Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Editors – Dying in a Leadership Vacuum: Tasmanian Devils

 Americans are becoming climate migrants before our eyes Guardian

WHERE DO I APPLY TO GET MOVED TO A DIFFERENT SERVER? Columbia Professor: There’s a 50% Chance We’re Living in a Simulation.

IF SO, IT’S REALLY DUE FOR A FIRMWARE UPDATE: A Study Shows There’s a 50% Chance We’re Living in a Simulation.

Colombian designers prepare cardboard hospital beds that double as coffins Guardian 

Tasmanian Devils reintroduced into Australian wild


America’s Rapid Feral Hog Problem Is Creating a ‘Super-Pig’ Uprising Popular Mechanics

How Reykjavik’s Sheet-Metal Homes Beat the Icelandic Winter Bloomberg 

Study Shows Renewables Are Kicking Natural Gas To the Curb cleantechnica

Boris Johnson to unveil plan to power all UK homes with wind by 2030 Guardian 

Covid: how Excel may have caused loss of 16,000 test results in England Guardian

Debt Collectors Have Made a Fortune This Year. Now They’re Coming for More. ProPublica 

The Covid Economy Carves Deep Divide Between Haves and Have-Nots Wall Street Journal 

The Pope’s kicking neoliberalism when it’s down today Richard Murphy

Amazon workers march to Jeff Bezos’ mansion, calling for higher wages, protections Los Angeles Times

October 8, 2020 – N Engl J Med 2020; 383:1479-1480 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMe2029812: The Editors – Dying in a Leadership Vacuum: “Covid-19 has created a crisis throughout the world. This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond. Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy. 

The magnitude of this failure is astonishing. According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the United States leads the world in Covid-19 cases and in deaths due to the disease, far exceeding the numbers in much larger countries, such as China. The death rate in this country is more than double that of Canada, exceeds that of Japan, a country with a vulnerable and elderly population, by a factor of almost 50, and even dwarfs the rates in lower-middle-income countries, such as Vietnam, by a factor of almost 2000. 

Covid-19 is an overwhelming challenge, and many factors contribute to its severity. But the one we can control is how we behave. And in the United States we have consistently behaved poorly…Why has the United States handled this pandemic so badly? We have failed at almost every step. We had ample warning, but when the disease first arrived, we were incapable of testing effectively and couldn’t provide even the most basic personal protective equipment to health care workers and the general public…”