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Links 4/30/2020


Links 4/30/2020


50 Most Wholesome Rescue Pet Photos Of This Month BoredPanda

Is the universe conscious? It seems impossible until you do the maths New Scientist

Swedish city to use chicken manure to deter crowds BBC (David L)

Would You Have Fallen for This Phone Scam? Krebs on Security (Robert M)

The Deepfake iPhone Apps Are Here LawFare (David L)

AI Cannot Be Inventors, US Patent Office Rules Vice


ILO: As job losses escalate, nearly half of global workforce at risk of losing livelihoods International Labour Organization

Elon Musk Tweets ‘FREE AMERICA NOW’ As His Coronavirus Predictions Prove Very Wrong Gizmodo. Kevin W: “Those workers aren’t going to exploit themselves now, are they?”


Critical study of Gilead’s Covid-19 drug shows patients are responding to treatment, NIH says STAT. Not new, but see detail. Good sample size but broadcasting results without providing detailed data is not nice, particularly given Chinese study which found no benefit.

The other study: Remdesivir in adults with severe COVID-19: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre trial Lancet

Antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 in patients with COVID-19 Nature

We Can’t Get Together Until Tests Get Better Bloomberg

More cases of rare syndrome in children reported globally Guardian

Link identified between dietary selenium and outcome of Covid-19 disease University of Surrey.

Microbe Mappers Are Tracking Covid-19’s Invisible Traces Wired (Dr. Kevin)

These Data Science Wizards Tell Us What’s Really Happening With Coronavirus Popular Mechanics

Covid-19 Literature Updates: Part 3 4/9-4/22 YouTube

This measles study shows how small towns help epidemics spread Futurity (resilc)

How Robots Are on the Front Lines in the Battle Against COVID-19 Smithsonian Magazine


Covid-19 Fight: Pinarayi Vijayan Has Become A Prisoner Of His Own Media Image; Communist ‘Kerala Model’ Is Falling Apart Swarajya

Australia/New Zealand

Tasmania coronavirus outbreak traced to two Ruby Princess passengers Guardian


Sweden says its coronavirus approach has worked. The numbers suggest a different story CNN (Dr. Kevin)

Covid-19 forces Europe to rethink globalisation International Politics and Society (Micael)

1,000-year-old English mill resumes flour production to meet demand during coronavirus pandemic CNN

Middle East

Yemen reports first coronavirus deaths, multiple cases Aljazeera

Coronavirus: Israeli court bans lawless contact tracing BBC


Half of Americans Won’t Trust Contact-Tracing Apps, New Poll Finds ars technica. What decades of behaving badly reaps: “…only 41 percent of American adults have both the technological capacity and the will to use a contact-tracing app.”

Coronavirus: A Tweet At Trump Landed Him Money For Ventilators Buzzfeed

Some School Districts Plan To End the Year Early, Call Remote Learning Too Tough Wall Street Journal

US Marriage Rate Falls to Lowest Level in 120 Years Sputnik (Kevin W)

Over 70% of Tested Inmates in Federal Prisons Have COVID-19, Official Figures Show Time

Iranian scientist contracts coronavirus in U.S. jail Tehran Times

Riots and Escape Attempts Reported in U.S. Juvenile Jails as Coronavirus Spreads Democracy Now!

Nursing home residents and staff could be in great danger if states open too soon MarketWatch

Memo says California governor will order all beaches closed Associated Press

Los Angeles Offers Free Coronavirus Testing For All Residents HuffPost

Coronavirus: Grocery Stores Limiting Meat Purchases Over Concerns Of A Shortage CBS Los Angeles

Cops discover 100 decomposing bodies in U-Haul trucks outside Brooklyn funeral home after neighbors complained they could ‘smell death’ as coronavirus ravages New York City Daily Mail

Political Responses

Trump’s Coronavirus Briefings Should Be Seen in Full New York Magazine

North Carolina Governor Gives Approval For A Fan-Free NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 On Memorial Day Weekend Jalopnik (resilc)

Pelosi fills out Democratic roster on coronavirus oversight panel The Hill

The Trump Administration Accidentally Sent Stimulus Checks to Dead People, and Now It Wants Them Back Vice


US G.D.P. Declined in First Quarter, With Worse Economy to Come New York Times (resilc)

The impact of Covid-19 on emerging markets with Barry Eichengreen Bruegel

Rent Crisis Worsening: Survey Indicates Half of Families Struggling to Pay May 1st Bills ParentsTogether

The global data divide International Politics and Society (Micael)

Why Germany Will Never Be Europe’s Leader Bloomberg (vlade)


Backing the Wrong Horseman Craig Murray (J-LS). Important.

German government bans Hezbollah — Interior Ministry DW

Trump Transition

Trump’s Coming Victory Over the #MeToo Movement American Conservative

Get him to lie so we can prosecute him’: New docs reveal FBI plan to set up General Flynn in perjury trap RT (Kevin W)

AOC, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Famous Leather Jacket Lean Tossup (UserFriendly). Having actually met Turnbull one on one (Australia is fabulously egalitarian, or at least was 20 years ago; just about anyone would give you one meeting if you had an introduction), this is apt (although the Turnbull I met was very natty and his tailoring looked bespoke).


Biden himself should address the Tara Reade allegations and release relevant records Washington Post. Editorial.

Tara Reade allegations stir Democratic unrest Politico

I Love Hillary Clinton — But She Should Stay Miles Away From Biden’s Campaign New York Magazine

Trump Administration Lists Some of Amazon’s Foreign Websites as ‘Notorious’ Counterfeit Markets Politico

Tesla Reports Third Consecutive Quarterly Profit Despite Coronavirus Wall Street Journal

Appearing nightly, the Quest Diagnostics Air Force ars technica. What sexual favors did it take to get this piece published? As a prominent comment notes:

In comparison, both Labcorp (the second largest private testing firm in the country) and the Mayo Clinic just use FedEx for their sample delivery. (….source: I’ve worked for both)

Lyft To Lay Off 17 Percent of Staff As Uber Weighs Even Bigger Layoffs TechCrunch

Op-ed: Pandemic moves Modern Monetary Theory from the fringes to actual US policy CNBC (furzy)

Class Warfare

Economics as Ideology (1): Introduction Policy Tensor (UserFriendly). Today’s must read.

Study Finds Unions Make Companies More Productive Vice

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