Links 2/27/2020 | naked capitalism

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Baboon on way to vasectomy escapes with two female companions in Sydney NY Post. Legend.
Scientists discover the first-known animal that doesn’t need oxygen to survive USA Today
Why penguins may help us predict the impact of climate change FT
Army of 100,000 Chinese ducks on standby to combat locust swarms Straits Times
Feds order Santa Clara County’s biggest reservoir to be drained due to earthquake collapse risk Mercury-News
Markets are too complacent about coronavirus despite sell-off Nouriel Roubini, FT
Markets’ Viral Random Walk May Get Far More Volatile John Authers, Bloomberg
Farm Numbers Show the Smallest Drop in Recent History AgWeb
The Oldest Company in Almost Every Country (That is Still in Business) Business Financing. Fittingly, the oldest company in the United States is a plantation. Well done.
#COVID-19

Again, I apologize for #COVID-19 links all over the place, but that seems to be the story, doesn’t it?
Former CDC director: A coronavirus pandemic is inevitable. What now? CNN. The conventional wisdom has gone from “not a story” to “it’s a pandemic, there’s nothing we can do” with breath-taking speed. This after China, no matter its enormous sins of omission and commission at the start of #COVID’s spread, bought the world at least a month with its draconian quarantine provisions, at great cost to themselves. A month which “The Leader Of The Free World,” “The Indispensane Nation,” has squandered.
There it is:

‼️Azar refuses to promise a coronavirus vaccine will be affordable for anyone:
“We would want to ensure that we work to make it affordable, but we can’t control that price, because we need the private sector to invest.. Price controls won’t get us there.”
— Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) February 26, 2020

Called it, 2014: “Neo-liberalism Expressed as Simple Rules.” Rule #1: “Because markets.” Rule #2: “Go die.”
Trump names Pence to lead coronavirus response The Hill. It is true that only Pence could get the evangelical mega-churches to shut down (thinking of South Korea, here).
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The best defense against coronavirus CNN. Not, apparently, our world-class health care system. Thread:

Must read. This is INSANE.
“Since the patient did not fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19, a test was not immediately administered.” pic.twitter.com/OFnOoUfnyU
— Ben Hunt (@EpsilonTheory) February 27, 2020

The tips in the CNN article are helpful, but the consumerist subtext is the same as with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and Hurricane Maria, plus every other “natural” disaster: You’re on your own.
What Coronavirus Emergency Measures Could U.S. Communities Take? Scientific American
As U.S. Preps For Coronavirus, Health Workers Question Safety Measures NPR
COVID-19 in Singapore—Current Experience Critical Global Issues That Require Attention and Action JAMA
Is Your Soul Patch Putting You at Risk During the Coronavirus Outbreak? Vice (Re Silc). With handy CDC chart.
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Coronavirus: the new disease Covid-19 explained SCMP. This is a good example of a graphics-heavy story. Worth the scrolling (or, alternatively, swiping).
They Were Infected With the Coronavirus. They Never Showed Signs. NYT. I hate to be a naysayer on this, but proving an absence is never easy, and we don’t know enough to test for symptoms. In any case, one’s procedures for handwashing, etc., aren’t changed by this information, zombie apocalypse or no.
The Coronavirus Could Finally Kill the Wild Animal Trade Foreign Policy
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Life’s little ironies:

World Bank’s Fragility Forum in DC (which we’d been preparing for) has been cancelled due to COVID-19. That’s clearly not a decision that was taken lightly as it’s a 2,000+ person event, with many folks in town already.
Gotta expect more cancellations like this in coming weeks. pic.twitter.com/aOzsM0jNDH
— Matt (@Vanalli) February 27, 2020

Go long social distancing.
China?

