GDP Update: -52.8% The Big Picture. Projected. So I guess it’s about time for austerity to kick in?
How lenders are preparing for a wave of loan modifications The American Banker
Wells Fargo stops giving loans to most independent car dealerships Reuters
Bank of America pledges US$1b to address racial, economic inequality Channel News Asis
Trump administration shelves more oil and gas lease sales Reuters
Russia Is Quickly Becoming The Most Dominant Force In Energy OilPrice.com
Science without Validation in a World without Meaning American Affairs
A mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling Science
Man Behind Sweden’s Controversial Virus Strategy Admits Mistakes Bloomberg. So much for herd immunity.
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Healthcare workers & SARS-CoV-2 infection in India: A case-control investigation in the time of COVID-19 (preprint) Indian Journal of Medical Research. FWIW (I can’t vouch for the source) this is the first study on hydroxychloroquine as prophylaxis: “Consumption of four or more maintenance doses of HCQ was associated with a significant decline in the odds of getting infected.”
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Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion AP
Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis The Lancet
Small droplet aerosols in poorly ventilated spaces and SARS-CoV-2 transmission The Lancet. “This study shows that better ventilation of spaces substantially reduces the airborne time of respiratory droplets. This finding is relevant because typically poorly ventilated and populated spaces, like public transport and nursing homes, have been reported as sites of viral transmission despite preventive physical distancing.” Stay away from bat caves!
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Testing and tracing:
Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it’s dangerously simple to do The Register
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Social determinants of health:
North of England’s coronavirus infection rate is nearly TWICE London’s exposing huge regional differences as No 10 says easing lockdown won’t tip crucial R rate above one Daily Mail
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Reimagining the post-pandemic organization (PDF) McKinsey
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Remedies and Ameliorations:
How The ‘Lost Art’ Of Breathing Can Impact Sleep And Resilience NPR
China delayed releasing coronavirus info, frustrating WHO AP
Hong Kong police ban city’s annual Tiananmen Square vigil for first time in 30 years, citing Covid-19 threat South China Morning Post
On Secession China Law Blog
While the getting is good?
HK01 Exclusive: US consulate in Hong Kong is selling its consular quarters in a secret tender obtained by HK01 – 6 sets of houses in Shouson Hill, with impeccable views over southern beaches, worth abt HK$10 billion. They were purchased in 1948 for $315K. https://t.co/kr9LetnHPS
— Selina Cheng 鄭嘉如 (@selina_cheng) May 30, 2020
Indonesia nurses battling COVID-19 anxious over pay cuts, delayed bonuses Channel News Asia
Rare Cyclone Prompts Mumbai to Move Virus Patients to Safe Areas Bloomberg
The voice of experience? Thread:
The lesson from S Korea’s protest movement is not that the protesters should not resort to violence, but understanding the conditions in which certain protests turn violent, and certain protests do not.
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) June 2, 2020
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Live updates: George Floyd protests across the nation CBS
Nation’s streets calmest in days, protests largely peaceful AP
New York under curfew as looters hit luxury stores Agence France Presse but A Few Store Windows Were Smashed on the UWS, Though Much of the Neighborhood Has Been Spared from Looting. West Side Rag. UWS = Upper West Side, Manhattan. Then again:
Hard to describe how rampant the looting was tonight in Midtown Manhattan and how lawless it was. Complete anarchy. Literally hundreds of stores up and down Broadway, Fifth Ave, Sixth Ave. Kids ruling the streets like it was a party. pic.twitter.com/y9Ly1UD1WX
— Rachel Olding (@rachelolding) June 2, 2020
Cops mostly absent, interestingly.
They’re gonna be tired:
BREAKING: Regular days off have been canceled for all uniformed members of the NYPD, meaning that all 36,000 police officers in the force must now work 12-hour shifts for 7 days a week until further notice
— US Protests: News & Updates (@USAProtests) June 2, 2020
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Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge Los Angeles Times
It Does Not Matter If You Are Good Elle
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How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change Barack Obama, Medium
Former President George W. Bush: ‘It is time for America to examine our tragic failures’ NBC. Forgive my skepticism that a “government of national unity” composed of “moderate Republicans,” “liberal Democrats,” and a neutered left will be able to rise to the occasion post-2020.
