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Links 5/9/2020


Links 5/9/2020


Diver Rescues Whale With Anchor Tied To It. Whale Thanks Him In Spectacular Fashion Healthy Food House (furzy)

Astronomers capture new images of Jupiter using ‘lucky’ technique Guardian (Kevin W) and Scientists obtain ‘lucky’ image of Jupiter BBC (David L)

It’s already getting too hot and humid in some places for humans to survive The Verge (Kevin W)

The Netherlands is slashing emissions by as much as 12 megatons this year—because of a lawsuit Fast Company (David L)

Rare & Unreleased Songs of Phil Ochs to be Released Songwriter (Bob K)


Screen New Deal Intercept (David L, resilc). Today’s must read.


‘Finally, a virus got me.’ Scientist who fought Ebola and HIV reflects on facing death from COVID-19 Science. Important and sobering. Makes clear the death rate understates the consequences of getting infected:

I’m glad I had corona and not Ebola, although I read a scientific study yesterday that concluded you have a 30% chance of dying if you end up in a British hospital with COVID-19. That’s about the same overall mortality rate as for Ebola in 2014 in West Africa….

Many people think COVID-19 kills 1% of patients, and the rest get away with some flulike symptoms. But the story gets more complicated. Many people will be left with chronic kidney and heart problems. Even their neural system is disrupted. There will be hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, possibly more, who will need treatments such as renal dialysis for the rest of their lives.

COVID-19 Supplements: New Study Shows Vitamin D Could Be Linked To COVID-19 Mortality And Infection Rates Thailand Medical News (furzy). The study: The role of vitamin D in the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection and mortality Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

US Field Hospitals Stand Down, Most Without Treating Any COVID-19 Patients NPR

America Authorizes Its First Covid-19 Diagnostic Tests Using At-Home Collection of Saliva CNN

Fact-checking ‘Plandemic’: A documentary full of false conspiracy theories about the coronavirus Politico


Coronavirus latest: Seoul closes bars and clubs after resurgence of infections Financial Times

Middle East

Qatar’s migrant workers beg for food as Covid-19 infections rise Guardian

We fear hunger, not coronavirus: Lebanon protesters return YouTube


UK ‘to bring in 14-day quarantine for air passengers’ BBC. Kevin W: “They are an island. They could have done this two months ago. And they are only doing in now.”

Global report: Russia becomes Europe’s coronavirus hotspot Guardian


Pence’s press secretary tests positive for coronavirus, Trump says CNN (Kevin W)

More than 80 percent of NYPD arrests and fines issued between March 31 and May 5 for social distancing violations were to black and hispanic people Daily Mail

3 McDonald’s Employees Were Shot After Telling a Woman She Couldn’t Eat There Due to Coronavirus Vice (resilc)

McDonald’s Workers in Denmark Pity Us New York Times (resilc)

Extreme lockdown shows divide in hard-hit Navajo border town Associated Press

“Why are we retreating when our caseload is increasing?”: UAB infectious diseases expert Alambama Reporter (Kevin F)

Political Responses

A New $2,000 Monthly Stimulus Payment To Be Proposed By Senators Harris, Sanders And Markey Forbes (furzy)

Trump in ‘No Rush’ on New Relief Bill After 20 Million Jobs Lost Bloomberg

As Bethany Mandel’s ‘grandma killer’ tweet proves, vice-signaling is the right’s newest and most toxic trend Independent

Trump Is (Once Again) Blaming Obama for Not Developing a Test for a Virus That Didn’t Exist Yet Esquire

Anti-Mask Snowflakes Of The Right American Conservative. UserFriendly: “Update 2 is worth the click through.”

The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying Atlantic


US Unemployment Rate Soars To 14.7%, the Worst Since the Depression Era Washington Post

Virus Pushes America’s Hospitals to the Brink of Financial Ruin Bloomberg (BC). Further in the story than it ought to be:

Questions also have been raised about private equity ownership in the health-care sector leaving some facilities hamstrung with debt. The pause in revenue from elective procedures will only drive leverage higher at debt-laden groups…

SBA Veered From Guidelines on Loans, Report Says Wall Street Journal

The Real Story, Coronavirus: Will flying ever be the same? BBC

The Absolute Absurdity of Blanket Corporate Immunity American Prospect


China forges ahead through chaos and threats Asia Times (resilc)

US senators propose renaming street outside Chinese embassy after Wuhan whistleblower Guardian. We are so childish.

Exclusive: OPCW chief made false claims to denigrate Douma whistleblower, documents reveal Grayzone

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon surges, Bolsonaro readies troops Reuters (furzy)

Trump Transition

Donald Trump is igniting a cold war with China to win the election Independent (Kevin W)

Trump-Russia investigation: House releases long-awaited transcripts from closed-door interviews Independent (furzy)

Supreme Court grants Trump request to temporarily shield Mueller grand jury materials The Hill

Team Trump Wants Mike Flynn Back for 2020, Sees Him as Its ‘Nelson Mandela’ Daily Beast (resilc). High on their own supply…

Trump says he’d help Biden get access to rapid COVID-19 tests The Hill (UserFriendly)

Why the Postal Service Is So Screwed Slate

Investigation: I Think I Know Which Justice Flushed Slate

Why We Need Postal Democracy New York Review of Books (resilc)

Mississippi auditor finds Brett Favre paid from welfare funds for speeches he never gave PBS (furzy)


The MK Interview: Tara Reade YouTube (Chuck L)

I Believe Tara Reade. And You Should, Too. The Nation. DavidSC: “Wow. The Nation publishes a complete rebuttal to Joan Walsh’s offensive trashing of Tara Reade. The comments are entertaining, if somewhat disturbing.”

Confronting the Complex Discomfort of Tara Reade’s Joe Biden Allegation Vanity Fair. Resilc: “Why the DNC would ever anoint this complete zero and asshole is not encouraging. Get ready for 4 more years of Trump.”

Investigating Tara Reade’s Claims Doesn’t Violate Due Process The Nation (DaveSC)

United Airlines yanks $2.25bn bond offering Financial Times

When United Pawned Old Jets, Bond Traders Sent a Stark Warning Bloomberg

Tesla ordered to keep main US plant closed BBC

Elon Musk, Tech’s Cash-Poor Billionaire Wall Street Journal

Inside the Biggest Oil Meltdown in History Institutional Investor

William Barr Ain’t Good For Much, But Maybe He Can Break Up Meat Monopolies Heisenberg Report

Class Warfare

A debt jubilee – the only real answer? Steve Keen (Chuck L)

The Results Are In for the Sharing Economy. They Are Ugly New York Times

Uber Loses $2.9 Billion, Offloads Bike and Scooter Business TechXplore. Ha! We said bikes and scooters were silly.

Antidote du jour. Timotheus:

Fox photographed April 21 at Mentor Headlands State Park, Ohio by Jiries Atrash (you’ve used his pictures before–he’s a friend’s husband, just likes to go on nature walks)

P.S. In another shot, you can see that it is a female, probably nursing or did recently. Not obvious in this one.

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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