Australia’s biggest bats fly thousands of kilometers a year—farther than wildebeest and caribou Science


Wildfire Smoke Shrouds the U.S. West Earth Observatory


‘My God, we’ve got nobody’: Strained firefighters struggle to stop Bay Area wildfires Mercury-News


How this recession is different Felix Salmon, Axios. This time:



Uber and Lyft shutdown in California averted as judge grants emergency stay The Verge


The Big Tech Extortion Racket Harpers


Mauritius


A Ship Off Course Sows Misery and Mystery in Mauritius Bloomberg. Not nuch about the mystery!

“There are many questions that need to be answered about how this incident was allowed to happen. Trust has been lost” Mauritius Times


#COVID19


Progress report on the coronavirus pandemic Nature

Humidity is a consistent climatic factor contributing to SARS‐CoV‐2 transmission Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. From the abstract: “Overall, a decrease in relative humidity of 1% was associated with an increase in cases of 7–8%. Overall, we found no relationship with between cases and temperature, rainfall or wind speed.”

An Overview on the Role of Relative Humidity in Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in Indoor Environments Aerosol and Air Quality Research. From the abstract: “Based on earlier studies, a relative humidity of 40–60% was found to be optimal for human health in indoor places. Thus, it is extremely important to set a minimum relative humidity standard for indoor environments such as hospitals, offices and public transports for minimization of airborne spread of SARS-CoV-2.”

Pediatric SARS-CoV-2: Clinical Presentation, Infectivity, and Immune Responses Journal of Pediatrics. n = 192. From the Conclusion: “This study reveals that children may be a potential source of contagion in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in spite of milder disease or lack of symptoms.”

Covid-19 Data Will Once Again Be Collected by CDC, in Policy Reversal WSJ but:

If the CDC did in fact bring in the U.S. Digital service, that’s a smart move, albeit years late.


Tomgram: Belle Chesler, Will Public Schools Survive Covid-19? Tom DIspatch


China?


The Pain of Divesting From China Will Be Shared Bloomberg. No doubt:

China’s Bank Regulator Warns Dollar Dominance Is Seed of Crisis Bloomberg

China’s Economy Needs Institutional Reform Rather Than Additional Capital Deepening Michael Pettis. From July, still germane.

China reluctant to hit back at US firms over Washington’s new Huawei ‘death sentence’ South China Morning Post

‘Drive the Blade In’: Xi Shakes Up China’s Law-and-Order Forces NYT

Quasi-Legal In China: Not the Place you Want to Be China Law Blog

After dining ban due to Covid-19, takeaway waste clogs Hong Kong’s pavements, parks and waterways Straits Times


Tiles to restore corals, designed and 3D printed in Hong Kong, may be key to saving the world’s threatened reefs South China Morning Post


A Rush is On to Mine the Seabed, But the Effects are Unknown The Maritime Executive


The Koreas


Fight With South Korea Outbreak Church Fuels Rebound for Moon Bloomberg


Endless first wave: how Indonesia failed to control coronavirus Lebanon


UK/EU


Ofqual exam results algorithm was unlawful, says Labour Guardian

Labour, the ‘red wall’, and the vicissitudes of Britain’s voting system OpenDemocracy

Tempers Flare Over German Mask Requirement Der Spiegel


Brexit


Pessimism Returns to Brexit Talks as Hopes for Deal Slip Away Bloomberg


Will There Ever be Elections Again in Bolivia? Counterpunch


New Cold War


The Factory Joins the Square: Putin’s Nightmare Unfolds in Belarus The Nation

There’s Enough Blame to Go Around in Belarus Consortium News

COMMENT: Why Belarus is exceptional Intellinews. In humor, at least:

How Ukraine’s audacious secret service successfully scammed Putin and his mercenaries Business Insider


RussiaGate


Matt Taibbi on the Origins of the Russiagate Hoax (inteview) Antiwar.com. Fascinating.

David C. Speedie and Krishen Mehta: Russiagate and the New “Conspiracism” American Commitee for East-West Accord


Trump Transition


PICTURED: Steve Bannon relaxing on fugitive Chinese billionaire’s 150-foot superyacht Lady May hours before his arrest for ‘ripping off hundreds of thousands of donors in We Build the Wall fundraiser scam’ Daily Mail


Democrat National Convention


Fact Check: Biden’s Address To The DNC, Annotated NPR. Biden et al. take the stage:

Joe Biden’s Most Unifying Message: Human Decency HuffPo. Not part of the message:

Nina Turner on Harris as VP: ‘Salute the history’ but ‘Wall Street has the ticket they want’ The Hill

Biden Has Nothing to Fear But Fear of Deficits Itself Eric Levitz, New York Magazine (Re Silc). Why are we even having this discussion.

Hunter Biden slated to speak at final night of DNC Axios


2020


Anyone but Trump? Weighing Three Approaches for Social Justice Advocates in 2020 34 Justice. From April, still germane.

Kansas Democrat, 19, Who Admitted to Revenge Porn, Ekes Out Primary Win NYT. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton is a respected party elder.


USPS


Postmaster general eyes aggressive changes at Postal Service after election WaPo. Word doesn’t seem to have reached the troops:

Man says he bought New Hampshire postal sorting machine in auction, but wasn’t allowed to take it WCVB (PS).

USPS Policy: JP Morgan Chase in Talks with USPS to Provide Banking Services in U,S, Post Offices Capitol Forum


Health Care


Choice, Competition, And Flexibility, Part II: Market-Driven Alternatives To Single Payer Health Affairs (part one). The view from Johns Hopkins and the Heritage Foundation.


Police State Watch


Chicago protests, looting may be contributing to police retiring at rapid rate, officers say ABC7


From America to Zimbabwe, the world is taking to the streets FT


Plague and Protest Go Hand in Hand JSTOR Daily


Imperial Collapse Watch


AI wins flawless victory against human F-16 fighter pilot in DARPA dogfight Task and Purpose


A new kind of plastic that is able to maintain its original qualities when recycled Phys.org (RM),


The Universe Has Made Almost All the Stars It Will Ever Make Nautilus


Nonconforming Harpers


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