Links 7/22/2020

Scientists accidentally create the “sturddlefish” — a new fish hybrid from two endangered species CBS

The last frontier: oil industry scales back exploration FT

Frackers Are in Crisis, Endangering America’s Energy Renaissance Bloomberg. Weird sort of renaissance, being based on an industry that was never profitable.

There goes the dollar The Reformed Broker

Self-driving industry takes to the highway after robotaxi failure FT. Called it (2016; 2017).

Amazon gets priority while mail gets delayed, say letter carriers Portland Press Herald (dk). And ballots?

Burger King wins dismissal of vegans’ lawsuit over Impossible Whopper Reuters

Rock Dust Could Be Farming’s Next Climate Solution Smithsonian

This makeup ingredient could destroy 99% of ‘forever chemicals’ Grist (Re Silc). PFAS killer?


Aerosol and Surface Transmission Potential of SARS-CoV-2 (preprint) medRxiv (via). From the body of the study: “Air samples in the rooms and in the hallway spaces (Figure 1B, and Tables S1 and S2) provide information about airborne viral shedding in these facilities. We found 63.2% of in-room air . samples to be positive by RT-PCR… [C]ell culture indicated some evidence for the presence of replication competent virus.” See the link at “via” for the Agence France Presse summary for the methodology in human-readable prose. To my knowledge, this is the first study to trace a pathway from the actual breath of individuals to infectiousness (“replication competent”).

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5 key takeaways from Tuesday’s big coronavirus vaccine hearing Politico. C-SPAN video (KC).

Double-Shot Covid Vaccines Multiply Immunization Challenges Bloomberg

The people with hidden immunity against Covid-19 BBC (J-LS). Interesting round-up.

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Fairfax, Loudoun, Montgomery call for all-virtual start to school year, scrapping earlier plans WaPo

What the U.S. Can Learn From Other Countries About Reopening Schools in a Coronavirus Pandemic Time

Missouri governor’s comments on coronavirus, McCloskeys raise eyebrows St Louis Post-Dispatch. “”These kids have got to get back to school,” [Missouri Gov. Mike Parson] told [talk-radio host Marc Cox]. “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.”

A focus group on #COVID19 with college students returning for the fall semester. Thread:

Interesting and useful. Over to you, administrators!

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COVID-19: What the Administration Knows and What They’re Telling Us Mike the Mad Biologist

Shaming people who refuse to wear face masks isn’t a good look. Guardian

Thinking of Traveling in the U.S.? These States Have Travel Restrictions NYT. “Nearly half of the states have strict measures in place for visitors, from mandatory testing to quarantine requirements.” To be updated.


China Says US Has Ordered It To Close Houston Consulate In What It Calls A Provocation That Violates International Law AP

How a misunderstanding about Chinese characters has led many astray Pinyin News Blog

Thai rice exporters cut 2020 forecast to 6.5 million tonnes, lowest in 20 years Channel News Asia


To battle Covid-19, India needs to be transparent about its mortality data (J-LS).

Solidarity Statement to End Caste Practices in Silicon Valley and the USA India Civil Watch


It is too late for Joe Biden or any other president to restore America’s leadership in the Middle East Independent (Re Silc). That’s a damn shame.

United Arab Emirates successfully sends its first mission toward Mars Spaceflight Now. Japanese booster.


UK abandons hope of US trade deal by end of year FT

Russia report: UK considers tougher security laws after criticism by MPs BBC

The Mercenary Who Botched a Maduro Coup Is Lying Low in Florida Businessweek

Trump Transition

New Congressional Stimulus Would Provide National Tip Jar For All Americans Making Under $40,000 The Onion

NY Dems Created McConnell’s Corporate Immunity Template Amid A Flood of Cash David Sirota, Too Much Information (GF). Well, just because one party comes up with a good idea doesn’t mean the other party shouldn’t adopt it.

Trump shifts rhetoric as he urges mask-wearing, warns of worsening pandemic Reuters

As Trump Threatens Secret Police Deployment Nationwide, Democrats Debate Expanding Surveillance Powers and New Money for DHS The Intercept. Biden will need that.

Different Names, Same Address: How Big Businesses Got Government Loans Meant for Small Businesses Pro Publica


Nothing would fundamentally change” (vs. “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” –Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard). Via UserFriendly:

In Defense of Litmus Tests. Briahna Joy Gray, Current Affairs

New York City’s Election Mess Gives White House Ammunition In War On Mail-In Voting HuffPo

22% of Mail-In Votes Never Get Counted Greg Palast. I hate to seem pessimistic, but:

Our Famously Free Press

Twitter to crack down on conspiracy theory group Our FT

Down the rabbit hole: how QAnon conspiracies thrive on Facebook Guardian

Imperial Collapse Watch

USS Bonhomme Richard boasts zero COVID-19 cases Duffel Blog

Police State Watch

Federal Officers Tear Gas Moms and Dads: A Digest of the 54th Night of Portland Protests Portland Mercury

What You Need To Know About The Battle of Portland Bellingcat. I know what Bellingcat is; this link is here because it’s Bellingcat.

I Know How to Cover a Portland Protest. So Why Am I Shaking? Courthouse News

Eudaly Rule Would Order Portland Police To Stop Cooperating With Federal Officers Oregon Public Broadcasting

Photo gallery of Portland protests:

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“Disturbing And Demoralizing”: DHS Employees Are Worried The Portland Protest Response Is Destroying Their Agency’s Reputation Buzzfeed

A Tale Of Two Camdens NPR

The hidden hand that uses money to reform troubled police departments NBC

Near and Present Anarchy The Baffler

Class Warfare

Union-led protests express solidarity with Black Lives Matter Los Angeles Times

Ambitious investments in child and elder care could boost labor supply enough to support 3 million new jobs Economic Policy Institute

‘Dangerous road hazard’: Texas police warn motorists of tire-flattening spikes scattered on major highway USA Today. Odd.

Should We Cancel Aristotle? NYT

Antidote du jour (via):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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