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Links 11/11/2020

In year of crisis, growth continues on Northern Sea Route Barents Observer

Climate change intensifies tsunami threat in Alaska High Country News

Climate Change Will Make Parts of the U.S. Uninhabitable. Americans Are Still Moving There. ProPublica

Kevin Stiroh: A microprudential perspective on the financial risks of climate change Bank of International Settlements

The Man Who Could Explain the $2 Billion Wirecard Mystery Is Missing Bloomberg


Association of COVID-19 RT-qPCR test false-negative rate with patient age, sex and time since diagnosis (preprint) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “The primary testing tool, the RT-qPCR based testing, is notoriously known for its low sensitivity, i.e. high risk of missed detection of carriers.” And from the Interpretation: “Our results show that in the first few days following diagnosis, when results are critical for quarantine decisions, RT-qPCR testing is more reliable than previously reported. Yet the reliability of the test result is reduced in later days as well as for women and younger patients, where the viral loads are typically lower.”

Assessing the Age Specificity of Infection Fatality Rates for COVID-19: Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis, and Public Policy Implications (preprint) medRxiv. The Discussion: “These results indicate that COVID-19 is hazardous not only for the elderly but also for middle-aged adults, for whom the infection fatality rate [(IFR)] is two orders of magnitude greater than the annualized risk of a fatal automobile accident and far more dangerous than seasonal influenza. Moreover, the overall IFR for COVID-19 should not be viewed as a fixed parameter but as intrinsically linked to the age-specific pattern of infections. Consequently, public health measures to mitigate infections in older adults could substantially decrease total deaths.”

The Vaccine News Is Good. Here’s the Bad News. Foreign Policy. Fauci ramping Big Pharma stock based on a press release would be shocking, if he hadn’t done it before.

Pandemic driving children back to work, jeopardizing gains AP. From October, still germane.


China’s ‘recolonisation’ of Hong Kong could soon be complete FT

Hong Kong’s “New Normal” Asia Media Centre

The Koreas

Joe Biden should seize the opportunity for peace on the Korean Peninsula Responsible Statecraft


EU banks urged to prepare for bad loans as pandemic hits economy FT

Macron’s War on Islamists Comes Up Against Erdogan’s Soft Power Bloomberg

British Chancellor Closes Eyes, Wishes Real Hard That London Will Remain Relevant Dealbreaker

John Major says UK no longer ‘great power’ The Independent

Belgian chocolatiers struggling to stay afloat, amid pandemic Euronews

Belarus nuclear plant stops power output soon after opening AP

Alcohol Killing Directly or Indirectly Half of Working-Age Russians, Study Says Window on Eurasia


Brexit warning to Boris Johnson in Joe Biden post-election call FT

Joe Biden’s long history with Moscow Russia Beyond

Biden Transition

Agency Review Teams Biden-Harris Transition. Anybody recognize any names?

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After Esper, Top Pentagon Official Ousted The American Conservative. Jake Tapper: “Sources say [the firings] may be because Esper and his team were pushing back on what they viewed as a premature withdrawal from Afghanistan before conditions were met, as well as other pending security issues.” Premature…

Forget it, Donny, you’re out of your element:

“If you want to lose a fight, talk about it first” –Richard Morgan, Altered Carbon

A furious behind-the-scenes battle to counter Trump’s threat to national security David Ignatius, WaPo. Ignatius is the CIA’s commissar at WaPo. NPR joins the fun:

The last time I can remember “incomparable” being used: sad sack law prof Larry Tribe, of Tory RussiaGate loon and New York Times Op-Ed contributor Louise Mensch. And how right he was. (As you see, the article has a lovely, shadowed image of torture maven Gina Haspel that makes her look like a feminine George Smiley.)

Back channels, my dudes. Back channels. Stay calm:

(Todd Rowley is a CIA Democrat. Mike Rogers is a national security goon with a CNN contract.)

