Links 9/24/2020

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Hiker Wandering Through Oregon Forest Enjoying Vibrant Reds And Golds Of Fall The Onion

He fought wildfires while imprisoned. California reported him to Ice for deportation Guardian

Bay Area applicants flood program that pays them $10,000 to leave California San Francisco Chronicle

With Deutsche Bank’s help, an oligarch’s buying spree trails ruin across the US heartland ICIJ

Pricing the Term Structure of VIX Futures Policy Tensor. This one’s above my pay-grade. Readers?

#COVID

SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in development (preproof) (PDF) Nature. Review article of the 180 vaccines in development. From the Abstract: “The data available so far suggests that effective and safe vaccines might become available within months rather than years.”

How close is a coronavirus vaccine? (free) FT. Handy map of Phase 3 trials:

Evaluating and Deploying Covid-19 Vaccines — The Importance of Transparency, Scientific Integrity, and Public Trust New England Journal of Medicine

ACIP Mulls Priority Groups for COVID-19 Vaccines MedPage Today. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This is, needless to say, an intensely political question.

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Thousands of passengers on commercial flights may have been exposed to coronavirus in 2020, CDC says CNN. “[W]ithin a 6-foot range for droplet transmission.” Oh.

Changing Age Distribution of the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, May–August 2020 CDC. “During June–August 2020, COVID-19 incidence was highest in persons aged 20–29 years, who accounted for >20% of all confirmed cases. Younger adults likely contribute to community transmission of COVID-19. Across the southern United States in June 2020, increases in percentage of positive SARS-CoV-2 test results among adults aged 20–39 years preceded increases among those aged ≥60 years by 4–15 days.”

COVID-19 can affect the heart Eric Topol, Science. From the body: “The most intriguing question that arises is why do certain individuals have a propensity for heart involvement after SARS-CoV-2 infection? Once recognized a few months into the pandemic, the expectation was that cardiac involvement would chiefly occur in patients with severe COVID-19. Clearly, it is more common than anticipated, but the true incidence is unknown. It is vital to determine what drives this pathogenesis. Whether it represents an individual’s inflammatory response, an autoimmune phenomenon, or some other explanation needs to be clarified.”

Covid-19: Risk of death more than doubled in people who also had flu, English data show British Medical Journal. Summarizes a preprint. “An analysis by Public Health England (PHE) of cases from January to April 2020 also found that people with the two viruses were more at risk of severe illness. Most cases of coinfection were in older people, and more than half of them died.”

Molecular Architecture of Early Dissemination and Massive Second Wave of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus in a Major Metropolitan Area (preprint) (PDF) medRxiv. From the Abstract: “We sequenced the genomes of 5,085 SARS-CoV-2 strains causing two COVID-19 disease waves in metropolitan Houston, Texas, an ethnically diverse region with seven million residents….We found little evidence of a significant relationship between virus genotypes and altered virulence.” Commentary:

China?

Chinese President Xi Jinping hits out against hegemony and decoupling at UN South China Morning Post

Statement by H.E. Xi Jinping President of the People’s Republic of China At the General Debate of the 75th Session of The United Nations General Assembly Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People’s Republic of China. “We aim to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.”

China’s emissions target is a leap forward FT

US-China trade war casts long shadow over WTO leadership race South China Morning Post

Philippines won’t follow China on excluding West in disputed sea Bangkok Post

How did Vietnam bring the spread of coronavirus to a halt — again? ABC Australia

UK/EU

Rishi Sunak to unveil ‘winter plan’ aimed at minimising further unemployment Evening Standard

The cost of Covid-19: The impact of coronavirus on the UK’s public finances (PDF) Institute for Government

Uber is handing passenger and driver data to the British police Business Insider

How Italy Snatched Health From the Jaws of Death Foreign Policy

Brexit

Lorry drivers will face de facto Brexit border in Kent, Gove confirms Guardian

Channel Tunnel Spat Risks Severing Vital U.K.-France Link Bloomberg

A 32-Year-Old Finance Tycoon Looms in Obscure Stock Market Bloomberg

New Cold War

Vladimir Putin’s UN Speech: Will Russia Head A New Nonaligned Movement? The National Interest

A Ukrainian/CIA Plot To Incite Belarus Against Russia Unraveled – The NYT Story Thereof Is Hiding The Failure Moon of Alabama

Trump Transition

Congress poised to leave town until after the election without passing coronavirus stimulus CNN. Congress, good job.

