Russian fuel spill declared federal emergency Intellinews. Exxon Valdez territory.
Ripe as a Roadkill Raccoon Chris Jones, IIHR Research Engineer (Late Introvert). Good stuff on Iowa hydrology.
How long does the coronavirus last inside the body? National Geographic
Sexual Health in the SARS-CoV-2 Era Annals of Internal Medicine
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Fake Science: XMRV, COVID-19, and the Toxic Legacy of Dr. Judy Mikovits (preprint) AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses (AL).
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More than half of England’s coronavirus-related deaths will be people from care homes Guardian. “Care homes,” “darkness visible,” “community policing….” In retrospect, the ice floes would have been better. On the bright side, the fiscal situation of the UK’s retirement system must have improved.
How the Protests Have Changed the Pandemic The New Yorker. Protests and spreading, a thread:
I want to go on record with obvious point: large gatherings of people facilitate spread of contagious disease. The *reason* for the gathering (whether street protests for a cause I support, or GOP convention, or a sporting event) is not material to the spread of the virus. 1/
— Nicholas A. Christakis (@NAChristakis) June 5, 2020
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Tokyo university startup develops coronavirus-catching fabric Nikkei Asian Review
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We did the impossible.
On Monday NYC will open phase one.
We didn’t just flatten the curve — we crushed it. #NYTough
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 6, 2020
How Has the Coronavirus Crisis Affected Xi’s Power: A Preliminary Assessment China Leadership Monitor (PlutoniumKun).
People dance to keep fit, to express themselves, to entertain and to stretch spirit. But for Chinese farmer Peng Xiaoying, it is a way to help her husband conquer depression pic.twitter.com/3KUd73CF3S
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 6, 2020
Indonesia coronavirus cases surge to nearly 1000 in a single day Sydney Morning Herald
La UE da la espalda a Trump y busca una revisión de relaciones con EE UU El Pais (Ignacio). Google translation: “The EU turns its back on Trump and seeks a review of relations with the United States.”
New Cold War
Decoding Russia’s Official Nuclear Deterrence Paper Carnegie Moscow Center
Russia: The Identitarian Bogey Man of American Politics Gordon Hahn. A dyspeptic canter through identity politics.
Black Injustice Tipping Point
— Mark Berman (@markberman) June 6, 2020
‘Am I going to get shot?’ kids ask, as brands try to explain racism and violence to children Reuters (re Šilc). The idea that “brands” have agency seems perilously close to the Bearded One’s concept of commodity fetishism.
Police State Watch
Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Result of Approved Minneapolis Police Training Larry Johnson, Sic Semper Tyrannis. As I keep saying, the Blue cities have the kind of police that their Democrat mayors want.
Chicago Mayor Says Police Union Is ‘Extraordinarily Reluctant To Embrace Reform’ NPR. Let’s remember that Rahm Emmanuel, Lightfoot’s Democrat predecesor and [genuflects] Obama’s chief of staff, was running his own Gitmo in Homan Square as recently as 2015. So, yeah.
Exhausted, abused Chicago Police officers need a break, top cop says Chicago Sun-Times. After what, a week?
57 members of Buffalo police riot response team resign after shoving incident Buffalo News. Not from the force; just the unit. More on the “shoving incident”:
#MartinGugino, the 75 year old man knocked to the ground by police in Buffalo, is a longtime peace activist and volunteer at the Catholic Worker, a movement dedicated to justice and peace, founded by Servant of God Dorothy Day, who also took to the streets to advocate for justice pic.twitter.com/9SxDS0705Y
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) June 6, 2020
Policing, Police States, and a Failure of Governance Mike the Mad Biologist
Black Injustice Tipping Point
UPRISING: Black ‘Misleaders’ Seek to End Protest Margaret Kimberley, Consortium News
How to Do Reparations Right David Brooks, NYT. “There’s a wrong way to spend that money: trying to find the descendants of slaves and sending them a check. That would launch a politically ruinous argument over who qualifies for the money, and at the end of the day people might be left with a $1,000 check that would produce no lasting change.” Adolph Reed, February 2016: “We are in one of those rare moments in American history—like the 1880s and 1890s and the Great Depression—when common circumstances of economic and social insecurity have strengthened the potential for building broad solidarity across race, gender, and other identities around shared concerns of daily life. These are concerns that only the minority of comfortable and well-off can dismiss in favor of monuments and apologies and a politics of psychobabble, concerns like access to quality health care, the right to a decent and dignified livelihood, affordable housing, quality education for all. They can be pursued effectively only by struggling to unite a wide section of the American population that is denied those essential social benefits or lives in fear of losing them. Isn’t it interesting that at such a moment the corporate-dominated, opinion-shaping media discover and project a demand for racially defined reparations that cuts precisely against building such solidarity?”
The Day I Met James Baldwin at Harvard Anne C. Bailey
Our Famously Free Press
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette removes protest and police brutality stories from website following protests from union members Pittsburgh City Paper. Looks like management “touched the type.”
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Realignment and Legitimacy
Trump is incapable of wielding power The Week. But read all the way to the end.
There Can Be No Change. Heisenberg Report (re Šilc). Interesting!
Come on, man:
— Thornton McEnery (@ThorntonMcEnery) June 5, 2020
Why Sleep Deprivation Kills Quanta
Newton, the Man John Maynard Keynes, MacTutor
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