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Long-time friend of LGM Gabriel Rosenberg has an op-ed in the Washington Post on what we can learn from the history of animal quarantines, which is that we should pay everyone a lot of money to stay at home. Given these stakes, when epidemics of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia and Texas fever hit the U.S. cattle […]

April 14

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On March 28, 2020

A few days ago, I expressed skepticism of scientists claiming the coronvirus outbreak would peak in the U.S. in three weeks. But here we have a new model from the University of Washington School of Me

Three Weeks?

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On March 25, 2020

Is it just me or does this seem ridiculously optimistic? A leading epidemiologist advising the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated the peak of deaths in the US coronavirus pand

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The response of Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to COVID-19 is astonishing, making Trump look rational by comparison. All around Latin America, governments have spent the past few weeks gearing up for an impending wave of coronavirus cases. In El Salvador, President Nayib Bukele closed the borders to foreigners. In Colombia, President Ivan Duque […]
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The Senate Death Caucus

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On March 18, 2020
The 8 senators who opposed the first COVID-19 bill: Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Jim Inhofe (R-OK); James Lankford (R-OK); Mike Lee (R-UT); Rand Paul (R-KY); Ben Sasse (R-NE); Tim Scott (R-SC), and Ron Johnson (R-WI). What’s that? Reasonable Moderate Ben Sasse? And here I thought he was going to step into the large maverickocity shoes of […]

The Sacrifice

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On March 16, 2020

I’m not going to quote any of this because it is pretty sociopathic, but this article is about people arguing that it’s just not worth the economic and social sacrifice to save a couple of

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The New York Times rightfully points out that the first of what I am sure are going to many stimulus/relief bills has some problems. The biggest is that the sick leave provisions are pathetic and exclude both small and large employers. Yeah, I’d say that’s a real problem. But while mentioning that the real reason […]
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