Much as we love links from the commentariat at NC, given the volume of material we are now getting, it would be really, really helpful to the moderators, and would also improve comment quality, if well-intentioned readers didn’t simply dump links, but explained the qualifications of the source, and ideally gave a quote. This goes double for YouTubes and videos generally. Think of it as informational hygiene. Thank you!
Mr. Sherman, Little Tokyo’s 23-year-old feline ‘mayor,’ keeps purring along Los Angeles Times. Mr. Sherman:
Stop the $6 Trillion Coronavirus Corporate Coup! Matt Stoller, BIG. Incredibly, the Democrats are cheerfully enabling disaster capitalism in exchange for a few tattered fig leaves for workers. Fighting for! Fighting for!
Democrats Are Handing Donald Trump The Keys To The Country Zach Carter, HuffPo
Here’s what’s in the $2T stimulus package — and what’s next Politico. “People who don’t pay taxes, such as those with very low incomes, may be hard to reach the way the program is designed.” Here’s why:
If you don’t already have direct-deposit information on file with the IRS from previous tax returns, you won’t get the emergency funds for up to 4 months, Democratic aides said.
— Hamza Shaban (@hshaban) March 25, 2020
Congressional leaders are wasting time on slow, convoluted proposals. Americans need fast, direct relief. Start getting monthly checks to people now.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 24, 2020
You’ll have to pry means-testing from the Democrat Establishment’s cold, dead hands….
Column: The coronavirus bill is a big step toward stimulus that helps you, not corporate bigwigs Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times. However: “[T]here don’t seem to be provisions granting the [bailout] overseer subpoena power or any method of enforcing a request for documents other than filing a complaint with Congress. That’s not enough.” Let the looting begin!
Cuomo: ‘Numbers don’t work’ in ‘terrible’ Senate stimulus package The Hill. Cuomo: “We’re not a big-spending state. I cut taxes every year. I have the lowest growth rate of the state budget in modern political history. We are frugal and we are efficient. I’m telling you these numbers don’t work and I told the House members that we really need their help.” So playing the austerity game didn’t work out, then?
Woman Responds To Companies Failing Because Of Coronavirus By Saying The Same Things Poor People Hear Bored Panda. “Why doesn’t Boeing have money saved up for emergencies?”
When I hear “stimulus,” I think of this dytopian artwork from Simon Stålenhag:
(Look at the sign.) Mood….
How the Pandemic Will End The Atlantic
Wuhan doctors plan long-term look at coronavirus impact on male sex hormone SCMP. Too bad this news didn’t get out before Spring Break…
* * *Social distancing:
Former FDA chief Gottlieb has dire warnings about hitting the brakes on social distancing measures FierceHealth. Because it works:
Look at the difference between how the Kentucky Governor and Tennessee Governor handled the Coronavirus
And look at the results of those policies pic.twitter.com/U3T4WMuF5a
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 21, 2020
Social Distancing and Contact-Intensive Occupations The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
* * *Materiel shortages:
How 3M Plans to Make More Than a Billion Masks By End of Year Blooomberg. “Surge capacity.” Who knew?
Doctors scramble for best practices on reusing medical masks during shortage LiveScience. From researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine’s COVID-19 Evidence Service, For N95 masks: “70 C / 158 F heating in a kitchen-type of oven for 30 min, or hot water vapor from boiling water for 10 min, are additional effective decontamination methods.” Not CDC endorsed.
Swabs, Stat! Bloomberg
* * *Treatment:
Many of you asked what it was like in the ER right now. Craig Spencer MD MPH, Threader (MR).
* * *Spread:
Our Monoculture Food Supply Is A Potential Coronavirus Calamity The American Conservative
* * *Economic effects:
The Sky-High Cost of Disinfecting American Businesses Bloomberg. Go long biohazard remediation.
* * *Political class response:
Trump’s Irresponsible Rhetoric Is A Menace To Public Health The American Conservative
America’s Diseased Politics The New Republic. “If you fit into social unit x, then you will be eligible in some circumstances to receive benefit y.”
Coronavirus: What You Need To Know National Governor’s Association. A good dashboard/aggregation of state efforts.
* * *Corporate response: * * *Remedies and ameliorations:
Contagion Giorgio Agamben. From Italy.
Emmanuel Macron’s Shock Doctrine Jacobin
Why is Germany’s COVID-1 death rate so much lower than other countries? LiveScience. One theory:
Today in overdetermination https://t.co/iJrjFt4Art
— Mark Healey (@HealeyParera) March 25, 2020
Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus Sidney Morning Herald
Too early or too late? David Runciman, LRB
What Lies Behind Russia’s Coronavirus Containment Effort Wilson Center.
Russia does have a handful of advantages in the face of a possible onslaught. Largely owing to the enduring legacy of an output-driven Soviet system that , it has plenty of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel: 4.04 doctors per 1,000 population, over 50 percent more than in the United States (2.6 per 1,000) and 70 percent more than hard-hit South Korea (2.34). Russia’s advantage in hospital beds is even greater: 8.05 beds per 1,000 people, almost three times that in the United States (2.77) and Italy (3.17).
As any fan of the Bearded One knows, quantity can change quality.
Mr. Putin’s nationwide address on the corona virus epidemic Gilbert Doctorow
COVID-19: Russia to ground all international flights from midnight Channel News Asia
BTS Launches Web Series to Help Fans Learn Korean Rolling Stone. While isolating…
Yes, Blame China for the Virus Foreign Policy
I don’t think this will change any Democrat Establishment minds, because if their guy does it, it’s OK. Exhibit A: BIll Clinton.
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) March 25, 2020
However, IMNSHO this is a shot across Sanders’ bow from a segment of his base. The message: Don’t campaign for Biden (and here’s one good reason).
Coronavirus hospital bills: A look at the costs for Americans Yahoo Finance (Re Silc). “‘That’s the great thing about private health insurance — you always have to say it depends on the plan,’ Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Billionaires Want People Back to Work. Employees Aren’t So Sure Bloomberg. It’s almost like the 1% is really worried the working class might withhold its labor….
Emergency Nation: It’s only an emergency when the elites say it is Security Policy Reform Institute
It is Better to Have Loved Chris Arnade
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here