Links 6/30/2020

Florida manatee deaths up 20 percent as Covid-19 threatens recovery Guardian (resilc) 🙁

South Pole warming three times faster than rest of Earth: study PhysOrg (Bob H)

How green sand could capture billions of tons of carbon dioxide MIT Technology Review (David L)

Fueled by High Temperatures and Ample Land, Locusts Swarm Italy LinkTV (Bob H)

No more spitting in Major League Baseball Boing Boing (resilc)

Yale captures first ever video of brain clearing out dead neurons New Atlas (David L)

Shocking Lawsuit Alleges CHL Hockey Players Were Forced to Bob for Apples in Urine Vice (resilc)

Flu Virus With ‘Pandemic Potential’ Found in China BBC


JUSTICE MALALA: What three American airports taught me about Covid-19 and political leadership Business Live (South Africa)

Bringing sports back now is an ethical, political, and practical mistake. Slate


Three Stages to COVID-19 Brain Damage, New Review Suggests Medscape (JTM)

Chinese virus vaccine approved for military use Asia Times


Kai-Fu Lee on how covid spurs China’s great robotic leap forward Economist


The Blundering British Political Class has Shown the Same Incompetence in Both Fighting Wars and Coronavirus (resilc)


Trump’s COVID Directive May Force Workers To Pay To Go Back To Work Too Much Information

Gilead’s coronavirus treatment remdesivir to cost $3,120 per U.S. patient with private insurance CNBC

Hugo’s Tacos in Los Angeles closes over customer mask rage Sacramento Bee (resilc)

COVID-19 Alert re Fraudulent Facemask Flyer (JTM). Please circulate to business owners and managers.

In Hot-Spot States, Virus Testing Means Long Lines, Delays Bloomberg. As we’ve been saying..

Fired Florida Covid Dashboard Architect Claims She Was Asked To Manually Change Numbers Forbes

Fauci doubts effectiveness of coronavirus vaccine in US due to anti-vaxxers Guardian

Two Friends in Texas Were Tested for Coronavirus. One Bill Was $199. The Other? $6,408. New York Times (John N)


Nearly 11% of the workforce is out of work with zero chance of getting called back to a prior job Economic Policy Institute


Hong Kong national security law unanimously passed by Beijing, while Joshua Wong and associates announce decision to quit party politics South China Morning Post

China Passes Law Aimed at Crushing Hong Kong Protests Wall Street Journal


Qasem Soleimani: Iran seeks Trump’s arrest over killing of general BBC

Imperial Collapse Watch

Madcap Militarism: H.R. McMaster’s Dishonest Attack on Restraint American Conservative (resilc)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

REvil Ransomware Gang Adds Auction Feature for Stolen Data ThreatPost (Dan K)

Trump Transition

From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump’s phone calls alarm US officials CNN. Notice first sentence; “In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state…”

The End of the Trump Rally American Prospect

US removes Saudi Arabia from list of worst human traffickers CNN

Opinion analysis: With Roberts providing the fifth vote, court strikes down Louisiana abortion law (Updated) SCOTUSblog

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Defunding the Police Must Include Ending the Surveillance of Muslims Intercept

De Blasio Agrees to Cut NYPD Funding by $1 Billion Wall Street Journal

St. Louis couple threatens protesters with guns outside their home Reuters (resilc). This was already making the rounds (see big discussion in comments of the couple’s very poor gun safety practices, plus general numbskullness) but it’s now gone big time MSM.

Study: U.S. flood risks dwarf federal estimates Politico

This Map Shows Which US Homes Will Flood Over the Next 30 Years Vice (David L)

Our Famously Free Press

Exclusive: Facebook ad boycott campaign to go global, organizers say Reuters

Newsonomics: The next 48 hours could determine the fate of two of America’s largest newspaper chains Dan Cook, NiemanLab

Marty Baron Made The Post Great Again. Now, the News Is Changing. New York Times. What horse manure. Baron as some sort of exemplar of journalistic virtue? When the Post refused to retract or correct its PropOrNot hit piece, and instead put up a bizarre disclaimer that amounted to “We don’t stand by our reporting”? And Baron most assuredly was in the loop; our lawyer’s nastygram went to him. In addition, we were told writers on the national security beat were upset about the piece and sent angry e-mails to Baron, because the author Craig Timberg had been kicked off that beat and his piece should have been reviewed by the nat sec editors and wasn’t.

BP has saved itself before the axe falls forever on fossil fuels Telegraph (David L)

Opinion analysis: Court strikes down restrictions on removal of CFPB director but leaves bureau in place

Airbnb CEO: Travel may never be the same Axios

Angrynomics: read it if you want to get angry Richard Murphy (UserFriendly)

Class Warfare

How Dollar Stores Became Magnets for Crime and Killing ProPublica (resilc)

Amazon To Pay $500 Million in Bonuses To Workers Most Exposed To Coronavirus CNET

Tesla workers fired after staying home during covid-19 pandemic Washington Post (UserFriendly)

Antidote du jour. Mark T: “Cook Islands. Visited there about 5 years ago. Even the dogs take walks along the beach.”

And a bonus (Chuck L)

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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