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Links 3/31/2020


Links 3/31/2020


Ferocious Raptor Discovered In New Mexico Was A Speedy Hunter Gizmodo (Kevin W)

Comet Atlas could be the brightest comet in decades The Next Web (Alan T)

Tree rings could pin down Thera volcano eruption date PhysOrg (Chuck L)

First Antarctic heatwave recorded at Casey research station antarctica.gov.au (Kevin W)

Amateur team builds ultra-efficient electric car in a barn Yale Climate Connections

Huge ecosystems could collapse in less than 50 years The Conversation

Are Thousands Of Game Farms In The U.S. Spawning A Generation Of Disease-Carrying Zombie Deer? Animal Wellness

Blood test detects wide range of cancers, available to at risk individuals in clinical study MedicalXpress (Chuck L)

Sometimes the most powerful act of resistance is to do nothing aeon


4 tips for staying connected during coronavirus, from migrants who live far from family The Conversation

Authors, Publishers Condemn the ‘National Emergency Library’ As ‘Piracy’ NPR

Van Gogh painting stolen in raid from museum closed due to coronavirus Yahoo (Brian C)

Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus Financial Times (David L). Unintentionally making the case for dumbphones or burner smart phones.


FDA Issues Limited Emergency Use For Two Drugs Used To Treat Malaria CNN. This is bizarre and comes off like a Trump-pressured PR stunt. Any MD can prescribe these meds as an “off-label” use. Even worse, this authorization does not contain a requirement to submit data to the FDA. It does allow for the release of supplies from stockpiles to hospitals and does provide for a fact sheet to be distributed. However…..

There’s scant evidence so far for chloroquine as a COVID-19 drug — but there’s already a shortage MarketWatch


Coronavirus: Leeds woman put message in window to ask cat’s name BBC (Clive)

Protective equipment being diverted from care homes to hospitals, say bosses Guardian (Kevin W)

Sweden says no to quarantine – is this the most reckless or the most proportionate Covid-19 response in the West? RT (Kevin W)

The fiscal consequences of the pandemic Bruegel

From Politico’s European newsletter:

TOO MUCH, EVEN FOR THE DUTCH? Politicians and economists in the Netherlands, meanwhile, have accused Prime Minster Mark Rutte’s government of going too far in rejecting corona bonds to help countries hit hardest by the coronavirus, and by calling for the EU to probe why those states don’t have the financial buffers to cope better with the economic shock, write Hans von der Burchard and Eline Schaart.

HOW DO WE GET DOWN FROM HERE? The most pressing question in European politics now, as it so often is when a policy debate gets this emotional, is how the combatants will manage to climb back down from their perches among the tree tops. The dispute over the right economic answer to a downturn of an unknown size and course — one dip, or two, for example? — will continue for a while, certainly beyond the end of next week, when finance ministers are due to file their aforementioned homework.


Coronavirus: India’s ‘super-spreader’ may have infected 15,000 people Gulf News

Coronavirus: How Dubai, Saudi returnees slipped under radar, leading to spike in cases Times of India (J-LS)

Latin America

This is the time to waive sanctions on Venezuela Financial Times. Editorial. As a cross-post suggested a while back…

Bolsonaro threatens to sack health minister over coronavirus criticism Guardiann (UserFriendly)


US coronavirus death toll tops 3,000 with more now dead than in 9/11 as health experts predict the worse is yet to come Daily Mail

Coronavirus: Three out of four of Americans under some form of lockdown BBC

World’s busiest border falls quiet with millions of Mexicans barred from U.S. Reuters

Coronavirus Slowdown in Seattle Suggests Restrictions Are Working New York Times (UserFriendly)

Virginia Gov. Northam Issues Stay-at-Home Order NBCWashington

No running water. No electricity. On Navajo Nation, coronavirus creates worry and confusion as cases surge Los Angeles Times (Glenn F)

Coronavirus: Hospital worker shares video of bodies being loaded into huge trucks in New York as state death toll passes 1,000 Independent (Chuck L)


Trump administration in talks with India to avoid U.S. drug supply shortage NBC. Ahem, pretty much all the active ingredients come from China.

Illinois governor says feds sent wrong type of protective medical masks CNN (furzy)

Political Responses

America’s Diseased Politics New Republic (resilc)


Saudi Arabia to raise oil exports to record high DW

Could Oil Really Fall To $0? OilPrice

General Electric Workers Launch Protest, Demand to Make Ventilators Vice

Trash Industry Braces for Potential Deluge of Coronavirus Waste Wall Street Journal (resilc)

Debt Collection Deems Itself Essential Amid Coronavirus Crisis Intercept (Chuck L)

Gulf faces recession as oil deluge meets Covid-19 Asia Times (Kevin W)

Why it matters that Boris Johnson thinks ‘there is such a thing as society’ The Conversation (Kevin W)

Unsanitized: Covidien’s Story Is Corporate America’s Story American Prospect

Guillotine Watch

David Geffen Assures Us He’s Isolating on His $590 Million Yacht TMZ (Brian C)

Serfs Revolt

Amazon Worker Who Led Strike Over Virus Says Company Fired Him Bloomberg (martha r)

Whole Foods workers to stage national ‘mass sick-out’ strike over coronavirus concerns NJ.com

FAQ: What to Do on April 1 Housing Justice For All


Saudi Arabia’s Dwindling Influence American Conservative

US Repositions Troops in Iraq, Preparing for Fight Against Iran Antiwar.com

Trump Transition

Trump Administration, In Biggest Environmental Rollback, To Announce Auto Pollution Rules New York Times


Reality Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders New Yorker (martha r)

Bernie Sanders won’t leave the presidential race and some Democrats have a problem with that. Washington Post. UserFriendly: “These people are so stupid. They treat voters like brain dead zombies.”

Tom Perez Put Corporate Lobbyists in Charge of the DNC’s Budget Sludge (UserFriendly)

Boulder County Wants Insurance Companies To Ditch Their Fossil Fuel Investments Colorado Public Radio

CalPERS allocates $375 million to emerging manager real estate fund Pensions & Investments (Kevin W)

Antidote du jour. Leroy: “Macaws on balcony, Caracas”:

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