Thursday’s news links – July 30, 2020

U.S. G.D.P. Fell 9.5 Percent NYTimes

Economic output fell at its fastest pace on record last spring … The collapse was unprecedented in its speed and breathtaking in its severity. The only possible comparisons in modern American history came during the Great Depression and the demobilization after World War II

Trump floats delaying November election Axios

A former Border Patrol agent describes the special federal unit deployed in Portland as one of ‘the most violent and racist in all law enforcement’ Business Insider

NYPD admits it’s used unmarked vehicles to apprehend suspects for “decades” after “disturbing” video Salon

Think federal cops in Portland are scary? Cops use ‘jump-out boys’ all the time Brandon Soderberg and Baynard Woods

How the Electoral College Is Tied to Slavery and the Three-Fifths Compromise Teen Vogue

Workers from Long Bien market line up to be tested for Covid-19 in Hanoi, April 2020.


Pandemic Advice Ignored by Trump Helps Vietnam Fight Virus Bloomberg

Dr Fauci tells people to wear goggles for ‘perfect’ protection from coronavirus amid growing evidence particles can get into eyes – as deaths surpass 150,000 and seven states smash daily fatality records Daily Mail


Almost 30 Million in U.S. Didn’t Have Enough to Eat Last Week Bloomberg

Bye, boomer: the coming cull of workers over 50 MarketWatch

State and local governments have lost 1.5 million jobs since February Economic Policy Institute

Boeing Plans Deeper Job, Production Cuts Wall Street Journal

Honda Requiring Office Workers To Build Cars At Ohio Assembly Plant MSN

Trump reportedly told aides to get Yankees to let him throw first pitch – but they hadn’t actually invited him Independent

Trump halts daily briefing amid questions about support for ‘alien DNA’ doctor – video Guardian


Trade and tensions between the U.S. and China Vijay Prashad

The Donald Trump administration uses every mechanism to cut China out of the global supply chain, but nothing seems to be working as a resolute China is unwilling to back down and dismantle its technological gains

American “Revolution”: The “Black Hole” of American Electioneering and the Lessons China Must Draw Tu Zhuxi

Breaking down the BBC’s visit to Hotan, Xinjiang Sun Feiyang

Israel is ridiculous, antiquated and based on lies about other people’s land, Seth Rogen says, but he’s afraid to tell other Jews Mondoweiss

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