Links 8/22/2020

Understanding how birds respond to extreme weather can inform conservation efforts PhysOrg

Tardigrades Have DNA Armour, And We Just Got Closer to Understanding How It Works ScienceAlert

Dounreay Nuclear Power Site Available For Reuse In the Year 2333 BBC

AI Helps Forecast Volcanic Eruptions Wall Street Journal

#COVID-19

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

Science/Medicine

For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm New York Times (David L)

UK/Europe

Second lockdown warning as R rate rises Telegraph

Deloitte gets another huge COVID contract – for ‘crazy’ plan to test millions each day openDemocracy

Asia

Japan’s virus numbers don’t add up to much Asia Times (Kevin W)

Finance/Economy

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

China?

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

Australia’s Construction Industry Faces “Bloodbath,” Says Lobbying Group Clamoring for Bailout, after Riding up the Housing Bubble Wolf Richter

Brexit

Brexit: a raft of agreements Richard North. Important.

The political psychology beneath the Brexit talks Chris Grey

Old Blighty

British education: still selecting and rejecting in order to rear an elite LSE British Politics and Policy

New Cold War

You can’t trust the media on Evo Morales Carl Beijer (UserFriendly)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Hackers Leak Alleged Internal Files of Chinese Social Media Monitoring Firms Vice

Imperial Collapse Watch

US is willing to dismantle the UN Security Council to put pressure on Iran RT (Kevin W)

Trump Transition

Trump campaign fails to show evidence of vote-by-mail fraud, filing reveals Guardian

QAnon looms behind nationwide rallies and viral #SavetheChildren hashtags NBC

Ur-Fascism Umberto Eco, New York Review of Books. UserFriendly: “Blast from the past but a good read.”

2020

DNC Finale: As Snug As a Bug On a Smug Repug Mug Sardonicky (UserFriendly)

Biden is already forming a government. Here’s what his Cabinet could look like. Politico

Trump campaign fails to show evidence of vote-by-mail fraud, filing reveals Guardian

For Election Administrators, Death Threats Have Become Part of the Job ProPublica (UserFriendly)

Post Office

Tensions flare as senators grill postmaster general The Hill

Nearly 700 Protests Planned for Saturday at Post Offices Across Country as DeJoy Slammed for Defense of Mail Sabotage Common Dreams

Califorina Burning

As fires race out of control, Big Basin redwoods burn, giant trees at Armstrong under threat SFChronicle

As Wildfires Continue To Spread In California, Its Governor Seeks Outside Help NPR (Kevin W)

In lightning-struck California, the smoke is now scarier than the pandemic National Geographic

CalPERS

Who would want the top investment job at California’s pension fund? Financial Times

Meltdown at CalPERS – God Save Us Tony Butka, LA Citywatch

NYCLU Publishes Over 300K Police Misconduct Records After Court Order Lifted Gothamist

Marble Ridge to liquidate funds after Neiman Marcus scandal: letter Reuters. Hoo boy.

Microsoft Plans Cloud Contract Push With Foreign Governments After $10 Million JEDI Win CNBC

Uber and Lyft’s threat to leave California over labor law would have been illegal in many countries Salon

WordPress Founder Claims Apple Cut Off Updates To His Free App Because It Wants 30 Percent The Verge

Apple fires back in court, says Epic Games CEO asked for special treatment CNBC

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.

Class Warfare

Obscene Pandemic Profiteering: Largest Consolidation of Wealth in American History David DeGraw

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.

RIP

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

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