Saturday, March 28, 2020
In the long run, the extraordinary concentration of COVID-19 cases in New York threatens an economy and a social fabric that were already unraveling before the outbreak began. The city’s job growth rate has slowed and was slated to decline further, noted the New York City Independent Budget Office. Critically, New York’s performance in such high wage fields as business services, finance, and tech was weakening compared to other American metros. Half of all the city’s condos built since 2015 lie unsold as oligarchs, drug lords, celebrities, and others lose interest in luxury real estate now that cash, much of it from China, is drying up.
But it’s not just the ultrarich who are heading to the exits. Even before the virus hit, large urban centers like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago were losing population; over 90% of all population growth since 2010 had taken place in the suburbs or exurbs. Even millennials, as demonstrated in a Heartland Forward report, are moving away from the supposed “magnets” of New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, to the sprawling cities and towns in the middle of the country. Renowned demographer William H. Frey of the Brookings Institution indicates that the greatest net migration losses in recent years has occurred in New York. The growth in the migration of such prized workers is now two to three times faster in Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Grand Rapids than in regions around New York, Los Angeles, or Washington, D.C.
Here’s something that never gets mentioned or seen in coverage of the Hamptons, whether it’s the news or gossip columns or “Sex and the City” reruns: There are actually poor people who live here. There are three trailer parks (one, of course, is already going luxury). There are food pantries for the needy, and that includes schoolkids.
Normally, the haves and the have-nots converge only in summer, and everyone plays their parts. No more.
“A big majority [of the rich] are truly disrespectful, and in my opinion don’t deserve to enjoy Montauk,” says local fisherman Chris Albronda, 33. He wasn’t shocked by the infected woman who deliberately came out here, even after she was told not to.
“That small act reflects a lot of what we deal with in the summer,” he says. “Selfish. Disrespectful. Absolutely horrifying.”
“I’ve seen breathtaking acts of selfishness,” says lifelong East Hamptonite Jason LaGarenne, 42. “I saw one guy walk out [of a grocery store] with a cart full of carrots. Just carrots. Another cart was full of bottles of water and orange anti-microbial dish soap. If you’re a ridiculous person in general, I guess your ridiculousness is amplified by something like this.”
The longer this goes on, the more of this there will be.
Before your eyes glaze over entirely, as I mentioned above, I’m not a proponent of this theory, though I find it highly entertaining. But here’s one thought to chew on that could tie the reports of the Nimitz encounters to this idea. If the UAPs keep showing up off the coast of southern California, is it possible that their owners have a base in the area? That would certainly be more convenient than having to commute back and forth between Earth and the Sirius star system, right? But how could there be such an advanced, technological base here on Earth without us having discovered it? Well… what if it’s underwater? Like way underwater.
Some of the girls you can meet in LA are from this underwater civilization, I'm given to understand.
The restriction on travel to and from China got imposed at the end of January. At the time, Joe Biden accused Trump of “hysteria and xenophobia — hysterical xenophobia” for cutting off that potential transmission source. When Trump imposed a similar restriction on the EU’s Schengen Zone countries this month, the media and the EU accused Trump of overreacting. In both cases, however, the countries impacted erected their own travel barriers shortly afterward, including new border enforcement in the previously free-movement Schengen zone. That made Trump look more like a visionary than a hysteric, and nearly every American agrees just a few weeks later.
Howard County bans sale of nonessential goods from stores allowed to stay open - WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather | Indiana Traffic
The commissioners’ order says the sale of nonessential goods at essential stores was “not fair” to the businesses selling only nonessential goods that have closed in compliance with the county’s public health emergency ordinance.
If we all just agreed Hayek was right, could you please stop doing this?
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts informed members of the National Symphony Orchestra that they would no longer be paid just hours after President Trump signed a $25 million taxpayer bailout for the cultural center, according to an email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
It's almost like only the people at the top will get paid. That's weird.
