals who seem like on paper, they might be robust presidential candidates, however having gone by way of this, I imply, that is mainly like a searing proctological examination beamed into each residence. And only a few individuals come out complete on the opposite facet. And he was diminished by this….However I believe, strategically, I believe it was the appropriate resolution to go all-in Iowa. I don’t suppose there was one other technique on the market. , and traditionally, that has labored for just a few candidates. It hasn’t labored for many.”

“Haley’s Missed Alternative: Iowa Slows Her Roll Into New Hampshire” [New York Times]. “Ms. Haley’s argument that she was one of the best Republican to thwart Mr. Biden’s re-election could have been persuasive with college-educated Republican voters, 39 % of whom backed her in a New York Occasions/Siena Faculty ballot launched final month. However in a wider Republican citizens that has been remodeled by Mr. Trump right into a bastion of voters with no school schooling, Ms. Haley, within the Occasions/Siena ballot, had the assist of simply 3 % of these voters.” • The Elizabeth Warren of Republican politics. Additionally an Indian! Wait. Not that form of Indian!

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“Biden marketing campaign staffs up, hires Ocasio-Cortez spokesperson” [The Hill]. “The Biden marketing campaign employed a former spokesperson for progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to its communications workforce, because it seeks to beef up its nationwide workers forward of the election…. The bulking up of the marketing campaign workforce comes amid scrutiny from a number of distinguished Democrats who’re criticizing the workforce’s technique and construction. These political figures, together with former President Obama, expressed considerations over the construction of the workforce through which too few workers are empowered to make selections with out first clearing them with the White Home, The Washington Put up reported earlier this month. The marketing campaign argued it’s constructing its workers up on the proper time. A supply near the marketing campaign defended the timing to The Hill earlier this month, stating, ‘Everybody I’ve spoken to on the marketing campaign is working diligently on broadening the marketing campaign to win. They’re staffing up in any respect ranges together with on the management stage, which is completely applicable at this level.’”

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“RFK Jr. defends Kennedy administration wiretap of Martin Luther King Jr.” [Politico]. “In an unique interview with POLITICO, Kennedy stated that his father, Robert F. Kennedy — who licensed the wiretapping of King as legal professional normal — and President John F. Kennedy permitted the eavesdropping as a result of they have been ‘making large bets on King, significantly in organizing the March on Washington.’ ‘They have been betting not solely the civil rights motion however their very own careers. And so they knew that Hoover was out to wreck King,’ stated Robert Kennedy Jr., referring to J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI director on the time. He argued that the Kennedy administration had a reputable motive to associate with Hoover’s willpower to surveil King. The FBI director noticed King as a harmful radical with Communists in his inside circle. ‘There was good motive for them doing that on the time,’ Kennedy stated, ‘as a result of J. Edgar Hoover was out to destroy Martin Luther King and the civil rights motion and Hoover stated to them that Martin Luther King’s chief was a communist. My father gave permission to Hoover to wiretap them so he may show that his suspicions about King have been both proper or fallacious,’ he continued. ‘I believe, politically, they needed to do it.’”

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IA: “Trump Savors Historic Iowa Win, Haley Turns Up the Warmth, DeSantis Survives” [Newsweek]. “[I]t was Trump who emerged because the overwhelming victor, taking greater than 51 % of the vote—a margin that exceeded George W. Bush’s 2000 win, through which he took 41 % of the vote. Trump was additionally practically 30 factors away from his nearest rival, DeSantis, the most important margin of victory in historical past. DeSantis had 21.3 % of votes, and Haley was in third with 19.1 %. Ramaswamy obtained 7.7 % and dropped out, instantly endorsing Trump.” • Half of Republicans voted for Trump; half didn’t (thought that’s not the headline). However the half that didn’t “haven’t any place to go.” In any case:

IA: “31 minutes: Trump’s historic Iowa victory places America on discover” [Axios]. “The astonishing pace and sweep of former President Trump’s victory within the Iowa caucuses final evening delivered a large wakeup name to Republican skeptics nonetheless dreaming of a post-MAGA world…. He couldn’t have scripted it any higher: Trump gained 98 of 99 counties in Iowa, dominating nearly each demographic whereas bodily campaigning within the state far lower than any of his prime rivals.”

