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Andrew Cuomo Says NY Officials Will Do Separate Review of Any COVID-19 Vaccine

6 days ago

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By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Andrew Cuomo has been given kudos for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inappropriately so.
Now, why do I say this?
Consider the death counts. Hong Kong, a city of roughly 7 million people, one of the most

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Links 9/25/2020

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What My Sled Dogs Taught Me About Planning for the Unknown NYT (David L)
This author argues that fighting climate change means focusing on ‘Earth repair’ The World (carla)
California To Ban the Sale of Gas-Powered Cars in 2035 TreeHugger
RUSSIA IS NOW THE BIG CHEESE John Helmer (MJL)
The history of egg tarts: from savoury to sweet, from medieval

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Continued Tight UK Self-Isolation Rules Continue to Hammer Tourism Sector

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By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Light puffy clouds blanketed the skies over the English Channel yesterday, reminding me of that old saw headline: “Fog Over Channel; Continent Cut Off.”
Now for British passport holders, the coronavirus

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Derision, Disbelief After Iowa Meatpacking Plant Where Hundreds Caught Coronavirus Fined Just $957

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Jerri-Lynn here. Alas, I am sorry to say, this minor fine is probably a harbinger of things to come. Companies will get off very lightly for their sins and violations, workplace or otherwise, that cause clearly known and foreseeable coronavirus spread.
We just don’t know how to apply the principle of accountability and more.
If we’re only going to

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Why Trump’s Promise to Save Manufacturing Was One He Never Intended to Keep

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Jerri-Lynn here. This piece is sound on Trump’s poor manufacturing record, mere electoral bluster that produced no real plan, let alone follow-through. The bit about Biden is too starry-eyed, however. Still worth reading for the extended take-down of Trump.
By Tom Conway is the international president of the United Steelworkers Union (USW). Produced by

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NYT Report: 9 of Every 10 Restaurants and Bars in N.Y.C. Can’t Pay Full Rent

7 days ago

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By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Like many New Yorkers, I cannot begin to imagine the place without a thriving restaurant culture.
This is just another respect in which the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the city hard and despite dropping COVID-19

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Oh No, Say it Ain’t So: NYC’s Century 21 to Shutter Its Doors

8 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
I was saddened to see that New York’s venerable discount retailer of high-end designer schmattas and other goods is shuttering is doors, earlier this month filing for bankruptcy.
According to CNN Business, Century 21 files for bankruptcy and will close all of its stores:
Century 21 has 13 stores mostly in New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area. As of Thursday, it had 1,400 employees. The company blamed the lack of payment on its business interruption insurance as the cause of its demise.
Department store chains large and small were struggling even before the Covid-19 pandemic caused stores to shut temporarily and shift more purchases

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Links 9/23/2020

8 days ago

More Synthetic Microfibers Now End up on Land Than in Water TreeHugger
“Fungi Can Teach Us a New Way of Looking at the World” Der Spiegel
A History Of Wheat American Conservative
Facebook suspends environmental groups despite vow to fight misinformation Guardian
What the OAS Did to Bolivia Counterpunch
Instagram model who poses as Catwoman jailed for masked robberies New York Post. Meow.
Shoppers search for a final bargain as the city’s most famous discount retailer closes FT
How coral transplants could rescue Turkey’s threatened reefs Guardian
Avoiding a Climate Lockdown Mariana Mazzucato
Advertisers strike deal with Facebook and YouTube on harmful content FT
Moody’s downgrades Kuwait on liquidity squeeze, weak governance Economic Times
RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Romney backs vote on Supreme

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Oil Industry’s Shift to Plastics in Question as Report Warns $400 Billion in Stranded Assets Possible

8 days ago

By Sharon Kelly, an attorney and freelance writer based in Philadelphia. She has reported for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, National Wildlife, Earth Island Journal, and a variety of other publications.Originally published at DeSmogBlog.
Off Africa’s eastern coast, north of Madagascar, lies Aldabra Atoll, a cluster of coral islands that surround a tropical lagoon.
Aldabra is a UN World Heritage Site that’s home to a stunning array of wildlife, including tens of thousands of wild giant tortoises, far more tortoises than in the Galapagos Islands. Sir David Attenborough, the documentary filmmaker, has calledAldabra “one of the wonders of the world.” The atoll is exceedingly difficult to visit, not only because it’s so remote, but also because new arrivals must contend with a

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New Justice Confirmed By Election Day?

