Bumblebees remember objects they see and recognize them by touch Agence France Presse
Three charts on private equity FT Alphaville
Lambert here: Today’s links are a bit heavy on #COVID-19. But it does seem to be a big story, with a lot happening at once. I’ll try for better balance next Links.
Characteristics of and Important Lessons From the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak in China JAMA. From the “Response to the COVID-19 Epidemic” section:
The timing of the COVID-19 outbreak, prior to China’s annual Lunar New Year holiday, was an important factor as China considered how to respond to the outbreak. Culturally, this is the largest and most important holiday of the year. It is the expectation that people return to their family homes, which is the cause for the several billion person-trips made by residents and visitors during this time, mostly on crowded planes, trains, and buses. Knowing this meant each infected person could have numerous close contacts over a protracted time and across long distances, the government needed to quickly act. However, it was not only the speed of the government’s response, but also the magnitude of that response that were influenced by the impending holiday travel time.
Remarkably, or not, the debacle of the CCP’s initial response goes undiscussed.
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Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE Johns Hopkins. This is the ArcGIS map that required a log-in yesterday. It is working for me as of this writing. We weren’t the only ones asking:
The acting deputy secretary of homeland security is asking the internet where to get information about the spread of #Covid19.
We are so borked. pic.twitter.com/hWony9uGG4
— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) February 24, 2020
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You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus The Atlantic. Deck: “Most cases are not life-threatening, which is also what makes the virus a historic challenge to contain.”
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Collect 620 kg of used medical masks (Google translation) VN Express (Re Silc). Speaking of the rules-based international order, whose key rule is that you can screw people like this:
Classic example of a tie-in sale, the only way to purchase a box of 50 masks at Bonjour is to get this package, which includes facial masks, moisturiser, wipes – available only to VIP members. pic.twitter.com/xBcSt4Xacu
— Rachel Cheung (@rachel_cheung1) February 24, 2020
Analysis: Coronavirus has temporarily reduced China’s CO2 emissions by a quarter CarbonBrief. Handy chart:
Xi’s Response to Virus Foreshadows an Even Tighter Grip on China Bloomberg. Never let a crisis go to waste.
This is how Shincheonji holds its service – all sitting down very closely for hours, chanting "amen" in unison many times over. Perfect way to spread people's spittle. pic.twitter.com/tcr3ySCNct
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) February 21, 2020
LIVE IN SEOUL'S GWANGHWAMUN: This is absolute madness. Conservative groups have defied the ban on protests re: containing the spread of coronavirus in South Korea, which has surged. Most people here are elderly. They are singing "Imprison Moon Jae-in". Large police presence. pic.twitter.com/C8nanNTbA6
— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) February 22, 2020
Railway Station Employee Near Tokyo Infected With Coronavirus Bloomberg. Uh oh…
Preparedness and vulnerability of African countries against importations of COVID-19: a modelling study The Lancet. Could be worse.
Under Evo, Bolivia was already beginning to manufacture lithium products in state factories (YLB).
Now, the coup leaders are asking Elon Musk to do it. Over twitter. https://t.co/VGKGJkeyFA
— Ollie Vargas (@OVargas52) February 23, 2020
New Cold War
The Politicization of Russia Policy Is a Massive Mistake The National Interest
Russia Isn’t Dividing Us — Our Leaders Are Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Intelligence Sources: All Candidates Are Russian Agents But Pete Buttigieg Caitlin Johnstone, Medium
Market plunge over coronavirus fears underscores political risk to Trump WaPo. Headline, top left. Priorities!
Bloomberg needs to take down Sanders — immediately Joe Lockhart, CNN (Nippersmom). Open grifting. Lockhart was a founder and managing director of the Glover Park Group, a snake pit of Democratic strategists. (Motto: “Own the conversation“.) They think Bloomberg is a mark, and who’s to say they’re not right? They are, after all, subject matter experts in that area.
Finally, Can We All Agree? Everything We Were Told About Bernie Sanders Was Wrong Mehdi Hassan, The Intercept (Re Silc).
Assange’s Persecution Has Exposed Media Depravity The World Over Caitlin Johnstone, Medium
ASSANGE: A Tale of Three Extraditions Consortium News
Nations seek biodiversity accord to stave off mass extinction Agence France Presse
Antidote du Jour (via):
Bonus antidote, a lovely story:
He was so tiny and vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/KAg7GaukfB
— Howard Hardiman (@howardhardiman) January 9, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.