Links 3/2/2020 | naked capitalism


Police find 25-year-old alligator in basement of Ohio home NBC
Urban gardens in Mexico fight hummingbirds’ extinction Yucatan Times
Hawaiian Birds Are Losing Their Songs The Atlantic
Russian Arctic shipping up 430 percent in three years Barents Observer
Energy’s stranded assets are a cause of financial stability concern FT
Scottish Power accused of ‘cruel’ harassment of householders over debts they don’t owe Guardian
Lessons for the Green New Deal from the Economic Mobilization for World War Two (PDF deck) Josh Mason
The technology of retail central bank digital currency (PDF) Bank of International Settlements Quarterly Review

A dire phase of the coronavirus outbreak? ‘Boom’ of US cases ‘should be expected’ as global death toll tops 3,000 USA Today. As the test results start to roll in
A second person in U.S. — and King County — dies of novel coronavirus; more cases likely Seattle Times. Oopsie. A good thread on how we came to miss community transmission:

Now seems highly likely that there has been undetected community transmission ongoing in parts of the upper West Coast for weeks, at least.
How did we end up with major surveillance failure on par with Italy and Iran?
Let’s talk about how that happens.
— Jeremy Konyndyk (@JeremyKonyndyk) March 1, 2020

To play devil’s advocate: I think this somewhat overstates options possessed by Federal government, and by this administration. Not that I love Trump, but health policy is handled at the State and local levels, and ultimately by Mr. Market. The Feds imposed a travel ban, because that was easy and possible. And the CDC has butchered testing (see yesterday’s links on the test kits), but that’s at least partially the outcome of a slow systemic, Boeing-like collapse, not easy to see until after the fact. Now, it would have been and is possible, I suppose, for the Federal Government to commandeer and reallocate whatever resources it needs. I doubt that liberal Democrats would like that any more than conservatives. The thread concludes: “And all that is why competent governance is actually pretty important.” Correct in the abstract. If we think back to the launch of the ObamaCare website — and the system architecture of ObamaCare itself — one might question whether competent governance is an operational capability that the United States possesses (regardless of what PMCs at the top of the tree may think). For example, does distributing test kits matter all that much if it costs $2000 to the un- or under-insured to take one? Fortunately, we have good old 19-century hygiene to fall back on, Plus the fact that we are a very large country….
Another thread on the six weeks of “cryptic transmission” in WA, based on genetic sequencing:

This case, WA2, is on a branch in the evolutionary tree that descends directly from WA1, the first reported case in the USA sampled Jan 19, also from Snohomish County, viewable here: 2/9
— Trevor Bedford (@trvrb) March 1, 2020

Worth reading in full to see some science brought to bear.
2 US grad students who were on the Diamond Princess cruise share harrowing details and photos from their quarantine and ‘zombie movie’ evacuation Business Insider (KW). The video may not work in your location.
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Coronavirus in N.Y.: Panic Shopping for Masks, but Brunch Is Packed NYT. Darwin Awards…..
How Will New York City Respond to the Coronavirus? New York Magazine. Anecdotes from your area, particularly with regard to social distancing?
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CDC hasn’t revealed information to doctors that would help coronavirus patients CNN
Scoop: Lab for coronavirus test kits may have been contaminated Axios.
Pence says 15,000 additional testing kits in the mail for coronavirus CNN
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Coronavirus: A definitive guide to buying and using face masks, by a viral immunologist Hong Kong Free Press. Excellent, by a mask maven.
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How to Save Lives in a COVID-19 Pandemic Think Global Health
Medicare should cover cost of coronavirus vaccine, Schumer says New York Daily News. It should be free to everyone, universally, not just over-65s, on medical grounds alone, never mind equity. What is it with liberals and their insane attachment to eligility requirements?

China’s Push to Jump-Start Economy Revives Fake Data Worries Bloomberg
Chinese frog breeders call for help as wildlife trade ban shuts down business South China Morning Post
People in China are walking through these giant disinfectant machines to ward off the coronavirus — but experts don’t think it works Business Insider. Disinfectant theatre?
China Uighurs ‘moved into factory forced labour’ for foreign brands BBC
The Koreas

Seoul city government files homicide complaint against religious group’s leaders CNN

How India has largely remained immune to coronavirus Live Mint (J-LS).
Family politics and the supernatural Africa is a Country

Fear, distrust and disinfectant in the air amid Iran’s coronavirus outbreak. Reuters
‘No fear’: Pilgrims in Saudi defy coronavirus risks Jordan Times
Turkey confirms military operation against Syrian regime Agence France Presse
Erdogan is using refugees and immigrants to blackmail EU, EU is letting Greece face the crisis alone Defend Democracy Press
Netanyahu: Annexation has started, PA and Jordan threats don’t matter Middle East Monitor
Netanyahu aide in leaked recording: ‘Hate is what unites our camp’ Times of Israel

Let battle commence: Britain and EU hunker down for talks FT
Uruguay presidential inauguration sees Latin ‘pink tide’ recede further Reuters
Venezuela suffers major power outage knocking out internet connectivity Netblocks. Here we go again.

Buttigieg ends historic presidential campaign, urges unity AP. Odd:

Democratic candidate finishes in contests to date:
Sanders: 2nd, 1st, 1st, 2nd
Biden: 4th, 5th, 2nd, 1st
Buttigieg: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Warren: 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th
Klobuchar: 5th, 3rd, 6th, 6th
— Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) March 1, 2020

Buttigieg did better than Klobuchar or Warren. Yet he is out, and they are in.
Obama Called Biden to Congratulate Him on South Carolina Win Bloomberg. That’s nice.
Wall Street weighs up Bernie Sanders’ financial plans FT (DL).
Bernie Sanders Meets His Biggest Threat The Atlantic. Other Democrats.
Trump Transition

Trump tightens his grip on intelligence Politico. Salutary lesson….
Health Care

The ACA At 10: Health Care Revolution Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Abbe R. Gluck, Health Affairs. Overview for a forthcoming series. Oddly, there’s no mention of single payer at all.
Imperial Collapse Watch

Delays on $161 Billion Virginia-Class Subs Reaches 15 Months Bloomberg. Speaking of operational capability… .
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

The Costs of Spying The Atlantic
Class Warfare

What’s Really Holding Women Back? Harvard Business Review (dk).
Life, Death, Chance, and Freeman Dyson Brain Pickings (CL).
Top Economists Study What Happens When You Stop Using Facebook Cal Newport
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