Fauci said “of course” he would prescribe the drug, “particularly if people have no other option.” He went on: “Physicians throughout the country can prescribe that in an off-label way. Which means they can write it for something it was not approved for.” Not in Nevada. On Tuesday, Sisolak signed an emergency regulation prohibiting doctors outside of hospitals from prescribing that drug and a similar one, chloroquine. His justification is to prevent shortages and a run on the drugs.A prescription for chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine may not be issued, filled or dispensed to an outpatient for a COVID-19 diagnosis,” the rule states.
This is nuts.
As policymakers around the world struggle to combat the rapidly escalating Covid-19 pandemic, they find themselves in uncharted territory. Much has been written about the practices and policies used in countries such as China, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan to stifle the pandemic. Unfortunately, throughout much of Europe and the United States, it is already too late to contain Covid-19 in its infancy, and policymakers are struggling to keep up with the spreading pandemic. In doing so, however, they are repeating many of the errors made early on in Italy, where the pandemic has turned into a disaster. The purpose of this article is to help U.S. and European policymakers at all levels learn from Italy’s mistakes so they can recognize and address the unprecedented challenges presented by the rapidly expanding crisis.
As coronavirus ravages his native New York media mogul David Geffen observes a sunset from his 400 million superyacht Im hoping everybody is staying safe - MarketWatch
Geffen, whose net worth is estimated at $7.5 billion, according to Forbes, tweeted a number of images of his resplendent $400 million superyacht, Rising Sun, apparently adrift off the coast of the Grenadines, a chain of small Caribbean islands in the lesser Antilles, about 2,085 miles south of New York, which has emerged as the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak.
This is your elite at play. I hope nobody on board has the virus so that no port will let his yacht dock. That would be just awful.
Concealed carry permit holder fatally shoots armed woman outside north Tulsa shopping center | Local | tulsaworld.com
Tulsa Police responded about 6:30 p.m. Friday to the 5300 block of North Peoria Avenue for a reported shooting. A woman was found dead at the scene, according to a news release. She has not been identified as of Friday night.
A man with a concealed carry permit reportedly told arriving officers that he shot the woman after she started shooting at customers outside the shopping center.
Rhode Island police, National Guard begin stopping cars with NY plates and going door-to-door to enforce quarantine | TheHill
Rhode Island police have begun stopping cars with New York license plates, and the National Guard will soon help officials conduct house-to-house searches to force anyone who has traveled from New York to enter isolation.
I hope there is pent up demand for civil rights afterwards as well.
The European Union has accused Moscow of pushing fake news online in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French, using “contradictory, confusing and malicious reports” to make it harder for the bloc leaders to communicate its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They're lighting their arrows. It seems unfair.
Some inmates released from Rikers Island amid the coronavirus outbreak are being given free cellphones, cab fare and even hotel rooms as they head out the door, according to sources and a City Hall rep.
Precautions put in place to slow the coronavirus cases in New Orleans has inadvertently led to a rat problem for the Louisiana city. With restaurants closed save for take-out service, far less food waste is being discarded in the city's alleyways, driving the local rodent population out into the open to search for scraps.of
Can Donald Trump shut down — or at least seriously restrict — interstate traffic in a national emergency? We may be about to find out. Trump announced on Twitter that he might “quarantine” the “hot spots” of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to slow down any more spread of the coronavirus pandemic to other states:
The WHO dug their public relations crisis even deeper into the ground when Bruce Alyward, the Senior Advisor to Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, refused to talk about Taiwan during an interview with RTHK. In fact, Alyward pretended the Skype call froze. Then he said he wanted to move on to a different question since China had already been discussed. When the reporter pressed him about Taiwan again, he hung up the call.
WASHINGTON — China and Russia have both seized on the novel coronavirus to wage disinformation campaigns that seek to sow doubts about the United States’ handling of the crisis and deflect attention from their own struggles with the pandemic, according to American intelligence officials and diplomats.
We need bigger oceans.
