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By Lambert Strether of Corrente

Bird Song regarding the Day

Saxaul Sparrow, farmland around Ruoqiang Xingjiang, Xinjiang, China. Appears like I’m hearing farm machinery when you look at the background, too….

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Politics“exactly what is government itself, nevertheless the greatest of most reflections on human instinct?” –James Madison, Federalist 51

“Here’s food for thought, had Ahab time for you to think; but Ahab never thinks; he only feels, feels, feels” –Herman Melville, Moby Dick

“You can’t really dust for vomit.” Nigel Tufnel,

This is Spinal Tap

— wsbgnl (@wsbgnl) September 21, 2022Hey, remember if the adults were likely to be in control, plus one of these was Klain, touted as a pandemic expert as a result of his

Ebola experience? Happy times.Like roaches scuttling

— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538)

[lambert nods vigorously]September 20, 2022

— The Hill (@thehill)

September 21, 2022

So commercializing our response, shutting down data collection, wanting to discredit non-pharmaceutical interventions, leaving public health for dead, and “letting ‘er rip” could be the way forward for global health? Really?

— Miryam Lipper (@MiryamLipper)

September 20, 2022

Seems like a thankless task. Do i need to change my mind about it guy?

2022[Axios]* * *AZ: “Scoop: McConnell-aligned super PAC takes out of Arizona” . “The Mitch McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund is canceling $9.6 million in television ads when it comes to Arizona Senate race, certain that other outside conservative groups will likely make up a lot of the real difference for Republican nominee Blake Masters. The cancellations imply that the GOP’s leading super PAC won’t be spending hardly any money in Arizona, probably the most closely watched Senate races in the nation. Its allied nonprofit arm spent several millions when you look at the state on issue ads throughout the summer. Other GOP-aligned super PACs, including one connected to

the conservative Heritage Action for America super PAC

— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) [Lever News]September 21, 2022[Oz bills his own health care plan]PA: “Dr. Oz Pushes Medicare Privatization For All” . From August, still germane: “ as ‘Medicare Advantage for several.’ Such a course could move seniors and a lot of Americans into private insurance policies which were raising premiums and denying roughly one out of ten medical claims, based on a current government report discovering that the plans frequently will not cover services required by Medicare. To fund his privatization plan, Oz has proposed a 20 percent payroll tax, which may ultimately transfer funds from workers towards the Republican Party’s private insurance donors which were reporting record profits while

jacking up premiums

. To put it differently, Oz himself would like to increase taxes on lower- and middle-class Americans to finance his or her own form of a corporate-run, universal medical care system — the one that could come with a high patient costs, continued barriers to care, and a windfall when it comes to medical insurance industry.”[Politico]2024

“Trump, company and nearest and dearest sued by New York AG over alleged fraud scheme” [Ronald Richards]. “New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed suit against former President Donald Trump, three of his adult children along with his business empire, accusing them of large-scale fraudulent financial practices and wanting to bar them from real estate transactions for the following 5 years. The attorney general’s civil suit alleges significantly more than 10 years of deception, including huge amounts of dollars in falsified net worth, as an element of an endeavor to attenuate his companies’ tax bills while winning favorable terms from banks and insurance vendors… James’ suit hinges on a particular statute for repeat cases of alleged violations regarding the law, stemming from real estate transactions. She Actually Is also filing a criminal referral to federal prosecutors in Manhattan and a different tax fraud referral towards the IRS for similar underlying allegations.” • exactly what is the one lawsuit among a lot of?

trusty

“TRANSCRIPT OF CIVIL CAUSE OF PREMOTION CONFERENCE PRIOR TO THE HONORABLE RAYMOND J. DEARIE SPECIAL MASTER”

. • From page 19:

— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona)

