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NEW RESOURCES

California State University Northridge: CSUN Library’s Virtual Exhibit Connects Cinematic Representation of L.A. with Historical Archives . “California State University, Northridge’s library has launched its first virtual exhibit, ‘Los Angeles: On Film and On Record,’ which offers a visual journey of the city through featured films and historical records. The exhibit takes a look at a number of popular films that feature the City of Angels within their storyline, setting or both, and compares these visions, interpretations and variations of movies about Los Angeles with the documentary record of the real Los Angeles — using archival and other primary sources from the library’s Special Collections and Archives.”

University College Cork, Ireland: Cork International Film Festival Digital Archive. “The initiative was coordinated by the Department of Digital Humanities in UCC collaboration with the Department of Film & Screen Media and the festival team. The collection contains photographs, programmes and posters spanning the festival’s long history. The project is ongoing and the general public is invited to submit their own memorabilia and stories of festival experiences.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Tech Xplore: Apple developing search engine to compete with Google: report . “Apple has accelerated work to develop its own search engine that would allow the iPhone maker to offer an alternative to Google, a Financial Times report said Wednesday. The report, citing unnamed sources, said signs of the search engine technology have begun to appeal in its iOS 14 operating system.”

PCMag UK: Google to Offer Real-Time US Election Results in 70 Languages. “Starting next Tuesday, type in ‘election results,’ and you’ll find real-time data (in more than 70 languages) for federal and state-level races. Or ask, ‘Hey Google, what are the current election results?’ and the AI Assistant will share details on your phone, smart speaker, or smart display. (You can test the feature ahead of Election Day, but the answer will be disappointing.)”

USEFUL STUFF

ZDNet: FreedomFI: Do-it-yourself open-source 5G networking. “Anyone can run their own Wi-Fi network. Cellular networks have been another matter entirely, until now. With Facebook’s Magma open-source distributed mobile packet software project, FreedomFi enables anyone to build low cost, private, long-range, reliable, and secure 4G LTE and 5G networks. This is done using its its beta FreedomFi Gateway hardware and software package.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

BBC: Nigeria Sars protest: The misinformation circulating online. “Protests began earlier this month in Nigeria calling on the authorities to abolish a controversial police unit called the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars). The story has started trending globally, with thousands of posts on social media, but not all of them factual. We have looked at some of the misinformation that has spread online.”

Trib Live: Pitt Library System acquires August Wilson archive. “The University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) has acquired the August Wilson archive with the help of Wilson’s widow, Constanza Romero, executor of the playwright’s estate. Wilson, a prolific playwright who left his native Pittsburgh in 1978, achieved worldwide acclaim for his American Century Cycle — 10 plays that convey the Black experience in each decade of the 20th century. All 10 have been produced on Broadway and two earned Wilson the Pulitzer Prize for Drama — ‘Fences’ and ‘The Piano Lesson.'”

SECURITY & LEGAL

TechCrunch: Google’s display advertising business is under antitrust probe in Italy. “Italy’s competition authority has opened an antitrust investigation into Google’s display ad business — adding another allegation of abuse of a dominant position to the tech giant’s regulatory woes. In a press release announcing the action the AGCM said it ‘questions the discriminatory use of the huge amount of data collected through its various applications, preventing rivals from competing effectively as well as adversely affecting consumers’.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Arizona State University: Location, extent of coral reefs mapped worldwide using advanced AI. “…researchers from the Arizona State University Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science have generated a global coral reef extent map using a single methodology capable of predicting the location of shallow coral reefs with nearly 90% accuracy. The study was published in the journal, Coral Reefs.”

Phys .org: How Twitter takes votes away from Trump but not from Republicans. “A popular narrative holds that social media network Twitter influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections by helping Republican candidate Donald Trump spread partisan content and misinformation…. A new study by Carlo Schwarz (Bocconi University) with Thomas Fujiwara and Karsten Müller (both Princeton University) casts doubt on this hypothesis by comparing electoral results in American counties with similar characteristics but differences in Twitter usage in the run-up to the 2016 presidential, House, and Senate elections. Their conclusion is that Twitter disadvantaged Donald Trump, by making independent voters less likely to vote for him.” Good evening, Internet…

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Thursday CoronaBuzz, October 29, 2020 25 pointers to updates, useful stuff, research news, and more

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NEW RESOURCES – STATE-SPECIFIC

KVVU: Nevada Resilience Project launches website to provide resources for coping with COVID-19. “The Nevada Resilience Project announced the launch of a new website Wednesday to help people manage the impacts of COVID-19. NRP was created to help build coping strategies for those experiencing stress or anxiety with COVID-19, the group said in a press release. The website… will list resources and information related to job loss, housing insecurity, isolation or healthcare challenges.”

UPDATES

New York Times: ‘At Capacity’: Covid-19 Patients Push U.S. Hospitals to Brink. “A hospital in Idaho is 99 percent full and warning that it may have to transfer coronavirus patients to hospitals in Seattle and Portland, Ore. Medical centers in Kansas City, Mo., turned away ambulances on a recent day because they had no room for more patients. And in West Allis, just outside Milwaukee,
an emergency field hospital erected on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair admitted its first virus patient this week.”

Argus Leader: South Dakota reaches new highs in COVID-19 hospitalizations, daily cases. “South Dakota set new highs in the daily number of people infected with COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as reported new infections. The South Dakota Department of Health reported 1,270 new infections, as well as 412 hospitalizations, an increase of 17 in the previous 24 hours. Nine additional people died, bringing the statewide total to 384.”

SOCIETAL IMPACT

Washingtonian: Super-Concierge Doctors, High-Design Home Classrooms, and Catered Backyard Dinners: Lifestyles of the Rich and Quarantined. “Dr. Brown said he would charter the plane himself. He was nervous—the patients wanted him at their summer home in St. Michaels to screen them for Covid immediately. But it was a Thursday in summer, and driving would take forever. Forget about taking the car. Instead, Ernest Brown, owner of Doctors to You, a Washington-area concierge-medicine group whose house-yacht/private-jet calls start at $600 a pop, drove to Gaithersburg and hopped a puddle jumper to the airport in Easton. The patients, who needed to be screened in order to meet with another VIP, sent a car to meet him. All told, Brown was at their waterfront estate for ten minutes, max. Results: negative.”

ACTIVISM / PROTESTS

Kansas Reflector: ‘Manufactured crisis’: Mask hater enlists followers to defy mandates at Topeka, Manhattan businesses. “The facemask-despising owner of a martial arts school in St. Marys is enlisting like-minded science deniers to participate in mandate-defying flash mobs at Topeka and Manhattan businesses. Jason Harpe claims COVID-19 is a ‘manufactured crisis’ and mask mandates are a plot to test the public’s willingness to comply with government demands.”

BUSINESS / CORPORATIONS

BBC: Toymakers expect strong Christmas sales despite coronavirus. “Toymakers are expecting strong global sales during the critical end-of-year festive season, after a surge of pandemic-fuelled demand for items such as Barbies and board games.”

The Guardian: Legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company begs for help in pandemic. “One of the world’s most iconic bookshops, Shakespeare and Company, has appealed to its customers for help as it is struggling, with sales that are down almost 80% since March. The celebrated Parisian bookstore told readers on Wednesday that it was facing ‘hard times’ as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps customers away.”

Seattle Times: Amazon extends working from home into summer. That could rattle downtown Seattle retailers, restaurants.. “Amazon.com will let corporate employees work from home through June 2021, the latest company to push back reopening offices as COVID-19 cases surge again across the U.S.”

COUNTRY / FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Bloomberg: Vaccine Makers Can Skip U.S. Inspections. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspects a few thousand drug manufacturing plants every year to ensure their standards are up to par. Many of those inspections are required before a pharmaceutical company can gain approval of a new drug. They serve as a check on whether drugmakers can produce quality therapies. But that won’t be the case for Covid-19 vaccine developers that gain emergency authorization of a shot.”

Politico: ‘A mass exodus’: HHS staffers jumping ship amid pandemic, fears of Trump loss. “At least 27 political appointees have exited the embattled Health and Human Services department since the start of the Covid-19 crisis in February, according to a POLITICO review, and senior leaders are bracing for dozens more officials to depart swiftly if President Donald Trump loses re-election.”

BBC: Covid-19: How the Czech Republic’s response went wrong. “The Czech Republic was praised for its swift response to the coronavirus crisis back in spring, but seven months on it’s now recording 15,000 new cases a day and has the second highest per capita death rate over seven days in the world. So what went wrong?”

