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The Non-Covid Casualties of the Covid Crisis — Part III

It is not just COVID-19 itself that is causing hardship. The lockdown and the general atmosphere of panic surrounding COVID-19 have had devastating consequences: Tens of millions of people have lost their jobs Many businesses have gone under People will lose their homes Stress and anxiety are taking their toll Suicides and abuse are going … Continue reading The Non-Covid Casualties of the Covid Crisis — Part III

Covid-19 Superspreading Events Database

1,100+ Superspreading Events From Around the World [latest article update: July 1] Covid-19 Superspreading Events (SSEs) are events where multiple people —a minimum of 5, for example — get infected with the novel coronavirus. Those infected in turn often go on to infect others. SSEs appear to be the key driving force behind the current pandemic, so … Continue reading Covid-19 Superspreading Events Database

The Non-Covid Casualties of the Covid Crisis — Part II

It is not just COVID-19 itself that is causing hardship. The lockdown and the general atmosphere of panic surrounding COVID-19 have had devastating consequences: Tens of millions of people have lost their jobs Many businesses have gone under People will lose their homes Stress and anxiety are taking their toll Suicides and abuse are going … Continue reading The Non-Covid Casualties of the Covid Crisis — Part II

18 Simple Steps to Deal with Future Respiratory Virus Pandemics

Without a need for vaccines, contact tracing, lockdowns or any other far-reaching measures. Avoid superspreading events, which seem to occur when large numbers of people spend a prolonged period of time in poorly ventilated spaces, especially when there is a lot of laughing, singing, shouting or talking involved. When it is not possible to avoid … Continue reading 18 Simple Steps to Deal with Future Respiratory Virus Pandemics

How to Easily, Automatically and Instantly Transcribe YouTube Videos

What if the words spoken in a YouTube video were as easily searchable as a plain old text document? Well, they are. It only takes a minute to convert any YouTube video into text. Just follow the steps below: On a YouTube video’s page, pause the video and then click on ‘cc’. 2. Click on … Continue reading How to Easily, Automatically and Instantly Transcribe YouTube Videos

Populism for Peace

A populist pro-peace movement could end the empire without even trying. The US foreign policy establishment has inflicted unspeakable horrors on the world. And it has done a remarkable job of rationalizing these horrors or — even more effectively — directing the American public’s attention away from them. Foreign policy horrors are simply not an important issue for most … Continue reading Populism for Peace

For How Long Can a World with Nuclear Weapons Avoid Nuclear Annihilation?

We live in a world with nuclear weapons. We know there are enough nukes to blow up the world many times over. And we know that the more time passes the more opportunities there will have been for nuclear war to break out.  But how much time will have to pass for this possibility of nuclear … Continue reading For How Long Can a World with Nuclear Weapons Avoid Nuclear Annihilation?

Three Books on the History and Nature of Russophobia Help Explain Russiagate

Russophobia is several things. Wikipedia says Russophobia is: a diverse spectrum of negative feelings, dislikes, fears, aversion, derision and/or prejudice of Russia, Russians or Russian culture. A wide variety of mass culture clichés about Russia and Russians exists in the Western world. Many of these stereotypes were originally developed during the Cold War, and were … Continue reading Three Books on the History and Nature of Russophobia Help Explain Russiagate

List of Vindicated Russiagate Skeptics

Below a list of journalists, commentators etc & media organizations who never succumbed to Russiagate — the conspiracy theory that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to hack and distribute the DNC & Podesta emails — and who remained rationally skeptical throughout. The list is in somewhat random order, at least in the sense that if one … Continue reading List of Vindicated Russiagate Skeptics

28 Obama Foreign Policy Horrors (and three genuine achievements)

With Donald Trump in the White House it makes sense to worry about the direction US foreign policy is going in. But such understandable concerns about the future may lead us to forget just how destructive the previous president’s foreign policy has been.   The Obama administration bombed people in 8 countries, enforced crippling sanctions that caused … Continue reading 28 Obama Foreign Policy Horrors (and three genuine achievements)