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Study: Hunters Kill Birds During Their Annual Migrations Through the East Asian-Australasian Flyway

7 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 COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted widespread damage worldwide: people are suffering from a novel illness, while economies are collapsing as public health authorities sequester us in our homes and shut down social and commercial activity.
Yet widespread lockdowns have also given nature a temporary breather, allowing us to see anew the natural life that surrounds us and reflect on the damage  ‘normal life’  inflicts on the environment, as I wrote in, COVID-19 Lockdowns: Birds Singing, Flamingoes Flocking, Dolphins Dancing, Cleaner Air and Water.
Last week saw publication of a new study in the journal Biological Conservation attempting to asses the

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Study: Hunters Kills Birds During Their Annual Migrations Through the East Asian-Australasian Flyway

7 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 COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted widespread damage worldwide: people are suffering from a novel illness, while economies are collapsing as public health authorities sequester us in our homes and shut down social and commercial activity.
Yet  widespread lockdowns have also given nature a temporary breather, allowing us to see anew the natural life that surrounds us and reflect on the damage  ‘normal life’  inflicts on the environment, as I wrote in, COVID-19 Lockdowns: Birds Singing, Flamingoes Flocking, Dolphins Dancing, Cleaner Air and Water.
Last week saw publication of a new study in the journal Biological Conservation attempting to asses the

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Food Security: Prince Charles Calls for Furloughed Workers to Pick Berries; My Thoughts as a Former Tomato Picker

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.
Prince Charles has turned his attention to food security:

“If we are to harvest British fruit and vegetables this year, we need an army of people to help.”
The Prince of Wales has shared a message in support of the #PickForBritain campaign. 🍓🍏🍅@DefraGovUK pic.twitter.com/a7WIDYo7E0
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) May 19, 2020

The Washington Post) picked up the message:
Prince Charles this week implored workers furloughed by the pandemic to get out into the fields and “pick for Britain.”
“If we are to harvest British fruit and vegetables this year, we need an army of people to help,” said his ruddy-faced royal highness, wearing a tie and tweed

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Links 5/22/2020

11 days ago

French military surrenders to coronavirus Duffelblog
Hilarious obituary for ‘Uncle Bunky’ goes viral: ‘I’m ready for the dirt nap’ NY Post. Reminds me of some skibums I know…Many of my skibum cronies are based in Whistler, British Columbia (Canada), so they (largely) eschew firearms in their antics
#COVID-19
What Kind of Country Do We Want? New York Review of Books
The Big Failure of Small Government Project Syndicate
Laurence Tribe roasted for advocating herd immunity on coronavirus: ‘You go first’ The Hill
Nearly half of Twitter accounts pushing to reopen America may be bots MIT Technology Review
As America Reopens, Trial Lawyers Salivate at Endless Coronavirus Lawsuit Possibilities Breitbart. Posting this from a dodgy conservative source, to make readers aware of another conservative

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Bernie Sanders Says It Is ‘Nauseating’ to See Corporations Praise Frontline Workers as ‘Heroes’ While Refusing to Pay Them More

11 days ago

By Jake Johnson, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams
Jerrri-Lynn here. I too share the disappointment many members of the commentariat have expressed over the collapse of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.  But leaving that aside, that doesn’t mean I cease to support him when he speaks out and draws attention  to issues such as the failure of large corporations to pay their workers a living wage – especially while hypocritically lauding them as heroes.
During a virtual town hall late Thursday with public health professionals and labor leaders, Sen. Bernie Sanders ripped big companies for spending money on advertisements hailing frontline workers as “heroes and heroines” while refusing to pay these essential employees higher wages as they perform

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Wolf Richter: Week 9 of the Collapse of the U.S. Labor Market: Still Getting Worse at a Gut-Wrenching Pace

11 days ago

By Wolf Richter, editor of Wolf Street. Originally published at Wolf Street
The moment the unemployment crisis stops getting worse and bottoms out would signal the beginning of a recovery of the job market. But instead, it’s still getting worse at a gut-wrenching pace.
In the week ended May 16, state unemployment offices processed 2.438 million “initial claims” for unemployment insurance under state programs, bringing the total number of initial claims over the past nine reporting weeks since mid-March to a mind-bending 38.6 million (seasonally adjusted). The claims reported by the US Department of Labor this morning were over three times the magnitude of the prior weekly records during the unemployment crises in 1982 and 2009.

