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Links 3/20/2020


Links 3/20/2020


NASA fixes Mars lander by telling it to hit itself with a shovel NY Post. There’s a lesson here for all of us….

Planets set to put on a show for the earliest Spring equinox in 124 years on Friday – with Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and a crescent moon appearing very close together in the night sky Daily Mail

Glut of crude swells across Atlantic basin on coronavirus, OPEC+ hikes Reuters

U.S. Airlines Could Burn $40 Billion in Cash If Demand Vanishes Bloomberg

Open Wide: Dentists Pressured To Drill Healthy Teeth, Ex-employees Say Newsy. Another private equity scam.

This recession is nothing like previous ones and so it has to be managed very differently Tax Research UK


The science:

Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1 NEJM

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Potential treatment:

A made-in-Canada solution to the coronavirus outbreak? MacLeans. Quercetin.

Japanese flu drug ‘clearly effective’ in treating coronavirus, says China Guardian

Coronavirus vaccines: five key questions as trials begin Nature

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Materiel shortages:

America Has a New Coronavirus Testing Problem: We’re Out of Chemicals Vice

US drugmaker doubled price on potential coronavirus treatment FT. Chloroquine.

Banks Pressure Health Care Firms to Raise Prices on Critical Drugs, Medical Supplies for Coronavirus The Intercept (CL).

US Air Force Flew Half a Million Coronavirus Test Swabs From Italy to Tennessee Defense One

Trump’s 500 Million Respirators Could Take 18 Months to Deliver Bloomberg

Trump Told Governors to Buy Own Virus Supplies, Then Outbid Them Bloomberg

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Will COVID-19 die down in summer? New tests could help answer that. LiveScience

The First U.S. Company Has Announced an Upcoming Home COVID-19 Test Time

New blood tests for antibodies could show true scale of coronavirus pandemic Science

We Need Time to Absorb All This Peggy Noonan. Do read for the screening process; the incentives are quite clear.

‘It is unclear why quality control did not detect this issue’: Early CDC tests couldn’t distinguish between coronavirus and water Business Insider. The contractor who supplied the faulty reagent to the CDC remains unnamed.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom orders all Californians to stay at home Los Angeles Times

The United States might have a secret weapon against coronavirus WaPo. “The United States, however, already practices a form of social distancing in its daily life through suburban living.”

Graph theory suggests COVID-19 might be a ‘small world’ after all ZDNet (original).

‘If I get it, I die’: homeless residents say inhumane shelter conditions will spread coronavirus Guardian

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Economic effects:

Experts Say the Internet Will Mostly Stay Online During Coronavirus Pandemic Vice. “Home users may see problems due to neglected U.S. infrastructure, but the internet overall should be able to weather the storm, experts suggest.”

Coronavirus: 120,000 IATSE Members Lose Their Jobs In Production & Event Shutdowns, Union Donates $2.5M Deadline

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Political response:

Who wins in the Senate GOP’s big bailout Politico

Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness ProPublica. Three other senators also sold major holdings around the time Mr. Burr did, according to the disclosure records: Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, who is also a member of the Intelligence Committee; James M. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma; and Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia.” So it’s bipartisan. I’m shocked, and I’m not the only one:

Senate Democrats propose bailout for student loan borrowers WaPo. “The liberal coalition, which includes the American Federation of Teachers, Demos and Americans for Financial Reform, estimates as many as 1 in 3 student loan borrowers will have their debts canceled under the proposal.” They’ll pry means-testing from Liberal Democrats’ cold dead hands….

America’s mass transit agencies need a bailout, too Vox

IRS releases guidance on deferring tax payments due to coronavirus The HIll

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel U.S. Department of State

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Remedies and ameliorations:

What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks? Smart Air. Handy chart:

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Public urged to stop flushing anti-septic wipes and turn off taps while washing hands as water demand reaches record levels Independent

COVID-19 Scams Are Everywhere Right Now. Here’s How to Protect Yourself Time

Here’s A Running List Of The Latest Hoaxes Spreading About The Coronavirus Buzzfeed. Not sure Bellingcat belongs there, as a fact-checker….

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Coronavirus and the Collapse of the Liberal Order: Europe’s Fate Called Into Question Valdai Discussion Club

Coronavirus’ next victim: Populism Politico

Coronavirus pandemic could reshape the global order Middle East Eye


Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative Agence France Presse

Timeline: The early days of China’s coronavirus outbreak and cover-up Axios

‘Is that it?’: Chinese report into death of doctor who raised coronavirus alarm underwhelms Reuters


Modi Asks 1.3 Billion Indians to Stay Indoors in Virus Fight Bloomberg


Facing Covid-19 in Italy — Ethics, Logistics, and Therapeutics on the Epidemic’s Front Line NEJM. China’s view:

“We are being treated as cannon fodder” OpenDemocracy. The UK.

Germany’s coronavirus anomaly: high infection rates but few deaths FT

Power Demand Slows in Europe as Virus Lockdowns Kick In Bloomberg

New Cold War

Six years and $20 billion in Russian investment later, Crimeans are happy with Russian annexation WaPo. Maybe the Atlantic Council will need to find a new grift.

Putin’s Coup: Cunning Plan or Improvisation? Carnegie Moscow Center

Trump Transition

What exactly is the Defense Production Act? Military Times

Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded NYT


Biden Sides With Big Pharma Against Plan That Could Make Coronavirus Vaccine Affordable Sludge

Right Now Congressional Dems Are to the Right of the GOP The Nation

Bernie Sanders Is Trying to Rescue America’s Frail Democracy Thomas Piketty, Jacobin

While Mainstream Democrats Fumble, Bernie Sanders Is Modeling a Serious Response to Coronavirus In These Times


Boeing eyes production pause as virus spreads: sources Reuters

David Calhoun’s Boeing criticism misses its most deserving target Seattle Times

Guillotine Watch

‘We should blow up the bridges’ — coronavirus leads to class warfare in Hamptons NY Post (DL). Must-read.

How one elite New York medical provider got its patients coronavirus tests Reuters. Medical concierges.

Class Warfare

Coronavirus list of ‘key workers’ whose kids should stay in school finally published Mirror (KW). No hedgies on the list, oddly.

‘Now Make It National’: Vermont and Minnesota Classify Grocery Store Staff as Emergency Personnel Common Dreams

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Opinion: For the Rich, Covid-19 Protections. For Health Workers, a Shrug. Undark

Declining worker power and American economic performance Anna Stansbury and Lawrence Summers, Brookings Institute

Evolution selects for ‘loners’ that hang back from collective behavior—at least in slime molds Phys.org

Antidote du jour (via):

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Bonus antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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