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Links 5/21/2020


Links 5/21/2020


Man And Donkey Cry With Joy While Reuniting After Quarantine The Dodo (David L). Aaaw…

Summer solstice at Stonehenge will be streamed live Boing Boing (resilc)

Study Links Native Americans to ‘Paleolithic Siberians’ From Lake Baikal Region Sputnik (Kevin W)

8 logical fallacies that are hard to spot Big Think

Climate change is turning parts of Antarctica green, say scientists Guardian (Kevin W)

Miami pilots e-cargo bikes to reduce congestion, pollution Utility Dive (Chuck L)

Scientists Made a Mouse That’s 4 Percent Human Popular Mechanics (resilc)


Dance Macabre James Howard Kunstler (Chuck L)

Paris’s neglected pot plants get their own ‘hospital’ Guardian (resilc)



Coronavirus: World sees highest daily increase in virus cases BBC (furzy)

Chinese expert says new virus cluster in northeast behaving differently Times of Israel (David L)

The Public Do Not Understand Logarithmic Graphs Used To Portray COVID-19 LSE. Paging Edward Tufte.

Moderna’s favorable coronavirus vaccine trial results are an example of ‘publication by press release’ Washington Post

Hydroxychloroquine research shows some promise in interim study conducted by Telangana Govt Times of India. Ignacio: “Hydroxycloroquine is manufactured all around the world, but yes, India is not patent-friendly so they have incentives to push for this.” Moi: “We’ll see how careful the study is when it’s out.”

Ultraviolet Light to Be Used to Disinfect New York City Trains and Buses Complex (David L)

iFixit launches massive repair database for ventilators and other medical devices The Verge

Coronavirus: Afghan girls make ventilators out of car parts BBC



Survey finds 87% of America’s nurses are forced to reuse protective equipment Guardian (resilc)

US health agency director warns of virus flare-up this year Financial Times

Black Americans dying of Covid-19 at three times the rate of white people Guardian

Florida Governor Defends Firing Of Top Data Scientist NPR (David L)

Trump Fans Gobble Up His Favorite, Unproven COVID Drug—Some Are Even Trying To Cook It Themselves Daily Beast

Trump allies lining up doctors to prescribe rapid reopening Associated Press

Small Alabama City Says It’s Broke, Files for Bankruptcy Bloomberg

Political Responses

Trump plans halt to National Guard deployments before retirement benefits kick in: report The Hill (Kevin W)

Emergency relief screw-up hits 5 million student loan borrowers Politico (Dan K)


Private equity-owned companies miss out on bailout loans Financial Times. UK and Europe. But still….

Coronavirus Shut Down the ‘Experience Economy.’ Can It Come Back? New York Times

Cash, long a refuge in uncertain times, now under suspicion Associated Press

Could The 4-Day Work Week Be the Way to Recover From Coronavirus? New Zealand Thinks So. Vice


How To Understand All This China Stuff Caitlin Johnstone

COVID-19: China Updates its ‘Art of (Hybrid) War’ ConsortiumNews (Chuck L)

Senate passes bill that could block Chinese firms from U.S. securities exchanges Reuters (resilc)

Stop the $2 Billion Arms Sale to the Philippines Foreign Policy in Focus

Man sentenced to death in Singapore via Zoom BBC (resilc)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

No, CDA 230 Isn’t The Only Thing Keeping Conservatives Off YouTube TechDirt (Dan K)

Apple whistleblower goes public over ‘lack of action’ Guardian

AI guests are data harvesting our lockdown homes Financial Times (David L)

Trump Transition

Trump threatens to cut off federal money for Michigan over mail-in voting Reuters (resilc)

Howard Stern mocks ‘genius’ Donald Trump Jr. for engaging him New York Daily News


Senate Republicans issue first subpoena in Biden-Burisma probe The Hill. After Russiagate, there’s no requirement that anything make sense, just that it be dimly colorable. The question is whether the Republicans manage to come up with a simple narrative, or whether l’affaire Hunter Biden, like Russsiagate, becomes just another Benghazi hairball.

Stacey Abrams is the Democrats’ Sarah Palin Washington Post

Feds revoked Edenville Dam license over fears it could not survive major flood Detroit News (Robert R)

The Lunacy of Global Seafood Supply Chains The Nation

Why Do Food Delivery Companies Lose Money? Josh Barro, New York Magazine. It is enormously frustrating to see economists act like ants pushing grains of rice around until they manage to stumble across a hole for it to fall into. Hubert Horan explained this all years ago with respect to Uber, and did a similar kneecapping of various app-based local transportation product extensions. It’s really not that hard to look at the economics of delivery and see that adding an app adds zero or even potentially negative improvements in production costs (due to moar overheads) but no one ex Hubert seemed willing to do the work.

Two Massachusetts men arrested in plot to smuggle former Nissan chief Ghosn from Japan CNN

The Law Might Be Catching Up With Carlos Ghosn New York Magazine

Every New Volvo Model Is Now Electronically Limited To 112 MPH AutoBlog

Facebook takes on Amazon with online shopping venture ars technica (resilc)

Private Equity Is Ruining Health Care, Covid Is Making It Worse Bloomberg (furzy)

Walmart to Quadruple Sam’s Clubs in China After Virus-Led Boom Bloomberg (resilc)

Class Warfare

Wealthy tenants are SQUATTING in multi-million dollar homes in the Hamptons Daily Mail

College Tests Called Unfair To Homebound, Tech-Poor Students Bloomberg

The Golden Age of White Collar Crime HuffPost (UserFriendly)

FedEx Workers Fired After Viral Video GoFundMe. Apparently you can’t deliver packages while black in Georgia.

Antidote du jour (CV):

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And a bonus. Timotheus: “Pretty amazing. Dutch guy has a owls’ nest outside his window, makes friends. (In Dutch, but doesn’t matter.)” Guurst had sent the story which has many good stills: Oehoe! Grootste uilensoort in Europa bouwt nest met drie kuikens op vensterbank van Jos: “Ze kijken ’s avonds mee televisie” HLN

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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