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Report: Amazon Uses Marketplace Seller Data to Make Its Own Competing Products Gizmodo

Arctic Likely to See Ice-Free Summers Despite Climate Action, Study Says Moscow Times

US financial aid for Greenland sparks outrage in Denmark FT

Satellite data show ‘highest emissions ever measured’ from U.S. oil and gas operations

At ‘ground zero’ of BP spill, Louisiana community confronts new oil and gas project Southerly

Coal’s collapse could lead to a landscape of abandoned mines Quartz

‘Public Ownership Can Eliminate Some of Those Warped Incentives Associated With Monopoly’ FAIR


A salutary caution, at least if you follow Taleb’s investment strategy:

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The science:

Indoor transmission of SARS-CoV-2 medRxiv. Important.

Low incidence of daily active tobacco smoking in patients with symptomatic COVID-19 Qeios. “Conclusions and relevance: Our cross sectional study in both COVID-19 out- and inpatients strongly suggests that daily smokers have a very much lower probability of developing symptomatic or severe SARS-CoV-2 infection as compared to the general population, ” confirming NEJM study. ‘Cause smokers’s alveoli are so crudded up with tar that they can’t get infected! Now do marijuana.

SARS-CoV-2 entry factors are highly expressed in nasal epithelial cells together with innate immune genes Science

Insomnia and Vivid Dreams on the Rise With COVID-19 Anxiety Smithsonian

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New York City antibody survey reveals more than a FIFTH residents have been infected and mortality rate is FIVE TIMES deadlier than the flu Daily Mail. “It remains unconfirmed how accurate the test – which the state developed itself – is.”

Amid Signs the Virus Came Earlier, Americans Ask: Did I Already Have It? NYT

Poll: 8 in 10 Americans Favor Strict Shelter-in-Place Orders To Limit Coronavirus’ Spread, and Most Say They Could Continue to Obey Such Orders for Another Month or Longer KFF

Germans are not Swedes are not Americans, but (original):

Flattening the curve won’t lead to coronavirus turning point, study finds South China Morning Post

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The Real Reason to Wear a Mask The Atlantic

With and without masks:

Even so, the oft-repeated test sentence — “Stay healthy!” — misstates the rationale for the general population using masks: They do not so much protect you from others, as others from you. The ethic is quite literally #NotMeUs (hence, politicized, as the very notion of public heatlh is politicized).

“With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion“:

Jim Jordan’s district is (OH-04). “Jordan’s district ranks second in Ohio for prison inmates… with 12,560 inmates as of early October at prisons in Grafton, Lima, Marion, and Marysville.” And: “Marion prison is one of the nation’s largest sources of COVID-19 infections” WKYC.

Airline passenger describes packed flight to NYC surrounded by people not wearing masks NY Post (Re SIlc). The picture.

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Treatment and Vaccine:

Gilead’s coronavirus drug flops in first trial – FT Reuters (Re Silc).

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines: Status Report (PDF) Cell. Very, very good. Key tablel

Coronavirus: First patients injected in UK vaccine trial BBC. Volunteers (n=2).

COVID-19 vaccine protects monkeys from new coronavirus, Chinese biotech reports Science

The FT estimates actual UK Covid-19 deaths at 41,000. Also QUB research shows Republic’s Covid-19 death rate is two-thirds that in the North… Slugger O’Toole

The search for chloroquine helped bring about the modern pharmaceutical industry WaPo

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Saliva is more sensitive for SARS-CoV-2 detection in COVID-19 patients than nasopharyngeal swabs medrXiv. I’ve seen those unpleasant medical textbook-y images of swabs going into the nasal passages.

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Principles for Technology-Assisted Contact-Tracing ACLU (dk). “Location tracking and massive centralized

surveillance should be off the table, but proximity tracking could be useful.”

