Links 8/29/2020

A Woman Called the Cops Because She Thought Store-Bought Meat Was a Penis Vice. If production lines weren’t so tightly controlled, it’s not hard to imagine the creation of pork dildos as a form of employee revenge. Or a speciality cut?

Khao Kheow Open Zoo welcomes newest addition-a baby Tapir Pattya News (furzy). For you tapir fans.

Microbes Living Deep Below Earth’s Surface Could Be Remnants of Ancient Life Forms ScienceAlert (Kevin W)

Climate change is causing more rapid intensification of Atlantic hurricanes Yale Climate Connections

A low dose of lysergic acid diethylamide decreases pain perception in healthy volunteers Journal of Psychopharmacology (Dr. Kevin)

#COVID-19

Medicine/Science

Nevada man, 25, becomes the first known case in the US of coronavirus reinfection Daily Mail (Kevin W)

FDA approves $5 rapid coronavirus test that doesn’t require special computer CBS (Chuck L)

The University of Arizona says it caught a dorm’s covid-19 outbreak before it started. Its secret weapon: poop. Houston Chronicle (resilc). Lambert had a story on this too but what a great headline.

First U.S. novel coronavirus reinfection case identified in Nevada study Reuters

The WHO Was Built to Guard Global Health. It Was Too Weak for Coronavirus. Wall Street Journal

US

Moderna failed to disclose federal funding for vaccine patent applications, advocates say Stat (Dr. Kevin)

Schools are going remote — and this Berkshires resort is offering a #SchoolFromAnywhere deal Boston Globe (resilc)

Why Trash Is Piling Up at N.Y.C. Parks New York Times

Finance/Economy

UI claims remain historically high and the president’s executive memorandum is doing more harm than good Economic Policy Institute

Brexit

Why Did So Many Asian Immigrants Vote to Leave the EU? Byline Times (guurst)

Old Blighty

Tories against Thatcher Stumbling and Mumbling (UserFriendly). Important.

What Have We Become? Craig Murray

Syraqistan

Tanks for the taking! Israeli hikers discover ABANDONED BATTLE TANKS, locked and loaded in Golan Heights RT (Kevin W)

Trump Transition

Angela Merkel looks confused after being asked if Trump ‘charmed’ her Business Insider

23 AGs Sue Trump Council Over ‘Reckless and Unprecedented’ Gutting of Bedrock US Environmental Law Common Dreams. Wowsers, very little reporting on this.

TRUMP APPOINTEES SHORT-CIRCUITED GRID MODERNIZATION TO HELP THE COAL INDUSTRY InvestigateWest (Heresy101)

The White House Is Openly Threatening a Journalist With a ‘Dossier’ Vice (furzy)

Trump Administration Begins Payroll Tax Deferral Plan Wall Street Journal

“QAnon Is Batshit Crazy”: Lindsey Graham Talks TikTok, Online Conspiracies, and Why He’s Sticking With Trump Vanity Fair (resilc)

2020

Is The Electoral Map Changing? FiveThirtyEight (resilc)

Ahem, nice gesture but silly. You need voting machines or ballots (or both) and poll workers…as in the cooperation of the state, which organizes and certifies elections..and if you get rid of voting at established precinct locations, you create more confusion and in most cases, longer drives for voters. I would NEVER vote at an arena. Would take vastly longer due to much greater walking distance from a parking space.

Trump grants pardon to Alice Johnson day after convention speech The Hill

How Chaos in Kenosha Is Already Swaying Some Voters in Wisconsin New York Times (UserFriendly)

New Study Suggests Polls Are Missing Shy Trump Voters Bloomberg (resilc)

Dem Convention Made No Mention Of Russiagate Or Impeachment, Because Those Were Fake Things Caitlin Johnstone (UserFriendly). No, because they were failures. All sorts of fake things regularly succeed, like the Gulf of Tonkin incident.

MOVEMENT FOR A PEOPLE’S PARTY CONVENTION : This Sunday 8/30/2020 4-6PM Eastern
Stream lIve: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtdXoMN0UNmtNgFrUMAdW-g
Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O1jcK7AFvA

Rep. Richie Neal’s Campaign Sends Threatening Letter Demanding Removal of Ad About His Corporate PAC Cash Too Much Information

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Barack Obama reportedly spoke with LeBron James and other NBA leaders to advise them on how to move forward after Jacob Blake protests Business Insider (Kevin W)

NBA flexes muscle amid partisan attacks The Hill

National Action Network’s “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” Rally and March C-SPAN (Kevin C)

At D.C. march, families decry ‘two systems of justice’ Associated Press (resilc)

Hurricane Laura topples Louisiana Confederate monument weeks after officials voted to keep it Fox5NY. Resilc: “God is a Yankee.”

Police State Watch

Paramedic Speaks Out on Police Use of Ketamine Injections Intercept (UserFriendly)

The FBI warned for years that police are cozy with the far right. Is no one listening? Guardian

Virginia Senate approves proposal to allow reduced penalty for assaulting police 8News (BC)

California Burning

They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen? ProPublica (UserFriendly)

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech Wired (Chuck L)

US Tech Stocks Are Now Worth More Than the Entire European Stock Market CNBC

No cooperation allowed? Twitter suspends cancel culture prof’s ‘Articles of Unity’ call for bipartisanship & BLOCKS website RT (Kevin W)

Elon Musk trots out pigs in demo of Neuralink brain implants The Verge (Kevin W)

A Closer Look At Elon Musk’s Neuralink Surgical Robot TechCrunch

Boeing pulls eight 787 jets from service over structural issue Reuters (resilc)

Long-awaited Celera 500L ‘bullet’ plane is finally revealed CNN. Resilc: “Will this fly as well as the F-35, 737 Max?” Moi: This is what the Hindenburg would look like if you put it on a diet.”

Apple Terminates Epic’s App Store Account Following Legal Dispute Between the Two Companies 9to5Mac

Class Warfare

Lower-income students are paying the price for the global laptop shortage Vox (Recode)

DC Attorney General Sues Instacart, Claiming it Deceived Customers Into Thinking Service Fees Would Go To Workers CNBC

Powell’s white-collar world led to Fed pivot for blue-collar jobs Reuters (resilc). Help me. A difference in degree is not a difference in kind.

Black–white and Hispanic–white gaps persist as states record historic unemployment rates in the second quarter Economic Policy Institute

Antidote du jour. Peirol:

This is Mr. Simba, an older domesticated rabbit that showed up in our backyard in California. He showed up a few months after our previous rescue rabbit passed under difficult circumstances.

In this picture, he is enjoying a cubby in my desk while I read Naked Capitalism. 🙂

And a bonus video (furzy). Turn the sound down, the cheery ditty is a bit de trop.

00 Massage Parlors Are Open

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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