IA: “How Donald Trump constructed a base that catapulted him to a historic Iowa Caucuses victory” [Des Moines Register]. “Iowa Republicans additionally credited Trump with quietly assembling an organizing juggernaut that recognized supporters and drew in first-time caucusgoers. ‘The clear message popping out of Iowa is that grassroots organizing issues,’ stated Republican operative Nicole Schlinger. ‘The Trump marketing campaign didn’t take his monumental assist from Iowans without any consideration. In contrast to 2016, they knew precisely who their supporters have been and turned them out.’” • After a headline like that, we get this on the very finish of the story?! The WSJ is best–

IA: “How Trump Turned Unstoppable in Iowa” [Wall Street Journal]. “The gang was dotted with white caps bearing the phrases “TRUMP CAUCUS CAPTAIN” in embroidered gold letters, and the previous president wore one himself—a totem of the ruthlessly skilled group that Trump’s marketing campaign has constructed, a far cry from the slapdash operation that did not ship him Iowa in early 2016.” The “captain” idea could be very old school and efficient; DCBlogger would respect it, although maybe not Trump’s use of it. In fact, in a political occasion, not a marketing campaign, the captain positions are everlasting (“precinct captain,” “block captain”). I’m wondering if Trump will take into account that? Extra: ” The previous president had employed two brutally efficient and skilled operatives to run his marketing campaign: Chris LaCivita, famed for his work 20 years in the past thrashing Democrat John Kerry with the Swift Boat Veterans for Fact, and Susie Wiles, who had helped DeSantis get elected earlier than being unceremoniously ejected from the governor’s orbit. Marketing campaign observers credit score them with turning the once-shambolic Trump operation right into a lean, imply, professionally run store that missed no alternative to stifle DeSantis early.” • Beneath all of the chaos, Trump typically manages to make wonderful hires. However solely typically.

IA: “1 winner and three losers from the Iowa caucuses” [Vox]. “The ultimate RealClearPolitics polling common had Trump at 52.5 % of the vote. As of Monday evening, he was round 51 %. That quantity may nonetheless transfer a bit as extra votes are counted, however it gained’t shift that a lot — the polls seem to have been mainly proper. That’s excellent news for Trump going ahead: There wasn’t any form of large, unnoticed sea change within the GOP citizens through which voters deserted him. They’re nonetheless with him. And we’ve got each motive to consider they’ll be with him within the subsequent main and caucus contests, too. Trump hasn’t locked down the race but, after all; Iowa is only one state. Haley will get to take her shot in New Hampshire. However the central political reality of the previous eight and a half years has been the unshakable loyalty to Trump demonstrated by a lot of the GOP base. It will take a seismic occasion to dislodge him because the GOP frontrunner.”

IA: “Iowa caucus highlights: Trump wins, DeSantis takes second in weather-impacted 2024 Republican contest” [NBC]. “Earlier than the snow got here and the temperature dropped beneath zero and roads have been caked in ice, Republicans had predicted this yr’s turnout for the caucuses would smash information. Some went as far as to say the variety of voters may attain 200,000 — nicely above the practically 187,000 who confirmed up for the final contested Republican caucus in 2016. Then winter spoke. With some votes left to be tallied, it was clear that turnout tonight was a lot decrease than had been anticipated earlier than frigid winds ripped throughout the state. The NBC Information Choice Desk projected that it might quantity to about 120,000 voters, extra in keeping with the turnout in 2012 than in 2016.”

IA: “Three Disparate Tickets Out of Iowa” [RealClearPolitics]. “‘I actually suppose that is the time now for everyone in our nation to return collectively. We need to come collectively, whether or not it’s Republican or Democrat or liberal or conservative,’ he advised supporters…. Trump was appearing extra like a man who’d sewn up the nomination.” • Commentary:

IA: “Trump Receives a Heat Embrace in Frigid Iowa” [The New Yorker]. “The climate in Iowa was already not nice, however individuals queued exterior for six hours, then waited inside for 3 extra for Trump to take the stage.” And: “I talked to B.J., a caucus captain, as she got here down a marble staircase from the taping. ‘A Trump voter will prove whatever the climate,’ she stated. Trump had completed an impromptu meet and greet, and signed her captain hat. ‘We’ve been persecuted, so it’s good to be round individuals who suppose the way in which we do, who perceive what’s occurring.’ She began crying. ‘I’m not a wacky Trump individual, however I’ve three stunning boys, they usually don’t deserve the nation we’re dwelling in. These rallies are like one of the best rock live performance you’ve ever been to. After I took my son, he stated, ‘Wow, I didn’t know so many individuals thought the way in which we do.” She went on, ‘In my view, there’s solely two events: the uniparty and the MAGA occasion. The uniparty is deep state, Democrats and Republicans. The MAGA occasion is America First.’”