September 20, 2022[New York Times]i am talking about, if you’re a functional reporter, and never some kinda artist.“DeSantis’s Migrant Flights Try To Jolt Midterms, and Lay Groundwork for 2024” . “For months, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas and Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona have already been busing migrants in the united states, using immigrants as political props because they make an effort to score points when you look at the midterm elections and bolster their conservative bona fides. But the other day, Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Republican governor, supercharged the tactic, flying two chartered planeloads of undocumented migrants away from Texas — about 700 miles through the Florida state line — to Martha’s Vineyard, the moneyed Massachusetts holiday spot frequented by liberal celebrities and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The migrants had not set foot in Florida and said they certainly were misled about their destination. The island was unprepared to deal with the influx. But Mr. DeSantis got precisely the reaction he wanted. Liberal condemnation. Conservative applause. And national attention.” • If I lived in an undesirable border town without any budget, i may be annoyed at migrants too, and feel unprotected by my government. And in case a city or state would like to declare itself a “sanctuary city” (never mind the Calhoun-esque nullification doctrine implied), then obviously that jurisdiction should take as much migrants because they are sent, and never whinge. But [glass bowl]Martha’s Vineyard is certainly not a sanctuary city. So DeSantis was using migrants as props your can purchase the libs, that will be a genuinely -ish thing to so. I’ve taken a dislike to DeSantis. I do believe his face is just too tight, not because he’s had some work done, but he’s internally ticked off on a regular basis. He reminds me of Corbell Pickett in Gibson’s

The Peripheral[Business Insider]: A vicious small-town Tesla dealer gone wrong. Sorry, DeSantis fans!

“Florida officials made fake ‘official-looking’ brochure advertising refugee benefits for migrants, lawsuit against Ron DeSantis says” . • Classy gesture! Frankly, I’m still stunned DeSantis had them flown from Texas. Florida does not have any gusanos of the own?

Democrats en DéshabilléWe have moved my standing remarks regarding the Democrat Party (“the Democrat Party is a rotting corpse that can’t bury itself”) to

a separate, back-dated post, to that I will periodically add material, summarizing the addition here in a “live” Water Cooler. (Hopefully, some Bourdieu.) As it happens that defining the Democrat Party is, in reality, a tough problem. I really do think the paragraph that follows is on point all of the in the past to 2016, if you don’t before:The Democrat Party could be the political expression regarding the class power of PMC, their base (lucidly explained by Thomas Frank in

Listen, Liberal!

). ; in the event that Democrat Party failed to exist, the PMC would need to invent it. . (“PMC” modulo “class expatriates,” needless to say.) Second, all of the working components of the Party reinforce one another. Leave aside characterizing the relationships between components of the Party (ka-ching, not entirely) those elements comprise a network — a Flex Net? An iron octagon? — of funders, vendors, apparatchiks, electeds, NGOs, and miscellaneous mercenaries, with assets when you look at the press as well as the intelligence community.

Note, needless to say, that the class power regarding the PMC both expresses and it is restricted to other classes; oligarchs and American gentry (see ‘industrial model’ of Ferguson, Jorgensen, and Jie) as well as the working class pop into your head. Suck up, kick down.

— Pat, just Pat (@PatTheBerner)

September 20, 2022

— Whiny Chook (@Whiny_Bimbo)

September 21, 2022

It will be a damn shame if Queen Margrethe weren’t really the only global leader infected. [Forbes]* * *

• ”Nasal Vaccines May Possibly Not Be The Overall Game Changer We Think They Have Been”

. This, in my experience, is key point. The information: “Both China and India have provided limited data from trials of these mucosal vaccines. Data from a phase II trial of CanSino’s inhaled vaccine discovered that when given as a booster, the vaccine raised blood-serum antibody levels more than a CanSino intramuscular booster injection. Indian vaccine developer Bharat compared its intranasal vaccine to Covaxin, a Covid-19 intramuscular injection for sale in India, by measuring antibody levels when you look at the blood, deeming it successful but failed to publicly release the outcome regarding the trial. Neither happens to be in comparison to mRNA intramuscular injection, currently the gold standard for Covid-19 vaccines. Even less information is available regarding the efficacy regarding the other mucosal Covid-19 vaccines. Iran approved a Covid-19 vaccine administered as a nasal spray and produced by Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in Karaj in October 2021. A lot more than 5,000 doses have already been brought to the general public. Russia’s health ministry is reported to possess approved an intranasal-spray form of Sputnik V, but neither country has published data on efficacy in humans. We Are Able To always a cure for the very best using the growth of nasal vaccines, but we should also prepare alternatives.” • i actually do think this is certainly a bit naive, or indeed disingenuous, concerning the power structure on the market. That so-called “gold standard” is deeply, deeply politicized by Big Pharma. Further, the “gold standard” takes no account regarding the requirements for cold chain delivery and needle injection. Those two requirements rule out huge amounts of people.[Politico]* * *[as in the United States]• “Polio could be the next front when you look at the disinformation wars” [Heidi Larson, a medical anthropologist who is one of the world’s leading experts on vaccine hesitancy]. “But unlike the 1950s and ‘60s, if the public largely embraced new vaccines as salvation from an illness that terrified communities and condemned paralyzed children to iron lungs, public health officials today suffer from rising anti-vax misinformation and disinformation. And so the final thing they want is a really inartful and confusing expression — “vaccine-derived polio” — to create their job even harder, several worried experts told Nightly.” And: “But individuals who have the oral version

