French military surrenders to coronavirus Duffelblog
Hilarious obituary for ‘Uncle Bunky’ goes viral: ‘I’m ready for the dirt nap’ NY Post. Reminds me of some skibums I know…Many of my skibum cronies are based in Whistler, British Columbia (Canada), so they (largely) eschew firearms in their antics
What Kind of Country Do We Want? New York Review of Books
The Big Failure of Small Government Project Syndicate
Laurence Tribe roasted for advocating herd immunity on coronavirus: ‘You go first’ The Hill
Nearly half of Twitter accounts pushing to reopen America may be bots MIT Technology Review
As America Reopens, Trial Lawyers Salivate at Endless Coronavirus Lawsuit Possibilities Breitbart. Posting this from a dodgy conservative source, to make readers aware of another conservative meme, like people protesting for opening the economy.
Trump skips a mask in public during tour of Michigan auto plant that requires them WaPo
Donald Trump says that ‘I tested positively toward negative…meaning I tested negative’ for coronavirus after taking hydroxychloroquine despite FDA warning of its dangers Daily Mail
Reopening reality check: Georgia’s jobs aren’t flooding back Politico
Reopening Dental Offices For Routine Care Amid Pandemic Touches A Nerve Kaiser Health News
What Lockdown? World’s Cocaine Traffickers Sniff at Movement Restrictions OCCRP. Fascinating.
States Don’t Agree on How to Determine When It Is Safe to Reopen WSJ
Trump says U.S. won’t shut down again if there’s second wave of coronavirus MarketWatch Yes, but would you bet on anything Trump says? I pity anyone who is currently tradin.g
Epidemiology, clinical course, and outcomes of critically ill adults with COVID-19 in New York City: a prospective cohort study Lancet
Scientists Warn CDC Testing Data Could Create Misleading Picture Of Pandemic NPR (David L)
Mortgage delinquencies surge by 1.6M in April, the biggest monthly jump ever USA Today
Seventh Circuit Hears Arguments in Obama Library Land Grab Suit Courthouse News
Report: Texas-size rivalry for Tesla’s Cybertruck factory heats up Fast Company
Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort Got to Leave Federal Prison Due to COVID-19. They’re The Exception. Marshall Project.
‘Grotesque Nature of Unequal Sacrifice’: Since Pandemic Hit, Wealthiest Americans Now $434 Billion Richer Common Dreams
Calling health care workers ‘heroes’ harms all of us Stat
Battle Covid-19, Not Medicare for All: Doctors Demand Hospital Industry Stop Funding Dark Money Lobby Group Common Dreams
Pandemics aren’t limited to people: How the world’s most famous seed vault defends plants against their next big outbreak The Counter
Are Washington’s Farmworkers COVID-19 Guinea Pigs? Capital & Main
Another Debt Crisis Is Looming for Argentina Jacobin
US Senate’s bill to fence off Wall Street from Chinese companies may turn into a helping hand to Hong Kong stock exchange SCMP
The Fable of the Chinese Whistleblower Project Syndicate
Two Sessions 2020: Beijing ‘out of patience’ after long wait for Hong Kong national security law, plans to proscribe secession, foreign interference and terrorism in city SCMP
Hong Kong stocks dive on China’s plans for security law FT
Asian century began in May 2020 Asia Times
Amphan: Kolkata devastated as cyclone kills scores in India and Bangladesh BBC
Cyclone Amphan: Kolkata airportflooded, all flight operations suspended Live Mint
A day after Amphan, Kolkata residents take stock of the damage left by worst storm in living memory Scroll
In the Time of Crisis, India’s Politicians Need to Shun Partisan Bickering The Wire
Shaking the House of Saud to the core Qantara
Jamal Khashoggi’s son Salah says family ‘forgives’ killers Al Jazeera
Government incompetence stops people in Britain being able to assess the real risks around them Independent. Patrick Cockburn.
Disraeli or Churchill? History Today
Immunity certificates to free people from lockdown ‘being considered again’ Metro UK
A no-deal Brexit amid the pandemic would be disgraceful FT. Martin Wolf.
The German Towns on the Front Lines of COVID-19 Der Spiegel
Sweden’s former health chief says the country’s coronavirus strategy ‘hasn’t been the smartest’ and it should’ve spent at least a month locked down Business Insider
Lori Loughlin and Her Husband to Plead Guilty in College Admissions Scandal New York Magazine
Exclusive: IG Fired Days After Inquiring About Pompeo’s ‘Donor Dinners’ American Conservative
Fox News poll: Biden opens up 8-point lead over Trump The Hill
Trump in Private: I Wish I Could Run Against Hillary Again Daily Beast
We Should Take Women’s Accusations Seriously. But Tara Reade’s Fall Short. The Nation. Good example of how TDS distorts the ability of Good Democrats – and journalists whom I once respected, such as Katha Politt – to think. She’s getting ahead of herself in telling us now why she thinks she can still vote for Biden. Many, many disagree – not so strongly that they’ll vote for Trump, but enough that they may stay home. And Politt’s screed won’t change their minds. The solution for Democrats: don’t nominate Biden.
Antidote du Jour (via reader David H):
And a bonus video. I usually feature feathered antidotes only. Yet bonus video recalls
for me the several winters I spent as a ski bum in Whistler, BC (h/t Jo). So today, I make an exception to my birds rule, as a foolish consistency is indeed the hobgoblin of little minds.:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.