French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle The Register (Chuck L). OMFG….
New, larger wave of locusts threatens millions in Africa Associated Press (resilc)
Giant Viruses Carry Genetic Code That May Control The Metabolism of Living Things Science Alert (David L). I see a horror movie plot….
Global Coronavirus Deaths Cross 100,000 New York Times
Coronavirus: Over 2,000 deaths in 24 hours in US DW. Subhead: “No other country has had such a high daily death toll. Global confirmed cases stand at almost 1.7 million, with more than 100,000 deaths.”
Revealed: 6,000 passengers on cruise ships despite coronavirus crisis Guardian (Kevin W)
NIH Begins Clinical Trial To Test Hydroxychloroquine To Treat COVID-19 The Hill. The latest theory I have heard is you need to take it with zinc and azithrothromycin…
Two-Thirds of Severe Covid-19 Cases Improved on Gilead Drug Bloomberg. N=53. And don’t 3/4 of the people with severe cases survive? The results on the ventilator patients might be promising, but I’m not sure about the less dire severe cases in this sample. Can any readers closer to this sort of data weigh in?
Covid-19: How to prevent a second wave Asia Times. Resilc: “Just in time for 2020 election is the way I bet.”
UK will have to live with restrictions until coronavirus vaccine is available, say officials, as new survey reveals that nine out of 10 Britons are observing ‘stay home’ advice after 980 deaths in a day Daily Mail
The EU’s Covid-19 crisis – How science got political RTE (PlutoniumKun)
Mafia distributes food to Italy’s struggling residents Guardian (resilc)
Some churches confront virus restrictions on Easter services Associated Press
Florida Gov. DeSantis mulls reopening schools: Coronavirus ‘doesn’t seem to threaten’ kids The Hill. UserFriendly: “‘Cause it’s not like those kids ever need to interact with adults or anything.”
People are luring Instacart shoppers with big tips — and then changing them to zero CNN (BC, UserFriendly)
Hundreds of U.S. Meat Workers Have Now Tested Positive for Virus Bloomberg (Kevin W)
Amazon developing in-house Covid-19 testing lab Financial Times
Coronavirus Panic Buying: Puppies Wall Street Journal (J-LS)
Postal Service Warns of $22 Billion Hole From Coronavirus Wall Street Journal
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Drones Take Italians’ Temperature and Issue Fines SecurityWeek
Imperial Collapse Watch
Coronavirus is hurting America’s place as a world leader while China appears to rise abc.net.au (Dr. Kevin)
The Ideas That Won’t Survive the Coronavirus New York Times. Resilc: “If one has traveled the last 30 years it should not be a surprise.”
Pentagon worries Capt. Crozier’s concern for his sailors may be contagious Duffle Blog (Kevin W)
OSC Rules In Favor Of Kushner On Hatch Act Violation (Sort of) Jonathan Turley (Chuck L)Democrats say Trump campaign ad singles out Locke over race The Hill
We can mail you a check, not a ballot.
We want you to spend, not vote.
— Stephanie Kelton (@StephanieKelton) April 10, 2020
Evaluating Tara Reade’s Allegation Against Joe Biden Current Affairs (UserFriendly). Important.
This is a bad idea. A really bad one, on multiple levels – for starters, it threatens the integrity of Dem voter data & puts Nov prospects in hands of a shady firm w/ a failed track record.
Plenty of orgs bid for contracts. I hope there is enough good sense to reject this one. https://t.co/8kRIog03YM
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 10, 2020
So Bloomberg figured out that it’s cheaper to buy Biden than win himself? Or does he just want to make use of all those people he hired and promised to pay through the election? Recall that one reason his campaign fizzed out despite its ginormous spend wasn’t just his record but the fact that his rapidly assembled media team had zero loyalty to him.
Bernie Sanders And Amy Klobuchar Had 2020’s Strangest Friendship BuzzFeed (UserFriendly)
Cities Are Flouting Flood Rules. The Cost: $1 Billion. New York Times
OPEC+ deal won’t save Covid-19 crashed oil prices Asia Times. Kevin W: “Remarkable chart.”
Antidote du jour. Richard W:
This is Libor, our brown standard poodle boy.
We have watched many neighborhood kids grow up and leave their parents’ homes for college and beyond. Yesterday morning, Libor went to college. Our furry little extrovert will be missed by many two legged and four legged people.
Libor, May 25, 2007 – April 6, 2020
And a bonus:
A spiny anteater takes a dip in the South Pacific https://t.co/mDQcVyhxHm
— Ian Fraser (@Ian_Fraser) April 11, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.