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Links 8/4/2020

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Shrek the sheep ran away into a cave to avoid getting sheared, 6 years later he was found pic.twitter.com/aKDAsuiWr7 — Nature & Animals 🌴 (@AnimalsWorId) August 3, 2020 Mother Cat Brings Her Ill Kitten To The Hospital, Medics Rush To Help Them Bored Panda (Phoebe) Long Island goose rescued after being found strapped with explosives New York Post (J-LS) Bill English: Computer mouse co-creator dies at 91 BBC (resilc) Common crustacean turns microplastics into “nanoplastics” in days New Atlas (David L) Wakaresaseya’: Private Agents Hired To End Relationships BBC Statins may not slash the risk of dying from heart disease: Controversial study claims the cheap cholesterol-busting pills offer no ‘consistent benefit’ Daily Mail (J-LS). Not surprising. Statins are way overprescribed. Previous

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Mother Cat Brings Her Ill Kitten To The Hospital, Medics Rush To Help Them Bored Panda (Phoebe)

Long Island goose rescued after being found strapped with explosives New York Post (J-LS)

Bill English: Computer mouse co-creator dies at 91 BBC (resilc)

Common crustacean turns microplastics into “nanoplastics” in days New Atlas (David L)

Wakaresaseya’: Private Agents Hired To End Relationships BBC

Statins may not slash the risk of dying from heart disease: Controversial study claims the cheap cholesterol-busting pills offer no ‘consistent benefit’ Daily Mail (J-LS). Not surprising. Statins are way overprescribed. Previous studies found they were beneficial only for people who had heart disease, not ones merely deemed at risk due to high LDL.

2+2 Never Equals 5 New Discourses. David: “Some wokeists are now arguing that 2+2 does not necessarily equal 4 because hegemonical discourse. This is not a joke.”

#COVID-19

Online Applications Open for New “Work from Bermuda” Residential Certificate Business Wire (UserFriendly). Note the only place I know up until now that provides for a self-employment visa is Mauritius.

Science/Medicine

WHO Chief Warns ‘There Might Never Be’ A Silver Bullet For Coronavirus NPR

FDA’s Shifting Standards for Chinese Face Masks Fuel Confusion Wall Street Journal

US

Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America Atlantic (Dr. Kevin)

A woman who coughed on a brain tumour patient in a viral video has been charged with assault, police say Business Insider (Kevin W). Video here.

New rural hot spots are ICU bed deserts, study finds Politico (Chuck L)

California GOP Consultant Rues ‘Big Mistake’ That Led to Family’s COVID Infections Kaiser Health News. Former CalPERS board member….

Canadian Patrols Stop ‘Caravans of Americans’ From Crossing Border Rolling Stone (resilc)

Average Canadians Are Tracking U.S. Yachts Illegally Crossing The Border Jalopnik

UK/Europe

Germany debates curbing freedom of assembly after coronavirus protests DW

Reopening schools in September WILL lead to a catastrophic second wave of coronavirus unless NHS test and trace drastically improves, major study claims Daily Mail

China/Asia

Hong Kong turns Covid corner as new cases decline Asia Times (J-LS)

Hong Kong opens a makeshift hospital for Covid-19 patients at AsiaWorld-Expo South China Morning Post. J-LS:

HK’s response to its recent surge in cases: now up to 38 deaths, 3590 cases. Note that this facility is for those who have been discharged from hospital still showing mild infections and who are not yet ready to return home and frees up other hospital beds for more serious cases.

Japan Acted Like the Virus Had Gone. Now It’s Spread Everywhere. Bloomberg

Vietnam a victim of its own Covid-19 success Asia Times (J-LS)

Political Responses

Debate begins for who’s first in line for COVID-19 vaccine ABC3340 (Kevin W)

Finance/Economy

AstraZeneca Gets Protection from Future Product Liability Claims for COVID Vaccine Insurance Journal

Chart: How Americans Used Their Stimulus Checks Statista (resilc)

China?

Trump: U.S. should get ‘substantial portion’ of TikTok operations sale price Reuters

Chinese state media slams U.S. as a ‘rogue country’ for its planned ‘smash and grab’ of TikTok CNBC

Beyond TikTok: Who else might President Trump ban? BBC (resilc)

China’s Emerging Middle Eastern Kingdom Tablet

China Has an Unfair Advantage in the EU Market. What Can Be Done to Level the Playing Field? Bruegel

Beijing pushing New Delhi toward a hard choice Asia Times (Kevin W)

India

New Cold War

ATOMIC BOMBINGS AT 75: John Pilger — Another Hiroshima is Coming — Unless We Stop It Now Consortiumnews (J-LS)

Argentina Nears $65 Billion Restructuring Deal With Bondholders Wall Street Journal

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

DHS Obtained Protesters’ Encrypted Messages, Used Them To Craft ‘Intelligence’ Reports TechDirt (DK)

Imperial Collapse Watch

I Was Wrong: Congress Isn’t Cowardly; It’s Evil! Antiwar.com (Kevin W)

Trump Transition

Donald Trump bans H-1b visa technology workers on federal government contracts Economic Times (J-LS)

Trump Fires TVA Chair, Cites Hiring of Foreign Workers Associated Press. More H1-B visa war-making.

Many Americans Are Convinced Crime Is Rising In The U.S. They’re Wrong. FiveThirtyEight

We’re Tackling Questions on Rent, Jobs and Food Access at the Next Open Newsroom. Join Us The City. For NYC denizens. If readers know of similar resources in other areas, please pipe up in comments.

L’affaire Jeffrey Epstein

The Seduction of Virginia Giuffre Thomas Neuburger. Note how quickly Maxwell moved Giuffre to sex with Epstein compared to his NYC prep school targets. Another sign of how finely tuned this operation was.

2020

Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks The Hill

Ahem, this also makes clear Trump is out to lose all state and local government employees’ vote, but it’s a theory:

What a jerk but not a surprise: Obama omits AOC’s name while endorsing New York Democrats New York Post

Our Famously Free Press

Personal news: why I’m now leaving MSNBC Ariana N. Pekary (Geoff R, DK) blockquote>

The American West’s economy has a lot in common with Saudi Arabia Quartz (resilc)

Global Factories Increase Production but Overseas Demand Remains Soft Wall Street Journal

London Traders Hit $500 Million Jackpot When Oil Went Negative Bloomberg (vlade)

FAA Proposes Requiring Four Key Boeing 737 MAX Design Changes Aljazeera

Class Warfare

Elon Musk Says Another Relief Package Is Not in Americans’ ‘Best Interests’ PopCulture. Kevin W: “Because fuck him! And here is another story to say how we should always listen to his opinions: https://popculture.com/trending/news/stimulus-checks-elon-musk-relief-package-americans-best-interests/

I am not one of these people! I have enough trouble just getting my taxes done sort of on time:

Antidote du jour. Leroy R: “Wallingford Connecticut Bobcat”

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