Yves here. I am adding this note after Links launched.
1. I apologize for the thin original posts because my service crashed last night and took a while to get back.
2. And a bleg!!! Can anyone do light audio editing, of an MP3? I have just a couple of short bits I need cut out or to have white noise put over them. Entire audio only 20 mins and I think only at most 4 places where meddling is needed, and I would time stamp them. I was hoping I could get this help pronto (as in the next day or so). If you are in a generous mood and have the time and skills, please e-mail yves-at-nakedcapitalism-dot-com with “Audio editing” in the subject line. Thanks!
From a well respected friend and intensivist/A&E consultant who is currently in northern Italy Thread Reader (MR). For whatever reason, Italy failed to flatten the curve:
After my inadvertent deletion of my prior tweet I re-drew a chart comparing the cumulative Covid-19 cases in the US to Italy eight days ago, updated with today's US number (currently 709). It's still not reassuring, especially for those of us in Seattle! pic.twitter.com/BcOKn4P8Xa
— Ajai Dandekar (@ajai_dandekar) March 10, 2020
Coronavirus can travel twice as far as official ‘safe distance’ and stay in air for 30 minutes, Chinese study finds South China Morning Post. On a bus: “It can be confirmed that in a closed environment with air-conditioning, the transmission distance of the new coronavirus will exceed the commonly recognised safe distance.”
People ‘shed’ high levels of coronavirus, study finds, but most are likely not infectious after recovery begins STAT (original). n=9. From the abtract: “Active virus replication in the upper respiratory tract puts prospects of COVID-19 containment in perspective.”
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It’s Not Panic; It’s Reality The American Conservative
With Coronavirus, ‘Health Care for Some’ Is a Recipe for Disaster Editorial Board, NYT. But #MedicareForAll? Fuggedaboutit. Even though one might imagine that universal coverage free at the point of care would be helpful in the midst of a pandemic.
The death rate is NOT a biological constant. Dr. Melvin Sanicas, Threader (MR).
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More Than 20 Colleges Cancel In-Person Classes In Response To Coronavirus NPR. You can see it coming. When things return “to normal,” the administrators will cancel them permanently and fire a lot of adjuncts.
Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Why Closing Public Schools Is a ‘Last Resort’ NYT. “For [750,000 children who are poor], school may be the only place they can get three hot meals a day and medical care, and even wash their dirty laundry. The situation has been starkly different thus far at some of the city’s elite private schools, where the student bodies tend to be much whiter and wealthier than they are in public schools.”
Pay Close Attention to South Korea’s Apparent Success Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo. “[T]heir model is one that should be adaptable to the US, at least from a technological and civil liberties perspective.” But no mention of single payer, which South Korea has Heaven forfend!
Korea (like Taiwan) has #SinglePayer. Thread:
First, some more good news: updating from yesterday, the CDC in South Korea reports 248 new cases (reporting, consistently, w/ 48 hour lag), the lowest such figure since 2/26. 1/x https://t.co/sfAs7i9l1T
— (((Howard Forman))) (@thehowie) March 9, 2020
Korean right wing politicizing epidemic Asia Times
‘The new normal’: China’s excessive coronavirus public monitoring could be here to stay Guardian. Never let a crisis go to waste.
The Word from Wuhan LRB. “Schools are suspended until further notice. With many workplaces also shut, notoriously absent Chinese fathers have been forced to stay home and entertain their children. Video clips of life under quarantine are trending on TikTok. Children were presumably glad to be off school – until, that is, an app called DingTalk was introduced. Students are meant to sign in and join their class for online lessons; teachers use the app to set homework. Somehow the little brats worked out that if enough users gave the app a one-star review it would get booted off the App Store. Tens of thousands of reviews flooded in, and DingTalk’s rating plummeted overnight from 4.9 to 1.4.”
They write songs:
Following Vietnam, and Thailand, comes Hong Kong's entry in the unofficial coronavirus song contest. Two school teachers rapping about hand washing. https://t.co/9ZepytsZOF
— Hong Kong Hermit (@HongKongHermit) March 9, 2020
New court documents explain reasoning behind JEDI stop-work order Federal News Network
Dallas County election officials asking for Super Tuesday recount KSAT. “Election officials discovered thumb drives containing ballots from 44 precincts.” Oh.
Long voter waits in Ann Arbor, East Lansing on eve of Michigan primary Detroit News. For college students. Of course.
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Yanis Varoufakis: “Syriza Was a Bigger Blow to the Left Than Thatcher” Yanis Varoufakis, Jacobin
Corruption In U.S. Military Academies Is Harming Our National Security The American Conservative
The Cultural Problem of Cheating & Lying Consortium News
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.