Links 7/17/2020

Crabs are chomping salt marshes down to Florida Futurity (resilc)

Microbiologists at Caltech discovered a bacteria that feeds on manganese metal Slashgear (David L)

An invisible hand: Patients aren’t being told about the AI systems advising their care StatNews (David L)

Summers could become ‘too hot for humans’ BBC

The Scandal of Our Drug Supply New York Review of Books (Kevin C). Important.


Arturo Tedeschi redesigns historic ATM Class 1500 tram for a post-Covid world Dezeen (resilc)

Why governments have the right to require masks in public ScienceBlog (Dr. Kevin)

The New Must-Have Museum Souvenir: Face Masks New York Times (resilc)


COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool Georgia Tech (ChiGal)

Coronavirus: no easy way out of pandemic, even with a vaccine, experts say South China Morning Post

New Yorkers Advised to Avoid LabCorp, Quest Coronavirus Tests Bloomberg. Wonder why other states aren’t following suit….any place with a med school, a large outpatient clinic, or a hospital system has labs. Why aren’t they being asked/ordered to process Covid-19 tests?

Baby Was Infected With Coronavirus In Womb, Study Reports New York Times. So a friend’s pregnant MD daughter was not nuts to be in extreme avoidance of people mode.

Mosquitoes flying free as health departments focus on virus ABC (ma)

Reopening K-12 Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Press release here.


Teachers Are Panicking About Schools Reopening in the Fall Vice

Louisiana man arrested after allegedly running car into officer who asked him to wear mask at Walmart The Hill

Political Responses

How HHS’s new hospital data reporting system will actually affect the U.S. Covid-19 response StatNews. Consistent with Lambert’s post yesterday.

Masks win political momentum despite GOP holdouts The Hill

Trump Is Donating Ventilators to Countries That Don’t Need or Can’t Use Them ProPublica

Laura Brown: “We honor Dr Anthony Fauci with this special cover of @instylemagazine.” Instagram (Dr. Kevin)

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Sues Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Over Face Mask Order NPR (David L)

Senate GOP Aims to Funnel Covid Liability Cases to Federal Courts Wall Street Journal

Why America needs a national innovation plan right now The Hill


Why Won’t Trump Spend What Is Needed to Save His Presidency? New York Magazine

Federal Aid Helped Wide Swath of Small Businesses, Needy or Not Wall Street Journal

Recovering fully from the coronavirus shock will require large increases in federal debt—and there’s nothing wrong with that Economic Policy Institute. “Debt”. Sigh.

Investor group lambasts ‘earnings before coronavirus’ Financial Times. Investors who agreed to idiocy like cov-lite can hardly complain when it comes back to bite them.

A potential wave of mass evictions could make this year’s turbulent hurricane season even worse Popular Science

Virus surges. Work hours plateau. U.S. may be flattening the wrong curve Reuters


World splitting into pro and anti-Huawei camps Asia Times (Kevin W)

AG Bill Barr attacks Disney, Google, Microsoft and Apple for doing business with China and says Hollywood ‘censors movies to appease the Communist Party’ Daily Mail

China Will Sanction Lockheed Martin Over Arms Sales To Taiwan CNN

EU regulators to probe Alexa, Siri and other voice assistants Reuters

New Cold War

Intelligence Illargi

American spies: “Those sneaky Russians want to get their grubby asiatic fingers on our patriotic COVID cure!” Yasha Levine


The man who drove the US out of Afghanistan Asia Times (Kevin W)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Deepfake used to attack activist couple shows new disinformation frontier Reuters (Dan K)

Tech Firms Like Facebook Must Restrict Data Sent From EU To US, Court Rules Guardian

Who’s Behind Wednesday’s Epic Twitter Hack? Brian Krebs

Imperial Collapse Watch

Isoliert, auf hoher See – plötzlich ist die Crew Corona-positiv Die Welt (guurst). Google translate: Isolated, on the high seas – suddenly the crew is Corona positive

Trump Transition

The CIA, Covert Action and Operations in Cyberspace LawFare

Trump Administration Discussing Travel Ban on China’s Communist Party Members Wall Street Journal

Donald J. Trump, or Osama bin Laden’s Revenge Tom Engelhardt


Silicon Valley pours money into Biden’s campaign — and snubs Trump’s Recode

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Berkeley moves toward removing police from traffic stops ABC (ma)

Hawley calls for civil rights probe of prosecutor investigating gun-wielding St. Louis couple The Hill. Help me. The basis for prosecution is not having a gun, but threatening people engaged in lawful activity. And the “private road” business has been misconstrued. It means the road is closed to cars but open to pedestrians.

Hundreds of Hyperpartisan Sites Are Masquerading as Local News NiemanLab

Largest California Oil Driller Files for Bankruptcy OilPrice

Troy Harlow has always made sure to pay his mortgage on time. Wells Fargo had other plans for him. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC (Jim B). Wells just can’t control itself….

Economists on the Run Foreign Policy (David L). From last year but still of interest.

Guillotine Watch

Woman who refused to wear mask wants half of $100K donated to Starbucks barista WGNTV (Kevin W)

The true story of the heartthrob prince of Qatar and his time at USC Los Angeles Times

Class Warfare

900 Strikes since March 1st – Rubber Bullet Workers Make Only $10 an Hour – New Strike Board Game Launched Mike Elk

Explainable AI under contract and tort law: legal incentives and technical challenges Artificial Intelligence and Law (David L)

Antidote du jour (Leroy R):

And a bonus (Kevin W). This ‘roo looks like a juvenile or maybe a wallaby. And it barely put up a fight, which means either it is tame or not feeling so hot.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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