8 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Senator Mitt Romney – our own beloved Mittens – has Tuesday announced he will vote to confirm Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
Meaning Republicans now have the votes to confirm Trump’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
As the Wall Street Journal reports GOP Senators Push to Confirm Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee by Election Day:
More Republicans are pushing to get a successor to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg confirmed by the November elections, after senators dashed Democrats’ efforts to stop President Trump from moving ahead with a nominee.
The speedy time frame could further energize voters of both parties and add a new

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Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ Alarm Career Scientists

8 days ago

Jerri-Lynn here. Some electoral phrases have become cliches. One is “October surprise.” Never thought I’d hear those words applied to a vaccine before, however. But as you can see, one of the many functions your very stable genius in chief may appropriate is just that.
Yikes?
A real far?
Or more Trump Derangement Syndrome run amuck.
Don’t know, but it’s a question about which the commentariat will have lots to say.
By Liz Szabo and JoNel Aleccia. Originally published at Kaiser Health News
President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections of experts, officials at the Food and Drug Administration and even vaccine manufacturers, who have pledged not to release any vaccine unless it’s proved safe

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Pity the Poor College Frosh: “Definitely Weird”

10 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
The Wall Street Journal ran an article today on the travails afflicting college frosh, The College Freshman’s Life This Fall: ‘Definitely Weird’.
Roughly 1,300 colleges and universities are operating primarily or fully online this fall, while about 800 are primarily or fully in person, according to College Crisis Initiative, a tally of schools by Davidson College. Another 650 or so set out to offer hybrid instruction.
Given the state of the pandemic in the U.S., I’m surprised the numbers for in-person or hybrid instruction are so high.
Well, maybe not. As they’re no doubt largely driven by the tremendous economic pressures on colleges. How can they

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Links 9/21/2020

10 days ago

Mark Zuckerberg’s Pact with the Devil I, Cringely (chuck l)
Prince Charles warns the coming climate crisis will ‘dwarf’ the impact of coronavirus as he urges ‘immediate action’ to ‘reset’ the economy to be ‘sustainable and inclusive’ Daily Mail
California Takes a Big Step Toward Making Polluters Pay for Their Messes Capital & Main
RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sen. Graham’s challenge: Fill a court seat and save his own AP
Trump bragged to Bob Woodward that he had broken ‘every record’ on appointing judges and only George Washington had appointed more Daily Mail
Justice Ginsburg’s Death And The Future Of The Supreme Court American Conservative
From elation to apprehension: The right wrangles over a Court litmus test Politico
McConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight The Hill

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Dems Pressured to ‘Pick a Fight for Once’ Over RBG Seat as Collins and Murkowski Oppose Pre-Election Vote

10 days ago

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer at CommonDreams. Originally published at CommonDreams
“With less than 50 days until the election and voting already underway in many states, it’s important that we demand all senators pledge not to move forward with any nominee until after the next inauguration.”
That’s according to a new petition from MoveOn.org, now signed by over 780,000 people, urging the GOP-controlled Senate to honor the dying wish of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and allow the victor of this year’s presidential contest to choose her replacement.
As early voting was getting underway in some states for this year’s general election—in which President Donald Trump is facing off against Democratic nominee Joe Biden—the liberal justice died Friday night at the age of 87,

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Voting By Mail: When Will November’s Election Results Be Settled?

11 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
One issue I’ve been meaning to write about is the U.S. constitutional and statutory issues raised by voting by mail.
Yet every time I sit down to compose a post, it is superseded by a more pressing topic.
Of course, astute readers realize the legitimacy of the upcoming elections is one issue that will be affected by the struggle to seat someone asap to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s shoes
At this point, I want to raise a basic question: when will results of November’s elections be settled?
At the moment, the make-up of the court is 4-4, (although Republicans have a slim majority of appointees).  We all remember how in 2000 the Supreme Court shamefully

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Links 9/20/2020

11 days ago

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattles Southern California, but no major damage reported LA Times
Tropical Storm Beta to spend days pounding Gulf Coast AccuWeather
12 Facts About the First Day of Fall TreeHugger
On Quitting Academia London Review of Books
Roger Angell Turns 100 American Conservative. I know I posted on this just days before he actually Attained the milestone. Now that he has, he deserves a second post. It’s not even day that some hits 100.
A patient has died after ransomware hackers hit a German hospital MIT Technology Review
The Indian queens who modelled for the world’s first vaccine BBC
RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Will the Election Turn on R.B.G.? NYT MoDo
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist pioneer and progressive icon, dies at 87 Scotusblog
Trump says he will nominate woman

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Civil War? What Civil War?

11 days ago

By Thomas Neuburger. Originally published at DownWithTryanny!

Boogaloo Boys. Are these people any match for the hegemonic state?

