The End of Oil Is Near SIerra Club
Norway oil fund chief drama has exposed weaknesses in country’s model FT
Green swans: Why climate change is unlike any other financial risk In The Black (periol). The BIS and accounting standards material is interesting.
Will We Ever Listen To The Warnings? David Sirota, Too Much Information
UN-backed climate fund faces wave of abuse allegations from staff FT
How the shadow of slavery still hangs over global finance The Conversation
California Fires Live Updates: Firefighters Make Progress in ‘Marathon’ Battle NYT
Yes, climate change is almost certainly fueling California’s massive fires MIT Technology Review
US Media Can’t Think How to Fight Fires Without $1-an-Hour Prison Labor FAIR
Caixin Reveals Details of Chinese Developers at Centre of LA Bribery Scandal Caixin
Lobbyist agrees to plea deal in L.A. City Hall corruption case LA Times
This Devastating Spill Is a Big Problem for Oil Bloomberg
Plages souillées: pas de baignade avant 6 mois? L’Express (Colonel Smithers). Google translation.
Four scenarios on how we might develop immunity to Covid-19 Stat
Two metres or one: what is the evidence for physical distancing in covid-19? British Medical Journal
Some people can get the pandemic virus twice, a study suggests. That is no reason to panic Science
The China Syndrome Part I: Outbreak Quillette. This looks very good.
‘Heinous!’: Coronavirus researcher shut down for Wuhan-lab link slams new funding restrictions Nature
Scientists Are Racing to Develop Paper-Based Tests for Covid-19 Smithsonian
Conservatives sue to knock down Tony Evers’ health emergency, mask mandate Journal-Sentinel. By contrast:
Currently trending on South Korea’s social media: Where’s the no-masker? pic.twitter.com/I7oDWlYjkO
— Sam Kim (@samkimasia) August 25, 2020
Articles of impeachment drawn up against Gov. Mike DeWine over coronavirus orders Cleveland.com
Why the United States is having a coronavirus data crisis Nature
Lex in-depth: why rescue finance will slow recovery for businesses FT
Trump administration weighs accusing China of ‘genocide’ over Uighurs Politico
GM Sells 15,000 Low-Cost EVs For China In First 20 Days Jalopnik (Re Silc).
Our schools couldn’t afford that many basketballs:
China’s kindergarten game: Cooperation. pic.twitter.com/2vxAsEetHm
— ShanghaiPanda (@thinking_panda) August 23, 2020
Except the private ones, of course.
A Hidden Tycoon, African Explosives, and a Loan from a Notorious Bank: Questionable Connections Surround Beirut Explosion Shipment OCCRP
Palestine deleted Mondoweiss
Africa declared free of wild polio in ‘milestone’ BBC
Germany to Push Greece and Turkey to Resume Talks on Energy Clash Bloomberg
New Cold War
Might Belarus become the next Syria? The Saker
The Back And Forth About Navalny’s ‘Poisoning’ Moon of Alabama. If Putin poisoned Navalny, why on earth was Navalny allowed to leave Russia to be treated in a German hospital?
Trump and Putin’s Pandemic Duet: Trump’s America Is Far More out of Tune CSIS
Russia Just Declassified Footage of the Largest Nuke Ever Tested Vice (Re Silc).
In reversal, Trump kills huge Alaskan gold mine. Here’s why Science
Terminating payroll tax could end Social Security benefits in 2023, chief actuary warns NBC
Republican National Convention
Republicans sought to strike a hopeful tone on Day 2 of their convention USA Today
Speaker removed from RNC program after tweeting anti-Semitic conspiracy theory CNN
Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins on QAnon and disinformation Columbia Journalism Review
Elites Yearn for a Restoration Abroad Under Biden WSJ
Big Brother Is Watching You
Customs and Border Protection Paid $476,000 to a Location Data Firm in New Deal Vice
Activists find camera inside mysterious box on power pole near union organizer’s home FOX13
Police State Watch
Inside The Seething White Heart Of The Blue Lives Matter Movement Gothamist
Preparing for the Next Pandemic Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine
Black Injustice Tipping Point
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections building was set on fire during the second night of unrest in Kenosha. Reduced to rubble and ashes. This video was recorded before bulldozers were brought in. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/x0voJ2xF4I
— Vi Nguyen (@ViNguyen) August 25, 2020
The Burning House The Nation. “Rather than create a nation of homeowners, the housing programs of the Great Society, which relied on public-private ventures that almost always benefited the private interests, only helped to intensify racial disparities.” Oh, Lordie, public-private partnerships.
The Case for Climate Action: Building a Clean Economy for the American People (PDF) Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. The final two paragraphs:
Imagine if the political polarities on climate change suddenly reversed. Imagine if the big trade associations were led by the science and the economics of climate change, not by fossil fuel money. Imagine how quickly Congress could act if powerful trade associations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers became advocates for serious pro-climate policies. Imagine if the powerful banking, agricultural, financial services, technology, and consumer products lobbies came in and demanded real climate action.
Corporate America need not imagine this. Corporate America can make it happen. When it decides to show up.
Legal Interventions to Address US Reductions in Life Expectancy JAMA.
Age-based, geographic, and socioeconomic status disparities collectively diminish average life expectancy. Midlife “diseases of despair” (eg, suicides, drug overdoses, and alcohol-related conditions), firearm violence, and obesity also are contributing factors for reduced life expectancy, especially in rural counties, the industrial Midwest, and Appalachia. Stated simply, poorer, less-educated individuals in the US live considerably shorter lives. This pattern of inequality has been highlighted further during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Complete, across-the-board failure by the political class in its entirety at the most basic, material level. Or overwhelming success, depending.
America’s Terrible Internet Is Making Quarantine Worse The Atlantic
‘I am beside myself’: millions in the US face evictions amid looming crisis Guardian
‘You Couldn’t Swipe Fast Enough’: How the Pandemic Devastated Instacart Workers Vice (Re Silc).
Bullion funds strike it rich delivering gold to London vaults Mining.com
Organizational Evolution at the Washington Free Health Clinic Grassroots Economic Organizing
How to End America’s Loneliness Epidemic Blloomberg
Antidote du jour (RM):
RM writes: “My daughter sent me this from Mesa Verde, Colorado where she works.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here