Links 9/18/2020

Patient readers, owing to a mental lapse on my part followed by a cascade of logistical failures, we (by which I mean I) are late with links today. Please talk amongst yourselves while I prepare your daily complement. –lambert UPDATE All done!

Coffee Rust Is Going to Ruin Your Morning The Atlantic

An unexpected audience Science. The study of magic effects. In animals.

Senate tells coolants to cool it Grist

Gas Companies Are Abandoning Their Wells, Leaving Them to Leak Methane Forever Bloomberg

Businesses with ‘windfall’ pandemic profits are showering them on investors, study finds WaPo

TikTok to be banned from US app stores from Sunday Irish Times. Fast-moving story…

Scoop: How the Oracle-TikTok deal would work Axios

iOS 14 Bug Will Bork Your Default Mail and Browser Settings Gizmodo

Mobile App Stores and Crypto Fred Wilson, AVC. “In what world does it makes sense for two large and powerful companies to completely control software distribution on mobile phones? In no world does it make sense. It must stop.”


The Big Smoke NYRB

Electrical transmission tower C-hooks. Keep reading this thread until you come to “Camp Fire”:

DIY air filters can be safe, simple and inexpensive. Here’s how to make one Los Angeles Times


U.S. Stands on Verge of Dark New Milestone: 200,000 Virus Deaths Bloomberg

C.D.C. Testing Guidance Was Published Against Scientists’ Objections NYT

Who gets a COVID vaccine first? Access plans are taking shape Nature

Vaccine distribution isn’t as easy as Trump wants people to think Politico

The COVID Conundrum Facing Local and State Governments Mike the Mad Biologist. I don’t think putting the US economy into “a medically induced coma” for “as long as it takes” is on offer from either party. What would the donors think?


Covid crisis has accelerated big trends in China’s favour FT

Is China Escalating Tensions With Japan in the East China Sea? The Diplomat

America’s China Class Launches a New War Against Trump The Tablet

China’s university students escape online to rail against the nation’s growing inequality South China Morning Post

China biopharmaceutical leak infects thousands with bacterial disease in Lanzhou city Hong Kong Free Press

Japanese scientist and team win Ig Nobel for putting alligator on gas Japan Times


Doctors accuse New Delhi of concealing health workers’ deaths FT


North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire will go into lockdown from Tuesday amid fears ministers could extend autumn half-term by a week as part of a NATIONWIDE 14-day ‘circuit-breaker’ to stem spread of Covid Daily Mail

Bolivia’s interim leader Jeanine Áñez quits presidential race BBC

Trump Transition

Federal judge blocks controversial Postal Service changes that slowed mail CBS


The Election’s Biggest Threat Is No Longer the Postal Service The Atlantic

Donald Trump: President denies new assault allegation BBC

Twitter rolls out new security features to prevent Election Day chaos The Verge

Former Pence aide who helped organize White House coronavirus response backs Biden Reuters

Stool transplants: A way to bring gut bacteria back to health Deutsche Welle

Democrats in Disarrray

Democrats: Can’t Live With ‘Em, Can’t Live Without ‘Em Counterpunch

A Slate of Insurgents Is Taking on the “Delaware Way” [Updated With Results] The Intercept


Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 12 Craig Murry

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Facebook Accused of Watching Instagram Users Through Cameras Bloomberg

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is growing fast Bleeping Computer

How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, a New Book by Cory Doctorow OneZero

Health Care

Trials begin for a new weapon against Parkinson’s: light Science

Black Injustice Tipping Point

A Path Forward on Reparations? Democracy

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Endless Fantasy of American Power Andrew Bacevich, Foreign Affairs

The strange story of Mexico’s presidential plane lottery CNN

Why passenger jets could soon be flying in formation CNN

Travellers snap up airlines’ ‘flights to nowhere’ Straits Times

Class Warfare

Cleaning is a high-risk job. These Miami janitors say they haven’t been getting enough PPE Miami Herald

Long-Term Care Facilities Must Prioritize Immigrant Workers’ Needs To Contain COVID-19 Health Affairs

Housekeepers Face a Disaster Generations in the Making NYT

Biden allies demand help for gig workers Axios

Trump Labor Board Upends Special Status of Union Stewards Labor Notes

America’s Eviction Epidemic NYRB

Feeling Like an Outcast Foreign Policy

Microscopy illuminates charcoal’s sketchy origins Nature

Opinion: We have been in lockdown, but deforestation has not PNAS

The Death of Industrial Seattle The Stranger

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