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Links 4/25/2020


Links 4/25/2020


Hubble turns 30: Take a look back at some of the space telescope’s best images EuroNews. Kevin W: “Cool 1:05 video.”

Long-Lost US Military Satellite Found By Amateur Radio Operator NPR

Michael Moore climate film snubs solar and urges population control, ruffling mainstream movement MarketWatch (furzy)

When in Doubt: Hang Up, Look Up, & Call Back Krebs on Security (Robert M). Important. Another lesson here: Don’t use debit cards for purchases!!!! And only use ATMs at bank branches. Less likely to be compromised than ones in stores.


40 Photos Of People Having A Worse Quarantine Than You Bored Panda

Revealed: leader of group peddling bleach as coronavirus ‘cure’ wrote to Trump this week Guardian (resilc)

A spike in New Yorkers ingesting household cleaners following Trump’s controversial coronavirus comments New York Daily News. DK: “No data source reference given for the report.”

We’re not going back to normal MIT Technology Review. J-LS: “From last month, but still germane.” Moi: Tons of people still in denial. Hardly anyone wearing masks here, and had a 70 year old friend in Dallas comment casually that she wasn’t wearing one, she didn’t see the point, as in it wouldn’t protect her.

UserFriendly: “For context, Omegle is an oddball web app that randomly connects you via video chat to a complete stranger, Some people do it when they are bored, lots of guys do it to expose themselves to strangers.”


“Immunity passports” in the context of COVID-1 WHO. Key sentence: “There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.” Hoo boy. This is the strongest-form statement possible of reservations about immunity. If this continues to be true, you can kiss a vaccine goodbye. Similarly, there would little point in identifying who has had the disease, as opposed to trying to get a better handle on who is currently infectious.

Antigen testing could be a faster, cheaper way to diagnose covid-19 MIT Technology Review (J-LS). Readers?

Australia/New Zealand

As the coronavirus turns the immigration tap off, the Australian economy looks increasingly exposed Business Insider (Kevin W). Ahem, when I was there (early 2000s), Oz was doing just fine of the groaf front with tough restrictions on immigration. But the business lobby wanted more.

Australia and New Zealand mark Anzac Day in driveways BBC


China’s New Coronavirus Cases Spur Fresh Limits New York Times (furzy)

China rejects calls for inquiry into virus origins BBC (David L)


India Post delivers ₹412cr cash in doorstep banking revolution Times of India (J-LS)


Korea moves carefully to ease social distancing Asia Times (Kevin W)

Kim Jong-un: China sends doctors to check on health – report Guardian

Taiwan’s ‘hidden champions’ help coronavirus fightback Nikkei

Covid-19 kills Japan’s coveted trade surplus Asia Times (Kevin W)

Africa/Middle East

Israel Stops Using Phone Tracking To Enforce COVID-19 Quarantines Engadget


Why the World’s Highest Virus Death Rate Is in Europe’s Capital Bloomberg

Coronavirus: paying the price Richard North

Grant Shapps suggests airport screening will be adopted in the UK Telegraph


From DK. Ugly:

Georgia gym reopenings: Here’s what members might see during workouts as states reopen businesses USA Today (Kevin W)

As America Prepares to Return to Work, EEOC Approves Testing Employees for COVID-19 National Law Review

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is now paying for visitors to leave CNN (Dr. Kevin)

Navy recommends reinstating fired captain who sounded alarm on coronavirus outbreak Politico (J-LS)

Revealed: leader of group peddling bleach as coronavirus ‘cure’ wrote to Trump this week Guardian

Serfs Revolt

Battles Over Masks Grow Desperate Capital & Main (J-LS)

Amazon Asks Workers Staying At Home To Return Or Seek Leave Bloomberg

COVID-19 sweeping through US immigrant farmworker and meatpacker ranks openDemocracy

Political Responses

Trump Threatens To Block Aid For US Post Office If It Does Not Raise Prices Reuters

Opinion: EU puts positive spin on coronavirus rescue package disunity DW

Trump approved of Georgia’s plan to reopen before bashing it Associated Press


Fewer than half of working Americans will have a paycheck in May as devastating coronavirus layoffs persist, economist says Business Insider

Coronavirus will wipe out FORTY PER CENT of the economy, unemployment will peak at 27 million and deficit will soar, Congressional Budget Office warns in doomsday report Daily Mail

Investors baffled by soaring stocks in ‘monster’ depression Financial Times

The Tax-Break Bonanza Inside the Economic Rescue Package New York Times (resilc)

A new study shows over 100 public companies got $550 million of federal loans intended for ‘small businesses’ Business Insider

Apple and Google Pledge To Shut Down Coronavirus Tracker When Pandemic Ends The Verge. If you believe this, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. At a minimum, this will morph into yet another back door.

Mnuchin says U.S. may take stakes in U.S. energy companies Reuters (resilc). Stakes? For shale, they should take them over.

“I Take That as a Threat”: Big Pharma Is Meddling in the Race for a COVID-19 Treatment Vanity Fair (resilc)

Get Ready for the Return of Inflation Wall Street Journal

As Much As 25% Of America’s Meat Production Is Offline. Looming Shortages Show COVID’s Inflationary Side. Heisenberg Report (resilc)

Imperial Collapse Watch

Five F-35 issues have been downgraded, but they remain unsolved Defense News. Kevin W: “Related story: The Pentagon will have to live with limits on F-35’s supersonic flights. That turkey is now mostly a subsonic fighter. As one guy commented, ‘There’s no end to what it can’t do.’”

Trump Transition

High Court Rejects Plea to Block Trump Immigration Rule During Pandemic Wall Street Journal

Trump owes tens of millions to the Bank of China — and the loan is due soon Politico (furzy)


New Evidence Supports Credibility of Tara Reade’s Allegation Against Biden Intercept (Chuck L)

Survivors Grapple With Putting Trauma Aside To Vote For Joe Biden HuffPost (BC)

NEWS FLASH! CalPERS Investment Committee Retreats from Further Delegation of Authority to Staff LA City Watch

Opinion: Russia is the world’s biggest loser from oil’s crash, and that’s reason to be worried MarketWatch (resilc)

Healthy economies: the Tax Justice Network podcast, April 2020

Class Warfare

The Right Wing Wants You to Die Vice (resilc)

The System Works: Deputy Who Randomly Fired His Gun Through His Windshield Into Rush Hour Traffic Fined $2 TechDirt

Antidote du jour (CV):

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And a bonus (Kevin W):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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