/Links 8/31/2020

Links 8/31/2020

Bacteria on the outside of the International Space Station survived for years in the vacuum of space Salon (original).

How Bacteria-Eating Bacteria Could Help Win the War Against Germs NYT

The Fintech Debt Trap The Intercept

The Next Frontier Investor Amnesia. Real estate.

The Conscience of Silicon Valley GQ. Jaron Lanier

Electric car costs to remain higher than traditional engines FT

The Big Tesla Hack: A hacker gained control over the entire fleet, but fortunately he’s a good guy Electrek

The Mystery House: How a Suspicious Multimillion Dollar Real Estate Deal Is Connected to California’s Deadliest Fire Pro Publica

California’s Prison Chief is Retiring Amid Virus, Protest Pressure NBC


Genomic Evidence for a Case of Reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 (preprint) The Lancet. From the Abstract: “Herein, we describe the data from an investigation of two instances of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the same individual. Through nucleic acid sequence analysis, the viruses associated with each instance of infection were found to possess a degree of genetic discordance that cannot be explained reasonably through short-term in vivo evolution. We conclude that it is possible for humans to become infected multiple times by SARS-CoV-2, but the generalizability of this finding is not known.”

FDA Chief Promises Transparency for Covid-19 Vaccine Review Bloomberg

LG has designed a wearable air purifier for your face CNN. When will creativity similar to this be unleashed for masks:

U.S., Britain record worst anti-pandemic performance: poll Xinhua. Ouch.

The Case for a Coronavirus-Vaccine Bond The New Yorker

Surprising COVID-19 side effect: More companies adopt the 4-day workweek Fast Company


China censors Thomas Piketty’s book that touches on nation’s growing inequality South China Morning Post. I bought it; I’m reading it. Heavy going!

US to declassify Taiwan security assurances FT. Hoo boy.

Chinese-Made Smartphones Are Secretly Stealing Money From People Around The World Buzzfeed

One Drought and One Volcanic Eruption Influenced the History of China: The Late Ming Dynasty Mega‐drought Geophysical Research Letters

China promises its Mekong neighbours priority access to a coronavirus vaccine developed in China South China Morning Post.

Mutated coronavirus strain found in Indonesia as cases jump Reuters. Fourth largest country in the world by population….

For some Indonesians, COVID-19 stigma worse than disease Jakarta Post


India Has Record Single-Day Infections as Virus Hits Hinterland Bloomberg

Tata: transforming a conglomerate for India and the world FT

Japan looks to AI as coronavirus challenges go-and-see quality control mantra Reuters


Emmanuel Macron’s big Beirut challenge Politico

Saudi Aramco Discovers Two Oil, Gas Fields in Kingdom Bloomberg. Maybe we can make them World Heritage sites?


Five tense years since the 2015 migrant crisis Agence France Presse

New Cold War

‘Something Broke Inside Belarusians.’ Why an Apolitical People Rose Up NYT (Re Silc) vs. Anatomy of coup attempt in Belarus Indian Punchline (VP).

Trump Transition

Shutdown politics set to collide with coronavirus aid The Hill

Trump Program to Cover Uninsured Covid-19 Patients Falls Short of Promise NYT (Re Silc).

The Politics of Postal Reform Have Always Been Part of USPS History Time


‘DemExit’: virtual convention aims to create US leftwing alternative Guardian. Oddly, or not, very thin coverage.

Biden campaign adviser: Trump ‘has been trying to incite violence this entire summer’ The Hill

The Money Says Kenosha Is Helping Trump Bloomberg

We Don’t Know How to Warn You Any Harder. America is Dying. Umair Haque, Medium. “We survivors of authoritarianism have a terrible, terrible foreboding, because we are experiencing something we should never do: deja vu.”

Protests and Riots


Trump Is Visiting Kenosha on Tuesday. The Mayor Would Rather He Didn’t. Slate. On Kenosha, a thread:


Marred by trauma after George Floyd’s death, Minneapolis hit with second wave of looting. NBC

Minnesota Paramedic Speaks Out Against Police Use Of Ketamine Injections The Intercept (Furzy Mouse). Ketamine was one of the drugs used to sedate the Thai cave boys, while divers pulled them out of the complex through underwater tunnels. So, yikes.


Man fatally shot after pro-Trump caravan was Patriot Prayer ‘friend and supporter’ Aaron Danielson The Oregonian. The caravan, a thread:

One local’s view:

Wheeler Condemns Protest Shooting, Offers Few Solutions to Continuous Violence Portland Mercury

Governor Kate Brown Announces Unified Law Enforcement Plan to Protect Free Speech, Bring Violence to an End in Portland State of Oregon. Including more cops. Naturally.

Biden condemns violence in Portland and calls on Trump to do the same CNN

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A ‘Scary’ Show Of Force: D.C. Police Ramp Up Aggressive Tactics After March On Washington DCist

‘Queer Eye’, Jordan Peterson and the battle for depressed men Open Democracy

Police State Watch

Officer charged in George Floyd’s death argues drug overdose killed him, not knee on neck ABC

Police PR machine under scrutiny for inaccurate reporting, alleged pro-cop bias LA Times

Failed State

The Lesson Americans Never Learn The Atlantic

Imperial Collapse Watch

Air Force’s ‘Skyborg’ Robotic Wingman Will Revolutionize How Air Warfare Is Waged—And How Weapons Are Bought Forbes

Pontifications: WA State frets about Boeing brain drain, but it’s already happening Leeham News and Analysis

Class Warfare

Agricultural Workers Lose Millions of Dollars Each Year to Employer Wage Theft In These Times

The New Face of Union-Busting The Baffler

Jackson Heights, Global Town Square (photo essay) NYT. Life’s little ironies….

Seeing like a city: how tech became urban Theory and Society. Dense but interesting; relevant to NC posts here, here, here, and here.

The Fever Wallace Shawn. From 1992, still germane.

Antidote du jour (via):

Bonus antidote:

Any Bostonians here who remember Robert J. Lurtsema? What a great way to start the day….

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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