Triumph of Liberty

MN Gordon on EconomicPrism ( “In this context, those counting on government stimulus or relief payments to keep shoes on their feet and food in their bellies are going to be lacking.  Indeed, many already are.  But as disappointment has slipped to disenchantment something remarkable has happened.  The populace has made ever greater demands forContinue reading “Triumph of Liberty”

Special Ed Poolside – the Chicago Way

“As recently as Thursday,” according to WGN, Sarah Chambers “tweeted to rally special education teachers not to return to work Monday because it’s unsafe. Just a few hours earlier, Chambers posted a picture on Instagram that appears to show her pool side in Puerto Rico and talking about going to Old San Juan for seafood.”Continue reading “Special Ed Poolside – the Chicago Way”

The Easiest Game of Connect-the-Dots

“In 2013, scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology collected horseshoe bat feces at a cave 1,000 miles away infected with a coronavirus 96.2% identical to the virus which causes COVID-19 (Nature). “Peng Zhou, Wuhan Institute of Virology’s head of Bat Virus Infection and Immunization, was researching “the molecular mechanism that allows Ebola and SARS-associated coronaviruses to lieContinue reading “The Easiest Game of Connect-the-Dots”

20 million Americans Jobless

20 million at the end of 2020 compared to 2 million at the end of 2019. And that doesn’t count those who were pushed out of the workforce by US deficit spending and open border policies. California (and New York) top the states with the biggest increase in jobless claims (as lockdowns accelerated).

Inflation Ahead? Or Is It Already Here?

Here is the M1 – the most liquid of all measures of the USD money stock. Note the growth during the Obama years following the Great Financial Crisis. Slowed a bit under Trump. But relentlessly grew faster than the economy. Until CoVid hit when the M1 exploded. Until November 2020 when the M1 went hypersonic.Continue reading “Inflation Ahead? Or Is It Already Here?”

The Mathematics Against Lockdowns

In a bioRxiv preprint first posted October 21, 2020 (and later published in Molecular Biology and Evolution), Dellacour et al. (2020) report their studies of the spatial density of available SARS-CoV-2 genomes mapped in the Belgium epidemic. Their phylodynamic analysis demonstrates real-time dispersion dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 lineages. Among other things, their spatially-explicit phylogeographic analyses highlight thatContinue reading “The Mathematics Against Lockdowns”