“When the government watches you 24 hours a day, you can’t use the word ‘liberty.’ That’s the relationship between a master and a slave.”—Chris Hedges, speaking with Juliana Forlano

There’s more in Julianna Forlano’s Act.tv interview with Chris Hedges than I can do justice to in a short piece, but I will say he has all the answers; he’s figured it out.
Forlano’s questions are brilliant and she asks the right ones, from the meaning of the Assange extradition hearing to whether there will be a revolution in the U.S., what it will look like, and what the elite response will look like. His thoughts on the Sanders campaigns (both of them) are more nuanced than

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RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg: What’s Next?

12 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
I rarely do hot takes on big breaking political stories, but I felt I can’t ignore the untimely death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020).
She’s most recently been known for her stinging dissents and has been the Court’s most consistently reliable progressive..
But before she was appointed by Bill Clinton in 1993, she shaped the practice of American civil rights litigation, especially during the 1970s, Ginsburg did for gender rights roughly what Thurgood Mashall had previously done for race.
In the blogging world, sometimes timeliness must trump all, so a few thoughts.
Mitch McConnell has already promised his own hot take, a quick Senate

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Political HHS Appointees Demand Authority to Rewrite CDC Reports

16 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.Politico recently published an exclusive report, based on its own investigation, Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19:
The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the coronavirus pandemic, in what officials characterized as an attempt to intimidate the reports’ authors and water down their communications to health professionals.
In some cases, emails from communications aides to CDC Director Robert Redfield and other senior officials openly complained that

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Links 9/15/2020

16 days ago

How the Warsaw Ghetto beat back typhus during World War II Ars Technica
159 Times People Couldn’t Believe Their Luck In Thrift Stores, Flea Markets, And Garage Sales (More New Pics) Bored Panda
Football Mad From the days I first started reading Amis fils – 1981 –  when he was just read as a a writer and not as a great man of letters. But boy, could the dude write!
Ending The War Against The Climate Movement Too Much Information. David Sirota.
Toronto International Film Festival 2020: When Icons Look Into The Mirror The Wire
Lukashenko seeks Putin’s help in attempt to survive mass protests Al Jazeera
How Algorithms Are Changing What We Read Online The Walrus
AI ethics groups are repeating one of society’s classic mistakes MIT Technology Review
Do We Have Victorians to Thank for Consumerism?

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Brazil’s Pantanal Wetland is On Fire, Joining Other Places Where Wildfires Rage or Have Recently Burned Out of Control

16 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
The West Coast apocalypse has crowded out much discussion of other wildfires. And as the southern hemisphere moves into its summer season, Australia is bracing itself that it doesn’t repeat last season’s armageddon. But many people are not aware that Brazil’s  Pantanal – the world’s largest wetland which is only one of the natural wonders of that country, is on fire and has been burning since July, joining the Amazon in flames. In Brazil, it’s not just the Amazon that is burning. The world’s largest wetland is on fire too.
In June 2004, I took my first trip to Latin America, beginning with some birdwatching in Peru with my husband, and guided by

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NIH ‘Very Concerned’ About Serious Side Effect in Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

16 days ago

Jerri-Lynn here. This is a really important piece, focusing on the legitimacy of COVI-19 vaccine trials. The writers seem to talk around the key point: that AstraZeneca not sharing the data is a bad sign. So please bear that point in mind as you read.
I post this on the same day am also linking to an article questioning whether political pressure is distorting trials for the Russian COVID-19 vaccine candidate. Readers won’t be surprised to find that political pressure may be brought to bear on U.S. and British trials as well.
I should also mention that this isn’t the only bad behaviour for which AstroZenaca stands accused. As reported Monday by Common Dreams in, ‘Outrageous’: Sanders Blasts AstraZeneca for Raising Drug Prices Despite $1.2 Billion From Taxpayers for Covid-19 Vaccine:
Bernie

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The Rise of Ultra-Processed Foods and Why They’re Really Bad for Our Health

16 days ago

Jerri-Lynn here. The next thing I would like to see someone study is the link between declining food security, especially decreased local food production, and the increase in world consumption and availability of these ultra-processed Frankenfoods. Which as we all know are compromised nutritionally, and no doubt contribute to the rise of many lifestyle diseases and the increase of obesity. So that people end up fact but malnourished.
I post this as a reminder of problems we face that aren’t related to the pandemic or climate change
By Phillip Baker, Research Fellow, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, Mark Lawrence, and Professor of Public Health Nutrition, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, and Priscilla Machado, Research

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Climate Crisis and Population Growth Will Displace 1 Billion over Next 30 Years

19 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Yesterday was one of those days that I learned far more from the commentariat in their comments on my post about climate change and the Oregon wildfire crisis than I conveyed in my text, More than 500,000 People in Oregon Flee Wildfires.
A half a million people have been displaced so far by the wildfire crisis in Oregon alone.
Now, one thing the commentariat emphasised is that wildfires in the Pacific northwest are not a new phenomenon. But prevailing forest management policies have certainly worsened the problem, as has relentless dynamics of climate change.
This is an ongoing crisis in some of the most affluent parts of the country that is

