Day: May 21, 2020

The Politics of Counting Things Is About to Explode

The Politics of Counting Things Is About to Explode

“There’s nothing from the CDC that I can trust,” snapped U.S. coronavirus task-force leader Deborah Birx at a White House meeting earlier this month. According to news reports, Birx was frustrated at the agency’s tally of coronavirus deaths, as she and colleagues worried that reported numbers were up to 25 percent too high. However, if…

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Politics this week

Politics this week

May 21st 2020At the World Health Organisation’s annual summit (held remotely), China accepted an Australian-led motion calling for an inquiry into the origins of covid-19. This marked a climbdown by the Chinese government in the face of widespread demands for such a probe. Earlier, Donald Trump once again threatened to pull America out of the…

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Trump’s convention threatens to alter into a flashpoint as North Carolina cautiously reopens

Trump’s convention threatens to alter into a flashpoint as North Carolina cautiously reopens

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN)The scope and speed of restarting the wounded economy is the latest red-blue divide in American politics, the outcome of which is certain to animate — and likely influence — the remainder of the election year.Few states more starkly illustrate that collision than here in North Carolina.It’s not only that President Donald…

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The Sense of Disgrace

The Sense of Disgrace

No emotion stands nearer to the foundational myths of the human social order than shame. In the beginning, Adam and Eve stood together ‘both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed’. And then they ate of the tree of knowledge; their eyes opened; they knew they were naked; they covered themselves with…

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