Links 8/3/2020

PHOTOS: Living Tree Bridges In A Land Of Clouds NPR

Climate change: ‘Huge’ implications to Irish climate case across Europe BBC

How a PG&;E Contractor With a Sketchy Past Made Millions After California’s Deadliest Fire Pro Publica

Microsoft to press on with TikTok deal talks after call with Trump FT

Revisiting the White Swans of 2020 Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate

Big Tech, Anti-Trust & Kodak Investor Amnesia

#COVID19

The state of play:

Fatigue plagues thousands suffering post-coronavirus symptoms FT

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‘I’m sorry, but it’s a fantasy’ WaPo. “We still haven’t received our order of Plexiglas barriers, so we’re cutting up shower curtains and trying to make do with that…. We got back two of those tests already — both positive. We’re still waiting on eight more. That makes 11 percent of my staff that’s gotten covid, and we haven’t had a single student in our buildings since March. Part of our facility is closed down for decontamination, but we don’t have anyone left to decontaminate it unless I want to put on my hazmat suit and go in there.”

What a day at school looks like in a pandemic Axios

USS University No Mercy / No Malice

SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Infection Among Attendees of an Overnight Camp — Georgia, June 2020 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “Test results were available for 344 (58%) attendees; among these, 260 (76%) were positive…. These findings demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 spread efficiently in a youth-centric overnight setting, resulting in high attack rates among persons in all age groups, despite efforts by camp officials to implement most recommended strategies to prevent transmission.” Except: “Measures not implemented were cloth masks for campers and opening windows and doors for increased ventilation in buildings. Cloth masks were required for staff members. Camp attendees were cohorted by cabin and engaged in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including daily vigorous singing and cheering.” So, I would urge that this spreading event is also a case study on how not to prevent aerosol transmission.

Association Between Statewide School Closure and COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in the US JAMA. From the abstract: “There was a temporal association between statewide school closure and lower COVID-19 incidence and mortality, although some of the reductions may have been related to other concurrent nonpharmaceutical interventions.”

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A coronavirus vaccine won’t change the world right away WaPo

When a Vaccine Arrives, People Will Ignore the Anti-Vaxxers The Atlantic. The URL is “people-are-suffering-too-much-refuse-vaccine”: TINA.

The Message of Measles The New Yorker

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Delta flight returns to gate after two passengers refuse to wear masks The Hill

Bar Harbor hospital sounds warning on undetected COVID-infected visitors Kennebec Journal

Cramped workplaces, parties … the factors fuelling local Covid-19 spikes Guardian (Re Silc). Bat caves! Avoid the 3 C’s: Closed spaces, crowded spaces, close contact settings.

Global Remittances May Fall by $109 Billion, ADB Economists Say Bloomberg

Tourism’s collapse could trigger next stage of the crisis FT

China?

Hong Kong Denies Mass Chinese Virus Tests Are Bid to Harvest DNA Bloomberg

‘Clean Up This Mess’: The Chinese Thinkers Behind Xi’s Hard Line NYT. “Many of them make respectful nods in their papers to Carl Schmitt.” I’d need to see the cites. But yikes.

Asia’s factory pain eases as China’s activity jumps Reuters

Vietnam virus outbreak hits factories employing thousands in Danang epicentre Reuters

Tests reveal increase in COVID-19 clusters in Jakarta’s houses of worship Jakarta Post

Philippine economy fears as COVID-19 curbs reintroduced Channel News Asia

What washerwomen would say on a webinar Africa is a Country

Syraqistan

Gaddafi’s prophecy comes true as foreign powers battle for Libya’s oil Guardian

How Iran and Hezbollah trapped Israel into staring down 150,000 rockets on its border that it can only counter at a terrible cost Business Insider

MI6, the coup in Iran that changed the Middle East, and the cover-up Guardian

UK/EU

Greater Manchester declares major incident after rise in Covid-19 cases Guardian

Manchester After Engels Places Journal

Trump Transition

White House Not Optimistic On Near-Term Deal For Coronavirus Relief Bill HuffPo

Fed’s Kashkari suggests 4-6 week shutdown; says U.S. Congress can spend big on coronavirus relief Reuters

Two Ex-Fed Officials Have a Faster Way to Distribute Money in Recession Bloomberg

USPS reduces morning office time for letter carriers for ‘more consistent delivery’ Federal News Network (memo) and USPS warns staff of temporary mail delays as it cuts ‘soaring’ delivery costs Federal News Network (memo, nasty).

Mail delays are frustrating Philly residents, and a short-staffed Postal Service is struggling to keep up Philadelphia Inquirer

RussiaGate

New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administration’s Russia Probe Andrew McCarthy, National Review

Obama Legacy

Obama Spends Afternoon In Garage Restoring Classic Drone The Onion

Police State Watch

“He Chose His Poison”: Grandma Implicates Grandson As Bomb Thrower In Portland Attack Jonathan Turley

After Floyd’s killing, law enforcement wages PR battle on social media NBC

Failed State Watch

Weak State: How the Coronavirus Pandemic Exposed America’s Dysfunctional Democracy The Intercept. “Kinetic.”

Sports Desk

#WeAreUnited. Players of the Pac-12, The Players’ Tribune. Quite the bill of particulars:

And naturally:

Gettysburg National Military Park and July 4, 2020: Personal Reflections Journal of the Civil War Era

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Manhattan Beach was once home to Black beachgoers, but the city ran them out. Now it faces a reckoning Los Angeles Times

UPDATE: South Georgia prison on lockdown after riot Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Guillotine Watch

The Uber Eats card is the *chef’s kiss*:

‘Hey, You Free on Friday for a Meeting and a Bank Heist?’ NYT. A little too on-the-nose?

Class Warfare

Kill it with fire:

Kansas Should Go F— Itself Matt Taibbi. Review of Thomas Frank’s The People, No

The ‘Diversity’ Trap Tablet. We’ll see how it goes:

Lockdown worked for the rich, but not for the poor. The untold story of how COVID-19 spread across Toronto, in 7 graphics Toronto Star

These Are the World’s Richest Families Bloomberg

AI-Generated Text Is the Scariest Deepfake of All Wired

Ground-Breaking Method To Make Graphene From Garbage Is Modern-Day Alchemy Forbes (original).

Turning sunlight into water: New technology and old knowledge to stop Timor-Leste from running dry Channel News Asia

Antidote du jour (via):

Bonus antidote (CG):

CG writes: “Back in April 2020, Lucky didn’t appear particularly lucky. She flew into the windscreen of a vehicle and suffered various injuries, including a torn throat and concussion. Then luck took a turn: Nearby were State Game Warden Amanda Isett and Wildlife in Need transporter DM Sheeler-Kennedy who took the bald eagle to Centre Wildlife Care, and over the months Lucky made an excellent recovery. Robyn Graboski helped cure her from both lead poisoning and West Nile virus.” White swans and recovering eagles, hopefully…

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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