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Links 9/4/2020

Ice Sheet Melting on Track With Worst-Case Scenario TreeHugger (Re Silc).

The mystery of the Murray-Darling’s vanishing flows ABC Australia

Germany Ends Probe Into Wirecard Accusations Of Journalists PAYMNTS.COM

The Wirecard scandal is a warning to the EU to think twice before cutting itself off from London’s financial expertise City AM

Five Eyes nations start new club for competition regulators and paint target on digital giants The Register

Inside the Hidden World of Legacy IT Systems IEEE Spectrum


Coronavirus Vaccine Roundup, Early September In the Pipeline, Science. If you’re tracking vaccine companies, this is a very accessible must-read.

Leader of U.S. vaccine push says he‘ll quit if politics trumps science Science. Moncef Slaoui.

Pfizer boss warns on risk of fast-tracking vaccines FT. Either a public-spirited intervention or Pfizer’s buying insurance on losing the race, take your pick.

Trump’s Vaccine Can’t Be Trusted Laurie Garrett, Foreign Policy

How to Decide Who Should Get a COVID-19 Vaccine First Ezekiel Emanuel, Scientific American

3 in 5 Adults Say They’d Get a COVID-19 Test if Exposed, Even if They Were Asymptomatic Morning Consult

Low-cost measurement of face mask efficacy for filtering expelled droplets during speech Science


U.S.-China tensions threaten supply chains in almost all industries Felix Salmon, Axios

President Xi Jinping outlines areas where China will never accept foreign interference Straits Times

Trump-Xi Rift Plays Out With Some 100 Canceled Exchanges, Talks Bloomberg


Coronavirus | India registers over 80,000 cases for second consecutive day The Hindu

India will supply coronavirus vaccines to the world — will its people benefit? Nature

By scrapping Parliament’s Question Hour, government is attacking the foundation of Indian democracy The Scroll

How this mother helped her son score 100 on every online test by simply fooling the AI Gadgets Now

Lifting of restrictions untimely and dangerous The Daily Star. Bangladesh

How the coronavirus pandemic has propelled modern slavery in Asia’s garment industry South China Morning Post


Sheldon Adelson set to buy US Ambassador’s Herzliya home Globes. That’s nice.


Tug Involved in Mauritius Cleanup Sinks Killing Three Maritime Executive


Brexit: ‘Significant gaps’ in UK’s border plans BBC

Learning for government from EU Exit preparations (PDF) National Audit Office (summarized here). Page 18:

29 While government quickly developed a view on where its work was affected by EU Exit and its own actions, it was much slower in developing an understanding of how to achieve a good outcome when this required action from many parties, not just government. The issue was exacerbated by an uncertain political climate where significant policy decisions happened late in the day. We found that the civil service response was to delay communication in the hope of increased certainty, rather than beginning to share thinking or preparations at a time or in ways that would have helped stakeholders with their own preparations. For example, in 2018 both Defra and DfT told the Committee of Public Accounts that at that time they had asked third parties to sign non-disclosure agreements when discussing departmental plans, and particularly the development of Technical Notices, with stakeholders. The Committee set out the risk that these agreements undermined transparency and hampered the spread of information to the business community at large.13 Across government, 106 Technical Notices were published over the course of August, September and October 2018 – two years after government started planning for EU Exit, and at most nine months before a possible no-deal exit in March 2019.

30 More widely, the government underestimated the challenge involved in preparing stakeholders outside government for EU Exit. DExEU’s own monitoring of progress focused on what departments needed to do and did not consider who else needed to take action and whether they were ready. This meant that departments simply didn’t put enough thought, or give enough time, to what their stakeholders needed. Third parties, including businesses and taxpayers, were not told early enough or in enough detail what they needed to do to be ready, particularly for a no-deal exit. Crucial parts of systems development, such as operational testing, were limited in scope because of the time available or were only able to be carried out after the deadline for EU Exit was extended.