New York to launch tri-state virus tracing program with Michael Bloomberg’s help Reutetrs

Contact-Tracing Technology: A Key to Reopening Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Coronavirus found in Paris sewage points to early warning system Science

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Economic effects:

The Potential Health Care Costs And Resource Use Associated With COVID-19 In The United States Health Affairs

Farmers Are Starting to Destroy Their Pigs After Factories Close Bloomberg (KW) The World’s Top Pork Processor Is Battling Two Epidemics at Once Bloomberg. Happening at the same time in the US and China. In a crisis,

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Finance response:

Expected loss provisioning under a global pandemic Bank of International Settlements

Federal Reserve To Infuse Wall Street With $500 Billion Worth Of Cocaine The Onion

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Corporate response:

Nevada Brothel Causes Stir With Stimulus Request Jonathan Turley. Come on, man.

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Political response:

Who Should Get Bailed Out in the Coronavirus Economy? The New Yorker. The same people who got bailed out by [genuflects] Obama. Easy peasy!

This Iowa family is behind the ‘Reopen’ protests popping up across the country Des Moines Register

Trump showcases idea heat, humidity could help fight virus AP

Trump mulls tying USPS changes to emergency coronavirus loan: report The Hill

“Really Want to Flood NY and NJ”: Internal Documents Reveal Team Trump’s Chloroquine Master Plan Vanity Fair (dk: “‘Based on documents and interviews provided by multiple federal officials’ but only one email excerpt presented and scant attribution. It *sounds* likely, but it would be nice to have more meat to the scuttlebutt.”

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Exit strategy:

WHO warns ‘long way to go’ in coronavirus crisis Agence France Presse

How Control Theory Can Help Us Control COVID-19 IEEE Spectrum

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Diseases Can Jump to Humans from Plants, Not Just from Animals Scientific American


Cabinet reshuffle to boost Hong Kong gov’t’s ‘fighting power,’ says Beijing loyalist Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong political crisis deepens despite protest lull during virus Agence France Presse. Never let a crisis go to waste.

China prosecutes first overseas national for Hong Kong interference South China Morning Post

Non-sovereign revolutions: Thinking across Puerto Rico and Hong Kong—Part five Lausan Collective

Can Asia’s largest armed group fend off coronavirus? PRI


How asymptomatic cases fuelled spread of coronavirus Times of India

Markets Will Punish India for Fiscal Excesses, Says Former Bank Governor Bloomberg. Austerity already baked in?


How the Bottom Fell Out of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance Foreign Policy

U.S. Airstrikes Hit All-Time High as Coronavirus Spreads in Somalia The Intercept


The Russia hoax was never a hoax. An encouraging bipartisan report confirms it. Editorial Board, New York Times

More Media Misdirection on Trump-Russia Andrew McCarthy, National Review

Trump Transition

Democrats blast Trump team’s handling of federal workers in coronavirus crisis Politico. “[Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Mike] Rigas has told colleagues that he questions the constitutionality of the 1883 Pendleton Act, which codifies using merit to pick government officials, and believes that all executive branch employees should be political appointees, according to a person who has discussed the matter with him.”

Coronavirus Border Expulsions: CDC’s Assault on Asylum Seekers and Unaccompanied Minors Just Security

Our Famously Free Press

COVID-19: New York Times Revives its Role in Chinagate Consortium News

Imperial Collapse Watch

Coronavirus shakes the conceit of ‘American exceptionalism’ AP. Finally mainstreamed.

Please Tell The Establishment That U.S. Hegemony Is Over The American Conservative

Respectable Racism: The “War With China ” Edition Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon. Jake, it’s bipartisan.

Toward a New Theory of Power Projection War on the Rocks

Pentagon tells senior leaders to limit sexual harassment to texts and email Duffel Blog

Guillotine Watch

The Cuomos’ Corona Protocol, Week 3 The Purist

Class Warfare

Coronavirus Put Her Out of Work, Then Debt Collectors Froze Her Savings Account Pro Publica

The pandemic is revealing how bad our technology really is The Week. By technology is meant “tech,” but then airplanes don’t seem to be working very well either.

Antidote du Jour (via):

Bonus antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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