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Cat With Two-Toned Face Fathers Two Kittens In Each Of Its Colors AnimalRescueSite (David L)
Crows are watching your language, literally Corvid Research
Maybe life on Earth is as good as it gets? Advanced Science News (Kevin W)
Iceland Under Threat of Volcanic Eruption After Being Jolted by Thousands of Quakes Sputnik (guurst). I was a volcano refugee in London in 2010!
Why the Oaxaca earthquake made buildings sway hundreds of miles away National Geographic (David L)
Why the World’s Most Advanced Solar Plants Are Failing Popular Mechanics (resilc)
Segway will stop making its iconic self-balancing scooter Engadget (Chuck L)
China dog meat festival goes ahead but virus takes a toll Agence France Presse
COVID-19: This is when life will return to normal, according to the experts World Economic Forum (David L)
World tennis number one Novak Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19 Sydney Morning Herald.
What Does and Does Not Correlate with COVID-19 Death Rates NBER. Hhhm. Lambert featured this yesterday, but some of the results seem so illogical that I wonder if it confirms that the death data is way off. Recall that Madrid concluded it has missed nearly half of its Covid-19 deaths.
A bridge needs to be anchored on both sides. Did they consider that some of the nations might not be so keen on the UK tourists (with the UK daily numbers still some of the highest in Europe)?
I know that Croatia is desperate for tourists, and so is likely Greece, Spain and at least some parts of Italy (Sicily comes to mind).
But I’m not sure French, German and Austrians are, and at least some of them may quarantine the UK tourists on arrival or require (which is really a CYA thing) a negative test no more than a couple of days old. The article happily ignores all of this, in the best of the UK/US tradition of “what do you mean the foreigners have a say in this too?”.
PlutoniumKun added: “Croatia may be less keen following the fiasco around the Adria Tour.”
EU May Ban Travel from US as it Reopens Borders, Citing Coronavirus Failures New York Times (resilc). Some readers, plus I believe Lambert, foresaw this as a possibility.
— Pat the Independent. #BlackLivesMatter?? (@PatTheBerner) June 23, 2020
Why Reopening Isn’t Enough To Save The Economy NPR (DK). Not the first report on this study but a good recap.
If you haven't been to the Texas Med Center you don't understand the gravity of this. The TMC is multiple city blocks with nothing but hospitals, clinics, and research towers; 100,000+ staff & 10,000 beds spread across 20+ hospitals. Terrifying that they could be over capacity. https://t.co/NAE0jDcpqi
— Nico Cortes (@Cortes_Penfield) June 23, 2020
Las Vegas Casino Workers Beg Guests To Wear Masks As Nevada Cases Rise HuffPost (Kevin W)
Toward a smart Indian response to China Asia Times. Smart?
New Cold War
Saudi coalition shoots down Houthi ballistic missiles and drones Al Jazeera (resilc)
The US “soft war” on Iran and its allies turns against Washington Elijah Magnier (Chuck L)
Trump visa ban stokes stranded Indians’ fury Financial Times
Bolton May Be a Beast, But He’s Washington’s Creature American Conservative
Is Police Reform A Fundamentally Flawed Idea? FiveThirtyEight
‘BlueLeaks’ Exposes Files from Hundreds of Police Departments Krebs on Security
Inside The Dangerous Online Fever Swamps Of American Police HuffPost (furzy)
Ladies and gentlemen, the establishment! pic.twitter.com/nWG3oCGrrl
— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) June 24, 2020
If Engel goes down, it's not just Israel, Saudi, & GOP who are losing a major ally. It's also all the Woke Syria Regime Changers: Engel is one of the leading Congressional backers of the Syria proxy war & of the Caesar sanctions inflicting new misery on Syrian civilians.
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) June 24, 2020
And to think that in just 7 months, Nancy Pelosi will explain to Jamaal Bowman that the world is already exactly as good as it can possibly be.
— Zach Carter (@zachdcarter) June 24, 2020
Steven Mnuchin says US tax deadline may be extended past July 15 Financial Times
Sitting CalPERS board member sues California pension fund president, claiming retaliation Sacramento Bee. Wellie, the headline is evenhanded, which is better than Brown normally gets from the Bee. And the reading from CalPERS watchers is that the story was sufficiently muddled as to not hurt her much. Plus IMHO Henry Jones looks like a moron for whining.
Antidote du jour. Furzy: “My sister’s llamas, off on a trek in the Oregon hills…..”
And a bonus (Kevin W). So cute!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here