GDP Update: -52.8% The Big Picture. Projected. So I guess it’s about time for austerity to kick in?
How lenders are preparing for a wave of loan modifications The American Banker
Bank of America pledges US$1b to address racial, economic inequality Channel News Asis
Science without Validation in a World without Meaning American Affairs
Man Behind Sweden’s Controversial Virus Strategy Admits Mistakes Bloomberg. So much for herd immunity.
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Healthcare workers & SARS-CoV-2 infection in India: A case-control investigation in the time of COVID-19 (preprint) Indian Journal of Medical Research. FWIW (I can’t vouch for the source) this is the first study on hydroxychloroquine as prophylaxis: “Consumption of four or more maintenance doses of HCQ was associated with a significant decline in the odds of getting infected.”
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Small droplet aerosols in poorly ventilated spaces and SARS-CoV-2 transmission The Lancet. “This study shows that better ventilation of spaces substantially reduces the airborne time of respiratory droplets. This finding is relevant because typically poorly ventilated and populated spaces, like public transport and nursing homes, have been reported as sites of viral transmission despite preventive physical distancing.” Stay away from bat caves!
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Testing and tracing:
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Social determinants of health:
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Reimagining the post-pandemic organization (PDF) McKinsey
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Remedies and Ameliorations:
On Secession China Law Blog
While the getting is good?
HK01 Exclusive: US consulate in Hong Kong is selling its consular quarters in a secret tender obtained by HK01 – 6 sets of houses in Shouson Hill, with impeccable views over southern beaches, worth abt HK$10 billion. They were purchased in 1948 for $315K. https://t.co/kr9LetnHPS
— Selina Cheng 鄭嘉如 (@selina_cheng) May 30, 2020
The voice of experience? Thread:
The lesson from S Korea's protest movement is not that the protesters should not resort to violence, but understanding the conditions in which certain protests turn violent, and certain protests do not.
— T.K. of AAK! (@AskAKorean) June 2, 2020
Black Injustice Tipping Point
New York under curfew as looters hit luxury stores Agence France Presse but A Few Store Windows Were Smashed on the UWS, Though Much of the Neighborhood Has Been Spared from Looting. West Side Rag. UWS = Upper West Side, Manhattan. Then again:
Hard to describe how rampant the looting was tonight in Midtown Manhattan and how lawless it was. Complete anarchy. Literally hundreds of stores up and down Broadway, Fifth Ave, Sixth Ave. Kids ruling the streets like it was a party. pic.twitter.com/y9Ly1UD1WX
— Rachel Olding (@rachelolding) June 2, 2020
Cops mostly absent, interestingly.
They’re gonna be tired:
BREAKING: Regular days off have been canceled for all uniformed members of the NYPD, meaning that all 36,000 police officers in the force must now work 12-hour shifts for 7 days a week until further notice
— US Protests: News & Updates (@USAProtests) June 2, 2020
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How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change Barack Obama, Medium
Former President George W. Bush: ‘It is time for America to examine our tragic failures’ NBC. Forgive my skepticism that a “government of national unity” composed of “moderate Republicans,” “liberal Democrats,” and a neutered left will be able to rise to the occasion post-2020.
How violent protests against police brutality in the ’60s and ’90s changed public opinion Vox. GDP didn’t drop by half in 1968.
New Cold War
Russia Is Not Abandoning Syria or Assad The National Interest
Nuclear arms control: What happens when US and Russia let it lapse? Christian Science Monitor
Militarization in DC:
The view coming down 14th St. #WashingtonDCProtests #washingtonprotest #MartialLaw2020 Be safe at the protests after curfew everyone. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor @DCist @PoPville @washingtondc pic.twitter.com/dlE12GnhzO
— Mari (@mariselapenny) June 2, 2020
Esper on militarization:
Defense Sec Mark Esper in a message Tues night to US military: 'Stay apolitical' pic.twitter.com/Gev64gU7ac
— Missy Ryan (@missy_ryan) June 3, 2020
The National Guard on militarization:
TRADOC salutes the Tennessee National Guard for their selfless service to the nation, and to the people of the State of Tennessee.?? https://t.co/UnvokEY5OX
— TRADOC_DCG (@TradocDCG) June 2, 2020
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Democrats in Disarray
10 Things Dems Could Do Right Now — If They Actually Wanted To Stop Trump’s Power Grab David Sirota, Too Much Information
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Zoom Transforms Hype Into Huge Jump in Sales, Customers Bloomberg. “Free users for sure we don’t want to give that because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose,” [CEO Eric Yuan] said on the call.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
Endless War Comes Home The American Conservative (Re Silc).
New program helps retiring colonels decide which Civil War battle to study Duffel Blog. Hello from Fort Belvoir…
Police State Watch
As cities make deep cuts because of COVID-19, police departments are keeping their funding. Fast Company. “Nothing fundamental will change.”
When police officers are told they’re in a war, they act like it Ezra Klein, Vox
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David McAtee, a Black Man, Was Killed After Police “Returned Fire” at a Louisville Protest Teen Vogue. Oddly, no body cam footage.
6 Atlanta officers charged after confrontation with college students Atlanta Journal-Constitution
‘Star Wars’ stormtroopers are enforcing new social distancing rules at Disney World Business Insider (Re Silc).
The business of tear gas Axios
As Economies Reopen, It’s the Law of the Jungle for Workers Foreign Policy. That’s not a bug.
Libertarianism For Me, Authoritarianism For Thee Chris Arnade, American Compass
The Treason of the Ruling Class Chris Hedges, Common Dreams
Austria unveils design to turn Hitler’s house into a police station Guardian (Re Silc). A little too on-the-nose?
Antidote du jour (via). More meese. Where are the squirrels?
— Saron Fanel CTV (@saronfanel) May 29, 2020
— offroadtrucking (truckerswheel) (@truckingoffroad) June 1, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.