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Here are some stories tonight at MyNorthwest.com. Like another member nearby, I am in a foul mood. If you Must Travel for the Holiday, Be Informed of the Risks Involved.  Preview Open

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When you consider the extraordinary and disturbing events of the last several months (lockdowns, riots, etc.), it is not inappropriate to ask if there is any sanity left in this country. One thing’s for sure. If the answer is no, then the last people you should want to consult about it are so-called professionals in […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. NYC: “Ghost Town”

 

I’ve been watching and reading, with much dismay, the implosion that is happening in New York City. It has long been one of my favorite cities on this big, blue marble; a beacon of possibility and entrepreneurship and the grit it takes to carve out your own destiny and future. It pains me to see this play out, even more so because it seems like a foretelling of what could befall the rest of our country.

While there have been varied accounts of the situation unfolding in our great financial capital, a colleague’s LinkedIn post last week really hit me right in the feels. This just might be the gloomiest yet most poignant post I’ve read so far, and while the author may be considered controversial by some standards, he does have a knack for spotting trends, he was a full-time resident of NYC, and his take makes a lot of sense. The taxes are high, the cost of living is outrageous, and businesses and residents are disappearing to never return again. How can the city come back from this devastation? Also, I suspect his predictions for NYC will also ring true in other cities like San Francisco and Chicago.

Nicole Gelinas joins Seth Barron to discuss recent violence on New York’s Upper West Side, why the decision to house homeless men in nearby hotels isn’t good for them or their neighbors, and the risk that the city faces of losing wealthier residents due to quality-of-life concerns.

Karol Markowicz joined Ben Domenech to discuss her view of America, including her thoughts on patriotism and her experience as a New Yorker, after having immigrated to the US from the USSR. Markowicz is a columnist at the New York Post and a contributer at The Spectator and the Washington Examiner. 

Markowicz argued Americans should prioritize their country and its needs above political victories. True patriots will want the best outcome for the whole of the nation despite any favor it may bring to their opposing political party. In many countries, she said, leaders have ultimate authority. In the United States, however, the president only has so much power and the power of individuals shouldn’t be underestimated.

Steven Malanga and Chris Pope join Brian Anderson to discuss how long-term-care facilities have borne the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic, innovative approaches to nursing-home staffing and training, and what we can learn from the experience to be better prepared next time.

Audio for this episode is excerpted and edited from a live Manhattan Institute Eventcast, entitled “The Center of the Pandemic: How Long-Term-Care Facilities Bore the Brunt of Covid-19.”

Allison Schrager joins Brian Anderson to discuss economic trends in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, how the stock market has performed during the crisis, and why expensive infrastructure projects are a risky strategy for reviving the economy.

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There’s nothing like getting up on a promising new morning, grabbing a cup of your favorite coffee, and browsing the news only to get depressed within minutes. The Drudge Report is now like forgetting to take out that rotten smelling trash last night. I thought well, the latest story from a respected journalist like Peggy Noonan might freshen the air. No, it belongs in the garbage can with the black banana peels. Trump can’t handle a crisis, his “photo op” at the church was stupid, Joe Biden is way ahead, the country is about to lockdown again, thugs are winning…. I’m ready to go back to bed.

Let’s begin with “Trump can’t handle a crisis” – which crisis would that be Peggy? Was it the three-plus years since Trump was sworn in, where a covert, attempted takedown of his election under the Obama-Biden administration that beat the country’s spirit to a pulp, or how about impeachment over a call to the new Ukrainian president? Was it trying to restore, and succeeding, in resurrecting a failing manufacturing sector, creating new employment opportunities for all, regardless of skin color or gender – was that a crisis?

