COVID-19 gives Sri Lanka’s threatened elephants a reprieve Channel News Asia
Comparison of Estimated Excess Deaths in New York City During the COVID-19 and 1918 Influenza Pandemics JAMA. From the discussion:
This cohort study found that the absolute increase in deaths over baseline (ie, excess mortality) observed during the peak of 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic was higher than but comparable to that observed during the first 2 months of the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City.
However, because baseline mortality rates from 2017 to 2019 were less than half that observed from 1914 to 1917 (owing to improvements in hygiene and modern achievements in medicine, public health, and safety), the relative increase during early COVID-19 period was substantially greater than during the peak of the 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic.
Not “just the flu”…
The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away The Atlantic
Why the U.S. Is Losing the War On COVID-19 Time. Good, but omits health care-for-profit and federalism. Too much about “leadership,” too little about systems.
Biden, Harris call for all states to mandate masks after first joint Covid-19 briefing Politico. Not substantively different from what Trump is doing.
COVID-19 vaccine will be free for Americans: officials Agence France Presse
What looks like aerosol tranmission in three other choirs. Thread:
I have now heard of 4 #COVID19 outbreaks in choirs and I am worried that choirs will not be back for a long time. Here a story on @BBCNews about a choir with a link to a traveller from Wuhan mid December: https://t.co/qeErjKypnS (1/n)
— Pleuni Pennings #BlackLivesMatter (@pleunipennings) May 11, 2020
From May, still germane; we now have additional examples besides the Skagit Valley Chorale. (Two are from non-English language sources.)
Prince George’s County Is Limiting Free COVID-19 Tests DCist. Take that, worker bees.
The Disproportionate Effects of COVID-19 on Households with Children Liberty Street Economics
Escalating Plunder New Left Review
Covid-19 is causing a microcredit crunch The Economist
China’s debt collection firms flourishing as coronavirus batters economy South China Morning Post
After 500 Years Trying to Tame Fatal Floods, China Tries a New Way Bloomberg. Impermeable surfaces are bad!
Two countries, one oligarchy? A long and fascinating thread about Chinese real estate dealings:
THREAD! How we (mostly @jotted) documented that the daughter of the man who pushed Hong Kong's national security law through China's NPC ascended the ranks of Hong Kong's pro-Beijing elite, amassing great wealth. This thread will cover A LOT of territory. (1/x) pic.twitter.com/bcoJFSyn0J
— Mike Forsythe 傅才德 (@PekingMike) August 12, 2020
Bus stop newest front in South Korea’s coronavirus battle Medical Express
Israel and the UAE just struck a historic peace deal. It’s a big win for Trump. Vox. If this were Obama, there’d be already be a chorus of full-throated calls to give him a second Nobel.
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Report: Welders Set Off Beirut Blast While Securing Explosives The Maritime Executive
Brexit: Johnson’s ‘dead body’ EU Referendum
The Russian Interference Report, Without Laughing Craig Murray
US attorney general may be using Assange case for political ends, court told Guardian. “Chaotic arrangements.”
Bolivia’s perfect storm: Pandemic, economic crisis, repressive coup regime Monthly Review Online
New Cold War
Operational Space as an Imperative of Russian Foreign Policy Valdai Discussion Club
Vietnam Health Ministry to buy Russian Covid-19 vaccine Straits Times
White House Says No Plan to End Payroll Tax Permanently Bloomberg. Good to see all sides accept that Federal taxes pay for Federal spending. That will come in handy when it comes time to impose austerity.
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Mail sorting equipment being “removed” from post offices, leaving mail to “pile up”: union leader Salon. Since the House Democrats have gone on vacation, and since they didn’t rescue the Post Office in the first stimulus bill, when they had leverage, they are fine with this.
Postmaster general under fire over Amazon stock holdings The Verge (Re Silc).
They gave Ocasio-Cortez a minute to speak because she is a better speaker than all of them. She’s an ally to their cause rather than a soldier, and isn’t afraid to push them; ten minutes and she’d be even more a national figure than now.
— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) August 13, 2020
The Wikipedia War That Shows How Ugly This Election Will Be The Atlantic (Re Silc).
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
The Internet as a Cold War Weapon Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
Another huge unemployment wave is coming—and there’s an obvious way to stop it Sara Nelson, Fortune
The Fallacy of the Civic Champion Ross Barkan, Political Currents
Did they even hang bears? LRB. On the Vikings.
Antidote du jour (CV):
Imaginary feeders with real hummingbirds…
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.