I’m not sufficiently well-versed in UK official-ese to know how brutal this caning is. However, it is clear that more than “secrecy” is the problem, as the Guardian would have it.


France first? Macron €100 billion recovery plan bets on manufacturing France24

Why the French will secretly miss us this summer The Telegraph

I Witnessed Labour Staff Working to Undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s Leadership Novara Media

New Cold War

Novichok and Nonsense: From a post-factual to a post-logic world Glibert Doctorow

Navalny, Novichok and Nord Stream 2 — Germany stuck between a rock and a pipeline Deutsche Welle

US-Russia Tensions Flare up on Multiple Fronts NewsClick


The Trump Era Sucks and Needs to Be Over Matt Taibbi. “Ever since Trump jumped into politics, the pattern has been the same. He enters the arena hauling nothing but negatives and character liabilities, but leaves every time armed with winnable issues handed to him by overreacting opponents.” Terrific!

Rebuilding the Economy Will Require Biden to Think Very Differently Than 2009 Portside (LS).

DHS: Russia Will Interfere With U.S. Elections By Promoting Alleged Russian Interference With U.S. Elections Moon of Alabama. Seems legit.

Trump Transition

Pelosi and Mnuchin agree on plan to avoid government shutdown Politico

Fed official warns partisan politics will ‘endanger’ US recovery FT

Postal Service Has Paid DeJoy’s Former Company $286 Million Since 2013 NYT

Steven Bannon Needs A Defense Not A Conspiracy Theory For His Federal Trial Jonathan Turley. Fun!

Protests and Riots

Reports: Michael Reinoehl, suspect in fatal shooting of ‘Patriot Prayer’ backer in Oregon, killed by federal task force USA Today. Reinoehl was no angel (non-ironically). More from the NYT on Reinoehl’s role as a “de-escalator” in the protester’s security team.

Kenosha Police Already Had a Reputation Slate

Facebook Said It Removed A Militia Event Page Threatening Violence In Kenosha. It Didn’t. Buzzfeed

Police State Watch

Pasco’s sheriff created a futuristic program to stop crime before it happens. It monitors and harasses families across the county. Tampa Bay Times. “Futuristic.”

Prosecutors Are Using Gang Laws to Criminalize Protest The Appeal

Federal authorities signal a change in approach with new protest charges Oregon Public Broadcasting

Ferguson and the Criminalization of American Life David Graeber, Gawker. On law enforcement for profit. From 2015, still germane.


Smith & Wesson boss says US gun sales boom is ‘unparalleled’ FT

Groves of Academe

The 450 Movement Medium

Small businesses in college towns struggle without students AP. I’m so old I remember “Small Colleges Can Save Towns in Middle America” (2017). Oh well.

UI scientists modeling COVID-19 say campus can safely reopen News-Gazette. Oops:

A Quaker School Promoted Liberal Values. Then Its Teachers Unionized NYT and Unfriendly Divisions: Union-Busting and Quakerism Collide at Brooklyn Friends School New York Magazine. Not mentioned in the Times piece: “A union, in other words, actually violates the school’s Quaker-ish liberalism. Possibly to drive this point home, Brooklyn Friends has retained a powerful, well-connected Democratic attorney: Kirsten White, who served as former Second Lady Jill Biden’s policy director from 2009 to 2013.” Liberal non-profits, you gotta love ’em.

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Prosecutors’ Plea Deal Required Drug Suspect To Name Breonna Taylor A ‘Co-Defendant’ NPR. Narrator: “He didn’t take the deal.”

Mader: We Must Learn From Defiant Debtors Progressive International

Class Warfare

Affluence Killed New York, Not the Pandemic The Atlantic

New York City Warehouse Storing Million-Dollar Art to Shut Down Bloomberg. Too much money sloshed in to New York. Now it’s sloshing out.

New York and San Francisco Can’t Assume They’ll Bounce Back Noah Smith, Bloomberg

Remote Work Is Killing the Hidden Trillion-Dollar Office Economy Marker

Is the American Dream over? Here’s what the data says World Economic Forum

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