/Links 10/28/2020

Links 10/28/2020

Yves here. We are already getting rain and thunder from Zeta (see below) and Birmingham is prone to power outages. So if we come up short on posts, you’ll know why.

For vampire bats, social distancing while sick comes naturally ScienceDaily (Kevin W)

Sharks Wash Up on Beaches, Stabbed by Swordfish New York Times (resilc)

Secrets of Math From the Bee Whisperer Quanta (David L)

Giant Asteroid Survivor of Failed Planet Discovered to Be Slowly Rusting in Space ScienceAlert (Kevin W)

‘Sleeping giant’ Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find Guardian (David L)

Zeta expected to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast Wednesday Yale Climate Connections (UserFriendly). Big winds expected here. We may lose power if trees go down.

Ottawa argues youth-led climate change lawsuit too broad to be tried in court CBC. HJR:

This article from Sept. 30, 2020 explains the case brought in Canada’s Federal Court by a youth group.

At the end of the article, there is a link to a CBC radio program which gives an overview of this and other cases.

Mr. Justice Manson of the Federal Court (of Canada) ruled today (Oct. 27, 2020) against the plaintiffs, and in favour of the Canadian government.

I’ll provide a link to an article about today’s decision when one becomes available in English.


How Indigenous Communities in Canada Organized an Exemplary Public Health Response to COVID Scientific American (Dr. Kevin)

Russia Orders National Mask Mandate As COVID-19 Cases Spike CBS


A Flu Shot Might Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Early Research Suggests Scientific American (Dr. Kevin)

Regional and global contributions of air pollution to risk of death from COVID-19 Cardiovascular Research

Thromboembolism, CV Complications Common in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients American College of Cardiology

New research identifies those most at risk from ‘long COVID’ Kings College London


France Emerges as Covid-19 Epicenter as Cases Surge Across Europe Wall Street Journal

EU warns not enough COVID vaccines for all in Europe until 2022 Reuters



The Untold Technological Revolution Sweeping Through Rural China New York Times (resilc)

American troops could be sent to ‘defend the Senkaku Islands’, US commander says South China Morning Post (resilc)

The futility of being ‘tough’ on China Asia Times (Kevin W)

Don’t even try paying cash in China New York Times. Another reason not to go.

Personal Bankruptcy Arrives in China in March 2021 Credit Slips


WATCH: Haulage boss films video diary of VBS nightmare at Port of Felixstowe Ipswich Star (guurst)

Brexit: they still don’t get it Richard North

Anti-French sentiment grows in Muslim countries DW

Poland Is in Revolt Against Its New Abortion Ban Jacobin

Trump Transition

Records Show Trump’s Border Wall Is Costing Taxpayers Billions More Than Initial Contracts ProPublica

FCC Votes To Maintain 2017 Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules Reuters

U.S. Treatment of Cameroonian Asylum-Seekers Is ‘Tantamount to Torture,’ Advocates Say Foreign Policy (Kevin C)


Biden pushes into Trump territory The Hill

Elasticity in Swing States – Sabato’s Crystal Ball (UserFriendly)

How blue and red Ohio suburbanites are rallying voters Christian Science Monitor

On Monday Night, the Supreme Court Stole at Least 80,000 Votes From Joe Biden in Wisconsin, and There Is More SCOTUS Voter Theft in the Offing BuzzFlash

How We Got Trump Voters to Change Their Mind Atlantic (Dr. Kevin)

The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is using her Facebook page to spread misinformation about Joe Biden Associated Press. The mighty Wurlitzer at work:

The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is using her Facebook page to amplify unsubstantiated claims of corruption by Joe Biden.

Ginni Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, asked her more than 10,000 followers Monday to consider sharing a link focused on alleged corruption by the Democratic nominee for president and his son, Hunter, as well as claims that social media companies are censoring reports about the Bidens.

If Biden Wins, Russiagate Will Magically Morph Into Chinagate Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)

Sanders and Warren Accuse N.Y. Democrats of False Advertising New York Times (BK)

Texas county to rescan more than 20K ballots after barcode issue The Hill (UserFriendly)

Federal Agents Are on Standby for Possible Election Day Unrest Vice (resilc)

Agency cooperation needed to curb any Election Day violence, Wheeler says KATU. Pat P flagged this part:

The city is anticipating protests in the streets following the Nov. 3 election.

But since Wheeler banned the use of CS gas, other law enforcement agencies have declined to help Portland during mass demonstrations.

US business groups call for patience over election result Financial Times

Republicans: The New Confederacy New York Review of Books

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Mother of black man who died on a Revel scooter while being chased by cops is MACED during Washington DC BLM protest – as looters ransack stores in Philadelphia for a second night over fatal shooting of ‘mentally ill’ African American man Daily Mail. Yes, the Mail, but a lot of images and videos, including of the Philly shooting.

Our Famously Free Press

10 Ways to Call Something Russian Disinformation Without Evidence Matt Taibbi (BC, UserFriendly)

Facebook Tells Academics To Stop Monitoring Its Political Ads The Register

Facebook political advertisers say their ads are being blocked even though they follow the rules CNBC

Fears of crackdown on US journalism as Trump ally removes editorial ‘firewall’ Guardian (furzy). Help me. We are to believe VoA isn’t a propaganda operation?

Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs to tell senators changing liability law will destroy how we communicate online CNBC (Kevin W)

Microsoft’s Earnings Continue to Ride Pandemic-Fueled Demand for Cloud, Videogaming Wall Street Journal

Orange County wildfires ‘may have been started by electrical equipment’ BBC (David L).

An ‘enormous’ stock-market bubble has already popped, says David Einhorn MarketWatch

Americans Are Super-Gloomy About Holiday Spending, But Industry Ramps Up for Blockbuster Christmas Wolf Richter

Yet Another Diatribe on Patent Monopolies and How They Are Not Talked About in Polite Company Dean Baker

Guillotine Watch

Via e-mail, “13 castles fit for a high-net-worth Halloween property purchase”:

Managing Director of Enness Global Mortgages, Hugh Wade-Jones commented:

“A three million pound price tag won’t secure you a huge deal in the global high-end market and in many major cities you’re looking at a fairly decent flat, perhaps an average-sized house. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t secure a great deal more by looking outside of the traditionally popular locations of London, Monaco and the rest.

In fact, you could secure a whole castle for a similar price tag in countries all over the world and whether you’re looking for a Halloween appropriate home or a COVID-safe bolthole, you will get a lot more space for your money. As well as some additional fortification.”

Class Warfare

Debunking the specious claims underlying Missouri’s anti-collective bargaining law Economic Policy Institute

Antidote du jour. Furzy: “Corn’s cat in Berlin”:

And a bonus (guurst):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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