IA: “Slouching In direction of Trump” [Nate Silver, Silver Bulletin]. January 13. “What I’m getting at emotionally although is that I sense quite a lot of numbness to the thought of Trump successful one other time period…. However no person appears to be appearing as if Trump is an existential risk to democracy or anything. Folks may suppose that, and maybe they’re fairly rational to suppose that. However they aren’t appearing prefer it…. The pandemic, nevertheless, was a particularly traumatic shared expertise that I’m satisfied the world nonetheless actually hasn’t processed but. Between the mass demise and the huge disruption to the material of on a regular basis life, 2020 was the worst yr of most of our lives. The debates over COVID technique are nonetheless pretty uncooked; the injuries haven’t actually healed. In the meantime, practically everyone seems to be in an eschatological temper nowadays. Each political quadrant thinks that civilization goes to finish, whether or not due to local weather change or unaligned synthetic intelligence or the ‘Woke Thoughts Virus‘. In comparison with all of that, a second Trump time period — hey, we survived the primary one, didn’t we? — doesn’t seem to be a very high-stakes proposition.”

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“Billionaire Invoice Ackman Backs Dean Phillips to Problem Biden” [Bloomberg] (January 14). “‘Ackman is giving the cash to a political motion committee that helps Phillips. The contribution is “by far the most important funding I’ve ever made in somebody operating for workplace,’ he added. He joins a small however rising group of distinguished supporters for Phillips. Mike Novogratz, chief government officer of Galaxy Funding Companions, introduced in December he plans to assist Phillips.” • Ackman’s endorsement:

“Dean Phillips floats a Cupboard publish for Musk or Ackman” [Politico] (January 15). “Phillips, who’s operating a longshot bid towards President Joe Biden, spoke with Musk, hedge fund billionaire Invoice Ackman and podcast host Jason Calacanis for a wide-ranging dialog on Musk’s X areas platform. Ultimately, the subject turned to what his first 100 days in workplace would seem like. The Minnesota consultant stated he would construct ‘probably the most extraordinary bipartisan Cupboard in American historical past.’ ‘Possibly we may have a 3rd of them on this areas proper now, guys,’s he added. As for different first 100 day priorities, Phillips additionally stated he’d use ‘zero-based budgeting’ and rent a global consulting agency to conduct a ‘top-down evaluation’ of the federal authorities.” • A global consulting agency? Hey, how about McKinsey?

“Subject of unhealthy goals: Biden rival makes quip after nobody turns as much as 2024 occasion” [Guardian] (January 9). “Considering a New Hampshire marketing campaign occasion to which not one voter confirmed up, the Minnesota congressman and Democratic presidential hopeful Dean Phillips advised reporters on Tuesday: ‘Generally, should you construct it, they don’t come.’… In Manchester, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, Phillips parked his ‘Authorities Restore Truck’ – a examined marketing campaign prop – exterior a Hilton lodge, planning to speak to voters whereas handing out Dunkin’ Donuts espresso, a staple for New Englanders, notably together with Ben Affleck. Sadly, stories of sparsely or non-attended marketing campaign occasions are a staple of presidential main campaigns. In accordance with NBC Information, nobody confirmed as much as chat with Phillips partly as a result of the temperature was beneath freezing, thereby sending drivers to an underground parking storage from which they may enter the lodge. Phillips ‘ended up pouring espresso for the staffers who have been there’, NBC stated, including that the candidate made his Subject of Goals quip to reporters.” • So large deal. Politics ain’t beanbag. What a non-story.