Five more Chinese regions lower emergency response level as COVID-19 threat recedes Channel News Asia. If you believe the Chinese statistics. And if you believe #COVID-19 won’t rocket round the world and hit China again.
China Has More Billionaires Than U.S. And India Combined: Hurun Report Caixin Global. See, there’s your problem.
Terminal Diagnosis The Baffler. Not sure how “protest” works during a pandemic.
Japan

As coronavirus looms over Olympics, Japan PM urges two-week curbs on sports events Reuters
The Koreas

Big Protestant churches have no plan to cancel services despite outbreak Yon Hap News Agency. In a quick search, I can’t find an order of service for the Yoido Full Gospel Church, but if their liturgy includes what the Episcopalians call “The Peace,” which often includes hand-shakes, embraces, or a kiss on the cheek, masks definitely won’t help the parishioners. This is madness.
India

Trump and his entourage fail to eat anything from special vegetarian menu prepared for them on India trip Indpendent (J-LS).
No Email. No WhatsApp. No Internet. This Is Now Normal Life In Kashmir. BuzzFeed News
Chile’s Struggle to Democratize the State NACLA
Syraqistan

Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims over coronavirus France24
Brexit

The EU will tell Britain that it cannot have a trade deal unless it bans chlorinated chicken Business Insider
RussiaGate

Why Should Putin Help Trump? Russian International Affairs Council
Black America, Endless War and the Evil Genius of Russiagate Black Agenda Report
Julia Ioffe: The Weaponized Immigrant Journalist Yasha Levine
2020

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics Matt Stoller, Wired. Good stuff:
“[T]he coronavirus is going to introduce economic conditions with which few people in modern America are familiar: the prospect of shortages. After 25 years of offshoring and consolidation, we now rely on overseas production for just about everything. Now in the wake of the coronavirus, China has shut down much of its production; South Korea and Italy will shut down as well. Once the final imports from these countries have worked their way through the supply chains and hit our shores, it could be a while before we get more. This coronavirus will reveal, in other words, a crisis of production—and one that’s coming just in time for a presidential election.”
Thank you, globalizing neoliberals of both parties, for this predictable and predicted outcome. (I believe there more than an echo of The Bearded One in “production crisis,” but I also believe that by the allied concept “overproduction crisis” is meant the over-production of capital, not of goods; that’s why there’s so much stupid money sloshing about. It would be a savage historical irony if, as seems to be about to be the case, we had, simultaneously, so much excess capital we don’t know where to invest it, while at the same time a shortage of basic necessities due to supply chain collapse (and, underlying that, the neoliberal policy of gutting the manufacturing sector and shipping it to a country with a public health system too fragile to bear the burden.) Sorry for the potted Marxism, do correct.
Heaven Protect Us From Men Who Live the Illusion of Danger: Pete Buttigieg and the US Military Counterpunch. A deep dive into Buttigieg’s military service, especially the records. Well worth a read.
Separation Anxiety? Biden Walks Back From His Claim That He Was Arrested In Seeking Visit With Nelson Mandela Jonathan Turley. Didn’t affect Clyburn’s endorsement, though.
Big Brother Is Watching You

Facial-Recognition Company That Works With Law Enforcement Says Entire Client List Was Stolen Daily Beat
Assange

Your Man in the Public Gallery – Assange Hearing Day 2 Craig Murray (day 1, linked two days ago).
Assange’s ongoing trial Gwynne Dyer, Korea Times. Dyer is a syndicated columnist, but so far as I can find as of this writing, this column, oddly, is not being picked up in Europe or the Five Eyes.
Assange lawyers’ chambers’ connection to conman Wm Browder causes concern The Komisar Scoop (LK).
Students At Elite Law Schools Demand Increased Sexual Harassment Protections For Federal Clerks Above The Law (J-LS).
Class Warfare

Expat bankers head for exits to flee coronavirus FT. Because of course they do.
Flux: Wealth in the United States The Big Picture (Re Silc).
Here’s What Happens When an Algorithm Determines Your Work Schedule Vice
Thanks, Jeff:

Theres an am*zon warehouse in my city. 4000 + workers. Many of my friends work there and had a stomach bug after thanksgiving. Sups didnt care and just put trash cans on the sorting line for them. Its gonna be a problem
— babu frik stan account (@lilkumquatt) February 27, 2020

Connectedness to Nature: Its Impact on Sustainable Behaviors and Happiness in Children Frontiers in Psychology. Plus, the open air is safer than closed quarters. The Victorians were right: Leave your windows open at night for that good fresh air!
Antidote du jour (LLP):

Leveling up my cat game:

“Cat defends house from bear like she’s a lion..” 🦁pic.twitter.com/DmU4RByDI2
— Kevin W. (@Brink_Thinker) February 25, 2020

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.


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