AI Helps Forecast Volcanic Eruptions Wall Street Journal
Covid pandemic could last for another TWO YEARS says World Health Organisation chief in grim prediction – as he calls it a ‘once-in-a-century health crisis’ that spread quicker than Spanish flu Daily Mail
For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm New York Times (David L)
Second lockdown warning as R rate rises Telegraph
Japan’s virus numbers don’t add up to much Asia Times (Kevin W)
Contemplating the (No Deal) Cliff Menzie Chinn
Fed Has Used Only a Fraction of Its Main Street Lending Facility Bloomberg. Not surprised. Most small businesses have obligations guaranteed by the owner(s). The sane ones would not borrow unless they had reason to believe the Covid-19 downturn was pretty short-lived.
Covid-19 Pay Cuts Coming to an End at Some Companies Wall Street Journal
US-China: is Huawei ‘too big to fail’? Financial Times
Lawsuit Claims U.S. WeChat Ban Is Unconstitutional Wall Street Journal
China Alone Project Syndicate
Brexit: a raft of agreements Richard North. Important.
British education: still selecting and rejecting in order to rear an elite LSE British Politics and Policy
New Cold War
In case the “color revolution” operation in Belarus wasn’t already obvious, this is a US government-funded neoliberal Belarusian regime-changer gleefully spreading a video of a plane in Miami, Florida flying the Nazi occupation Belarusian flag that is being used by the protesters https://t.co/jOa2JHPEia
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) August 21, 2020
You can’t trust the media on Evo Morales Carl Beijer (UserFriendly)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
Ur-Fascism Umberto Eco, New York Review of Books. UserFriendly: “Blast from the past but a good read.”
DNC Finale: As Snug As a Bug On a Smug Repug Mug Sardonicky (UserFriendly)
managing expectations downward pic.twitter.com/S2T1X5SYz3
— Rob (@robrousseau) August 21, 2020
The Bernie Sanders Delegates Network complained Thursday that the DNC hadn’t released the vote tally on the party platform. Hundreds of Sanders delegates had announced they’d vote no because it lacked Medicare for All. I asked the DNC for a count today and it didn’t provide one. pic.twitter.com/R6L2uoJ5hY
— Holly Otterbein (@hollyotterbein) August 22, 2020
For Election Administrators, Death Threats Have Become Part of the Job ProPublica (UserFriendly)
USPS ordered to remove 671 mail sorting machines under DeJoy:
59 in Florida
58 in Texas
34 in Ohio
30 in Pennsylvania
26 in Michigan
15 in North Carolina
12 in Virginia
12 in Wisconsin
11 in Georgia
He just said removed machines won’t be reinstalled. This is major crisis
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) August 21, 2020
In lightning-struck California, the smoke is now scarier than the pandemic National Geographic
Meltdown at CalPERS – God Save Us Tony Butka, LA Citywatch
Marble Ridge to liquidate funds after Neiman Marcus scandal: letter Reuters. Hoo boy.
Palantir, Tech’s Next Big IPO, Lost $580 Million In 2019 New York Times
Most of What You Read about the Bankruptcy Filing Rate Is Wrong Credit Slips. From a couple of weeks ago, still important.
America’s Looming Eviction Crisis Threatens Unprecedented Tens of Millions WBUR. 13,000 vacancies in Manhattan….
Antidote du jour: From Scott on the 20th. Please extend your condolences.
Arnold’s kidneys have failed and he will be put down tomorrow. He stopped eating Monday and has lost half of his weight.
And a bonus from LaRuse:
Here is a photo of a polyphemus moth I encountered on my morning run today. It was struggling in the grass, hopefully with nothing more serious than damp wings, but it froze in this defensive posture as I approached. It was easily 5″ across the wingspan.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here