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Guardian Trump Joked. Silly Reasons. Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America The Atlantic. Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America The Atlantic. In these pandemic times I conduct a daily privilege stocktake as I contemplate the months ahead. We're thinking about Covid-19 the wrong way. It's not a 'wave' – it's a wildfire. We have no previous experience with a worldwide coronavirus pandemic, so when Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, began spreading, public health experts leaned on our experiences with influenza pandemics to inform their predictions.

We're thinking about Covid-19 the wrong way. It's not a 'wave' – it's a wildfire

These pandemics are often described in terms of “waves” and “troughs”. We have now seen enough to replace the ocean analogy with a better one: wildfire. Like a wildfire, the virus relentlessly seeks out fuel (human hosts), devastating some areas while sparing others. It will continue spreading until we achieve sufficient herd immunity – when 50 to 70% of the population has developed protective antibodies – to significantly slow transmission. We will achieve herd immunity either through widespread infection or an effective and widely available vaccine. What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law. 1. Instead of my usual monthly Burma (Myanmar) topic, this History Thread is a brief backgrounder on Portland, Oregon’s history as it relates to the ongoing Portland Black Lives Matter protest situation, along with an overview of those events.

Barack Obama’s Eulogy for John Lewis: Full Text. Ted Corcoran PDX Recap. We Are Tracking What Happens to Police After They Use Force on Protestors. A bipartisan group secretly gathered to game out a contested Trump-Biden election. It wasn’t pretty. Get Today in Politics in your inboxA digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday.

A bipartisan group secretly gathered to game out a contested Trump-Biden election. It wasn’t pretty

Using a role-playing game that is a fixture of military and national security planning, the group envisioned a dark 11 weeks between Election Day and Inauguration Day, one in which Trump and his Republican allies used every apparatus of government — the Postal Service, state lawmakers, the Justice Department, federal agents, and the military — to hold onto power, and Democrats took to the courts and the streets to try to stop it. Greta and Malala: why photos of Thunberg are a flicker of light in a dark, dark world. To quote George Harrison, it’s been a long and lonely winter.

Greta and Malala: why photos of Thunberg are a flicker of light in a dark, dark world

Know their names: Black people killed by the police in the US. Warning Statement on the Potential for Mass Atrocities in the United States. We are a nonpartisan group of former and current atrocities prevention, human rights, humanitarian, counterterrorism, and democratization professionals, advocates, academics, and practitioners.

Warning Statement on the Potential for Mass Atrocities in the United States

We have worked in war zones, conflict-affected countries, fragile states, and in countries under authoritarian rule. Seeing first-hand and learning directly from the people of those nations, we know people who have experienced violent reprisals for their attempts to demand change from their governments through peaceful protest, and we have seen what failure to prevent means. No country is immune to political violence, especially countries that have a history of political violence. We write to issue an unequivocal warning to the leaders of the United States of America that without urgent action the country risks having a mass atrocity event and constitutional crisis that will threaten both human security and the future of the republic.

Signed, Joshua Potash PDX Recap. Who's behind the Trending Video Narrated by George Carlin? Trump has helped the US to see its dark side. It will still be there when he goes. If Donald Trump loses in November – and it’s a very big if, of course – then under Joe Biden, it will be hard for the United States not to be seduced into collective amnesia.

Trump has helped the US to see its dark side. It will still be there when he goes

The Trump presidency has represented such a thorough subversion of political norms that, with a Biden victory, the temptation to move on from it as swiftly as possible will be strong. Already the signs are beginning to appear. Barack Obama Beautifully Remembers Rep. John Lewis. Former President Barack Obama remembered the late Rep.

Barack Obama Beautifully Remembers Rep. John Lewis

John Lewis and perfectly summed up the enormous impact that Lewis had on the United States. In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Obama said: America is a constant work in progress. 20160307 evopsych ebook. Waging peace is much more than ending war. Let’s just say that suddenly you are a social scientist and you want to study peace.

Waging peace is much more than ending war

That is, you want to understand what makes for a peaceful society. Let’s say that, for years in your work in various parts of the world, you’ve been surrounded by evidence of violence and war. From individual people, you’ve heard about beatings and arrests and murders and rapes; you’ve heard about deportations and black-masked men demanding your food or your life.

You’ve heard about family violence and village violence and state violence. You’ve heard these stories from old women with loose, liquid tears and young men with arms full of prison tattoos. Half of the Earth must be preserved for nature conse... Unstanched haemorrhaging has only one end in all biological systems: death for an organism, extinction for a species.

Half of the Earth must be preserved for nature conse...

Researchers who study the trajectory of biodiversity loss are alarmed that, within the century, an exponentially rising extinction rate might easily wipe out most of the species still surviving at the present time. The crucial factor in the life and death of species is the amount of suitable habitat left to them. Think Malheur was stolen? Talk to the Paiutes.

Documentaries 20160131 BlackLivesMatterTheStoryOfASlogan. This year in forgotten obituaries: Climate deniers, hoverboards, and American empathy. Recommendations to the UN Security Council Committee on Counter Terrorism. Journal of Political Risk, Vol. 3, No. 12, December 2015.

Recommendations to the UN Security Council Committee on Counter Terrorism

By Scott Atran. Aeon. E.O. Wilson’s Wants Us to Leave Half of the Earth Alone—Here's Why. The Netanyahu Disaster. The Israeli prime minister has two main tasks, and he's failing at both.

The Netanyahu Disaster

Benjamin Netanyahu believes he has just one job, and that is to stop Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons. He might argue that this description of his mission as Israel’s prime minister is too limiting, though such an argument would not be particularly credible. Scott Atran — Hopes and Dreams in a World of Fear. U.S. media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by WBEZ's Worldview. Iraq war 10th anniversary: George Bush’s invasion of Iraq has accelerated the collapse of the Middle East’s European-imposed borders. Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters On Feb. 26, 2003, President George W.

Bush gave a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, spelling out what he saw as the link between freedom and security in the Middle East. President Obama sings Amazing Grace (C-SPAN) McLaughlin: The Middle East Conflict With 5 Dimensions. The author was deputy director and acting director of the CIA from 2000–2004 and currently teaches at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Never in modern times has the Middle East been so chaotic. David Brooks - Op-Ed Columnist. 20151214 hiddenbrain terrorism. Why ISIS has the potential to be a world-altering re...