Links 10/3/2020

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Magawa the mine-detecting rat wins PDSA Gold Medal BBC (alan b). I think previously featured but worth a reminder.

Rising waters threaten Great Lakes communities PhysOrg

The Apple Watch Heart Monitor Sends Too Many People To the Doctor The Verge

Trump Infected

>COVID-19 at the White House – Contact Tracking Peter James Walker, Tableau Public (UserFriendly). Lambert will be so happy.

The coronavirus’ average incubation is 5 days, and people may be most contagious a day before symptoms. Here’s what that means for Trump’s contacts. Business Insider

Twitter Says You Cannot Tweet That You Hope Trump Dies From COVID Vice

White House coronavirus outbreak: Who close to the president has tested positive Axios

Trump Infects America New York Magazine

Fox News Stars Potentially Exposed to Coronavirus at Debate DNyuz (resilc)

GOP Sen. Thom Tillis tests positive for coronavirus The Hill. Resilc: “Dropping like the flies they are.”

Former Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway Says She Has Covid-19 Wall Street Journal

If Trump’s Condition Deteriorates, Could the Election be Delayed? Vice

#COVID-19

Donald Trump Personally to Blame for 37 Percent of the World’s COVID-19 Misinformation, Study Finds Daily Beast

Science/Medicine

Largest study of COVID-19 transmission highlights essential role of super-spreaders Los Angeles Times

Randomized Controlled Trials of Early Ambulatory Hydroxychloroquine in the Prevention of COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Death: Meta-Analysis MedRxiv

High prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 swab positivity in England during September 2020:interim report of round 5 of REACT-1 study Imperial

Covid: Vaccine will ‘not return life to normal in spring’ BBC. Telling that this has to be said.

With 1m dead, are we any better at treating Covid-19? Financial Times

UK/Europe

Coronavirus: Spain imposes partial lockdown on defiant Madrid BBC

US

Almost 20,000 Amazon workers in US test positive for Covid-19 Guardian

Finance/Economy

Pelosi anticipates reaching economic relief deal with Mnuchin, saying Trump diagnosis ‘changes the dynamic” (UserFriendly)

China?

Huawei’s Investments Are ‘Predatory Actions’ and All Countries Should Ban Them: Pompeo Reuters

Japan’s Lost Generation Is Still Jobless and Living With Their Parents Bloomberg

Brexit

Brexit: Johnson urges ‘common sense’ ahead of fresh EU talks DW

Brexit talks: Optimism falters ahead of the tunnel Tony Connelly, RTE. Quelle surprise!

Syraqistan

U.S., UAE And Israel Agree On Joint Energy Strategy OilPrice (resilc)

Afghan peace could restoke Pakistan’s tribal wars Asia Times

U.S. fines Emirates $400,000 for flying over Iranian airspace Reuters

Assange Trial

Eyewitness to the Agony of Julian Assange Areana. Interview with John Pilger. A must read.

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Egypt police ‘using dating apps’ to find and imprison LGBT+ people Independent (resilc)

Paying ransomware demands could land you in hot water with the feds ars technica

Imperial Collapse Watch

A U.S. Navy Destroyer Just Spent Record Time at Sea. Did It Really Have To? Popular Mechanics

Trump Transition

H.R. McMaster: “There Is a Strange Tendency in the U.S. to Hold Trump Responsible for All Evil” Der Spiegel. Resilc: “No, I hold pieces of shit like McmMsters responsible too.”

Hundreds of migrants from Honduras enter Guatemala, toward US Associated Press.

Trump’s Offshore Oil Ban Will Hit Wind Farms Hard OilPrice

Supreme Struggle

Mike Lee May Have Infected Senate Judiciary Committee Members With COVID-19 Huffington Post. UserFriendy:

So much for the court pick. 2 positive GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee. It’s actually looking like the party where they nominated her was the super spreading event.

Revealed: Amy Coney Barrett supported group that said life begins at fertilization Guardian

The US supreme court may soon become plutocracy’s greatest defender David Sirota, Guardian

2020

Schwarzenegger offers grants to reopen polling places | TheHill. UserFriendly: “Oh good, let’s take decisions about the ability of poor people to vote away from partisan hacks just to hand it to billionaires.”

Trump Is in Trouble for a Lot of Reasons, But the K-Shaped Recovery Is a Big One Esquire

Amy McGrath Is Airing A Pro-Trump Ad In A Swing State Media Market HuffPost (UserFriendly)

You’re Doing It to Yourselves’: Deepfake US Election Ads Featuring Putin, Kim Pulled From Websites Sputnik. Kevin W: “Both videos are worth watching.”

National Guard taps units for rapid response to civil unrest Associated Press

Justice Dept., FBI bracing for possibility of election day unrest Washington Post (resilc)

There’s No Debating It: Trump Encourages Violent White Supremacists DemocracyNow! (Kevin C)

New High Favors One-Party Control of U.S. Federal Government Gallup (resilc)

Health Care

Health insurance premiums could drop 5% if the U.S. banned surprise medical bills MarketWatch

How One Piece of Hardware Took Down a $6 Trillion Stock Market Bloomberg (Kevin W)

Pinterest limiting search results for culturally inappropriate Halloween ideas The Hill. (Kevin W)

Buyout groups blasted at SEC meeting for ‘misleading numbers’ Financial Times. From last month, still germane.

This is the stuff Americans are dropping a lot more money on Quartz. Article does not consider private equity oligopolization of veterinary supplies and pet products leading to price increases and more consumer spending.

U.S. job growth slows in September; permanent unemployment increasing Reuters

Google Contractors Allege Company Prevents Them From Whistleblowing, Writing Silicon Valley Novels CNBC

Class Warfare

The Problem of Surplus White Men Foreign Policy in Focus

Antidote du jour. Tracie H:

It is four of the “Magnificent 7”. We call this a “furniture-protection” blanket. They will swear that we intend it as a “kitty-comfort” blanket.

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And another bonus (guurst):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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