do excrete minute traces regarding the virus, which could reach the water supply and quite often mutate. Contact with that mutated version is how people ‘derive’ polio. Those water-borne traces ‘don’t infect anyone when anyone are vaccinated,’

told Nightly. ‘Where it thrives … is when there’s low vaccination.’ During Covid, vaccination programs lagged around the globe, for polio along with other childhood diseases. The spread of anti-vax sentiments is not helping.”[Mike the Mad Biologist]* * *• “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: The ‘End’ regarding the Pandemic and Long COVID” . “Over the weekend, CBS 60 Minutes aired a job interview with Biden, for which he proclaimed ‘the pandemic is finished.’ Leaving aside most of the ways this is certainly harmful, such as for instance ‘why must I get a booster, particularly if I experienced negative effects, given that the pandemic is finished?’, the things I found frustrating was Scott Pelle’s inability to inquire of Biden about long COVID. In fairness, the complete political press corps along side celebrity journalists don’t inquire about long COVID. Nonetheless it’s getting really enraging. The main point isn’t to ‘ding’ Biden (though if it motivates hacks to inquire of the question, I am able to make use of that), but to obtain a remedy about long COVID. We haven’t seen much polling regarding the issue, but my sense–not just my own vibes–is that individuals who will be nevertheless be conscientious about mask wearing are motivated in no small part by a desire in order to avoid long-term or permanent illness. Because of the frequency of long COVID in vaccinated and boosted people–as best when I can tell, one percent could be the rough lower bound (a paper I’ll discuss tomorrow implies that might be higher)–you are not the weirdo if you’re wanting to avoid getting (re-)infected. You’re not. America, when you look at the Year 2022 of your Gritty, is certainly not a location you wish to be disabled, even temporarily.” • Well, you might be weird, but that is a great location to be, and certainly a lot better than a medical facility. See Ionesco’s

Rhinoceros

. The Abolitionists were weirdos. So were the first Christians, for instance.[Bill of Health, Harvard University]* * *

• Maskstravaganza: “The Mask-Optional DEI Initiative” [Texas Observer]. “i’ll be direct: schools which have officially departed from masking, including begrudgingly “allowing” individuals to still mask should they individually elect to do this, are stating a continuous dedication to purposeful exclusion…. The rejection of masking during a continuous pandemic by institutions of advanced schooling and their leaders is obvious proof of how disabled individuals are regularly and purposefully excluded from full participation in universites and colleges. It follows, then, that necessary conversations about access — access in an ever-evolving sense, which anticipates and responds towards the complex, changing, conflicting needs of disabled students, faculty, and staff — are not formally occurring and generally are unlikely to take place at these institutions.” • Sounds in my experience just like the “necessary conversation” should use the type of a ginormous lawsuit, starting at Harvard.[M]• Maskstravaganza: “I happened to be Fired for Asking Students to put on Masks”

. “

— Naomi Wu 机械妖姬 (@RealSexyCyborg)

September 20, 2022

— Amanda Hu (@amandalhu)

September 20, 2022

Stickers for school kids, naturally, although for parents and schools who possess given through to protecting children i guess that won’t matter.

* * *Case CountCase count

covid cases regions 14

for the United States:Cases are undercounted, one source saying by an issue of six,

Gottlieb thinking we only pick up one out of seven or eight

.) Hence, I use the nominal case count and multiply it by six to approximate the true standard of cases, and draw the DNC-blue “Biden Line” when this occurs. The last count was ~60,600. Today, it is ~60,500 and 60,500 * 6 = a Biden line at 363,600. (Remember these data points are weekly averages, so daily fluctuations are smoothed out.) The black “Fauci Line” is a counter to triumphalism, because it compares current levels to past crises. In the event that you go through the Fauci line, you will find that regardless of the bleating and yammering about Covid being “over,” we now have only just lately reached the (nominal) case standard of November 1, 2021, therefore we are particularly definately not compared to July 1, 2021. As well as the real level is a lot worse.[Gothamist]Lambert here: The fall just in case count looks impressive enough. What the Fauci Line shows, however, is the fact that we now have at last achieved the amount of the first peak, when New York was storing the bodies in refrigerator trucks. And so the endzone celebrations are, to my mind, premature. Not too anyone will throw a flag. Needless to say, the true story is within the charts for California as well as the South. See below.

