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?
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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The people with hidden immunity against Covid-19 BBC (J-LS). Interesting round-up.
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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:
College students return to campus in a few weeks. We wanted to know their thoughts about quarantine, symptom tracking, contact tracing, and mask wearing on campus, so my grad student @laurie_groshon and I did focus groups to find out.
Here’s what students told us
— Sherry Pagoto (@DrSherryPagoto) July 11, 2020
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
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.
How a misunderstanding about Chinese characters has led many astray Pinyin News Blog
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.
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.
As Trump Threatens Secret Police Deployment Nationwide, Democrats Debate Expanding Surveillance Powers and New Money for DHS The Intercept. Biden will need that.
Pool report from a Biden fundraiser hosted by the COO of Blackstone. The substance is fine, but the eggshells that any politician must walk on to describe anything slightly unpalatable to the corporate class is just depressing pic.twitter.com/n2Bv4vlWNA
— David Dayen (@ddayen) July 20, 2020
In Defense of Litmus Tests. Briahna Joy Gray, Current Affairs
22% of Mail-In Votes Never Get Counted Greg Palast. I hate to seem pessimistic, but:
Our Famously Free Press
Imperial Collapse Watch
USS Bonhomme Richard boasts zero COVID-19 cases Duffel Blog
Police State Watch
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:
1. I was in downtown Portland yesterday at the courthouse and justice center and took some pictures. A photo gallery thread. pic.twitter.com/Clf2iuhhQv
— Tim Dickinson (@7im) July 22, 2020
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Near and Present Anarchy The Baffler
Union-led protests express solidarity with Black Lives Matter Los Angeles Times
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.