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Links 4/3/2020


Links 4/3/2020


Tiny picnic tables for feeding squirrels in style Boing Boing (JBird4049).

Ocean Creatures Have Been Protecting Us From Millions of Viruses This Entire Time Science Alert

What’s a virus, anyway? Part 1: The bare-bones basics Stanford Medicine

CSU Predicts Busier-Than-Average Atlantic Hurricane Season in 2020 Weather Underground

The hilltop fortress town that cut itself off from the world — and coronavirus CNN. As I write, billionaire concierges checking for a helipad…


The science:

Aerosol emission and superemission during human speech increase with voice loudness Nature (nvl). From 2019, still germane. A possible avenue of research into superspreaders.

Stability of SARS coronavirus in human specimens and environment and its sensitivity to heating and UV irradiation. Biomedical and Environmental Sciences. From 2003, still germane. From the abstract: “Viruses stayed stable at 4 degrees C, at room temperature (20 degrees C) and at 37 degrees C for at least 2 h without remarkable change in the infectious ability in cells, but were converted to be non-infectious after 90-, 60- and 30-min exposure at 56 degrees C, at 67 degrees C and at 75 degrees C, respectively.” This is SARS, not SARS-COV-2.

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Potential treatment:

News Feature: Avoiding pitfalls in the pursuit of a COVID-19 vaccine PNAS

Can a century-old TB vaccine steel the immune system against the new coronavirus? Science (re-upping this from March 23). See also The BCG World Atlas: A Database of Global BCG Vaccination Policies and Practices PLOS One (BCG being the TB vaccine). Handy map:

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Key. A: The country currently has universal BCG vaccination program. B: The country used to recommend BCG vaccination for everyone, but currently does not. C: The country never had universal BCG vaccination programs.

Inoculating the world may mean reviving old curbs on patents Economic Times of India

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Materiel shortages:

Key Medical Supplies Were Shipped from U.S. Manufacturers to Foreign Buyers, Records Show The Intercept

Buying Face Masks and Other PPE from China Just Got a LOT Tougher China Law Blog

The great mask controversy:

White House expected to recommend Americans wear cloth masks to prevent coronavirus spread STAT. On masks, thread:

Lifesaver or false protection: do face masks stop coronavirus? FT

COMMENTARY: Masks-for-all for COVID-19 not based on sound data CIDRAP. Note sponsors at right… .

Inside America’s mask crunch: A slow government reaction and an industry wary of liability WaPo

Amazon blocks sale of N95 masks to the public, begins offering supplies to hospitals CNBC

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COVID-19 projections assuming full social distancing through May 2020, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. National peak resource use is projected as April 15:

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The drop-down at top center gives the projected peak date for your state. Lots of other setttings to play around with.

Map Reveals Hidden U.S. Hotspots of Coronavirus Infection Scientific American (JT McPhee).

Coronavirus Is Rising Around US Military, Defense Infrastructure, Analysis Shows Defense One

Special report: The simulations driving the world’s response to COVID-19 Nature

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Tips and Tools for Reporting on COVID-19 Knight Science Journalism, MIT

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Political response:

The Paycheck Protection Program: An introduction AEI

Dire feelings on Main Street on eve of small business lending program launch CNBC

Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August AP. OTOH, a shred of decency: “The checks will be issued in reverse order of adjusted gross income, meaning that people with the lowest income will get payments first.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is what real coronavirus leadership looks like The Week. “Stop slobbering over Andrew Cuomo already.”

Can OSHA Protect Medical Whistleblowers Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic? POGO

FACT CHECK: Money-To-Hospitals Plan To Treat Coronavirus Patients Could Face Problems NPR. I have to say this sounds more sensible than opening the horrid ObamaCare exchanges again.

What NASA is doing to keep COVID-19 off the space station Astronomy

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Corporate response:

Insurers knew the damage a viral pandemic could wreak on businesses. So they excluded coverage. WaPo (dk).

Corporate Media Ignore International Cooperation as Shortcut to Coronavirus Vaccine FAIR

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo orders Americans to return home ‘immediately’ due to COVID-19 saying he cannot guarantee charter flights once commercial planes cease to operate Daily Mail

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Remedies and ameliorations:

Coronavirus – What Are the Best Alternatives for Self-Care? Organic Consumers Association

Man Tries to Ram Train Into U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, Doesn’t Even Come Close Gizmodo


Labour contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn finally ending as voting comes to a close Mirror

Germany’s biggest department store chain files for creditor protection FT

Tragedy unfolds as virus deaths rise in Europe’s homes for elderly FT. Deaths not in hospital are not counted.

Coronavirus: strategic failure EU Referendum


Witnessing Wuhan Project Syndicate

Japanese Naval Ship Involved in Collision With Chinese Fishing Vessel in East China Sea The Diplomat


Testing in Japan. Thread:

Malaysia’s indigenous people flee into forests to escape coronavirus Jakarta Post


The world’s largest coronavirus lockdown is having a dramatic impact on pollution in India CNN (J-LS).


After ignoring warnings, Israeli ultra-Orthodox hit by virus AP

Mossad officer describes covert global battle to obtain ventilators at all costs Times of Israel (Re Silc).

Similar issues to Xinjiang? Thread:

Chilean telescopes that explore galaxies brought down to earth by coronavirus Reuters

Trump Admin’s Bounty on Venezuelan President Triggers Explosive Confession of Violent Plot Consortium News (Furzy Mouse).

US Escalates Warmongering Against Venezuela Because Of… Drug Trafficking? Caitlin Johnstone, Medium


Democrats postpone presidential convention until Aug. 17 Politico

Bernie Sanders isn’t making it easy for the Democratic Party NBC. That’s a damn shame.

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

‘War Dialing’ Tool Exposes Zoom’s Password Problems Krebs on Security (BC).

The Inspector General’s Disturbing FISA Memo Lawfare. “It appears that the facts presented in a lot of FISA applications are not reliably accurate.” No!

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Blob Sucked Away Your Public Health And Gave You War Instead The American Conservative

The tragedy of two failing superpowers Martin Wolf, Straits Times

Space War College struggles to find applicable Clausewitz readings Duffel Blog


Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent ‘misleading data’ being shown to pilots The Register

Guillotine Watch

Exclusive: How elite U.S. college students brought COVID-19 home from campus Reuters

Class Warfare

Virus Lockdowns Confront Billions Working in the Shadow Economy Bloomberg

Leaked Amazon Memo Details Plan to Smear Fired Warehouse Organizer: ‘He’s Not Smart or Articulate’ Vice

Exclusive: Amazon to deploy masks and temperature checks for workers by next week Reuters

Virus hits NYC hardest in a few working-class neighborhoods AP

Legal Sex Workers And Others In Adult Industry Denied Coronavirus Aid HuffPo

The Coronavirus Class War Has Already Started The Nation

Good Guys with Guns Harpers

Now the world faces two pandemics – one medical, one financial Robert Shiller, Guardian

How a debt jubilee could help the U.S. avert economic depression (transcript) Michael Hudson, Marketplace

Antidote du jour (via):

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here

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