I Will Not Turn the Other Cheek

For more than 150 years, first Negroes, then Blacks, then African Americans have been told the same thing: just wait, it will get better. The Massachusetts 54th, the first African American regiment, fought not just to end slavery, but also for the promise of a better life. Freed slaves were promised "40 acres and a … Continue reading I Will Not Turn the Other Cheek

The Whole World is Watching?

I've been to protests where that was the chant: "The whole world is watching".  But this time?  That's not right.  The whole world is joining.  Paris.  London.  Cape Town.  Hong Kong.  Kolkata.  Jerusalem.  Berlin.  Athens.  Last night, in Bristol England, protestors tore down a statue of a slave trader and threw it in the river.  … Continue reading The Whole World is Watching?

Let the Gaslighting Begin

Today I listened to the President explain that all was good with the "reopening", that, of course, he was right.  His evidence?  That the number of reported new cases of COVID-19 is trending down.  Except.... Economists look at statistics in one of three ways, leading, coincident, or trailing.  Leading statistics tell us what is going … Continue reading Let the Gaslighting Begin

False Equivalencies

Some conservative commentators have offered that we should do nothing about COVID19 because, after all, people die every year in automobile accidents (or from cancer or otherwise, the list goes on).  So what's the big deal?  People die.  Dr. Fauci dismissed this as a "false equivalency".  He's right.  There is no comparison between the two … Continue reading False Equivalencies

Early Detection and Aggressive Treatment

To be clear, I'm not an epidemiologist.  What I am is someone who can see patterns in data, who can analyze structures and relationships.  And what I see is to beat COVID19, the two things that matter most, are early detection and aggressive treatment.  Nancy Pelosi said the following: "His denial at the beginning was … Continue reading Early Detection and Aggressive Treatment

Cut the Payroll Tax?

The President is advocating cutting the "payroll" tax through the end of the year, possibly permanently.  What he's leaving out is what this means.  In the US the payroll tax is generally meant to mean two things:  the taxes we pay to fund Social Security and Medicare.  There are two components, the amounts deducted from … Continue reading Cut the Payroll Tax?