As the Austrian school of economics demonstrates in the calculation theory of socialism, no central planning body has the capacity to organize society based on coercive mandates. The main reason is that the central planner is unable to obtain all the necessary information to organize society in this way, as information has subjective, creative, dispersed, and tacit qualities. This principle is fully applicable to the containment of a pandemic. Individual responsibility along with transparency of information are crucial to stopping a pandemic. Taiwan makes a very good case for how individualism and voluntary cooperation work effectively in resisting the coronavirus pandemic.
Many observers and a few demagogues have argued that the United States entered this trying period from a position of strength; they claimed that the economy was stronger than ever. That was a delusion based on the stock market reaching record highs and unemployment hitting record lows. Americans have already seen how fragile the stock market was—the wealth accumulated in the last three years of market rise has now disappeared. And unemployment was pushed artificially low by having larger numbers of people in retirement and disability. The proportion of the population in the workforce since 2015, about 63 percent, remains substantially lower than it was from 1990 to 2010, about 66 percent; accounting for this difference, unemployment is about the same as it was for most of the period since 2000. GDP growth, a better indicator of the economy’s strength, has generally been weaker—about 2 percent per year, despite strong monetary and fiscal stimulus, in the form of record-low interest rates and record-high government deficits. In sum, the United States entered this period of extreme economic stress with an artificially inflated stock market, historically low labor force participation, and slow economic growth rates.
It would be indulging a second delusion to assume that the economy will automatically bounce into a strong position once the nadir of the current crisis has passed. Instead, the United States needs to accept the reality of its weak condition if its policies are to lay the foundation for rapid economic growth after the pandemic recedes. Critical to that task will be addressing the country’s demographic, health, and migration challenges with novel policy solutions.
Chinese president Xi Jinping has a new slogan: “Zero” — the goal of reducing to zero the number of cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, aka COVID-19. Reaching zero is crucial to achieving his broader goal of global leadership and domination. Xi must show the world that the totalitarian Chinese political system is vindicated by the defeat of the virus. The truth about COVID-19 inside China is the greatest obstacle to his ambition.
Trump's talk about his cozy terrific chats with Xi are making me nervous.
Friday, March 27, 2020
Could the stalled economy we've inflicted on ourselves in our frantic efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic lead to civil disorder? History suggests that's a real danger.
Around the world, high unemployment and stagnant economic activity tend to lead to social unrest, including demonstrations, strikes, and other forms of potentially violent disruptions. That's a huge concern as forecasters expect the U.S. unemployment rate in the months to come to surpass that seen during the depths of the Great Depression.
It's amazing that people are still being chided for taking steps to protect themselves from the coronavirus, when anyone with eyes can see that the spread of the disease is fast overwhelming authorities' ability to deal with it. Regular people are being told not only that they don't need masks, but that "masks don't work". Hospital workers are dangerously short on PPE and critical equipment like respirators. Nurses who have brought in their own masks to wear have been threatened with getting fired for doing so. Why are we fighting smart prudent steps when we all share the common goal of minimizing covid-19's impact on society? Why are we suppressing one of the single simplest, cheapest and most effective tactics we have in the war against this pandemic? We should be encouraging EVERYONE to wear a mask, of nearly any type. A citizen DIY movement, not unlike the WW2 victory gardens, could and should be promoted, making millions of mask in short order for us all to wear -- not to protect ourselves, but to keep the sick from infecting others. Seriously, if we all wear masks, wash our hands frequently and don't touch our faces, our odds of making through this epidemic skyrocket. It's an easy goal that's right in our grasp. It shouldn't be this hard...
Talks among U.N. Security Council nations over a joint declaration or resolution on the coronavirus have stalled over U.S. insistence that it explicitly state that the virus originated in Wuhan, China, as well as exactly when it started there. China's diplomats are enraged according to the diplomats, even as they seek to put their own language into the statement praising China's efforts to contain the virus.
Stunning Visualization Reveals Where Spring Break Covidiots Traveled After Flooding Florida Beaches | Zero Hedge
On Monday we reported how thousands of young Americans laughed off warnings to self-isolate and partied on Florida beaches anyway for spring break - with several now testing positive for COVID-19.
