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Links 4/7/2020


Links 4/7/2020


Experiment Finds That Gravity Still Works Down To 50 Micrometers ars technica

Satellite spots new ozone layer hole opening up over the Arctic New Atlas (David L)

New Renewable Energy Capacity Hit Record Levels In 2019 Guardian

Lawsuit Prompts Review of Plastic Pollution on Hawaiʻi Beaches Maui Now (David L)

Great Barrier Reef’s third mass bleaching in five years is the most widespread ever Guardian (Kevin W)

A Google Plan To Wipe Out Mosquitoes Appears to Be Working Bloomberg

Is marriage over? aeon


Coronavirus fight: White House health advisor Fauci says we may never get back to ‘normal’ CNBC


Iranian official backtracks after calling Chinese Covid-19 figures a ‘joke’ Guardian. Bill B: “Of course he’s right. But you got to give him credit, doing something like this in Iran takes guts.”

Social distancing: did individuals act before governments? Bruegel


Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as condition worsens Financial Times. Looks like his karma caught up with him quickly on this one. He got sicker quickly, which is the pattern when the infected develop viral pneumonia. From the article:

Mr Johnson’s allies said the prime minister “remains conscious at this time” and that his move to the ICU was a “precaution” in case he should need ventilation.

The NHS website explains that intensive care units are for those who are “seriously ill” or recovering from surgery. It adds: “Most people in an ICU have problems with one or more organs. For example, they may be unable to breathe on their own.”

As most of you know, the success rate with ventilators is not high. An overnight update:

Boris Johnson is in ICU. Here’s what happens if he becomes too ill to remain prime minister Business Insider

British 5G towers are being set on fire because of coronavirus conspiracy theories The Verge (Kevin W)

UK Government Encourages Social Distancing With In-Game Health Messages CNET

Coronavirus: Sophie Raworth’s deserted London BBC. From a few days back, but a memorable photo essay.


Germany’s coronavirus travel restrictions: What you need to know DW

Spain is moving to permanently establish universal basic income in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic Busines Insider (Kevin W)


How China’s army of food delivery drivers helped keep country going South China Morning Post

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/n7jmpx/china-is-now-blaming-a-lone-us-cyclist-for-coronavirus Vice. PlutoniumKun: “I can confirm that this is true – Chinese social media is full of this conspiracy theory.”


Covid-19: India to supply essential drugs to badly-hit nations after Trump warns of retaliation

Middle East

Saudi futuristic city turns into a mirage in Covid-19 era Asia Times


Docs: Navarro memos warning mass death circulated West Wing in January Axios

Lockdown Can’t Last Forever. Here’s How to Lift It. New York Times (David L)

US Schools Are Banning Zoom and Switching To Microsoft Teams Beta News

Supervised Self-Driving Shuttles Are Moving COVID-19 Tests In Florida The Verge

Political Responses

Getting to Medicare-for-All, Eventually Dean Baker, Counterpunch

Trump is using the states as scapegoats for his coronavirus calamity The Week. Evident when Trump left lockdown decisions to states.

Serfs Revolt

Payday Launches COVID-19 Strike Wave Tracking Map Mike Elk

How Many More Nurses Have to Die?’: Coalition of Nurses Unions Demand Life-Saving Supplies in Battle With Coronavirus Common Dreams

ER Staffing Company Reverses Benefits Cuts for Doctors and Nurses Fighting Coronavirus ProPublica (Jennie H)

Gaps in Amazon’s Response as Virus Spreads To More Than 50 Warehouses New York Times

Young People Weigh Pain Of Job Loss Against Risks Of Virus Kaiser Health News (UserFriendly)


Dan K points out: “That might help to explain how stocks are so strong today. It was nice of Congress to share the insider tips with Wall Street execs.”

Behind the scenes, private equity angles for a piece of stimulus SFGate. Paul R: “Lol. They are drawn to money like pigs to the trough. Kushner is all over it.”

Scandal Follows Crisis After 35 Bond Funds Shuttered in Sweden Bloomberg

Wall Street Wins, Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus Nomi Prins, Common Dreams (UserFriendly)

America is Committing Economic Suicide Eudaimonia and Co (Dr. Kevin)

Coronavirus is revealing how broken America’s economy really is Guardian (Bob K)

Domestic travel in the US, Australia and Southeast Asia could resume by June, says Flight Centre CEO CNBC


Cardinal George Pell to Walk Free From Prison After Court Overturns His Sex-Abuse Conviction Daily Beast

Polish government rams through electoral system changes Politico

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Epic Richard Smith find:

Foursquare Merges With Factual, Another Location-Data Provider TechCrunch

Imperial Collapse Watch


Navy Secretary Thomas “The Sociopath” Modly blasts USS Roosevelt captain as ‘too naive or too stupid’ in leaked speech to entire ship’s crew Task & Purpose

Acting US Navy Secretary: Fired Carrier Captain Was ‘Stupid’, Committed ‘Betrayal’ of Sailors Sputnik. Kevin W: “: The whole thing went down like a fart in an elevator. Here is a CNN link to a transcript of his speech. He also blames China for all this https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/06/politics/thomas-modly-transcript/index.html.”

Chuck L: “Justifiably withering comments down-thread on this non-apology apology.”

Sudan finalizes deal with USS Cole victims’ families Defense Post. Kevin W: “Key sentence – ‘A U.S. court held Sudan responsible for the attack and ordered compensation, finding that the bombers were trained in the country.’ Does that mean that a US court can find the US guilty and order compensation as the 9/11 hijackers learned their piloting & fighting skills in the US?” Moi: Not wild about the example, since not cross-border, but I appreciate the point: Since when is a government responsible for all the bad stuff that happens in their borders?

Trump Transition

‘Trump is killing his own supporters’ – even White House insiders know it Guardian

Trump confronts most difficult week yet in coronavirus battle The Hill

To Donald “The Sociopath” Trump, coronavirus is just one more chance for a power grab Guardian

Peter “The Sociopath” Navarro erupts at Anthony Fauci at coronavirus meeting: Axios Business Insider


Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin from extending absentee voting The Hill

Supreme Court allows Wisconsin to throw away absentee ballots in gift to Republicans. Slate (UserFriendly)

I don’t agree with the claim that this particular video would have been effective. As someone down-thread said, it’s hard taking on two opponents at once and the Dems would have gone nuts if Sanders had compared Biden to Trump, as much as the shoe fits. But it’s a shame allies didn’t take up these themes:

Uber’s Green Competitor That’s Taking The World By Storm OilPrice

Fifa exco members took bribes for Qatar World Cup votes, US prosecutors allege Guardian (Kevin W)

Class Warfare

Uber Connects Out-of-Work U.S. Ride-Hail Drivers To Delivery, Production Jobs Reuters

Antidote du jour. Lee’s Sleeping Beasty:

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here

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