— Sarah Allen (@Mssarahmssarah) September 20, 2022

covid cases regions 4 wks 13

Regional case count for one month:

covid cases south 12

The South:

covid cases south small 12

The South (minus Texas and Florida)

:Encouraging.

covid cases west 13

The West

:

California on a higher plateau every one of its very own,WastewaterSITE DOWN* Wastewater data (

covid cdc wastewater counties 6

CDC

), September 13:

covid cdc wastewater counties 5

Lambert here: I added all of the dots back in. The sheer number of grey dots really concerns me. Just how can all of the sites for international airline travel center New York be grey (“no recent data”). And California’s pretty gappy, too.

covid mwra biobot data 1

For grins, September 11:

NOTE * If I can’t have the page to load in five tries, it is down, dammit. As a temporizer, here’s the newest MWRA data:

Nothing earth-shattering, but definitely up.PositivityFrom

covid walgreens positivity states 11

the Walgreen’s test positivity tracker

, September 10:

-4.0%. Great news!TransmissionNOTE: I will most definitely not be making use of the CDC’s new “Community Level” metric. Because CDC has combined a respected indicator (cases) with a lagging one (hospitalization) their brand new metric is an undesirable danger sign of a surge, and an undesirable solution to assess personal risk. In addition, Covid is an illness you don’t need to get. Even although you are not hospitalized, it is possible to suffer with Long Covid, vascular issues, and neurological issues. For those reasons, case counts — considered to be underestimated, as a result of home test kits — deserve to face alone as a number to be tracked, regardless of how much the political operatives in CDC leadership want to obfuscate it. That the “green map” (which

Topol calls a “capitulation” and a “deception”) continues to be up and being taken seriously verges regarding the criminal. Utilize the community transmission immediately below.Let me reveal CDC’s interactive map by county set to community transmission. (This is basically the map

covid cdc transmission counties 9

CDC wants only hospitals to check out, not you.)Rapid Riser data, by county (

covid cdc rapid riser counties 5

CDC

), September 20:

covid cdc rapid riser counties 4

i guess that when case counts are indeed level, it is likely there is few rapid risers.Previous Rapid Riser data:Hospitalization data, by state (

covid cdc hospitalization states 4

CDC

), September 20:

If I experienced been fooled by CDC’s “Community Levels” okey-dokey, I’d be pretty happy at this time.

NOTE: Rapid Riser and Hospitalization data are updated Wednesdays and Fridays.VariantsLambert here: It’s beyond frustrating how slow the variant information is. I looked for lots more charts: [grinds teeth, bangs head on desk]California

does not to a BA.4/BA.5 breakdown. New York does however it, too, is on a molasses-like two-week cycle. Does nobody when you look at the public health establishment get a promotion for tracking variants? Is there no grants? Will there be just one lab that performs this work, and everybody receives the results from their website? Additional sources from readers welcome . Variant data, national (

covid walgreens variants natl 3

Walgreens

), September 10:Still no indication of BA.2.75 at Walgreens, despite its appearance in CDC data below.NOT UPDATED Variant data, national (

covid cdc variants natl 2

CDC

), August 27 (Nowcast off):

Two highlights: BA.4.6 has assumed a somewhat greater proportion (more when you look at the NowCast model, that I will not use). Also, first appearance of BA.2.75. So how can it be, you may well ask?The above chart shows variants nationally. We have been through the CDC regions and made a table. As you care able to see, BA.2.75 is prominent in Region 2 (New York and nj-new jersey), accompanied by Region 5 (Midwest), and Region 1 (Northeast). Hmm.

Table 1: CDC Regional BA.2.75 Data, Sorted by % Total CDC Region
% Total States in Region Region 2:
0.8% New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, as well as the Virgin Islands Region 5:
0.7% Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin Region 1:
0.7% Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont Region 3:
0.4% Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia Region 4:
0.4% Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, new york, South Carolina, and Tennessee Region 7:
0.3% lowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska Region 6:
0.0% Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas Region 8:
0.0% Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming Region 9:
0.0% Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Commonwealth regarding the Northern Mariana Islands…. Region 10:

0.0%

Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

Let’s see if BA.2.75 starts doubling.DeathsDeath rate (

Our World in Data

covid deaths natl 12

):Lambert here: Not sure why World in Data changed along with to red.Total: 1,079,206 –

1,078,938

= 268 (268 * 365 = 97,820, that will be today’s LivingWith™* number (quite a little more than the minimizers would really like, thought they could talk themselves into anything. Fluctuates a great deal, but perhaps the low numbers are bad). We have added an anti-triumphalist black Fauci Line.

