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>The is a metaphor for two political ideas that are incompatible with the realities of the modern world: China’s Communist Party and

Xu Zhangrun “When Fury Overcomes Fear”
>a system that turns every natural disaster into an even greater man-made catastrophe

>A survey of 995 small and midsize companies conducted by Tsinghua University and Peking University after the outbreak began showed the vast majority couldn’t survive for more than three months with their current savings. About a third said they could survive for only one month, another third said they could survive for two months, and 17.91% said they could last three months.

>Zhaopin said this week that around 10 per cent of firms they surveyed were “on the verge of death”, with around 30 per cent planning job cuts and another 30 per cent saying they could not pay their employees on time...

home quarantine exit rules vary greatly. Larger cities Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen you can't go out at all, only order groceries in.

Local housing, roads, grocery stores have separate guards. Temp check, face mask required, must log date/time.

Smaller cities allow people to go to work, go to the grocery store, pharmacy. All other stores closed.

Some cities require people to get a personal QR code with local gov't, used to access home, stores.

The "local timeline" in Mastodon provides a fascinating approach like a reverse Twitter: you follow everyone except for the ones you mute. Great for discovery (unlike social media 'smart' algorithms)

I want to start a synth band called Infinite Snooze

>The Kremlin said on Wednesday (29 January) that President Vladimir Putin had no view on a proposal that would see his job description change to Supreme Ruler from head of state after a government commission said it was considering the idea.

>During the SARS outbreak, it took scientists about five months to sequence the virus; it was done by the US and Canadian scientists. It took Chinese scientists one month to sequence 2019-nCoV.

>A group of online archivists have created an open-access directory of 5000+ scientific studies about that anyone can access for free: ‘It’s illegal, but it’s also a moral imperative.’

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