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MI: “Biden struggling in Michigan as Trump grabs robust lead, ballot reveals” [Detroit News]. “[I]n a possible contest between Biden and Trump, who’s going through a historic onslaught of prison expenses, 47% of doubtless voters stated they most popular the Republican, whereas 39% chosen Biden, an 8-point benefit for Trump, in keeping with the survey with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 factors. As well as, 3% stated they might vote for an additional candidate, and 11% stated they have been undecided. Trump’s lead over Biden widened to as a lot as 12 factors when voters surveyed got a listing of third-party candidates. Biden, the present president, and Trump, the previous president, are broadly anticipated to emerge this yr as their events’ nominees…. ‘If I have been a Democrat in Michigan, I might be breaking the emergency hearth alarms within the White Home and demanding to know what the plan is for Michigan,’ Czuba stated. “As a result of these numbers are very unhealthy for any incumbent of any occasion.” ….Those that gave Biden adverse opinions have been requested an open-ended query about why that they had an unfavorable opinion of him. Probably the most frequent solutions have been associated to his age, his normal stage of competence and his psychological competence with 41% of the responses linked to these subjects…. The ballot’s findings are warning indicators for Michigan Democrats who’ve scored a collection of political victories over the past six years and have taken management of state authorities.” • Apparently, Palestine didn’t present up within the open-ended query.

NH: “Haley says she gained’t debate DeSantis in NH until Trump participates” [Valley News]. “‘We’ve had 5 nice debates on this marketing campaign,’ Haley stated in a press release, launched as she campaigned in New Hampshire. ‘Sadly, Donald Trump has ducked all of them. He has nowhere left to cover. The following debate I do will both be with Donald Trump or with Joe Biden. I look ahead to it.’” • Ouch!

PA: “The Democrat, the Fracking Govt and the Deal They Struck. Can It Work?” [Wall Street Journal]. “An uncommon settlement between Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro and a natural-gas driller may function a mannequin for locating consensus over a problem that continues to divide a lot of the U.S.: fracking. … After he turned governor, Shapiro stated he spent months discussing the necessity for information from drilling operations with CNX Chief Govt Nick DeIuliis. CNX then pledged it might disclose the chemical substances it makes use of in drilling, enhance the space between its drilling operations and residences and colleges whereas it research the information, and publish information on air and water monitoring for most of the people…. An impartial firm is now gathering some CNX information and sending it to state regulators and CNX, which is publishing it, enabling everybody to see the outcomes of an organization voluntarily monitoring and disclosing info on its operations…. Moreover briefly rising the minimal distance between wells and houses and colleges, CNX will conduct water monitoring earlier than and after drilling. It is going to give state regulators entry to 2 drilling websites beginning in February to conduct in-depth air research. The corporate will even chorus from hiring former state environmental regulators for 2 years after they’ve left workplace, amongst different issues. With these modifications, the corporate is now voluntarily following many of the suggestions of the state grand-jury report that Shapiro oversaw as legal professional normal in 2020.” • Shapiro is claimed to have “political aspirations past the state”….

Republican Funhouse

“Key reasonable Republican comes out in favor of impeaching Mayorkas, says he must be ‘tried for treason’” [FOX]. “Rep. John James, R-Mich., who represents a swing district that former President Donald Trump gained by simply 1% in 2020, advised Fox Information Digital that not solely ought to Mayorkas be impeached however tried for treason as nicely. ‘Secretary Mayorkas have to be impeached and tried for treason,’ he stated. ‘Proof will show that Mayorkas’ sustained and willful betrayal of the general public belief makes him an adjunct to the poisoning of hundreds of thousands of People, complicit in a modern-day slave commerce and so derelict in his obligation to safe the homeland that it crosses unequivocally into the realm of excessive crimes and misdemeanors….’ ‘These are human beings we’re speaking about. These are women and men. These are youngsters,’ he stated. ‘These are God’s creatures, who’re being herded like cattle, like chattel, like, like animals, by these coyotes. And so they’re being purchased and bought to the tune of $32 million per week simply within the Del Rio sector.’” • Poisoned how? Fentanyl? What am I lacking right here?

Realignment and Legitimacy

“The Left Behind” [The American Prospect]. “The white working class was as soon as the spine of the Democratic Get together, and as late as 2008 gave Barack Obama 40 % of their vote. In 2016, nevertheless, white working-class assist for Hillary Clinton was simply 28 %. A comparable shift was seen amongst rural voters, who in 2008 gave Obama 45 % of their votes, and in 2016 gave Clinton a naked 33 %…. How did the worldviews of so many of those voters reverse so utterly? These conundrums are solely conundrums if we assume that it’s their worldviews, moderately than their world, which have modified…. In assessing, then, the politics of rural America and the white working class at this time, what’s tipped it into Trumpism isn’t cultural rage, which has been an ever-present issue of various intensities. It’s the financial abandonment of their cities and their livelihoods by American capital, and the a long time of indifference to that abandonment proven by their governments.” Curiously: “Probably the most decisive change, as I’ve famous earlier than, was the just about full flight of capital from small-town and rural America. . Offshoring had begun to weaken their economies starting within the early Nineteen Nineties, however the shift to a postindustrial financial system had been so accelerated and magnified by our commerce insurance policies that the financial world of a lot of the working class, and practically all of it in rural areas, had been hollowed out by the point Donald Trump got here down the escalator in Trump Tower. The one trade that did take root in these communities throughout these years was opioid distribution.” • Attention-grabbing to consider Trumpism as a conservative response to a capital strike in small-town and rural America.

