Links 4/10/2020

Elaborately decorated eggs predate Easter by thousands of years Science

Some churches confront virus restrictions on Easter services AP. “We can’t do what God called us to do on livestream.” Not clear to me why God wants his chosen people to spread a lethal respiratory virus, but you do you.

Liberty University police issue arrest warrants for NYT, ProPublica reporters The Hill

Exclusive: U.S. banks prepare to seize energy assets as shale boom goes bust Reuters

Strays feel the bite as pandemic spreads Agence France Presse

How are some drivers trying to get into the Keys? With counterfeit stickers, sheriff says Florida Keys News (Re Silc).


The science:

How does COVID-19 kill? Uncertainty is hampering doctors’ ability to choose treatments Nature

Science is popping:

(Sourced from NIH.)

The COVID-19 vaccine development landscape Nature

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Correlation between universal BCG vaccination policy and reduced morbidity and mortality for COVID-19: an epidemiological study (PDF) Aaron Miller, Mac Josh Reandelar, Kimberly Fasciglione, Violeta Roumenova, Yan Li, and Gonzalo H. Otazu, medrXiv

Will the BCG Vaccination Help the World Combat COVID-19? The Wire

Lice drug a head-scratching Covid-19 home remedy Asia Times (Re Silc).

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Thousands of coronavirus tests are going unused in US labs Nature

‘False negatives’ queering the pitch in Covid fight Times of India

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Mystery surrounds ‘cured’ patients who tested positive FT and Fifty-one recovered coronavirus patients test positive AGAIN in South Korea amid fears virus can hide in human cells and reactivate Daily Mail

Susceptibility of ferrets, cats, dogs, and other domesticated animals to SARS–coronavirus 2 Science

Researchers modelling the spread of the coronavirus emphasise the importance of avoiding busy indoor spaces (press release) Alto University. Makes sense, given results on bus travel in China (another enclosed space).

Jennifer Nuzzo: “We’re Definitely Not Overreacting” to COVID-19 JSTOR Daily. Respiratory pathogen expert.

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Economic effects:

Believe it or not, people are still booking cruises for next year Los Angeles Times. More petri dishes.

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Finance response:

Explainer: What the Federal Reserve has done in the coronavirus crisis Reuters

The Fed’s radical policies are uncharted territory FT

Fed to buy municipal debt for first time, underscoring peril facing cities Politico

The Fed finds another kitchen sink to throw at us The Reformed Broker

Kudlow Says U.S. Should Allow Firms ‘100% Immediate Expensing’ Bloomberg. “[Larry Kudlow] said the U.S. should allow companies to deduct the entire cost of capital spending, including relocating from China.” Japan as well. Maybe claw back some of the profits from offshoring?

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Political response:

Guest Editorial: “Even If Offered a Loan from the Paycheck Protection Program, I Probably Won’t Take It” Portland Mercury (notabanker).

Banks brace for new wave of small businesses at troubled loan program Politico

A GOP senator just proposed a Denmark-style recovery plan where the government helps pay workers’ wages during the coronavirus pandemic Business Insider

Roll Call for Congress’s Coronavirus Bailout The Intercept. “The Intercept’s roll call is in progress below. If you have information about the position taken by your congressperson or any congressperson on this list, fill out our survey here.”

Are We Entering A New Era Of State Nullification? The American Conservative

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Exit strategy:

Stop covid or save the economy? We can do both MIT Technology Review

Asia struggles to find coronavirus exit strategies FT

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Remedies and ameliorations:

Trashy Fashion: Dressing Up To Take The Bins Out In Virus Lockdown Agence France Presse

Medical Student COVID-19 Curriculum COVID-19 Student Response (JT McPhee).

Trump faulted the WHO’s coronavirus response. But it’s guided by rules the U.S. helped write STAT


China is reopening wet markets, as international pressure mounts against them ZME Times (KS) but China Is Reopening Its Wet Markets. That’s Good Bloomberg

Supply change: Japan to fund firms to shift China production Al Jazeera


Covid-19 in India: Food prices surge 3 times as supply chain takes a hit Hindustan Times

India: Doctors concerned over drug to treat coronavirus AA (J-LS).

South Korea

An ICU nurse sketches the heroes and fighters inside a coronavirus isolation ward Los Angeles Times

Coronavirus: Most try to toe the line, but crowds still seen in supermarkets, at parks and beaches in Singapore Straits Times

Doctors See High Mortality in Virus Fight in Philippines, Indonesia Bloomberg


Bank of England to finance UK government Covid-19 crisis spending Guardian

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Leaves ICU Amid Treatment For COVID-19 NPR

How German scientists hope to find coronavirus answers in country’s worst-hit spot The Local

How the Coronavirus Is Testing Putin’s Leadership—and the System He Created Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation

COVID-19 Siberia Update: Life in the Village Sarah Lindemann-Komarova, Medium

New Cold War

Nuclear Arms Nightmare: Don’t Let New START Die The National Interest

Exposing the Disinformation Industry Irrussianality

Guayaquil – The Epicentre of Latin America’s Coronavirus Crisis LatAm Investor (Dom).


What If Trump Wins? Washington Monthly (Re Silc). An aggregation of expert opinion on policy consequences.

Former Clinton Staffers Invited To “Bye, Bye Bernard” Zoom Call (It’s Now Canceled) Buzzfeed. I wonder what platform they moved it to, and how long it will take for clips to leak.

Biden releases plans to expand Medicare, forgive student debt The Hill. I’ll have to look at the fine print, but tacking left in the primary, and then right in the general, is the oldest trick in the book.

Sanders to keep staffers on health care plan through November NBC. In great contrast to the world’s ninth richest man.

The Sanders campaign or movement or whatever it is should be centering all these:

Our Famously Free Press

Knight First Amendment Institute Sues The CDC For Failing To Provide Details Of Its Media Gag Order Tech Dirt

Imperial Collapse Watch

Unleash the Privateers! U.S. Naval Institute. “The United States should issue letters of marque to fight Chinese aggression at sea.”

Class Warfare

Fearful of COVID-19, Amazon workers ask for state probe of working conditions Los Angeles Times

Applying for Unemployment Is My New Full-Time Job I’ve called hundreds of times this week. I haven’t spoken to a human yet. New York Magazine

Virus Sparks Prison Riot, Hits More WA Long-Term Care Homes US News. Petri dishes everywhere…

More transparency about Mississippi prison practices during COVID-19 pandemic needed, local, national groups warn Mississippi

Large scale releases and public safety Prison Policy Initiative

Land-grab universities High Country News

More Than 30 Million Years Ago, Monkeys Rafted Across the Atlantic to South America Smithsonian

The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13 The Atlantic


Bonus antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered.
To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.

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