Daily Digest 5/9 – Unemployment Rate Soared To 14.7% In April, Why Small NY Farms Are Experiencing a Surprising Boom


The unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent in April (Sparky1)

Ernie Tedeschi, a labor market economist, projected Thursday based on real-time data that the current unemployment rate is actually 20 percent. And in the jobs report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said it believes murky classification of temporary unemployment in the household survey caused the official number to be about 5 percentage points lower.

Scientists Create Antibody That Defeats Coronavirus in Lab (DennisC)

The antibody known as 47D11 targets the spike protein that gives the new coronavirus a crown-like shape and lets it enter human cells. In the Utrecht experiments, it didn’t just defeat the virus responsible for Covid-19 but also a cousin equipped with similar spike proteins, which causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.

Searching for COVID-19 Knowledge through Autopsies (newsbuoy)

On the professional front, Bösmüller’s involvement with COVID-19 comes in the form of performing autopsies on people who have died from the disease. “I am extremely interested in the illness because I experienced it myself. And I am immune to the coronavirus, which is a nice side-effect,” says Bösmüller, 60, who works at the University of Tübingen’s Institute of Pathology and Neuropathology. Thus far, he has dissected the bodies of five people who died from the disease.

The world’s scariest facial recognition company, explained (Sparky1)

This is concerning. Facial recognition is an incredibly powerful tool, and Clearview’s tech is trafficking in highly personal information — including, potentially, yours. (If you’re a resident of California or the European Union, feel free to request the data Clearview has on you here, but note you’ll likely need to send them a copy of government-issued photo ID.)

Neurodharma with Dr. Rick Hanson (newsbuoy)

Psychologist and author Dr. Rick Hanson visits the Mindrolling Podcast for a conversation around cultivating resilience, healing trauma and the practices that are available for training our reactivity.

The Setup For a Long and Deep Crisis is In Place—Here’s How I’m Preparing Financially (Adam)

There’s little doubt in my mind that the gold price will continue to climb. It will have down days, and yes it could have another mini-crash if the markets tank, but the ultimate direction is higher.

Even Americans in general agree it’s time to buy gold. A recent survey from our friends at Peak Prosperity showed that investors are beginning to favor hard assets and move away from paper assets. This trend is just getting started, and in and of itself could push gold higher.

European Parliament to Investigate WHO and “Pandemic” Scandal (Sally E.)

In his official statement to the Committee, Wodarg criticized the influence of the pharma industry on scientists and officials of WHO, stating that it has led to the situation where “unnecessarily millions of healthy people are exposed to the risk of poorly tested vaccines,” and that, for a flu strain that is “vastly less harmful” than all previous flu epidemics.

Observational Study of Hydroxychloroquine in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 (Grandma2016)

In this observational study involving patients with Covid-19 who had been admitted to the hospital, hydroxychloroquine administration was not associated with either a greatly lowered or an increased risk of the composite end point of intubation or death. Randomized, controlled trials of hydroxychloroquine in patients with Covid-19 are needed. (Funded by the National Institutes of Health.)

Masks in Sweden: A Followup (thc0655)

For many of my American friends, they find it difficult to understand that there are many possibilities in between the two extremes. In fact, a more nuanced approach not only makes more sense, but is more sustainable. That is precisely what the Swedish approach is all about.

If you look at the numbers, you will see that there is negligible risk to those aged 4-50 years old. This group also happens to represent the most economically productive group in society as well as the group that spends the most money. So why shut them down?

‘It’s irresponsible’: Washington state warns against ‘coronavirus parties’ (Michael A.)

Meghan DeBolt, the director of Walla Walla’s department of community health, told the New York Times officials were still hearing reports of parties attended by people infected with the virus, but said she not have evidence that they, or other guests, were seeking to deliberately spread it.

As of Tuesday, 94 people in the county have tested positive for Covid-19, including employees who worked at a nearby Tyson Fresh Meats plant who were infected.

How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America (Dell)

Several Haskell men who had been exposed to influenza went to Camp Funston, in central Kansas. Days later, on March 4, the first soldier known to have influenza reported ill. The huge Army base was training men for combat in World War I, and within two weeks 1,100 soldiers were admitted to the hospital, with thousands more sick in barracks. Thirty-eight died. Then, infected soldiers likely carried influenza from Funston to other Army camps in the States—24 of 36 large camps had outbreaks—sickening tens of thousands, before carrying the disease overseas. Meanwhile, the disease spread into U.S. civilian communities.

Early Life Stress, Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors and Alcohol Use Disorders (newsbuoy)

Understanding the neural pathways involved and the mechanism that determine resilience or susceptibility to the effects of stress will improve our ability to identify individuals susceptible to developing AUDs, formulate cognitive interventions to prevent the development of AUDs in susceptible individuals and to elucidate and enhance potential therapeutic targets such as the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) for those already struggling to overcome an AUD.

Visualizing America’s Energy Use, in One Giant Chart (Roger B.)

The 2019 version of this comprehensive diagram gives us an in-depth picture of the U.S. energy ecosystem, showing not only where energy originates by fuel source (i.e. wind, oil, natural gas, etc.) but also how it’s ultimately consumed by sector.

China’s Oil Imports Soar In April (Michael S.)

In April, these continued to be depressed at state refiners, but independent refiners, commonly called teapots, began ramping up, Reuters reported in late April. In addition, over the last two months, China was said to have been building its crude reserves, taking advantage of the oil price slump. Even so, the rate of filling storage was expected to be lower than in previous years because of limited storage capacity, lending less support to oil prices this time around than in past years, Wood Mackenzie said at the end of last month.

Small Farms in N.Y. Are Experiencing a Surprising Boom. Here’s Why. (Eddie Jay)

Farms with a single crop meant for use in restaurants, like microgreens or edible flowers, face disaster, while those with diverse offerings (and especially root vegetables) have become bulwarks of the social order. After decades of struggle to prove they are sustainable businesses, small farms seem to be flourishing, while factory farms, in many cases, find themselves too big to pivot.

America’s meat shortage is more serious than your missing hamburgers (Sparky1)

And that’s just what’s already happened. As the pandemic’s effects stretch into the summer, outbreaks in meatpacking plants are creating ripple effects. Slower lines in the plants mean less meat makes it to market, while farmers are euthanizing millions of animals that can’t get processed due to the slowdown of the lines. It’s a paradox that could disrupt America’s food supply for years to come.

Will the coronavirus pandemic lead to a food crisis? | Counting the Cost (Sparky1)

An estimated 135 million people face starvation and that could double to 265 million by the end of the year. It blames the perfect storm, the wars in Yemen and Syria, natural disasters and changing weather patterns.

At particular risk are refugees and informal workers. For example, it is estimated that about 136 million people in India working in the non-agriculture sector are at immediate risk of losing their jobs.

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