Dear patient readers: Liberation of links will be delayed until Lambert or Yves can get to them. Neither is up much during the day.
How Our Planet Looks on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Weather Underground
The Surprising Role of Whales in Ocean Carbon Capture The Maritme Exective. Before petroleum, there was whale oil….
Quantifying methane emissions from the largest oil-producing basin in the United States from space Science. From the abstract: “Based on satellite measurements from May 2018 to March 2019, Permian methane emissions from oil and natural gas production are estimated to be 2.7 ± 0.5 Tg a−1, representing the largest methane flux ever reported from a U.S. oil/gas-producing region and are more than two times higher than bottom-up inventory-based estimates. This magnitude of emissions is 3.7% of the gross gas extracted in the Permian, i.e., ~60% higher than the national average leakage rate. The high methane leakage rate is likely contributed by extensive venting and flaring, resulting from insufficient infrastructure to process and transport natural gas.”
Presymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections and Transmission in a Skilled Nursing Facility (article) and Asymptomatic Transmission, the Achilles’ Heel of Current Strategies to Control Covid-19 (editorial) NEJM. Important.
SARS-Cov-2 RNA Found on Particulate Matter of Bergamo in Northern Italy: First Preliminary Evidence medrXive. ” At the present, no assumptions can be made concerning the correlation between the presence of the virus on PM and COVID-19 outbreak progression.”
What Autopsies Can Reveal about COVID-19 Der Spiegel
A Stanford Professor’s Wife Recruited People For His Coronavirus Study By Claiming It Would Reveal If They Could “Return To Work Without Fear” Buzzfeed. The controversial Santa Clara study.
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Coronavirus: serial killers at large EU Referendum
The pandemic at sea WaPo. Good reporting, but I’d still like to see aggregated reporting closer to the various ground zeros in the United States: international airports like SEA, SFO, LAX, JFK, EWR, etc. “The Pandemic in the Air,” as it were.
Is the developing world sleepwalking into disaster? RTE. Good round-up.
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Treatment and Vaccine:
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Test performance evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 serological assays (PDF) The COVID-19 Testing Project. From the abstract: “Our evaluation showed heterogeneous assay performance.” NYT summarizes: “Of the 14 tests, only three delivered consistently reliable results. Even the best had some flaws.”
About Medical Detection Dogs Medical Detection Dogs
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U.S. reels toward meat shortage; world may be next Portland Press-Herald
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Stanford Health Care to cut workers’ wages by 20% Palo Alto Online
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Trump says briefings ‘not worth the effort’ amid fallout from disinfectant comments Guardian. Trump has been pretty much “not a step back” guy, so this is an interesting straw in the wind.
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March, April, May: City’s Mood Darkens as Crisis Feels Endless NYT. “A near-doubling of reports of loud televisions in the past five weeks compared with the same period last year, from 400 to 794, suggests an I’ve-had-enough drawing of lines.” I should perhaps refrain from being judge-y, as an introvert who already works from home and just had to add a few tweaks to an already obsessive daily routine, but get a grip, people! The Siege of Leningrad this is not.
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Remedies and ameliorations:
COVID-19/At-Home Mental Health Resource List Dr. Sarika Persaud, GoogleDocs. Quite a compilation.
Empathy Revisited JAMA
We’re in a golden age of TV re-runs. Soon they’ll be the only thing on CNN. Great metaphor…
I built myself a proud parent. It charges me 25¢ for a pat on the shoulder. pic.twitter.com/YMvBkzzuVa
— Simone Giertz (@SimoneGiertz) April 17, 2020
Also peak neoliberalism? And/or a harbinger of the Jackpot?
‘Noriega Hotel will not reopen,’ signaling the end of Bakersfield as we know it The Bakersfield Californian
Saudi Arabia bans flogging as form of punishment Independent. I hate to imagine how that will affect tourism.
Coronavirus: think the worst is over for China’s economy? Not so fast South China Morning Post
Coronavirus: South Korea’s big churches, once outbreak epicentres, reopen South China Morning Post
Bags on their heads, fear in their hearts People’s Archive of Rural India
Video Appears to Show Tara Reade’s Mother Knew of Allegations Against Biden in 1993 Slate. Speaking of vetting:
The right wing Media Research Center posted this video not long after I posted the transcript, which means they were sitting on it, waiting, and this was coming out whether The Intercept broke it or not.. https://t.co/bbwYkPmYEy
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) April 24, 2020
40 Coronavirus Cases In Milwaukee County Linked To Wisconsin Election, Health Official Says WUWM. Nobody could have predicted…
Bernie Sanders Says the Struggle Must Continue Through 2020 Election and Coronavirus Relief (interview) Teen Vogue. Movie recommendtion from Sanders: Into the Storm. (There are several “Storm” movies; this is the one about Churchill.)
Our Famously Free Press
Do you know a good submarine-maker? The Economist. Yachts are passé. “These days it’s all about being a middle-aged man in aeronautical-grade aluminium.”
Capital Swallows Itself Jacobin
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.