Links 10/4/2020

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50 States, 50 Cuisines: The Food Worth Traveling For in Every State Conde Nast Traveler

Tom Stoppard’s Luck American Conservative

Thousands defy lockdown as they call for Netanyahu to resign Al Jazeera

The return of Europe’s largest beasts BBC

‘Investment in Fossil Fuels Yields Much Less Returns Than the Green Sector’ FAIR

Dramatic’ plunge in London air pollution since 2016, report finds Guardian

Deportation Nation New York Review of Books

#COVID-19

Capitalism After the Pandemic Foreign Affairs. Mariana Mazzucato.

This scientist made a Google Doc to educate the public about airborne coronavirus transmission MIT Technology Review

Chris Christie tests positive for Covid-19 CNN

The virus slams into a broken Washington Politico

CDC Extends No-Sail Advisory for U.S. Cruise Industry Through October 31 Conde Nast Traveler

The last picture show: Cineworld to shut all 128 of its cinemas in the UK and Ireland as industry becomes ‘unviable’ following coronavirus cancellations – one day after new James Bond film was postponed until 2021 Daily Mail

‘Exhausted’ teachers warn they have no additional funding to handle Covid-19 Guardian. A UK friend reports to me via email that although kids are back in school, neither kids nor teachers wear masks. NC has posted links IIRC about how children can spread the disease.

Science/Medicine

Survival of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus on the human skin: Importance of hand hygiene in COVID-19 Oxford Academic.

From the Abstract: “The stability of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) on human skin remains unknown, considering the hazards of viral exposure to humans. We generated a model that allows the safe reproduction of clinical studies on the application of pathogens to human skin and elucidated the stability of SARS-CoV-2 on the human skin.”

RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation hearings on track, McConnell says Reuters

Amy Coney Barrett’s Rose Garden Event Complicates GOP Confirmation Plans WSJ

Trump Infected

Walter Reed medics tell President to return during sick call hours Duffelblog

A history of secrecy when it comes to presidential illness FT

8 pressing questions about President Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis Stat

Top Eight Conspiracy Theories on Donald Trump Contracting COVID-19 The Wire. I post this not because I subscribe to the claims, but so readers can see how a reputable  international news source is covering the story.

These are the extreme measures Vladimir Putin takes to avoid COVID-19 NY Post

The GOP’s great depression Axios

‘Unreliable’ personality-driven US foreign policy risks chaos due to Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis SCMP

Maggie Haberman on the Fallout from Trump’s Hospitalization New Yorker. As I tied to sort out the whet from the chaff over Trump’s infection, I was reminded of iconic screenwriter William Goldman’s comment on the film business – “Nobody knows anything.” That of course doesn’t stop the blizzard of speculation, no matter hpw tenuous its connections to hard facts.

The White House Is Spreading Virus and Lies New York. magazine Some classic pearl-clutching, which makes me recall another venerable phrase: The fog of war.

The Coronavirus and the Threat Within the White House New Yorker. The view from TDS central. David Remnick surrendered his title as journalist when he wrote that ridiculous hagiography of Trump’s predecessor; should we trust him here?

White House Cautiously Optimistic About Trump’s Health After Day of Mixed Signals WSJ

Little evidence that White House has offered contact tracing, guidance to hundreds potentially exposed WaPo. This may just be WaPo spin, but I think not, and it is unsurprising given how pathetic our contact tracing efforts have been.

Imperial Collapse Watch

The United States Is Not Entitled to Lead the World Foreign Affairs

Nagorno-Karabakh

Is The War Over Nagorno-Karabakh Already At A Stalemate? Moon of Alabama

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict offers insight into the new art of war SCMP

Explosive stakes on Armenia-Azerbaijan chessboard John B. Wells News. A non-paywalled version of Pepe Escobar’s latest for Asia Times

2020

WOULD A PRESIDENT BIDEN RESPOND TO THIS FEDERAL HOUSING EMERGENCY? Capital & Main

IN KEY ELECTION FOR CLIMATE, SEN. STEVE DAINES DECEIVES MONTANA ON HIS PUBLIC LANDS RECORD Intercept

Class Warfare

Little Rock Teachers Refuse to Teach In-Person – Virginia Municipal Workers Win Bargaining Rights – Payday Report. I have yet to ask my sister-the-teacher-of-several-decades her views. (But we typically don’t speak often.)

Brexit

Brexit: ‘Significant gaps’ remain in trade negotiations after Boris Johnson talks with EU chief Independent

Police State Watch

We Spent A Year Investigating Police Dogs. Here Are Six Takeaways. Marshall Project

India

Modi’s Economic Failings Dim India’s $5 Trillion Dream Forbes

There is no happy end-state in India’s relations with its neighbours Indian Express

Would a Universal Basic Income Make Us Lazy or Creative? Bloomberg

Necessary, not sufficient: Labour reforms a good start; will we see more jobs now? Business Standard

India Staggers Under the Coronavirus Burden Der Spiegel

GST, farm Bills and 4 other events that widened Centre-state trust deficit Business Standard

China?

Did Xi Just Save the World
? Foreign Policy. From last month and we may have linked to it before; nonetheless, in case you missed it.

Russiagate

All Russiagate Did Was Advance Pre-Existing Agendas Of The Same Spy Agencies Who Started It Caitlin Johnstone

Julian Assange

Revealed: Key Assange prosecution witness is part of academic cluster which has received millions of pounds from UK and US militaries Declassified UK

John Pilger: Eyewitness to the Agony of Julian Assange Consortium News.

Syraqistan

US military seeks to “create new base in Syria” – Syrian journalist Grayzone

Antidote du Jour (via):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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