BNN Bloomberg: ‘Surge’ Virus Testing Targets Asymptomatic in Latest Push. “Missouri, Kentucky, Utah, and South Dakota will be the next states to get “surge” virus testing sites as Covid-19 cases in the U.S. rise and federal officials push for ‘smart testing’ strategies.”

New York Times: Amtrak Warns of Layoffs and Project Delays Without Billions in Assistance. “In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, William J. Flynn said his agency might have to cut an additional 2,400 jobs and divert funding from critical capital projects, such as the multibillion-dollar tunnel between New York and New Jersey — called the Gateway program — and improvements to New York Penn Station. His total budget request to Congress is $4.9 billion. That includes the rail agency’s $2 billion standard appropriation.”

Politico: White House looks at cutting Covid funds, newborn screenings in ‘anarchist’ cities. “New York, Portland, Ore., Washington, D.C., and Seattle could lose funding for a wide swath of programs that serve their poorest, sickest residents after the president moved last month to restrict funding, escalating his political battle against liberal cities he’s sought to use as a campaign foil.”

INDIVIDUALS / BANDS / GROUPS

Argus Leader: S.D. House Speaker battles COVID-19: ‘It’s been the most devastating stuff I’ve ever had’. “A high-ranking lawmaker in South Dakota had a case of COVID-19 that sent him to the emergency room twice this month. Speaker of the House Steve Haugaard, R-Sioux Falls, told the Argus Leader Monday that he spent the last two weeks dealing with a severe case of the coronavirus that’s infected thousands of South Dakotans in recent months.”

SPORTS

Sports Illustrated: ‘I Think There’s a Better Way’: Can—and Should—College Football Change Its Approach to Contact Tracing?. “In college football, a player who is exposed to COVID-19 can’t ‘test out’ of quarantine, regardless of whether he ever tested positive himself. Some believe that will change soon. But should it?”

BBC: England v Barbarians: Thirteen Barbarians players charged by RFU after coronavirus protocol breached. “Thirteen unnamed Barbarians players have been charged by the Rugby Football Union after Sunday’s game against England was cancelled because of coronavirus protocol breaches. Players face a range of charges including ‘individual breaches of the protocols’ and ‘providing false statements during an investigation’, the RFU said.

K-12 EDUCATION

CNN: A fourth-grader walked to school to use its WiFi because he didn’t have internet at home. “A fourth-grader in Roswell, New Mexico, has been walking to his shuttered elementary school to do his classwork over the building’s WiFi because he didn’t have internet access at home. Schools in the Roswell Independent School District have been conducting classes online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Marin high school suspends in-person learning following ‘large’ student party. “A Catholic high school in Marin County suspended in-person instruction for two weeks after administrators learned of a large party hosted by students. The principal of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield announced the suspension of in-person classes in a letter to parents posted on the school’s website, in an attempt to curb the potential spread of the coronavirus.”

HIGHER EDUCATION

NBC Connecticut: UConn Pauses Free Tuition Program Due to Financial Struggles Amid Coronavirus Pandemic. “Announced by [UConn President Thomas] Katsouleas last fall, the program allows any in state student with a family income of less than $50,000 to attend UConn without tuition being charged. The intention was for the program to solely be funded by donors, but with the coronavirus comes concerns that the program may not be sustainable.”

HEALTH

STAT News: CDC expands definition of ‘close contacts,’ after study suggests Covid-19 can be passed in brief interactions. “Previously, the CDC described a close contact as someone who spent 15 minutes or more within six feet of someone who was infectious. Now, the agency says it’s someone who spent a cumulative 15 minutes or more within six feet of someone who was infectious over 24 hours, even if the time isn’t consecutive, according to an agency spokesperson.”

RESEARCH

Washington Post: The pandemic is rewriting the rules of science. But at what cost?. “The pandemic has upended norms of the scientific process, from the way studies are funded through the publication of findings. Researchers have been presenting their results online or sending them directly to media outlets rather than awaiting publication in prestigious academic journals. And the stodgy process of peer review has evolved into forthright — and sometimes acrimonious — assessments in the unbridled atmosphere of the Internet.”

EurekAlert: Relieving the cost of COVID-19 by Parrondo’s paradox. “The health and well-being of the population will be affected if the community is kept open, but the lockdown strategy also incurs economic and financial impacts. Each strategy on its own will increase the total ‘cost’ to society. Can both losing strategies be combined in a manner that leads to a winning outcome? That is the question that researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) set out to answer in a recent paper published in Advanced Science.”

BBC: Cheaper to prevent pandemics than ‘cure’ them. “The world needs a new approach to prevent future pandemics killing millions more victims, a report says. It says contact between people, wildlife and livestock must be curbed to cut the risk of bacteria and viruses crossing from animals to humans. Health care should be provided for people living close to animals in high-risk areas. This would help stop outbreaks of disease before they have a chance to spread more widely.”

CRIME / SECURITY / LEGAL

Des Moines Register: Auditor: Iowa misallocated at least $21 million in COVID-19 funds. “Iowa’s government misallocated at least $21 million of federal assistance intended for COVID-19 relief and must correct the error by the end of the year or face having to repay the money, State Auditor Rob Sand says. Iowa used the money from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act to help pay for a new accounting system.”

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LGBTQ Oncology, Typographische Monatsblätter, Minneapolis Data Dashboards, More: Thursday ResearchBu

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NEW RESOURCES

CBC: New website aims to improve care for LGBTQ cancer patients. “A new website aims to tackle the disparities LGBTQ cancer patients face in access to screening, treatment and support, its creators say. Queering Cancer is a new website that will go live [this] week and offer peer support and resources for cancer patients who identify as LGBTQ, and health care professionals. The website will include a searchable database of cancer information and resources, a peer support forum and a collection of stories from cancer patients.”

Domestika: This Digital Archive Is a Treasure Chest of Typography and Design. “The TM Research Archive is a website created by a Swiss student, called Louise Paradis, as her final project for her master’s degree. It compiles information about and images from Typographische Monatsblätter, dating between the 1970s and 1990s. It is a treasure chest filled to the brim with dozens of covers, indexes from different issues, and detailed biographies of its most prominent designers and typographers.”

StateScoop: Minneapolis’ new website ‘turns us all into data scientists,’ CIO says. “Minneapolis DataSource contains dashboards for four categories of public data, including elections, public health, community safety, and housing and development. But [city CIO Fadi] Fadhil said the city is working to include more categories and dashboards through ‘constant automation’ of data collection around the city.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Bing Blogs: Esports livestreams, news, and more – all in one place. “We are proud to announce the launch of the MSN Esports Hub, a one-stop destination for information related to top esports titles! The data is powered in part by a combination of Microsoft Bing web-scale aggregation and cutting-edge machine learning courtesy of Microsoft Research.”

USA Today: LinkedIn’s new tool helps users make a career change through overlapping skills. “LinkedIn launched a new tool aimed towards helping recently unemployed Americans make a career change. The business social network unveiled the Career Explorer feature, which displays careers job seekers can transition into by finding skills that overlap with their previous jobs. The tool ranks the skills in order of importance depending on the job position.”

USEFUL STUFF

Poynter: 38+ tools and resources to improve Zoom, follow the election and to make your autumn a bit easier. “Welcome! I’m Jeremy Caplan, with some new tools and resources. I’m a former Time Magazine reporter, now director of teaching and learning for CUNY’s Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. I write about the most useful tools I find in a free newsletter called Wonder Tools.” STUFFED with resources.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Los Angeles Times: For music archivists, a contemporary dilemma: Should racist songs from our past be heard today? . “It’s a journey that American pop culture creators and curators have repeatedly taken as the Black Lives Matter movement has brought renewed attention to white privilege and called out once-common racists tropes. Much of the focus has been on TV episodes featuring blackface. Creators of ’30 Rock,’ ‘The Golden Girls,’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Office’ have all removed from circulation offensive episodes. This year thousands of ice cream trucks that for decades churned out ‘Turkey in the Straw’ have been reprogrammed to delete a work whose roots stretch to an 1830s-era song called ‘Zip Coon.'”

