Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Derek Thompson reports on Denmark's wage subsidies which are finally being mimicked by other countries including Canada. And Duncan Cameron points out how the Libs' early response fell far short of the mark.

- Rachel Giese points out how the coronavirus response shows the ability of governments to deploy resources to meet basic needs when they're motivated enough to do so.

- Mindy Isser discusses how a pandemic is showing everybody who's actually needed as between the wealthy few and the service workers who keep our essential supports running. But Alexander Panetta observes that a crisis is only emphasizing and deepening the class divide.

- Anthony Morgan discusses how incarcerated people are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases. And Samantha Michaels writes about the spread of COVID-19 through Rikers Island, while Kendall Latimer, Dan Zakreski and Creeden Martell report on the first apparent cases among Saskatchewan correctional workers.

- Aaron Saltzman notes that deferred mortgage payments under the privately-controlled model set up by the Libs may carry large costs, with the bank standing to benefit as a result.

- Finally, PressProgress highlights how Jason Kenney attempted to demonize renters as an excuse for refusing to provide protection against evictions.


  1. Phillip Huggan6:49 p.m.

    A class of SD acts, such as all our breakfasts at a coffee chain, should be measured by the number of communicable contacts incurred. For some positions, one key immune individual makes it a low spread event. The corporate chain-of-command can work with design engineers for pop up tents kiosks. There is also low capacity in present off-peak mall hours and parks.
    Marginal profitability is being lost and firms are closing whereas you may get 30% immune staffing soon in Wuhan and NYC. It is an open reflexive economic issue how to cross the gap. Utilitarian means and ends should be permitted more such un-SDing credits, likewise for expected contributors (not bloggers) towards pandemics and maybe disasters. With better sensors you may want to time in not too dense locales, a square-wave pandemic workforce (it is risky) and have some infected right away to immediately start-up a post-pandemic workforce, and then apply extra brakes to plateau the cases and health care limits.
    There is a golden opportunity to do longevity research here as a long-term economic stimulus but it makes bioevents happen without decent neuro-imaging. We can remove freedoms and add some back based on these metrics, for many replicating risks.

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