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Links 5/31/2020


Links 5/31/2020


Historical city travel guide: Athens, 5th century BC The British Museum Blog

Wartime for Wodehouse New Yorker

Black Injustice Tipping Point

George Floyd riots spiral out of control: Chaos in 25 cities from New York to LA as protesters torch cop cars, burn down buildings and clash with riot police on a fifth night of violence with hundreds of arrests and injuries Daily Mail

Before George Floyd’s Death, Minneapolis Police Failed to Adopt Reform, Remove Bad Officers Marshall Project

Nothing Is Certain But Death, Taxes, And Police Infiltration Of US Protests Caitlin Johnstone

George Floyd protests: Secret Service agents in riot gear tackle protesters who burst through White House barricades on night of chaos Independent

‘Insanity Outside the White House’: After Trump Stokes Tensions, Fresh Clashes Between Police and Protesters in US Capitol Common Dreams

Cops Kill Because We Gave Them The Legal Framework To Do It American Conservative

Why Did It Take So Long to Arrest Derek Chauvin? National Review

Cornel West Says ‘Neo-Fascist Gangster’ Trump and Neoliberal Democrats Expose America as ‘Failed Social Experiment’ Common Dreams

How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country WaPo

The Plague of Racist Cop Murders: Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and the COVID-19 Pandemic Counterpunch

Class Warfare

Who Exactly Is Doing the Looting, and Who’s Being Looted? Jacobin. David Sirota.

Everyone’s ordering delivery, but apps aren’t making money Ars Technico



The safety problem for restaurants isn’t the dining room. It’s the kitchen. WaPo

Masks Are Here to Stay, Even After Covid Goes Away  BloombergQuint

Cut air pollution to help avoid second coronavirus peak, MPs urge Guardian

“We Managed to Stop a Pandemic Wave with Relatively Mild Measures” Der Spiegel

Safely through corona crisis? Go on, take my used mask Qantara

Experts warn of dire global health consequences if U.S. withdraws from the World Health Organization Stat


The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in Europe and the US BioRxiv

Dogs can sniff out COVID-19 Deutsche Welle

The Finnish COVID dogs’ nose knows! University of Helsinki

Coronavirus: The mystery of ‘silent spreaders’ BBC

Grief, lockdown and coronavirus: a looming mental health crisis FT

Food Security

5am starts, poverty wages and no running water—the grim reality of “picking for Britain” Prospect

US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high AP


From keep fit craze to online dating boom: how coronavirus could change Chinese people’s lifestyles SCMP

China Rules Out Animal Market and Lab as Coronavirus Origin WSJ (Davd L)


Bharat’s lockdown diet is boiled rice, salt Livemint

The Pillage of India New York Review of Books. Review of William Dalrymple’s latest, his East India Company book, which I’m currently reading, alongside Sudeep Chakrvwarty’s Plassey – also excellent, and well worth your attention.

The Rich Love India’s Lockdown. For the Poor It’s Another Story. NYT

India coronavirus: Why is India reopening amid a spike in cases? BBC

How Cyclone Amphan wrecked Kolkata: Six personal diaries LiveMint

Trump Transition

The exhausting playbook behind Trump’s battle with Twitter MIT Technology Review

Beijing sees Trump’s hand and won’t fold Asia Times. Pepe Escobar.

An Embattled Trump Unveils A New China Policy American Conservative

Trump postpones G7 summit, seeks to expand invitation list Al Jazeera

Republicans are pressuring judges to retire so they can pack the courts with extremists American Independent (Dan K). Hmm. Not sure there will be many takers, as being a federal judge is a great job and sitting jurists tend to leave feet first – and there’s little pressure that may be brought to bear to accelerate the process.

Trump Given False Credit For Bush- And Obama-Era Space Program Forbes


Iran’s new parliament speaker says talks with US ‘futile‘ Agence France Presse

Given the vacuum of moral responsibility across the Middle East, who can trivialise the trial of Benjamin Netanyahu? Independent Robert Fisk

Antidote du Jour (whimbrel as seen near mudflats, Anchorage, AK, 21 May 2020 ~ mgl):

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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