A Couple Made a Mini-Museum for Their Gerbils to Visit During Quarantine Hyperallergic (Re Silc).
Free treatment for all virus patients Bangkok Post. How it’s done.
Infants born in hospitals in Thailand during the coronavirus pandemic are being outfitted with tiny plastic visors. https://t.co/AkZYmNPlYa
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) April 10, 2020
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A compilation of evidence on hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin in treatment of COVID-19 James M Todaro, MD, Google Docs
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Market And Business Ties Often Determine Where COVID-19 Supplies Go NPR. Key point: Existing contractual relations matter far more than Bad Orange Man.
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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Built Environment Considerations To Reduce Transmission American Society for Microbiology
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Shockwave Adam Tooze, London Review of Books. Worth clearing your cookies for.
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He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus NYT. I would like to see a comparative timeline showing the response of Western democracies in general, because that would clarify choices made across political systems, and give some insight into what is systemic as opposed to personal (i.e., click-driven).
Whitmer’s new stay home order blasted by critics for lack of consistency Detroit Free Press. “State residents can’t travel to their Up North cottages, but Illinois residents who own one in Michigan apparently can.” Oh.
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Mobilization Theory: Some Lessons from the Literature for Today Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperty
The New Normal Eschaton
A Lasting Remedy for the Covid-19 Pandemic’s Economic Crisis Joseph Stiglitz, New York Review of Books (Re Silc).
We must think carefully about priorities, about how to spend money well so that we are in a position to emerge from the pandemic quickly, with the kind of twenty-first century economy we would like to have.
The aid packages that Congress has passed have—after a lot of haggling—reflected reasonably well what our priorities should be: first, contain the pandemic; second, help the most vulnerable; and third, set the stage for a strong recovery. But there are still some big gaps.
To put this as kindly as possible, I think Stiglitz should give consideration to the idea that the finance sector’s version of “never let a crisis go to waste” has very little to do with containing the pandemic. And they were the big winners — perhaps the only winners — from the bailout bill.
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Remedies and ameliorations:
We have a very friendly, tight-knit neighborhood. Because we’re on a cul-de-sac, we don’t have through traffic and our children are accustomed to playing outside. Now they must stay separated from their friends and parents are stressed trying to entertain them. Are we allowed to make a large circle, keeping the 6 ft rule, outside on our street, once a week just to share some conversation and ideas? Each neighbor would bring their own chair, and no food would be shared, nothing would be passed from person to person. Only one parent would participate to get a break, while the other parent would get a turn at the next session. Will we be penalized in any way for keeping a check on our stress levels/mental health in this way?
For most of our postwar history, this sounds like the American ideal: Families sitting in a circle on a quiet street in a small neighborhood, chewing the fat. And it’s apparent that you’re trying to maintain your distance, keeping with the general guidelines for safely dealing with the coronavirus.
Can it be that this pandemic has shifted society to such a degree that getting together with your cul-de-sac neighbors is playing with fire?
Yes. You’re playing with fire.
Right at the top of the list of guidelines from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health: “Postpone social visits and play dates.” Furthermore, the county advises cancelling all non-essential activities. While you might feel like you need this and it’s essential, it’s probably not.
Let’s think it through. How will this actually play out? First, one parent watching the children means, despite your absolute best efforts, by accident or by volition, those kids are gonna find a way to make contact with each other.
Canada passes law that will pay businesses to keep employees on staff CNN. Well, Canada is a First World country.
Pandemic a ‘perfect storm’ for South Asia, World Bank says The New Yorker
It’s time for India to play hardball with Trump Times of India
Labour antisemitism investigation will not be sent to equality commission Sky News. “A report found factional hostility towards Jeremy Corbyn amongst former senior officials contributed to ‘a litany of mistakes.'” You don’t say.
Why did Cabinet Office Rush through Procurement of Controversial Electoral Services Company IDOX Just Before the General Election? Byline Times. From January, still germane. Fun with vote-by-mail.
ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Julian & Lockdown Injustice Consortium News
Barr says FBI probe into Russia was started ‘without basis’ Los Angeles Times
Welcome to the Trumpocalypse Rolling Stone. There’s an enormous literature on evangelicals and the Republican Party dating back at least to the Bush era, of which this article is an example. A single cautionary note: As readers know, I follow the “Rapture Ready Index,” a prophetic index of end-times activity. This index has never jumped based on #COVID-19, but only slightly based on proxies like oil prices, which is odd, because the index has a “Plagues” subcomponent. Perhaps the Index has been taken over by Episcopalians. But I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs of evangelical politics (though I suspect that proximity to money and power exerts its usual, er, moderating influence).
Biden and Cuomo: Friends, Allies and Supporting Players No Longer NYT. “Mr. Biden, 77, and Mr. Cuomo, 62, have emerged as unlikely twin pillars of their party in a national crisis, Mr. Biden as its presumptive presidential nominee and Mr. Cuomo as its most forceful spokesman in a public-health emergency.” Holy Lord.
New York Democratic presidential primary likely canceled City and State NY. “Douglas Kellner, the state Board of Election Democratic co-chair, said that in light of Sanders’ announcement, he and Democratic Commissioner Andrew Spano would likely remove Sanders and every other candidate that has dropped out from the ballot. “That would mean in jurisdictions where there are no contested primaries, that there would be no primary elections and the polls would not open.”
Why Bernie Sanders failed Vox. Counterpoint:
You see that "Under 45" bar?
Yeah. Our entire adult lives have been defied by financial crises (plural) that keep hitting us hardest and putting our money in the pockets of billionaires.
And people wonder why we want to destroy the political establishment so bad. pic.twitter.com/xUHncplEaD
— Lee 🧻 Carter (@carterforva) April 10, 2020
Bernie Must Retool His Campaign Organization, Not Dismantle It Jacobin. I’m sure there are technical issues with the list, but I would imagine Sanders has the money to resolve them.
Biden Is a Problem for Democrats in Pennsylvania The Nation. Lowering Medicare eligility to 60. That should do it.
Virus to affect voting? Morgan County Citizen. It’s obviously insane to use touchscreen voting in a pandemic.
Our Famously Free Press
Imperial Collapse Watch
This Man Owns The World’s Most Advanced Private Air Force After Buying 46 F/A-18 Hornets The Drive. So much for the monoploy in violence…
Historical parallel. Thread:
I’m getting calls asking about the striking similarities between the Chicago heat wave and the #coronaviruspandemic. The crises are different in nature and scale, of course. Covid-19 is like multiple heat waves, per day. But they’ve unfolded in eerily parallel ways. (Thread 1/12)
— Eric Klinenberg (@EricKlinenberg) April 10, 2020
Hanover officials irked as off-campus Dartmouth students return to town Valley News. “Earlier this week, police responded to a house on Maple Street where a group of Dartmouth students were playing beer pong.”
Information Wars Craig Murray
Coronavirus: a fog of ignorance EU Referendum. “The lockdown, patchy at best, is already starting to fray. In my own little corner, over the weekend, I observed a boozy street party in one street and, in the next, a house party in a front garden. People are getting bored, they need to socialise and no amounts of threats of police intimidation is going to damp down that need.” So introversion is adaptive. Good to know.
Disposable People The Baffler. “Coronavirus and the lifestyles of the professional-managerial class.”
‘I’m in Limbo Here’: Texans Are Met with an Overwhelmed and Antiquated State Unemployment System Texas Observer. Well, naturally. Claiming benefits is a moral hazard; we don’t want to make it easy, for pity’s sake.
Bright college days:
I talked to some classmates of the president of Harvard Law School's Federalist Society chapter, who brought a gun to Zoom class. He already has a prestigious clerkship lined up. One student said he's “on a trajectory to be a potential Gorsuch clerk.”https://t.co/2Yxl3kZYNJ
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) April 9, 2020
Nasty macOS flaw is bricking MacBooks: Don’t install this update Toms Guide. Moral: Never sink $5 billion into a round headquarters building.
Scratch enters the TIOBE index top 20 TIOBE. Scratch is a graphical programming language for children.
Burning Man festival canceled due to coronavirus pandemic NY Post. That’s a damn shame.
Antidote du jour (WB):
WB writes: “Great Blue Heron carries a big stick back to the rookery on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.