How violent protests against police brutality in the ’60s and ’90s changed public opinion Vox. GDP didn’t drop by half in 1968.
New Cold War
Russia Is Not Abandoning Syria or Assad The National Interest
Nuclear arms control: What happens when US and Russia let it lapse? Christian Science Monitor
AP sources: White House softens on sending troops to states AP
Militarization in DC:
The view coming down 14th St. #WashingtonDCProtests #washingtonprotest #MartialLaw2020 Be safe at the protests after curfew everyone. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor @DCist @PoPville @washingtondc pic.twitter.com/dlE12GnhzO
— Mari (@mariselapenny) June 2, 2020
Esper on militarization:
Defense Sec Mark Esper in a message Tues night to US military: ‘Stay apolitical’ pic.twitter.com/Gev64gU7ac
— Missy Ryan (@missy_ryan) June 3, 2020
The National Guard on militarization:
TRADOC salutes the Tennessee National Guard for their selfless service to the nation, and to the people of the State of Tennessee.🇺🇸 https://t.co/UnvokEY5OX
— TRADOC_DCG (@TradocDCG) June 2, 2020
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Ahead of Trump Bible photo op, police forcibly expel priest from St. John’s church near White House Religion News
Trump’s G7 invitation: South Korea, Australia agrees, Russia considering CGTN
Inside The Radical Republican War On The Post Office DC Report
Democrats in Disarray
10 Things Dems Could Do Right Now — If They Actually Wanted To Stop Trump’s Power Grab David Sirota, Too Much Information
‘She Needs A Bible Now, Fuckwad—Yes, It’s For An Epic Clapback!’ Yells Panicked Pelosi Aide Into Phone The Onion
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Zoom Transforms Hype Into Huge Jump in Sales, Customers Bloomberg. “Free users for sure we don’t want to give that because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose,” [CEO Eric Yuan] said on the call.”
The DEA Has Been Given Permission To Investigate People Protesting George Floyd’s Death Buzzfeed
The FBI Finds ‘No Intel Indicating Antifa Involvement’ in Sunday’s Violence The Nation
Antifa seeks CIA funding after being labelled terrorist group The Chaser
Imperial Collapse Watch
Endless War Comes Home The American Conservative (Re Silc).
New program helps retiring colonels decide which Civil War battle to study Duffel Blog. Hello from Fort Belvoir…
Police State Watch
As cities make deep cuts because of COVID-19, police departments are keeping their funding. Fast Company. “Nothing fundamental will change.”
A Short History of U.S. Law Enforcement Infiltrating Protests The Intercept
When police officers are told they’re in a war, they act like it Ezra Klein, Vox
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Medical Workers Fighting COVID Say Cops Are Attacking Them Daily Beast
David McAtee, a Black Man, Was Killed After Police “Returned Fire” at a Louisville Protest Teen Vogue. Oddly, no body cam footage.
6 Atlanta officers charged after confrontation with college students Atlanta Journal-Constitution
‘Star Wars’ stormtroopers are enforcing new social distancing rules at Disney World Business Insider (Re Silc).
Minneapolis police cite ‘fluid’ situation for troubling misinformation released after George Floyd death Star-Tribune
Thousands of People Are Monitoring Police Scanners During the George Floyd Protests Vice
The business of tear gas Axios
How The Rapid Shift To Telehealth Leaves Many Community Health Centers Behind During The COVID-19 Pandemic Health Affairs
As Economies Reopen, It’s the Law of the Jungle for Workers Foreign Policy. That’s not a bug.
Libertarianism For Me, Authoritarianism For Thee Chris Arnade, American Compass
The Treason of the Ruling Class Chris Hedges, Common Dreams
Austria unveils design to turn Hitler’s house into a police station Guardian (Re Silc). A little too on-the-nose?
Antidote du jour (via). More meese. Where are the squirrels?
The Koch’s woke up to a full grown moose in their pool. Ministry of natural resources is on their way. It’s been about 2 hours. #ottnews @ctvottawa pic.twitter.com/1OXCFSgtNh
— Saron Fanel CTV (@saronfanel) May 29, 2020
I bet no one will see me if I hide here in this corn field😃#moose #animals #spring #wildlife #photography pic.twitter.com/WpFAZStutX
— offroadtrucking (truckerswheel) (@truckingoffroad) June 1, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.