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Extraordinary ‘megaflash’ lightning strikes cover several hundred kilometres, smashing records UN News (BC) On “White Fragility’ Matt Taibbi (UserFriendly) California set to ban all heavy diesel trucks and vans by 2045 Ars Technica Bastard Foreigners London Review of Books How hackers extorted .14m from University of California, San Francisco BBC #COVID-19 ‘Window is closing’ for US to get coronavirus under control, Trump’s HHS secretary warns CNN Experts are calling for a 9/11-style commission on U.S. coronavirus response. Here’s where it could start Stat Is the coronavirus pandemic entering a second wave? SCMP World hits coronavirus milestones amid fears worse to come AP The Global Death Toll Now Tops 500,000 NYT Worst virus fears are realized in poor or war-torn countries AP A new

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Extraordinary ‘megaflash’ lightning strikes cover several hundred kilometres, smashing records UN News (BC)

On “White Fragility’ Matt Taibbi (UserFriendly)

California set to ban all heavy diesel trucks and vans by 2045 Ars Technica

Bastard Foreigners London Review of Books

How hackers extorted $1.14m from University of California, San Francisco BBC

#COVID-19

‘Window is closing’ for US to get coronavirus under control, Trump’s HHS secretary warns CNN

Experts are calling for a 9/11-style commission on U.S. coronavirus response. Here’s where it could start Stat

Is the coronavirus pandemic entering a second wave? SCMP

World hits coronavirus milestones amid fears worse to come AP

The Global Death Toll Now Tops 500,000 NYT

Worst virus fears are realized in poor or war-torn countries AP

A new dilemma for Trump’s team: Preventing super-spreader churches Politico

Quarter of businesses in Pacific fear they will not survive Covid-19 pandemic Guardian

How Texas Swaggered Into a Coronavirus Disaster NYT

Coronavirus: ‘Swift and dangerous turn’ in Texas cases, says governor BBC

The Triple Crisis Shaking the World Project Syndicate

Why Meatpacking Plants Are Superspreaders Der Spiegel

Science/Medicine

Mask Vs. No Mask Experiment Shows How Important It Is To Wear Masks To Stop The Coronavirus Bored Panda

As U.S. soars past 2.5 million coronavirus cases, Pence urges Americans to wear masks, social distance WaPo

U.S. Officials Press President Trump to Wear Mask in Coronavirus Fight WSJ

Rising Coronavirus Cases Put Fresh Strain on Mask Supplies WSJ

UK

Into the fog: How Britain lost track of the coronavirus Reuters

Boris Johnson warns Britons are ‘significantly fatter’ than other nationalities (except the Maltese) as he launches drive against obesity -and dismisses ‘complete nonsense’ claims he is struggling to recover from coronavirus Daily Mail. Okay, I admit I couldn’t resist the headline.

Class Warfare

EY prepares for backlash over Wirecard scandal FT

Safety Unknowns Await Returning Medical and Dental Workers Capital & Main

Coronavirus: Why US is expecting an ‘avalanche’ of evictions BBC

One of America’s Wealthiest States Might Pass Up an Opportunity to Tackle Housing Segregation ProPublica

Washington Post public editor: Jeff Bezos could solve pay equality tomorrow. He makes token gestures instead. Columbia Journalism Review. A couple of weeks old, but still germane.

The Supreme Court Is Still Repeatedly Ruling in Favor of the Ultra-Wealthy Jacobin. David Sirota.

The True Cost of Dollar Stores New Yorker

Black Injustice Tipping Point

WHAT LAW DID WE BREAK? Intercept

Waste Watch

Developing stories on PFAS, the ‘forever chemicals’ looming large for the waste industry Waste Dive

India

The Pillage of India New York Review of Books Rview of two books you should read, the latest from the pens of Williiam Dalrymple and Shashi Tharoor.

The Political Fix: Can the rural economy pull the rest of India out of its post-lockdown malaise? Scroll

Timeline: How Did India Get to More Than Half a Million COVID-19 Cases? The Wire

Pakistan

Pakistan attack: Deadly raid on stock exchange in Karachi BBC

China?

US bill aiming to delist Chinese companies could claim American investors, businesses as unintended victim SCMP

Why Hong Kong residents are buying prime London properties the Times

What Are China’s New Market Demands After COVID-19? Jing Daily

2020

From sleepy to senile: Inside the Trump campaign’s effort to rebrand Biden Axios

Progressives zero in on another House chairman in primary The Hill

Libya

Libya: The Ultimate Free-For-All Foreign Intervention American Conservative

Is Egypt really preparing to jump into the Libyan fray? Qantara

Syraqistan

Only Idiots Believe The CIA, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix Caitlin Johnstone

Antidote du Jour (via):Links 6/29/2020

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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