You swine! German nudist chases wild boar that stole laptop Guardian (resilc)
Genomic Study Reveals New Zealand’s Tuatara Is Like No Other Animal on The Planet ScienceAlert (Kevin W)
Canada’s Last Fully Intact Arctic Ice Shelf Collapses HuffPost (Bob H)
Gates Foundation Teams Up With Vaccine Maker To Produce $3 Covid-19 Shots Wall Street Journal
Corona: Cutting Corners in the Race for a Vaccine Der Spiegel (resilc)
Revealed: UK’s rapid Covid test not yet approved by regulators Guardian (resilc)
COVID-19 Is Raging. How Safe Is Your Backyard Party? Quanta (David L)
Wildlife deaths from coronavirus disinfectant use alarm scientists National Geographic (David L)
US records over 2,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time since May as death toll surpasses 160,000 – and Dr Fauci warns there is ‘trouble ahead’ for cities like Boston, Chicago and Detroit if they don’t act now to stop COVID-19 spread Daily Mail
‘It’s just madness’: bikers throng South Dakota town despite Covid threat Guardian (Kevin W)
New York schools get the greenlight to reopen Financial Times
‘It’s okay when it comes out of Chuck Schumer’s mouth?’ Democrat senator says schools must reopen or economy suffers RT (Kevin W). America is exceptional again! We expect to get results different from every other country in the world. Even most school districts in retrograde Alabama will be online only for what is hoped to be only an initial period. New York will prove to be a test as to how low infections have to be before school openings don’t wind up making matters worse.
Security guards hired for hotel quarantine in an attempt at social inclusion Sydney Morning Herald (DH)
Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal The Hill. This is beyond terrible.
NEW: White House looking at using leftover/unspent FEMA funds to pay unemployment benefits unilaterally, 2 ppl familiar say
No final decision made/things are in flux
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) August 7, 2020
Trump escalates anti-China campaign with Hong Kong sanctions Financial Times
Banning TikTok: Are We Reproducing the Chinese Internet in America? Matt Stoller (Chuck L)
Clive Ponting, Hero Craig Murray (Chuck L)
Lebanon: a nation brought to its knees Financial Times
Was there a conspiracy by the Swiss courts and Attorney General`s office? Lucy Komisar. Switzerland has laws that make even saying bad things about banks a crime. A friend who is a famous international tax expert will not go to Switzerland about of concern about facing arrest for having lecture about Swiss bank secrecy.
New Cold War
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) July 30, 2020
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
U.S. Government Contractor Embedded Software in Apps to Track Phones Wall Street Journal (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Could a World War II Shipwreck Cause the Next Beirut-Like Explosion? Popular Mechanics (resilc)
Government’s PACER Fees Are Too High, Federal Circuit Says Bloomberg. About time.
Half of voters in a recent WSJ/NBC News poll say there is no chance they will support President Trump, and 37% say they would never back Joe Biden.
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 31, 2020
Susan Rice’s Considerable Past Fossil Fuel Investments Too Much Information
Police State Watch
To Head Off Regulators, Google Makes Certain Words Taboo The Markup (DK)
Private Equity Firm Bought Ancestry, and Its Trove of DNA, for $4.7B CNN. Blackstone.
Toshiba Formally and Finally Exits Laptop Business The Register. My first laptop was a Toshiba and it was a great machine by the standards of that day.
Dan Gilbert’s Fortune Explodes to $34 Billion, Impoverished Region Still Paying for Arena Upgrades Cleveland Scene (Carla R)
‘Billionaire Wilderness’ author on inequality in Teton County, Wyoming Business Insider (resilc)
America Is About To Feel Like A 3rd World Nation Ian Welsh (Bob K)
‘Stakeholder’ Capitalism Seems Mostly for Show Wall Street Journal (David L). Duh, but from an interesting source.
Antidote du jour (CV):
And a bonus (guurst):
This is one of my favourite fish and I was rather fortunate to get a pic of them mating; you can see some of the eggs being transferred. This was in the Philippines. pic.twitter.com/7QFpDjdVHo
— Dave Harasti (@daveharasti) August 2, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.