The poster child for these selfish 'covidiots' - who will statistically survive coronavirus - was a spring breaker from Ohio, Bradley Sluder - told CBS News: "If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I'm not gonna let it stop me from partying," adding "We're just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens."
Billionaire James Dyson Confirms His Company Will Make An Initial Order Of 10,000 Ventilators In The U.K.
Dyson adds that the new device can be manufactured “quickly, efficiently and at volume.” Adding that it is designed to address the specific clinical needs of COVID-19 patients.
“The race is now on to get it into production,” Dyson’s letter says.
It also works on that hard-to-get pet hair.
University of Michigan officials can be held personally liable for violating accused student’s rights: judge | The College Fix
The University of Michigan’s refusal to recognize an accused student’s “clearly established due process rights” led a federal judge to deny its administrators “qualified immunity” in the student’s lawsuit.
Senior U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow went much further, declaring the school’s 2018 Title IX policy unconstitutional and an element of the “interim” policy that replaced it unconstitutional.
“John Doe” sued the taxpayer-funded institution in 2018 because it placed an “indefinite hold” on his transcript and degree after a female student accused him of sexual misconduct. It also withheld “any form of hearing or cross examination,” per its policy that year.
Months later, in a different lawsuit against UMich known as Baum, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered public universities in its jurisdiction to allow cross-examination and live hearings when credibility is an issue in Title IX proceedings.
As it travels between hosts, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, appears as a tiny, spiky orb, between 50 and 200 billionths of a meter across. Expelled from the human body – by a cough, say, or a well-placed sneeze – the virus can settle on surfaces, where it sits, microscopic and immobile, for hours or even days. If something comes along and touches the surface, the virus can travel with it – to a human hand, then from a hand to a face, and from there into the body.
Unless, that is, something destroys it first.
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Most beaches in San Diego County remain closed Thursday in an attempt to encourage social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus, but beaches in Coronado and Oceanside have not yet been deemed off- limits.
Both cities shut down playgrounds and public beach parking lots on Monday, but neither city has officially closed its coastline as long as beachgoers maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from people who are not a part of their household.
Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego and Solana Beach closed their beaches, trails and parks on Monday, while Imperial Beach and the Port of San Diego announced similar closures on Tuesday.
Cuomo: Not sure if closing all businesses, keeping everyone home was 'the best public health strategy' | Fox News
In a press conference in Albany, Cuomo said the smartest way forward would be a public health strategy that complemented a “get-back-to-work strategy.”
“What we did was we closed everything down. That was our public health strategy. Just close everything, all businesses, old workers, young people, old people, short people, tall people,” said Cuomo. “Every school closed, everything.”
Cuomo is confusing the narrative.
BuzzFeed asked an SEIU spokesman why the distributor had such a gigantic stockpile of masks sitting around and he said he had no idea. Congrats to the union on a big — and weird — find, which basically doubles the number of masks in the national stockpile in one fell swoop. The new inventory is still only enough to supply medical purchasers in New York and California, and the number represents just one percent of the 3.5 billion masks that are expected to be needed before the crisis ends, but it’s a start. Oh, and there’s another detail: “The masks are $5 each, and the union has no financial interest in the transactions.”
Trump could seize them if he really wanted to.
These aren’t unique cases. New York City police began enforcing social distancing rules on Monday. In the greater Boston area, police have been recorded stopping people walking along on the sidewalks and asking them, “why are you out in public?” And if the job turns out to be too much for the cops to handle, plans are already in place to mobilize the National Guard in many states and dispatch them to enforce these rules.
Is it just me, or are any of you starting to feel distinctly uneasy?
Yes, I'm very uneasy.
During the coronavirus taskforce briefing on Thursday, Dr. Deborah Birx rebuked much of the media's panic reporting about the number of estimated deaths related to the coronavirus and the state of America's medical supplies.
