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We Need to Speak Honestly About the GOP’s Evolution Into a Conspiracy Cult | Washington Monthly

We Need to Speak Honestly About the GOP’s Evolution Into a Conspiracy Cult

One of the challenges in analyzing modern American politics is accurately describing the Republican Party without seeming unserious and hyperbolic. Major publications are understandably in the habit of presenting both sides of the partisan divide as being inherently worthy of respect and equal c …

We Are All Aboard the Pequod – PopularResistance.Org

We Are All Aboard the Pequod – PopularResistance.Org

The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle.

Why do some COVID-19 patients infect many others, whereas most don’t spread the virus at all? | Science | AAAS

Why do some COVID-19 patients infect many others, whereas most don’t spread the virus at all?

s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center. When 61 people met for a choir practice in a church in Mount Vernon, Washington, on 10 March, everything seemed normal. For 2.5 hours the chorists sang, snacked on cookies and oranges, and sang some more.

Coronavirus reveals we all need a course in evidence

We have become a nation of magical thinkers, making decisions based on what we hope is the case and whom we want to believe. When confronted with opposing evidence, we do not engage with it. We dismiss it and stick a label on it: “fake,” “phony,” “biased,” etc. And then we mistake that label for evidence.

Law professor: Virus reveals we all need a class in evidence

CLOSE Numerous public officials and individuals have made dreadful decisions about how to assess and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19. Those errors reveal a fundamental flaw in our K-12 and collegiate education systems. We have failed to teach a subject of critical importance, and as a result have imperiled our health, our economy, and our republic.

Does “The Case Against Socialism” Hold Up?

A really smart young journalist Nathan J. Robinson (@NathanJRobinson), a columnist for The Guardian US, and Editor-in-Chief of Current Affairs magazine, wrote a book entitled Why You Should Be a Socialist that was published back on  December 10th, 2019.

More recently he tweeted:

A reader asked me to review @RandPaul‘s “Case Against Socialism,” goading me by saying that if I couldn’t respond, it must be because Paul’s arguments are so powerful. So here’s a full deconstruction, going through every one of its 5 parts and 39 chapters.

For your pleasure…

Does “The Case Against Socialism” Hold Up? ❧ Current Affairs

As the author of a recently-published book called Why You Should Be A Socialist , I was pleased to receive a copy of Rand Paul’s The Case Against Socialism. In my book, I claim that most critiques of the left fail miserably and I imply that the phrase “conservative intellectual” should be treated as oxymoronic.

 

Did SARS-Cov-2 start in a Chinese lab? – YouTube | Potholer54

Trump is on record saying he’s seen evidence virus started in Chinese lab and Pompeo has echoed Trump although when pressed on the question he has indicated he hadn’t seen definitive evidence.

The idea that the virus was engineered in a lab by the Chinese I have always rejected first becuase I just doubted it as right wing anti-Chinese scare tactics rumor and then early on reading about what scientists were saying regarding the genetic fingerprint of the virus lead them to say the virus came from the wild and not a lab,… I chose to trust the geneticists and scientists instead scuttlebutt on Facebook and the web.

What I didn’t rule out until now was that the virus may have been released accidently from a Chinese lab studying the virus. Thanks to Peter Hatfield (aka Potholer54) a science journalist and arguably one of the best fact researchers and debunkers there is I no longer think that is a possibility (at least not that way the rest of the press reporting on this is describing it).

Potholer54 utterly destroys the conspiracy theory that SARS-Cov-2 came from a Wuhan virus lab.

The world really needs a lot more Peter Hatfields.

The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next? – The Correspondent

The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?

In a crisis, what was once unthinkable can suddenly become inevitable. We’re in the middle of the biggest societal shakeup since the second world war. And neoliberalism is gasping its last breath. So from higher taxes for the wealthy to more robust government, the time has come for ideas that seemed impossible just months ago.

Experts Knew a Pandemic Was Coming. Here’s What They’re Worried About Next. – POLITICO

Experts Knew a Pandemic Was Coming. Here’s What They’re Worried About Next.

You might feel blindsided by the coronavirus, butwarnings about a looming pandemic have been there for decades. Government briefings, science journals and even popular fiction projected the spread of a novel virus and the economic impacts it would bring, complete often with details about the specific challenges the U.S.

How coronavirus attacks the human body – The Washington Post

Doctors keep discovering new ways the coronavirus attacks the body

Deborah Coughlin was neither short of breath nor coughing. In those first days after she contracted the novel coronavirus, her fever never spiked above 100 degrees. It was vomiting and diarrhea that brought her to a Hartford, Conn., emergency room on May 1. “You would have thought it was a stomach virus,” said her daughter, Catherina Coleman.

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