Panic, Pandemic and Payment Preferences (PDF) Bank of International Settlements. “Both merchants and consumers appear to have been keen to reduce their use of cash. Many merchants made it clear through signage that they preferred contactless card payment, even for low-value payments. Some even went as far as to indicate that they would not accept cash. Maybe partly in response to this, and their own concerns about hygiene, many people reduced their use of cash in stores. In addition, there was a significant shift to online shopping, where cash is simply not a payment option.”
Ex-Enron CEO Skilling Raises Funds for Energy Marketplace The Street (Michael Olenick). That’s nice.
Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens The Register. The only way Apple could be losing money on its repair business is with Hollywood accounting.
The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2 Nature. From March, still germane.
COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months The Atlantic
* * *Vaccines:
COVID-19 vaccine development pipeline gears up (PDF) The Lancet
First Human Trial for COVID-19 Antibody Drug Begins IEEE Spectrum. Eli Lilly.
* * *Treatment: * * *Spread:
Social network-based distancing strategies to flatten the COVID-19 curve in a post-lockdown world Nature. Recommended strategy: “[I]ndividuals must decide with whom they regularly want to interact and, over time, restrict interaction to those people. This reduces the number of contact partners rather than the number of interactions. This strategy of limiting contact to very few others with repeated interactions is in the spirit of a social contract with others to create social bubbles allowing only interactions within the same group delineated by common agreement.” Very interesting.
Bjorn’s Corner: Do I get COVID in airline cabins? Part 5. Leeham News and Analysis
* * *Testing and tracing:
Race, Ethnicity Data To Be Required With Coronavirus Tests In U.S. NPR. The reporting form, naturally, does not require income or occupational data.
Coronavirus: tractor production EU Referendum. Operational capacity.
* * *Masks:
Community mask trees spring up in and around Salisbury Salisbury Journal (Clive). Clever!
Epidemic Of Wipes And Masks Plagues Sewers, Storm Drains Associated Press
* * *Social determinants of health:
Senior Citizens in Subsidized Housing Have Been Dying Alone at Home, Unnoticed Because of Coronavirus Distancing Pro Publica. One wonders what will happen in a heat wave.
* * *Government response:
The US-China Rashomon moment Asia Times (KW).
Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigil embraced by new generation, as young activists recommit to fighting for those without a voice South China Morning Post. Thread with photos:
Small, scattered installations and signs in commemoration of the #TiananmenSquareMassacre and a growing crowd outside the Victoria Park, where #HongKong govt has banned the annual vigil on the grounds of public health. pic.twitter.com/4Kq7cTI74K
— Rachel Cheung (@rachel_cheung1) June 4, 2020
Police detention in Hong Kong:
A long thread on the details of my detention at Aberdeen Police Station on the 27th and 28th of May.
It will mention suicide and other instances of police brutality and sexual assault.
— Kai Clark 安野海渡 (@KaihClark) June 3, 2020
EU-China summit: What really happened? Deutsche Welle
New Cold War
For Trumpism, Skeptical Of Trump The American Conservative
Kushner tells Netanyahu to ‘greatly slow’ annexation process Middle East Eye
Israel settler leader: Trump is no friend of Israel Middle East Monitor
Police State Watch
Bill Barr And The Justice Department Send In Their Own Troops The American Conservative. We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.
Mule Eschaton. In its entirety: “A lot of people around the country right now are not getting very warm feelings about politicians with Ds after their names. Trump doesn’t run the state and local police.” Funny how that gets erased.
NEWS: Police Reform Stalled In NY As Cash Flowed to Cuomo & Dem Leaders David Sirota, Too Much Information. I’m shocked.
Why is the NYPD So Powerful? The Cuomo Files. Property values.
Insurrection in the Eye of the Beholder The Baffler. The Insurrection Act of 1807.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
On white supremacy Maddie Flood, Medium (DS).
Police brutality (1), thread worth reading in full:
To simplify following the criminal justice news of the last 36 hours, I posted a set of 10 links to police brutality videos on Facebook
Can’t do that here, obvs
So I’m putting them into a thread
— T. Greg Doucette (@greg_doucette) May 30, 2020
Police brutality (2):
Warning: This video contains graphic content — A 75-year-old man is in “stable but serious condition” after video shows two police officers in Buffalo shoving him, causing him to stumble, hit his head on the ground, and bleed from his head https://t.co/gXQU6f6byf pic.twitter.com/a4u27fzbil
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 5, 2020
A Foretaste Of James Howard Kunstler’s Long Emergency The American Conservative
2020 Peter Turchin, Cliodynamica. Handy chart:
IRS faces obstacles with remaining stimulus checks The Hill. “Tax experts said the IRS faces a tough road ahead in getting payments to everyone who hasn’t received theirs yet, especially for low-income individuals who don’t make enough money to have to file tax returns and also don’t receive certain federal benefits.”
How Apple learned automation can’t match human skill Apple Insider. Whaddaya know, turns out labor power is worth paying for.
Antidote du Jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.