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Yesterday he thought he could sneak into my office without detection. He had no idea what he was up against. Although I lost him temporarily, I knew he’d be back. They just can’t stay away.

Sure enough, there he was this morning! He wasn’t going anywhere on my watch. Frantically I threw everything off the lower shelf of my bookcase. There! I lurched at him with a towel, but to no avail. But I was determined. I decided I’d have to catch him with my bare hands.

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Coronavirus relief: Photo of health care workers on Southwest flight goes viral More

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How can you help fight the evil virus and help the people suffering from the economic disaster? Here are some ideas if you need them. But if you don’t need them, please consider adding them in comments–someone else might need your ideas! First, stuff you’re already doing might be a tremendous help. Do what you […]

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I have a baby brother. Well, he’s not a baby anymore. At 68, he’s two years my junior. My mother used to tell me that he and I were close when we were very young; he would wait on the doorstep for me to return home after school. Neither he nor I remember that, but I was always pleased to take her word for it.

Over the years, my brother and I have not been close. There was never a formal breach, but I had expectations about how a brother and sister should treat each other and he wouldn’t comply. I was glad to initiate our communicating with each other, but not 100% of the time. He was supposed to reciprocate at least occasionally. That wasn’t his way.

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In 2001, the Report from Inside the Bowels of the Matrix involved a Patriot Act which passed Congress just weeks after our military was caught unaware of the attack by some 19 hijackers armed with box cutters. At the time of its passage in October 2001, many news reports stated the Act was 300 pages […]

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I am not an expert on any subject and do not profess to be, though I am pretty good at cornhole. I am merely an observer, a social commentarian, if you will. So, what I have to say will not shake the universe (probably not), or ignite a movement (definitely not), but it is my […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Oscar Wilde on the Two Tragedies in Life

 

“There are only two tragedies in life. One is not getting what you want and the other is getting it.” — Oscar Wilde

According to people who research such things, this oft-repeated aphorism is taken from Wilde’s play Lady Windermere’s Fan: A Play About a Good Woman from this line:

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I hope you’ll forgive me a small measure of food frivolity. Any concerns I have on the pandemic and its effects have surely been stated more compellingly and originally by others (and boy, do I have concerns). I’m interested in many things, but on most I doubt I have anything interesting to contribute. Food is […]

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Wuhan Residents Dismiss Official Coronavirus Death Toll: ‘The Incinerators Have Been Working Around the Clock’ Wuhan residents are increasingly skeptical of the Chinese Communist Party’s reported coronavirus death count of approximately 2,500 deaths in the city to date, with most people believing the actual number is at least 40,000. More

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Another day, another creek. This time, I roamed near Cypress Creek out west of town. More

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The 1964 Stanley Kubrick movie Dr. Strangelove is the classic dark comedy of the Cold War, a preposterously humorous take on global apocalypse. Set against the backdrop of inescapable Armageddon, the entirely human foibles and obsessions of its various protagonists stand out as absurdly petty, and give the movie its quirky and subversive charm. In […]

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For any who are affected or have family or friends who are affected, Alison Green (Ask A Manager) has put together highlights of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. More

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I graduated from college in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Back in junior high school, a psychiatrist had helped me a great deal, so I decided that I wanted to be a psychologist when I grew up. Since you can’t do much with a bachelor’s degree, I applied to graduate schools to get a master’s in counseling psychology. I got accepted to exactly one school, the University of Minnesota, so that’s where I went.

Getting there was way less than half the fun (driving an old car that broke down on the way, by myself, knowing no one), but eventually I made it. I found a place to live not far from campus and started my studies. Little did I know that I had chosen the school described as a “Bastion of Behaviorism,” but it sure turned out to be. 

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A common criticism of populists is that we don’t support global coordination. This is far from the case. Populists support global coordination, we just have different opinions on what needs coordinating and how it should be organized. Populists want to build a world order where international economic exploitation is impossible–where trade happens alongside a shared […]

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Among the temporary attitude adjustments imposed on us by the Wuhan Virus is a possible slight softening of the harsh view taken of those of us who have been labeled as “deplorables” by our political betters. Truthfully, it is a view both spoken and unspoken that has been in the fiber of most of the […]

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Ricochet membership seems to be ok with shamless plugs, so in this day of being stuck at home, I started my own YouTube channel.   More

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Warning: Please refrain from eating or sipping coffee before reading. No, this isn’t addressing anything specific about the pandemic itself, for example, the growing skepticism about the metrics experts are using to discern what the possible death rate projections will be from infection and why those estimates seem to keep diminishing. No, this is about […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: Questioning Conventional Wisdom with Dr. Jay Bhattacharya

 

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya is a professor of medicine at Stanford University. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a senior fellow at both the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute. His March 24, 2020, article in the Wall Street Journal questions the premise that “coronavirus would kill millions without shelter-in-place orders and quarantines.” In the article he suggests that “there’s little evidence to confirm that premise—and projections of the death toll could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high.” In this edition of Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson we asked Dr. Bhattacharya to defend that statement and describe to us how he arrived at this conclusion. We get into the details of his research, which used data collected from hotspots around the world and his background as a doctor, a medical researcher, and an economist. It’s not popular right now to question conventional wisdom on sheltering in place, but Dr. Bhattacharya makes a strong case for challenging it, based in economics and science.

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