“Safety of Georgia’s Dominion voting machines placed on trial” [CBS]. “A yearslong dispute over the safety of Georgia’s elections and its voting machines got here to a head Tuesday morning in an Atlanta courtroom. Opening statements started within the federal trial inspecting whether or not the Dominion Voting Techniques machines utilized in Georgia might be hacked or manipulated, making their use in elections unconstitutional. The case dates to 2017 and was filed by a number of voters and the Coalition for Good Governance towards members of the State Election Board and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The plaintiffs say they’re not disputing any election leads to Georgia, and their case is unrelated to the 2020 election and the defamation lawsuits introduced by Dominion towards Fox Information and others. David Cross, one of many plaintiffs’ attorneys, laid out the case for banning Dominion touch-screen voting machines. In Georgia, as soon as voters make their selections, the poll is printed with their votes and a QR code. The QR code is finally what’s learn and solid because the voter’s poll. Plaintiffs need the state to revert to paper ballots as a result of they are saying this may guarantee voters that their ballots are being counted appropriately.” • I’ll by no means forgive Trump for bigfooting this concern after which butchering the job.

“The Iowa Pizza Chain That Explains How Our Politics Turned So Dysfunctional” [Politico]. “For the reason that start of each the caucuses and Pizza Ranch, each have nationalized. What struck me about my time at Pizza Ranches is how I by no means heard an Iowan ask a query with an area spin. They needed to know in regards to the candidate’s overseas coverage, about their plans for the border, about whether or not Biden was a hologram. There weren’t any questions on biodiesel or ethanol subsidies or soybean costs. Forty-three years after the primary Pizza Ranch opened, our fractured politics and society are visibly on show there — each when it comes to direct political campaigning, but in addition the way in which political tribalism has seeped into so many facets of our private lives, with native communities and idiosyncrasies flattened alongside the way in which. In all my time consuming alongside voters on the eating places, I by no means met somebody who described themselves as a Democrat.” • Plenty of native coloration on Iowa, so nicely price a learn, however the central level goes past Iowa….


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

Sources, 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). “An infection Management, Emergency Administration, Security, and Basic Ideas” (particularly on hospitalization by metropolis).

Lambert right here: Readers, thanks for the collective effort. To replace any entry, do be at liberty to contact me on the handle given with the crops. Please put “COVID” within the topic line. Thanks!

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

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

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Keep secure on the market!

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Search for the Helpers

The highest two examples are private; learn the (lengthy) thread for the “political”:

Elite Maleficence

A tweet from the Cohen account:

I’m completely positive it’s authentically Mandy and never some intern as a result of there’s no point out of non-pharmaceutical interventions.

The Jackpot

Stochastic eugenicism:

That is what I see coming, not less than within the US, and I can’t for the lifetime of me see what to do about it.

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Case Knowledge

From BioBot wastewater information, January 16:

Lambert right here #3: Slight lower in slope, because of the Northeast and the West (until it’s an information concern). Personally, I wouldn’t name a peak, based mostly fully on the anecdotes I’m scrolling by way of, which aren’t encouraging, significantly with regard to the faculties. Very unscientific, I agree! Let’s wait and see. Observe that I don’t settle for the PMC “homework” mannequin, whose most well-known exponent is Sociopath of the Day Bob Wachter, the place you regulate your habits in keeping with a number of sources of (horrible, gappy, lagged) information about an infection ranges (ignoring “danger of wreck”). Simply stick together with your protocol day in and time out, my recommendation. Ok.I.S.S. Nevertheless, monitoring these developments, in addition to having intrinsic curiosity, is pragmatically helpful for main selections, like journey, cruises (certainly not, readers), relocation, household occasions, communication with recalcitrant HCWs, and many others.

Lambert #4: Seems to be like I used to be too pessimistic! (In fact, half the instances underneath the curve happen after the height….)

Regional information:

Massive decline within the Northeast!

