Dear patient readers,
I lost a huge amount of my evening because my outbound mail account quit working and my mail host was utterly at sea as to why.
Lose Yourself in a Breathtaking New NASA Image of The ‘Pillars of Creation’ Science Alert (David L)
Ukraine: wildfires draw dangerously close to Chernobyl site Guardian (resilc)
Strange Forest Patches Littering The Amazon Point to Agriculture 10,000 Years Ago Science Alert (Chuck L)
Hidden failures Science Direct
John Conway, inventor of the Game of Life, has died of COVID-19 ars technica (David L)
How coronavirus stalled climate change momentum Financial Times
A pandemic like coronavirus may be reported like a war but it is very different Independent. Kevin W: “Worth reading this.”
— Simon Hix (@simonjhix) April 14, 2020
Novel coronavirus attacks and destroys T cells, just like HIV News Medical (Kevin W)
Genomic Study Points to Natural Origin of COVID-19 NIH Director’s Blog (furzy)
Who Is Immune to the Coronavirus? New York Times (David L)
Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the pandemic spreads Financial Times
I got Coronavirus Test.. The result? Facebook (ddd). A must watch. The US will never never never never get there.
New Research Shows Anti-Coronavirus Drugs Could Be Produced for Pennies Mint Press (JTM). It should be more widely known that manufacturing drugs routinely is even more profitable than printing cash.
Europe’s hardest-hit extend lockdowns but plan reopenings Financial Times
Nursing home deaths soar past 3,300 in alarming surge Associated Press (Kevin W)
The South May See the Largest Share of Coronavirus Misery Pew (resilc) But odds high big blue cities will continue to get the coverage because the media is there…..
Dr. Anthony Fauci on National Fight Against COVID-19 Facebook (Kevin C)
Trump: It’s my decision when to reopen U.S. economy Reuters. Right. First, Trump made the state and cities do the shutdowns (or not). Second, as China showed, an edict from on high to get back to work fell well short of workers returning and companies getting back into gear (falloff of orders also played a part). In other words, yet more Trump blowhardism.
What People Power Looks Like in a Pandemic Democracy Corey Robin,New York Review of Books (UserFriendly)
Oh Thank God: Trump Appoints Ivanka and Jared to Council to Reopen America Vanity Fair (resilc)
Andrew Cuomo Takes Charge Rolling Stone. Kill me now.
Public colleges face looming financial blow from state budget cuts Inside Higher Ed (resilc)
Markets and economists are still too upbeat on coronavirus Financial Times
Here’s Rep. Neal, the top Democrat on the House tax-writing committee saying he “immediately sought out advice from
Bob Rubin” on structuring the coronavirus bailout https://t.co/7iH3a1v58F
— Zach Carter (@zachdcarter) April 13, 2020
Coronavirus Has Broken America’s Food Supply American Prospect (resilc)
US-China decoupling: a reality check Asia Times (Kevin W)
The Chinese and U.S. Kabuki Corona Dance of Death by Larry C Johnson Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Assange Partner Speaks Out After Threat from Judge Consortium News (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Erik Prince Offered Lethal Services to Russian Mercenary Firm Intercept (furzy)
Trump’s crude problem: OPEC diplomacy can’t save America’s oil jobs Politico< Trump’s Ambition to Reopen U.S. Hinges on Elusive Testing Surge Bloomberg/blockquote>
2020. Yes, I am not happy to see Sanders endorsing Biden now. But most critics forget that some of his key staffers were pressing Sanders to suspend his campaign after the South Carolina kneecapping. Even if it was as few as 20% of his core team, he could not go on with this many people quitting or as internal dissidents. It would be impossible to continue with them and virtually impossible to replace them at this juncture. If you want to get mad, get mad at them. I would feel deeply betrayed if people who I thought had my back behaved this way. I know it may sound a bit too tidy to cast aspersions on Sanders’ staff, but one of my close contacts, a real political greybeard, had been warning me about Sanders’ team for quite a while.
Twitter very heated:
This whole Biden thing is personal. My brother, in order to avoid a potential sentencing of 10 years for a piece of crack cocaine the cops planted, took a plea for three years time. The crime bill incentivizes shit like that nationwide and you expect me to vote for him?
— Blaine (@brw21605) April 13, 2020
I can hardly believe what I am watching.
It's supposed to be a CONVERSATION.
I've never seen this happen in my entire life. https://t.co/1GcGvFCIFE
— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 13, 2020
Tesla Seeks Rent Savings Amid Coronavirus Crunch Wall Street Journal
CalPERS panel could shed some oversight duties Pensions & Investments
Sandcastle, Hamptons’ priciest mansion, rents in one day to tycoon fleeing virus New York Post (furzy)
Private island bought coronavirus tests for every resident Miami Herald (resilc)
Antidote du jour. Oguk: “Luna, and her new kids, Oreo and Caramel. Our local 4H club.”
And a bonus from Tam:
Some sports are slower. More about the strategy. pic.twitter.com/JMBaGJ1tSd
— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) April 9, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.