/Links 5/3/2020

Links 5/3/2020

Yves is braving a trip to NYC to see a doctor in late-ish May, the theory being that the city will be safer towards the tail end of the lockdown than when restrictions are eased.

She could very much use some paid, professional help with her three laptop Macs (one workhorse, two backups). If you think you can do the job, here are the requirements:

1. You must be willing to work on a legacy version of the OS (MacOS 10.11.6) and not insist on an upgrade. Yves is running legacy software that is already getting funky on the version she is using.

2. You must able to untangle a hidden files issue. The workhorse laptop is saving certain data files to Dropbox, rather than locally, even though local files exist. The Dropbox account also has Google login-related issues.

3. You must, as much as possible, synch up the two other laptops to the workhorse laptop.

4. You must come to her midtown hotel, either to do the work there or to get started, haul the laptops away, and return with the work completed.

If interested, please e-mail yves-at-nakedcapitalism-dot-com with “Mac consulting” in the subject line. We can discuss dates, remuneration and contact details at that point. Thanks!



Birdsong has risen like a tide of hope from our silenced cities. Is it here to stay? Guardian

‘Murder Hornets’ in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the Asian Giant Hornet NYT (Dan K)


Man goes to clear out dead mom’s home, finds body in freezer ABC (Rocky)

Lawyer dressed as Grim Reaper stalks Florida beaches to protest reopening Independent

Norfolk police seek person dressing as plague doctor RTÉ

How climate change could make infectious diseases even more difficult to combat in the future Business Insider (The Rev Kev)

She Predicted the Coronavirus. What Does She Foresee Next? NYT (re/silC)

George W. Bush: ‘We are not partisan combatants’ in fight against coronavirus Politico

Across the World, the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Become an Invitation to Autocracy The Wire

In March, COVID-19 wiped concerts and festivals off the calendar — and that was just the beginning. Inside music’s unprecedented crisis Rolling Stone

Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing Atlantic

There’s only one way the fight against coronavirus resembles the real wars I’ve witnessed Independent. Robert Fisk.

A New Mexico city has closed its borders to outsiders after becoming a COVID-19 hotspot  Business Insider (David L)

For introverts, lockdown is a chance to play to our strengths Guardian


The Coming Greater Depression of the 2020s Project Syndicate. Nouriel Roubini. From earlier this week; don’t recall seeing this in Links but my apologies for the duplication if we’ve posted it before.

Warren Buffett says Berkshire sold all its airline stocks because of the coronavirus CNBC


The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic could have been prevented Virology (david l). Important.

Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis Stat

What the Proponents of ‘Natural’ Herd Immunity Don’t Say NYT. The deck: “Try to reach it without a vaccine, and millions will die.”

Hopes for Remdesivir in the Coronavirus Fight May Be Misplaced Der Spiegel

How Long Will a Vaccine Really Take? NYT

New Advice Cautions Against Rushed Return to Diving for Coronavirus Patients Dive. I know most readers aren’t divers. Posting this for the discussion of just how sneaky this diseases can be. Diving happens to be one leisure activity for which recovered patients of a serious case of COVID-19 infection are particularly vulnerable; I’m sure w’ll find other activities as well.

Diving in the Era of COVID-19 Dive Tech. Another perspective, and discusses previous advice.

Food Security

‘We Had to Do Something’: Trying to Prevent Massive Food Waste  NYT (The Rev Kev)

U.S. Beef Output Is Down Way More Than Shutdowns Suggest Bloomberg

Class Warfare

My Retirement Plan Is You NYT (re/silC)

Obesity dangers make Covid-19 a rebuke to unequal societies FT

‘A New Low’: Betsy DeVos Sued for Garnishing Wages of Nearly 300,000 Student Loan Borrowers During Pandemic Common Dreams

Serfs Revolt

Immigrants Making PPE Strike After a Co-Worker Dies of COVID Payday Report. Mike Elk.


A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons The Marshall Project

Kuwait Reiterates Offer to Transport Undocumented Indian Workers for Free  The Wire

35-yr-old travels 14 days to UP village from Mumbai, dies in hours Indian Express

Privacy concerns during a pandemic The Hindu

Gods in face masks: India’s folk artists take on Covid-19 BBC


Coronavirus NSW: Dossier lays out case against China bat virus program Daily Telegraph Australia (david l)

The deeper roots of Chinese demonization Asia Times. Pepe Escobar.

Donald Trump is igniting a cold war with China to win the election Independent. Patrick Cockburn.

China’s coronavirus hunters adopt Sherlock Holmes’ methods to trace patients SCMP

Tibet, China, and the violent reaction of a wealthy elite Historic.ly (J T McPhee)

Lego says it had nothing to do with a Chinese state media video animation attacking Trump’s coronavirus response Business Insider

And a tweet embedding the video (English version).


Europe prepares for more lockdown easing as virus hopes rise Agence France-Presse

United Kingdom

Why UK has world’s worst Covid-19 death rate Asia Times


‘No miracle’: What explains Bali’s low coronavirus cases? Al Jazeera


Donald Trump has the Saudis over an oil barrel Qantara


Four More “Exhausting” Years? Trump Reporters Mull Covering a Second Term Hollywood Reporter (re/silC)

Dan K:

Antidote du Jour (via):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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