Dolphins Are So Smart They’re Learning Tool-Use From Their Friends ScienceAlert (Kevin W)
7 Things in Our Universe That Have Astronomers Scratching Their Heads Interesting Engineering
Hump!, the online porn fest that wouldn’t have happened without quarantine ars technica (Chuck L)
Kenya: 3 people killed in clash with police over face masks Associated Press
Wear a mask. That is, unless you want to be intubated by a gynecology intern July 1st who did her last semester of med school via Zoom.
— Dr. Emily Porter, M.D. (@dremilyportermd) June 26, 2020
The Soviet Vaccine Strategy That Could Be a Coronavirus Weapon Popular Mechanics (resilc)
Swedish exceptionalism has been ended by coronavirus Guardian (resilc)
Covid-19 was in Spanish sewage as early as MARCH 2019, study claims RT. Kevin W: “Not yet peer-reviewed from what I understand.”
Coronavirus: US has ‘serious problem’, says Fauci BBC. A little late to conclude that.
The new visual signifier of American hubris and premature end-zone dancing, replacing the Mission Accomplished banner, is this chart https://t.co/I8oIYa3eFh with @MaxNisen @johnauthers @sarahhalzack and more pic.twitter.com/8iKRUwVgKv
— Mark Gongloff (@markgongloff) June 27, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott orders Texas bars to close again and restaurants to reduce to 50% occupancy as coronavirus spreads Texas Tribune. By contrast, and I am not making this up, the local Home Instead thinks it’s reasonable to send an aide who works 2 to 3 days a week as a bartender in a bar to care regularly for a 92 year old with COPD. Oh, and the official line is “We can’t tell them what other jobs they can take.” How about not keeping them on?!?!
Newsom Announces New COVID-19 Modeling Website, Open-Source Tools For ‘Citizen Scientists’ CBS San Francisco (Chuck L)
U.S. Consumer Spending Rebounded in May, but Virus Surge Poses Economic Threat Wall Street Journal
Covid-19 Killed the Era of ‘Big’ Flying engadget.com
Gunmen injure Mexico City police chief; 3 dead Associated Press (Bill B)
Why Iran won’t be broken Pepe Escobar, Asia Times (heresy 101)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Twitter and other social media corporations have, at the behest of the authoritarian US govt, already been censoring and suspending accounts of Venezuelans, Iranians, Syrians, Chinese, Russians, etc who expose US crimes
Now they're censoring Bolivians too https://t.co/oGOg6brbcI
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) June 27, 2020
“Free Speech” In The US Empire Is As Illusory As “Free-Range” Eggs Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
Imperial Collapse Watch
America Is Facing 5 Epic Crises All at Once New York Times
Trump wants to attend a fireworks show at Mt. Rushmore next week: "For 20 years it hasn’t been allowed for environmental reasons. You believe that one? It’s all stone."
But the area is "abnormally dry" and some fire experts are worried. https://t.co/9qSjkEylNR
— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) June 24, 2020
The Case for Self-Enforcing Streets Transportation Alternatives
Black Injustice Tipping Point
The Struggle for No Police in the Los Angeles Schools: a Great Leap Forward and Victory is in Sight Counterpunch (Heresy101)
St. Louis mayor, on camera, reads names and partial addresses of people writing her letters criticizing police. https://t.co/vclQjdjRPu
— WiseGuyHat (@Popehat) June 27, 2020
The Retreat from Globalization Project Syndicate (David L)
American Air to Book Full Planes, Shelve Social Distancing Bloomberg. I flew American last month. They were never social distancing. One flight was oversold, one had only a couple of free seats, and the other two legs were >80% full.
Blackstone skips payment on $274m hotel loan Financial Times
Lenders to Ailing Companies Circle Wagons to Fend Off Distressed-Debt Investors Wall Street Journal
Why venture capital doesn’t build the things we really need MIT Technology Review
Antidote du jour. ChetG sent several pix of pollinators in light of recent discussions in Links; this is honeybee:
And a bonus (guurst):
they don’t like the stringy bits on bananas either!!!! i don’t know what i’m going to do with this info yet but it makes me happy to know. pic.twitter.com/pj1TgNMMq3
— mar❁ (@nasacertified) June 19, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.