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More than 500,000 People in Oregon Flee Wildfires

20 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Oregon’s wildfire crisis has crept up as a surprise to me. No good reason why, as I’ve been keeping on top of the California armageddon, with three close friends who are affected – two who live in San Jose and one who grew up in Atascadero. He no longer lives there, but his mother and two sisters and their families do.
I’ve been checking in with all three frequently. So what’s going on in California is no surprise to me.  But not so thus far for the wider catastrophe.
The California crisis intersects with the prison pandemic, and I’ve posted on the topic a couple of times.
Yet I now see that the Oregon crisis is also dire. As the AP reports,

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Paltry Flint Toxic Water Settlement: Let’s NOT Kill All the Lawyers (at Least Not Some of Them)

August 23, 2020

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.Water
The state of Michigan announced Thursday its settlement of class action claims arising from the contamination of drinking water in the city of Flint with toxic lead.
The headline payout amount is $600 million, but the exact amount to be divided up among those harmed will only be known when legal feesand other costs have been deducted. For the purposes of this post, let’s assume that the contingent payment for the lawyers on the side of the plaintiffs will be the standard 1/3  (which I will  discuss more fully below). There are also other legal costs; yet since I have no idea what those are, I will ignore them and only mention them here as they

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Links 8/23/2020

August 23, 2020

Jerry Falwell Jr. and the Evangelical Redemption Story New York Review of Books
How to Raise an Environmentalist Yes!
Charles Darwin’s famous Galapagos Islands threatened by huge Chinese fishing fleet Mirror. Perhaps Ecuador should consider what Indonesia does. Seize the vessel, offload its crew, and sink the illegal fishing boat.
Is the Almighty Dollar Slipping? Project Syndicate. Nouriel Roubini.
Did they even hang bears? London Review of Books. Wha made the Vikings tick.
What to Stream: “Alexandria: Again and Forever,” a Masterpiece Hiding on Netflix New Yorker.  I spied this review as I was compiling today’s links and will watch the film after I upload my post for today. My brain is turning to mush during this lockdown; I need to get some more mental stimulus.
Hurricane Alley
Taken at

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‘They Have Nowhere To Run’: Inmate Families, Advocates Push for Prisoner Release as California Wildfires Engulf State

August 23, 2020

Jerri-Lynn here. I share this Common Dreams post on inmates who are currently still confined to prisons that lie directly in the path of California wildfires for two reasons. First, there’s been far too little attention devoted to the plight of inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic.
And second, I thought the commentariat might appreciate a chance to discuss the wildfires raging across California. They’re very much at the top of my mind, especially after telephone calls to two close friends from my MIT days who’ve settled and made their lives in California. They’e each located  in places where they are at least at present safe, but they both attested to the horrible air quality. I also checked in via messages with another close friend who although he no longer lives there, has family who

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The Bakken Boom Goes Bust With No Money to Clean up the Mess

August 13, 2020

Jerri-Lynn Here. I have been riveted to Justin Mikulka’s excellent coverage of fracking’s follies at DeSmogBlog, so I’m happy to post this piece on fracking in the Bakken. The boom has now gone bust and there’s no funding to clean up the damage, leaving the public to pick up the tab.
By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog
More than a decade ago, fracking took off in the Bakken shale of North Dakota and Montana, but the oil rush that followed has resulted in major environmental damage, risky oil transportation without regulation, pipeline permitting issues, and failure to produce profits.
Now, after all of that, the Bakken oil field appears moving toward terminal decline, with the public poised to cover

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Wolf Richter: No, Americans Aren’t Suddenly Flying Again, Despite What the Media Said Today to Boost Stocks of Airlines and Boeing

August 12, 2020

Jerri-Lynn here. Like other people around the world, Americans are eschewing flying in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wolf has been following the carnage in the airlines sector, and I have featured some of his posts before (see Wolf Richter: The Chilling Things Delta Said about the Airline Business, the 90% Collapse in Q2 Revenues, and Why Some Demand Destruction May Be “Permanent”). Airline expert Hubert Horan has also weighed in on the situation (see Hubert Horan: Can Collateralizing Frequent Flyer Programs Help Save the US Airlines?; .Hubert Horan: Can Collateralizing Frequent Flyer Programs Help Save the US Airlines?; and Hubert Horan: The Airline Industry Collapse Part 3 – Recovery Expectations Were Always Dreadfully Wrong).
I don’t think demand will snap back, even if on the most

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