Private Equity Titans Turn to Europe for Mega-Deals Bloomberg. “No U.S. targets featured in the top five for the first time since 2003.” The locusts move on. Tomorrow to fresh woods, and pastures new.
Companies Made Millions Building Unemployment Websites That Didn’t Work The Markup. If by “work” we mean “deliver benefits on time,” yes.
Children are not COVID-19 super spreaders: time to go back to school (free) Archives of Disease in Childhood vs. Contact Tracing during Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, South Korea, 2020 CDC (summary). So we have conflict. Since the result of opening the schools is, potentially ruin — granted, not for the 1%, at least not yet — the Precautionary Principle would seem to indicate that we should keep the schools closed.
Coronavirus: characteristics of cases in pediatric Florida residents <18 years old (PDF) State of Florida Department of Health
Detection and Genetic Characterization of Community-Based SARS-CoV-2 Infections — New York City, March 2020 CDC From the abstract: “The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene [(DOHMH)] conducted sentinel surveillance of influenza-like symptoms (ILS) and genetic sequencing to characterize community transmission and determine the geographic origin of SARS-CoV-2 infections. Among 544 specimens tested from persons with ILS and negative influenza test results, 36 (6.6%) were positive. Genetically sequenced positive specimens most closely resembled sequences circulating in Europe.” But note also: “During the weeks of March 8 and March 15, there was an increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 among persons aged <18 years in NYC. During this same period, DOHMH estimated an increase in prevalence and undetected cases of COVID-19 among persons aged <18 years with ILS and negative influenza test results. These reported and estimated increases suggest that further investigation is warranted into the role children play in community transmission and the effect school closures might have as a mitigation strategy." Covid-19 and Disparities in Nutrition and Obesity NEJM. From the abstract: “Though the factors underlying racial and ethnic disparities in Covid-19 in the United States are multifaceted and complex, long-standing disparities in nutrition and obesity play a crucial role in the health inequities unfolding during the pandemic.” Social determinants of health.
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Short-range airborne route dominates exposure of respiratory infection during close contact Building and Environment
Forced Air The Architect’s Newspaper. Air conditioning takes command.
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Are Anti-Mask Masks Legal? Jonathan Turley. Exceptionally American.
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Performing Arts Aerosol Study (PDF) National Federation of State High School Associations. High school bands
For parents who can afford it, a solution for fall: Bring the teachers to them WaPo and In the Same Towns, Private Schools Are Reopening While Public Schools Are Not NYT. You say “destruction of the public school system” like that’s a bad thing.
Snares Empty Forests in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam Southeast Asia Globe. Hence, zoonotic disease.
Despite the cheery font, I can see how many would not find this re-assuring:
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) July 18, 2020
Why Ukraine is a secret weapon for China’s airpower Middle East Institute
Revealed: How Britain’s profiteering spymasters ignored the country’s biggest threats like coronavirus—and endangered the public Declassified UK. From May, still germane.
Former Black Country MP Ian Austin lined up for life peerage Express & Star. If I understand the UK context, this would be like President Biden awarding the members of the Lincoln Project the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The U.S. Set Up These Programs to Offset Covid Hardship. They’re All About to Expire. Bloomberg. Handy chart:
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) July 19, 2020
Televangelists take a slice as churches accept billions in US coronavirus aid Guardian. I’ve always felt that religion should be run like a business.
Can the United States be United Again? Eugene Robinson v. Ian Bremmer, Pairagraph, “A hub of discourse between pairs of notable individuals,” in this case running the gamut from Bremmer to Robinson.
Police State Watch
The Border Patrol Was Responsible for an Arrest in Portland The Nation. A welcome caveat:
I do think it's important to note that both local cops and feds (especially ICE/Border Patrol/etc.) have been extra-judicially black-bagging people for years. Chicago PD disappeared *7,000 PEOPLE* in a decade, including 7 years under Obama!
— Jacob Bacharach (@jakebackpack) July 17, 2020
And about those uniforms:
Hmm, Police Officers hiding their names and only obliged to identify themselves with a generic tag as a member of their organisation? Im sure I’ve heard of that approach used somewhere before… pic.twitter.com/LJ1sfeEJbV
— Sam White (@Whitesv2128) July 18, 2020
Make a note, We need to forbid police and federal agents from using military uniforms . The camo uniforms are meant to blend into terrain, the want to be warriors should be in police uniforms ?♀️ with names and badge numbers , this secret ?♀️ police bullshit is misuse of @DHSgov pic.twitter.com/lEHoB1fK5z
— Russel L. Honore' (@ltgrusselhonore) July 17, 2020
Not all would agree that ths is a “misuse of DHS,” but the revulsion spans people not usually in alignment.
Border Patrol’s Dream of Becoming A National Police Force Is Becoming a Reality Jenn Budd, Southern Border. Budd is a Border Patrol whistleblower. For those who have not seen this map, here is the Border Patrol’s jurisdiction:
Note also this: https://t.co/lGikwQS25m
"Roughly two-thirds of the United States' population lives within the 100-mile zone—that is, within 100 miles of a U.S. land or coastal border. That's about 200 million people."
— Michael Short ?️? #BlackLivesMatter (@torqanvil) July 18, 2020
Feds, right-wing media paint Portland as ‘city under siege.’ A tour of town shows otherwise The Oregonian. Interestingly:
9. The feds have riled things up here. A week ago the protest movement seemed tired. It had shrunk to only a few hundred, occurred largely later at night (not at dusk) and was focused almost exclusively in the downtown. That is changing. https://t.co/vuM7wBSHNV https://t.co/vSj3TywLNe
— David Menschel (@davidminpdx) July 19, 2020
Victory for whom?
The seeds of future victory in chaos: a public option emerges. https://t.co/H3SGnqXBJ4
— Andy Slavitt @ ? (@ASlavitt) July 18, 2020
Our Famously Free Press
Imperial Collapse Watch
U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard prompts questions about lessons learned San Diego Tribune
How much does the F-35 actually cost? Speaking Security
The Long, Lingering Death Of The U.S. State Department The American Conservative
The Making of Neoliberal Globalization: Norm Substitution and the Politics of Clandestine Institutional Change (PDF) American Journal of Sociology. Ah, norms.
The Double Horseshoe Theory of Class Politics Michael Lind, The Bellows. Well worth a read (though the diagram omits the billionaires).
Drinking Alone Commonweal (stefan). Very, very good.
How constant Slack messaging has made work more taxing FT. A tax on time….
Antidote du jour (Richard Smith, via):
And upping my dog game:
*pets him very carefully* pic.twitter.com/ftCLeWcNVf
— ? Father Drinks McGee ? (@drinksmcgee) July 12, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.