NASA fixes Mars lander by telling it to hit itself with a shovel NY Post. There’s a lesson here for all of us….
Open Wide: Dentists Pressured To Drill Healthy Teeth, Ex-employees Say Newsy. Another private equity scam.
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US drugmaker doubled price on potential coronavirus treatment FT. Chloroquine.
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We Need Time to Absorb All This Peggy Noonan. Do read for the screening process; the incentives are quite clear.
‘It is unclear why quality control did not detect this issue’: Early CDC tests couldn’t distinguish between coronavirus and water Business Insider. The contractor who supplied the faulty reagent to the CDC remains unnamed.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom orders all Californians to stay at home Los Angeles Times
The United States might have a secret weapon against coronavirus WaPo. “The United States, however, already practices a form of social distancing in its daily life through suburban living.”
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Experts Say the Internet Will Mostly Stay Online During Coronavirus Pandemic Vice. “Home users may see problems due to neglected U.S. infrastructure, but the internet overall should be able to weather the storm, experts suggest.”
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Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness ProPublica. Three other senators also sold major holdings around the time Mr. Burr did, according to the disclosure records: Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, who is also a member of the Intelligence Committee; James M. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma; and Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia.” So it’s bipartisan. I’m shocked, and I’m not the only one:
None of those disaster movies I grew up with had the part where the senators get the classified doomsday speech and then immediately call their wealth manager
— Connor Wroe Southard 🤠👍 (@ConnorSouthard) March 20, 2020
Senate Democrats propose bailout for student loan borrowers WaPo. “The liberal coalition, which includes the American Federation of Teachers, Demos and Americans for Financial Reform, estimates as many as 1 in 3 student loan borrowers will have their debts canceled under the proposal.” They’ll pry means-testing from Liberal Democrats’ cold dead hands….
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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel U.S. Department of State
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Remedies and ameliorations:
What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks? Smart Air. Handy chart:
Here’s A Running List Of The Latest Hoaxes Spreading About The Coronavirus Buzzfeed. Not sure Bellingcat belongs there, as a fact-checker….
Coronavirus and the Collapse of the Liberal Order: Europe’s Fate Called Into Question Valdai Discussion Club
Coronavirus’ next victim: Populism Politico
Coronavirus pandemic could reshape the global order Middle East Eye
Mask diplomacy: China tries to rewrite virus narrative Agence France Presse
“I don’t know what you’re thinking.” The head of a visiting Chinese Red Cross delegation helping Italy respond to the coronavirus crisis says the country is not doing enough to contain the virus pic.twitter.com/qF20zeHpde
— TIME (@TIME) March 20, 2020
“We are being treated as cannon fodder” OpenDemocracy. The UK.
New Cold War
Six years and $20 billion in Russian investment later, Crimeans are happy with Russian annexation WaPo. Maybe the Atlantic Council will need to find a new grift.
Putin’s Coup: Cunning Plan or Improvisation? Carnegie Moscow Center
What exactly is the Defense Production Act? Military Times
Bernie Sanders Is Trying to Rescue America’s Frail Democracy Thomas Piketty, Jacobin
‘We should blow up the bridges’ — coronavirus leads to class warfare in Hamptons NY Post (DL). Must-read.
How one elite New York medical provider got its patients coronavirus tests Reuters. Medical concierges.
Coronavirus list of ‘key workers’ whose kids should stay in school finally published Mirror (KW). No hedgies on the list, oddly.
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Declining worker power and American economic performance Anna Stansbury and Lawrence Summers, Brookings Institute
Antidote du jour (via):
Best. Video. Ever!
Just found this of when we bought our goose George a girlfriend called Florence & it was love at first sight 😍😄 pic.twitter.com/INtwKPhT72
— Dolitics (@dollytheis) February 20, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.