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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Vaccine Optimist

There’s never been a human vaccine created in less than about 5 years, according to Bill Gates, yet he’s confident we’ll have one this time in less than two years, and as soon as 9 months! What’s that optimism based on?

Timeline: What We Know so far about the Virus… and it’s Scary

With each new story, the SARS CoV-2 virus is revealed to be a more enigmatic and dangerous adversary.

Sweden Sees Alarming Rise in Covid-19 Death Rate After Relying on Public “Common Sense”...

Sweden’s percentage of confirmed cases leading to death is dramatically higher than its neighbors, with 12% of patients in Sweden succumbing to the virus, 2.6% in Norway, 4% in Finland, 4.7% in Denmark and 3.6% in Germany.

As Virus Invades Rural America, the Politics are Beginning to Scramble

It's one thing to close restaurants, bars, and concerts; we pampered urbanites can switch to take-out, Zoom happy hours, and endless cultural and entertainment online. It's another to ban a rural community's essential rituals. “Our funerals are not one or two days,” Tulalip Tribes chairwoman Teri Gobin told me two weeks ago.

New Poll: Washington State Residents Support State, Local Efforts to Contain Virus

Washington State voters see stark differences between the response of state and local government to the pandemic compared to the federal government’s response.

Chernobyl and Coronavirus: Eerie, Shameless Parallels

The Chernobyl and Covid-19 emergencies are egregious examples of the failure of leadership. Russian bureaucrats blamed low-level operators at the nuclear plant. America, Russia, and China all tried to shift the blame by firing whistleblower troublemakers.

The Calculus Of Optimism/Pessimism

It seems we are hard wired to focus on the negative. Pessimists avoid humiliation and, at the same time, enjoy the possibility of the ultimate reward: being the lone voice for sanity amidst the irrational exuberance of the masses. Stay pessimistic long enough and you may have your “Big Short” moment.

After COVID: What Will Be The New Normal?

Is it possible that this world-wide disaster, which is far from over, has put on vivid display the disastrous consequences of denialism?

The Story Behind The Story Of Trump’s Failed Attempt To Buy A German Vaccine

When the president reportedly offered $1 billion for a possible Covid-19 vaccine from a German biotech, all hell broke lose. History helps explain why.

Testing… Testing… (and our anxiety grows)

It is not a sin to be anxious. It comes with the territory. But when we’re too anxious, when our anxiety takes over, we are more likely to do bad things.