BuzzFeed News: Watching TikToks Makes Me Hopeful About The Future. “I’ve interviewed dozens of teens and young adults who fall within the Gen Z cohort, born between the late ‘90s and the early ‘00s. And every time, I’m consistently and pleasantly surprised by the maturity, authority, and care they speak with, oftentimes with more empathy and insight than the adults I talk to. Their TikToks cover political extremism, and racial justice, and the nuances of anti-trans prejudice. They’re never thrown off when I ask for their pronouns and embrace a fluidity in their identities that stems not from uncertainty, but from a very grounded confidence that it’s OK to change and grow.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Variety: Twitch, Amazon Slammed by RIAA and Major Industry Groups for Using Unlicensed Music; Twitch Disputes Claim. “Twitch, the rapidly growing livestreaming platform, and its owner Amazon received a blistering letter on Thursday signed by multiple major U.S. music organizations including the RIAA, the Recording Academy, the National Music Publishers Association, the Music Managers Forum, the American Association of Independent Music, SAG-AFTRA and more than a dozen others over its lack of licensing deals with many major music rights-holders.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Misinformation Review: Research note: The scale of Facebook’s problem depends upon how ‘fake news’ is classified. “Ushering in the contemporary ‘fake news’ crisis, Craig Silverman of Buzzfeed News reported that it outperformed mainstream news on Facebook in the three months prior to the 2016 US presidential elections. Here the report’s methods and findings are revisited for 2020. Examining Facebook user engagement of election-related stories, and applying Silverman’s classification of fake news, it was found that the problem has worsened, implying that the measures undertaken to date have not remedied the issue. If, however, one were to classify ‘fake news’ in a stricter fashion, as Facebook as well as certain media organizations do with the notion of ‘false news’, the scale of the problem shrinks.”

BNN Bloomberg: Most U.S. Voters See Misinformation Online and Many Believe It. “The SurveyUSA poll of more than 3,000 registered voters found that 65% reported seeing political disinformation in their Facebook feeds. A quarter of them reported believing the claims. Conducted between Oct. 14-19, the survey revealed that 85% of registered voters read that mail-in voting will lead to voter fraud, with 35% believing it.”

New York Times: The Facebook-Twitter-Trump Wars Are Actually About Something Else. “Much of the outrage around the Trump era and social media platforms — like, most recently, the decision by Facebook and Twitter to reduce the reach of a highly questionable New York Post story about Hunter Biden — is actually about government power and accountability. More specifically, people are angry about the absence of those things.” Good morning, Internet…

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Ayub Bachchu, EU Arms Exports, Estense Digital Library, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, October 2

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NEW RESOURCES

New Age Bangladesh: Government launches digital archive. “The government has launched digital archive for preserving works of artistes. A website… featuring the late legendary rocker Ayub Bachchu’s songs was launched under the initiative through an online programme held in hybrid format at the conference room of Bangladesh Copyright Office on Sunday evening.” When I visited the site, it was in English and I jumped right in.

European Union External Action: Arms exports control: launch of online database increasing transparency on EU arms exports. “Today the European External Action Service has launched an online database on its website that will allow everyone to consult and analyse the data on Member States’ arms exports in a user-friendly manner. The database contains information on the value, destination and type of arms export licenses and actual exports from Member States, covering the years 2013-2019. The database will be updated on an annual basis.”

Europeana Pro: Bringing the past back to life with the Estense Digital Library. “The Biblioteca Estense Universitaria has recently launched a new digital platform which brings the institution’s rich and varied collections to the fingertips of students, teachers, scholars and whoever takes an interest in them. The platform, called the Estense Digital Library (EDL for short), contains the library’s entire collection of maps and musical documents, as well as the archives of Ludovico Antonio Muratori (1672 – 1750), an eminent Italian scholar who was archivist and librarian at the Estense Court in the first half of the 18th century. In total, about 8,453 documents are now available on EDL, and we plan to add a thousand more in the coming year. Users will be able to leaf through these precious and fragile documents through 750,000 high-resolution images.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

USA Today: Twitter adding messages to preemptively debunk misinformation ahead of election. “Twitter will roll out messages on its platform preemptively debunking false information about the 2020 election as social media companies brace for a deluge of misinformation. On Monday, Twitter said it will introduce prompts to U.S. users ‘that preemptively address topics that are likely to be the subject of election misinformation.'”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

MIT Technology Review: AOC’s Among Us livestream hints at Twitch’s political power. “Just before 9 p.m. on October 20, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on Twitch to play the hottest game in America: Among Us. ‘Hi, everyone! This is crazy!’ she began, urging viewers to make a plan for how they will vote with I Will Vote, an outreach program funded by the Democratic National Committee. After a few technical difficulties, Ocasio-Cortez spent three and a half hours playing the game with popular Twitch streamers as well as fellow Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Banned An Alleged Russian Agent Spreading Disinformation About Joe Biden. “Facebook has suspended the account of Ukrainian politician Andriy Derkach, an ally of President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, for election interference. Derkach, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, has been working with Giuliani and a shadowy group of Ukrainian operatives to gather dirt on former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter for roughly a year.”

BBC: Quest Sprout: ‘The most wholesome thing on the internet’. “Among the horror and the misery of this year, one tiny round hero has emerged to give thousands of people brief moments of joy. That hero is Quest Sprout.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

ABC News: DOJ announces charges against 6 Russian military officers allegedly involved in hacking, malware operations. “The indictment specifically accuses the six alleged hackers of engaging in computer intrusions ‘intended to support Russian government efforts to undermine, retaliate against or otherwise destabilize’ Ukraine, Georgia, elections in France, the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games and international efforts to hold Russia accountable for its use of the nerve agent Novichok on foreign soil.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Brookings Institution: How Trump impacts harmful Twitter speech: A case study in three tweets. “Here, we examine three recent tweets from the president and whether his tweets have a similarly negative impact on the quality of other online speech. These three tweets offer a case study in how elite speech online can impact the incidence of harmful speech.”

UCLA: How a Twitter hashtag provides insights for doctors and support for people with breast cancer. “A UCLA-led review of nine years of social media posts with the hashtag #BCSM suggests that Twitter can be a useful resource not only for patients, but also for physicians and researchers. The hashtag — an initialism for ‘breast cancer social media’ — first appeared on Twitter in 2011. Created by two cancer survivors, it was used to curate a weekly informational chat for people with breast cancer. Dr. Deanna Attai became one of the group’s moderators a few weeks later.” Good evening, Internet…

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Monday CoronaBuzz, October 26, 2020 40 pointers to updates, useful stuff, research news, and more.

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Please wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stay at home if you can. Please be careful. I love you.

NEW RESOURCES – MEDICAL/HEALTH

Poynter: Here’s a spreadsheet of COVID-19 superspreader events from around the world. “The database describes where the event happened, what kind of location it was (such as a prison, meat processing plant, nursing home, etc.) and, interestingly, provides the geographic coordinates that make it easy to map. Look at the U.S. data and you will be overwhelmed by the number of these superspreader events that were in prisons, a few weddings and nursing homes.”

USEFUL STUFF

Washington Post: How to safely — and graciously — host friends and family as the weather gets colder. “Many of us were just getting the hang of pandemic-era socializing. In backyards and patios, stoops and parks, people have gathered at a distance with small numbers of friends and family for the human connections we so badly need. There was always a risk. But just when standing six feet apart and forgoing hugs (and cheese boards!) had started to feel almost normal, things shifted again. This time, that darn change of seasons threatens to upend our pandemic routines.”

Gothamist: How To Camp In New York When The Campgrounds Are Crowded. “The best primitive campsites are near a swimming hole or mountain top view. But short of hiring a professional guide, how do you find these wild places? To answer that question, it helps to know how New York classifies its public land. What follows is a primer on public lands and primitive camping opportunities in New York.”

UPDATES

MarketWatch: Federal budget deficit hit record $3.1 trillion in just-ended fiscal 2020, CBO says. “The U.S. budget deficit hit a record $3.1 trillion in the recently concluded 2020 budget year, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected Thursday. ‘Relative to the size of the economy, the deficit—at an estimated 15.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)—was the largest since 1945, and 2020 was the fifth consecutive year in which the deficit increased as a percentage of GDP,’ the CBO said in its monthly forecast. ”

ABC News: The last COVID-free counties in America. “The four counties in the United States that haven’t reported a single COVID-19 case have some commonalities. They’re sparsely populated and geographically isolated. They’re solidly middle-class. In two counties, tourism has ground to a sudden halt because of the pandemic. But testing in areas without strong health infrastructure can complicate the picture, experts warn. You can’t report COVID-19 cases if you don’t test for them, and rural America has historically lacked access to health resources available in more populated areas.”

SOCIETAL IMPACT

New York Times: Jobless Workers Built Up Some Savings. Then the $600 Checks Stopped.. “The $600 weekly unemployment benefit the federal government funded this year was a remarkably effective expansion of the safety net. It helped pay many workers more than their lost wages. It enabled families to spend more than during normal times. It even allowed households to put away savings as the economy was teetering. Then the money stopped at the end of July. And it’s clear, looking back, what happened next: Workers quickly burned through the reserves that the aid had given them.”

