‘Zombie fires’ are erupting in Alaska and likely Siberia, signaling severe Arctic fire season may lie ahead WaPo (Re Silc).
Rolls-Royce downgraded to junk by S&P FT
U.S. Corporate Bond Sales Smash Record, Soaring Over $1 Trillion Bloomberg
Check your junk mail — 4 million Americans are getting their stimulus payments as prepaid debit cards, not checks MarketWatch
Research provides important insights into genetic adaptation of SARS-CoV-2 to humans Medical Life Sciences News (DL). Original.
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Hospitals facing big hurdles to public health data reporting HealthCare IT
Bad state data hides coronavirus threat as Trump pushes reopening Politico
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Adverse Consequences of Rushing a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine JAMA. “Warp speed” and low risk?
When could a COVID-19 vaccine be ready? AP
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Half of newly diagnosed coronavirus cases in Washington are in people under 40 Seattle Times
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Face coverings for the public: Laying straw men to rest Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Splendid polemic, a must-read.
Masks and Morality ZDoggMD (via MedPage). Click plus sign at bottom for transcript. “Moral taste buds.” Also very interesting, albeit prolix.
McConnell urges people to wear masks: ‘There’s no stigma’ The Hill
San Francisco New Health Order Requires Residents And Workers To Wear Face Coverings Outside The Home Patch.com
How Mask Mandates Were Beaten Down in Rural Oklahoma The New Yorker
Special masks being made with transparent portions for teachers, to help deaf students who rely on lip-reading Straits Times
Covid masks give the French a new way to be chic The Economist
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Social determinants of health:
Coronavirus ravages poorer L.A. communities while slowing in wealthier ones, data show Los Angeles Times. The original headline, captured in the URL, is a bit more pointed: “coronavirus-surge-in-poor-l-a-county-neighborhoods-reveals-two-americas.”
America’s Assisted Living Residents Are Falling Through the Cracks of COVID-19 Response, Families Say Time
How the U.S. Fought the 1957 Flu Pandemic Smithsonian
State Rep. Goes on Profanity-Laced Tirade After GOP Colleague Hid Positive COVID-19 Test Rolling Stone
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Remedies and Ameliorations:
The Coronavirus Killed the Handshake and the Hug. What Will Replace Them? Time
Vietnamese cops bust US$2.6 billion online gambling ring Channel News Asia. “Wildly popular” in Vietnam. So you can imagine the scale in China.
Explainer: How important is Hong Kong to China as a free finance hub? Reuters
UK says it will extend Hongkongers’ visa rights if China pursues security laws Guardian
Joint Statement on Hong Kong U.S. Department of State. Sinocism comments:
Question: Where is New Zealand, the fifth member of five eyes and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations? And w[h]ere are any Asian countries? This kind of milquetoast statement is not going to worry Beijing much
Then again, it’s State.
What to Make of Secretary Pompeo Decertifying Hong Kong Autonomy LawFare (DL).
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U.S.-China Tension Only Set to Get Worse: ‘There Is No Off Ramp’ Bloomberg
China Manufacturing Risks are Sky-High Right Now. Act Accordingly. China Law Blog
China rounds up Wuhan’s citizen journalists for ‘provoking quarrels’ FT
Ours is less transparent:
"A rosy future is ahead."Rose fragrance spreads beyond Xinjiang's deserts as industry blooms https://t.co/2q7sjrdcCv pic.twitter.com/Fepl2qzFNY
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) May 29, 2020
Coronavirus misinformation fuels panic in Asia Channel News Asia
50 days of Indonesia’s partial lockdown. Is it enough for the ‘new normal’? Jakarta Post
Benefits of HCQ outweigh risks, if any: Govt Times of India
China rejects Trump’s offer to mediate in border standoff with India Times of India
India’s Farmers Told to Scare Locusts Away by Beating Drums Bloomberg
The Mother of All Parliaments. Thread:
The govt has decided to shut down the online Parliament. In future, only those present in the Chamber will be allowed to take part. The Speaker's letter on this has three main takeaways, that should matter to anyone who cares about our democracy. [THREAD] https://t.co/By95YEkU2D
— Robert Saunders (@redhistorian) May 28, 2020
For years, the Tories have banked on impunity. Is their luck finally running out? Guardian
Britons Stick to the Lockdown and Fear Health Risks When It Ends Bloomberg
Revealed: Serco under fire over fresh £90m COVID-19 contract Open Democracy
Black Injustice Tipping Point
UPDATE George Floyd protests spread nationwide CNN. Rollin coverage, including this. “Breaking: CNN team arrested by Minnesota police on live television” (!). Crude.
