Links 5/11/20

Links for you. Science:

Coronavirus lessons for the fight against ‘superbugs’
New Studies Add to Evidence that Children May Transmit the Coronavirus
Issues with SARS-CoV-2 sequencing data
What the Proponents of ‘Natural’ Herd Immunity Don’t Say
Three potential futures for Covid-19: recurring small outbreaks, a monster wave, or a persistent crisis


A Place in the U.S. With No Covid-19? Look to American Samoa. (when Mike Bloomberg won American Samoa, people were making fun of American Samoa. Seems kinda stupid now…)
If 80% of Americans Wore Masks, COVID-19 Infections Would Plummet, New Study Says (I think masks will make a difference, but not as much as this study claims. Worth doing however)
Black Washingtonians Make Up Less Than Half Of D.C.’s Population, But 80% Of Coronavirus Deaths (there absolutely are racial disparities, but two thirds of people aged 50 and older in D.C. are black; that’s playing a role too).
“Political Connections and Cronyism”: In Blistering Whistleblower Complaint, Rick Bright Blasts Team Trump’s Pandemic Response
I’m not sure what you’re doing, but I love you, and I just want to be involved.
Win Or Lose, Trump’s Top Campaign Aides Are Raking In The Cash
Trayon White Isn’t Addressing His Comments on Vaccines
With testing, Iceland claims major success against COVID-19
Arizona halts partnership with experts predicting coronavirus cases would continue to mount
Don’t Close Parks. Open Up Streets. Give people the public space they need right now.
Neal Took Big Bucks From Lobbyists While Killing a Surprise Medical Bills Fix
San Francisco has 75 billionaires. Most of them aren’t donating to local COVID-19 relief.
Dearth of infectious diseases physicians as the USA faces a global pandemic
The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months
So Many Things Never Caught Up With Little Richard
The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying
My chest is aching, burns like a furnace, the burning keeps me alive
In D.C. schools, spring was ravaged by covid and disconnection. Fall will be about catching up.
In Colorado, Democrats Are Listening to Health Industry Lobbyists and Killing the Public Option

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1 Response to Links 5/11/20

  1. adameran says:


    It’s awfully tempting to blame the R’s for our current mess, but let’s remember a few things:

    Obama was elected in a landslide of resentment against Bush 43’s disastrous war in Iraq (and because, unlike Hillary, he actually opposed that war). Nevertheless, he refused to prosecute the war crimes of Bush / Cheney, and even promoted the torturers while prosecuting record numbers of whistle blowers. Even worse, he inherited what’s arguably the largest theft in human history–U.S. net worth declined 40% in the wake of Lehman’s bankruptcy, and 8 million homeowners lost their homes.

    Obama’s response? Give Wall Street a “get out of jail free” card. While the previous big bank scandal (the Savings & Loans) provoked 30,000+ referrals for criminal prosecution, and 1200+ actual prosecutions (with a 90% conviction rate)…the Obama regulators filed zero (ZERO!) referrals for prosecution, and only prosecuted about a dozen cases in a scandal that was 70 times larger than the S&Ls. Instead of prosecuting the criminals, the crookedest AG in history (Eric Holder) threatened prosecution but settled for fines that amounted to dimes on the dollar of the malefactors’ loot.

    It feels like swimming in sewage just to think about it.

    Such feckless behavior legitimizes criminality as surely as Bill Clinton legitimized sexual predation. You can’t be surprised that the R’s win the next election with arguably the most disgusting candidate ever offered for that office after 95% of the half-hearted “Obama recovery” goes to the top 10% of incomes, while the bottom 90% is worse off than before the Great Recession.

    Along these lines, I read Ralph Nader was trying to convince his father that a third party would be useful. His dad replied he’d settle for a second.

    The problem with the “blame the R’s” or “Trump is the source of all awfulness” memes is that at no point do the D’s accept responsibility for anything bad. The operative wisdom is “Why do you pick the mote from your neighbor’s eye, but ignore the beam in your own.” When I hear about repentance from the D’s, I’ll start believing “blame the R’s”

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