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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

Open Source Cookbook

Open Source Cookbook – “Open source recipes to be used in a quarantine during a global pandemic – This cookbook is meant to be an open source toolkit that everyone and anyone can access during a time of heightened need. There are recipes from chefs, line cooks, home cooks, mothers, fathers, nonnas, popo’s and everyday… 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

COVID-19: China Medical Supply Chains and Broader Trade Issues

CRS Report – COVID-19: China Medical Supply Chains and Broader Trade Issues – R46304 April 6, 202o: “The outbreak of CoronavirusDisease2019 (COVID-19), first in China, and then globally, including in the United States, is drawing attention to the ways in which the U.S. economy depends on manufacturing and supply chains based in China.This report aims to… 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

The AFI Movie Club

“What is AFI Movie Club? – In this time when we are reminded “There’s no place like home,” AFI has created a global, virtual gathering of those who love the movies. Each day’s film – announced by a special guest – is accompanied by fun facts, family-friendly discussion points and material from the AFI Archive… 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