David and Sarah discuss the growing partisan divide over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the legal fights over church openings, Rachel Maddow’s SLAPP lawsuit victory, and the pros and cons of going to law school.


Show Notes:

Harvard false positive/negative rates

Reuters R vs. D county study

The Public’s Judgement of Their State’s Performance During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Columbia study

JP Morgan findings

Public Sees Harm in Exaggerating, Downplaying COVID-19 Threat

David’s piece Coronavirus and the Fog of War

David’s piece The Police Power of the States to Control a Pandemic, Explained

Church reopening rules

Lighthouse SOI

New Jersey lawsuit

SLAPP opinion

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  1. Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito Contributor

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    • May 27, 2020, at 2:10 AM PDT
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  2. Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito Contributor

    Couple points. One, Governors oughtn’t have the power to shut down churches at all, regardless of the plague. Every time you start weighing things in your various tests you’re fundamentally conceding that the government (in this case in the person of the judge) has the authority to determine when churches can be open and closed. That’s not a power the government gets to have. In my ideal world (insofar as such an ideal world has a plague to begin with) the governors would courteously ask the churches to suspend in person services for a time, and the churches, not being idiots, would do so. There’s a great deal of difference between asking and telling.

    A lot of people ducked into Law School to wait out the Great Recession. There’s a glut of lawyers on the market, even moreso than usual in our already bloated society. Purely on economic terms I’d recommend against law school right now. Maybe not applicable to Harvard Law.

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    • May 27, 2020, at 2:37 AM PDT
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