These 5 Decidedly Weird Animal Butts Are The Distraction We All Need Right Now Science Alert (Chuck L)
Zoo May Feed Animals to Animals as Funds Dry Up in Pandemic New York Times (furzy) :-(
Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery YouTube. Another virtual tour.
A Quiet Revolution in Botany: Plants Form Memories GetPocket (David L)
Newly discovered chemical in willow trees kills various cancer cells New Atlas (David L)
The fate of carbon in a mature forest under carbon dioxide enrichment Nature (UserFriendly)
That tremor called trauma Synaps (Chuck L). Important.
Make this go away. This is on the order of WMD in Iraq, or “Assad gassed his own people” when he was winning: US is investigating if ‘COVID-19 escaped from Wuhan lab during experiments and China covered it up by blaming the wet markets’ – sparking Mike Pompeo to demand that Beijing ‘come clean’ Daily Mail. I am having a hard time living in a world where no one cares about truth. Although what looks to be a cultivated campaign in Chinese social media to depict the US as the source of coronavirus (PlutoniumKun clued us in early) may have give the cray-crays the leverage to launch this propaganda salvo.
Coronavirus destroys lungs. But doctors are finding its damage in kidneys, hearts and elsewhere. Washington Post. Kevin W: “This is what herd immunity looks like in practice.” From the article: “Almost half the people hospitalized because of covid-19 have blood or protein in their urine, indicating early damage to their kidneys…”
News Feature: Avoiding pitfalls in the pursuit of a COVID-19 vaccine PNAS. Note this came up with SARS vaccine candidates. (ddd)
Estimating the Fraction of Unreported Infections in Epidemics with a Known Epicenter: An Application to COVID-19 Ali Hortaçsu, Jiarui Liu, Timothy Schwieg, SSRN. Hoo boy: “We estimate that 4-14% (1.5%-10%) of actual infections had been reported in US up to March 16.”
The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Not a Natural Disaster New Yorker (resilc)
The hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths among the people providing #healthcare
Acknowledged to be under-reported by @CDCgov
Look at the young (age 16-44) who are not spared pic.twitter.com/wou5rI3Q1i
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) April 15, 2020
Israeli COVID-19 treatment shows 100% survival rate – preliminary data Jerusalem Post (resilc). n=6. My father got a treatment for his autoimmune disease based on a study with n=8. First treatment seemed to help, second put him into a terminal tailspin (ulcers in his mouth, loss of 25% of his bodyweight because he couldn’t et, unable to sleep) that led him to blow his brains out. So be wary of small sample sizes.
Cataluña cambia la forma de contar casos y hace aflorar 3.242 fallecidos más con coronavirus. El Pais. Ignacio: “Catalonia is now counting “untested probable Covid-19 cases” as Covid-19 casualties.”
Japan to declare nationwide state of emergency as coronavirus spreads Japan Times. PlutoniumKun: “This could finish Abe.”
COVID-19: Elon Musk failed to deliver ventilators to CA Sacramento Bee (BC). Quelle surprise!
Far-right US politicians label lockdowns anti-constitutional Associated Press. Resilc: “Shoot them like in Manila.”
Florida man makes Publix shooting threat during coronavirus: cops Miami Herald. For good reasons!
Like Working at Home? It Could Become Permanent Industry Week. UserFriendly: “Note the last sentence.”
How the Coronavirus Could Create a New Working Class Atlantic (resilc)
Hamptons bicyclist files police report after verbal confrontation with CNN’s Chris Cuomo: report The Hill (UserFriendly)
This is how Angela Merkel explained the effect of a higher #covid19 infection rate on the country's health system.
— Benjamin Alvarez (@BenjAlvarez1) April 15, 2020
Navy May Reinstate Fired Captain to Command of Roosevelt New York Times
California offering $500 in coronavirus relief to undocumented immigrants The Hill (UserFriendly). #RecallGavinNewsom is backfiring, tweets overwhelmingly support Newsom and this move.
Elon Musk, Jamie Dimon, and Vince McMahon: Here are 20 of the biggest names on Trump’s list of advisers to reopen the US economy Business Insider. Kevin W: “I am not seeing any actual doctors on that list.”
Emirates Now Conducting Airport COVID-19 Tests One Mile at a Time
S Korean economic woes scupper Moon’s legacy ambitions Financial Times. PlutoniumKun:
Weirdly negative piece here in the FT on the win. This is an unprecedented win for the mildly centre left Democratic Party, the Conservatives have been routed. Moon now has a very strong mandate for change and the power to do it – as the Ask a Korean blog writer puts it on Twitter, Moon now does not have to rely on internal or external alliances, he can govern as he wants. I’d also add that South Koreas international reputation and standing has never been higher.
Washington Plans To Start Violence in Iraq Before Leaving Antiwar.com (resilc)
Coronavirus: Trump says peak is passed and US to reopen soon BBC. Magical thinking. But Alabama is champing at the bit to reopen soon. And the mask guidelines are meaningless unless grocery stores and pharmacies start refusing to take payment from patrons with no masks (they don’t have the guts or manpower to bar entry).
Republicans go on attack as loans for small businesses start to run out The Hill. UserFriendly: “*beats head against wall* The framing!!!”
Trump threatens to adjourn both chambers of Congress The Hill. Over appointments. Funny the Dems never tried this over judges.
What Happens If A Presidential Nominee Can No Longer Run For Office? FiveThirtyEight. UserFriendly: “Already laying the groundwork.”
Don’t Fear the Anti-Biden Socialist New Republic
Adam Schiff: Russia Is Still Interfering With US Elections—and Trump Is Covering It Up Mother Jones (resilc). The Dems are unable to find a better talking point? As a reader suggested, Putin should gaslight the Dems and start praising Biden.
The Tyranny of Decorum David Sirota (UserFriendly)
Major blow to Keystone XL pipeline as judge revokes key permit Guardian (David L)
Coronavirus Has Wiped Out A Decade Of Oil Demand Growth OilPrice (BC)
Relief Rally: Senators As Feckless As the Rest of Us at Stock Picking NBER (resilc). Gee, since they insider trade, that means adjusting for that they are terrible! They have information advantages and screw it up. Or they buy bad conventional wisdom and tips from touts. Small consolation.
Board Member Says CalPERS Kept Quiet About Cutting Tail- Hedge Strategy Institutional Investor
Antidote du jour (guurst). Story here.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.