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Dear patient readers,

I am dealing with more elder care bullshit than I like, and the level is already too high, like physical therapists who manage to make my mother worse, and nursing services who won’t just do what they are supposed to do (an at-home blood draw) but insist on subjecting you to upselling. Oh, and I thought I was super remiss on sending her will in….but her trust and estates lawyer refuses to keep one of the originals. WTF???

The agency sent a new person yesterday who proceeded to ignore the two things I said in writing to do, one being to go out and pick up a proper lunch for her and my mother. Instead I find my mother was fed a microwaved breakfast sandwich. And there was a third problem I won’t belabor. This after the agency went on about how this person was “conscientious, mature and well liked” as I should be glad to get her. Gah.

And yes, I recognize these aides are not well paid, but they really do just sit around for over 5.5 hours of a 7 hour shift. The actual work here is pretty minimal. Insubordination regarding tasks that are clearly part of their basic duties really frosts me.

And Lord knows how long it will take them to find another “conscientious, mature and well liked” person to fill the open slots (and we have another issue, that I am trying to minimize the number of people taking care of my mother so as to reduce coronavirus risk, so we may have open days, as in ones where I have to get up to be on duty, for quite a while).

As a result, no original posts, since I have to get up early to do the stuff this new person, who will no longer be coming, was supposed to do. But you should find the Richard Murphy post on People and Jobs? Or Wealth? gives you a lot to chew on.

Man, dog and five camels rescued from steep fall BBC. My kind of headline…

Bioluminescent waves dazzle surfers in California: ‘Never seen anything like it’. Guardian. ChiGal: “Contains a very cool video of the lightstreams created by dolphins slicing through the dark water.”

We’re Not in This Together: There is no universal politics of climate change The Baffler (Thomas R)

Pakistan turns unemployed workers into tree planters TreeHugger (resilc)

Video of restaurant headbutt removed with copyright claim, ensuring everyone sees it BoingBoing (resilc). Be sure to read the takedown notice theory.


Irish Send Money to Native American Community Hit By COVID-19, Returning Historic Favor Time (furzy)

Leviathan in Lockdown London Review of Books

A Tale of Two Countries Peter Turchin (UserFriendly). Sweden v. Denmark.


Should we stimulate or suppress immune responses in COVID-19? Cytokine and anti-cytokine interventions ScienceDirect (ddd)

A new strain has come: Meet Spike D614G, the new & improved coronavirus RT (Kevin W). The paper, courtesy Mark P: Spike mutation pipeline reveals the emergence of a more transmissible formof SARS-CoV-2 bioXriv

Nationalism trumps cooperation in virus vaccine race Asia Times

Coronavirus reached Europe weeks earlier than thought, say doctors Financial Times (Kevin W)


Clive weights in:

Naturally, U.K. Twitter in absolute meltdown over this.

Honestly, what is it about the Brits and “sex scandals”? I wish I lived in France where no one bats an eyelid at this kind of thing.

He’s a hypocrite but you have a smidge feel sorry for him, having made enemies in the wrong places.



Coronavirus latest: US suffers third-highest daily increase in deaths Financial Times. FT like many papers has un-paywalled its coronavirus coverage.

Lost On The Frontline KHN. Please click through and read some of the obits.

Trump Says U.S. Must Reopen Even If More Americans Get Sick, Die

San Francisco study reveals 90% of people who tested positive for coronavirus had been leaving home to go to work Daily Mail

Openings may put black workers at disproportionate COVID-19 risk The Hill

Betsy DeVos sued for seizing student borrowers’ paychecks in violation of the CARES Act: “We don’t care. We don’t have to.” Condemned to DEBT (UserFriendly).

Without in-person classes, many students have essentially gone missing, teachers say USA Today. Resilc” “Trumpisimo voter development.”

The Harsh Future of American Cities GEN (resilc)

Political Responses

Battle brewing over how to get more relief money to Americans The Hill. UserFriendly: “They are literally content to let everyone without a job die. I honestly don’t expect this country to exist in November.”

Trump says ‘bailouts’ unfair to GOP since states needing aid ‘run by Democrats in every case’ NBC (Kevin W)

US versus Canada on coronavirus: Trump failed, Trudeau succeeded Vox (resilc)

bob from Syracuse: “Stumbled into his world from Tyler Cowen’s. Awful to awful. More neoliberalism to the rescue of the market!”

Dr. Rick Bright Files Whistleblower Complaint Torching HHS Leadership Media Lite (Chuck L)

Trump ready to turn page on COVID-19, despite crisis-level cases The Hill

New York Fed Paper Finds Pandemic a Century Ago Fueled Nazi Rise Wall Street Journal. BC: “Seriously? What point is the NY Fed trying to make?”


Pratt Institute Students Sue School for Tuition Refund, Claiming “Subpar” Online Classes Core77

Norwegian Cruise Line warns of ‘substantial doubt’ it will survive Guardian (resilc). Third biggest line.

The layoffs at Airbnb cast a dark shadow over Silicon Valley: VAirbnb is laying off a quarter of its staff. Vox

Fed Is Propping Up Companies It Had Warned Banks Not to Touch Bloomberg (Chuck L)

Fight To Tax Amazon Resurges As Company Thrives During COVID-19 ShadowProof

Can We Even Stop Monopolization in a Pandemic? Matt Stoller (UserFriendly)

Every COVID-19 Commercial Is Exactly The Same BoingBoing (resilc)

Germany’s top court clashes with European Central Bank in revolutionary ruling Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph. Clive:

In the Telegraph so expectedly breathless reporting. But if as written (very big if) it is a big deal. The German Constitutional Court always reserved the right to strike down CJEU rulings. But this stance was never compatible with EU law. Both jurisdictions tiptoed around each other. Until maybe now.

Philippines Orders Leading TV Network ABS-CBN to Shut Down Time (furzy)


It’s Russia’s Syrian Mercenaries vs. Turkey’s Syrian Mercenaries in Libya’s War Foreign Policy (UserFriendly)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

An Adult Cam Site Exposed 10.88 Billion Records Wired

Trump Transition

Trump administration drafts pact for mining on the moon Guardian

Space Force isn’t the first time the US has tried to send the military into orbit Popular Science (resilc)

Trump’s Pick for Intelligence Chief Follows a Slew of QAnon Accounts Daily Beast

Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized for Gallbladder Ailment, Supreme Court Says Bloomberg

Ilhan Omar backs Israel lobby campaign against Iran Electronic Infitada. Kevin W: “DNC – ‘Assimilation complete!’”

‘Cleveland Documenters’ Launches to Keep Tabs on Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Public Meetings CleveScene (Carla). Cool!


A Lot of Democrats Would Really Rather Have a Nominee Who Isn’t Joe Biden Vice

Sanders not backing Warren as Biden VP: report The Hill (UserFriendly). Karma is a bitch…

Judge orders Sanders, others to be reinstated to New York primary ballot The Hill

Federal judge orders Sanders & other candidates be restored on New York ballots, says primary must proceed in June RT (Kevin W)

Coronavirus Side Effect: CalPERS Drops to 60% Funded California Globe (Kevin W)

Guillotine Watch

Five-year-old caught driving parents’ car in Utah BBC

Class Warfare

Deaths of Despair Boston Review (Jim B)

California Sues Uber And Lyft For ‘Cheating’ Drivers And Taxpayers NPR

Antidote du jour. Oguk: “Our neighbors strolled by for breakfast.”

And a bonus:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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