2020

Trump Talks Up Need for Full Court as He Casts Doubt on Election Bloomberg. Granted, a 4-4 tie on Bush Trump v. Gore Biden wouldn’t be a good look…

Donald Trump White House Press Briefing Transcript September 23 Rev. The key passage:

[crosstalk 00:08:48] Right here, Mr. President, real quickly. Win, loser, draw in this election. Will you commit here today for a peaceful transfer of power after the election, either-

.Speaker 2: (09:03) Transferal of power after the election. And there has been rioting [inaudible 00:00:07], there’s been rioting in many cities across this country, your so-called red and blue states. Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferal of power after the election?

President Donald Trump: (09:16)

Well, we’re going to have to see what happens. You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster.

Speaker 2: (09:23)

I understand that but people are rioting. Do you commit to making sure that there’s a peaceful transferal of power?

President Donald Trump: (09:29) We want to have… Get rid of the ballots and we’ll have a very peaceful… There won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.

Realignment and Legitimacy

Politics is an American industry Interfluidity

Tribal Truce — How Can We Bridge the Partisan Divide and Conquer Covid? New England Journal of Medicine

COVID, hurricanes, wildfires, politics: 2020 is an American nightmare that’s wearing us out USA Today

Assange

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 15 Craig Murray

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook Censor Event at SF State Academe Magazine (dk)

Around 20 DHS intelligence reports recalled in the wake of Portland controversy CNN

Mark in the Middle The Verge

Police State Watch

‘Tell my mom I love her’: Graphic body cam video shows officer shoot 13-year-old boy with autism KTVX

Attorneys say independent autopsy shows Dijon Kizzee was shot 15 times LA Times

Exclusive: Capitol Police disciplinary reports show pattern of misconduct Roll Call

Protests and Riots

Grand jury indicts 1 of 3 officers in Breonna Taylor shooting. But not for her death Courier-Journal

A Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday indicted Brett Hankison, 44, on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Jurors said several bullets he fired outside Taylor’s apartment March 13 went into a neighboring unit where a pregnant woman, a man and a child were home.

But neither he nor two other Louisville officers who fired their weapons at Taylor’s apartment — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove — were charged with killing Taylor, an unarmed Black woman.

Interestingly, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam were acquitted for the murder of Emmett Till on September 23, 1955, 65 years ago.

What Is ‘Wanton Endangerment,’ the Charge in the Breonna Taylor Case? NYT (KW).

2 police officers shot during Louisville protests over charges in Breonna Taylor case NBC

Cori Bush:

By contrast, Biden:

Very fine people on both sides?

“The streets” [genuflects] vs. the workplace:

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Civil Rights Groups Say Uber Actively Hurts Black People Vice

Boeing, Boeing…

Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns The Register. The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA):

“Requiring both crew members to turn the trim wheel simultaneously in a non-normal scenario is extremely undesirable and goes against all philosophies of having one pilot fly and one run the QRH [quick reference handbook: reading out the emergency checklist]. No flight control system should require both pilots to operate it at any stage, let alone in an emergency.”

Oy.

Class Warfare

Living on the edge: More than 4 in 10 households face serious financial problems during pandemic: POLL ABC

S.C. Teachers Sickout Strike – Georgia Teachers Walkout – Louisiana Teachers Threaten Strike Payday Report

Californians not sold on treating Uber, Lyft drivers as independent contractors, new poll shows LA Times

Popular Radicalism in the 1930S: The Forgotten History of the Workers’ Unemployment Insurance Bill The Hampton Institute

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rolling Stone. Refreshing the canon….

What Is Math? Smithsonian

Antidote du Jour (via):

Bonus Anti-antidote (Richard Smith):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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