BUSINESS / CORPORATIONS

CNBC: Trump administration announces deal with CVS and Walgreens to administer coronavirus vaccine to seniors in long-term care. “The vaccine will be free of charge and available for residents in all long-term care settings, including skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential care homes and adult family homes, the Department of Health and Human Services said in a press release.”

Yucatan Times: First Exclusive Coronavirus Supply Store Opens in NYC. “A new business billing itself as the city’s first coronavirus safety supply store opened to customers in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, NY, last month. The CV-19 Essential store near Herald Square is selling safety products for homes and businesses, including face masks, cell phone sanitizers, plexiglass dividers, UV lights and air purifiers.”

Toledo Blade: Decimated secondary ticket market hanging on for life. “Whether it’s phone calls to brokers, searching StubHub’s online database, or buying from a scalper outside the stadium, college football fans have become accustomed to having an outlet to purchase tickets. The secondary market is part of the college football ecosystem, with an estimated market value of $4.2 billion (Power Five conference only).”

Politico: Pfizer won’t seek coronavirus vaccine authorization until after election. “Pfizer will not seek an emergency authorization for its coronavirus vaccine until after the election, the final blow to President Donald Trump’s repeated pledges to make a shot available before Americans cast votes amid the worst pandemic in a century.”

STATE / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

AP: Some in North Dakota wish for tougher virus tack by governor. “James Yantzer strode into a Harbor Freight Tools store in one of North Dakota’s worst hot spots for the coronavirus, brushing off a sign telling customers to wear a face mask. ‘If they kick me out, I’ll go somewhere else,’ Yantzer said, calling masks about as effective at blocking the virus as ‘stopping sand with chicken wire.’ Despite the Bismarck store’s mask requirement, the 69-year-old trucking company owner wasn’t asked to leave.”

Argus Leader: South Dakota mayors ask citizens to do their part against COVID-19. “The mayors of South Dakota’s largest cities have written an open letter to the citizens of the state, asking that they do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. The letter, signed by 16 mayors including Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken and released through the South Dakota Municipal League, says they ‘have come together to bring you a united message concerning the COVID pandemic in our state.'”

Florida Phoenix: FL’s COVID infection stats at odds with major national database. “Florida’s official COVID-19 ‘positivity rate’ is at odds with rates reported by the renowned tracker run by Johns Hopkins University. The official state rate is around 5 percent; Johns Hopkins says it’s closer to 12. As is common with statistics, data can be analyzed and interpreted in various, even contradictory, ways.”

Los Angeles Times: Newsom says California will review FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines before releasing them to public. “Gov. Gavin Newsom said [October 19] that California will review the safety of all COVID-19 vaccines that receive federal approval before distributing them to the public, adding an extra safeguard amid concerns that the White House could rush the process.”

COUNTRY / FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

ABC News: Trump’s Secret Service agents required to wear masks, sources say, but often don’t. “While President Donald Trump tosses masks to supporters at his rallies, Secret Service agents protecting him at those campaign events are often not wearing them. Secret Service policy is that agents are required to wear masks, sources tell ABC News, but agents on the president’s detail don’t always follow it.”

AP: White House puts ‘politicals’ at CDC to try to control info. “The Trump White House has installed two political operatives at the nation’s top public health agency to try to control the information it releases about the coronavirus pandemic as the administration seeks to paint a positive outlook, sometimes at odds with the scientific evidence.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Coronavirus again hits Roosevelt carrier as sailors test positive two days after new deployment. “The warship returned to San Diego on July 9 after an ill-fated six-month deployment that led to a massive coronavirus outbreak infecting more than 1,250 of its crew. One sailor died from COVID-19 complications. The crew had spent about three months in the homeport. During its challenging earlier deployment, the Roosevelt spent about a month in Guam trying to stem the outbreak, isolate sailors and sanitize the ship.”

Cairo Scene: Egypt Now Accepting Volunteers For Covid-19 Vaccine Trial With New Website. “News of a potential Coronavirus vaccine initially started circulating as little as two weeks into the pandemic, creating a lot of uncertainty throughout this already tumultuous period. However, it now seems now that more tangible news has popped up, bringing with it some potential for major advancements in the fight against the Coronavirus – the Ministry of Health are accepting volunteers to participate in the third phase of the clinical trials for the Coronavirus vaccine.”

BBC: Coronavirus: Dutch PM concedes ‘wrong assessment’ over royal holiday. “Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has conceded he ‘made the wrong assessment’ by not intervening against plans by the royal family to holiday in Greece. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima headed off on Friday but flew back a day later, following a public backlash.”

New York Times: White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a sweeping order last month requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation in the United States, but it was blocked by the White House, according to two federal health officials.”

BuzzFeed News: FEMA Threw Out The Faulty Ventilators Russia Gave The US Without Ever Using Them. “The Russian ventilators were received by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials in New York on April 1 and divided up between hospitals there and in New Jersey. But there were problems with the Aventa-M ventilators from the moment they landed and they were never used. Now, according to FEMA, they have essentially been tossed in the trash.”

INDIVIDUALS / BANDS / GROUPS

Wall Street Journal: More Than 1,000 Current and Former CDC Officers Criticize U.S. Covid-19 Response. “More than 1,000 current and former officers of an elite disease-fighting program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed an open letter expressing dismay at the nation’s public-health response to the Covid-19 pandemic and calling for the federal agency to play a more central role.”

Grand Forks Herald: Candidate in high-profile North Dakota House race died of COVID-19. “A Republican candidate for the North Dakota House of Representatives died from COVID-19 on Monday, Oct. 5, a month out from Election Day and with no way to replace his name on the November ballot.”

CNN: The Flaming Lips performed a concert with the band and fans encased in plastic bubbles. “It’s unclear whether The Flaming Lips are using jelly — or vaseline, for that matter — at their concerts these days. The rock band is, however, trying plastic bubbles. The rock musicians from Oklahoma City are literally blowing up in 2020, using inflatable human-sized bubbles to defend themselves and fans against Covid-19 while finding a way to play live.”

AP: Concert attended by Gianforte linked to several COVID cases. “A Montana concert attended by Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, who is running for governor, has been linked to several COVID-19 cases, local health officials said Thursday. The outdoor concert, held Oct. 3 in Helena, was approved by the local health department, the Independent Record reported. Event organizers later faced criticism for failing to abide by local health orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which limit public events to fewer than 250 attendees.”

Daily Beast: Dr. Fauci: The Trump Campaign Is ‘In Effect, Harassing Me’. “[Dr. Anthony] Fauci, a member of that White House coronavirus task force, prides himself on being apolitical. And he pushed back aggressively… when President Donald Trump’s campaign featured him in a video advertisement and used remarks he made in the past out of context.”

WRAL: Coronavirus kills ‘transformative’ St. Aug’s president. “St. Augustine’s University said [October 16] that Irving Pressley McPhail, the school’s 12th president, has died from complications from a coronavirus infection.”

SPORTS

CNN: 18 members of Yale’s men’s ice hockey team test positive for Covid-19. “Eighteen members of Yale University’s men’s hockey team have been instructed to isolate after testing positive for coronavirus. Collectively, the cluster raised the school’s Covid-19 alert status from green, which notes ‘lower risk’ to yellow, which signals ‘low to moderate risk of viral transmission.'”

Buckeye Xtra: Ohio State marching band to stage prerecorded performances for football games. “Ohio State’s marching band will not be at football games this fall, but it will conduct pre-recorded pregame and halftime routines.”

K-12 EDUCATION

New York Times: ‘It’s insane’: This is what happened when schools reopened in a virus-hit community.. “Three weeks into the school year, the number of coronavirus cases at the Corner Canyon was rising, and the district was considering shifting to online instruction. After parents flooded the board with messages, the school stayed open. Within a week, the number of cases had nearly quadrupled. A teacher was hospitalized and put on a ventilator. When the board finally decided on Sept. 18 to close the school temporarily, 77 students and staff members had tested positive.”

Global News Canada: Parents fighting for refunds of coronavirus cancelled school trips set to file class-action lawsuit. “As it became clear in March that COVID-19 was spreading around the world, the Canadian government released travel advisories warning against international travel, something that sent many travellers scrambling to cancel trips. Among those being cancelled were hundreds of international trips for high school students over the March break.”

HIGHER EDUCATION

New York Times: After 700 Students Test Positive, a College President Resigns. “The State University of New York at Oneonta on Thursday announced the abrupt resignation of its president only weeks after it experienced the most severe coronavirus outbreak of any public university in the state…. Last month, more than 700 students at Oneonta tested positive for the virus, causing the shutdown of in-person classes. The outbreak forced state officials to send a virus control crew to the university to keep the spread from reaching the rest of the city, which is in upstate New York.”

