From payments to armaments: the double life of Wirecard’s Jan Marsalek FT (Richard Smith). Quite a lead: “It was early 2018 when Jan Marsalek, the young chief operating officer of German fintech champion Wirecard, held a meeting in his palatial home in Munich to talk about a new special project he was interested in: recruiting 15,000 Libyan militiamen.” Second paragraph: “Mr Marsalek has now vanished…” Richard Smith comments: “Wirecard just keeps on giving.”
Sovereign Creditors Must Not Rewrite the Rules During the Pandemic Project Syndicate
CDC Whistleblower Identified the “Fatal Flaw” in Testing Years Ago POGO. Important.
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Dozens of Mississippi lawmakers have coronavirus after weeks of refusing to wear masks CNN. Experience is a hard school…
Vigilance Had a Three-Month Shelf Life The Atlantic
America Is Being Way Too Calm About Covid-19 Cathy O’Neil, Bloomberg
This is depressing. Breaks my heart and cannot stop thinking about it. A teenager dying of Covid-19. A Medical Examiner’s report. pic.twitter.com/FvRVTxm9sc
— Mascaraprofs (@mascaraprofs) July 11, 2020
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BCG vaccine protection from severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) PNAS. From the abstract: “[E]very 10% increase in the BCG index, [an estimation of the degree of universal BCG vaccination deployment in a country,] was associated with a 10.4% reduction in COVID-19 mortality. Results fail to confirm the null hypothesis of no association between BCG vaccination and COVID-19 mortality, and suggest that BCG could have a protective effect. Nevertheless, the analyses are restricted to coarse-scale signals and should be considered with caution.”
COVID-19 and blood type: What’s the link? Los Angeles Times
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Air Conditioning May Be Spreading COVID WebMD (Furzy Mouse)
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Personal Protective Pods are Here Core 77 (Re Silc).
Leninists in a Chinese Factory Made in China
Indonesia seizes two Chinese boats after body of man found aboard South China Morning Post
Singapore election latest: How the night unfolded Nikkei Asian Review.
Why India and Russia Are Going to Stay Friends Foreign Policy
Danish nod gives Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline fresh traction Deutsche Welle
The New Pirates of Ancient Albion VenezuelAnalysis
New Cold War
The Washington Post and Its Cold War Drums Counterpunch
Neil Gorsuch Affirms That Treaties With Tribal Nations Are the Law The New Republic
US Coronavirus ‘Bailout’ Scam Is $6 Trillion Giveaway To Wall St (transcript) Michael Hudson, Moderate Rebels (GF). Part two.
Trends in the Internal Revenue Service’s Funding and Enforcement Congressional Budget Office
Democrats in Disarray
if the GOP were smart this would be 2020’s “basket of deplorables” comment. DNC saying its actually a good thing Those People are being ravaged by a deadly disease right now https://t.co/nvYzMaZJnJ
— Ape/Machine Interface (@chimponsey) July 10, 2020
California, which is tracking Texas and Florida quite nicely, is apparently not a “blue state” and did not have “the thinking.”
Failed State Watch
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Metro Council demands mayor send Breonna Taylor records or risk ‘decisive action’ Courier-Journal. A “Place-Based Investigations” squad…
Trump Would Like to See You Now Jamelle Bouie, NYT. “Workers are kept on edge — and willing to accept whatever wage is on offer — by the threat of immiseration. This, for politicians who back both big business and existing social relations, is a feature and not a bug of our economic system, since insecurity and desperation keep power in the hands of capital and its allies.” Oddly, or not, Bouie applies this insight only to Trump. For a Democrat version, see NC here.
Joe Costello on democratic politics and the Civil Rights Movement Immigrants as a Weapon
If it’s Not “Cancel Culture,” What Kind of Culture is it? (excerpt) Matt Taibbi (GF). “The woke version of erotica is writing an article for the Guardian about how ‘ejaculating’ skyscrapers are symbols of cisnormative dominance. They make the Junior Anti-Sex League seem like Led Zeppelin.”
Antidote du jour (via):
Your Sunday joy.
Cats reacting to Durian fruit. pic.twitter.com/PLBPjAswZE
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) July 5, 2020
So how would cats react to pro-biotic durian beer?
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.