The Great Koala Rescue Operation Smithsonian
Fraction of Fed lending facilities have been tapped so far FT. “[L]ess than 4 per cent of the minimum funds available” (!). “[T]he US central bank has been able to calm investors just by promising future action.”
The Sickness in Our Food Supply Michael Pollan, NYRB
Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh? The Register. “Remember when we used to own our own software?”
COVID-19: in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton Thorax. “We describe what we believe is the first instance of complete COVID-19 testing of all passengers and crew on an isolated cruise ship during the current COVID-19 pandemic….The majority of COVID-19-positive patients were asymptomatic (81%, 104 patients).” Testing was done with the “CDC 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel.” Summary in the Daily Mail.
Comparison of Clinical Characteristics of Patients with Asymptomatic vs Symptomatic Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Wuhan, China JAMA (Furzy Mouse). From the discussion: “[I]dentifying and isolating patients with asymptomatic COVID-19 as early as possible is critical to control the transmission of COVID-19. Close contacts of patients with COVID-19 should be closely monitored to avoid secondary transmission.”
Estimating the Severity of COVID-19: Evidence From the Italian Epicenter SSRN. From the abstract: “Combining official statistics, retrospective data and original data (i.e., obituaries and death notices) we provide a tentative estimate of the ‘real’ number of deaths caused by COVID-19 as well as the total number of persons infected. Our findings suggest that the reported mortality rate attributable to COVID-19 accounts only for one half of the observed excess mortality rate between March 2020 and March 2019.”
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Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Science (dk).
Can Air Conditioning Spread COVID-19? Probably Not HealthLine. A counterargument to the Guangzhou restaurant study vs. Aerosol Scientist: COVID-19 Is Likely Airborne WebMD.
Outraged by Crowded Pool Parties? Just Wait Until Sports Come Back. New York Magazine. Lots of shouting at sports events, albeit outside. Re Silc: “Rolllllll tide!”
Bjorn’s Corner: Can I get COVID-19 in airline cabins? Part 1. Leeham News and Analysis. Parts 2 and 3. The whole series is worth a read.
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Testing and tracing:
Interim Guidelines for COVID-19 Antibody Testing CDC. “Serologic test results should not be used to make decisions about grouping persons residing in or being admitted to congregate settings, such as schools, dormitories, or correctional facilities [or] to make decisions about returning persons to the workplace.”
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Social determinants of health:
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California is reopening too quickly, posing ‘very serious risk,’ health officer warns Los Angeles Times. Sarah Cody, who made the right call on Santa Clara’s early and correct shelter-in-place order.
DC Will Begin Reopening This Friday Washingtonian
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Remedies and Ameliorations:
Two Sessions 2020: national security law for Hong Kong a step closer after NPC endorses resolution South China Morning Post
US declares that Hong Kong is no longer enjoying autonomy from China Hong Kong Free Press
US-China accident risk is highest in the South China Sea Straits Times
George H.W. Bush’s Shameful Kowtow To China: A Cautionary Tale The American Conservative
Putin needs Xi more than China needs Russia The Spectator USA
Spike in South Korea virus cases shows perils of reopening Sydney Morning Herald
U.S. takes aim at the power behind Venezuela’s Maduro: his first lady Reuters. Maybe put out a contract on her, like they did on Maduro?
Bipartisan revolt upends vote to reauthorize FISA Politico. Deck: “Trump, Republicans and progressives all opposed the bill.” Shows you that the intelligence community’s base is liberal Democrats.
WaPo’s Dirt On Trump’s ‘Rapid’ Nuclear Testing Is A Real Dud Scott Ritter, The American Conservative
Democrats in Disarray
Touchscreen Voting Machines and the Vanishing Black Votes Jennifer Cohn, WhoWhatWhy
Boeing’s India operations to be largest outside US Times of India
Lack of planes sees dragons return to Norfolk skyline Suffolk Gazette
COVID-19 has forced nearly half of patients to postpone care HealthCare Dive
The Influence of Medicare for All on Reimbursement for Emergency Care Treat-and-Release Visits Annals of Emergency Medicine. Conclusion: “In this study of ED treat-and-release patients, a transition to a Medicare for All system may increase ED reimbursement and reduce consumer out-of-pocket costs, whereas a system that maintains Medicaid in addition to Medicare could reduce total payments for emergency care.”
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Looting and flames erupt in Minneapolis amid growing protests over George Floyd’s death Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Target Store:
Looters rampaged through a Target store in Minneapolis, carrying out shopping carts full of products, on the second day of protests over the death of an unarmed black man https://t.co/uXmXy8tA58 pic.twitter.com/LD7hM6ODzZ
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 28, 2020
Target corporate headquarters are in Minneapolis. More on that particular store:
Some context for people who don't live here: Target HQ is in Minneapolis. Lake St. Target, which got looted tonight, is literally Target's experimental site for loss prevention & surveillance policies geared toward poor people. Very few people in the neighborhood like that Target
— Ian Coldwater ?? (@IanColdwater) May 28, 2020
(See Minnesota Post, 2011.)
Also, the station in the precinct where Floyd was killed:
The 3rd precinct is being destroyed pic.twitter.com/ZuvhSJu8sW
— Karen Scullin FOX9 (@kscullinfox9) May 27, 2020
Protesters Stop L.A. Freeway Traffic, Smash Patrol Car Windows Hollywood Reporter. And also:
Video: During Black Lives Matter protest on the 101 Freeway, a CHP cruiser tries to pull through the crowd before accelerating with people on the hood. https://t.co/LChcoUzGJ3 pic.twitter.com/Sfgpl6QKrR
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) May 28, 2020
The Blue Plague and Black Death Black Agenda Report
Agenda Seeding: How 1960s Black Protests Moved Elites, Public Opinion and Voting American Political Science Review
Is Capitalism Racist? The New Yorker
Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84 Associated Press. That’s the stuff to give the troops:
— Will?Menaker (@willmenaker) May 27, 2020
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.