HEALTH

NPR: What’s Coming This Winter? Here’s How Many More Could Die In The Pandemic. “Dr. Michael Mina, a professor at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, compares the situation to a growing forest fire with small sparks all over the U.S. that will gain strength as the weather turns colder. ‘We are likely to see massive explosions of cases and outbreaks that could potentially make what we’ve seen so far look like it hasn’t been that much,’ says Mina.”

NBC News: A rare Covid-19 complication was reported in children. Now, it’s showing up in adults.. “It was a rash that tipped Dr. Alisa Femia off. Femia, director of inpatient dermatology at NYU Langone Health in New York City, was looking at a patient’s chart, which included several photos of the 45-year-old man who had, in recent weeks, cared for his wife while she was sick with Covid-19. The man had dusky-red circular patches on the palms of his hands and the soles of his feet. His eyes were pink, and his lips were extremely chapped.”

BuzzFeed News: A Woman In Her Thirties Died Of COVID-19 On A Plane. “A woman in her thirties died of COVID-19 while she was on a plane from New Mexico to Texas in July, officials said Sunday. Dallas County official Lauren Trimble told BuzzFeed News on Monday that the woman died while the plane was on the tarmac in Arizona. However, on Tuesday, Trimble said the woman died while the plane was on the ground in New Mexico.”

OUTBREAKS

Washington Post: How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest. “Within weeks of the gathering, the Dakotas, along with Wyoming, Minnesota and Montana, were leading the nation in new coronavirus infections per capita. The surge was especially pronounced in North and South Dakota, where cases and hospitalization rates continued their juggernaut rise into October. Experts say they will never be able to determine how many of those cases originated at the 10-day rally, given the failure of state and local health officials to identify and monitor attendees returning home, or to trace chains of transmission after people got sick. Some, however, believe the nearly 500,000-person gathering played a role in the outbreak now consuming the Upper Midwest.”

CRIME / SECURITY / LEGAL

Wichita Eagle: One arrested in threat to kidnap and kill Wichita mayor over COVID-19 mask mandate. “A Wichita man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple over frustrations with the city’s mask ordinance, the mayor and police said Friday afternoon. Meredith Dowty, 59, was booked into Sedgwick County Jail at 6:05 p.m., Friday, booking reports show. Police confirmed he is the suspect and said he could face a charge of criminal threat.”

Department of Justice: Rapper Who Bragged about Unemployment Benefits Scam in Music Video Arrested for Allegedly Bilking COVID-19 Jobless Relief Program. “A rapper who boasted in a YouTube music video about getting rich from committing unemployment benefits fraud was arrested [October 16] on federal charges of carrying out that very scheme by fraudulently applying for more than $1.2 million in jobless benefits, including by using stolen identities.”

POLITICS

STAT News: Community outbreaks of Covid-19 often emerge after Trump’s campaign rallies. “As the death toll of Covid-19 heads toward 220,000 in the United States alone, more deaths than in any other country in the world, the president, who is currently convalescing from Covid-19 himself, has spent the past several months crisscrossing a pandemic-ravaged country in his bid for reelection. The crowds he draws are fertile breeding grounds for transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, followed by community outbreaks.”

Washington Post: Trump attacks ‘Fauci and all these idiots,’ says public is tired of pandemic, public health restrictions as infection rates rise. “President Trump dismissed precautions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and attacked the nation’s top infectious-disease expert as a ‘disaster’ [October 19], arguing that people are getting tired of all the focus on a pandemic that has killed more than 219,000 Americans and continues to infect thousands of people in communities across the country.”

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NEW RESOURCES

University of Arkansas Little Rock: UA Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center creates website visualizing American Indian removal through Arkansas. “The center has completed a two-year research project, ‘Journey of Survival: Indian Removal Through Arkansas,’ that includes a website and interactive touchscreen table that visually maps the journey of American Indians who journeyed through Arkansas after the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The project was funded by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.”

Techdirt: Tom Lehrer, Still Awesome, Releases Lyrics Into The Public Domain. “Back in 2014 we had a post about Tom Lehrer and copyright. As you hopefully know, Lehrer, the unassuming retired math teacher, had a brief and massively successful music career, in part because all of his work is amazing. Years back, Buzzfeed had a fantastic article about Lehrer that is worth reading. That’s what spurred my post about Lehrer and copyright, because in the Buzzfeed piece it became clear that Lehrer did not care one bit about retaining his copyrights.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Forbes: Twitter Shuts Down PAC, Donates Remaining Money To Charities. “Twitter has terminated its corporate political action committee, according to a Thursday FEC filing first reported by Business Insider, even as other tech companies continue to support candidates through their own PACs.”

Analytics India: Google Open-Sources Kartta Labs That Virtually Reconstructs Historical Maps. “Recently, Google Research has open-sourced a platform that can reconstruct historical cities in 3D visualisation, known as Kartta Labs. The platform is a modular and scalable designed scalable system for virtually reconstructing cities from historical maps and photos.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Mother Jones: Facebook Manipulated the News You See to Appease Republicans, Insiders Say. “To be perfectly clear: Facebook used its monopolistic power to boost and suppress specific publishers’ content—the essence of every Big Brother fear about the platforms, and something Facebook and other companies have been strenuously denying for years. It’s also, ironically, what conservatives have consistently accused Facebook of doing to them, with the perverse but entirely intended effect of causing it to bend over backward for them instead.”

Financial Post: Sandvine’s Technology Used for Web Censoring in More Than a Dozen Nations. “In Jordan, Sandvine Inc.’s equipment was used to censor an LGBTQ website. Egypt’s government relied on Sandvine equipment to block access to independent news sites. In Azerbaijan, it was deployed for a social media blackout, current and former employees say.Last month, U.S. -based Sandvine, which is owned by the private equity firm Francisco Partners, said it would stop selling its equipment in Belarus after Bloomberg News reported that it was used to censor the internet during a crucial election.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: The Police Can Probably Break Into Your Phone. “At least 2,000 law enforcement agencies have tools to get into encrypted smartphones, according to new research, and they are using them far more than previously known.”

Motherboard: Skepticism Mounts Around Alleged Trump Twitter Hack. “On Thursday, Dutch media outlets reported that security researcher Victor Gevers had accessed President Trump’s Twitter account with the password ‘maga2020!’ But multiple security experts including those who track how Twitter accounts are compromised, as well as a review of the material that Gevers provided to Dutch and other media to corroborate his claim, throw doubt onto the hacking claim.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

NBC News: QAnon accounts make a dent in voting discussion on Twitter. “More than 1 in 50 tweets about voting in the 2020 elections in August and September were posted by QAnon accounts, according to research released Friday by Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit.”

ZDNet: Open-source use goes up while the economy goes down. “This is pretty simple really. Open source works, and it’s cheap. And when the Main Street economy is going rotten, smart businesses turn to open source. Tidelift, a major commercial support, and maintenance company for community-led open-source, found the proof for this idea in its third-annual Managed Open Source Survey.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

CNET: This app will tell you if the local McDonald’s ice cream machine is broken. “We all know the heartbreak of wanting nothing more than a cheap ice cream cone from McDonald’s, only to find when we get there that the machine is apparently broken. Thankfully, people will never run out of reasons to build apps, and there’s now one called mcbroken that’ll tell you whether the machine at your local McDonald’s is working.” Good morning, Internet…

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NEW RESOURCES – MEDICAL/HEALTH

World Health Organization: The World Health Organization and Wikimedia Foundation expand access to trusted information about COVID-19 on Wikipedia. “The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that administers Wikipedia, announced today a collaboration to expand the public’s access to the latest and most reliable information about COVID-19. The collaboration will make trusted, public health information available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license at a time when countries face continuing resurgences of COVID-19 and social stability increasingly depends on the public’s shared understanding of the facts.”

NEW RESOURCES – STATE-SPECIFIC

News Source 2 South Carolina: New website provides easy access for finding free and reduced-cost assistance resources in your community. “There is a new resource available to assist South Carolina families with their challenges, both big and small. A recently launched website… has a list of free and reduced-cost assistance resources in your community. Once you are on the website, enter your zip code into the search function and you’ll see options for services like medical care, food, job training, and more.”

KIDK: New Idaho website links to COVID-19 testing sites. “If you are looking for a place to find COVID-19 testing, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has activated a helpful new website. It was developed in partnership with ‘Get Tested COVID-19’ and maintains an active, accurate database for designated testing centers in Idaho. It is as simple as going to the website and typing in your zip code.”

DCist: Virginia To Publish COVID-19 School Outbreaks As More Students Return To Classrooms. “Virginia’s health department has launched a new coronavirus dashboard that will track COVID-19 cases in educational settings. The online page will list outbreaks in kindergarten through 12th grade public and private schools across the commonwealth, including associated cases and deaths. It will be updated every Friday.”

