/Links 8/6/2020

Links 8/6/2020

Many animal stories from readers! Hope this is not a sign that you need relief from the regular news even more than usual.

‘I’ve realised my dream’: Italy’s oldest graduate top of the class at 96 Guardian. Definitely beats my uncle getting a PhD at 74.

Dog camera records cat and pooch’s heartwarming daily routine while home alone Daily Star (Jim D)

Fox in Berlin Stole 100 Shoes The Cut

Caesar the ‘no drama’ therapy llama has been keeping protesters and police calm in Portland UpWorthy (David L)

Satellites Reveal Hidden Colonies of Emperor Penguins We Never Knew Existed Science Alert (Chuck L)

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape Wired (DK). Eeew.

Why America shouldn’t have nuked Japan Asia Times (J-LS)

Here’s Exactly How Inefficient Wireless Charging Is OneZero (Dr. Kevin)

Harvard Scientist Says We Need More Cheap, ‘Crappy’ Tests For COVID-19. Here’s Why Science Alert

We Thought We Knew How Sperm Swam, But It Was Just an Optical Illusion Science Alert (Chuck L)

New study links marijuana to cardiovascular disease — but it’s not all bad news Salon


Your Old Radiator Is a Pandemic-Fighting Weapon Bloomberg (David L)

Coronavirus: latest Hong Kong pets to test positive for Covid-19 are Scottish shorthair cat, Yorkshire terrier dog South China Morning Post. J-LS:

Scary, yes, especially if you have a pet. But what amazes me most is that HK has such testing capacity they can use it on house pets. Whereas many humans in the US cannot get tested, certainly not on a timely basis.

Does my cat have coronavirus? RTE (PlutoniumKun)


Cerebral Micro-Structural Changes in COVID-19 Patients An MRI-based 3-month Follow-up Study Lancet. n=60. Not pretty.

Scientists Uncover Biological Signatures of the Worst Covid-19 Cases New York Times (David L)

How the pandemic might play out in 2021 and beyond Nature (Kevin W)

Lack of public data hampers COVID-19 fight Associated Press

Viable SARS-CoV-2 in the air of a hospital room with COVID-19 patients medRxiv (David L). Preprint. And even though it shows viable virus in the air more than 6 feet from the source, we still don’t have a clue as to what concentration results in infection.


‘Numbers don’t lie’: Fauci says you can’t deny the US has the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak Business Insider (J-LS)

‘The economy is a bigger mess than Covid’: Kentucky fears new shutdown Guardian (resilc)

Georgia class quarantined after first day of school as images of crowded school circulate online Independent (resilc)


135,000 Britons now face the AXE amid fear of ‘economic Armageddon’ as day after day the Covid jobs bloodbath takes its devastating toll Daily Mail (J-LS)

Political Responses

US Reaches $1 Billion Deal For Doses of Potential Johnson & Johnson Vaccine The Hill


More Farmers Declare Bankruptcy Despite Record Levels of Federal Aid Wall Street Journal

Beruit. So devastating, I am at a loss as to what to say.

Angry Beirut residents demand answers after blast BBC


Modi’s speech in Ayodhya marks a decisive turn away from secularism for India The Scroll (J-LS)

India’s Hindu Nationalists Reverse the Tide of History Bloomberg

Demolition Men Do Not Build Nations, They Destroy Them The Wire (J-LS)

Old Blighty

England’s planning reforms will create ‘generation of slums’ Guardian (Kevin W)

BBC threatens pensioners with bailiffs if they don’t pay the licence fee – after spending £38m on 800 staff to enforce collection of the £157.50 levy Daily Mail (J-LS)

New Cold War

VIPS MEMO: To Nancy Pelosi — Did Russia Hack the DNC Emails? ConsortiumNews (Chuck L)

Meet the U.S. Navy’s First Black Female Fighter Pilot People

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

What Are Stingrays and Dirtboxes? Intercept (Dr. Kevin)

Beware of find-my-phone, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, NSA tells mobile users ars technica

Imperial Collapse Watch

Defund the Bloated U.S. Military Juan Cole (resilc)

Trump Transition

How Popular Is Donald Trump? FiveThirtyEight (resilc)

Ted Cruz bashes Oprah for ‘lecture’ on race: ‘What utter, racist BS’ The Hill (UserFriendly)


Joe Biden’s mental ability is a campaign issue that can’t be ignored: Devine New York Post (J-LS). Yes, the Post, but still a bad look.

Rashida Tlaib and Slate of Local Progressives Win in Michigan Intercept (resilc)

Police State Watch

What Happened In Portland Shows Just How Fragile Our Democracy Is FiveThirtyEight (David L)

The Senate Should Ask Chad Wolf About His Illegal Appointment Lawfare (David L)

Study reveals impact of powerful CEOs and money laundering on bank performance ScienceBlog

Cigna Bilked Medicare Advantage For $1.4B, FCA Suit Says Law360

How Native Tribes Started Winning at the Supreme Court Mother Jones

US Crude Oil Production Plunged Most Ever, Natural Gas Followed: The Great American Oil & Gas Bust, Phase 2 Wolf Richter

New York Unveils Landmark Antitrust Bill That Makes It Easier To Sue Tech Giants Guardian

Class Warfare

In Hollywood Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)

Antidote du jour. Tracie H:

One of my White-tailed Antilope Squirrel friends enjoying the seeds I set outside for anyone interested. The squirrels like it – birds probably don’t find it safe – or maybe they recognize the receptacle as a cooking pot.

And a bonus (guurst):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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