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)
Rare & Unreleased Songs of Phil Ochs to be Released Songwriter (Bob K)
Screen New Deal Intercept (David L, resilc). Today’s must read.
One of the creepiest and most dystopian things I’ve seen since the pandemic began: a terrifying camera-equipped remote-controlled robot patrols Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in Singapore to — for now — warn about social distancing. Look at the fear. Story: https://t.co/12QfT1mcyZ pic.twitter.com/hBGUhmC7N7
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 8, 2020
‘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
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.”
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)
Anti-Mask Snowflakes Of The Right American Conservative. UserFriendly: “Update 2 is worth the click through.”
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 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.
Silvercorp mercenaries Venezuela captured following this week’s failed invasion face charges including terrorism, conspiracy, & illicit arms trafficking. They face 25-30 yrs in prison
US citizens Luke Denman & Airan Berry are among them pic.twitter.com/1o3cGstd6a
— Anya Parampil (@anyaparampil) May 9, 2020
Donald Trump is igniting a cold war with China to win the election Independent (Kevin W)
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 We Need Postal Democracy New York Review of Books (resilc)
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
Elon Musk, Tech’s Cash-Poor Billionaire Wall Street Journal
Inside the Biggest Oil Meltdown in History Institutional Investor
A debt jubilee – the only real answer? Steve Keen (Chuck L)
The gap emerging between the markets and the real economy is unsustainable. Left unchecked, a backlash against big business is likely. Our cover this week https://t.co/uviAKOQPVU pic.twitter.com/xOplvg0udS
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) May 9, 2020
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.
A bonus (guurst):
Earl got a new toy pic.twitter.com/bDyFc2YI0Y
— Nate (@NateHan_sen) April 29, 2020
And another bonus:
WATCH: A sea of flamingos has been flocking a lake in Mumbai pic.twitter.com/hfBsK7etdU
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 9, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.