NEW RESOURCES – OTHER

Bloomberg CityLab: How the Pandemic Changed the Urban Soundscape. “When cities went on lockdown during the pandemic, things got quieter, but they didn’t fall totally silent. Instead, the hooting of the scops owls became more distinct in Thessaloniki, Greece, where the sound of traffic once drowned them out. Birds in San Francisco sang in softer and clearer tones absent the honking of cars and rumbling of engines. Meanwhile in New York City, the humming of air conditioners from the towering buildings replaced the bustling noise of a once-packed Times Square.”

USEFUL STUFF

Union of Concerned Scientists: Trusted Sources of Information about COVID-19: What We’re Watching and Following. “Are you, too, looking for reliable and trustworthy information about COVID-19 and the pandemic? Here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, we’ve assembled a team of scientists, researchers, and public health and communications experts from across the organization who have been tracking and responding to the ongoing public health crisis since February, especially when we see political interference in science-based decision making.”

UPDATES

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin just saw the five deadliest days of the coronavirus pandemic so far. “Wisconsin’s COVID-19 crisis continued to escalate Friday as the state reported 42 additional deaths due to the virus, and a state appeals court temporarily blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ limits on public gatherings and bar and restaurant capacity. The last five days have been the deadliest of the pandemic in Wisconsin, with 145 deaths from the coronavirus between Monday and Friday. The death toll now stands at 1,745. The seven-day average for daily deaths is 24; one month ago, it was four.”

New York Times: Europe, Which Thought It Had the Virus Tamed, Faces a Resurgence. “France imposed a curfew on Paris and other major cities, and other countries are taking similar steps as record caseloads fill hospitals and governments try to respond without lockdowns.”

WKRN: Tennessee reports 3,606 new COVID-19 cases, 65 deaths, both record-high single-day increases. “The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed additional cases and deaths related to COVID-19 across the state on Friday, October 23. The health department reported 3,606 new cases, bringing the state to 241,513 total cases, a 1.5% day-to-day increase since Thursday. Of the total cases, 228,930 are confirmed and 12,583 are probable.”

FACT CHECKS / MISINFORMATION

Associated Press: Does the flu vaccine affect my chances of getting COVID-19?. “The flu vaccine protects you from seasonal influenza, not the coronavirus — but avoiding the flu is especially important this year. Health officials and medical groups are urging people to get either the flu shot or nasal spray, so that doctors and hospitals don’t face the extra strain of having to treat influenza in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.”

SOCIETAL IMPACT

National Geographic: The pandemic pushed cars out of Edinburgh. Here’s how it’s going.. “During the pandemic, multiple urban areas have repurposed roadways for pedestrians, from the ‘streeteries’ that bring restaurant seating on to New York City boulevards to the pop-up bike lanes temporarily added to Paris’s already robust network of protected pistes cyclables. For cities holding UNESCO World Heritage Sites (like Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town and 18th-century New Town) prioritising ‘slow traffic’ is an attempt to mitigate the damage of overtourism and sustain the historic character that attracts visitors in the first place.”

WBEZ: COVID-19 Is Changing The Way Some Planners Think About How To Design And Develop Cities. “Cities around the world want to reimagine how businesses rebound amid economic devastation and find a way for society to go car-free. Urbanism in the time of coronavirus is a hot Twitter topic among urbanists. For others, the elite nature of who cities serve could change with the pandemic, opening up conversations around equity, say some experts.”

INSTITUTIONS

New York Times: ‘Little Shop,’ Big Relief: How One Theater Safely Put on an Indoor Show. “The first fall season here at the Weathervane Theater, which Paulini also runs as its producing artistic director, had come to an end. Five weeks. Three shows. Twenty-six performances. Zero known Covid-19 cases. At a time when professional theater in America is paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic, a reopening milestone was achieved here in the northernmost reaches of New Hampshire, where the nation’s first indoor production of a show with multiple Equity actors since theaters shuttered in March just concluded its run.”

BUSINESS / CORPORATIONS

Barron’s: Members-Only Clubs Navigate Covid-19’s Unprecedented Challenges. “Like other segments of the hospitality industry, private membership clubs have been rocked by Covid-19, as city lockdown ordinances have forced many to temporarily close, and those that were able to stay open faced a landscape in which travel and meetings—whether social or for business—slowed to a halt.”

COUNTRY / FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Science: The inside story of how Trump’s COVID-19 coordinator undermined the world’s top health agency. “When [Deborah] Birx, a physician with a background in HIV/AIDS research, was named coordinator of the task force in February, she was widely praised as a tough, indefatigable manager and a voice of data-driven reason. But some of her actions have undermined the effectiveness of the world’s preeminent public health agency, according to a Science investigation. Interviews with nine current CDC employees, several of them senior agency leaders, and 20 former agency leaders and public health experts—as well as a review of more than 100 official emails, memos, and other documents—suggest Birx’s hospital data takeover fits a pattern in which she opposed CDC guidance, sometimes promoting President Donald Trump’s policies or views against scientific consensus.”

Arizona State University: Mexico COVID-19 model points to complexities of response. “When Mexico detected its first case of COVID-19 in late February, few could have predicted a rise in cases to 850,000 with 86,000 deaths to date. Like other countries, Mexico reacted slowly until the growing number of infections in April forced the government to mandate a lockdown strategy in May. Now, a model built by an Arizona State University academic, who served as a federal cabinet member under Mexican President Vicente Fox, points out what could have been a different outcome if Mexico had acted sooner.”

INDIVIDUALS / BANDS / GROUPS

AP: Poland’s President Duda tests positive for coronavirus. “Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for the coronavirus, but is feeling well, his spokesman said Saturday. The spokesman, Blazej Spychalski, said on Twitter that the 48-year-old conservative leader was tested the day before and his result was positive. He said the president is in isolation.”

CNN: US tennis player Sam Querrey accused of fleeing Russia after testing positive for coronavirus. “American tennis player Sam Querrey is under scrutiny for leaving Russia on a private jet after testing positive for Covid-19. The 33-year-old and his wife had tested positive for the virus ahead of the St. Petersburg Open… and were placed in quarantine at a five-star hotel, according to the tournament organizers.”

Connecting Vets: About 17 VA patients have died of COVID-19 daily since the first veteran death 7 months ago. “On March 14, the Department of Veterans Affairs recorded its first veteran lost to the coronavirus. Now, seven months later, 3,667 VA patients have died because of the fast-spreading virus, an average of about 17 each day. That is roughly the same number of veterans who die by suicide each day on average, according to VA data, something the president and his administration, lawmakers and advocates have repeatedly referred to as a ‘crisis’ and a ‘top priority.'”

ESPN: Sources: Jacksonville Jaguars RB Ryquell Armstead still battling COVID-19, expected to miss rest of season. “Armstead has been hospitalized twice and has suffered from a variety of complications connected to the virus, including significant respiratory issues, and has been hit harder than some expected.”

HIGHER EDUCATION

Daily Advertiser: Louisiana college campuses are tracking COVID-19 cases. Here’s how many have been reported.. “There have been about 4,300 positive cases of COVID-19 reported at college campuses across the state, according to a running dashboard from the Louisiana Department of Health. The department worked closely with the Louisiana Board of Regents and institutions of higher education to develop the reporting process that began in October, according to the online database.”

The 74: D.C.’s Howard University, Other Historically Black Colleges Receive $15M From Gates Foundation to Expand Rapid Testing as U.S. Sees Surge in COVID Cases. “Historically Black colleges and universities, including Howard University in Washington, D.C., are receiving millions in funding to expand rapid testing on campus as coronavirus cases surge nationwide, falling heaviest on Black and brown communities.”

HEALTH

New York Times: Don’t Grieve Alone. Reach Out.. “One of the cruelest realities of this pandemic is that it has deprived so many of us the opportunity to grieve in the most familiar, instinctive ways. We can share stories, cry and laugh together over Zoom, but we can’t simply sit in quiet companionship or hold each other when words fail us. After my loss, I ran out of words to share; I couldn’t imagine calling anyone. How was I going to feel connected to others, find comfort and strength in my friends?” Easier said.

BuzzFeed News: Trump Said Don’t Let COVID Dominate Your Life. These Millennials Don’t Know If They Will Ever Get Better.. “As the United States closes in on nearly 8 million coronavirus cases, thousands of people are still suffering from debilitating symptoms months after they contracted the virus. COVID-19 has upended their lives, changed their bodies, and made it difficult to complete everyday tasks or, in some cases, hold down jobs. A CDC study from this summer found that 1 in 5 people aged 18 to 34 who tested positive for COVID-19 had not recovered their health after a few weeks. Some may be chronically ill and need long-term care. Months into the pandemic, there’s still no real treatment plan for these patients and many say their own doctors, friends, family members — and now their president — continue to downplay what they are going through.”

