Links 4/13/20

Links for you. Science:

Your Internet is working. Thank these Cold War-era pioneers who designed it to handle almost anything
These ‘disease hunters’ developed a novel technique for tracking pandemics after 9/11, but lost funding right before COVID-19
A Forest Submerged 60,000 Years Ago Could Save Your Life One Day
Setting up a diagnostic PCR is not simple. Chief issues are safety, reagents, cleanliness, methodologies and reporting.
America’s most influential coronavirus model just revised its estimates downward. But not every model agrees.


Dear Gov. Cuomo, The Problem Is Crowding, Not ‘Density’!
“Even If Offered a Loan from the Paycheck Protection Program, I Probably Won’t Take It”
A GOP senator just proposed a Denmark-style recovery plan where the government helps pay workers’ wages during the coronavirus pandemic ($2,000/month, if my math is correct)
Popular facial recognition software designed to target immigrants has deep white-nationalist roots
Democrats demand answers to how a tax break benefiting Trump and Kushner got into coronavirus bill
Trump is trying to kill the USPS as vote-by-mail becomes the best chance to save our democracy
American Democracy May Be Dying: Authoritarian rule may be just around the corner.
After Coronavirus, Let’s Never Forget: Republicans Recklessly Put Our Lives in Danger
Lax Antitrust Enforcement Has Made America’s Medical Supply Shortages So Much Worse
Don’t Be Fooled by Covid-19 Carpetbaggers
Coronavirus Hasn’t Stopped Jared Kushner’s Real Estate Empire From Hounding Tenants With Debt Collection, Eviction Lawsuits
While Trump shreds our Democracy can Democrats rise as a functioning loyal opposition?
Republican fundraiser looks to cash in on coronavirus
Trump Falsely Claims He Inherited ‘Empty’ Stockpile
This Is What Happens When a Narcissist Runs a Crisis: Trump’s catastrophic performance has as much to do with psychology as ideology. (yes, it is)
More damning revelations about Trump. Yet another bogus defense.
PPE and Ventilators Becomes Patronage in Trump’s Hands (impeach him)
How Delays and Unheeded Warnings Hindered New York’s Virus Fight: The federal response was chaotic. Even so, the state’s and city’s own initial efforts failed to keep pace with the outbreak.
Hidden Mortality In Spain
Nothing Will Stop This Administration* From Its Spin, Deception, and Ass-Covering
Bursting the Bubble: Why Sports Aren’t Coming Back Soon

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