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How an Upscale Connecticut Party Became a Coronavirus ‘Super Spreader’ – The New York Times

Party Zero: How a Soirée in Connecticut Became a ‘Super Spreader’

About 50 people gathered this month for a party in the upscale suburb of Westport, then scattered across the region and the world, taking the coronavirus with them. About 50 guests gathered on March 5 at a home in the stately suburb of Westport, Conn., to toast the hostess on her 40th birthday and greet old friends, including one visiting from South Africa.

The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What’s Coming | WIRED

The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What’s Coming

Larry Brilliant says he doesn’t have a crystal ball. But 14 years ago, Brilliant, the epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, spoke to a TED audience and described what the next pandemic would look like. At the time, it sounded almost too horrible to take seriously. “A billion people would get sick,” he said.

Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How. – POLITICO

Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How.

For many Americans right now, the scale of the coronavirus crisis calls to mind 9/11 or the 2008 financial crisis-events that reshaped society in lasting ways, from how we travel and buy homes, to the level of security and surveillance we’re accustomed to, and even to the language we use.

Coronavirus Outbreak: A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded – The New York Times

Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded

Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done. WASHINGTON – The outbreak of the respiratory virus began in China and was quickly spread around the world by air travelers, who ran high fevers.

Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy? | The New Yorker

Is Capitalism a Threat to Democracy?

In London, in the nineteen-thirties, the émigré Hungarian intellectual Karl Polanyi was known among his friends as “the apocalyptic chap.” His gloom was understandable. Nearly fifty, he’d had to leave his wife, daughter, and mother behind in Vienna shortly after Austria lurched toward fascism, in 1933.

Jared Kushner Reportedly Advised Trump That Media Was Exaggerating Coronavirus Threat

NYT: Jared Kushner Advised Trump Media Was Exaggerating Coronavirus

Jared Kushner advised President Donald Trump at the start of the global coronavirus outbreak that the media was exaggerating its threat, according to a New York Times report detailing how the White House downplayed and mishandled the crisis until it became too dangerous and widespread to ignore.

Why neoliberal capitalism and the common good are incompatible

Why neoliberal capitalism and the common good are incompatible

If the response to coronavirus has accomplished anything, it is reminding us of the basic principle of our society. I say “principle,” which is singular, because there is really only one. It is not “all men and women created by you know, the thing,” which has as much to do with our way of life as the Code of Hammurabi, but money.

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