/Links 10/10/2020

Links 10/10/2020

Eco-friendly shark barrier invented in South Africa Getaway (David L)

Memristor Breakthrough: First Single Device To Act Like a Neuron IEEE Spectrum (Chuck L)

The Plastic Pandemic Reuters (Bob H)

Silent Rooftop Wind Turbines Could Generate Half of a Household’s Energy Needs TreeHugger (David L)

Vermont to legalize recreational marijuana The Hill

‘Rapid evolution’ means humans now being born without wisdom teeth Independent (Kevin W)

U.S. Crop Report Signals Worsening Global Food-Insecurity Crisis Bloomberg

Thinning forests no defence against fires PhysOrg (Robert M)


Witches Are Trying to Figure Out Whose Spell Gave Trump COVID-19 Vice (resilc)


Trump Feasts On Deep-Fried Fetus After Learning Antibody Treatment Derived From Stem Cells The Onion

Covax: Covid vaccine global effort gets China’s support Guardian

Pregnant women are likely to have mild covid-19 cases but suffer prolonged symptoms, study finds Washington Post

The association of treatment with hydroxychloroquine and hospital mortality in COVID-19 patients Internal and Emergency Medicine. Jury still out despite consensus in US press.

Three Quarters of People with SARS-CoV-2 Infection are Asymptomatic: Analysis of English Household Survey Data DovePress. Not reviewed but a large sample.

‘So frustrating’: Doctors and nurses battle virus skeptics Associated Press (furzy)


Britain is heading ‘into a long winter’ as Covid second wave strikes Financial Times


U.S. Caps Troubling Week With Deadly Rebound of Covid-19 Bloomberg

US should not approve vaccine based on UK trials, says Pelosi Financial Times

Coughing Trump suggests he may never even have had coronavirus in Fox News interview: ‘They found very little, if any’ Independent

Donald Trump Will Kill Us All New Republic


Trump fuels and frustrates COVID-19 relief talks The Hill. Wellie…Trump inserted himself when by all indications, there is no deal to be had, per McConnell.

White House Draws Up New $1.8 Trillion Virus-Relief Plan Wall Street Journal

‘Shameless Stunt’: Trump Reportedly Attempting to Raid Medicare Trust Fund to Pay for Drug Discount Cards With His Name on Them Common Dreams

Self-funding QAnon candidate gave own campaign $450,000 after getting PPP loan Salon

Fed Lending Saved Corporate America. It Could Do the Same for Cities and States. Intercept. Resilc: “My Vermont property taxes up 10% this year. Other state rev killed.”

Trump Is Killing the Economy Out of Spite The New York Times


Why America’s Economic War on China is Failing CounterPunch

Trump: China ‘Will Pay’ for Coronavirus Antiwar.com. Resilc: “Sort of like how Mexico will pay for the wall?”

Far-right combat sports: A dangerous training ground for violence Al Jazeera. Here we try to channel them into those American Ninja shows.


Armenia and Azerbaijan agree ceasefire Financial Times

Iran Is Building A Massive Energy Network To Boost Its Geopolitical Influence OilPrice

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Treat Your Smartphone Like Hannibal Lecter American Conservative. By our Bill B!!!

Watchdog urges more action to protect planes from hackers PBS (David L)


Where Is My Final Assange Report? Craig Murray

George Monbiot’s Excuses For Not Speaking Out Loudly in Defense of Assange Simply Won’t Wash Counterpunch (Mike R)

Trump Transition

How Trump damaged science — and why it could take decades to recover Nature (Kevin C)

The Senate: Profoundly Undemocratic Historic.ly (JTM)

Pelosis Take a Big Stake in CrowdStrike, Democrat-Connected Linchpin of Russia Probe RealClearInvestigations (Kevin W)

Health Care

Workers With Health Insurance Face Rising Out-of-Pocket Costs New York Times (resilc)


Debate commission cancels Oct. 15 Trump-Biden debate The Hill

Twitter Slows Down Retweets Ahead of U.S. Election Wall Street Journal

Trump steel tariffs bring job losses to swing state Michigan Reuters

Suspended officials sue agency that runs Voice of America Associated Press (furzy)

Biden Camp Keeps Quiet on Record Cash Haul So Donors Keep Giving Bloomberg

The Surge: If Democrats don’t take the Senate, blame Cal Cunningham. Slate

Meet the Americans ‘standing by’ for possible election violence Reuters

Commerce Township inspector cut by razor-bordered Trump sign Detroit Free Press (resilc)

Biden moves to stave off surprise loss in Nevada Politico (Kevin W)

Whitmer conspiracy allegations tied to ‘boogaloo’ movement NBC (furzy)

Police State Watch

Dangerous use of crowd-control weapons against medics and protesters in Portland, OR The Lancet (furzy). IIRC, Portland wasn’t the only place the police targeted medics.

Police departments don’t really need excess military gear, Pentagon IG says Task & Purpose (BC)

What Elon Musk’s 42,000 Starlink satellites could do for — and to — planet Earth Business Insider (Kevin W)

IBM will spin off legacy business to focus on cloud and AI services The Verge (Kevin W)

AT&T plans thousands of layoffs at HBO, Warner Bros., rest of WarnerMedia ars technica (BC)

PG&E Equipment Might Have Ignited Northern California Fire Wall Street Journal

Blockchain, the amazing solution for almost nothing The Correspondent (Erik S). Haha, this is what we said years ago, that this was a technology searching for an application, and money wasn’t it, and also pointed out there was very little real-world need for irrevocable transactions, which is what blockchain creates.

Class Warfare

Homeless and facing winter in Minneapolis NBC (Chuck L)

US will ‘become a renter nation,’ says real estate investor Yahoo (resilc)

Robots Are Stringing Together These Adidas Running Shoes Wired (resilc)

Antidote du jour. Tracie H:

“But Gramma, what big feet you have!”

I believe this is a Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard—the long toes apparently serve as snow-shoes in the sand.

And a bonus (Kevin W):

And from an overnight Twitter meme:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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