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AP Review finds no evidence of widespread voter fraud

• An Associated Press review finds far too little voter fraud to have affected 2020 presidential election results.

2021-12-15T15:31:04-05:00December 15th, 2021|HomeRecommended|

And now for some much needed humor…

Matt Levine’s Money Stuff is a wonderful reminder of the madness inherent in our modern world.  He’s brilliantly dissected the TMTG SPAC PIPE and in today’s post has an incredibly funny take on Big’s Peloton-related fate in HBO Max’s “And Just Like That…”.   A totally fictional streaming video episode manages to cause a billion dollar shift in PTON’s real-world market value, forcing the company to issue a statement with a cardiologist’s post mortem re. the real (?fictional) cause of death. What a crazy world we live in.

For more, see Birds Aren’t Real in the Times…

2021-12-15T15:53:18-05:00December 13th, 2021|Home, Musings|

Democracy at Risk

• As if we weren’t feeling trepidatious enough already — Dave Leondardt’s December 13 The Morning column is a worrisome summary of the many efforts underway to undermine our current election process.  An excerpt:

“Barton Gellman, who wrote a recent Atlantic magazine article about the movement, told Terry Gross of NPR last week, ‘This is, I believe, a democratic emergency, and that without very strong and systematic pushback from protectors of democracy, we’re going to lose something that we can’t afford to lose about the way we run elections.’ “

2021-12-15T15:51:54-05:00December 13th, 2021|HomeRecommended|

Reflections of an ED doc on battling COVID

• Western Michigan emergency physician Rob Davidson describes his personal work experience in his excellent NYT guest essay “I’m an E.R. Doctor in Michigan, Where Unvaccinated People Are Filling Hospital Beds.”  Well said, Rob, and as a fellow emergency physician, let me offer my thanks for the work you do not just in the hospital but also as a vocal advocate for public health measures and equity. 

I also applaud his tweet:

2021-12-08T10:15:53-05:00December 8th, 2021|HomeRecommended|

Communication Breakdown

• When so many positive things are happening, why are Joe Biden’s approval ratings sagging? Heather Cox Richardson offers some reasons in her November 27 Letters from an American newsletter.  An excerpt:

“As Semrau puts it: ‘Democrats want to fix bridges, provide childcare and lower drug costs. Republicans don’t. These are political facts and voters should be aware of them.’

To this I would add that Republican attacks on Democrats, which are simple and emotional, get far more traction and thus far more coverage in the mainstream press than the slow and successful navigation of our complicated world.”

2021-12-08T10:16:52-05:00November 28th, 2021|HomeRecommended|

Happy Thanksgiving

Glad to breathe a sigh of relief after the Arbery decision lets us move more gracefully to a holiday that should rightfully be imbued with gratitude. Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

2021-11-25T11:56:49-05:00November 25th, 2021|Home, Musings|

Please get Covid vaccinated

Derek Hawkins writes in today’s Washington Post Coronavirus Updates:

New research out of Texas offers a grim illustration of the risks of not getting vaccinated. The state health department found that unvaccinated people accounted for more than 85 percent of the Lone Star State’s 29,000 covid-linked fatalities between mid-January and October. Seven percent of the deaths were among partially vaccinated people, while about 8 percent were fully vaccinated. Put another way: the unvaccinated in Texas were 40 times more likely to die of the disease than those fully vaccinated.

And as David Leonhardt writes in his Nov. 8th NYT The Morning, the gap in the cumulative death rate from Covid-19 between heavily T**** supporting US counties and heavily Biden supporting counties: “In October, 25 out of every 100,000 residents of heavily Trump counties died from Covid, more than three times higher than the rate in heavily Biden counties (7.8 per 100,000). October was the fifth consecutive month that the percentage gap between the death rates in Trump counties and Biden counties widened.”

If you haven’t already, please get vaccinated — it may save your life.

2021-11-10T18:24:51-05:00November 10th, 2021|Home, Musings|

Heather Cox Richardson’s Reminder

From the always excellent Heather Cox Richardson’s November 5 post:

“At about 11:30 p.m., the House of Representatives passed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) by a vote of 228–206. Biden promised to pass a bipartisan measure and after nine months of hard work, he did it: thirteen Republicans voted in favor of the bill; six progressive Democrats voted against it. The measure had already passed the Senate, so now it goes to his desk for a signature.

This bill is a huge investment in infrastructure. Axios lists just how huge: over the next 8 years, it will provide $110 billion for fixing roads and bridges, $73 billion for the electrical grid, $66 billion for railroads, $65 billion for broadband, $55 billion for water infrastructure, $47 billion for coastal adjustments to climate change, $39 billion for public transportation, and so on.

The Guardian’s congressional reporter, Hugo Lowell, noted: “Regardless of the politics, the passage of a $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill is a towering legislative achievement for Biden—and one that Trump never came close to matching.””

2021-11-06T16:18:11-05:00November 6th, 2021|Home, Musings|
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