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Spectacular bird’s-eye view? Hummingbirds see diverse colors humans can only imagine PsyOrg (David L)

Beware of lateral thinking Aeon

#COVID-19

The radical uncertainties of coronavirus American Prospect

The Idea of a Nation The Point Magazine (Anthony L)

Cut and run: the underground hairdressers of lockdown Guardian

Only three out of 53 countries say US has handled coronavirus better than China Guardian (resilc). Quelle surprise!

Science/Medicine

The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals New York Times

From Ignacio:

WHO is considering human challenging with SARS CoV2 for vaccine development. Challenging humans to test the efficacy of vaccines against SARS CoV 2 is being seriously discussed. It is discussed if it would be ethical to do so with volunteers around 18-30 years old for which mortality rates habe been reported to be about 0,03% according to the second link given. The WHO core protocol doesn’t specify the size of treatment groups to receive control/placebo vs. vaccine candidates.

This is the subject in focus in WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Situation Report–147 (Link: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200615-covid-19-sitrep-147.pdf) and the ethical considerations in Key criteria for the ethical acceptability of COVID-19 human challenge studies (https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/331976/WHO-2019-nCoV-Ethics_criteria-2020.1-eng.pdf)

To grasp who’s dying of Covid-19, look to social factors like race STAT (Dr. Kevin)

Israel Set to Invest in High-priced, Unapproved Coronavirus Vaccine Haaretz

New Zealand

New Zealand ends Covid-free run with two cases from UK Guardian (resilc)

US

Surging coronavirus cases raise fears of new lockdowns The Hill

Tyson Foods Worker Urges Company To Slow Down So They Can Social Distance New York Times (resilc)

Shoppers Brawl Over One-Way Arrows At Store Smoking Gun (resilc)

Finance/Economy

College Towns Fear Covid Will Leave Them as Ghost Towns Bloomberg

Donald Trump’s economic adviser Larry Kudlow says $600-a-week unemployment benefits will STOP in July because they are a ‘disincentive’ for people to return to their jobs and will be replaced by a ‘back-to-work’ bonus Daily Mail. Um, there is this little matter of Congress…

Koreas

North Korea blows up inter-Korean liaison office near border with South Agence France-Presse

Three Indian soldiers killed in ‘violent’ border face-off with China, Delhi says DPA

The cause of tension between China and India The Saker (Kevin W)

Syraqistan

Syria’s Economy Collapses Even as Civil War Winds to a Close New York Times. Funny, what I heard from a Lebanese buddy when I was in NYC (and he comes from a politically connected family) was pretty different. Readers?

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Tech Firms Are Spying on You. In a Pandemic, Governments Say That’s OK. Wall Street Journal

More than 7 in 10 Americans won’t use contact-tracing apps, data shows ars technica. J-LS points out that her piece showed that HK has seen its success w/out resorting to an app.

Some Believe the US Has Been Hit By Large-Scale DDoS Attack — Others Are Skeptical Forbes

They know us better than we know ourselves’: how Amazon tracked my last two years of reading Guardian (David L)

Facebook Censored an Account Copying Trump’s Words for Inciting Violence Vice (resilc)

Imperial Collapse Watch

To celebrate Obama Day, here are Barack’s greatest hits (wars, coups, slavery, sanctions, al-Qaeda, colonialism) Ben Norton. “Obama certainly isn’t alone when it comes to being an unrepentant war criminal; every modern US president is. Barry just managed to pull it off with style.” He managed to miss failing to stop 9 million mainly preventable foreclosures and not prosecuting any bankers.

Disorders Now and To Come James Howard Kunstler (Kevin W)

Trump Transition

Trump CONFIRMS pullout of US troops from Germany, until Berlin pays ‘delinquent’ NATO bills RT (Kevin W)

Trump’s ‘Baby Lives Matter’ Onesie Is More Pro-Life Coopting New York Magazine (resilc)

U.S. National Pride Falls to Record Low Gallup (resilc)

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Supreme Court Will Not Reexamine Qualified Immunity For Police NPR (David L)

Language is a telling clue to unacknowledged racial attitudes Economist (Dr. Kevin)

Pentagon Surplus Handouts Stoke The Militarization Of US Police Barron’s (furzy). Reported back in the day but good to have a recap.

Will the Death of George Floyd Mark the Rebirth of America? CounterPunch (Chuck L)

Interview Most Foul Off Guardian (Chuck L)

The End Of The OPEC Deal Could Be The Start Of A New Oil Price War OilPrice (Kevin W)

The stranded asset write downs begin Richard Murphy

The Economy Is Reeling. The Tech Giants Spy Opportunity. New York Times (furzy)

Deadliest Corporate Crime in U.S. Will End With 84 Guilty Pleas Bloomberg (David L). PG&E

Why Expanding Highways Makes Traffic Worse Gizmodo

Guillotine Watch

eBay executives charged with cyberstalking Financial Times (David L). This is wild.

Class Warfare

Amazon Says Jeff Bezos Is Willing To Testify Before Congress Politico. On anti-trust

Harvard University Won’t Require SAT, ACT for Admissions Next Year Wall Street Journal (J-LS)

Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “Sphynxie wants to know if I plan to put her blanket on her new desk.”

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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