White House official, former Nunes aide Michael Ellis named NSA general counsel Cyberscoop

Amy Klobuchar considered for Biden Cabinet posts including attorney general and Agriculture secretary CNBC

NC readers aren’t the only ones to notice how clothing has been crapified:

Donald Trump could land $100M book deal for presidential tome NY Post. Or not. Depending.


Lambert here: In a year where so much conventional wisdom has been overturned, the old adage still seems true: “Democrats steal primaries, Republicans steal the general.” Of course, less yammering and more reporting is always welcome.

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The Front Page:

Scream “It’s legitimate!” any louder and I’ll begin to have doubts.

States cite smooth election, despite Trump’s baseless claims and Puerto Rico unearths uncounted ballots 1 week after election Associated Press. To be fair, Puerto Rico isn’t a state…

Second group of international election observers report no evidence of fraud The Hill. The OAS, which did such a great job in Bolivia….

Trump’s former chief of staff on election fraud claims: ‘Put up or shut up on the evidence’ Yahoo Finance. The absence of a site aggregating such affidavits as there are is telling.

Rep. Doug Collins calls on Georgia officials to conduct vote recount by hand NBC. Collins is correct, even if his Republican colleagues created the Georgia electronic voting debacle in the first place. Meanwhile, Democrats call for the Electoral College to be abolished, but do not call for electronic voting to be replaced with handmarked paper ballots, hand-counted in public, even though the two systemic problems are of a similar scope and scale. One can only wonder why.

Pennsylvania GOP rallies to Trump’s defense Politico

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Offers Up To $1M Reward For ‘Voter Fraud Whistleblowers And Tipsters’ CBS DFW

Top US election crime prosecutor quits after attorney general orders fraud probe Euronews. But read Barr’s charge to the probe.

Without Another Massive Federal Stimulus, State and Local Governments Will Face Brutal Austerity Jacobin

Trump Transition

Scoop: Justice Department OKs Uber-Postmates deal Axios

McCabe Rejects Republican Accusations of F.B.I. Corruption in Russia Inquiry NYT

Census Bureau denies allegations by workers of falsifying tallies The Hill

Health Care

Argument analysis: ACA seems likely to survive, but on what ground? SCOTUSblog

A Conspiracy Collapses In The Court: Justices Appear To Confirm A Majority In Favor Of Preserving The ACA Jonathan Turley

$1,944 for a Coronavirus Test? How Readers Helped Us Spot an Unusual Trend NYT

Audit: PBMs paying pharmacies differently; CVS Caremark says that’s normal business TB&P

Our Famously Free Press

Reporter Tweets Perfect Burn After Pompeo’s ‘Second Trump Administration’ Claim HuffPo. That’s why we pay them the big bucks.

Platforms working as designed:

Evo Morales Returns to Bolivia to Cheers — and Worries NYT

Black Injustice Tipping Point

America’s protest crackdown: five months after George Floyd, hundreds face trials and prison Guardian

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty calls 911, refuses to get out of Lyft car after driver cancels ride Oregon Live

Groves of Academe

Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow:

The apparent paradox can be resolved if you give consideration to the possibility that Bacow does not regard the servants as fully human.

Class Warfare

Evictions would raise COVID-19 risk for everyone LiveScience

Record Low Mortgage Rates Widen Historic U.S. Economic Divides Bloomberg

How Platform Co-ops Transform the Gig Economy Grassroots Economic Organizing

‘Make America RAKE Again!’ Four Seasons Total Landscaping launches merchandise, including ‘lawn and order’ and face masks, after Giuliani held bizarre presser in its parking lot Daily Mail (Zelda). Zelda comments: “First they had the presence of mind to quote a price instead of directing Giuliani to the hotel, and now they’re in the T-shirt business.” And:

Four Seasons Total Landscaping wins The Gritty Seal of Approval™!

Antidote du jour (WB):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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