/Links 8/11/2020

Links 8/11/2020

We Leave the Milkweed Standing as a Monument to a Vanishing World Esquire (Re Silc).

Speculation & Innovation Investor Amnesia

Banks braced as pandemic poses biggest test since financial crisis (free) FT

Amazon Is a Private Government. Congress Needs to Step Up. The Atlantic

When Will Consumers Feel Safe? Weekly Updates on Consumers’ Comfort Level With Various Pastimes Morning Consult. “Comfort levels stagnate for seventh week in a row.” The dogs won’t eat the dog food.

Mauritius Races To Contain Oil Spill, Protect Coastline Associated Press


Global coronavirus cases top 20 million, doubling in 45 days Los Angeles Times

Estimation of SARS-CoV-2 mortality during the early stages of an epidemic: A modeling study in Hubei, China, and six regions in Europe PLOS Medicine

Smash Mouth spark uproar after performing to packed, mask-less crowd at Sturgis Biker Rally Independent

Industry Body Calls Russian Covid-19 Vaccine a Pandora’s Box Bloomberg

Bill Gates on COVID-19: Most US tests are “completely garbage” Ars Technica

Vaccine matters: Can we cure coronavirus? Science. Webinar, August 12 (tomorrow).

How China Controlled the Coronavirus The New Yorker

A National Lockdown Could Be The Economy’s Best Hope, Says Minneapolis Fed President NPR

The right way to restructure after Covid FT


Hong Kong Media Tycoon Arrested in Blow to Democracy Camp Bloomberg

Govt urged to provide shelter for domestic helpers RTHK

China’s military takes centre stage in Covid-19 vaccine race FT

The Koreas

US explores option of establishing liaison office in N. Korea, Kyodo News reports Hankyoreh


A Desperate Lebanon May Find a Savior in Beijing Haaretz

Why Beirut’s ammonium nitrate blast was so devastating Nature


Germany closes two schools due to fresh coronavirus outbreaks Deutsche Welle

Euro Renaissance Emerges From an EU Deal That Changed Everything Bloomberg

Britain doesn’t have a government, it has a permanent campaigning machine Guardian


Can Johnson avoid a no-deal Brexit? The Parliament Magazine

How likely are the ‘big four’ European economies to vote to leave the EU if Brexit works out? EuroNews

New Cold War

Power Politics Makes the World More Predictable Valdai Discussion Club. Read all the way to the end.

Why Russia Likes to Play Aerial ‘Chicken’ with America The National Interest


Ex-Colleagues See Durham Dropping Bombshells Before Labor Day Real Clear Investigation

Trump Transition

These Executive Orders Make No Sense Benjamin Studebaker

What’s wrong with the mail Recode. Good reporting on the details of the USPS’s current plight, but seriously under-emphasizes the initial, and bipartisan, act of sabotage: The unique requirement for prefunding pensions, without which the USPS would be profitable (assuming that’s important).

QAnon groups have millions of members on Facebook, documents show NBC (Furzy Mouse).


On Climate Policy, Biden’s Advisers Reveal More Than His Proposals Do The Intercept

Big Tech Makes Inroads With the Biden Campaign NYT

Young Black Americans not sold on Biden, the Democrats or voting The Conversation

Biden’s Ukrainegate Problem Counterpunch. I’m not sure there is a problem. Hunter seems to have been issued a pass.

What if they tie? A nightmare election scenario for November 2020 National Review. From July, still germane.

American Girl Dolls Attend Mandatory Diversity Training Academy of American Poets

Democrats in Disarray

The New Puritans Matt Taibbi

What Should the Left Do With Alex Morse? Ross Barkan, Political Currents

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Police Are Monitoring Black Lives Matter Protests With Ring Doorbell Data and Drones Newsweek

How Malicious Tor Relays are Exploiting Users in 2020 (Part I) Medium

Health Care

The physician as a neoliberal subject – A qualitative study within a private-public mix setting Social Science & Medicine

Severely Injured Woman Heroically Fights Off Paramedics Trying To Force Her Into Medical Debt The Onion

How Lessons from Global Health Can Improve Health And The Response To COVID-19 In The US Health Affairss

Sports Desk

Fencing: The Perfect COVID-19 Sport The Laughing Squid (Re Silc).

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Black Lives Matter protest: ‘We don’t need police. We need care.’ Chicago Tribune (RM).

Sugar Craig Murray

Imperial Collapse Watch

Army Secretary: Fort Hood Has High Rates of Murder, Assault NBC5 (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Europe watches in alarm as U.S. tops 5 million COVID-19 cases NBC

Canada to U.S. Visitors: Please Don’t Sneak Across the Border NYT

Could We Force the Universe to Crash? Scientific American

Mystery Solved: Bright Areas on Ceres Come From Salty Water Below NASA

Contrafreeloading and Cats Egghead (dk).

Antidote du Jour (dk):

dk writes: “After 12 hours this adorable little ham only has 434 likes and 62 retweets, maybe NC could give her/him a boost?”

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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