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Scientists May Have Discovered The Shape of The Very First Proteins That Started Life ScienceAlert (David L)
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Anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture.
Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the
— Aisha Malik (@aishapmalik) March 18, 2020
Man “Walks” Dog With A Drone While In Quarantine FunnyorDie (David L)
— This_is_Your_Quest (@this_quest) March 20, 2020
How to Watch Broadway Shows Online for Free Right Now Prevention (David L)
“Deep cleaning is really just a term they use to make the public feel warm and fuzzy,” said the founder of a cleaning company.
That hasn’t stopped the onslaught of calls for deep cleaning. https://t.co/rR3qPnUEgf
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 20, 2020
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Says It’s Receiving Protective Equipment, But Still Needs Donations Vermont Public Radio. Martha r: “Proactive quilting and sewing groups in NH and VT. ‘They’re telling us they can make them by the thousands.'”
— Raj Mehta, MD (@raj_mehta) March 20, 2020
COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin Science Daily (David L)
At the POTUS news conference today, much was made about Chloroquine. When I was in Vietnam 1967-68, we took 300 mg of Chloroquine once a week for malaria prevention. For those fighting in the Central Highlands, we also took primaquine. So lots of Americans have experience w it.
— Homer Hickam (@realhomerhickam) March 21, 2020
Be sure to read the full thread:
From the last couple of days the hype over the Chloroquine (CQ) and Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) treatment for #COVID19 has bothered me a lot. So I have decided to dig into the available & published data. What is the evidence right now for treating #COVID19 patients with CQ or HCQ?
— Gaetan Burgio (@GaetanBurgio) March 21, 2020
Dr. Fauci pushes back on the idea that he dismissed that Chloroquine could be effective against Coronavirus: “I’m not dismissing it at all and I hope that interpretation wasn’t widespread.” pic.twitter.com/2eFkIXlTop
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 20, 2020
Carnival offers to turn its cruise ships into makeshift hospitals during coronavirus The Hill. Kevin W: “Probably not a good idea. Infections spread too easily aboard a ship and where would they get the spare doctors and nurses to staff it anyway?”
U.S. state coronavirus curves show many could be close behind New York USA Today (Dan K). California looks to be the only one somewhat flattening the progression.
New York hits ‘pause’ to try to slow coronavirus spread Financial Times
Brawling monkeys fed by Thai villagers as tourism dries up Reuters (furzy)
‘Sacred ignorance’: Covid-19 reveals Iran split Asia Times (Kevin W)
In Coronavirus Financial Crisis, No More Bailouts Benefiting Wealthy Insiders Foreign Policy. UserFriendly: “Mark Blyth on point as usual.”
Over 500 Contracted IAD, DCA and BWI Airport Workers to be Laid off and Demand Coverage from $60 Billion Airline Industry Bailout. SEIU, via e-mail.
Democrats balk at $1,200 rebate checks in stimulus plan The Hill. UserFriendly: “Is there a lesser evil?”
New York Bookstores Weathering Coronavirus Outbreak (BC). Stockpiling books.
Powell’s Closes for Eight Weeks as Laid Off Employees Fire Back Publishers Weekly (Larry G)
US Meat Plants Change Policies For Sick Workers Bloomberg (resilc)
Peace Corps fires 7,300 volunteers because of the coronavirus Washington Post
Killer Of A Cure USW
The Very Real Prospect Of $5 Oil OilPrice. As in depression and deflation.
Saudi Arabia’s Weaponization of Oil Abundance Middle East Research and Information Project (Thomas R)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Cause and Effect with Max Blumenthal Historicly (UserFriendly)
It’s Time For Networks to Stop Televising Trump’s Daily Briefings Esquire (resilc)
Frank Rich: Trump Lies His Way Through a Pandemic New York Magazine
BREAKING: Judicial Watch released 80 pages of new emails recently found by the FBI that further document how former SecState #HillaryClinton used her unsecure, non-government email to transmit classified and other sensitive government information (1/3).https://t.co/uwxP1cKkfV
— Judicial Watch 🔎 (@JudicialWatch) March 20, 2020
Bernie Sanders Is Trying to Rescue America’s Frail Democracy Thomas Piketty, Jacobin (Kevin C)
One-Party Dominance Extends to Statewide Elected Offices Sabato’s Crystal Ball (UserFriendly)
It’s Not Over 34justice (UserFriendly)
NTSB cites drivers in fatal Tesla Autopilot crash, and photos tell the harrowing story Autoblog. EM: “Uh, it seems to me Autopilot – both based on the name and the function – was designed precisely to encourage driver inattentiveness.”
Privatized Pushbacks: How Merchant Ships Guard Europe New York Times (furzy)
Goldman chief David Solomon enjoys 20% pay rise Financial Times (BC)
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “The red poolde Sparkler as a puppy”:
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