OUTBREAKS

Salt Lake Tribune: Family members protest after 278 prisoners test positive for coronavirus at Utah prison. “Keenan Thompson has earned an associate degree in theology and become an ordained minister, while an inmate at the Utah State Prison. ‘He’s done what he needed to do to be rehabilitated,’ his wife, Beth Thompson, said. But Keenan also has an autoimmune disease and contracting the coronavirus — which has spread to hundreds of inmates at the Draper facility in recent weeks — could be a death sentence.”

New York Times: ‘Diamond Sweet 16’ Party Leaves 37 Infected and 270 in Quarantine. “The ‘Diamond Sweet 16 Package’ at the Miller Place Inn, an opulent Long Island catering hall, includes options like virgin frozen daiquiris and a make-your-own-s’mores bar. But those treats are unavailable for now. The inn has closed temporarily and its owners have been fined after one such party there last month left 37 people infected with the coronavirus and forced over 270 into quarantine, officials said.”

Slate: Three of the Most Prestigious Scientific Journals Have Condemned Trump’s Handling of COVID-19. “Many saw these clear condemnations of the U.S. government’s COVID-19 response as a stark departure from the science journals’ normal purview. The editorials come on the heels of Scientific American’s endorsement of Joe Biden—a first in its 175-year-history—so the idea of scientists taking a stand on politics is currently fresh in the public’s mind. But unlike the popular science magazine, Nature, Science, and NEJM are all known for publishing impactful original academic research, making it seem all the more surprising that they’d wade into political commentary.”

TECHNOLOGY

Daily Beast: The Horrific WhatsApp Rumor Mill Fueling Brooklyn’s COVID Backlash. “In a community where the most devout may spurn television and avoid the internet, WhatsApp has long supplanted some local politicians and newspapers as the chief source of information. But experts and insiders say the platform is especially popular among the younger Hasidic men who have erupted in angry and even violent protests in recent days against new restrictions geared at spiking infection rates in their New York neighborhoods.”

RESEARCH

Johns Hopkins: Americans’ responses to stay-at-home orders differed according to population density. “Americans strongly reduced their visits to grocery stores, pharmacies, and transit stations following stay-at-home orders from mayors and governors earlier this year, but did not reduce their visits to parks and beaches, according to a study co-authored by a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.”

Arizona State University: Using evolution to think about the pandemic suggests SARS-CoV-2 can affect social behaviors. “An ensemble of scientists, with expertise in psychology, biology, neuroscience and medicine, has authored a paper that uses an evolutionary perspective to interpret and assess the COVID-19 pandemic. The novel SARS-CoV-2 virus has infected more than 40 million people and killed more than 1 million worldwide. It has also severely impacted the global economy.”

New York Times: Did Lockdowns Lower Premature Births? A New Study Adds Evidence. “Studies in Ireland and Denmark this summer showed that preterm births decreased in the spring during lockdowns to stop the spread of the virus in those countries. Anecdotally, doctors around the world reported similar drops. They speculated that reduced stress on mothers, cleaner air or better hygiene might have contributed. A large study from the Netherlands, published on Tuesday in The Lancet Public Health, has yielded even stronger evidence of an association between the lockdowns and a smaller number of early births.”

FUNNY

Kansas City Star: Kansas City actor finds national spotlight with Disney musical parody promoting masks. “There is one line in Noah Lindquist’s viral Disney parody that made him pause before he recorded the video. Should he include it? People will figure out the word behind that bleep. But some things must be said, especially during a pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 Americans, especially when some people continue to turn up their noses at science and refuse to wear a mask.”

CRIME / SECURITY / LEGAL

CNN: Wells Fargo fires 100 employees for misrepresenting themselves to access Covid-19 relief funds. “Wells Fargo has fired more than 100 employees for misrepresenting themselves to obtain money from a relief fund for small businesses, and whose actions may have amounted to defrauding the US Small Business Administration.”

POLITICS

Harvard Political Review: Science, Society, and Security: Politicization in the Age of COVID-19. “Over six months have passed since the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus disease a pandemic, and COVID-19 is still wreaking havoc. In the United States, communities of color face higher disease incidence and mortality, social distancing and mask wearing have become a flashpoint, and national leadership receives top-tier medical care while frontline essential workers are inadequately supplied with personal protective equipment.”

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Wales Council for Voluntary Organisations, Psychic News, M6 Motorway, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, Oct

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NEW RESOURCES

WISERD: Voluntary sector history brought to life in new digital archive. “[Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods] has worked with the Wales Council for Voluntary Organisations (WCVA) and The National Library of Wales to create a historically significant digital archive of the Annual Reports of WCVA and its predecessor organisations. We are delighted to make this resource publically and freely available to social historians, researchers and the generally curious.”

University of Manitoba: Unveiling of the Psychic News digital archive. “Spooky season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than the release of the full Psychic News digital archives from 1932-2010. The 1932-1967 issues were released last Halloween, but this year prepare yourself for an international source of Spiritualism and psychical research published from 1968-2010 available on Saturday October 31, 2020 on UM Digital Collections.”

BBC: Cumbria’s M6: Photo archive shows motorway at 50. “It is one of the highest stretches of motorway in the country, covering 36 miles (57.9km) between Lancaster and Penrith. The road, which incorporates the Lune Gorge, was opened on 23 October 1970. Photographs of the construction of the motorway, by John Laing Construction Ltd, have been preserved in a special Historic England archive.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: Ubuntu Linux 20.10 ‘Groovy Gorilla’ is here with renewed Raspberry Pi focus. “This new version of the desktop operating system is loaded with fixes, new features, and a renewed focus on the now-iconic Raspberry Pi. Yes, folks, with a compatible Pi (models with 4GB or 8GB of RAM), you can now have the full Ubuntu desktop experience. Wow!”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: New movie Clouds shows social media’s power to amplify hope and inspiration. “While more and more people — especially those under 30 — rely on social media as their primary source of news and information, two-thirds of people in the US now believe social media has a ‘mostly negative effect’ on how things are going in America today, according to Pew Research. There’s deep concern and mistrust about the disinformation, divisiveness, and prejudice that’s being amplified on social media. Now What?”

New York Times: Two Huge Questions Loom as 2020 Census Winds Down. “The most contentious census count in memory is nearing an end with questions remaining about the accuracy of its numbers and how they will be used in congressional reapportionment.”

Mother Jones: How the Most Toxic, Notorious Pro-Trump Online Community Tricked Reddit and Got Back Online. “Even though their subreddit has been banned from Reddit for over four months, The_Donald’s former members continue to wreak havoc on the site. Mother Jones has gained access to two servers hosted by Discord where former members of the banned subreddit gather, including a private server that requires members to be vetted. Chat messages posted there show how former members of The_Donald have found new homes on Reddit and continue to coordinate and plan the spread of hate, vitriol, and disinformation on the site and in other venues, despite the company’s ban.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Daily Swig: New Zealand launches data breach notification tool. “New Zealand’s privacy commissioner has launched a new tool to help organizations based in the country determine whether a data breach needs to be reported or not. The tool, called NotifyUs, will enable data handlers to check whether it is mandatory to report a breach under new rules.”

Washington Post: U.S. agencies mount major effort to prevent Russian interference in the election even though Trump downplays threat. “The U.S. government is mounting a major effort to prevent a repeat of 2016 — when federal agencies were slow to address Russia’s attempts to manipulate the presidential election — and is taking a range of actions despite the disinterest of President Trump, who questions intelligence that the Kremlin is intent on undermining American democracy.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Press of Atlantic City: NJ Coastal Coalition creates photo archive of coastal flooding hot spots. “There was no coastal flooding that day, making the hardest part walking along the side of the Black Horse Pike, cars whizzing by, keeping composure for a few seconds as Dan Skeldon and Palma Accardi, of the New Jersey Coastal Coalition, smiled and waved for the camera. The goal? To inform homeowners and visitors that, for more than 90% of the year, the shore is an easygoing, great place to be. The rest can present challenges in the form of coastal flooding.”

