Wildfire Smoke Shrouds the U.S. West Earth Observatory
How this recession is different Felix Salmon, Axios. This time:
Recovery from the seismic global shock from #COVID19 crisis has reached an uncomfortable plateau
— Gregory Daco (@GregDaco) August 20, 2020
The Big Tech Extortion Racket Harpers
A Ship Off Course Sows Misery and Mystery in Mauritius Bloomberg. Not nuch about the mystery!
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:
HHS is flatly denying the WSJ report that the administration is reversing course on how it collects hospital coronavirus data.
There are no plans to have the CDC “take over again,” three sources tell me. https://t.co/m6Lyt91jJx
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) August 20, 2020
If the CDC did in fact bring in the U.S. Digital service, that’s a smart move, albeit years late.
The Pain of Divesting From China Will Be Shared Bloomberg. No doubt:
— Adam Tooze (@adam_tooze) August 19, 2020
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
Quasi-Legal In China: Not the Place you Want to Be China Law Blog
A Rush is On to Mine the Seabed, But the Effects are Unknown The Maritime Executive
Tempers Flare Over German Mask Requirement Der Spiegel
Will There Ever be Elections Again in Bolivia? Counterpunch
New Cold War
There’s Enough Blame to Go Around in Belarus Consortium News
COMMENT: Why Belarus is exceptional Intellinews. In humor, at least:
Good joke from #Belarus. Riot police (OMON) officers are beating a guy on the street. “Why are you beating me? I voted for Lukashenko!” he said. “Don’t lie to us. Nobody voted for him” they said. Classic dark Communist-time humor @thespybrief https://t.co/ePYJUnomhz
— Paweł Burdzy (@pburdzy) August 19, 2020
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
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:
— Damo Pelham🦈 (@DamoPelham) August 21, 2020
Joe Biden’s Most Unifying Message: Human Decency HuffPo. Not part of the message:
Not a word during that entire convention on banks, finance, or corporate greed. FDR wept.
— Rick Perlstein (@rickperlstein) August 21, 2020
Biden Has Nothing to Fear But Fear of Deficits Itself Eric Levitz, New York Magazine (Re Silc). Why are we even having this discussion.
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.
Postmaster general eyes aggressive changes at Postal Service after election WaPo. Word doesn’t seem to have reached the troops:
Spoke to a postal worker today who explained why medication is the 1st thing people noticed was missing. They said when DeJoy ordered shifts to end even if all mail wasn’t delivered, carriers were told to prioritize Amazon packages, then Priority mail, then everything else 1/
— Dell Cameron (@dellcam) August 20, 2020
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
Plague and Protest Go Hand in Hand JSTOR Daily
Imperial Collapse Watch
Antidote du jour (via):
Hooded Mountain-tanager (Buthraupis montana)🐦🦜🕊️🎵❤️ pic.twitter.com/281521kP6y
— World birds (@worldbirds32) August 18, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here