Saturday, May 30, 2020

2:00PM Water Cooler 5/27/2020

COVID19 maps and charts beyond New York ~ Reade’s degree ~ Biden’s papers ~ Biden on Syria ~ Trump + Pence 4EVA (?) ~ Presidential transitions ~ Manufacturing ~ Killer mountain streams ~ BlackRock and Exxon ~ Humorous vegetables ~ Social distancing ~ Slavitt’s empathy ~ Sleep

5 Ways to Make Voting Easier for Everyone in America—Even in a Pandemic

Not surprisingly, unfriendly voting methods have a lot to do with the US having the lowest turnout rates among developed countries.

Links 5/27/2020

Political Scientist Tom Ferguson on Big Money and Social Conflicts in the Covid-19 Era

An incisive take from the no-holds-barred Tom Ferguson.

What Are the Three Concurrent Crises of the Coronavirus Depression?

Past theories of crises and why they matter now.

How Covid-19 is Creating a Social-Distancing Version of War

Covid-19 meets the US military and the Pentagon yields.

2:00PM Water Cooler 5/26/2020

COVID Blue v. Red ~ COVID v. “the economy” ~ Biden emerges ~ Biden dream team ~ Trump’s prospects (and luck) ~ A V-shaped recovery? ~ Mr. Market is happy ~ Leading indicators, manufacturing, housing ~ Soil ~ Masks and shields ~ George Floyd ~ Johns Hopkins debacloe

Study: Hunters Kill Birds During Their Annual Migrations Through the East Asian-Australasian Flyway

Study: hunters slaughter birds as the undertake their annual migrations in chokepoints along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

Links 5/26/2020

Nature Pimps for Fundamentally Flawed Gates-Funded “Swab Yourself” Covid-19 Test

An ambitious Bill Gates funded Covid-19 testing program called SCAN suffers from the health care version of “assume a can opener”.

New York Rent Strikes During the 1918 “Spanish” Influenza

The hard-fought rent battles during and after the Spanish flu make modern protests look tame.

Michael Hudson: Debt, Liberty and “Acts of God”

How ancient societies forgave debt that became unpayable due to circumstances outside the borrower’s control.

#COVID19: New Practical Results on Airborne Transmission Indoors

To avoid airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2, don’t be like a bat!

2:00PM Water Cooler 5/25/2020

Why did COVID-19 hit New York so disproportionately hard? ~ Biden faces Teen Vogue, veepstakes challenges ~ Response to Nagle/Tracey Sanders post mortem ~ Kusher to improve Republican platform ~ Kendall Jenner ~ Facebook debacle ~ Yacht woes ~ Knife sharpeners ~ HyperCard

Is There a Role For NGOs in the Transformation of Society?

In the last five years we’ve published 30 articles on NGOs and social change. What do they reveal?