News You Might Have Missed: Boeing's Epic Debacle, Spooks, TikTok, SARS-CoV-2, and a Biden White House "Ninja"

The multi-threaded epic debacle at Boeing: The slow-motion Boeing 737 MAX catastrophe has entered a new phase, via Adam Tooze (@adamtooz1): The aircraft maker plans to lay off 2.5K workers in slashing its workforce by about 10%. The company had already been culled to a lean Agile-certified machine. So the remaining workers are going to have to be very, very agile. Just not in an airplane. Yet.

Spooks and gaming: While the larger, more openly declared, war continues to ramp up, there is also this interesting story, which @ThomasMassie caught: The idea that the USG has the right to access foreign-based Internet companies' databases and algorithms is precisely the issue. It's not necessarily the databases and algorithms that are the issue. But the government has no business demanding foreign companies' databases and algorithms. Period. (Otherwise, it'd be demanding access to, say, the New York Times databases and algorithms.)

What the TikTok bill really says: The latest twist in the TikTok saga has Rep. Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) questioning the real intent behind the new bill: If this was truly a national security issue, the NFL would have been canceled long ago. If foreign adversary social media companies are the issue, then why the specific exemption for an Internet-based business? The Internet is foreign. TikTok is a foreign company. The clear implication of the bill is that any site the spooks decide to hate can become a target.

WHO downgrades SARS-CoV-2 to BSL2 (but there's a catch): The WHO has downgraded SARS-CoV-2 to a BSL2 virus, meaning that it no longer warrants the same strict containment measures as when it was considered a high-risk pathogen. However, the WHO Director-General said that the virus's evolution poses a constant threat and countries must remain vigilant.

Look for the Helpers: Lambert here: I hope readers will send in more examples like this ("brighten the corner where you are"). The helper(s) don't need to be heroic, let alone dramatic, or ego-driven, and certainly not institutional. To cite, of all people, the American Enterprise Institute, writing on Occupy, and citing to David Graeber:In addition to trucking, bartering, and knocking each other over the head, human beings also engage in a wholly different kind of economic activity: We often share things we have with others. When Graber says that we are already communists, he is referring to those quite familiar situations in which we really do operate by the maxim “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”People of all cultures, including our own, invariably practice the communism of everyday life when dealing with their family and close friends. A mother does not expect her child to pay her for her baby-sitting services. A brother does not rent out his baseball glove to his brother on an hourly basis. If a friend is sick and needs something from the store, we pick it up for her and would never think of asking for gas money in return.As Graber points out, this kind of behavior comes out most conspicuously during a crisis, such as a natural disaster. At such times, people will voluntarily, even cheerfully, extend a helping hand to those who are most in need of one. Less dramatically, the same principle is at work whenever we are at a store that has a box on the counter that says “Leave a penny, take a penny,” intended to help out those who don’t have the exact change.

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