/Links 6/3/2020

Links 6/3/2020

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


The science:

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?

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

South Korea

The voice of experience? Thread:

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:

Cops mostly absent, interestingly.

They’re gonna be tired:

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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

Trump Transition

AP sources: White House softens on sending troops to states AP

Militarization in DC:

Esper on militarization:

The National Guard on militarization:

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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

Health Care

How The Rapid Shift To Telehealth Leaves Many Community Health Centers Behind During The COVID-19 Pandemic Health Affairs

Class Warfare

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?

Bonus antidote:

Double-bonus antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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