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Hey, parasite, what makes you feel superior to the coronavirus?

By John Keeble There is not much to be said about the latest coronavirus that is good, but maybe some good will come out of it. It may finally rock safety complacency and force the mass of people to face the fact that disaster can strike our whole species as surely as it struck the […]

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Coronavirus will change the way we live for years to come

By Enda Curran Every economic shock leaves a legacy. The deadly coronavirus will be no different. The great depression spurred a “waste not want not” attitude that defined consumer patterns for decades. Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic still haunts German policy. The Asia financial crisis left the region hoarding the world’s biggest collection of foreign […]

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How pandemics have made history

By Isaac Chotiner In his new book, Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present, Frank M. Snowden, a professor emeritus of history and the history of medicine at Yale University, examines the ways in which disease outbreaks have shaped politics, crushed revolutions, and entrenched racial and economic discrimination. Epidemics have also altered […]

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The coronavirus is another reminder that evolution always wins in the end

Reading yesterday’s post in CuencaHighLife in which Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch advises that 40% to 70% of the world’s population will contract the coronavirus confirmed my initial suspicion. I had the sense with the early reports that the media was downplaying the severity of this epidemic, working to avoid a panic. As it is, it […]

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Why we’re not facing another 1918 epidemic

By Jeremy Brown We have just commemorated the centenary of the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918, which lasted only a few months but claimed 50 million to 100 million lives worldwide, including 675,000 in the United States. That pandemic remains a benchmark, and many commentators have rushed to compare it to the current coronavirus outbreak. […]

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Fear of the Coronavirus may pose a bigger threat than the virus itself

By Marco della Cava Coronavirus is in the global spotlight, but a secondary character in this unfolding drama threatens to upstage the grim protagonist: fear. Chalk that up to what it means to be human. Animals have a fight-or-flight response to real and present danger. We have that maddening ability to go a step beyond and […]

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U.S. researchers claim that Evo Morales probably won Bolivia’s October election

By John Curiel and Jack R. Williams  As Bolivia gears up for a do-over election on May 3, the country remains in unrest following the Nov. 10 military-backed coup against incumbent President Evo Morales. A quick recap: Morales claimed victory in October’s election, but the opposition protested about what it called electoral fraud. A Nov. 10 […]

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Box wines have finally come of age and they make environmental sense too

By Tyler Colman Italy’s Agriculture Ministry announced recently that some wines that receive the government’s quality assurance label may now be sold in boxes. That’s right, Italian wine is going green, and for some connoisseurs, the sky might as well be falling. But the sky isn’t falling. Wine in a box makes sense environmentally and […]

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‘Woke’ U.S. and European elites use a double standard in attacking the world’s problems

By Victor Davis Hanson An ancient habit of Western elites is a certain selectivity in condemnation. Sometimes Westerners apply critical standards to the West that they would never apply to other nations. My colleague at the Hoover Institution, historian Niall Ferguson, has pointed out that Swedish green-teen celebrity Greta Thunberg might be more effective in […]

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