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!
Coronavirus turmoil delivers shock to the hedge fund industry FT. That’s a damn shame.
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Explainer: Hobbled IRS tax agency may need months to get cash to Americans Reuters. Maybe I should introduce a “Failed State” category…
Genomic epidemiology of novel coronavirus NextStrain. The strains are also mapped, and you can filter by location, country, study author, etc. (I should credit the reader who sent me tjhis link, but I can’t. Raise your hand in comments!)
Springtime in the Plague Year (podcast) Open Source with Christopher Lydon. Some skeptics.
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Trump Rejects New York’s Plea For Ventilators: ‘I Don’t Believe You Need’ That Many HuffPo. If only ventilators printed money instead of merely supplying oxygen!
ICU Bed Capacity Varies Widely Nationwide NPR. I believe that Italy has transported patients out of hot spots, freeing capacity. Of course, private equity has gone into the ambulance business…
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U.S. leads world in confirmed coronavirus cases for first time Axios. USA! USA! We’re #1! We’re #1! (To be fair, testing has improved, and so a jump in the numbers was predictable and predicted.)
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How coronavirus mutations can track its spread—and disprove conspiracies National Geographic
Doing science is harder than it might be. Thread:
1. This is going to be a personal thread about the experience of working at the intersection of infectious disease modeling and the study of misinformation during the worst pandemic in a century.
If you're just interested in what is happening with the virus, you can skip it.
— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) March 26, 2020
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With Coronavirus Comes The Hobbesian Leviathan The American Conservative
The Cult of the Shining City Embraces the Plague The New Republic (Re Silc). Licking the shrine…
Coronavirus-hit countries are asking Cuba for medical help. Why is the US opposed? CNN. Maybe we could get some UN election monitors in here, while we’re at it.
Episode 139: Trial Balloon for a Climate Disaster (podcast) Trillbilly Worker’s Party
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Remedies and ameliorations:
We’re not going back to normal Technology Review. “Social distancing is here to stay for much more than a few weeks. It will upend our way of life, in some ways forever.” So we’re about the optimize human interaction for rent extraction by digital middlemen? That’s nice.
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief Harvard Business Review
Self-Isolation Is the Best Time to Experiment With Your Personal Style Teen Vogue. If this is what it takes to keep people indoors…
Private hospitals will be made public for duration of coronavirus pandemic The Journal. Ireland. Why keep it temporary?
Donald Trump signs TAIPEI Act to support Taiwan’s international relations South China Morning Post
Coronavirus: China calls for ‘concrete steps’ from US to cooperate in fight South China Morning Post
Don’t Kick China’s Propagandists Off Twitter Foreign Policy
One belt, one road:
A freight train carrying medical supplies has departed from east China after it was given the green light to head to virus-hit city Madrid in Spain pic.twitter.com/4G74uvMebq
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) March 26, 2020
Turkey charges 20 Saudis over Khashoggi murder Channel News Asia
CMS Could Do More In Light Of The Coronavirus Crisis Health Affairs
States Begin Prep for Mail-In Voting in Presidential Election Pew Research. In all the coverage of Vote By Mail, I have never seen the issue of who counts the ballots raised. See Yves’ coverage of CalPERS elections for some of the entertaining possibilities. But–
House panel warns coronavirus could destroy Postal Service by June Politico. More candidates for a “Failed State” category.
Mass Job Cuts Across U.S. Threaten to Leave Millions Without Health Insurance Bloomberg. And every single one of them loved their insurance.
It’s an will wind…. Thread:
As a former health insurance exec, I don’t think any story better illustrates my old industry’s racket than the one I’m about to tell you: Right now, as we enter the worst public health crisis of our lifetimes (#COVID19), health insurers are still raking in record profits. (1/11)
— Wendell Potter (@wendellpotter) March 26, 2020
Our Famously Free Press
Co-Founder of News Website Seeks to Dissolve Company Behind It My News LA. The ugly situation at Truthdig.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
F-35 tests positive for Coronavirus Duffel Blog
Wall Street flees coronavirus and glimpses its mortality FT. What about others’ mortality?
Wall Street is in lockdown. Like Mr Lemkau, many of its troops have taken flight from their natural habitat in Manhattan to ride out the pandemic in second homes and vacation properties in Southampton, Palm Beach, the Hudson River Valley and other fashionable locales.
Just wait two weeks… As I wrote.
‘They’re putting us all at risk’: What it’s like working in Amazon’s warehouses during the coronavirus outbreak CNBC. Maybe Jeff could set up a GoFundMe for hand sanitizer?
Pittsburgh AFL-CIO Opposes 1st Black Woman State Rep from Western PA for Re-Election Payday Report. She also opposes fracking, and supports the #GreenNewDeal.
What’s so new about New Municipalism? Progress in Human Geography
Antidote du Jour (via):
A koala rescued from Australia’s bushfire was released into the Kanangra-Boyd National Park in the state of New South Wales pic.twitter.com/ZJ8M5qCGob
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 26, 2020
Today seems to be Koala Day on the Intertubes:
Koala mother and her baby. Australia 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/VDiYsR1Pfs
— RAFA 💫 (@RafaWildNature) March 25, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here