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We live in a time where a pandemic seemed almost impossible until this one. Modern advances in science (biological, medical, vaccines and drugs), spurred by capitalism, have given us amazing tools to diagnose, treat, prevent, and even cure many terrible diseases. This prolonged success has also given us the illusion that a healthy society is […]

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The Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic has taken over 89,000 American lives since it began only a few months ago. Over 4.6 million people have been infected across the globe. 33 million Americans have lost their jobs since the pandemic began. This is a disaster, and it is the job of Congress and our federal government to […]

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Dave Rubin joins Bridget for his second appearance on the podcast. They talk the long-term effects and changes brought about by social distancing, staying in touch with friends and family now more than ever, no longer looking at the world through a political party lens, how to support small businesses during the shut down, and wonder if the government can’t help people in a time like this, what’s the point of government. They share their small successes, like Dave’s new garden and Bridget’s perfect loaf of sourdough, discuss how irrelevant things like the NBA and celebrities have become, and offer show and movie recommendations. They also cover the future of the Democratic party, how government is all about solving another problem it created and discuss Dave’s new book Don’t Burn This Book.

Full transcript available here: WiW77-DaveRubin-Transcript

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Did you hear that? It was the sound of academia’s lifeless corpse thudding against the ground, having finally succumbed to COVID-19. Higher education had a preexisting condition, you see.

Bryan Caplan is known for his signaling theory of college education: A college education is valuable because of what it signals, and not because of the learning it involves. If this is true, it’s only part of the truth. A college degree may be valuable mainly as a credential, but college is more than just the degree. Why didn’t online education kill the four-year college? If the university is just a credentialing mechanism, won’t any credentialing mechanism do? Well, no. As it turns out, an online education isn’t a perfect substitute for the value provided by a conventional university education — or, at least, it wasn’t until coronavirus came along.

Edward L. Glaeser joins Brian Anderson to discuss the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on city life in America, the connection between urban density and contagious disease, how to prepare for the threat of future outbreaks, and the economic-policy response of leaders in Washington.

As New York enters its second month under effective lockdown, Glaeser reminds us that “density and connection to the outside world—the defining characteristics of great cities—can also turn deadly.” Contagious disease has always been the enemy of urban life; overcoming it in the past has required massive investments in sanitary infrastructure. The current pandemic could prove a long-run disaster for urban residents and workers unless public fear is alleviated.

Misty M (If They Have to Behave for You To Be Okay, You’re Screwed) and Bridget discuss the pros and cons of virtual 12 Step meetings in the time of quarantine. They cover why people in recovery might be uniquely qualified to handle the ongoing global crisis, avoiding using the pandemic as an excuse to relapse, trying to feel sane in insane times, and Misty’s optimistic prediction about when we will get back to normal. They talk about everything from practicing intimacy with yourself without running away, to dystopian YA novels, why reality is a simulation, their favorite conspiracy theories, and why neither one of them is looking forward to the flood of books and movies about the pandemic that will be showing up about a year from now.

Full transcript available here: WiW75-MistyM-Transcript

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Long Term, We’re All Swedes

 

There has been considerable debate regarding the validity of the Swedish approach to mitigating the effects of COVID-19. At National Review, John Fund and Joel Hay have written an excellent article detailing the successes of the Swedish “herd immunity” strategy. Next to it is Theodore Kupfer’s thoughtful response. The debate regarding the Swedish strategy vs. the US strategy will likely go on into the foreseeable future, with political, social, economic, and healthcare ramifications. Until all the data is in, we will most likely not know if Sweden’s gambit was worth the risk or if the path the US took was the right one. I think, though, that much of this debate misses out on an essential truth, one that we’ve turned a blind eye to, perhaps on purpose.

In the long term, we’re all Swedes.

Virologist and investor Peter Kolchinsky joins Brian Anderson to discuss a coronavirus vaccine, the critical genetic differences between Covid-19 and the flu, and his proposals to reform the pharmaceutical industry.

As millions of Americans approach a month of living under stay-at-home orders, scientific teams across the globe are racing to find a vaccine for the coronavirus. According to Kolchinsky, several vaccines are already in development, and concerns that the virus will mutate and evade them are overblown. But until a treatment is made widely available, he warns, we will have to maintain a level of social distancing to prevent the health-care system from being overwhelmed. Kolchinsky is the author of The Great American Drug Deal: A New Prescription for Innovative and Affordable Medicines.

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As coronavirus continues to dominate news around the world, Russia, until quite recently, has received relatively little attention. Before reported cases of the disease within President Vladimir Putin’s own administration and a lockdown of Moscow, the infamous ex KGB agent and his government were being praised by many in the western media for an effective […]

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