• I’ve acquired a give credit score to Hoerger; he referred to as the height early, however he did name it:


NOT UPDATED From CDC, January 6:

Lambert right here: JN.1 now dominates. That was quick.

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

Covid Emergency Room Visits

NOT UPDATED From CDC NCIRD Surveillance, January 6:

Lambert: Down, however New Yr’s reporting?

NOTE “Charts and information offered by CDC, updates Wednesday by 8am. For the previous yr, utilizing a rolling 52-week interval.” So not your complete pandemic, FFS (the implicit message right here being that Covid is “similar to the flu,” which is why the seasonal “rolling 52-week interval” is acceptable for eachMR SUBLIMINAL I hate these individuals a lot. Discover additionally that this chart reveals, not less than for its time interval, that Covid is not seasonal, although CDC is making an attempt to get us to consider that it’s, presumably to allow them to piggyback on the present institutional equipment for injections. And naturally, we’re not even stepping into the standard of the wastewater websites that we’ve got as a proxy for Covid an infection general.


Bellwether New York Metropolis, information as of January 16:

Lambert right here: Continued lower!

NOT UPDATED Right here’s a unique CDC visualization on hospitalization, nationwide, not by state, however with a date, not less than. January 6:

Lambert right here: “Maps, charts, and information offered by CDC, updates weekly for the earlier MMWR week (Sunday-Saturday) on Thursdays (Deaths, Emergency Division Visits, Check Positivity) and weekly the next Mondays (Hospitalizations) by 8 pm ET†”. So the place the heck is the replace, CDC?


From Walgreens, January 15:

-0.7%. (It will be fascinating to survey this inhabitants typically; these are individuals who, regardless of a tsunami of official propaganda and massive peer strain, went and acquired examined anyhow.)

From Cleveland Clinic, January 13:

Lambert right here: Proportion and absolute numbers down.

NOT UPDATED From CDC, traveler’s information, December 25:

Up, albeit within the rear view mirror. And listed below are the variants for vacationers, December 25:

Observe the chart has been revised to replicate that JN.1 is BA.2.86.1 (the numbers “roll over”).


NOT UPDATED Right here is the New York Occasions, based mostly on CDC information, January 6:

Stats Watch

Manufacturing: “United States NY Empire State Manufacturing Index” [Trading Economics]. “The NY Empire State Manufacturing Index plunged to -43.7 in January 2024, the bottom studying since Might 2020, signalling a pointy drop in manufacturing exercise within the NY state.”

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At this time’s Worry & Greed Index: 71 Greed (earlier shut: 70 Greed) [CNN]. One week in the past: 71 (Greed). (0 is Excessive Worry; 100 is Excessive Greed). Final up to date Jan 16 at 1:52:12 PM ET.

Rapture Index: Closes unchanged [Rapture Ready]. Report Excessive, October 10, 2016: 189. Present: 188. (Do not forget that bringing on the Rapture is good.) NOTE on #42 Plagues: “The coronavirus pandemic has maxed out this class.” Extra sincere than most! • What are they ready for? A purple heifer?

The Gallery

Klimt? Jogs my memory of Whistler!

Information of the Wired

“Niklaus Wirth, or the Significance of Being Easy” [Communications of the ACM]. “[Wirth] had a witty, refined — typically caustic — humor. Here’s a Niklaus Wirth story. On the seventh day of creation God appeared on the end result. (Facet word: Wirth was an atheist, which provides spice to the selection of setting for the story.) He (God) was fairly pleased about it. He began wanting on the listing of professions and felt good: all — policeman, minister, nurse, road sweeper, inside designer, opera singer, private coach, grocery store cashier, tax collector… — had some benefits and a few disadvantages. However then He acquired to the College Professor row. The Benefits entry was spectacular: lengthy holidays, respectable wage, you mainly get to do what you need, and so forth; however the Disadvantages entry was empty! Such a scandalous discrepancy couldn’t be tolerated. For a second, a cloud obscured His face. He thought and thought and eventually His smile got here again. At that time, He had created colleagues.”

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Tennesseewaltzer writes: “Here’s a roadside winter wonderland–this occurs with snow and rain and freezing temperatures, which reasonable to provide the icicles. Usually alongside a state thoroughfare minimize by way of the native stone which undergirds a lot of Center Tennessee land.” I don’t suppose I can characterize water or stone as honorary crops, however this can be a pretty winter scene, so herewith.

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