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Links 6/7/2020

Earth’s carbon dioxide levels hit record high, despite coronavirus-related emissions drop WaPo

Russian fuel spill declared federal emergency Intellinews. Exxon Valdez territory.

Ripe as a Roadkill Raccoon Chris Jones, IIHR Research Engineer (Late Introvert). Good stuff on Iowa hydrology.

Wall Street Doubts Fed’s $600 Billion Lending Plan Can Succeed Bloomberg

What next for the Fed as signs of recovery emerge? FT

American Jobs Are Returning But An Ugly Summer Still Looms Bloomberg


The science:

How long does the coronavirus last inside the body? National Geographic

Sexual Health in the SARS-CoV-2 Era Annals of Internal Medicine

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The data:

The Tiny Data Firm at the Center of the Hydroxychloroquine Storm Bloomberg.

New U.S. Data Rules Aim at Clearing Up Jumbled Virus Picture Bloomberg

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The quest for a vaccine could restore faith in big pharma The Economist

Fake Science: XMRV, COVID-19, and the Toxic Legacy of Dr. Judy Mikovits (preprint) AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses (AL).

‘It’s psychologically easier’: how anti-vaxxers capitalised on coronavirus fears to spread misinformation Guardian (Re Silc).

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Is The Coronavirus Crisis Over? HuffPo

Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising faster than ever CNN

More than half of England’s coronavirus-related deaths will be people from care homes Guardian. “Care homes,” “darkness visible,” “community policing….” In retrospect, the ice floes would have been better. On the bright side, the fiscal situation of the UK’s retirement system must have improved.

How one British town managed to swerve coronavirus outbreak with simple system The Mirror

How the Protests Have Changed the Pandemic The New Yorker. Protests and spreading, a thread:

Compare the Flu Pandemic of 1918 and COVID-19 With Caution Smithsonian

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Tokyo university startup develops coronavirus-catching fabric Nikkei Asian Review

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Political response:

This little-known program has played a central role in the U.S. government’s coronavirus response CBS



How Has the Coronavirus Crisis Affected Xi’s Power: A Preliminary Assessment China Leadership Monitor (PlutoniumKun).

Hong Kong’s tycoons catch the privatisation bug as they pick up assets at rock-bottom prices amid stock market’s slump South China Morning Post

Why now:

Indonesia coronavirus cases surge to nearly 1000 in a single day Sydney Morning Herald

Even US$3 billion not enough to settle 1MDB case with Goldman, says finance minister Straits Times


India’s strategic illusions, delusion and hallucinations Asia Times

South Korea

South Korean boyband BTS donates $1 million to Black Lives Matter Reuters


La UE da la espalda a Trump y busca una revisión de relaciones con EE UU El Pais (Ignacio). Google translation: “The EU turns its back on Trump and seeks a review of relations with the United States.”

£108m PPE contract was given to small pest control company The Times

New Cold War

Decoding Russia’s Official Nuclear Deterrence Paper Carnegie Moscow Center

Russia: The Identitarian Bogey Man of American Politics Gordon Hahn. A dyspeptic canter through identity politics.

Trump Transition

Trump Rule Would Exclude Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning NYT


Joe Biden the revolutionary? What a bunch of malarkey. WaPo

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Mayor Bowser’s budget increases police funding, but:

‘Am I going to get shot?’ kids ask, as brands try to explain racism and violence to children Reuters (re Šilc). The idea that “brands” have agency seems perilously close to the Bearded One’s concept of commodity fetishism.

Police State Watch

Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Result of Approved Minneapolis Police Training Larry Johnson, Sic Semper Tyrannis. As I keep saying, the Blue cities have the kind of police that their Democrat mayors want.

Chicago Mayor Says Police Union Is ‘Extraordinarily Reluctant To Embrace Reform’ NPR. Let’s remember that Rahm Emmanuel, Lightfoot’s Democrat predecesor and [genuflects] Obama’s chief of staff, was running his own Gitmo in Homan Square as recently as 2015. So, yeah.

Exhausted, abused Chicago Police officers need a break, top cop says Chicago Sun-Times. After what, a week?

57 members of Buffalo police riot response team resign after shoving incident Buffalo News. Not from the force; just the unit. More on the “shoving incident”:

Two Buffalo Police Officers Suspended After Staining Clean Sidewalk With Blood The Onion

We Crunched the Numbers: Police — Not Protesters — Are Overwhelmingly Responsible for Attacking Journalists The Intercept

Policing, Police States, and a Failure of Governance Mike the Mad Biologist

Black Injustice Tipping Point

UPRISING: Black ‘Misleaders’ Seek to End Protest Margaret Kimberley, Consortium News

Removal Public Displays of the Confederate Battle Flag Marines

How to Do Reparations Right David Brooks, NYT. “There’s a wrong way to spend that money: trying to find the descendants of slaves and sending them a check. That would launch a politically ruinous argument over who qualifies for the money, and at the end of the day people might be left with a $1,000 check that would produce no lasting change.” Adolph Reed, February 2016: “We are in one of those rare moments in American history—like the 1880s and 1890s and the Great Depression—when common circumstances of economic and social insecurity have strengthened the potential for building broad solidarity across race, gender, and other identities around shared concerns of daily life. These are concerns that only the minority of comfortable and well-off can dismiss in favor of monuments and apologies and a politics of psychobabble, concerns like access to quality health care, the right to a decent and dignified livelihood, affordable housing, quality education for all. They can be pursued effectively only by struggling to unite a wide section of the American population that is denied those essential social benefits or lives in fear of losing them. Isn’t it interesting that at such a moment the corporate-dominated, opinion-shaping media discover and project a demand for racially defined reparations that cuts precisely against building such solidarity?”

The Day I Met James Baldwin at Harvard Anne C. Bailey

Our Famously Free Press

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette removes protest and police brutality stories from website following protests from union members Pittsburgh City Paper. Looks like management “touched the type.”

Sports Desk

Why it matters that Roger Goodell didn’t say Colin Kaepernick’s name EPSN

U.S. college towns on edge as coronavirus threatens football season Reuters

L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

Judge in Jeffrey Epstein grand jury case has ties to those with a stake in outcome Miami Herald

Realignment and Legitimacy

Trump is incapable of wielding power The Week. But read all the way to the end.

There Can Be No Change. Heisenberg Report (re Šilc). Interesting!

Class Warfare

Atlanta Protests Reveal Divides in Bastion of Black Success Bloomberg

Jim Cramer: The pandemic led to ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history’ CNBC

Delivery workers navigate a pandemic, protests and curfews to make ends meet CNN

‘Don’t Forget the White Women!’: Members Say Racism Ran Rampant at NOW Daily Beast

Come on, man:

To buy wholesale milk for its food boxes, USDA is paying well above retail prices The Counter

Americans turn to home-farming as they fear for their food supply Guardian

Why Sleep Deprivation Kills Quanta

Newton, the Man John Maynard Keynes, MacTutor

Antidote du jour (via):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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