/Links 5/27/2020

Links 5/27/2020

Dino-dooming Asteroid Hit Earth At ‘Deadliest Possible’ Angle Barron’s. So there’s hope?

America’s Never-Ending Battle Against Flesh-Eating Worms The Atlantic

Loon stabs bald eagle to death Live Science

Aging Dams, Changing Climate: A Dangerous Mix Weather Underground

Siberian Heatwave Points to a Longer Wildfire Season Bloomberg

An Intuitive (and Short) Explanation of Bayes’ Theorem Better Explained. If you say so….


The science:

SARS-CoV-2 Reverse Genetics Reveals a Variable Infection Gradient in the Respiratory Tract Cell. Musical interlude.

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AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine Associated Press

Why Immunity to the Novel Coronavirus Is So Complicated Smithsonian

First results from human COVID-19 immunology study reveal universally effective antibodies Rockefeller University

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Indonesia, major advocate of hydroxychloroquine, told by WHO to stop using it Straits Times

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A cluster of coronavirus cases was reported in Arkansas after a swim party CNN. According to the governor. No case study I can find.

How one COVID-19 case at St Augustine’s Hospital led to 135 infections within 51 days – report KRISP. South Africa.

World Health Organization warns of ‘second peak’ in areas where COVID-19 declining NBC

New research rewrites history of when Covid-19 took off in the U.S. — and points to missed chances to stop it STAT

Covid-19 Flares Up in America’s Polluted ‘Sacrifice Zones’ WIred

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Testing and tracing:

SARS-CoV-2 RNA concentrations in primary municipal sewage sludge as a leading indicator of COVID-19 outbreak dynamics medRxiv (dk). Looks solid.

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Moving Personal Protective Equipment Into the Community JAMA

China’s mask boom takes fabric away for nappy makers Agence France Presse

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Financial response:

The Financial Catastrophe That Coronavirus Brought to Small Towns Pro Publica (Re Silc).

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Business response:

A Coronavirus Conversation with Dr. Stephanie Taylor (interview) Engineered Systems (twonine). Look for: “As consulting and specifying engineers and/or facility managers, what steps should we take personally and or professionally to combat this outbreak?”

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U.S. Economy Starts to Rise From Abyss Though Pain Far From Over Bloomberg

Tracking Consumer Comfort With Dining Out and Other Leisure Activities Morning Consult. Not so fast, Bloomberg.

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Remedies and Ameliorations:

Virtual 7th-inning stretch brings ballpark feeling home Associated Press


Hong Kong: Why China’s national anthem bill is so controversial Al Jazeera

Beijing expands proposed national security law for Hong Kong to prohibit ‘activities’ that would ‘seriously endanger national security’ South China Morning Post

US, China & Hong Kong’s Betrayal Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News

Beijing’s new national security laws and the future of Hong Kong Lausan

You gotta know the territory:

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China’s Weaker Yuan Fix Is the Real Cold War Salvo Bloomberg

China’s digital currency not set for launch as trials are ‘just routine’, central bank governor cools speculation South China Morning Post

Rich Chinese Snapping up Luxury Homes From Singapore to Sydney Bloomberg

We Must Resist the ‘China Threat’ Syndrome The Nation

The Limits of China’s Ecological Redline System Maritime Executive. Important.

In Philippine slums, heat, hunger take a toll under lockdown Reuters. Photo essay.

Have reports of Bali’s death been greatly exaggerated? New Mandala


Please perform empathy for the heartwarming story of this one super-exploited migrant laborer’s daughter:

What frosts me about stories like this is that there are tens, hundreds of thousands of similar stories that go unsung. But the collective experience is carefully erased (“Her efforts have made global headlines and won hearts on social media“). I think a Christian would call stories like this and their dopamine loop-inducing reactions cheap grace.


Outcry Over Dominic Cummings Turns Public Against Boris Johnson for 1st Time NYT. For example:

And from the land of Torquemada:

German ECB executive shrugs off court ruling against bond buying FT

Europe’s Easing Timetable Intact With Virus Spread Under Control Bloomberg

New Cold War

Nord Stream 2: Geopolitics, economics or emotions? RT

Russia to test ‘Doomsday Drone’ in high Arctic Asia Times

Marching into Oblivion Irrussianality

Digital Agriculture Benefits Zimbabwe’s Farmers but Mobile Money is Costly Interpress News Agency

Venezuelan Government Seizes AT&T Assets, Looks to Re-establish DirecTV Cable Service Venezuelanalysis

Parched and privatised Development and Cooperation. Chilean drought.


Stop Saying Donald Trump Colluded with Russia The National Interest

Trump Transition

U.S. Withdrawal From Open Skies Bolsters Case for New Strategic Regime Carnegie Moscow Center

Key Senate Democrat withdraws support from House measure on web browsing data The Hill (dk).

Feds Arrest Member of Fin7, Group Tied to a Billion Dollars Worth of Hacks Vice (dk).

Our Famously Free Press

Twitter labeled Trump tweets with a fact check for the first time CNN. Now do RussiaGate. Or Iraq WMDs.

Facebook Executives Shut Down Efforts to Make the Site Less Divisive WSJ

At Least A Dozen Local TV Stations Are Running ‘News’ Segments Produced By Amazon HuffPo. Gutting newsrooms has a bright side!

The New Model Media Star Is Famous Only to You NYT

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Minneapolis police, protesters clash almost 24 hours after George Floyd’s death in custody Minneapolis Tribune

Groves of Academe

Remember the MOOCs? After Near-Death, They’re Booming NYT

Imperial Collapse Watch

A US passport used to be an asset. Under Trump it has become a liability Guardian (Re Silc).

Retiring to a sunny foreign vacation spot was the American dream. Now the coronavirus is forcing some expats to come back. WaPo. At some point in the past, fleeing the country was not the American dream.

World witnessing US century ceding to Asian one, says EU foreign policy chief TASS

Class Warfare

Inside one of Amazon’s hardest-hit warehouses: ‘Why aren’t we closing the building?’ Reveal News

What’s the difference between a universal and means-tested child allowance? James Medlock

Aristotle’s Masterpiece, Or The Secrets of Generation displayed in all the parts thereof New York Academy of Medicine

Cartographers Have Secretly Been Hiding Illustrations Inside Switzerland’s Maps for Decades My Modern Met

Gears of war: When mechanical analog computers ruled the waves Ars Technica

Wartime for Wodehouse The New Yorker

Antidote du jour (via):

Bonus antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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