Links 7/1/2020

Yves here. Lotta eldercare time sinks this week. Some get into regulatory issues so you may hear about them once I get things under control.

Russia’s famous corgi cop calls it a career Asia Times (J-LS)


Incredible Amber Fossils Reveal the True Colours of Ancient Insects Gizmodo (Kevin W)

An oarfish in Hong Kong is a bad omen for Japan’s earthquake watchers South China Morning Post (J-LS)

Chuck L: “Where is FDR when you need him?”

A Decade of Sun YouTube. Dan K: “Holy crap — NASA compressed 10 years of solar observations into a one-hour long, buttery smooth time lapse.”

Declining Eyesight Can Be Improved By Looking At Red Light, Pilot Study Says CNN


Guatemala caps U.S. deportations as coronavirus cases skyrocket Miami Herald


Potent antibodies found in people recovered from COVID-19 NIH (David L)

Did protests drive more Covid-19 cases? New research reveals a surprising answer Inverse. See the paper: BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND COVID-19 NBER (David L)

Explainer: Covid-19 vaccine development – and why India has to be a player in this Scroll (J-LS)

Dexamethasone, favipiravir, plasma therapy — how India’s Covid care has evolved in 5 months The Print (J-LS)

ShieldPod (resilc). I think I want one.


Goldman Sachs did the math and a national mask mandate to slow the spread of coronavirus would save this much in U.S. economic growth MarketWatch (resilc)

Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. coronavirus outbreak is ‘going to be very disturbing,’ could top 100,000 new cases a day CNBC

Coronavirus: What’s behind alarming new US outbreaks? BBC

US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir Guardian (Kevin W)

Airlines defend moves to full-capacity flights The Hill

Houston Hospitals Deleted and Changed Charts That Track ICU Capacity Vice (J-LS)

GOP-Trump fractures on masks open up The Hill


Per allan, important tweetstorm:

China draws condemnation for new Hong Kong security law Financial Times


What happened to the RUC? London Review of Books (Olivier L)

Interview with ECB Vice President “Faced With This Big Drop in GDP and Inflation, We Had to Act” Der Spiegel

New Cold War

Why The US Empire Works So Hard To Control The International Narrative About Russia Caitlin Johnstone

Mexico’s demolition derby picks up speed Asia Times (Kevin W)

The State of Argentina’s Debt Restructuring… Council of Public Relations (chuck roast)

Legal battle over Venezuela’s looted billions heats up Univisionnews


Bernie Sanders Signs AOC’s Anti-annexation Letter Threatening to Cut U.S. Military Aid to Israel Haaretz

Imperial Collapse Watch

DoD fields ‘Brown Star Cluster’ flare for when mission goes to shit Duffle Blog

Trump Transition

Trump approves plan to pull 9,500 troops from Germany DW

Thousands Stranded, Families Separated After Trump H-1B Decree Bloomberg

‘Space Force’: What could have been ‘Dr. Strangelove’ is instead ‘McHale’s Navy’ People’s World (Dennis B)

How Anti-Abortion Activists Are Reacting to the Supreme Court’s Latest Abortion Decision Slate


Lauren Boebert beats Rep. Scott Tipton in Republican primary in Colorado Washington Post (furzy)

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Governor signs historic bill to remove Confederate symbol from Mississippi flag Guardian (Kevin W)

YouTube TV Jacks Up Pricing To Become Most Expensive Cable TV Alternative USAToday

Someone Mysteriously Sent Almost $1 Billion In Bitcoin Vice

Cornell Says Bringing Students Back to Campus Reduces Virus Risk Bloomberg

Uber’s New Strategy: Buy Unprofitable Companies, ???, Profit Vice

Class Warfare

Artificial intelligence’s great impact on low and middle-skilled jobs Bruegel. Kill me now.

Antidote du jour. Jerri and Lambert normally get the bird pix, but Dave H sent a raft of particularly nice shots and I don’t believe that this one has yet been featured:

A bonus from PJ-H: This is a video (unfortunately only on Facebook), which has gathered many views in Finland: a train machinist saving swan chicks and talking to them about helping them etc.

The text with the video says: ”I got information from the traffic director that 10km ahead there is possibily a swan on the rails (thanks for the information!) I approached carefully and what did I find! At this spot, passenger trains go a at 170km/h, and in this phase I already called the traffic director to tell that not a single train can pass this spot and traffic has to be stopped until all chicks have been helped to safety.”

And another bonus. When I had two cats, their occasional dustups were big on sound but not on set-breaking.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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