But It’s Even Worse: 4.4 Million Initial Claims with PUA.

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Department of Justice, State AGs to Target Google for Antitrust Violations, WSJ Reports

13 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 broke a story this past Friday, reporting that the Department of Justice and several state attorneys generals were about to file an antitrust case against Google, Justice Department, State Attorneys General Likely to Bring Antitrust Lawsuits Against Google.
Both the Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general are likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Alphabet Inc.’s Google—and are well into planning for litigation, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Justice Department is moving toward bringing a case as soon as this summer, some of the people said. At least some state attorneys general—led by

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Links 5/20/2020

13 days ago

World sparrow day 2020: Theme, history and significance India Today
Facebook takes on Amazon with online shopping venture FT
Johnson & Johnson to stop selling talc-based baby powder in U.S., Canada Reuters
Botch on the Rhine New York Review of Books
Space Force graduating class suffocates after tossing helmets Duffelblog
#COVID-19
How the pandemic has changed the natural world, illustrated Politico
Lockdowns trigger dramatic fall in global carbon emissions Guardian
Holy Super Soaker Batman Common Dreams
Texas, North Carolina, Arizona see rising cases as they reopen The Hill
‘Don’t Come’: Hawaii Enforces Strict Lockdown Measures Bloomberg
States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data AP
Chicago hospital on the financial brink: St. Anthony’s fights for survival, sues state for

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Climate Change: Hurricanes Getting Stronger; Cyclone Amphan Pummels Bengal

13 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.
As the COVID-19 pandemic concentrates our attention, other pressing global problems haven’t gone away.
The main one: increasingly severe storms,  caused by climate change. The names by which we call these – hurricane, cyclone, typhoon – depend  on where we are.
Monday the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science published a study, Global increase in major tropical cyclone exceedance probability over the past four decades.
As the Washington Post tells the story in The strongest, most dangerous hurricanes are now far more likely because of climate change, study shows:

A new study provides observational evidence that the odds of major

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Why We Need the Human Touch in Contact Tracing for Coronavirus

13 days ago

By Roderick Bailey, Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford. Originally published at The Conversation
The UK is trialling its smartphone app to assist with contact tracing. The government is full of enthusiasm and the Isle of Wight is the guinea pig. But for all the fanfare and faith in its potential, is the right kind of tracing being done? And are we missing the human touch?
The idea behind the app is for those who download it to self-report symptoms of COVID-19 and receive alerts when the phones of users who may be infected come within transmission range.
The NHS app aims to help trace all the contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Steve Parsons/PA Wire/PA Images
If enough people use it, claim supporters at the University of Oxford, it can get the

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Covid-19 Straw Breaks Free Trade Camel’s Back

13 days ago

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, who was Assistant Director-General for Economic and Social Development, Food and Agriculture Organization, and who received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. Originally published by Inter Press Service
Economic growth is supposed to be the tide that lifts all boats. According to the conventional wisdom until recently, growth in China, India and East Asian countries took off thanks to opening up to international trade and investment.
Such growth is said to have greatly reduced poverty despite growing inequality in both sub-continental economies and many other countries. Other developing countries have been urged to do the same, i.e., liberalize trade and attract foreign investments.
Doha

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U.S. COVID-19 Contact Tracing Programs Designed for Failure, Despite Bloomberg Money; Why Can’t the U.S. Copy the Lessons of Hong Kong’s Success?

15 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.
After weeks of voluntary national lockdown, some states are easing their social distancing requirements.
The new magical thinking for U.S. management of this pandemic: contact tracing.
Michael Bloomberg has made a significant investment in this strategy. According to Wired:
As with testing and acquiring personal protective equipment, the federal government has left the challenge of recruiting and training an army of new contact tracers up to state and local public health departments. Absent a national plan, epidemiologists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health stepped in to create a crash course that they hope will help public

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Links 5/18/2020

15 days ago

AZTEC KINGS HAD RULES FOR PLAGUES, INCLUDING ‘DO NOT BE A FOOL Zocalo.
Revolutionary Boiling Point, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix Caitlin Johnstone
Florida Governor Deploys National Guard To Force Residents Back Into Malls, Movie Theaters The Onion
#COVID-19
Inside Trump’s coronavirus meltdown | Free to read FT. The pink paper has unlocked its coronavirus coverage. A good summary of the cases against Trump for botching management of the pandemic, although it ignores many other factors — underfunding, the breakdown of public health, the baneful influence of Big Pharma, to name just some,  that would have hindered any US official trying to conquer the disease.
100 Babies Stranded in Ukraine After Surrogate Births NYT. furzy: YUCK!! and also so sad….I’m sure the

