US dollar funding: an international perspective (PDF) Committee on the Global Financial System, Bank of International Settlements
The Double Pandemic Of Social Isolation And COVID-19: Cross-Sector Policy Must Address Both Health Affairs. This is a must-read.
A Common Snake Oil Reemerges for the Coronavirus The Atlantic
D.C. Is Entering Phase 2 Today, and D.C. Should Wait Mike the Mad Biologist
Why It Would Be Hard to Link a Coronavirus Spike to Recent Protests Scientific American
Coronavirus testing indicates transmission risk increases along wildlife supply chains for human consumption in Viet Nam (preprint) bioRxiv. From the abstract: “Our analysis also suggested either mixing of 68 animal excreta in the environment or interspecies transmission of coronaviruses, as both bat and 69 avian coronaviruses were detected in rodent feces in the trade. The mixing of multiple 70 coronaviruses, and their apparent amplification along the wildlife supply chain into restaurants, 71 suggests maximal risk for end consumers and likely underpins the mechanisms of zoonotic spillover to people.” Also bat guano (used as fertilizer).
Effect of Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 – Preliminary Report (preprint) (PDF) medRviv. Last week we saw the press release; this week the paper. From the abstract: “In patients hospitalized with COVID-19, dexamethasone reduced 28-day mortality among those receiving invasive mechanical ventilation or oxygen at randomization, but not among patients not receiving respiratory support.”
Full draft of Hong Kong national security law will only be made public after it is passed by China’s top legislative body South China Morning Post. Seems legit.
Ties That Bind: Xi’s People on the Politburo Macro Polo
National Gallery of Australia to shed staff and slash acquisitions from 3,000 to 100 a year Guardian. And the Board must love that business model…
Arundhati Roy warns of ‘genocidal climate’ in India Open Democracy
South Korea reports 46 new COVID-19 cases as it tackles ‘second wave’ Channel News Asia
Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj over pandemic Agence France Presse
Iranian Tankers & the Age of Interdiction Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News
Britain nearly went bust in March, says Bank of England Guardian. Britain is not a currency-issuing sovereign?
New Cold War
Bolton’s Win Could Cost Him More Than Just Profits Jonathan Turley
Police State Watch
‘BlueLeaks’: Group Releases 270GB of Sensitive Police Documents Vice (Re Silc).
Big Briother Is Watching You Watch
The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online Electronic Frontier Foundation
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Riding the Protest Wave: How Elites Will Co-opt BLM Chris Arnade, American Compass
Our Famously Free Press
NYT Is Threatening My Safety By Revealing My Real Name, So I Am Deleting The Blog Slate Star Codex (bwilli123). The Times takes out a competitor…
Trust in Science and COVID-19 Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
I didn’t realize my blood and bones were next Welcome to Hell World. And for restaurant re-openings especially:
Anyone who has worked at a restaurant with outdoor seating already knew tht patio people do not care if u live or die
— helena (@freshhel) June 20, 2020
See paragraph four:
New all-time high in Dallas. 80% of these cases are frontline/"essential" workers. This is state-sanctioned violence. pic.twitter.com/hyIgQw1u4f
— Kristian Steffany 🌹 (@kksteffany) June 22, 2020
It’s not “state-sanctioned violence.” It’s class warfare.
Petition to rename Columbus, Ohio, ‘Flavortown’ to honor Guy Fieri attracts thousands of signatures The Hill. I am here for this, as I was here for “Boaty McBoatface.”
Antidote du jour (via):
Normally I don’t do zoos, but Gloria the Baby Hippo is very cute:
OUT FOR A SWIM: Gloria the baby hippo takes her first dip in the deep end of the pool at France's Beauval zoo – with her mother, Bolinhas, closely monitoring the situation. https://t.co/nFPPs49oVC pic.twitter.com/dUs9cvIJqg
— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.