Despite clamorous reports about a shortage of medical supplies in New York, Dr. Birx said her colleagues in the state have reassured her that ICU beds are still readily available and more than a thousand ventilators remain unused. Dr. Birx then took the press to task for their hysterical reporting.
"Please, for the reassurance of people around the world," Dr. Birx begged the press corps, "to wake up this morning and look at people talking about creating DNR situations, do not resuscitate situations for patients, there is no situation in the United States right now that warrants that kind of discussion."
I don't know whether NYC has enough ventilators. I doubt it. But the media is also clearly fanning the hysteria. I'm not sure why they do this, but it seems their habitual reaction to disasters. I witnessed this first hand during various wildfires here in SoCal.
The media that was able to push impeachment while the coronavirus spread throughout the world, that claimed concerns about it were racist, and that attempts to control its spread were xenophobic, now wants even more control over the message. Their plan to keep Americans in the dark about what the country’s top political and medical officials say unless it is filtered through a group of people who botched the 2016 campaign, the Russia collusion narrative, and the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing is a demonstration of something very dangerous.
They don’t want to report the news. They want to control it. That is damaging and destructive to their own already hurting reputations but, more importantly, to public health itself.
No one in the White House is suggesting that we sacrifice the elderly or the vulnerable. Asked by a reporter “how many deaths are you willing to accept?” to restore growth, Trump answered “none.” Rather, the goal is to get this country to the same place as South Korea, which has effectively contained the virus without quarantining tens of millions of people. South Koreans did so by following a strategy of “Trace, Test and Treat” — using mass testing to isolate the infected while allowing healthy people to go about their lives. South Korea has been able to do this because it was able to test early. We have not because we lost six crucial weeks in ramping up testing thanks to the incompetence of the Food and Drug Administration, which refused to allow private and academic advanced labs to develop coronavirus tests. Only in March were FDA restrictions lifted and outside labs given the green light to begin testing.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Industrial espionage is as ancient as industry itself—and a frequent accomplice to the rise of empires. From classical Greek cities to modern U.S. corporations, the theft of trade secrets has marked a transfer of power almost as routinely as bloodshed. The methods have switched from old-fashioned spying to online hacks, but the motivation remains the same: winning.
In the 18th century, a rising United States was the main culprit. Alexander Hamilton stressed the need to steal European technical knowledge, while Benjamin Franklin openly encouraged British artisans to immigrate to America—and, implicitly, to bring British machinery with them. “[M]ost of the political and intellectual elite of the revolutionary and early national generation were directly or indirectly involved in technology piracy,” writes the Fordham University historian Doron Ben-Atar in his book Trade Secrets. Today, however, the United States is the one defending its position against other perpetrators—most notably China.
IN JUST A few weeks a virus a ten-thousandth of a millimetre in diameter has transformed Western democracies. States have shut down businesses and sealed people indoors. They have promised trillions of dollars to keep the economy on life support. If South Korea and Singapore are a guide, medical and electronic privacy are about to be cast aside. It is the most dramatic extension of state power since the second world war.
One taboo after another has been broken. Not just in the threat of fines or prison for ordinary people doing ordinary things, but also in the size and scope of the government’s role in the economy. In America Congress is poised to pass a package worth almost $2trn, 10% of GDP, twice what was promised in 2007-09. Credit guarantees by Britain, France and other countries are worth 15% of GDP. Central banks are printing money and using it to buy assets they used to spurn. For a while, at least, governments are seeking to ban bankruptcy.
For believers in limited government and open markets, covid-19 poses a problem. The state must act decisively. But history suggests that after crises the state does not give up all the ground it has taken. Today that has implications not just for the economy, but also for the surveillance of individuals.
I don't know what to say. I'm just standing here with my mouth open. I guess we're all socialists now.
