Links 8/19/2020

New species of “supergiant” isopod uncovered National University of Singapore. The pictures…

Don’t freak out, but it’s almost time for tarantulas to crawl around Colorado in search of love Denver Post

Will Uber and Lyft shut down in California? Fortune

Citibank sent a hedge fund $175 million by mistake. Now it’s struggling to get the money back CNN. This keeps happening.

Magpie-swooping season could be worse in Victoria this year as face masks confuse birds Guardian


Functional SARS-CoV-2-specific immune memory persists after mild COVID-19 (preprint) medRxiv. From the abstract: “[M]ild COVID-19 elicits memory lymphocytes that persist and display functional hallmarks associated with antiviral protective immunity.”

In situ structural analysis of SARS-CoV-2 spike reveals flexibility mediated by three hinges Science. “A stalk with three flexible hinges connects [the spike protein] to the viral membrane.”

Coronavirus pandemic now driven by younger adults, WHO says NBC

COVID-19 symptoms are most likely to appear in a specific order, research finds ABC Australia

Coronavirus smell loss ‘different from cold and flu’ BBC

What the immune response to the coronavirus says about the prospects for a vaccine Nature

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Cellphone Data Shows How Las Vegas Is “Gambling With Lives” Across the Country ProPublica (Re Silc).

Missouri Lags Behind With Limited Mask Mandate in Prisons US News. See J-LS here on San Quentin.

The pandemic appears to have spared Africa so far. Scientists are struggling to explain why Science

Pourquoi le vraquier n’a-t-il pas été arraisonné et pourquoi avoir attendu 15 jours pour monter à bord? L’Express. Google translation (or at least it ought to be; I can’t get Google to translate). Colonel Smithers: “More and more questions are being asked. As per this article by a Belgian captain, why did the ship’s captain cease communications with Mauritian authorities for at least two hours and enter Mauritian waters without permission and it took so long for the authorities to board the vessel. The author also wonders if people or illegal cargo were being dropped. The former may explain the life raft and jackets from ship found washed ashore nearby and reported by a local doctor after a stroll.”

Mauritius Arrests Officers and Tows Wakashio as Questions Persist The Maritime Executive


China, the World Bank, and African Debt: A War of Words The Diplomat

US and China to double weekly flights, handing lifeline to grounded carriers facing industry’s worst travel slump South China Morning Post

China Seeks to Use Access to Covid-19 Vaccines for Diplomacy WSJ

How Japan Talks About Security Threats The Diplomat

The Koreas

Cluster infection originating in Seoul’s Sarang Jeil Church spreads nationwide The Hankyoreh


How Did the Eastern Mediterranean Become the Eye of a Geopolitical Storm? Foreign Policy

UAE deal shows– world leaders see Israel lobby as a gatekeeper in Washington Mondoweiss

Why U.A.E. Struck a Deal With Israel and Why It Matters Bloomberg


How Scotland’s dream of independence came back into play FT

Preparing for my Trial Craig Murray

U.K. Scraps Public Health Body in Shakeup of Pandemic Response Bloomberg

Ofqual’s ‘underqualified’ £200,000-a-year CEO, its two-days-a-week ex-journalist chairman who flunked his A-Levels and the top DfE civil servant hated by Gove-ites: Three accused of overseeing exams chaos – as the axe hovers over regulator Daily Mail. How did Orwellian names like “OfQual” start proliferating, anyhow?

New Cold War

Putin warns western leaders over ‘meddling’ in Belarus FT

Belarus: Are neoliberalism and nationalism the only options? Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon

The Return of Great-Power Competition—Cold War Lessons about Strategic Antisubmarine Warfare and Defense of Sea Lines of Communication (PDF) Naval War College Review


Senate report describes closer ties between 2016 Trump campaign, Russia The Hill

Clinesmith, the Russia Lie, and the Deep State National Review

Justice Delayed or Justice Denied? A Response To Andrew Weissmann And Ryan Goodman Jonathan Turley

Trump Transition

I Have Spent My Career Advocating for Fair Housing. It’s Good to See Obama’s Rule Go. Planetizen

Democrat National Convention

Democrats nominate Biden for epic challenge to oust Trump AP

Democrats Drop Demand To End Fossil Fuel Subsidies From Party Platform HuffPo (MT). “Incorrectly included.” Well done, well done. Fire the intern.

“They have learned nothing….”

“… and forgotten nothing.” Thread:

Here’s a blow-by-blow description of NBC’s AOC debacle:

The Convention Has Finally Become What It Always Was The Atlantic


Election Beat 2020: Focus on America’s two largest recent immigrant groups Journalist’s Resource

Our Famously Free Press

How We Could Wind Up Banned From Discussing An October Surprise On Social Media This Election Caitlin Johnstone

The Press that Cried Wolf Matt Taibbi. This:

CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post are now following the same script with the Trump panics. The pattern is consistent. Day one involves spectacular claims of corruption. By day two, placard-bearing protesters are hitting the streets… Almost always, by day three or four, key claims are walked back: maybe there was no direct “promise” to a foreign leader, or the CIA doesn’t have “direct evidence” of Russian bounties, or viral photos of children in cages at the border were from 2014, not 2017. By then it doesn’t matter. A panic is a panic, and there are only two reportable angles in today’s America, total guilt and total innocence. Even when the balance of the information would still look bad or very bad for Trump, news outlets commit to leaving out important background, so as not to complicate the audience response.

By now, my killer T-cells go to work on minute one of hour one of day one…. Unfortunate if there’s the media equivalent of a cytokine storm, but here we are.


USPS to Suspend Changes Until After Election WSJ

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Researchers Can Duplicate Keys from the Sounds They Make in Locks

How Northern California’s Police Intelligence Center Tracked Protests The Intercept

Miami Police Used Facial Recognition Technology in Protester’s Arrest NBC Miami

Facial Recognition Lobby Urges Caution on U.S. Zeal to Regulate Bloomberg

Groves of Academe

New law requires students to complete ethnic studies to graduate from California State University NBC

Sports Desk

Indian cricket’s sticky wicket FT

Imperial Collapse Watch

SOCOM didn’t consistently document whether more than $800 million in gear met key performance metrics or not Task and Purpose

Democracy Always Prevails In Great Power Competition—Well, Almost Always The American Conservative

Guillotine Watch

Bookstore Operator Denies Raiding Little Free Libraries for Stock Washingtonian

Class Warfare

Will you pay my mortgage? Bank of mum and dad withdrawals squeeze sandwich generation FT

Covid-19 rips through motel rooms of farmworkers who pick nation’s produce The Counter

The Unprecedented Gun and Ammo Shortage by Larry C Johnson Sic Semper Tyrannis

Antidote du Jour (via):

Not strictly an antidote, but surely functionally so:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here:

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