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Tasmanian Devils reintroduced into Australian wild BBC (resilc)
America’s Rapid Feral Hog Problem Is Creating a ‘Super-Pig’ Uprising Popular Mechanics
How Reykjavik’s Sheet-Metal Homes Beat the Icelandic Winter Bloomberg (UserFriendly)
Boris Johnson to unveil plan to power all UK homes with wind by 2030 Guardian (Kevin W)
Colombian designers prepare cardboard hospital beds that double as coffins Guardian (UserFriendly)
White House Is Not Contact Tracing ‘Super-Spreader’ Rose Garden Event New York Times (Kevin W)
Trump: It’s Actually Good I Contracted the Coronavirus New York Magazine
The President’s Coronavirus Treatment Science Magazine (UserFriendly)
Trump returns to White House despite mysteries around his health Politico. Note that the comments about Trump walking maskless into the White House and his possible contagiousness.
CNN medical analyst: I’d perform psychiatric evaluation on Trump if he were my patient The Hill. Resilc: “Nothing there to lobotomize.”
— The Bern Identity (@bern_identity) October 4, 2020
First-of-its-kind Study Examines the Frequency and Severity of Neurologic Manifestations in Patients Hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States Northwestern Medicine. Typical press report: COVID-19 study finds 82% of hospitalized patients experience neurological symptoms, Northwestern says ABC7Chicago
How to Live with Covid? Case study
20 ppl spent 3 weeks together
A 13 year old was COVID +ve
14 ppl didn’t follow precautions. 12 of them turned +ve
6 ppl wore masks and kept 6 ft away. All 6 remained -ve
— Faheem Younus, MD (@FaheemYounus) October 6, 2020
Study: COVID-19 antibodies decline quickly in donated plasma UPI. Consistent with other findings.
Support for my trusty alcohol spray bottle:
(1/2) Study showing that under laboratory conditions, #SARSCoV2 is viable on skin (from autopsies) ~4.5 times longer than influenza (9 vs. 2 hours).
Both lasted longer on steel, glass, and polystyrene, but were rapidly inactivated (in 15 s) by alcohol.https://t.co/Ykmf6Ui2kP
— Dr Zoë Hyde (@DrZoeHyde) October 5, 2020
How Coronavirus Spreads CDC. Maryann: “We have the update today. No mention of aerosol, only droplet. But acknowledging it can be airborne, though this isn’t foregrounded like it was in the “draft.” Weak tea.”
Americans fault US govt over foreign powers for virus crisis Associated Press (resilc)
UK is the EU’s “sovereign equal” just as Malta is the “sovereign equal” of the USA Breeg Blog (guurst). Very good high level overview. And includes the IT customs issue we flagged early on.
The Race to Replace the City of London Begins Bloomberg (vlade)
New Cold War
WaPo Publishes Paranoid Screed Cautioning Readers Not To Let Russia Make Them Paranoid Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
OPCW probes couldn’t prove chemical use in 2 Syria attacks Associated Press (UserFriendly)
The Grayzone’s Aaron Maté testifies at UN on OPCW Syria cover-up YouTube (UserFriendly)
Biden says he will debate Trump if experts say it is safe Reuters (resilc)
Trump was sent from God!’: MAGA country brings the rally to a stricken president Politico. Resilc: “Get a new god.” Moi: OK, but for what purpose?
‘Middle-Class Joe’ Doesn’t Understand the Middle Class Nation (resilc)
How Hatred Came To Dominate American Politics FiveThirtyEight
The Political Implications of D.C./Puerto Rico Statehood Sabato’s Crystal Ball (UserFriendly)
After Trump, the GOP Can Still Be Saved From Itself American Conservative
The Rise of Christian Nationalism in America Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)
Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Is in Jeopardy Atlantic (furzy)
Daniel Cameron Lied About Breonna Taylor’s Killing New York Magazine (UserFriendly)
Our Famously Free Press
Smoking’s lessons for regulating social media MIT Technology Review
America Is Having a Moral Convulsion The Atlantic. Putting this here because, as Matt Taibbi explains, the balkanization of American and resulting lack of trust is significantly the result of the media whipping up fear and anger.
John McAfee Arrested in Spain on US Criminal Charges CoinDesk. BC: “As you pointed out Bitcoin = Prosecution Futures.”
Getting governance right key for public pension plans Pensions & Investments
Critical Minerals and the New Geopolitics Project Syndicate (UserFriendly)
Exclusive: U.S. banks prepare to seize energy assets as shale boom goes bust Reuters (Chuck L). From a few days ago, still germane.
Short on Money, Cities Around the World Try Making Their Own Bloomberg (UserFriendly)
Debt Collectors Have Made a Fortune This Year. Now They’re Coming for More. ProPublica (UserFriendly)
The Covid Economy Carves Deep Divide Between Haves and Have-Nots Wall Street Journal
The Pope’s kicking neoliberalism when it’s down today Richard Murphy
Amazon workers march to Jeff Bezos’ mansion, calling for higher wages, protections Los Angeles Times (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour. From Alan T a while back. His daughter Jessica’s big Siamese:
And a bonus (guurst):
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)???️???❤️? pic.twitter.com/vRFs8dMIC4
— World birds (@worldbirds32) September 24, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.