Tiger King: What we discovered under cover Humane Society :-(
‘A huge step forward.’ Mutant enzyme could vastly improve recycling of plastic bottles Science Magazine (David L)
Taiwan’s first marine waste encyclopedia Marine Waste Illustrations
No Thanks! Against gratitude as a therapeutic practice Baffler (UserFriendly). IMHO, this gratitude bullshit is New Age authoritarism: you are supposed to feel a certain way or else you aren’t very evolved. It’s yet another way to indoctrinate people into suppressing anger, when righteous anger is a powerful and positive force for action.
A seismic shift in our lives means it’s oh so quiet RTE (PlutoniumKun). Not so much in the ‘burbs, but our cute local ice cream truck, which plays cheery ditties as it trundles around, is no longer making the rounds.
Coronavirus meme featuring “WWII donkey” is not what it claims to be War Is Boring (BC)
NEW: Wed 8 April update of coronavirus trajectories
NB: we’ve reverted to the 7-day moving average
Daily new deaths:
• General trend in US and UK is still more deaths every day than the last
• Japan joins this chart, deaths tracking Italy
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) April 8, 2020
CDC considers loosening guidelines for some exposed to virus Associated Press. Resilc: “No testing but nooooooooooproblem.”
Virus May Spread Twice as Fast as Earlier Thought, Study Says Bloomberg (David L)
The Asian Countries That Beat Covid-19 Have to Do It Again Wired (resilc)
Big pool of coronavirus cases going undetected, German researchers say South China Morning Post
Ministers ‘see no prospect’ of taking decision to ease lockdown ‘for weeks to come’ while daily death toll is soaring towards 1,000 and Boris Johnson remains in hospital – despite potential harm to economy Daily Mail
Germany eases border rules to allow in harvest workers amid coronavirus crisis and Germany drafts Romanian farm labor for coronavirus pandemic DW. Micael: “We really need the asparagus!”
Lockdown in India: Lockdown extension likely as PM Modi talks of ‘national emergency’ Times of India (J-LS)
India’s exporters face crunch as coronavirus pummels economy Financial Times
Scenario planning, regular update clause led to export of key drugs in Covid fight Economic Times (J-LS)
The New Populist Right Imagines a Post-Pandemic America Matt Stoller (Bob K)
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Body Politic CounterPunch (resilc)
Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word Los Angeles Times (Kevin W)
The Pentagon’s supply chain faces an economy under siege Defense News (Kevin W)
Kansas legislature strikes down governor’s directive limiting size of religious gatherings The Hill (Kevin W). Darwin award.
Complaint of Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program and The Arc of the United States Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
Antibody tests will soon tell us whether we face a short sharp shock, or a global economic body blow Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph. See our post today on herd immunity. Knowledgeable readers contend that antibody tests won’t be ready for a while and won’t necessarily be dispositive. From reader ZacP:
It is important to note that an antibody test can mean different things depending on the specific infection. For example, a person who tests positive for the HIV antibody still also is a carrier of the virus and can infect other people. It can also take months, as many as six, for antibodies to become detectable via the standard labwork.
Combine that with false +/- results, length of time to ramp up production of testing kits, and we still need evidence to be able to interpret what a +antibody result would even mean in the case of COVID19…….serum testing still seems to be a long, long way out from actually being able to guide decision making. AEP suggests.
More along this line: What Are Antibody Tests, and Can They Prove Coronavirus Immunity? Vice
Rents Are Late, and ‘It’s Only Going to Get Worse’ New York Times
Farmers Are Panic-Buying to Keep America’s 95 Million Cows Fed Bloomberg (resilc)
JPMorgan temporarily halts small business loans outside federal scheme Financial Times (BC)
Chinese HNWIs Keep on Spending — But on What? Jing Daily (J-LS)
Chernobyl’s on Fire. Great. Vice. I’m still waiting for the rain of frogs…
Israel brings 1 million masks from China for IDF soldiers Jerusalem Post
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
iPhone Can’t Recognize You With a Mask On? Here’s What to Do About It Wall Street Journal (Kevin W)
Coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a wave of cyber attacks – here’s how to protect yourself The Conversation (J-LS)
Barack and Michelle Obama to come off sidelines after Bernie Sanders drops out Independent (Kevin W)
New York luxury towers quake as coronavirus hits property market Financial Times
Antidote du jour (Craig H):
And a bonus:
Animals and the power of music ❤️ pic.twitter.com/oEdbv83oAB
— @thommybhoy (@eirebhoy) April 9, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.