Yves here. I was intending to post tonight but the election has me more fried than I anticipated.
Parrot saves owner from Brisbane house fire by raising alarm before smoke detectors Abc.net.au (Kevin W)
Washington Couple Shocked When Missing Cat Turns Up 2,500 Miles Away In Alaska Animal Rescue (David L)
How the F@!# Did This Giant Whale Tail Save a Derailed Train? Popular Mechanics
How many alien civilizations are out there? A new galactic survey holds a clue. Nationnal Geographic (Chuck L)
Seniors Form COVID Pods to Ward Off Isolation This Winter KHN. Aiee. I wear a mask at home except when eating and drinking (which is a lot of the time, I nurse coffees and consume more dietary supplements than food) or alone. But I am at my computer > 8 feet away from anyone else and faced away too. And we air the house out a ton.
MAPPING COVID-19 VACCINES PRE-PURCHASES ACROSS THE GLOBE Launch and Scale Speedometer. Furzy: “The big boys are scarfing up all the vaccines.”
Coronavirus was circulating in New York by February, research shows Financial Times. Not surprising given timing of emergence in China + international flights. But still a change in the official timeline.
Thrombosis is a major contributor to poor outcomes in COVID. We’re randomizing 3600 hosp’d but not intubated COVID-19 pts to diff anticoagulation regimens. Investigator-sponsored study, Valentin Fuster PI. If interested email Gregg.Stone@mountsinai.org and Michael.Farkouh@uhn.ca. pic.twitter.com/AYZ1Z4HE9W
— Gregg W. Stone MD (@GreggWStone) November 2, 2020
Researchers track the flight trajectory of airborne cough droplets News Medical Net
New Cause of COVID-19 Blood Clots Identified Michigan Health News
China Halts Ant Group’s IPO, Throwing Ma Empire Into Turmoil Bloomberg (furzy). So far, no evidence that this is China’s Wirecard but rather authorities cutting down a tall poppy.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Police Will Pilot a Program To Live-Stream Amazon Ring Cameras Electronic Frontier Foundation
A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack Wired (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Bidding farewell to America’s failed democracy Pepe Escobar, Asia Times. Quibble with the title. What is failing in America is its adoption of neoliberal/late stage capitalism, which the overwhelming majority of voters don’t support, but it’s money that makes the decisions here, not voters.
America Is Eerily Retracing Rome’s Steps to a Fall. Will It Turn Around Before It’s Too Late? Politico (resilc). How many years behind the NC comments section is this?
DeVos’ security detail cost taxpayers $24M over 4 years Politco. ssc: “The title says it all. I am so tired of my taxes paying for rich people’s sh*t. Her tax returns, including her 10 foreigned registered yachts, are probably just as stinky as Trump’s. “
2020. Even without going to the news sites proper, or Lambert’s open thread, I could see things weren’t going according to plan for Team Dem due to dearth of e-mail updates from The Hill and the Wall Street Journal over the evening. Normally, they send a barrage of calls on key states in the subject line, with those articles then having detail on smaller states and expected-to-be-close Congressional races in the article detail. Tonight, radio silence save for the McConnell, Turberville and Hickenlooper Senate wins until midnight EST.
Some initial theories of how the Dems blew their blowout:
1.Trying to beat something with nothing, and per albrt, “Joe Biden is the stumbling, bumbling epitome of nothing.” What was Biden except “not Trump”? Look at the mixed messages on Black Lives Matter, the environment (the fracking flip flop), health care (the bizarre expanded Medicaid plan presented in the debates) and even the supposed defining issue of Covid (is “doubling testing” and a hedged national masking plan persuasive?)
2. Assuming they had the Hispanic vote as a matter of right. They did close to nothing to court it.
3. Choosing Kamala Harris. She appealed in the Hamptons. It turns out all that money she helped raise didn’t translate into votes. Julian Castro would have been a better pick or if they felt compelled to have a black woman, Susan Rice. Or if they really wanted those suburban Republicans, my favorite “heads would have exploded” dark horse nominee, Condi Rice. Both of the Rices are terrible people but have less obvious baggage (how many Americans follow foreign policy?) and present better than Harris.
4. Assuming that they would win if they won the air war, as in TV spending. A lot was pissed away: why were they spending a dime in Alabama, where I saw lots of Biden ads? Hopefully there will be a lot of post mortems on where the funds went, but where was the GOTV effort? Or Lambert’s pet issue, why isn’t voter registration an all-seasons Dem priority?
And no, Virginia, Trump getting the Supreme Court to stop the vote count is na ga happen, not in a million years (see, for instance: Trump says he’ll go to Supreme Court to stop votes from being counted The Hill). Anyone in America can file a case, no matter how ridiculous. Voting procedures and election certification are ever and always state law matters. The Supremes either won’t deign to hear this argument at all or will hear and reject it. More likely the former. This does not mean we might not later have a Bush v. Gore, where the Supreme Court winds up adjudicating a particular state’s contested election after all the counting is done. This might include what happens to vote by mail ballots that arrive after Nov. 3, but here the Supreme Court has signaled it is deferring to existing state law.
For panicking Democrats, 2020 is déjà vu all over again The Hill. First MSM headline acknowledging trouble, at just before midnight EST. At 1:00 AM EST, the Journal called Florida, Ohio, and Iowa for Trump. At 1:15 EST, the Hill called Texas for Trump. At 3:00 AM EST, The Hill and the Journal call Arizona for Biden.
I think we should form another branch of government just so Democrats can find a way to also lose that.
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) November 3, 2020
PA says they won't be done counting until Friday. Fulton Co GA won't be done counting till Friday. @USPS has lost almost 300,000 ballots that a federal judge demands they discover. No one can declare victory tonight. Or even tomorrow. Probably not until next week
— Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) November 4, 2020
According to the exit poll, Trump did better in 2020 with every race and gender except white men.
Change from 2016:
White Men -5
White Women +2
Black Men +4
Black Women +4
Latino Men +3
Latino Women +3
Other +5 pic.twitter.com/hUc17Iy1ip
— Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenig) November 4, 2020
According to the exit poll, women and people of color make up the majority (59.6%) of the Trump coalition again in 2020. pic.twitter.com/sBC5Ebl0BB
— Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenig) November 4, 2020
What your soaking wet weatherman boyfriend who didn’t bring an umbrella for your date says https://t.co/iTeJDGy6qW
— Chris Arnade 🐢 (@Chris_arnade) November 4, 2020
We now have hearings scheduled in multiple states, but Pennsylvania remains the most likely to cause a legal pile up. This has the feel of the 2000 election with ad hoc measures, pockets of disputes ballots, and jurisdictional conflicts….
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) November 4, 2020
Amazingly revealing poll on NBC shows what people around the world are thinking: they would rather neither candidate win the US election.
Because people in the Middle East, and everywhere else, recognize that, regardless of who wins, US wars and imperial repression will continue pic.twitter.com/oluRns5PIx
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) November 3, 2020
Parties trade flips in too-close-to-call battle for the Senate Politico. Dems so far underperforming v. spending and expectations too.
California Voters Exempt Uber, Lyft, DoorDash From Having to Reclassify Drivers Wall Street Journal.
Our Famously Free Press
Fox Corp. Chief Lachlan Murdoch On Donald Trump Possibly Starting Fox News Rival: “We Love Competition” Deadline (resilc). Trump becoming Berlusconi, just out of order?
Antidote du jour (CV):
And a from furzy, how many of you likely feel right now, a Godzilla version of a snapping turtle that showed up in a DC suburb:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.