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Storks Hatch in UK for First Time in 600 Years – Why That’s Great News for British Wildlife

15 days ago

Jerri-Lynn here. Some small cause for optimism: stork chicks hatch in the United Kingdom for the first time in centuries. I post this story to give readers a small break from contemplating the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. I need one; I think some of you might too.
By Alexander C. Lees,Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University and Oliver Metcalf, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University. Originally published at The Conversation
In a spring marked by bad news, events unfolding in the crown of an old oak tree could offer a dose of optimism. Three pairs of white storks settled down to breed on the Knepp Estate in West Sussex, southern England, in March 2020. On May 15, it was announced that the first chicks had hatched – the

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Trump CFPB Appointees Use COVID-19 Crisis as Rationale to Weaken Consumer Protection

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.
As a long time observer of American politics, I must give reluctant credit to Republicans for the skill with which they play the game. The COVID-19 crisis provides ample opportunity to practice their talents.
A recent article in Politico, Consumer bureau draws fire for pro-business tilt during crisis caught my eye.
This area joins policies on immigration, environmental protection, judicial selection, corporate legal liability, and fossil fuels among the many areas in which the Trump administration and its willing minions follow the advice of former Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that

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Links 5/17/2020

16 days ago

2020 looks like the year US renewables first out-produce coal Ars Technica
The Carrier is Vulnerable and Obsolete’ according to 100 years worth of military journals Duffelblog

11 firefighters were injured when a Downtown Los Angeles building that was already ablaze exploded while they were inside.
More: https://t.co/vdaJ0QEUCi pic.twitter.com/e29qYMowsP
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) May 17, 2020
#COVID-19
Restaurant Finds A Genius Way To Help Their Customers Feel Less Lonely While Social Distancing Using Pandas (10 Pics) Bored Panda. How could I resist that headline?
Daily new cases by countries Sergey Kashin
Will the coronavirus mean the end of cash? Treehugger
Pandemic planning becomes political weapon as deaths mount AP
Coronavirus and the prospect of mass involuntary euthanasia Al

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Big Oil Taking $1.9 Billion in CARES Act Tax Breaks Aimed at Helping Small Businesses in ‘Stealth Bailout’: Report

16 days ago

Jerri-Lynn here. Alas, our Congress critters didn’t neglect the interests of their true constituents – including Big Oil and other fossil fuel companies – in its CARES Act tax breaks.Those subsidies were intended to help bail out small businesses pummelled by the pandemic and allow them to keep workers employed. Instead, $1.9 billion of it is instead being funnelled upstairs, to fossil fuel executives. Surprise, surprise.
Hats off to the Trump administration, which continues to pursue its pro-fossil fuel agenda as the pandemic unfolds, as it has done with other policy priorities: immigration, judicial nominations, corporate legal immunity.
Yet subsidy legislation has been a bipartisan achievement.Senator Sanders has called out this fossil fuel travesty. Rage On, Bernie! Where are your

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Contact Tracing Via Old Shoe-Leather Epidemiology While Spurning the Techno-Fix Fairy: How Hong Kong Quells COVID-19 Without Killing Civil Liberties

18 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.
Many countries are trying to quell their COVID-19 outbreaks by submitting to the tender ministrations of the technofix fairy, willingly sacrificing civil liberties to untested tracking apps.
Now, I’m not going to deny that technology – including some form of contact tracing via mobile ‘phones – is part of future COVID-19 management. But the necessity of over-reliance on such tracking is far less clear.
And we just have to look to the case of Hong Kong, which has so far registered only four COVID-19 cases, to see that health authorities can effectively track and trace via old shoe-leather epidemiology and not rely on any app at all.
Naomi Klein