Neil Ferguson, Doctor Behind Coronavirus Doomsday Imperial College Study, Revises Predictions | The Daily Caller
Renowned epidemiologist Neil Ferguson of the Imperial College suggested in his model last week the U.S. and the U.K. would have to continue to shut down for 18 months to avoid catastrophic death, but testified in front of the U.K’s Parliamentary select committee on science and technology earlier this week that he expects the country to be able to flatten the curve within 2-3 weeks. The Imperial College predicted that over 500,000 people could die in the U.K., and over two million could die in the U.S., but Ferguson said he now expects the death toll in Britain to be under 20,000, according to NewScientist.
Well this seems important. Expect to see this headlined on CNN and MSNBC. (satire)
WASHINGTON — President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela was indicted in the United States on Thursday in a narco-terrorism and cocaine trafficking conspiracy in which prosecutors said he led a violent drug cartel even as he amassed power.
The indictment of a putative head of state was highly unusual and served as an escalation of the Trump administration’s campaign to pressure Mr. Maduro to leave office after his widely disputed re-election in 2018. Mr. Maduro has led Venezuela’s economy into shambles and prompted an exodus of millions of people into neighboring countries.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports.
Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing against the policy of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the board that oversees the state’s high school athletic competitions.
hree months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting at least 446,000 people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not.
I post this out of a sense of duty almost, of completeness. I think The Atlantic is our leading purveyor of virus porn, the sort of doom-saying, prophetic utterances that you read late at night and are sorry you did. I know things are bad, but the Atlantic is glorying in it all. So read this if you want.
My best guess is the the virus will burn through our population and the rest of the world's, and various hospital systems will do their different level bests to cope with it. Some places, such as NYC and New Orleans, will be much harder hit than other places, such as the flyover states. We might even lose 1 million people in the US, a little less than a third of a percent of our population, no consolation if that includes your parent or your child. Certain aspects of life will change, such as everyone's having to wear face masks, or restaurant tables being further apart. Things will change. Technology will emerge as one of the ways we keep track of each other, communicate, go to classes: good and bad. Life will go on. People like me will miss the past and probably glorify it. Others will know it only from books, or rather from whatever they look at in those days. It will be the end of the world as we know it, but it will not be the end of the world. So read the Atlantic if you want to.
But -- don't compare it even for a moment to what a large part of humanity endured in World War II. Read the first chapter of Max Hasting's Inferno if you want a taste of what it was really like to have apocalyptic horror suddenly injected into and then replace your daily routine. Quarantine is bad, but it's not that bad, not remotely.
China Bars All Foreigners, Gov. Cuomo Slams "Reckless" Federal Stimulus Bill: Live Updates | Zero Hedge
Update (1315ET): China's Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that beginning on Saturday, all foreign nationals, including those with valid visas and residence permits, will be temporarily barred from entering China as Beijing continues to turn the tables on the US and other western countries that barred Chinese nationals in the wake of the outbreak.
Columbia University will let medical students graduate early so they can help with the coronavirus response efforts in New York, university officials told ABC News.
Chicago's popular Lakefront Trail was shut down on Thursday, blocking access to the extensive trail and park, after too many people congregated and violated social distancing guidelines, said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
During Thursday's press conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Congress' $2 trillion stimulus bill "failed to meet the governmental need", adding that it does "absolutely nothing for us" in terms of the massive hit to the state's budget from lost tax revenue, while also not even doing enough to meet the base-level need in New York's hospitals.
Zero Hedge is good to follow now.
The Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion economic rescue plan on Wednesday that will offer assistance to tens of millions of American households affected by the coronavirus. Its components include stimulus payments to individuals, expanded unemployment coverage that includes the self-employed, student loan changes and much more.
Alas, demagogues and rumormongers obstruct such basic humanity and acts of conscience. When politicians and diplomats imitate or overreact to one another’s unconstructive and uncooperative remarks and behaviors, they create a downward spiral that does more than COVID-19 to push the world closer toward doomsday.
‘God help us all! The end is near!’ Mike Huckabee reacts to a coronavirus ‘code red’ from Waffle House - MarketWatch
The Waffle House’s history of serving its communities amid crises led former FEMA boss Craig Fugate to create the “Waffle House Index.” When it’s “green,” diners get the full menu, “yellow” means limited, and “red,” which we’re seeing a lot of now, means its closed completely.
