Tag: Pandemic

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

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted widespread damage worldwide: people are suffering from a novel illness, while economies are collapsing as public health authorities sequester us in our homes and shut down social […]

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New York Rent Strikes During the 1918 “Spanish” Influenza

Yves here. The fight over rent, and more generally, who bears the cost of catastrophic economic damage, shows how little has changed from a century ago to now. But it is also important not to lose sight of the differences. One aspect of the Spanish flu versus our coronavirus is that we are taking a […]

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

Yves here. Michael Hudson recaps the logic of debt jubilees and other forms of debt relief, as practiced in ancient times, when borrowers through circumstances outside their control were unable to make good. Monarchs recognized the danger of letting creditors create a permanent underclass. This is a short, high-level treatment and makes for an easy-to-digest […]

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If the Federal Government Won’t Fund the States’ Emergency Needs, There Is Another Solution

Yves here. I’m glad to see Marshall Auerback mention the program that great American socialist Richard Nixon implemented, revenue sharing, which was the Federal government handed out money to local government. The opening paragraphs of a RIP in the New York Times in 1986: In the first week of October, 39,000 cities, counties, towns, villages […]

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Psychology Around the Net: May 23, 2020

This week’s Psychology Around the Net looks at the benefits of walking or biking to work post quarantine, ways leaders can prepare themselves and their workspaces for reopening, possible causes and prevention of nightmares, and more. Stay well, friends! Leaders, Here’s How to Prepare for the Mental Health Challenges of Reopening: Workers who have been […]

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AI Weekly: Getting back to work under the watchful eye of technology

This week, we published our latest special issue, “AI and surveillance in the age of coronavirus,” in which we examined how to balance freedom and safety as governments and companies use specific technologies to track and trace the spread of the coronavirus. Now, all the parts and pieces of those issues are filtering down to […]

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AI Weekly: Getting back to work under the watchful eye of technology

This week, we published our latest special issue, “AI and surveillance in the age of coronavirus,” in which we examined how to balance freedom and safety as governments and companies use specific technologies to track and trace the spread of the coronavirus. Now, all the parts and pieces of those issues are filtering down to […]

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To Navigate Your Mental Wellbeing, You Need to Use Your Body

Photo: Shutterstock During a pandemic, your body is the biggest thing there is. I live in New York, a city where, under pre-pandemic circumstances, you can feel everything and nothing at once. But since the first coronavirus case was confirmed here, my life, like the lives of many others, has been contained, no longer ping-ponging […]

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Food Security: Prince Charles Calls for Furloughed Workers to Pick Berries; My Thoughts as a Former Tomato Picker

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Prince Charles has turned his attention to food security: “If we are to harvest British fruit and vegetables this year, we need an army of people to help.” The Prince of Wales […]

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Bernie Sanders Says It Is ‘Nauseating’ to See Corporations Praise Frontline Workers as ‘Heroes’ While Refusing to Pay Them More

By Jake Johnson, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams Jerrri-Lynn here. I too share the disappointment many members of the commentariat have expressed over the collapse of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.  But leaving that aside, that doesn’t mean I cease to support him when he speaks out and draws attention  […]

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Wolf Richter: Week 9 of the Collapse of the U.S. Labor Market: Still Getting Worse at a Gut-Wrenching Pace

By Wolf Richter, editor of Wolf Street. Originally published at Wolf Street The moment the unemployment crisis stops getting worse and bottoms out would signal the beginning of a recovery of the job market. But instead, it’s still getting worse at a gut-wrenching pace. In the week ended May 16, state unemployment offices processed 2.438 […]

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Oh, Good: These Stores Put Up Signs Saying No Face Masks Are Allowed

Alvin’s is a gas station, convenience store, and tanning salon in tiny Manchester, Kentucky (Pop. 1,255) that also has its own buffet-style hot bar featuring an ever-changing daily menu of [sic- throughout] samon patties, spiral-cut hame, and sour krout. Until this week, the majority of people who had heard of Alvin’s probably either lived somewhere […]

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Why the Pandemic Is Driving Conservative Intellectuals Mad

Last week, First Things editor R.R. Reno, a prominent Catholic intellectual who backed Donald Trump for president, let the world know he’d had enough of the effete conformists following public-health guidelines in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Sharing a photo on Twitter of Trump saluting World War II veterans, none of them wearing masks, he […]

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Louisiana Cop Fired After Posting Racist Comments About COVID-19 and Black People

Photo: Shutterstock A Louisiana police officer is out of work this week after posting comments in which he appeared to lament that the coronavirus hadn’t killed more black Americans. Advertisement The Kaplan Police Department confirmed that they terminated Officer Steven Aucoin on May 15, just hours after he posted the racist comments online, the Idaho […]

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Yanis Varoufakis: Have Merkel & Macron Just Announced a Eurobond-Funded Godsend for the EU?

Yves here. It’s gratifying to see what I think of as the old Yanis Varoufakis back. As much as it made sense on one level for him to throw his lot in with Syriza, and Greece was in such desperate straits that it wasn’t entirely crazy to try for what amounted to a Hail Mary […]

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This Is No Time to Read Alone

My silent reading party begins the same way every week, promptly at 6 p.m., with the now very familiar initiation of a Zoom call. A piano player’s hands appear in close-up among the gallery of boxes on my screen. His set list, a mix of Eric Satie and Radiohead instrumentals, will be the only sound. […]

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Climate Change: Hurricanes Getting Stronger: Meanwhile, Cyclone Amphan Pummels Bengal

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. As the COVID-19 pandemic concentrates our attention, other pressing global problems haven’t gone away. The main one: increasingly severe storms,  caused by climate change. The names by which we call these – […]

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Is Baseball Safe?

Will the United States get a baseball season this year? Do we deserve one? What is at stake—economically, emotionally, mortally—in the effort to start up sports again? On Episode 8 of The Politics of Everything, hosts Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene talk to David Roth, a former editor of Deadspin and a frequent contributor to […]

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Why We Need the Human Touch in Contact Tracing for Coronavirus

By Eoderick Bailey,Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford. Originally published at The Conversation The UK is trialling its smartphone app to assist with contact tracing. The government is full of enthusiasm and the Isle of Wight is the guinea pig. But for all the fanfare and faith in its potential, […]

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Exclusive: Countries To Face a ‘Wave’ of Corporate Lawsuits Challenging Emergency COVID-19 Measures

Yves here. So now it’s clear: some companies and their law firm enablers see their right to profit, even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, as more important than human lives. This has been an underlying theme of investor-state dispute settlement suits (which we’ve written about extensively), but it’s never been as crass as […]

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