April 2021

Sunday, 25 April 2021

If Herd Immunity Is Your Plan To Beat Covid, You Need A Plan B

Stephen Thomas: “The idea would have merit if Covid-19 did not make young people sick, did not require them to access health care resources, or if it was not possible for them to transmit to higher risk individuals. Since none of this is reality, these proposals do not make sense.”


Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Southwest Accident Shows Passengers Unprepared for Emergencies

WSJ: “‘That 30-second demo of how to put the mask on properly is such an insignificant portion of most of our lives,’ said Mr. Martinez, who used the moments after the window burst to open his laptop and purchase a Wi-Fi connection …”


Wednesday, 14 April 2021

The Nightmare Scenario for Florida’s Coastal Homeowners

Christopher Flavelle: “What matters, he guessed, will be the first time a mast fails to clear the bottom of one of those bridges because the water level had risen too far. ‘These boats are going to be the canary in the mine,’ said Cason, who became mayor in 2011 after retiring from the U.S. foreign service. ‘When the boats can’t go out, the property values go down.’”


Saturday, 10 April 2021

Four Ways of Looking at the Radicalism of Joe Biden

Ezra Klein: “These are now negotiations among Democrats, done with the intention of finding policies popular enough that Republican voters will back them, even if Republican politicians will not.”


Sunday, 4 April 2021

Vaccine Cheat Days Are Adding Up

Katherine J. Wu: “humans have a tendency to spin ambiguity into the most favorable outcome available”

Disclosure: I used to work for Professor Downs.