/Links 11/30/2020

Links 11/30/2020

What dinosaur eggs reveal about ancient parenting styles National Geographic

Wells Fargo’s struggle to escape the dog house isn’t over yet FT

New Energy Giants Are Renewable Companies: Iberdrola, Enel, NextEra, Orsted Bloomberg

The futuristic cargo ship made of wood Hellenic Shipping News


Fauci: Coronavirus surge ‘superimposed’ on current spike possible in coming weeks The Hill

How much did Thanksgiving contribute to Covid-19 spread? It’s wait and see for now STAT

From campus, a lesson in controlling the virus Boston Globe. In fact, it looks like Massachusetts college Presidents did mobilize:

After sending students home in mid-March as the virus swept across Massachusetts, local college presidents [plural], many with science backgrounds, began to develop plans to reopen schools in the fall, with quick and affordable testing as a key component.

They approached the Broad, which offered to charge colleges $25 per test — much less than the $100 commercial price — and promised results within 24 hours. The Broad has conducted more than 6 million tests since late March; it has previously estimated that nearly two-thirds of the 70,000 tests it processes on average each day are from colleges and universities.

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Can I Choose My COVID-19 Vaccine? MedPage Today

Moderna’s groundbreaking coronavirus vaccine was designed in just 2 days Business Insider

A shot. A wait. Another shot: Two-dose coronavirus vaccine regimens will make it harder to inoculate America WaPo

Airlines Face ‘Mission of the Century’ in Shipping Vaccines Bloomberg. The last mile is the hard part.

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COVID-19-associated olfactory dysfunction reveals SARS-CoV-2 neuroinvasion and persistence in the olfactory system (preprint) bioRxiv. From the Abstract: “Viral persistence in the olfactory epithelium therefore provides a potential mechanism for prolonged or relapsing symptoms of COVID-19, such as loss of smell, which should be considered for optimal medical management and future therapeutic strategies.”

A Randomized Trial of Convalescent Plasma in Covid-19 Severe Pneumonia NEJM. From the Conclusions: “No significant differences were observed in clinical status or overall mortality between patients treated with convalescent plasma and those who received placebo.”

Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage and wastewater treatment plants in Mexico Journal of Water Process Engineering. From the Abstract: “This work proves that wastewater-based epidemiology is a very valuable tool in developing countries where diagnostic tests for COVID-19 are limited.” Especially in Third World countries like our own…

The Lost Days That Made Bergamo a Coronavirus Tragedy NYT


China to tap elderly population in bid to tackle looming demographic crisis, boost economy South China Morning Post

Old and young, Chinese vent anger at move to raise retirement age Al Jazeera

Why China’s Methane-Spewing Farms Are a Hidden Climate Risk Sixth Tone

China factory activity edges up in November: official data Agence France Presse

Pontifications: The risk of closing China to aerospace suppliers Leeham News and Analysis

Covid-19 passports trump travel bubbles, but digital security and test efficacy concerns must be addressed South China Morning Post


London ‘Thrown to the Lions’ as Brexit Finance Deal Unlikely Bloomberg

UK will not ‘sell out’ sovereignty for Brexit deal with EU, say negotiators Independent

The Koreas

Former South Korean dictator Chun Doo-hwan guilty of defamation over massacre Channel News Asia


How Mossad executed Iran’s nuclear chief: Power to the entire region was cut as gun and bomb attack blasted his convoy before he was dragged from car and finished off… then the 12 assassins melted away Daily Mail

Assassination in Iran Could Limit Biden’s Options. Was That the Goal? David Sanger, NYT. Commentary:

The Pride of Israel: Assassinations Haaretz

Uber made big promises in Kenya. Drivers say it’s ruined their lives. NBC


EU proposes fresh alliance with US in face of China challenge FT

Police tear gas Parisian protesters after tens of thousands demonstrate against new law that bans filming police Independent

Four French police officers charged over beating of black music producer Agence France Presse

Czechs to Reopen Shops, Restaurants as Virus Spread Slows Bloomberg

Pandemic Motors: Europeans snap up old cars to avoid public transport Reuters

‘Why did it take nine hours to go 130 miles in our new electric Porsche?’ Guardian. “[T]he UK’s charging network is poorly maintained, complicated and hugely difficult to navigate via its various apps and payment systems.”

Labour antisemitism: Angela Rayner warns ‘thousands and thousands’ of members could be suspended Sky News

Revealed: the Israel lobby’s Labour hit list Electronic Intifada

Economists urge BBC to rethink ‘inappropriate’ reporting of UK economy IPPR (RH).

Biden Transition

Joe Biden Fills Out His Economic Team Wall Street Journal. Neera Tanden for OMB.

Biden Picks Budget Director Who Pushed Social Security Cuts Walker Bragman, The Daily Poster

Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has ‘no chance’ of being confirmed as Biden’s OMB pick The Hill. That’s a damn shame.

President-elect Joe Biden suffers fractures in foot Reuters. Playing with one of his dogs.

Trump Transition

Fired director of U.S. cyber agency Chris Krebs explains why President Trump’s claims of election interference are false CBS

Canada blocks bulk exports of some prescription drugs in response to Trump import plan Reuters

Realignment and Legitimacy

GWB Looks Worse in Hindsight Bruce Bartlett, The Big Picture

Our Famously Free Press

Candace Owens Challenges Fact-Checker, And Wins Daily Wire (CL).

Intelligence Community

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm Agence France Presse

Class Warfare

Resuming evictions caused over 10,000 deaths in just six months Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon

Why nursing home aides exposed to COVID-19 aren’t taking sick leave The Converation

What works to mitigate and reduce relative (and absolute) inequality? (PDF) United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research. A review of the literature.

The Distributional Impact of the Pandemic (PDF) Sinem Hacıoğlu Hoke, Diego R. Kanzig, Paolo Surico World Inequality Lab. From the Abstract: “The top quartile of the income distribution accounts for almost half of the pandemic-related decline in aggregate consumption, with expenditure for this group falling much more than income. In contrast, the bottom quartile of the income distribution has seen the smallest spending cuts and the largest earnings drop but their total incomes have fallen by much less because of the increase in government benefits.”

1% of farms operate 70% of world’s farmland Guardian

You Have The Right To Not Work Indica

Anti-Populism with Thomas Frank (podcast) The Dig. Bracing. And if you want to understand why Frank has been blackballed by liberal Democrats and won’t (at least as I heard him say on Useful Idiots) be writing on politics any more, this is the podcast episode for you.

How close is too close? Aeon (Re Silc).

How to Work With Tribesmen (PDF) W. Patrick Lang (rowlf).

Antidote du jour (via):

“What could be more natural than a rhinoceros?” –Eugene Ionesco

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here

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