— wsbgnl (@wsbgnl) [Bloomberg]September 12, 2022

• ”That Is Still Dying From Covid? The CDC Can’t Answer That”

. Needless to say not. Interesting last paragraph: “There’s another deceptive component that causes it to be seem like many people are in very good shape, said Andrew Noymer, a demographer and associate professor of public health during the University of California, Irvine. The infection fatality rate, a number many were enthusiastic about finding at the beginning of the pandemic, is most likely now near to compared to flu. Nevertheless the disease is killing far more people than flu because a lot of people are receiving Covid. , whereas people have a tendency to get flu — at most of the — many times 10 years.” • 

Stats Watch

— WTVG 13abc (@13abc)

September 20, 2022[Bloomberg]That’s the next refinery fire within my recent memory, at the least. Odd.

Supply Chain: “Amazon Air Cargo Flights Grow at Slowest Pace Since Early Pandemic” [Insider]. “Amazon.com Inc.’s cargo airline keeps growing during the slowest pace because the start of pandemic, the newest sign that the e-commerce giant is adjusting to slackening demand…. The world’s largest online retailer entered in 2010 with a lot of workers and facilities as consumers gone back to normal shopping habits. Amazon has shuttered, delayed or abandoned plans for lots of warehouses in america and Europe, Bloomberg reported earlier this month. The organization reduced its workforce — primarily through attrition, Amazon says — by almost 100,000 people between March and June, the largest quarterly decline with its history. ”

Retail: “‘Line balk’ is among the biggest obstacles facing popular chains like Starbucks and Chick-fil-A — here’s what it really is and exactly how they’re fighting it”

— Aesthetica Magazine (@AestheticaMag)

September 21, 2022[Wall Street Journal]“Revered” NFT “artsts”? Kidding, right?

Manufacturing: “China Meets With Boeing, Raising Hopes for 737 MAX Flight Resumption”

. “The Civil Aviation Administration of China held an assessment meeting the other day with Boeing’s U.S. and China teams to examine working out protocols for pilots, the CAAC News, a news outlet run because of the regulator, said Tuesday. The regulator will release a revised report regarding the plane once questions raised during the meeting are resolved, the headlines outlet said, adding so it offered hope that the procedure to reintroduce the 737 MAX to China will be completed soon. The CAAC News didn’t provide a timeline. A spokesperson for Boeing said the business would continue steadily to make use of customers and global regulators, like the CAAC, to safely return the 737 MAX to service worldwide.”[CNN]* * *

Today’s Fear & Greed Index: 39 Fear (previous close: 36 Fear)

. Seven days ago: 41 (Fear). (0 is Extreme Fear; 100 is Extreme Greed). Last updated Sep 21 at 12:45 PM EDT.The Gallery

signage

Ceci est un signe

(MG):[The Atlantic]Zeitgeist Watch[is]“The Dark Side of Frictionless Technology”

. “I’m quite interested in this notion of creativity through submission. It perfectly describes my experience learning and struggling with improvisation regarding the guitar. To speak fluently through a guitar, you must submit towards the rote practice of training your fingers to locate each note of a given scale as well as its various positions, that will be its very own separate challenge and pair of rigid rules. But even with you’ve locked when you look at the muscle memorization, you need to cope with the realities of a song as well as its chord progression. To help make the instrument sing, you must work within its constraints. Real, genuine musical expression can be done only once you’re innately knowledgeable about the math and geometry regarding the instrument, and employ its rules as a road map to get at in which you would you like to go. Crawford goes even more, arguing: ‘The illustration of the musician sheds light regarding the basic character of human agency, namely, so it arises only within concrete limits that aren’t of your making.’ His claim is a component of a more impressive argument about most technology, which (writing from 2009) he laments is becoming aggressively convenient.” And: “Crawford’s maxim [Scalawag] that ‘things need fixing and tending at least creating.’”“‘Left to carry my grief alone.’ Grieving platonic love in a culture of romantic domination” . “Romantic love is certainly not a fixture within my life. Platonic love and community is always my most critical and a lot of cherished non-familial intimate connections these days. Surviving in a culture dominated by romance, this is why me an oddity. For folks like me—whether our company is regarded as oddities, non-conformists, relational misfits, freaks of nature, inhumans, undesirables, or simply romantic failures—our give attention to platonic love and community leaves us all too often grieving lost friendships and unrealized intimacies when romance ultimately, inevitably wins out. In a society that privileges romantic partnership, all the other connections will inevitably be treated as lesser, and people who aren’t romantically partnered have emerged as less worthy of care—both intentionally and inadvertently. That is true during the personal level, and also on an institutional level: Single people, those not romantically attached, experience documented prejudice and discrimination inside our romance-centric society. Stereotyped to be less functional much less productive people in society, unpartnered people—especially whenever we may also be childfree—are often asked to put ourselves much more danger than our coupled counterparts, anticipated to work longer hours and accept more undesirable assignments than our romantically-partnered coworkers. Policies like paid leave and medicaid expansion are biased against unpartnered people. It’s even harder to get usage of life-saving