The Register: IBM: Our AI correctly predicts onset of Alzheimer’s 71% of the time, better than standard clinical tests. “Machine-learning algorithms analyzing human communication can predict whether someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than standard biomedical screening, say IBM and Pfizer.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

Mischiefs of Faction: What We Learned from Studying Yard Signs. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are spending more time than ever in our residential spaces, and the signs we choose to display take on new meaning. For political scientists, the central questions that have always emerged in the fall (especially during national election years) are ‘Why are people doing this?,’ and ‘What do these signs do to our neighborhoods?'” This article is about politics and political signs in general and is pretty interesting. The names of the current presidential candidates do not appear in the text of this article. Good afternoon, Internet…

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State Government Solar Power, Newspaper Wedding Announcements, City Walkability, More: Saturday Rese

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NEW RESOURCES

PV Magazine: Politicians talk a green game, but do they have solar on their home rooftops?. “A Google Maps view of [Governor Gavin] Newsom’s panel-less roof can be seen on a new website… which is out to name names on the politicians who are — or aren’t — backing up their public support for solar with rooftop installations at home. The project is the brainchild of solar sales consultant Nick Thorsch, who recently launched the website, looking first at the rooftops of all 50 state governors’ official mansions and their personal homes.”

Ancestry: Ancestry® Debuts World’s Largest, Searchable Digital Archive of Newspaper Published Historical Wedding Announcements . “Today, Ancestry is excited to launch the first phase of the Newspapers.com™ Marriage Index collection, powered by cutting-edge technology. We trained machine learning algorithms to comb through more than 600 million pages of digitized newspapers to extract and identify key names, relationships and other facts from marriage and engagement announcements in historical newspapers via text classification.”

Intelligent Transport: ITDP reveals new tools to improve transit inclusivity and city walkability. “The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) has revealed Pedestrians First – a guide and set of online tools to aid urban planners and city officials in assessing inclusivity of their cities’ transit systems as well as the walkability of their neighbourhoods and streets. The guide includes walkability data for nearly 1,000 metropolitan areas around the world, which users can explore in an interactive map. ITDP says this is the first-ever worldwide analysis to measure walkability in cities globally.”

WGRZ: Craving a craft brew? New website will tell you the best places in NYS to find one. “A new virtual passport will showcase and promote 200 craft breweries that closely surround the 750-mile Empire State Trail. The new website is a partnership between the Empire State Trail and the New York State Brewers Association. It encourages New Yorkers to visit breweries within ten miles of the trail which spans the entire state.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Microsoft: Survey or quiz your friends and family with Microsoft Forms, now available for personal use. “Today, we’re excited to announce the availability of Microsoft Forms for personal use. Forms enables you to create a survey or quiz on any topic and works on any device via the web and the Office mobile app– making it easy to capture the information you need anywhere, anytime.”

Neowin: Snapchat now lets users scan food and wine labels. “Now, Snapchat is adding support for food and wine labels to its visual search lineup, with the app’s in-app camera now being able to scan packaged food and wine labels to surface information regarding the product. The feature should work like other standalone food and wine apps, which display nutritional details when barcodes are scanned via the camera.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Global News: Canadian publishers call for collective bargaining with Google, Facebook. “News Media Canada — which represents newspaper publishers including the Globe and Mail, National Post publisher Postmedia, Toronto Star publisher Torstar, La Presse and Quebecor — says the two web giants have established an effective duopoly in the digital ads market that’s starving Canada’s media industry of revenue.”

VN Express: Vietnamese food YouTubers keep hungry audiences hooked. “The popularity of Vietnamese food videos on YouTube is gaining global attention, and many foreign YouTubers have begun to post videos of themselves trying Vietnamese dishes and their reactions to them…. YouTube is the second most accessed site in Vietnam with 59 percent of the population using it, according to a 2018 report by U.K. research firm We Are Social. The country is one of the platform’s five biggest global markets.”

BuzzFeed News: Doulas Are Using The Internet To Warn Each Other About People Pretending To Be Pregnant. “Doulas act as nonmedical support during childbirth. This might mean helping make a birth plan, helping labor at home, advising when to head to the hospital, emotional support, and help with baby care and breastfeeding postpartum. The work has a surprising problem: For years, doulas have dealt with fakers who want to roleplay a pregnancy or childbirth fantasy. They can’t stop it, but doulas are organizing using Facebook groups to warn each other.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Google must respond to U.S. antitrust lawsuit by Dec. 19 . “Alphabet Inc’s Google must respond to the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit by Dec. 19, according to a court filing on Friday.”

News18: Report: Ransomware Disables Georgia County Election Database. “A ransomware attack that hobbled a Georgia county government in early October reportedly disabled a database used to verify voter signatures in the authentication of absentee ballots. It is the first reported case of a ransomware attack affecting an election-related system in the 2020 cycle.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

TRAFFIC: TRAFFIC launches Elephant Trade Information System Online. “The new platform allows authorised governmental representatives to access and more easily submit records on elephant specimen seizures in their respective countries. For example, Parties can view and download their data that are used in ETIS analyses, which details the number and weight of seizures made within the country as well as seizures in which their country was implicated by other Parties. ETIS is a database holding almost 30,000 records of seizures or confiscations of elephant ivory and other elephant specimens, which have been reported since 1989 – for a total of over 750 tonnes of raw ivory equivalent to date.” Good morning, Internet…

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Mars Express Photography, England Numismatics, Tropical Forests, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz

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NEW RESOURCES

Digital Trends: Browse hundreds of images of Mars captured by ESA’s Mars Express webcam. “If you’ve ever wanted to get a close-up look at Mars, the European Space Agency (ESA) has just released a treasure trove of images. Captured by the Visual Monitoring Camera (VMC) instrument onboard the Mars Express orbiter, these images come from data captured between 2007 and this year, in addition to observations of the release of the Beagle 2 lander in 2003.”

CoinWeek: Revived ANA Money Museum Exhibit Now Online. “The ANA Money Museum’s exhibit, ‘Coins, Crown & Conflict: An Exploration of Cromwell’s England’ – originally displayed in 2007-08 – can now be appreciated virtually. The popular exhibit was based on the history of the English Civil Wars and featured some of the great rarities of English coins (including the Petition Crown), as well as a number of early American coins.” The article outlines several other online exhibits available from the American Numismatic Association’s money museum.

BBC: Norway funds satellite map of world’s tropical forests. “A unique satellite dataset on the world’s tropical forests is now available for all to see and use. It’s a high-resolution image map covering 64 countries that will be updated monthly. Anyone who wants to understand how trees are being managed will be able to download the necessary information for analysis – for free.”

AgriPulse: New tool locates Wi-Fi hot spots in rural communities. “A new interactive map from the American Connection Project (ACP) makes it easier to find free internet connectivity across the nation. The new map includes locations of 2,300 free Wi-Fi hot spots across 49 states with the hope of adding more sites in the coming months. Many of the current hot spots are retail locations for places like Land O’Lakes and Tractor Supply Company, but they also include facilities such as electric coops and 4-H buildings.”

USEFUL STUFF

ProPublica: How to Spot (and Fight) Election Misinformation. “Misinformation and disinformation, especially online, continue to play a huge role in the 2020 election. Learn more about the types of false information you’re likely to come across this year — and how you can help fight it.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Joy Online: Hacklab foundation to create an open database for Ghanaian developers. “With about a dozen hubs spurring innovation and growth in tech, the developer and tech community in Ghana continues to grow steadily. It has become prudent to map out the ecosystem and understand what gaps and opportunities exist.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Drum: Signs point to another Google antitrust complaint, this time focused on adtech. “Google could be hit with another multistate antitrust complaint to pile on the US Justice Department’s search-centric suit against the company. State lawyers have been poking at Google’s adtech system for months, asking detailed questions about ad auction mechanics, header bidding, third-party data access and more.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Archives’ legal bill for Palace Papers case could top $2 million. “The National Archives spent $1 million fighting to stop Australians seeing the Palace Papers and faces spending that amount again on the legal costs of the historian who battled to get the documents released. Meanwhile, thousands of secret foreign policy files gather dust in public service store rooms waiting for declassification as the archives complains of funding shortfalls.” I only vaguely knew of the Palace Papers. ABC News Australia filled me in.

RESEARCH & OPINION

Science Daily: New tool can diagnose strokes with a smartphone. “A new tool created by researchers at Penn State and Houston Methodist Hospital could diagnose a stroke based on abnormalities in a patient’s speech ability and facial muscular movements, and with the accuracy of an emergency room physician — all within minutes from an interaction with a smartphone.”

Library of Congress: Analyzing the Born-Digital Archive. “As a 2020 Staff Innovator working on the Born Digital Access Now! project, I conducted an analysis of the file formats contained in the Manuscript Division holdings. Analyzing and documenting file formats is a necessary first step to mapping the 85 processed collections containing born-digital material to the most suitable access pathway. Additionally, this analysis will inform the development of a pilot digital access workstation with the appropriate specifications and tools.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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