“If you get there and the Waffle House is closed?” Fugate once said. “That’s really bad.”
More than 3 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, according to new data released Thursday.
The massive spike in new jobless claims comes as nationwide lockdowns to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic have kept Americans from their workplaces, grinding businesses to a halt and forcing many companies to shutter or to lay off staff.
Just 282,000 people filed for unemployment in the previous week, before lockdowns began, according to the Department of Labor.
Thursday's numbers are just "the tip of the iceberg," Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, said as she noted that these figures do not even include data from this week.
A loyal reader sends in this letter regarding a research opportunity for students:
I thought I’d write you because of your southern California contacts. Despite the current turmoil at universities with a transition to online work, I’ve had nine students volunteer in the past week. I’ve already contacted all the DC area schools and schools outside DC whose graduates were among the officeholders.
I am writing to seek your aid in identifying some students who may be willing to work on this project.
The project is to research and write the biographies of the 48 men and women who have served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from the first one in 1801 to the present. It will be published as a book by the Historical Society for the D.C. Circuit (whose members have volunteered to doing final editing). Some of it, or all of it, will also be published on the Society’s webpage. The Society, by the way, was founded by then-Judge Ginsberg 30 years ago this year.
We have had a number of Associates, paralegals, legal assistants, and summer interns with this firm researching and writing. And we had a number of summer interns (both college students and law students) from the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office help us last summer. Of the 48 biographies, we no longer need any researching or writing on 21. This leaves 27.
We’d like to accelerate our process by seeking help from history or government students -- or others of course (for example, there may be students in other disciplines or some recent grads, or people in Archives, who may be interested).
Of the 27 biographies yet to be completed, we have done basic research on all of them, and extensive research on many of them. There should be some U.S. Attorneys who may be of interest, either because of the time period in which they worked and lived, the cases they handled, or some other criterion. Particularly attractive might be the living former U.S. Attorneys who need to be interviewed: Joseph diGenova, Eric Holder, Jeffrey Taylor, and Channing Phillips.
This should be a good project because:
--we’re looking at a chapter-length work product; typically, we’re looking for about 6,000 words of manuscript, richly illustrated, and the final product will be richly illustrated and under 2,000 words;
--each biography obviously is discrete, well-defined;
--there is the opportunity to interview;
--the students can utilize all of the research already compiled;
--the students will have our written guidance on what material is needed and what resources are available;
--their work will be edited by name partner Chris Todd and me; (Chris published a book in 1987 with the Second Circuit Historical Society for the first 100 years of the Southern District of New York, and then I worked with him on publishing a book three times that size in 2014 covering 225 years of that Office); and,
--since the book will be published sooner rather than later, they can include in their CVs an entry like this: “George Morris Fay (1909-1957, U.S. Attorney 1946-1951)” in K. Chris Todd, ed., The United States Attorneys for the District of Columbia: 1801-2020 (48 biographies; forthcoming from the Historical Society of the D.C. Circuit).
Of course, I’d be happy to talk to you, or anyone you may suggest, about this.
We do not offer any compensation. Perhaps a student could obtain academic credit, either by submitting a paper as part of a regular course, or submitting a paper as part of a writing-only course, or this could qualify as an internship.
As for timeline: It would be great to receive draft biographies staggered over the next few months, extending into the summer. I am reaching out to a dozen universities, many of whom have graduates among these 48 officeholders.
James M. Thunder, Attorney
KELLOGG, HANSEN, TODD, FIGEL & FREDERICK, P.L.L.C.
Sumner Square | 1615 M Street, N.W. | Suite 400 | Washington, DC 20036
The Daily Mail, the popular British tabloid widely read in the United States, has published dozens of articles in recent months about coronavirus that were based on stories originating from People’s Daily, the communist party’s official newspaper, and other Chinese propaganda mills.