Hubble turns 30: Take a look back at some of the space telescope’s best images EuroNews. Kevin W: “Cool 1:05 video.”
When in Doubt: Hang Up, Look Up, & Call Back Krebs on Security (Robert M). Important. Another lesson here: Don’t use debit cards for purchases!!!! And only use ATMs at bank branches. Less likely to be compromised than ones in stores.
A spike in New Yorkers ingesting household cleaners following Trump’s controversial coronavirus comments New York Daily News. DK: “No data source reference given for the report.”
We’re not going back to normal MIT Technology Review. J-LS: “From last month, but still germane.” Moi: Tons of people still in denial. Hardly anyone wearing masks here, and had a 70 year old friend in Dallas comment casually that she wasn’t wearing one, she didn’t see the point, as in it wouldn’t protect her.
UserFriendly: “For context, Omegle is an oddball web app that randomly connects you via video chat to a complete stranger, Some people do it when they are bored, lots of guys do it to expose themselves to strangers.”
now this is just DISGUSTING. pic.twitter.com/Ima8nhTljW
— javier ✰ (@javiersmalls) April 20, 2020
“Immunity passports” in the context of COVID-1 WHO. Key sentence: “There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.” Hoo boy. This is the strongest-form statement possible of reservations about immunity. If this continues to be true, you can kiss a vaccine goodbye. Similarly, there would little point in identifying who has had the disease, as opposed to trying to get a better handle on who is currently infectious.
Antigen testing could be a faster, cheaper way to diagnose covid-19 MIT Technology Review (J-LS). Readers?
As the coronavirus turns the immigration tap off, the Australian economy looks increasingly exposed Business Insider (Kevin W). Ahem, when I was there (early 2000s), Oz was doing just fine of the groaf front with tough restrictions on immigration. But the business lobby wanted more.
China’s New Coronavirus Cases Spur Fresh Limits New York Times (furzy)
China rejects calls for inquiry into virus origins BBC (David L)
India Post delivers ₹412cr cash in doorstep banking revolution Times of India (J-LS)
Korea moves carefully to ease social distancing Asia Times (Kevin W)
Covid-19 kills Japan’s coveted trade surplus Asia Times (Kevin W)
#Rwanda officers raping and killing during lockdown, via @BBCWorld https://t.co/74lc5zwfwM @hrw accuses the security forces of killing, raping, arresting people since a #Covid19 lockdown came into force. Journalists, bloggers who have reported on alleged abuses have been detained
— ilaria allegrozzi (@ilariallegro) April 25, 2020
Coronavirus: paying the price Richard North
From DK. Ugly:
This was posted by a restaurant owner in Georgia pic.twitter.com/yH84ovHbSX
— Nance ??? (@solusnan1) April 24, 2020
THERE ARE 55 MILLION KIDS IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS.
ACCORDING TO DR. OZ, 1.1M TO 1.65M DEAD KIDS IS ‘APPETIZING’
Dr. Oz says reopening schools “is a very appetizing opportunity” bc there will “only be” a 2 to 3% mortality rate#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/7YuWzUQfIy 04
— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) April 25, 2020
The Hawaii Tourism Authority is now paying for visitors to leave CNN (Dr. Kevin)
Battles Over Masks Grow Desperate Capital & Main (J-LS)
Trump approved of Georgia’s plan to reopen before bashing it Associated Press
Investors baffled by soaring stocks in ‘monster’ depression Financial Times
The Tax-Break Bonanza Inside the Economic Rescue Package New York Times (resilc)
Apple and Google Pledge To Shut Down Coronavirus Tracker When Pandemic Ends The Verge. If you believe this, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. At a minimum, this will morph into yet another back door.
Mnuchin says U.S. may take stakes in U.S. energy companies Reuters (resilc). Stakes? For shale, they should take them over.
Get Ready for the Return of Inflation Wall Street Journal
As Much As 25% Of America’s Meat Production Is Offline. Looming Shortages Show COVID’s Inflationary Side. Heisenberg Report (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Five F-35 issues have been downgraded, but they remain unsolved Defense News. Kevin W: “Related story: The Pentagon will have to live with limits on F-35’s supersonic flights. That turkey is now mostly a subsonic fighter. As one guy commented, ‘There’s no end to what it can’t do.'”
High Court Rejects Plea to Block Trump Immigration Rule During Pandemic Wall Street Journal
New Evidence Supports Credibility of Tara Reade’s Allegation Against Biden Intercept (Chuck L)
Healthy economies: the Tax Justice Network podcast, April 2020
The Right Wing Wants You to Die Vice (resilc)
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.