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The Sunk Cost Virus

I finally figured out what government and WHO policy regarding coronavirus reminds me of – a 419 letter advance-fee scam (those emails from third world customs officials wanting your help in sneaking money out of the country). “We work for … Continue reading

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Corona prediction

The actual hospitalization and fatality rates for coronavirus have been pretty unimpressive lately, so the media keeps hyping the number of new cases (while failing to mention that hospitalization and fatality rates aren’t increasing at a similar rate). Now this … Continue reading

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Being dragged kicking and streaming…

I was very psyched last weekend. The university was preparing to begin classes again as of June 1 and the coronavirus situation is absolutely under control with a small number of deaths (currently averaging about 10 a day with an … Continue reading

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Has China Pscyhed the World Out?

As far as I can consciously recollect I haven’t seen this exact theory anywhere though I might have. But my evolving thinking on the coronavirus…. situation is now shooting off into bizarre directions. So, here it is… feel free to … Continue reading

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Pessimistic about Optimism

One of the more useful, in my experience, ways of understanding cultural differences, especially in Europe, is ‘uncertainty avoidance’. In short, cultures (meaning majority preferences within a society) tend to differ in how they deal with the inherent uncertainty of … Continue reading

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Have We Been Played?

I’m starting to get the idea that some governments (okay, just about all of them) are instrumentalizing Coronavirus (however dangerous it is) to reinforce and strengthen austerity. This isn’t the end of austerity but its final victory as most societies … Continue reading

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The Worst News is the News

It’s safe to say that most coronavirus coverage in the mainstream media (in most or all(?) countries) has been pretty awful. It’s extremely hard to find daily infection/fatality rates in Poland (the figures are very low but updated a time … Continue reading

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The Least They Can Do

The euro did well for a couple of years in good times and completely failed at its first big stress test as the decision was made to place the Southern service economies (Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal) in permanent debt to … Continue reading

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Gotta Catch ’em All

Sometimes wandering through the contradictory and odd reports on coronavirus I have the idea that rather than separate strains there are actually separate viruses. There’s one that spreads slowly, is not easily contagious but is very dangerous and hard to … Continue reading

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Corona Hot Take

At times the coronavirus seems like WWI in reverse with the global pandemic preceding the fighting. At other times it seems like WWI in the normal direction. The WHO seems like the secret treaties that dragged country after country into … Continue reading

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