Gov. Mike DeWine calls for repeal of House Bill 6, reversing his position from the day before Cleveland.com. Fallout from the Householder indictment. Also–
Why didn’t FBI agents stop Ohio’s corrupt FirstEnergy bailout as soon as they learned about it? Cleveland.com (CR). And–
Is America’s biggest gas utility abusing customer money? California demands answers Los Angeles Times. Surely not.
Tesla sues Rivian over ‘disturbing pattern’ of alleged trade secret theft The Verge. It’s almost like Silicon Valley is full of crooks.
What Lies Ahead Counterpunch
We blew it Axios
Fauci on coronavirus: ‘I don’t really see us eradicating it’ The Hill. Controlling it, yes.
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Chloroquine does not inhibit infection of human lung cells with SARS-CoV-2 Nature. From the abstract: “[C]hloroquine targets a pathway for viral activation that is not operative in lung cells and is unlikely to protect against SARS-CoV-2 spread in and between patients.”
Hydroxychloroquine use against SARS-CoV-2 infection in non-human primates Nature. From the abstract: “Neither HCQ nor HCQ+AZTH showed a significant effect on the viral load levels in any of the tested compartments. When the drug was used as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), HCQ did not confer protection against acquisition of infection.”
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What Scientists Know About How Children Spread COVID-19 Scientific American. A good round-up. My personal view is that children are fomites, because they touch everything; but that doesn’t necessarily say anything about transmission. However, here as elsewhere, the Precautionary Principle should prevail. Tina Hartert of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine: “There aren’t many other countries that have opened schools while rates of the virus are increasing exponentially.” No indeed. But America is exceptional.
Normally, I would link to the study, not the tweet about it. But the SSRN sever is “down for essential maintenance,” the thread is good, and I want to pair this with the meatpacking link above:
Highly interesting & important paper: #SARSCoV2 transmission > 8 meter distance in a meat processing plant & superspreading event from a single worker to >20 co-workers over 3 days #COVID19 @Helmholtz_HZI @BrinkmannLab Congratulations to this great work! https://t.co/8sra13cnmD
— Isabella Eckerle (@EckerleIsabella) July 23, 2020
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The Long Game of Coronavirus Research The New Yorker. “Modern medical research is inherently collaborative, but the constellation of efforts now under way around the world is unprecedented in scale and scope.” Science is popping. Or at least percolating.
Classrooms without Walls: A Forgotten Age of Open-air Schools Messy Nessy (JD). From 2016, still germane. A desk in the garden has worked well for me. So why not a garden classroom? Won’t work in the winter, of course.
Cold War Escapades in the Pacific Consortium News
Everyone loses Jakarta Post
China Has Blown Its Historic Opportunity Project Syndicate
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A nervous watch on the Three Gorges Dam The Interpreter
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‘People exempt from quarantine behind new wave‘ RTHK. Commentary:
Hong Kong up there with the USCSS Nostromo for lax quarantine procedures.
— Hong Kong Hermit (@HongKongHermit) July 24, 2020
England’s leasehold system is crumbling. Freeholders’ fightback will be nasty Guardian. When I was at a London Meetup, some Londoners tried to explain leasehold v. freehold to me, but my eyes glazed over. But since “there are billions of pounds at stake here – money that flows to rich freeholders, many of them aristocratic families or companies in the British Virgin Islands, for doing virtually nothing,” perhaps some kind souls will explain again.
New Cold War
Putin plans to make the West destroy itself The Spectator
Trump Rule Change Will Likely Do More Harm Than Good to 401(K)s, Study Shows The Intercept (MC).
Democrats Go On Offense On Russian Election Interference As November Approaches NPR. Because of course.
Our Famously Free Press
L’Affaire Joffrey Epstein
Police State Watch
Why Portland Became the Test Case for Trump’s Secret Police The Nation. “Trump’s Secret Police” is, of course, funded by Democrats. As was Obama’s, although since 2016 is Year Zero, nobody remembers that.
Dems’ Sternly Worded Letter Won’t Stop Fascism David Sirota, Too Much Information.
In Portland, the Baby Fascists Have Shown Their Face Timothy Snyder, Foreign Policy. “All of this is a dry run for November.” Possibly. But it’s amusing to see liberal Democrats, who hammered the talking point that Trump would not accept the 2016 results, and then very visibly did not accept the results themselves, hammering the same talking point again. Honestly, if Trump was or could be what Snyder says he is, wouldn’t Snyder already be in a camp somewhere? For a better discussion of fascism in the American context, see BAR; linked to yesterday in Water Cooler, but very much worth a read.
Buildings damaged in Minneapolis, St. Paul after riots Star-Tribune. Good maps. Here is a handy chart of damaged property types:
Imperial Collapse Watch
2020: The Year We Confronted Decline The American Conservative
The “Strike for Black Lives” protest stunt WSWS. If there’s no work stoppage, it’s not a strike.
“Stealth” food banks serve the undocumented The Counter
Antidote du jour (via):
Video shows kitten trying to get away with a bundle of cash at a Russian bar pic.twitter.com/PkC7Ke5rJW
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 23, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/07/links-7-22-2020.html“>here.