/Links 12/14/2020

Links 12/14/2020

Losing Count​: The Sordid Business of Bookkeeping The Drift

EY fraud unit found ‘red-flag indicators’ at Wirecard in 2018 FT


First trucks with Covid-19 vaccine roll out of Pfizer plant in Michigan NBC

Operation Warp Speed head says 40M doses of vaccine will be distributed by end of the month The Hill

Healthcare Workers Have 7-fold Increased Risk of Severe COVID-19 MedScape

Four months that will decide America’s future NBC

Pressure won’t help build vaccine trust: OPINION ABC

Coronavirus, l’Italia rinasce con un fiore: lo spot della campagna per i vaccini La Repubblica (DJG). Click through for the Italian vaccine rollout video, whose tone is a little different from what we see over here…

‘The country needs me’: cleaner in Chicago’s COVID wards proud to fight pandemic (photo essay) Reuters (Re Silc).

‘A slap in the face’: Yuma hospital fires ER doctor for talking about COVID-19 in Arizona AZ Central. Looks to me like the staffing company for the hospital did the deed….

Vaccines Bring Home the Failure of Herd Immunity John Authers, Bloomberg

NCHS Mortality Surveillance Data CDC


Reading China’s State Capitalism Adam Tooze, Chartbook

How Covid-19 has worsened China’s growing north-south economic divide South China Morning Post

In the Time of COVID-19, China Could Be Pivotal in Swapping Debt for Climate and Health Action World Resources Institute. Handy chart:

Obvious when you think about it:

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine approved by Singapore, first shipment expected by end-December Channel News Asia

New businesses mushroom in Malaysia despite Covid-19 pandemic gloom Straits Times


Farmers’ protest highlights: Heads of all farmer unions, Kejriwal, to go on hunger strike tomorrow Indian Express

‘We Won’t Get Scared’: The Spirit of Farmers’ Protest Is Inescapable in Punjab The Wire

And you thought it’s only about farmers? People’s Archive of Rural India

Workers riot at India iPhone factory over ‘exploitation’ claims Agence France Presse

Facebook reportedly hesitated to remove Indian extremists over risk to staff Engadget

Mumbai Police Arrest TV Chief as Media Dispute in India Intensifies NYT

Robo-surveillance shifts tone of CEO earnings calls FT

The Koreas

South Korea’s Third Wave, a thread:

S. Korea sets up free Wi-Fi networks on buses in operation across nation Yonhap News Agency. How a First World country does it.

Families marry off daughters to ease finances amid COVID-19 AP


Singapore oil tanker hit by explosion caused by ‘external source’ off Saudi Arabia CNN

RenovaBR: The Privatisation of Brazilian Politics Brasilwire


Jeremy Corbyn: Why I’m Launching a Project for Peace and Justice Jacobin


Brexit deal LIVE: Talks could go on past Christmas as UK and EU agree to ‘go the extra mile’ Evening Standard. Oh, ffs.

Don’t stockpile food, minister tells British shoppers Reuters. Narrator: “They stockpiled food.” Where are the Pythons when we need them:

Brexit: the information paradox

My Brexit hell The Critic

New Cold War

Ramstein Air Base In Germany Experiences Potential Incoming Missile Scare The Drive

Trump Transition

US orders emergency action after huge cyber security breach FT. From WaPo‘s lead, the sourcing: “People familiar with the matter.” So that’s alright then.

Trump Says He’s Nixing Plan For Early Vaccinations At The White House HuffPo


Trump Allies Eye Long-Shot Election Reversal in Congress, Testing Pence NYT

A Stunning Passage from the Latest Court Rejection of Team Trump Andrew McCarthy, National Review. Ludwig’s Wisconsin decision.

A Political Obituary for Donald Trump The Atlantic

The GOP’s Minority Rule Caucus reveals its contempt for democracy E.J. Dionne, WaPo. “At least the Confederate secessionists acknowledged that Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 election. The 18 Republican state attorneys general and 126 Republican House members who asked the Supreme Court to throw out the results of the 2020 election may thus be more impudent than the Civil War seditionists in whose steps they followed.” “Impudent?!”

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Pro-Trump Protesters Chant “Destroy the GOP,” Boo Georgia Senate Candidates at Rally Slate. Well, if the Republicans copy the Democrats and fire their base, they won’t have to fear them any more, will they?

Group burns Black Lives Matter banner taken from DC’s oldest Black church during MAGA protest WUSA

1 person shot in Olympia during clashes between pro-Trump demonstrators and counterprotesters Seattle Times

Biden Transition

Hunter Biden subpoena seeks info on Burisma, other entities AP. “The breadth of the subpoena, issued Tuesday, underscores the wide-angle lens prosecutors are taking as they examine the younger Biden’s finances and international business ventures.”

On Immigration, Activists’ Demands May Exceed Biden Realities NPR. “[A] person familiar with transition discussions… told NPR that the Biden campaign and then the transition team felt that immigration activists had become too adversarial.”

Realignment and Legitimacy

Rage Kapital notesfromdisgraceland. For real banks, the author accepts the debunked loanable funds theory. But for “rage banks”?

Intelligence Community

‘Under the rug:’ Sexual misconduct shakes FBI’s senior ranks AP

Our Famously Free Press

Sinister sounds: podcasts are becoming the new medium of misinformation Guardian. Another liberals calls for censorship.

L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

‘I sat on Andrew’s lap… Ghislaine put the Spitting Image puppet’s hand on Virginia’s breast. Then he put his hand on mine’: Duke’s visit to the puppet master Epstein’s mansion… this time for the night Daily Mail

Groves of Academe

Bob Shepherd: How “Reform” Ruined Teaching Diane Ravitch

Health Care

How CBO Analyzes the Costs of Proposals for Single-Payer Health Care Systems That Are Based on Medicare’s Fee-for-Service Program: Working Paper 2020-08 Congressional Budget Office. “The increase in demand would exceed the increase in supply, resulting in greater unmet demand than the amount under current law, CBO projects.”

Why Americans love the ACA (1):

Why Americans love the ACA (2):

Guillotine Watch

GOP Megadonor Celebrates His Profits From “Huge Increases In Rents” As Millions Face Eviction Daily Poster

COVID-19: Demand for underground bunkers soars over fears of coronavirus pandemic Sky News

Immigration and use of public spaces and food stores in a large city: A qualitative study on urban health inequalities Journal of Migration and Health

Class Warfare


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