Links 9/23/2020

More Synthetic Microfibers Now End up on Land Than in Water TreeHugger

“Fungi Can Teach Us a New Way of Looking at the World” Der Spiegel

A History Of Wheat American Conservative

Facebook suspends environmental groups despite vow to fight misinformation Guardian

What the OAS Did to Bolivia Counterpunch

Instagram model who poses as Catwoman jailed for masked robberies New York Post. Meow.

Shoppers search for a final bargain as the city’s most famous discount retailer closes FT

How coral transplants could rescue Turkey’s threatened reefs Guardian

Avoiding a Climate Lockdown Mariana Mazzucato

Advertisers strike deal with Facebook and YouTube on harmful content FT

Moody’s downgrades Kuwait on liquidity squeeze, weak governance Economic Times

RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Romney backs vote on Supreme Court nominee, clearing way for Trump Politico

Fact check: Trump baselessly claims Democratic politicians wrote Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish CNN

End the Poisonous Process of Picking Supreme Court Justices NYT. Guido Calabresi

#COVID-19

Nearly 200,000 deaths, millions of ripples. Each covid-19 fatality shifts attitudes about the virus. WaPo

More than 150 nations join global coronavirus vaccine plan, but US and China absent SCMP

FDA to announce tougher standards for a coronavirus vaccine that make approval by Election Day unlikelyb WaPo

COVID-19: US passes ‘unfathomable’ 200,000 death toll Al Jazzera

Coronavirus: Fans may not be able to return to sporting events until at least end of March BBC

CDC guidelines urge families to avoid trick-or-treating this Halloween CBS 880

The Road Ahead: Charting the coronavirus pandemic over the next 12 months — and beyond Stat

COVID ‘firepower’: Britain imposes six-month curbs against second wave Reuters

House Approves Short-Term Bill to Avoid a Shutdown NYT

Nearly 9 million people didn’t get stimulus payments. A GAO report asks why the IRS isn’t doing more to help. WaPo

A city in Brazil where covid-19 ran amok may be a ‘sentinel’ for the rest of the world
So many people have gotten sick in Manaus that researchers say the virus is running out of people to infect. MIT Technology Review

Walmart experiments with using drones to deliver COVID-19 self-test kits CNET

Big Brother IS Watching You Watch

Despite Denials, LAPD Reportedly Used Facial Recognition Nearly 30,000 Times Since 2009 NBC 4

Judge rules Snowden to give up millions from book, speeches The Hill

Class Warfare

CIA’s new tech recruiting pitch: More patents, more profits MIT Technology Review

Big Pharma’s Covid-19 Profiteers Rollin Stone. Matt Taibbi. From last month still germane.

Elon Musk Shows the Germans How to Move Quickly Der Spiegel God, not the Germans to, drinking the Kool-Aid. Musk must have a boffo PR team.

China?

US vs China: two new world orders on display as the UN turns 75, with Xi calling for collaboration and Trump slamming Beijing for coronavirus pandemic SCMP

Trump’s tick is louder than his tock Asia Times

China-Australia trade ties remain strong for some businesses despite worsening political relations SCMP

India

India, China say won’t send more troops to Ladakh frontlines, agree to avoid misunderstandings The Print

Why India farm reforms have sparked protests BBC

How and Why Gilgit Baltistan Defied Maharaja Hari Singh and Joined Pakistan The Wire

2020

Just posted: I wrote in @thenation about progressive Democrats who want Biden to win but are worried about his foreign policy advisers, many of them with a direct role in the military industrial complex. That’s a big issue for Muslim Americans, too. https://t.co/24ik9sPujz

— ‘I just want you to know I can see thru your mask’ (@TimothyS) September 21, 2020

Trump Transition

Woodward: Historians examining the Trump era will ask ‘What the F happened to America?’ The Hill

Did Trump really spoil America’s Asia alliances? Asia Times

Trump administration asks court to act quickly on census appeal Scotusblog

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