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Links 5/15/2020

18 days ago

Pentagon announces ‘green’ 6th-gen fighters to burn $100 bills as fuel Duffelblog
The Good Turk: The true story of Armenia’s forgotten Schindler Independent. Robert Fisk.
An Asset Grows in Brooklyn The Baffler Market logic run amok.
#COVID-19
World Leaders, Experts Sign Unprecedented Letter Urging Govts to Back Free COVID Vaccine, Treatments The Wire
The Coronavirus Could Cripple Public Finances Der Spiegel. The concern of the German establishment.
‘I Wish I Could Do Something for You,’ My Doctor Said NYT
United updates social distancing policies after viral photo of crowded flight WaPo
Caught in Trump-China feud, WHO’s leader is under siege Reuters
As people use COVID-19 as weapon, U.S. states mull criminal crackdowns Thomson Reuters
The Memo: Gulf grows between Trump and scientists The

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America’s Chilling Experiment in Human Sacrifice

18 days ago

By Lynn Parramore, Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and Jeffrey L Spear, an Associate Professor of English at New York University where he teaches Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature, and Visual Culture. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking website
“There is no wealth but life.”
— John Ruskin, Unto This Last (1860)
A chilling experiment is underway in America, with plenty of unwilling human guinea pigs.
Many parts of the country are reopening for business against the warnings of medical experts, flying in the face of grim predictions of sharply rising body counts. Two-thirds of Americans fear that the restart is happening too quickly, and the President himself acknowledges that by easing restrictions, “there’ll be more

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Tale of Two Cities Redux: HK to Ease its COVID-19 Restrictions, While NYC Situation Remains Dire

29 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.
Hong Kong hasn’t recorded a new local case of COVID -19, since April 19 – although today, it recorded one new infection, a person residing in the United States who returned to the city Monday, and is no longer showing symptoms, according to the South China Morning Post,Coronavirus: Hong Kong records one new case, imported from the US, as city eyes easing of social-distancing rules.
The city is now mulling easing its social distancing rules, after logging 1040 cases, and 4 deaths.
Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated cities, with a population of roughly 7.5 million people, and is adjacent to mainland China, the place where COVID-19

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Links 5/4/2020

29 days ago

Here’s how Italians ‘quaranteamed’ 700 years ago CNN (The Rev Kev). The word quarintine comes from the Italian, referring to the forty day period Venice required ships to wait before they could enter the port.
#COVID-19
The Quarantine is Failing because Our Institutions Weren’t Built For It Benjamin Studebker (UserFriendly)
Elixirs for times of plague and bullion shortage Nature
April’s dumbest and most dangerous coronavirus declarations The Hill (re/silC))
How Cybercriminals are Weathering COVID-19 Krebs on Security. BC: “Fascinating info, especially the last paragraph that scammers are feeling ethical pangs (honor among thieves) against stealing from healthcare providers or using COVID19 as a part of a scam.”
In the future, touchscreens will be obsolete. This lab designs what’s next

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Rubbish Is Piling Up and Recycling Has Stalled – Waste Systems Must Adapt

29 days ago

By Keiron Philip Roberts, Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth Anne Stringfellow, Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton, and Ian Williams, Professor of Applied Environmental Science, University of Southampton. Originally published at The Conversation
Coronavirus has revealed just how fragile our waste cycle is.Globally, collection services are being reduced because of social distancing, staff absences and concerns about workers’ health and safety. This is affecting the collection, sorting, processing and treatment of wastes as well as markets for materials made from recycling and composts.
In the UK alone, 46% of recycling facilities have reduced or stopped treatment. Domestic glass and some recycling, garden and food waste collection schemes have been cancelled or

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COVID-19 Lockdowns: Birds Singing, Flamingoes Flocking, Dolphins Dancing, Cleaner Air and Water

May 3, 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.
Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere, and many urban dwellers can hear a pleasant cacophony: the sound of birdsong that’s often obscured by the roar of city life.
Today is International Dawn Chorus Day for hearing birdsong. Dawn is the best time day  to hear birds trilling, so if you weren’t aware of this event, you may have missed that high point. But  that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sound of birdsong: maybe not at dawn, but later in the day; maybe not today, but tomorrow or later during the week. And it’s not just city dwellers who can enjoy  the sound, either, as Country Living notes, Good news! The dawn chorus is louder and

