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Links 10/05/2020

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California Passes Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Treeehugger

I tried the foreskin facial treatment – so you don’t have to Guardian. UserFriendly: “ROFLMAO it’s almost like they are begging people to fall for Qannon.” A bit old, but humor can be timeless.

Dust off the crystal ball: It’s time for STAT’s 2020 Nobel Prize predictions Stat, Still an interesting article even though we now know who won.

Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Discovery of Hepatitis C Virus WSJ

Paying ransomware demands could land you in hot water with the feds Ars Technica

An apple a day? Four GPs on the top health advice they give and follow Guardian


As cold weather arrives, U.S. states see record increases in COVID-19 cases Reuters

No Talking’ signs should be on NYC subway, disease experts say NY Daily News

Regal Cinemas Likely Suspending Operations at All U.S. Locations WSJ Follows a similar link I posted yesterday for the UK.

John Hopkins University podcast with the flagship University of Texas campus  (Austin ’s) Dr. James Galbraith – the same chap we sometimes refer to as Galbraith fils, to distinguish him from his Father, Jon Kenneth Galbraith.) Public Health On Call, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=retG982zyXE. I don’t think you can just click on the link but you must cut and paste in you browser. Alas, there is no transcript, so grab a cup of coffee and listen to the podcast. I did and it’s well worth listening to (even though I usually prefer transcripts, as spending time listening is an inefficient use of my time).

Coronavirus: when will Hong Kong’s fourth wave of Covid-19 hit? Very soon, experts warn SCMP. But their number of deaths still holding steady at 105 for 7 million people. No typo.

The idea of moving out of my parents’ house in 2020 is scarier than I thought it would be Houston Chronicle. Wowsers. 52% of 18-29 year-old adults currently live with their parents. I have no idea what it was when I was in that youthful cohort, but I would guess it was no nearly so  high. Whether one went away to university, you certainly moved away from home. Readers?

Coronavirus: Paris to shut bars and raise alert to maximum BBC

Furious blame game erupts between PHE and testing tsar Dido Harding after 16,000 Covid cases are missed because an ‘Excel spreadsheet maxed out and wouldn’t update’ – meaning thousands of potentially infected contacts slipped through net Daily Mail

Stats Hold a Surprise: Lockdowns May Have Had Little Effect on COVID-19 Spread National Review. Hmm. I only know that Hong Kong, with its 105 deaths, never locked down completely, whereas India imposed one of the tightest lockdowns in the world and has now recorded 103,000 deaths. This question will take a long while to resolve. But be aware, broadly speaking, at least in the U.S., many business interests oppose lockdowns.


Furin cleavage site of SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein enhances viral replication in the lungs (The Rev Kev)

Trump Infected

Charting a Coronavirus Infection NYT

Trump Didn’t Disclose First Positive Covid-19 Test While Awaiting a Second Test on Thursday WSJ

As Trump Seeks to Project Strength, Doctors Disclose Alarming Episodes NYT. Alas, I wish we didn’t have to discount NYT spin.

‘This Is Insanity’: Walter Reed Physician Slams Covid-Infected Trump for Recklessly Leaving Hospital to Greet Supporters Common Dream

Prospect of Trump’s early hospital discharge mystifies doctors WaPo

News Analysis: A history of falsehoods comes back to haunt the COVID-stricken president LA Times

The president is sick but his followers feel great WaPo

Trump just got a dose of Regeneron’s unapproved antibody drug for covid MIT Technology Review

Notre Dame’s President Went Unmasked at White House, Then Tested Positive. Now He’s Under Fire. Chronicle of Higher Eduction. That was some reception.

Class Warfare

How the IRS Was Gutted ProPublica. Resilc:  “moldy oldy.” Moi:but still germane.

Ola: London bans Uber rival over safety concerns BBC

West Coast Wildfires

Urban wildfire: When homes are the fuel for a runaway blaze, how do you rebuild a safer community? Seattle Times

California wildfires shatter records, double in size from 2019 NY Post

Waste Watch

City budget crunch could present textile recycling’s moment to grow Waste Dive

If We Don’t Act Now, the Entire US Could Become a “Cancer Alley” Truthout


Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Major cities hit as heavy fighting continues BBC

Selecting Scotus

Vulnerable Republicans seek lifeline from SCOTUS hearings Politico

Senate Procedures Offer No Hope for Dems on Supreme Court Nominee Just Security

Dems Have A SCOTUS Opportunity Tomorrow — Will They Use It? David Sirota

5 major cases to watch at the Supreme Court The Hill

Imperial Collapse Watch

Europe’s Gaullist Revival American Conservative

Bipartisan Bill Would Give Israel a Veto on Middle East Arms Sales Haaretz

The Last Empire (Hopefully) Counterpunch


As New Zealand votes, Jacinda Ardern’s Labour government walks fine line on China ties SCMP

A new cold war: Trump, Xi and the escalating US-China confrontation FT


How India-China crisis in Ladakh could impact Pakistan’s fate at FATF meet The Print


President Pelosi? Pence prepares to risk it all for Trump Politico

Julian Assange

It is time to prosecute Julian’s persecutors – The Belmarsh Tribunal Yanis Varoufakis

How a Police State Starts Craig Murray

Health Care

Health Care: The Best and the Rest New York Review of Books

Not Pandemic-Proof: Insulin Copay Caps Fall Short, Fueling Underground Exchanges Kaiser Health News


WaPo Publishes Paranoid Screed Cautioning Readers Not To Let Russia Make Them Paranoid Caitlin Johnstone. These people are deranged.

Antidote du Jour (via):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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