(New England Journal of Medicine) Dying in a Leadersip Vacuum

nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2029812 Covid-19 has created a crisis throughout the world. This crisis has produced a test of leadership. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond. Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned […]

(Bridgewater) Tracking and Assessing Monetary Policy 3 Around the World

bridgewater.com/research-and-insights/tracking-and-assessing-monetary-policy-3-around-the-world In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, we have built out our framework for understanding economic policy going forward: what we call Monetary Policy 3. In short, with interest rates around the world at zero and traditional methods of monetary stimulus now ineffective, policy makers have been forced to turn to coordinated monetary and […]

(Natalie Papillion) It’s finally time to defund the drug war

equityorganization.org naacp.org aclu.org washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/08/09/portland-police-union-fire/ oregonlive.com/portland/2020/08/saturday-night-riot-todays-top-takeaways.html (+) theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/09/portland-protesters-clash-police-building-fire Situation declared a riot as police use flashbang munitions and smoke canisters to force hundreds away Matt’s note: Of the three articles here, I prefer The Oregonian’s. Both The Washington Post (‘baldy’s boys) and The Guardian seem to editorialize quite a bit, but from different directions. On such […]

Bombshell 💣 🎆

(This is not financial advice. Continue to seek the counsel of qualified investment professionals to make level-headed and rational decisions that are reasonable for your personal goals) I have recently come across something quite significant in my daily reading, to which the implications are so dire that I haven’t even finished processing them myself: The […]

(Arvin Bahl) One Rule for Some

Matt’s Note 2021-01-13: This has not aged well. https://www.economist.com/letters/2020/06/20/letters-to-the-editor There is another reason for the popularity of fake news on the political right (“Return of the paranoid style”, June 6th). It is the double standards found in most of the media’s reporting. This conservative complaint is not entirely a myth. Take covid-19. Widespread demonstrations in […]

(Gita Gopinath [IMF]) Reopening from the Great Lockdown: Uneven and Uncertain Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed economies into a Great Lockdown, which helped contain the virus and save lives, but also triggered the worst recession since the Great Depression. Over 75 percent of countries are now reopening at the same time as the pandemic is intensifying in many emerging market and developing economies. Several countries have started […]

(Dr. Michael Osterholm) Assessing COVID-19 Risk As The U.S. Reopens:

I am not a doctor. Please follow the advice of your country’s public health officials (or, if they are being subverted and are hampered in their data collection and dissemination of information to the public due to idiotic political pressure, please also consult the WHO and reputable public institutions) Assessing COVID-19 Risk as the U.S. […]

(Ted Kavadas) Substantial Peril Inherent In the U.S. Economic Situation

economicgreenfield.com/2020/06/01/substantial-peril-inherent-in-the-u-s-economic-situation/ This is not financial advice *I also have no idea what I’m talking about Matt’s Note: While I have not thoroughly vetted this source, various corroborating viewpoints from other varied sources lead me to conclude that there is no pressing reason to doubt it: Various surveys, economic growth projections, and market risk indicators portray […]

(Dr. Michael Osterholm) Infectious Disease Doctor On Stay-At-Home Protests, Coronavirus Testing

Previously: Today: wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/04/20/coronavirus-infectious-disease-doctor NPR Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research at the University of Minnesota and author of several books on killer germs. This segment aired on April 20, 2020. More: (CNN) Infectious disease expert: We’re only in the second inning of the […]