Links 7/16/2020

Bolsonaro Complains That Quarantine Sucks, Then Gets Pecked by an Emu The Daily Beast. But how is the emu feeling? (Actually, not an emu but a rhea, an emu-like bird.)

The US is having a bank-shaped recovery Gillian Tett, FT

Small Lab Makes Big Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion Tech Big if true.

Coronavirus and climate change: How to deal with converging crises Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


Absence of Apparent Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from Two Stylists After Exposure at a Hair Salon with a Universal Face Covering Policy — Springfield, Missouri, May 2020 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. From the Discussion:

At salon A in Springfield, Missouri, two stylists with COVID-19 symptoms worked closely with 139 clients before receiving diagnoses of COVID-19, and none of their clients developed COVID-19 symptoms. Both stylists A and B, and 98% of the interviewed clients followed posted company policy and the Springfield city ordinance requiring face coverings by employees and clients in businesses providing personal care services. The citywide ordinance reduced maximum building waiting area seating to 25% of normal capacity and recommended the use of face coverings at indoor and outdoor public places where physical distancing was not possible. Both company and city policies were likely important factors in preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 during these interactions between clients and stylists. These results support the use of face coverings in places open to the public, especially when social distancing is not possible, to reduce spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Walmart says all customers will be required to wear masks NBC

SARS-CoV-2 in the environment: Modes of transmission, early detection and potential role of pollutions Science Direct

COVID-19 screening strategies that permit the safe re-opening of college campuses (preprint) medRvix (Allan). From the abstract: “Rapid, inexpensive and frequently conducted screening (even if only 70% sensitive) would be cost-effective and produce a modest number of COVID-19 infections. While the optimal screening frequency hinges on the success of behavioral interventions to reduce the base severity of transmission (Rt), this could permit the safe return of student to campus.”

‘Only those with plastic visors were infected’: Swiss government warns against face shields The Local

It’s Risky to Rely on the Economist’s Vaccine Bloomberg

The comfort of cash in a time of coronavirus FT

Fatal overdoses climbed to record high in 2019, reversing historic progress Politico


Chinese GDP grows 3.2% in second quarter FT

The United States is treating Hong Kong as mainland China. Business is starting to do the same CNN

Security law: Taiwan must be wary, it could be the next target Hong Kong Free Press

Beijing should change tack on South China Sea to avoid conflict with US, analyst says South China Morning Post

Secretary Pompeo’s Surprising Defense of International Law, Allies, and the Law of the Sea Convention Just Security

Trump’s executive order confirms US State Department has trained the Hong Kong police Lausan

China Malware: Sorry, Techno Geeks, There Still is no Place to Hide China Law Blog

Tokyo raises its alert over COVID-19 cases to highest level 4 Asahi Shimbun

Another Market Outbreak in Bali as 35 Vendors Test Positive Bali Sun

Daily briefing: How Vietnam acheived zero deaths from coronavirus Nature

Genetic drivers of high-rise rice that survives deep floods Nature


Major Fire Damages Seven Boats at Port of Bushehr, Iran Maritime Executive. Hmm.

The undeclared war against Iran Responsible Statecraft

‘Hunger crimes’ on the rise in crisis-hit Lebanon Daily Star

Row over Africa’s largest dam in danger of escalating, warn scientists Nature


Labour set to apologise to antisemitism whistleblowers Guardian

Damage to the Soul Craig Murray

‘There’s a direct relationship’: Brazil meat plants linked to spread of Covid-19 Guardian

New Cold War

Russia-Ukraine Water War? Scott Ritter, Energy Intelligence

How the Media Mangled the ‘Russian Invasion’ of the Trump Administration The National Interest

Trump Transition

Congress edges toward deal to extend federal unemployment subsidy in coronavirus bill Los Angeles Times

Trump administration rescinds in-person requirement for international students ABC

Corporate Media Give Trump Powers He Doesn’t Actually Possess FAIR


To Secure the Election: Tame the Russian Bear in Cyberspace Council on Foreign Relations. Sure is odd that these national security goons are all about “securing the election” but never, ever mention hand-marked paper ballots, hand-counted in public.

Democrats Will Never Choose Transformative Change – So Give Them No Choice Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Exclusive: Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks Yahoo News (dk).

Four States Are Sharing Driver’s License Info To Help Find Out Who’s A Citizen NPR

Failed State

The Shirking Pandemic: Everyone Is Passing The Buck The American Conservative

‘Almost Indecent’ The Heisenbert Report

America Should Prepare for a Double Pandemic The Atlantic

Who are these federal officers sent to Portland to deal with protesters? KGW8 (dk).

Black Injustice Tipping Point

The Surprising Geography of Police Killings: Back-of-the-Napkin Calculations on Race, Region, and Violence

Every Member Of Police Department Excitedly Volunteers To Go Undercover In White Supremacist Group The Onion

Imperial Collapse Watch

Victory! U.S. defeats CHOP, ending 75-year losing streak Duffel Blog. Another symptom of Third World status: A military that doesn’t win wars, but is used to suppress domestic unrest.

On Day 4, Fire Crews on USS Bonhomme Richard Battle Hot Spots and Flare Ups USNI News

L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Attack-the-Victim Strategy May Backfire Bloomberg

Class Warfare

Supporting the Economy by Supporting Workers (PDF) Statement of William E. Spriggs, Hearing on “Capital Markets and Emergency Lending in the COVID-19 Era” before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets (GF).

The Four Centrisms Benjamin Studebaker. Interesting, if bleak, schema.

Moral Cruelty and the Left Tablet

Dismemberment Killing of Tech C.E.O. ‘Looks Like Professional Job’ NYT. Froth?

Is it Patch Blues-day for Outlook? Microsoft’s email client breaks worldwide, leaves everyone stumped The Register. “There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today.” –Admiral David Beatty, at the Battle of Jutland.

Twitter appears to have disabled tweeting by verified users after a massive hack and it’s causing big problems Business Insider. Lots of dunking:


This Is The Woman Responsible For Those Eerily Realistic Cakes That Have Been Flooding The Internet Buzzfeed. And so far, I haven’t seen one single Marie Antoinette joke! Anyhow:

Our epistemological crisis continues….

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