George Floyd Riots: Violence Spans Twin Cities: 3rd Precinct Overtaken & Burned, Looting Continues, Businesses Torched CBS Minnesota
Right near the Lake Street Target, which is “temporarily closed“:
This is how you know riots weren’t simply reactionary violence, but had some basis in solidarity and theory https://t.co/f1Nc3X2YTL
— garf,, the quaranteen (@garfpoop) May 28, 2020
So… it was personal, too:
Andrea Jenkins, vice president of Minneapolis City Council, says George Floyd and Officer Chauvin worked at restaurant near Third Precinct.
"They were coworkers for a very long time." pic.twitter.com/IrwJvmxchI
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 29, 2020
At least 7 shot in Louisville as protesters call for justice in Breonna Taylor case CBS
Bad Policing, Bad Law, not ‘Bad Apples,’ Behind Disproportionate Killing of Black Men by Police Rutgers Today. From 2018, still germane.
From Mother Jones to Middlebury: The Problem and Promise of Political Violence in Trump’s America Foreign Policy. From 2017, still germane.
What to do if you’re exposed to tear gas Popular Science. From 2019, still germane.
Tear gas: an epidemiological and mechanistic reassessment Annals of the New York Academy of Science. From 2016, still germane.
Protestors Criticized For Looting Businesses Without Forming Private Equity Firm First The Onion
Ecuador Grapples with Food Sovereignty NACLA
New Cold War
Trump’s War on Arms Control and Disarmament Counterpunch
Moscow, Ankara ‘Divide Up Influence’ In Libya: Analysts Agence France Presse
Why America Has Misdiagnosed Russia’s Role in Syria The National Interest
Restrictions to stay in Moscow until COVID-19 vaccine is ready — mayor TASS. “Health Minister Mikhail Murashko predicted that the first results of clinical tests of COVID-19 vaccines will be there by late July, and that a vaccine should become available for mass administration at about the same time. Hmm.
Graham urges senior judges to step aside so Trump, GOP can replace them The Hill
Touchscreen Voting Machines and the Vanishing Black Votes Jennifer Cohn, Who What Why
Ilhan Omar on War, Arms Sales to Israel, Margaret Thatcher, and Prince Current Affairs. Musical interlude.
Our Famously Free Press
Trump signs executive order targeting protections for social media platforms Axios
Donald Trump’s executive order is ‘plainly illegal,’ says co-author of Section 230 The Verge
Tit for tat (openly):
US President Donald Trump's tweet on the protests in Minnesota, which he posted as protesters set fires in St. Paul and Minneapolis, has been flagged by Twitter as violating the platform's rules. https://t.co/WRetSthgdA
— CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020
Should Silicon Valley determine “public interest”? And where is the State that does not “glorify violence”?
Yes, Millennials Really Are That Screwed New York Magazine. Re Silc comments: F*ck them. People working in afghani rug factories are screwed. People picking coffee in Guatemala are screwed. People breaking ships in Bangladesh are screwed. People selling cigs by the piece in Lagos are screwed. Americans make me sick.”
Amazon won’t say how many workers have gotten COVID-19. So workers are tracking cases themselves Los Angeles Times
Why We Have So Many Problems with Our Teeth Scientific American
What Kind of Country Do We Want? NYRB
Translation From VC-Backed PR Jargon to English of Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz’s Statement That He’s ‘Stepping Down’ Daring Fireball.
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.