Scientists Find Bacteria That Eats Plastic EcoWatch (David L)
The 5 techniques of science denial Cranky Uncle (Bob H)
Coronavirus fears spark prison unrest worldwide New York Magazine (resilc)
Florence Nightingale: a pioneer of hand washing and hygiene for health The Conversation (J-LS)
Immunization with SARS Coronavirus Vaccines Leads to Pulmonary Immunopathology on Challenge with the SARS Virus PLOS One (dougie). Hoo boy….
Why France is hiding a cheap and tested virus cure Asia Times (J-LS, Chuck L)
Asymptomatic Carriers Are Fueling the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here’s Why You Don’t Have to Feel Sick to Spread the Disease Discover (David L). Note the “mild cases” is still a hypothesis…and we are how many weeks into this diseases?
Duke University uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to clean N95 face masks for reuse TechCrunch (David L)
China Shuts Down All Cinemas, Again Hollywood Reporter
India’s sudden lockdown threatens food supply chains Financial Times. You heard it here first! Jerri posted on this issue yesterday. See also: Farmers warn over food supply with harvest workers shut out
Covid-19: Why the EU is haunted by the euro crisis divisions Tony Connelly, RTE. PlutoniumKun: “Very important article on the arguments within the EU over a fiscal response to the virus.”
Brazil Undone London Review of Books. Gah.
US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 The Hill
We are quite literally doing a worse job of containing the virus than any other country on earth.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 27, 2020
House panel warns coronavirus could destroy Postal Service by June Politico. Important.
Rhode Island cracks down on visitors from New York Houston Chronicle (BC). I doubt the effectiveness of asking, but license plates speak volumes. Confirmed in a later sighting by martha r: Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge Bloomberg
Elicker slams Yale for lack of cooperation Yale Daily News (Johan L). Wow, this manages to make Harvard look less bad.
The COVID-19 stimulus bill: Here are the ugly details Fast Company (martha r)
There’s an outrageous lack of controls on the huge amount of corporate assistance provided in Section 4003 of the just passed stimulus bill. (1/9)
— Marcus Stanley (@MarcusMStanley) March 27, 2020
The Newsonomics of the Mnuchin money and the bailout’s impact on America’s press Nieman Journalism Lab (TF)
For $2 trillion, you could give $500 billion to frontline health care facilities and then cut a $10,000 check to every single worker in America.
Please try to explain to me how this wouldnt be better than giving much of the emergency stimulus money to corporations.
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) March 28, 2020
This announcement of layoffs by United Airlines came literally a few hours after they got $25B in grants from the government so they wouldn’t have to lay anyone off.
Congress is full of a bunch of fucking morons. https://t.co/UrNRiOIgbO
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) March 27, 2020
Cuomo pushes back on Trump over ventilators: ‘I operate on facts’ The Hill. I noted in comments that on 3/25, I had the misfortune of seeing a full Tucker Carlson show, which really put to rest the notion that he is some sort of friend of the left save intermittently., It was full race-baiting, Commie bashing, praise of gunz, and a two minute hate against Harvard. Note I have said Harvard deserves to be bashed big time for its conduct in this crisis, making all sorts of people pay (in this case contract cafeteria workers who were dumped with no warning and no stipend), but the way Carlson lathered on the venom was…instructive. In any event, this show gave prominent play to Trump’s self-praise to getting a few ventilators to NY, with Trump declaring Cuomo to be “happy” and to attacking the press for pointing out that Trump’s PR for chloroquinine as a possible remedy had led to deaths via attempted self-medication. Trump in typical Trump fashion doubled down Thursday night.
An emergency room physician who made pleas for more safety equipment and more urgent measures to protect staff at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center was fired on Friday. https://t.co/xdPzg53fLC
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) March 28, 2020
Not enough personal protective equipment for nurses/nurse assistants/physicians. My father is a neurologist in NY called to consult on COVID-19 patient is reduced to wearing a garbage bag on his head, a face mask made from uncle Giuseppe take out dinner stapled to a shower cap. pic.twitter.com/uoypkC1Maq
— M. Goodleaf (@mgudesblatt) March 27, 2020
Trump: Let Them Breathe Cake American Conservative
Demand for online ordering leaves grocery stores scrambling, customers waiting Washington Post (J-LS)
Coronavirus Is A Defining Test And American Government Is Failing It HuffPost (UserFriendly)
The Novel Coronavirus has a Well-Known Left-Wing Bias Juan Cole (furzy)
Will Trump’s Fumbling of Covid-19 Lead to His Exit in Weeks? Ian Welsh (furzy). The problem is the lack of a mechanism by which Trump exits. Unless he dies, he’s not at all the type who would resign gracefully, plus Pence is just as culpable.
SEC Gives Investors Another Thing To Wonder And Worry About DealBreaker (J-LS)
a href=”https://onezero.medium.com/drivers-say-the-uber-coronavirus-fund-is-failing-them-8c36aceace78″ rel=”nofollow”>These People Are Evil’: Drivers Speak Out Against Uber’s New Coronavirus Sick Leave Fund OneZero
The Helicopters Are Coming Willem Buiter, Project Syndicate (David L). For those of you who found NC during that other crisis, Buiter was one of our favorite commentators.
Bosses are panic-buying spy software to keep tabs on remote workers https://t.co/Jch6haKJTB
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 28, 2020
For the Class of 2020, a Job-Eating Virus Recalls the Great Recession New York Times (resilc)
Trump admin’s $15 million bounty on Maduro triggers explosive confession of violent Guaidó plot Grayzone Project (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Farewell To Sanctions American Conservative (resilc)
How Popular Is Donald Trump? FiveThirtyEight (resilc)
This is such a meta story. Look at how the media covering this story. At first it was in the Lifestyle section. Now in the sports section. It’s really quite stunning. https://t.co/bJIDF44bKo
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) March 27, 2020
Joe Biden’s Embarrassing Media Tour Failure Path Forward (dougie)
Insiders tell how Sanders lost the black vote–and the nomination slipped away Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Prevails as Federal Judge Strikes Down DAPL Permits Earthjustice (martha r)
N.S. judge agrees with Mi’kmaq band, requires further talks on Alton Gas project CTV News. Martha r: “From earlier, still germane. a good week for indigenous fossil fuel action.”
Antidote du jour. Pat H:
Here is a pic of my Maine Coon Cat located about an hour West of Lambert in Sebec Maine. It was one of her first days outside of the house after a pretty cold spring. Still lots of snow up here. Plenty of social isolation here if you want it!
And a bonus video (Chuck L):
— Alasdair Smith (@AlasdairMSmith) March 28, 2020