First rescued snow leopard cub in India returns to mother Third Pole
June snow in Siberia’s south as highest-ever Arctic heat is recorded in Russia’s coldest region Siberian Times
US dollar funding: an international perspective (PDF) Committee on the Global Financial System, Bank of International Settlements
China warned to prepare for being cut off from US dollar payment system as part of sanctions like Russia South China Morning Post
Global Markets Face Reckoning With Risks Coming True All at Once Bloomberg
Coronavirus was already in Italy by December, waste water study shows The Local
Mysterious deaths of infants and others raise questions about how early coronavirus hit California Los Angeles Times
The Double Pandemic Of Social Isolation And COVID-19: Cross-Sector Policy Must Address Both Health Affairs. This is a must-read.
A Common Snake Oil Reemerges for the Coronavirus The Atlantic
Vietnam trials chloroquine in COVID-19 treatment Tuoi Tre News. Hydroxychloroquine is not prescribed for COVID-19 in Vietnam.
D.C. Is Entering Phase 2 Today, and D.C. Should Wait Mike the Mad Biologist
Why It Would Be Hard to Link a Coronavirus Spike to Recent Protests Scientific American
As Problems Grow With Abbott’s Fast COVID Test, FDA Standards Are Under Fire KHN
Virus numbers surge globally as many nations ease lockdowns AP
Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker NYT
Coronavirus testing indicates transmission risk increases along wildlife supply chains for human consumption in Viet Nam (preprint) bioRxiv. From the abstract: “Our analysis also suggested either mixing of 68 animal excreta in the environment or interspecies transmission of coronaviruses, as both bat and 69 avian coronaviruses were detected in rodent feces in the trade. The mixing of multiple 70 coronaviruses, and their apparent amplification along the wildlife supply chain into restaurants, 71 suggests maximal risk for end consumers and likely underpins the mechanisms of zoonotic spillover to people.” Also bat guano (used as fertilizer).
Effect of Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 – Preliminary Report (preprint) (PDF) medRviv. Last week we saw the press release; this week the paper. From the abstract: “In patients hospitalized with COVID-19, dexamethasone reduced 28-day mortality among those receiving invasive mechanical ventilation or oxygen at randomization, but not among patients not receiving respiratory support.”
Full draft of Hong Kong national security law will only be made public after it is passed by China’s top legislative body South China Morning Post. Seems legit.
Ties That Bind: Xi’s People on the Politburo Macro Polo
National Gallery of Australia to shed staff and slash acquisitions from 3,000 to 100 a year Guardian. And the Board must love that business model…
India & China agree to step-wise de-escalation in eastern Ladakh, including Pangong The Print vs.
Arundhati Roy warns of ‘genocidal climate’ in India Open Democracy
India’s Top Adviser Sees V-Shaped Recovery If Virus Is Contained Bloomberg
Pressure mounts on India to allow foreign airlines to operate flights, US fires first salvo; EU holding talks Times of India
South Korea reports 46 new COVID-19 cases as it tackles ‘second wave’ Channel News Asia
Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj over pandemic Agence France Presse
Iranian Tankers & the Age of Interdiction Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News
Yemen’s Houthis attack deep in Saudi Arabia, al Masirah TV says Straits Times
East Africa: Ethiopia to Fill Contested Dam As Nile Talks Falter All Africa
It’s been four years since the Brexit vote: everything and nothing has changed Guardian
Britain nearly went bust in March, says Bank of England Guardian. Britain is not a currency-issuing sovereign?
Coronavirus: why did England ignore an army of existing contact tracers? The Conversation
5 Facts BBC’s “The Salisbury Poisonings” Forgot to Mention Off Guardian
Exclusive: British army sent unqualified investigators to Iraq where troops ‘got away with murder’, veterans say Declassified UK
New Cold War
Putin aims for patriotic boost from victory parades FT
$1 Billion Gold Case Pits Maduro, BOE in Political Fight Bloomberg
Nadler to subpoena AG Barr over Berman firing The Hill
Bolton’s Win Could Cost Him More Than Just Profits Jonathan Turley
Police State Watch
‘BlueLeaks’: Group Releases 270GB of Sensitive Police Documents Vice (Re Silc).
How conspiracy theories about the NYPD Shake Shack ‘poisoning’ blew up NY Post
Big Briother Is Watching You Watch
The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online Electronic Frontier Foundation
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Riding the Protest Wave: How Elites Will Co-opt BLM Chris Arnade, American Compass
‘It is our history’: Families of Aunt Jemima former models oppose Quaker Oats’ planned brand changes USA Today
Our Famously Free Press
NYT Is Threatening My Safety By Revealing My Real Name, So I Am Deleting The Blog Slate Star Codex (bwilli123). The Times takes out a competitor…
Trust in Science and COVID-19 Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Facebook Announces Plan To Break Up U.S. Government Before It Becomes Too Powerful The Onion
The Confederacy Was an Antidemocratic, Centralized State The Atlantic
Spirit AeroSystems asks lenders for relief after deeper Boeing 737 production cut Reuters (Re Silc).
I didn’t realize my blood and bones were next Welcome to Hell World. And for restaurant re-openings especially:
Anyone who has worked at a restaurant with outdoor seating already knew tht patio people do not care if u live or die
— helena (@freshhel) June 20, 2020
See paragraph four:
New all-time high in Dallas. 80% of these cases are frontline/"essential" workers. This is state-sanctioned violence. pic.twitter.com/hyIgQw1u4f
— Kristian Steffany 🌹 (@kksteffany) June 22, 2020
It’s not “state-sanctioned violence.” It’s class warfare.
A Moratorium on Evictions Ends, Leaving Thousands of Tenants Fearful NYT
Why some physicists really think there’s a ‘mirror universe’ hiding in space-time Live Science
Vast neolithic circle of deep shafts found near Stonehenge Guardian
Extreme climate after massive eruption of Alaska’s Okmok volcano in 43 BCE and effects on the late Roman Republic and Ptolemaic Kingdom PNAS
The City of Philadelphia is cracking down on… dumpster pools Billy Penn
Petition to rename Columbus, Ohio, ‘Flavortown’ to honor Guy Fieri attracts thousands of signatures The Hill. I am here for this, as I was here for “Boaty McBoatface.”
Antidote du jour (via):
Normally I don’t do zoos, but Gloria the Baby Hippo is very cute:
OUT FOR A SWIM: Gloria the baby hippo takes her first dip in the deep end of the pool at France’s Beauval zoo – with her mother, Bolinhas, closely monitoring the situation. https://t.co/nFPPs49oVC pic.twitter.com/dUs9cvIJqg
— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.