Afternoon news roundup Wednesday, 17 June 2020 14:34:47 CDT David-Braverman Chicago, Entertainment, General, Politics, Work (0) My inbox does not respect the fact that I had meetings between my debugging sessions all day. So this all piled up: Josh Marshall calls our Covid-19 response an "abject failure" compared to, say, Europe's. Paul Krugman says it shows we've "failed the marshmallow test." Former CIA acting director Michael Morell says President Biden will inherit "a world of trouble." ("Arguably, only Abraham Lincoln, with Southern secession waiting, faced a tougher challenge when taking office than would Biden.") Illinois governor JB Pritzker yesterday signed legislation decreeing Election Day a state holiday. Alexandra Petri lists some other statues we should remove. Bruce Schneier calls out Postbank, a South African bank, for a "catastrophic security failure." Arizona State University researchers have found evidence that burning coal in the Siberian Traps caused sudden global warming that led to the Permo-Triassic extinction event 252 million years ago. Chicago's Mercury Theater has become the latest fatality in Covid-19's assault on the arts. Chicago History Today found photos of the very last Western Avenue streetcar run on 17 June 1956. Finally, conferencing app Zoom will roll out true end-to-end encryption in July.