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cadoman's Journal
cadoman's Journal
September 29, 2021

North Carolina hospital network fires around 175 staffers for not getting vaccinated

Source: MSN/NBC

A large North Carolina hospital network says that it has fired nearly 200 workers for failing to take a Covid-19 vaccine.

Dr. David H. Priest, chief for safety for Novant Health, said at a Tuesday press briefing that roughly 175 staffers did not comply with their vaccine mandate deadline.

"By doing that, by not getting vaccinated, they voluntarily resign," Priest said.

The departures will not impact staffing at the hospital system of over 35,000 employees, Priest said, because the hospital has been using temporary staff for the duration of the pandemic to make up for shortages from staff falling ill with Covid.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/north-carolina-hospital-network-fires-around-175-staffers-for-not-getting-vaccinated/ar-AAOVUZf

David Priest was quoted as saying they "voluntarily resigned". That they were "fired" was MSN/NBC's wording, from my reading of the article.
September 28, 2021

Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan Resigns Amid Scrutiny Over Trading -- Hours After Boston Colleague

Source: Forbes

The presidents of the Dallas and Boston branches of the Federal Reserve Bank, Robert Kaplan and Eric Rosengren, respectively, announced their retirements hours apart on Monday, weeks after they said they would sell their individual stock holdings after questions were raised about their trading activity from last year.

Rosengren made the announcement in the morning, citing health issues, while Kaplan released a statement several hours later saying the “recent focus” on his financial disclosure risked “becoming a distraction” for the institution.

Kaplan served as president and CEO of the Dallas branch for six years; Rosengren had been with the Boston Fed for 35 years, including 14 years as president, and was originally set to step down in June 2022 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65.

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/teakvetenadze/2021/09/27/dallas-fed-president-robert-kaplan-resigns-amid-scrutiny-over-trading---hours-after-boston-colleague-steps-down/

Don't know that there's any significance to this. Just two people monetizing their "service" to the country a bit too early?
September 22, 2021

China Evergrande unit to make $35.9 million onshore coupon payment on Sept 23

Source: Yahoo Finance

In a Shenzhen exchange filing, Hengda Real Estate Group Co Ltd said the company would make a coupon payment on its Shenzhen-traded 5.8% September 2025 bond on time on Thursday.

The company's coupon payment totals 232 million yuan ($35.88 million), according to Refinitiv data.

Read more: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-evergrande-unit-35-9-015931862.html

This situation is _highly_ fluid but I felt it was worth discussing that their strategy seems to be veering towards prioritising onshore debt obligations.

Makes a sense in that their working class have a lot tied into this company.

This isn't national news in the most narrow sense but how this company is wound down will likely have more repercussions than the average foreign bankruptcy, and it will be interesting to compare China's approach with how we wound down firms during the 2008 bailouts.
August 24, 2021

Allen West's sauced up wife rounded up for DWI (video released)

Another conservative crazy off the streets. Thanks Dallas PD!

July 26, 2021

honestly that's misrepresenting what those papers state

The vaccine induced antibody response is more effective within the RBD but natural immunity works more broadly on other parts of the spike protein.

It's not a case of one or the other being better (necessarily). If a variation of the virus happens to operate more through the RBD, then vaccine induced antibodies would likely work better.

But if the variation of the virus didn't operate as much through RBD, it's likely natural immunity would work better.

Here are the underlying papers. Note the verbiage very carefully as it's very subtle. Compare what you bolded, which specifically mentions the RBD part of the spike protein.

"Greaney et al. demonstrated that neutralizing antibodies elicited by immunization with the Moderna mRNA-1273 vaccine were more focused to the RBD than those elicited by natural infection. However, vaccination-elicited antibodies targeted a broader range of epitopes within the RBD than infection-elicited antibodies. "


Do you see the difference? It's confusing but a truthful argument can be made for either natural immunity or vaccine immunity being more effective--depending on how the spike protein mutates!

From the same blogger you linked to, here is another article describing how natural immunity targets two other parts of the spike protein called the N-terminal domain (NTD) and the S2 subunit.


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