Links 5/30/2020 | naked capitalism

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Arizona Humane Society Removes 2 Pounds Of Matted Fur From Fluffer The Cat, She Gets Adopted 2 Days Later Bored Panda. This feline was a distant cousin of those sheep that go feral and grow so much wool that they look like mini-busses.

Captain Cook and the Colonial Paradox Quillette (Chuck L)

Climate change: ‘Stunning’ seafloor ridges record Antarctic retreat BBC (Kevin W)

Trees are Getting Shorter and Younger Gizmodo (Kevin W)

Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Are Not Real Science. Tell me it ain’t so!


Performance Anxiety: Will the Adult Film Industry Survive the Pandemic? Capital and Main (Ian H)


Evolution of pandemic coronavirus outlines path from animals to humans ScienceDaily

Biosensors May Hold the Key to Mass Coronavirus Testing SpectrumIEEE (David L)


New Zealand has no new coronavirus cases and just discharged its last hospital patient. Here are the secrets to the country’s success. Business Insider


DIY: Virus lockdown forces Brits to become own dentists RTL Today (resilc)


Supreme Court sides with California on coronavirus worship service rules Axios (David L)

Unlike NASA, sheriff asks people to come to Brevard to see historic space launch Florida Today. Dan K: “Better federal subsidies would have reduced some of the economic pressure communities and businesses feel from the health restrictions.”

Alabama reopens and the coronavirus hits harder CNBC

Political Responses

Trump announces US to sever all ties with WHO Guardian (Kevin W)

Germany’s Merkel rejects Trump invite to attend G7 summit in Washington: Politico Reuters (resilc). Not good at all, but entirely logical given Trump’s rudeness and china-breaking. Coordination to deal with Covid-19 economic damage is na ga happen. After the financial crisis, some responses were cooperative, and the G-7 and G-20 were significant venues for that.


The collapse of coal: pandemic accelerates Appalachia job losses Guardian (resilc)

Amazon in talks for new Dublin office – Bloomberg RTE. PlutoniumKun:

I found this interesting – Amazon are building data centres as fast as they can in Ireland (I know this through one of their contractors), on the basis – presumably – that they see a huge increase in data demand due to home working. But they are also increasing their staffing by 750 in Dublin (Amazon don’t use Ireland as a tax shelter or warehousing base, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are I believe their favoured locations).

The office is probably one of the most expensive, high value locations in Dublin, so it certainly isn’t back office work. And it’s not in a location they can use for leveraging tax breaks or other scams.


Trump to revoke Hong Kong’s special trade privileges Financial Times

Trump’s China Response Leaves Room to De-Escalate Tensions Bloomberg

Hong Kong offered a democratic lifeline Asia Times

Trump to end special treatment for Hong Kong The Hill

China exporters look inwards as virus hits overseas markets Agence France-Presse

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Drug dealers turn corporate by selling customer databases for more than $180,000 MarketWatch (resilc)

Google Sued by Arizona Over Location Data and Alleged Consumer Fraud CNET

Imperial Collapse Watch

The ‘Liberal World Order’ Was Built With Blood New York Times


Trump Transition

From Where I Sit, The Trump Era Began In 2014 FiveThirtyEight (resilc)

Senator Ted Cruz Calls For Criminal Investigation of Twitter Axios

Joe Biden Doesn’t Like Trump’s Twitter Order, But Still Wants To Revoke Section 230 The Verge

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Green New Deal “Leaves the Door Open” for Nuclear Energy Energy Central (Kevin W)


Dan K:

The film is a free item on Amazon, 1h 46min, 2017. The section on election manipulation is ~15 min at the beginning.

The rest is a thorough history of Siegelman’s political persecution, which is not new but pretty awful especially when collected like this. The current Trumpian context is not mentioned in this 2017 film, but the tactic of using prosecutorial power for political ends is certainly relevant to current events. Rogue’s gallery of fixers features Jack Abramoff, Karl Rove, and Eric Holder. Much of the outrage is voiced by Republicans.

In light of this material, Holder’s May 5 endorsement and defense (regarding Reede) of Biden has some darker implications. It’s also notable that the Trump crew has kept some distance the GOP wing of this far-flung and diverse political power cartel.

But the mechanics of the election manipulation can be understood outside to the larger context, just from the first 15:20 section.

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Donald Trump puts Army on four hour notice to deploy to US streets for first time since LA riots in 1992 as Minneapolis erupts for fourth night and George Floyd violence sweeps the country Daily Mail. Daily Mail has excellent coverage: story on Chavin’s divorce-seeking wife (I don’t mean to sound prejudiced, but former beauty queens usually marry up) and the dodgy autopsy findings which have led the family to get their own pathology report.

Seven Reasons Police Brutality Is Systemic, Not Anecdotal American Conservative

People Can Only Bear So Much Injustice Before Lashing Out Nation (resilc)

Border Patrol Flies Anti-Terrorism Drone Over Minneapolis Protestors ars technica

Bus Driver Unions Nationwide Refusing to Work With Police Mike Elk

Trudeau: Canadians watching US unrest and police violence in ‘shock and horror’ Guardian. Resilc: “Maybe Canada can invade USA USA for a regime change.”

In case you missed Lambert’s coverage in Water Cooler yesterday. See debate in replies to the tweet:

Before you think that is paranoid:

Amazon Sellers Are Marking Products As ‘Collectible’ To Get Around Price Gouging Rules The Verge

Class Warfare

SCOTT GALLOWAY: Top US colleges’ insistence on keeping tuition costs high and offering fall classes in-person shows that they care only about money, not the public good Business Insider (David L). Wellie, now we have that clear.

Replaced by Prison Labor, NOLA Garbage Workers Form Union to Fightback Mike Elk

Antidote du jour. Krystyn Podgajski: “This is Moe, my friend’s cat, who I have know for all his 19 years of life. When a dogs walk by his house he greets them like a compassionate old sage.”

And a bonus from guurst. Before you question this crow’s motives, the hedgehog is way too big to be prey. The crow is either being helpful or being a covid jerk (they are pranksters) but he’s not trying to snag a meal.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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