Jerri-Lynn here: Mr. Market has gotten in the way of Yves’ other plans, but she still intends to launch her McKinsey post this week.
Happy Holi! Today in Bengal, tomorrow in the rest of India.
Oil prices crash 30%, sending global stocks tumbling FT. Yves has posted separately on the market meltdown, so I have not focused on that issue in today’s Links. Interested readers can read her post, and share their comments there.
Study: building a better super-capacitor out of super-stinky durian fruit Ars Technica (chuck l)
How J. Edgar Hoover Used the Power of Libraries for Evil Literary Hub (UserFriendly):
Burning calories: pig starts farm fire by excreting pedometer Guardian (re Silc)
Lebanon to default on debt for first time amid financial crisis Guardian. BC: “Lebanese contagion to the Euro?”
7 countries to invade now that we’re leaving Afghanistan Duffelblog (The Rev Kev)
Alabama bill may lift yoga ban in public schools but prohibit ‘namaste’ greeting Guardian. And this at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is exhorting Indians to eschew handshakes and revert to the traditional namaste as a way to reduce coronavirus risk.
Just got an email from UCONN saying that if you get the coronavirus and exaust your 3 sick days per semester you have to use vacation days or personal leave days to recover.
This is how you get people to come back to work when they are still contagious.
— Robert Samples (@RobertS45298013) 7 March 2020
Testimony of a surgeon working in Bergamo, in the heart of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak Reddit. Italian Original: Coronavirus a Bergamo, medico Humanitas su Facebook: «Situazione drammatica, altro che normale influenza».
— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) 9 March 2020
The U.S. Isn’t Ready for What’s About to Happen Atlantic (re Silc)
Scientists may have found a way to prevent coronavirus spread News Medical Life Sciences (david l)Headline way overstates article.
NCAA tournament game in Baltimore held in empty gym for Covid-19 Guardian (re Silc)
Coronavirus Update: Cases Skyrocket In Germany, Prompting Economic Concerns International Business Times
Updates on treatment protocol from China. TLDR bad cases are really bad “Mainly lung and immune system damage” w/broad organic impacts, threat to pregnancy. Good news is an identified antibody response (IgM +3-5 days after onset) may be used to confirm/eliminate mild cases.
On 3/3/20 Chinese NHC issued version 7 of “Diagnosis and Treatment of Novel Coronavirus PNA” Info below
1. In confirmed cases (PCR) had serology with IgG/IgM
2. Most new have IgM + 3-5 days after onset
3. Recovery of IgG is 4 times or more higher than acute phase
— Dr. Krutika Kuppalli (@KrutikaKuppalli) 8 March 2020
Gates-funded program will soon offer home-testing kits for new coronavirus Seattle Times (furzy)
Canada’s SARS Experience Helps Rapid Testing Response to Coronavirus WSJ. I was in Canada during the SARS crisis – one of the winters I was a ski bum in Whistler during the day, and writer during the night.
1. A fairly grim thread coming. America is handling the #coronavirus like Iran, so it’s likely what happens here will be like what’s happening in Iran. In Iran, 8% of their parliament has been infected. Political leaders are dying. https://t.co/A7WX5hjHiA
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) 7 March 2020
Thomas Piketty Turns Marx on His Head NYT (david l)
“Oh My God, It’s Milton Friedman for Kids” Slate (UserFriendly)
Julian Assange Hearing – Your Help Wanted Craig Murray
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Avondale Man Sues After Google Data Leads to Wrongful Arrest for Murder Phoenix New Times (Dr. Kevin)
The Rev Kev:
Welcome to the future…
The Met Police set up live facial recognition cameras in east London. One passerby who didn’t want to have his face scanned and so covered up his face was issued a £90 fine.#bbctbq pic.twitter.com/S7Lt6oMApV
— paulusthewoodgnome (@woodgnomology) 8 March 2020
Climate change could put 4.5% of India’s GDP at risk: Study Times of India
Can US-Japan avoid train wreck on defense costs? Asia Times (The Rev Kev)
Rev. Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders for president Chicago Tribune (UserFriendly)
Democrats’ hunt for Trump slayer may lead to Hillary Clinton comeback: Goodwin NY Post (jo6pac). Hoisted from yesterday’s comments.
Trump campaign attacks Biden on trade, health care and fitness for office The Hill (UserFriendly)
Older people who feel unsafe seek the familiar. That’s why they’re flocking to Biden Guardian (re Silc). Yves: “I can’t stand these stereotypes. My 92 year old mother, a lifelong registered R who has only voted for Rs, not only VOTED for Sanders, she gave money to him, had the yardman put up a sign for him and is mad she can’t get a Bernie sweatshirt (campaign site is sold out).”
Tom Steyer: What I Learned While Running for President NYT (re Silc)
Dear America, Please Stop This Nonsense Immediately. Love, The Rest Of The World. Caitlin Johnstone (The Rev Kev)
Bernie Sanders asks Elizabeth Warren and her supporters for backing Guardian (UserFriendly)
Pete Buttigieg’s Favorite Author Despises People Like Him Jacobin (UserFriendly)
To Rebound and Win, Bernie Sanders Needs to Leave His Comfort Zone Rolling Stone (david l). Matt Taibbi.
Antidote du Jour (TH):
Mr. and Mrs. Great-tailed Grackle invited themselves to lunch.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.