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Trade Adviser Warned White House in January of Risks of a Pandemic

The New York Times – “A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January that the coronavirus crisis could cost the United States trillions of dollars and put millions of Americans at risk of illness or death. The warning, written in a memo by Peter Navarro, President Trump’s trade adviser, is the highest-level alert known to have circulated inside the West Wing as the administration was taking its first substantive steps to confront a crisis that had already consumed China’s leaders and would go on to upend life in Europe and the United States.

“The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on U.S. soil,” Mr. Navarro’s memo said. “This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.” Dated Jan. 29, it came during a period when Mr. Trump was playing down the risks to the United States, and he would later go on to say that no one could have predicted such a devastating outcome…”

COVID-19, Copyright and Library Superpowers

Via LLRX – COVID-19, Copyright and Library Superpowers, Part 1 – If you work in any of the higher ed institutions that are preparing to move online – maybe your copyright world has exploded in a range of questions on fair use, e-reserves, online access, scanning, digitization, and more! Many in the library community are… Continue Reading

What We Pretend to Know About the Coronavirus Could Kill Us

The New York Times: “…We’ve grown accustomed to living through an information war fought largely by hardened political operatives and trolls. But while the coronavirus crisis is political and will continue to be politicized, its most consequential fights will take place in the “fog of pandemic” where so much of our data — from health… Continue Reading

Your Internet is working

Washington Post – Thank these Cold War-era pioneers who designed it to handle almost anything – “Coronavirus knocked down — at least for a time — Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf, who offers this reflection on the experience: “I don’t recommend it … It’s very debilitating.” Cerf, 76 and now recovering in his Northern Virginia home,… Continue Reading

Crime in Times of the Pandemic. An Outline of Research Issues

Prof Manuel Eisner: Crime in Times of the Pandemic. An Outline of Research Issues [via Mary Whisner] Please download slides from https://www.vrc.crim.cam.ac.uk/sites/www.vrc.crim.cam.ac.uk/files/pandemic_crime_public_webinar.pptx You will find the podcast (audio) at  https://soundcloud.com/vrc-cambridge/crime-in-the-pandemic Continue Reading

Instruments for studying pandemic trauma & stress

“ISTSS (The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies) organized a Google spreadsheet to catalog measures that are being used to assess trauma and other related reactions to the COVID-19 outbreak. So far the repository has 17 instruments listed. ISTSS also has a long list of COVID-19 resources. [via Mary Whisner] [Note – these documents are… Continue Reading

How to Keep the Gas Fresh, Protect Your Car During Coronavirus Pandemic

Consumer Reports – Experts give some simple tips to protect your engine from stale gas if your car is sitting idle – There are a lot fewer cars out on the road right now, because many drivers are isolating in their homes to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. Overall road travel in the… Continue Reading

ABA joins RingCentral for national hotline for pandemic, disaster-related legal needs

“To help meet the growing legal needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,  the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with RingCentral Inc. to create a national hotline to connect the Disaster Legal Services Program (DLS) with those seeking civil legal services. As with other national disasters, the COVID-19 public health emergency has… Continue Reading

Thousands of zoom video calls left exposed on Open Web

Washington Post – “Thousands of personal Zoom videos have been left viewable on the open Web, highlighting the privacy risks to millions of Americans as they shift many of their personal interactions to video calls in an age of social distancing. Videos viewed by The Washington Post included one-on-one therapy sessions; a training orientation for… Continue Reading

Coronavirus lockdown – Gallery pieces become online jigsaw puzzles

BBC News: “The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley runs a daily internet puzzle challenge using artworks from its collection. People from around the world – including Brazil – have competed to solve them in the quickest time during the lockdown across many countries. Barnsley Council said the town’s other museums would be posting similar challenges online.… Continue Reading

Soothe Yourself With These Zoo and Pasta Making Livestreams

The Cut: “It’s all very upsetting. Just, all of it. With wave after wave of acutely unsettling coronavirus information assaulting your eyeballs every time you look at a screen — which I bet you’re doing more often than usual, given that self-isolation is limiting in terms of available activities — it is good, I think,… Continue Reading