Links 7/6/2020

Why Bald Eagles Are No Longer Endangered Treehugger (Re Silc).

New way to calculate dogs’ ages may unlock secret to aging ABC

The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water High Country News

Pink ice in Italy’s Alps sparks algae probe Agence France Presse

Why the crisis marks the end of the road for longstanding business lines FT

Minor League Teams Could Be Latest Casualties of COVID’s Disaster Capitalism Truthout

Court ruling ties SEC’s hands over investor fraud FT

The time for accounting reform has arrived Tax Research UK


Identifying airborne transmission as the dominant route for the spread of COVID-19 PNAS. “Our analysis reveals that the difference with and without mandated face covering represents the determinant in shaping the trends of the pandemic worldwide.” Readers?

Coronavirus pandemic may not have started in China, experts say Sydney Morning Herald. “[Dr Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University] believes that many viruses lie dormant throughout the globe and emerge when conditions are favourable. It also means they can vanish as quickly as they arrive.” Jefferson believes fecal transmission is more significant than currently thought.

Covid-Like Virus Was Sent to Wuhan in 2013, Sunday Times Says Bloomberg. “Scientists in 2013 sent frozen samples to the Wuhan lab from a bat-infested former copper mine in southwest China after six men who had been clearing out bat feces there contracted a severe pneumonia.”

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Microwave-Generated Steam Decontamination of N95 Respirators Utilizing Universally Accessible Materials American Society for Microbiology. “Using widely available glass containers, mesh from commercial produce bags, a rubber band, and a 1,100-W commercially available microwave, we constructed an effective, standardized, and reproducible means of decontaminating N95 respirators.” News you can use!

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Sharply, but Deaths Are Still Down New York Times

Gottlieb says U.S. “right back where we were” at earlier peak of coronavirus outbreak CBS

Michigan reports no new coronavirus deaths for first time since March MLive

Why the U.S. still hasn’t solved its testing crisis Politico (Re Silc). It’s hard to solve a manufacturing problem in a deindustrialized country. It’s hard to solve a national problem with a Federal system. And for those who think “leadership” would solve the problem–

The Obummer Plague Eschaton

‘A Nightmare’: Georgia Tech Faculty Push Back Against In-Person Reopening Plans NPR

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Moderna: Overpromising and Underdelivering? Trial Site. On Moderna, see alert reader Ignacio here.

WHO Chief Scientist on ICMR Vaccine: Scientific, Ethical Standards Mustn’t Yield to Speed The Wire. “[Soumya Swaminathan] said India has to accept that the solution will be a long term one. The virus is with us for the foreseeable future. We need to create a new normal and learn to live with it.”

The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities Business Insider

Pontifications: Why I won’t be flying any time soon Leeham News and Analysis. “Containing the virus requires passenger cooperation. It’s not there yet.”

Neighbors fed up with parties during pandemic at NE Miami-Dade mansion 7News

112 Fraternity Members At The University Of Washington Have Tested Positive For COVID-19 Buzzfeed

COVID-19 hotspot fears as Byron Bay bush doof leaves authorities ‘dumbfounded’ ABC Australia (a “doof” is a large party or festival with dancing to electronic music).


Chinese stocks surge in biggest 1-day jump for over a year FT

China’s shadow banking system under spotlight as Sichuan Trust misses payments amid economic slowdown South China Morning Post

Goldman Says U.S. Tensions Won’t Hurt China Stocks Too Much, Yet Bloomberg

US imports keep falling, except from China Quartz

Why a ‘new normal’ might fail in Indonesia and how to fix it Jakarta Post


Global report: India becomes third worst-affected country as giant Covid-19 hospital opens Guardian


Iran Says Damage At Nuclear Site ‘Significant’ Agence France Presse


Dozens of shifts at coronavirus mega-lab cancelled and staff paid to stay away, whistleblower reveals Independent

UK court recognises Guaido as Venezuela’s president in gold dispute Reuters


BOUNTYGATE: Scapegoating Systemic Military Failure in Afghanistan Scott Ritter, Consortium News. Must-read, a massive takedown.


Is Biden Trying To ‘Out-Hawk’ Trump On Foreign Policy? The American Conservatives. Of course. That’s why the Bush Republicans are slithering onto the Biden bandwagon.

COVID-19 meets Election 2020: the perfect storm for misinformation Seattle Times. All the examples are on the right, which, to be fair, is a yarn diagram-heavy environment. The difficulty here is that supposed authorities WHO and Fauci provided misinformation on key issues: Fauci and WHO on masking, and WHO on asymptomatic transmission. The masking kerfuffle wasn’t merely misinformation, either; it was dis information, a falsehood propagated deliberately. Could we have some sort of single standard?

Health Care

The COVID-19 Pandemic Underscores the Need to Address Structural Challenges of the US Health Care System Andy Slavitt, JAMA. “With all-payer rate setting, access to care will broaden for everybody.” Health care lobbyists leverage credibility as COVID-19 pundits to oppose #MedicareForAll (“Andy Slavitt, MBA” runs United States of Care. See NC here and here.)

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Police Used Smart Streetlight Footage to Investigate Protesters Voice of San Diego. There’s that word.

L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell prepared to snitch on ‘big names’ to save herself NY Post

No, Ghislaine Maxwell Has Not Tested Positive for COVID-19 in Jail Snopes

The Uprisings

How Revolutions Happen The Atlantic

This ‘revolution’ isn’t what it looks like The Spectator

OLYMPIA: Two reportbacks from “Fuck the 4th” march Puget Sound Anarchists

Frederick Douglass statue vandalized on anniversary of his famous Fourth of July Rochester speech Democrat and Chronicle

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Black Lives Matter May Be the Largest Movement in U.S. History New York Times

George Floyd Protester Demographics: Insights Across 4 Major US Cities (PDF) MobileWalla. New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Atlanta, May 29-31. Creepy that the data was gathered at all, but still of interest.

Breonna Taylor warrant connected to Louisville gentrification plan, lawyers say Courier-Journal. Law enforcement for profit, exactly as in Ferguson.

Black Lives Matter Protests, Social Distancing, and COVID-19 (PDF) NBER. From the abstract: “Event-study analyses provide strong evidence that net stay-at-home behavior increased following protest onset, consistent with the hypothesis that nonprotesters’ behavior was substantially affected by urban protests. This effect was not fully explained by the imposition of city curfews. Estimated effects were generally larger for persistent protests and those accompanied by media reports of violence. Furthermore, we find no evidence that urban protests reignited COVID-19 case growth during the more than three weeks following protest onset. We conclude that predictions of broad negative public health consequences of Black Lives Matter protests were far too narrowly conceived.”

Realignment and Legitimacy

How to Build a Post-Pandemic America Washington Monthly

A yarn diagram, but Catholic. Fun stuff. Or not. Thread (VE):

Class Warfare

Employment won’t recover for a decade, CBO says Politico. Well, the Obama Alumni Association has form; the last time, it took a decade, too. For some definition of “recover.”

Pay cuts are becoming a defining feature of the coronavirus recession WaPo

The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus NYT. Erasing class.

Generation Z Is Bearing the Economic Brunt of the Virus Bloomberg. Ditto.

Hamilton Lessons The Big Picture (Re Silc).

Antidote du jour (via):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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