Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
How is the U.S. economy going to recover from this disaster? Are we caught in a looming moral disaster trying to balance the number of lives lost against damage to the economy?
- The Four Rules of Pandemic Economics by Derek Thompson
- A Debt Jubilee is the Only Way to Avoid a Depression by Michael Hudson
When can America go back to work?
Thou Shalt Go Back to Work: Does Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick know what the f**k he’s talking about when he says he is willing to die from coronavirus in order to go back to work now and help save America’s economy for his grand-kids? He subscribes to the evangelical christian gospel of “growth and prosperity” which says “thou shalt not sacrifice a quarter or two of gross domestic product to save tens of thousands of lives.” What a brave guy he is, always looking so sharp in his yellow power ties. If Patrick were to contract a coronavirus and die, in the process he would infect his family and become the source of the virus that might kill one of his grandchildren. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, are you willing to pay that price? Did you ask your kids and grand-kids if they are willing to pay that price? Of course we all have to go back to work sometime and want to go back to work, but the tough question is, when is the right time for the greater good? Should this be decided unilaterally by one man? — sp
Are we ready for medical rationing and its unintended consequences?
Does authoritarianism actually help in a crisis, or is the more important requirement how much the people trust their leaders?
- institute uniform social-distancing and quarantine policies
- ramp up testing and produce faster-acting test kits at scale
- prioritize testing of health workers
- allocate masks and ventilators to stop states’ competing
- simultaneously fast track development of
- rapid trials to race for a vaccine, and
- multiple production plants for each vaccine.
- crowd sourcing anti-viral: FoldIt
- economic recovery redux:
- flatten the curve:
- Health & Wellness
- kids: daily schedule
- math+human behavior: Panic never helps.
- photo gallery: COVID19
- safety & health:
- truth and transparency: False Advertising
And the People Stayed Home
by Kitty O'Meara
And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised,
and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being,
and were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous,
mindless, and heartless ways,
the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed,
and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses,
and made new choices,
and dreamed new images,
and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.
by Lynn Ungar
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath —
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love —
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.