organ transplants

without getting romantically attached with someone.” [Nature]Groves of Academe“the outcome for lotteries as a tiebreaker of quality in research funding” . “Earlier this month, the British Academy, the United Kingdom’s national academy for humanities and social sciences, introduced a cutting-edge process for awarding small research grants. The academy will utilize the same in principle as a lottery to determine between funding applications that its grant-review panels consider to be equal on other criteria, for instance the quality of research methodology and study design…. Other funders should think about if they should now follow during these footsteps. That’s since it is becoming clear that randomization is a fairer solution to allocate grants when applications are way too near to call, as a research through the Research on Research Institute in London shows (see

go.nature.com/3s54tgw

). Performing This would go a way to assuage concerns, particularly in early-career researchers and people from historically marginalized communities, concerning the not enough fairness when grants are allocated using peer review.” • Now let’s perform some same for college admissions.[Matt Stoller, BIG]Class Warfare

“Amazon Promotes Ex-Private Prison Exec to operate Warehouse Training”

. “It’s always fun to help keep a watch on Amazon’s internal personnel moves, simply because they talk to the typical culture regarding the pacesetting firm in American retail and commerce. Then one telling happened recently. A contact pointed off to me that the other day Amazon shuffled its management teams across its warehouse divisions, revealing so it had promoted the business’s head of loss prevention when you look at the Americas and an old analyst at a personal prison company – Dayna Howard- towards the head of training for warehouse workers. Following Howard’s path is interesting for just what it says about Amazon. She started her career during the private prison giant referred to as Corrections Corporation of America, which includes since been renamed CoreCivic since it had such a toxic brand. (some lighter moments controversies involved letting private gangs run an Indiana prison to truly save costs, and stock manipulation.) At CCA, based on her LinkedIn page, Howard “re-vamped inmate admission process and revised all processing documentation. Lead To a 20% lowering of inmate processing some time a lowered error rate.” Howard was apparently proficient at designing systems to herd prisoners. So naturally, she decided to go to Amazon.” • Jeff, think about it. It’s not funny anymore.[The Verge]News regarding the Wired

“Getty Images bans AI-generated content over fears of legal challenges”

. “Getty Images has banned the upload and sale of illustrations generated using AI art tools like DALL-E, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion. It’s the newest and largest user-generated content platform to introduce such a ban, following similar decisions by sites including Newgrounds, PurplePort, and FurAffinity. Getty Images CEO Craig Peters told The Verge that the ban was prompted by concerns concerning the legality of AI-generated content and a desire to safeguard the site’s customers. ‘There are real concerns according to the copyright of outputs because of these models and unaddressed rights problems with respect towards the imagery, the image metadata and people individuals contained inside the imagery,’ said Peters. Given these concerns, he said, selling AI artwork or illustrations may potentially put Getty Images users at legal risk. “We are now being proactive towards the good thing about our customers,’ he added.” • That’s a damn shame. I’m no Getty fan, but something that kills that technology with fire is great.* * *[UNDERSCORE]Contact information for plants[DOT]: Readers, go ahead and contact me at lambert [AT] strether [DOT] corrente yahoo com, to (a) see how to send me a check if you’re allergic to PayPal and (b) to discover simple tips to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary plants! If you would like your handle to show up as a credit, please stick it at the beginning of your mail in parentheses: (thus). Otherwise, i am going to anonymize through the use of your initials. Begin to see the previous Water Cooler (with plant)

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