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Links 5/3/2020

May 3, 2020

Yves is braving a trip to NYC to see a doctor in late-ish May, the theory being that the city will be safer towards the tail end of the lockdown than when restrictions are eased.
She could very much use some paid, professional help with her three laptop Macs (one workhorse, two backups). If you think you can do the job, here are the requirements:
1. You must be willing to work on a legacy version of the OS and not insist on an upgrade. Yves is running legacy software that is already getting funky on the version she is using.
2. You must be able to untangle a hidden files issue. The workhorse laptop is saving certain data files to Dropbox, rather than locally, even though local files exist. The Dropbox account also has Google login-related issues.
3. You must, as much as possible, synch up

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Big Oil Fears Keystone XL Ruling Means End of Easy Pipeline Permits

May 3, 2020

By Steve Horn, a former Research Fellow and writer for DeSmog and a freelance investigative journalist based in San Diego, CA. He currently works as a climate reporter and producer for The Real News Network. Originally published at DeSmogBlog
On April 15, Judge Brian Morris nullified water-crossing permits in Montana that were granted for the Keystone XL, a major setback for the long-embattled tar sands oil pipeline. The ruling came just days after Keystone XL owner TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada, obtained billions of dollars in subsidies from the Alberta government as global oil prices plummeted.
The oil and gas industry has taken notice. Seemingly just a ruling on Keystone XL — the subject of opposition by the climate movement for the past decade — the ruling could have far

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Links 4/29/2020

April 29, 2020

125 Most Wholesome Rescue Pet Photos Of This Month (April Edition) Bored Panda
Gide’s judgment New Criterion
Supreme Court rules Georgia can’t put the law behind a paywall Ars Technica (The Rev Kev)
Palaeontologists Think They Have Found ‘The Most Dangerous Place’ in Earth’s History Science Alert. chuck l: “Perhaps future archeologists will find something similar when they dig up Wall Street some millions of years hence.”
#COVID-19
Coronavirus Disease Outbreak in Call Center, South Korea Emerging Infections Diseases (CDC). Early release article.
THE CORONAVIRUS CRUISE: ON BOARD THE DIAMOND PRINCESS Economist.
Medication Shortages Are the Next Crisis Atlantic
Trump cuts U.S. research on bat-human virus transmission over China ties Politico
Nancy Pelosi ABANDONS plan to bring back the House

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‘No Consequences for Negligence That Kills’: McConnell Wants Corporate Immunity From Covid-19 Lawsuits

April 29, 2020

Jerri-Lynn here. Not content with pushing his judicial nomination agenda alone, Mitch McConnell has allied with the usual ‘tort reform’ suspects here, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to further circumscribe corporate immunity for certain COVID-19 claims.
This program is one that many Democrats could get on board with.  I note that when George W. Bush was President, some Democrats voted in favour of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 – including a certain then-junior Senator from Illinois.  This was part of a broad agenda of statutory and procedural measures that pushed the balance away from plaintiffs towards corporate defendants (further reinforced by judicial selection).
See the similar waffling from Sen. Chuck Schumer mentioned in this short piece. What will he ultimately do?

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Senate to Focus on Judicial Confirmations Once Chamber Returns in May

April 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.
The New York Times editorial board today lamented the Trump administration’s focus on enacting longstanding conservative goals during the COVID-19 pandemic in Trump: Why Waste a Crisis?
What did they expect?
Trump has his eye on the November prize, while the Grey Lady  instead accedes to the Democratic National Committee’s crafty plan to place all its eggs in the Joe Biden basket.
Trump, by contrast, is doubling down on measures that will either fire up his base, or appeal to its corporate funders, or both. Such as reshaping immigration law (as I wrote about here); rolling back environmental regulations (such as they are); bailing out the oil and

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Links 4/23/2020

April 23, 2020

Study: Bilingualism does not make you ‘smarter’ Medical Express (RM)
USGS releases first-ever comprehensive geologic map of the Moon Phys.org (The Rev Kev)
#COVID-19
Bernie Sanders: The Foundations of American Society Are Failing Us. NYT. Important. DD: “Did i miss this at NC? “ Moi: It is my fault that you’re seeing this in Links for the first time, even though it was published on the 19th and I have compiled Links on all but one day since. Mea culpa.
Top economist: US coronavirus response is like ‘third world’ country Guardian. Joseph Stiglitz.
Warren Demands Investigation Into Trump’s Coronavirus Response, Saying He Put ‘Political Expediency’ Before Public Health Common Dreams
Coronavirus Will Change America Forever. Past Crises Offer Hints Of What’s To Come. Business Insider
How Bad

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