Happy Leap Year Day!
Freeman Dyson, Visionary Technologist, Is Dead at 96 New York Times
Alaskan Roulette Grist
NYC bodega owners to fight imminent state plastic ban New York Post (J-LS)
Why did Australia’s government declare #coronavirus a pandemic? It doesn’t trust the WHO. “The information from multiple international sources is that the WHO is under intense pressure from the Chinese government, and succumbing to it.” @V2019N https://t.co/lHHy1VVChx
— James Massola (@jamesmassola) February 29, 2020
“This Crisis Will Spill Over and Result in a Disaster” Der Spiegel (J-LS)
Key Missteps at the CDC Have Set Back Its Ability to Detect the Potential Spread of Coronavirus ProPublica. Longer-form discussion of the tests and the CDC response. Mind you, this is NOT about the initial round of test kits the CDC distributed to state and it then had to recall. This is about the test kits the CDC is using now at its centers.
2 new coronavirus cases emerge in Washington, in King and Snohomish counties Seattle Times (furzy)
UK’s 20th coronavirus case is first to catch illness in Britain Guardian. Vlade: “If a GP in Surrey has CV, then chances are quite a few of his patients, who are virus-vulnerable to start with (being patients), do as well by now. A perfect cluster, not to mention Surrey being London commuter belt.”
Do not violate the International Health Regulations during the COVID-19 outbreak The Lancet (Dr. Kevin)
Lack of paid sick days and large numbers of uninsured increase risks of spreading the coronavirus Economic Policy Institute
Given the complexity and physicality of Amazon’s business, this could not have been an easy decision.
This is probably the signal for every VC and pure software company to stop travel and go to remote work. https://t.co/f94R1d9tSw
— Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis) February 29, 2020
Trump administration considers a centrally planned economy to deal with coronavirus Boing Boing (resilc)
UK races to find extra 50,000 staff for post-Brexit paperwork Guardian (resilc)
Turkey’s invasion of Syria turns sour Asia Times (Kevin W)
This Assange “Trial” Is A Self-Contradictory Kafkaesque Nightmare Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W): “This is so fucked up. He is in a glass booth and cannot hear what is going on. The judge says that he can only talk through his lawyers. But then the judge says that he is forbidden to talk to his lawyers, even with notes. But also that he cannot sit with his lawyers as he is so dangerous he might kill someone.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Appeals Court Blocks Trump’s Remain-in-Mexico Asylum Policy Wall Street Journal
Amid Coronavirus Mayhem, Trump Takes Time to Meet With Actors in ‘Deep State’ Play Daily Beast (resilc)
Trump seeks a ‘miracle’ as virus fears mount CNN. So this is why Pence is in charge.
Young Democrats Have Rejected Biden — And It Could Cost Him The Nomination FiveThirtyEight (UserFriendly)
There’s a New Artist in Town. The Name Is Biden. New York Times
Hey remember when we were told that Ukraine announcing an investigation of Joe Biden would threaten the sanctity of our pristine election? Well guess what, Ukraine just opened an investigation of Biden and what do you know, it barely made a blip: 🤔 https://t.co/HRT4FpVvsN
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) February 29, 2020
Bernie Sanders Has an Audacious — and Hugely Expensive — Climate Plan MIT Technology Review. Sigh. No one worried about what it cost to fight WWII.
Sanders Offered Praise for Cuba. Young and Old Voters View It Differently New York Times. This is important to treat as an issue? Seriously? For any groups other than NatSec hawks and Cuban expats, this is a nothingburger.
The one way Sanders is the new Trump Columbia Journalism Review (resilc)
When the Billionaire Family Behind the Opioid Crisis Needed PR Help, They Turned to Mike Bloomberg ProPublica (UserFriendly)
Bloomberg buys El Paso Times, fires editorial staff following Buttigieg endorsement Beet Press (UserFriendly)
Home state candidates risk losing primaries The Hill. The two candidates the paper of record endorsed, BTW.
Past Strains Between Boeing, FAA Threaten MAX Simulator Plans Wall Street Journal
Media Vapors Over Vaping Cloud Public Health Goals Fair (UserFriendly)
Avant toi Lars P. Syll
Antidote du jour. From Liz in Dallas: “My beautiful cat, Tita.”
And a bonus antidote, from guurst. Verges on an anti-antidote, but impressive. Wish there was a quick shot of the python post procedure:
ODDLY SATISFYING: Team of vets pull AN ENTIRE BEACH TOWEL out of a python in Australia – with their bare hands. pic.twitter.com/rjzR2lrmEW
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 27, 2020
To make up for that, a bonus bonus courtesy David L:
— Hannah Tiede (@HannahTiedeTV) February 25, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.