‘Zombie fires’ are erupting in Alaska and likely Siberia, signaling severe Arctic fire season may lie ahead WaPo (Re Silc). Rolls-Royce downgraded to junk by S&P FT U.S. Corporate Bond Sales Smash Record, Soaring Over Trillion Bloomberg Check your junk mail — 4 million Americans are getting their stimulus payments as prepaid debit cards, not checks MarketWatch #COVID19 The science: Research provides important insights into genetic adaptation of SARS-CoV-2 to humans Medical Life Sciences News (DL). Original. * * * The data: Hospitals facing big hurdles to public health data reporting HealthCare IT Bad state data hides coronavirus threat as Trump pushes reopening Politico * * * Vaccines: Adverse Consequences of Rushing a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine JAMA. “Warp speed” and low risk? When could a
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Research provides important insights into genetic adaptation of SARS-CoV-2 to humans Medical Life Sciences News (DL). Original.
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Adverse Consequences of Rushing a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine JAMA. “Warp speed” and low risk?
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Face coverings for the public: Laying straw men to rest Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Splendid polemic, a must-read.
How Mask Mandates Were Beaten Down in Rural Oklahoma The New Yorker
Covid masks give the French a new way to be chic The Economist
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Social determinants of health:
Coronavirus ravages poorer L.A. communities while slowing in wealthier ones, data show Los Angeles Times. The original headline, captured in the URL, is a bit more pointed: “coronavirus-surge-in-poor-l-a-county-neighborhoods-reveals-two-americas.”
How the U.S. Fought the 1957 Flu Pandemic Smithsonian
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Remedies and Ameliorations:
Vietnamese cops bust US$2.6 billion online gambling ring Channel News Asia. “Wildly popular” in Vietnam. So you can imagine the scale in China.
Question: Where is New Zealand, the fifth member of five eyes and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations? And w[h]ere are any Asian countries? This kind of milquetoast statement is not going to worry Beijing much
Then again, it’s State.
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Ours is less transparent:
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) May 29, 2020
Coronavirus misinformation fuels panic in Asia Channel News Asia
Benefits of HCQ outweigh risks, if any: Govt Times of India
The Mother of All Parliaments. Thread:
The govt has decided to shut down the online Parliament. In future, only those present in the Chamber will be allowed to take part. The Speaker's letter on this has three main takeaways, that should matter to anyone who cares about our democracy. [THREAD] https://t.co/By95YEkU2D
— Robert Saunders (@redhistorian) May 28, 2020
Revealed: Serco under fire over fresh £90m COVID-19 contract Open Democracy
Black Injustice Tipping Point
UPDATE George Floyd protests spread nationwide CNN. Rollin coverage, including this. “Breaking: CNN team arrested by Minnesota police on live television” (!). Crude.
Right near the Lake Street Target, which is “temporarily closed“:
This is how you know riots weren’t simply reactionary violence, but had some basis in solidarity and theory https://t.co/f1Nc3X2YTL
— garf,, the quaranteen (@garfpoop) May 28, 2020
So… it was personal, too:
Andrea Jenkins, vice president of Minneapolis City Council, says George Floyd and Officer Chauvin worked at restaurant near Third Precinct.
"They were coworkers for a very long time." pic.twitter.com/IrwJvmxchI
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 29, 2020
Bad Policing, Bad Law, not ‘Bad Apples,’ Behind Disproportionate Killing of Black Men by Police Rutgers Today. From 2018, still germane.
From Mother Jones to Middlebury: The Problem and Promise of Political Violence in Trump’s America Foreign Policy. From 2017, still germane.
What to do if you’re exposed to tear gas Popular Science. From 2019, still germane.
Tear gas: an epidemiological and mechanistic reassessment Annals of the New York Academy of Science. From 2016, still germane.
New Cold War
Trump’s War on Arms Control and Disarmament Counterpunch
Moscow, Ankara ‘Divide Up Influence’ In Libya: Analysts Agence France Presse
Why America Has Misdiagnosed Russia’s Role in Syria The National Interest
Restrictions to stay in Moscow until COVID-19 vaccine is ready — mayor TASS. “Health Minister Mikhail Murashko predicted that the first results of clinical tests of COVID-19 vaccines will be there by late July, and that a vaccine should become available for mass administration at about the same time. Hmm.
Touchscreen Voting Machines and the Vanishing Black Votes Jennifer Cohn, Who What Why
Our Famously Free Press
Tit for tat (openly):
US President Donald Trump's tweet on the protests in Minnesota, which he posted as protesters set fires in St. Paul and Minneapolis, has been flagged by Twitter as violating the platform's rules. https://t.co/WRetSthgdA
— CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020
Should Silicon Valley determine “public interest”? And where is the State that does not “glorify violence”?
Yes, Millennials Really Are That Screwed New York Magazine. Re Silc comments: F*ck them. People working in afghani rug factories are screwed. People picking coffee in Guatemala are screwed. People breaking ships in Bangladesh are screwed. People selling cigs by the piece in Lagos are screwed. Americans make me sick.”
Why We Have So Many Problems with Our Teeth Scientific American
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