six months later

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

Dr. Dipshikha Ghosh — “A 28yo woman died of post-covid myocarditis today. She was asymptomatic and treated at home and then developed complications after being declared negative. Let that sink in.”

Learning to live with Covid 19 coronavirus is not a viable option

What experienced epidemiologists do is to systematically identify and critique the totality of evidence, something most commentators on the subject simply do not have the skills or experience to do. This systematic and critical approach is particularly necessary when examining evidence about Covid-19 infection because it is hugely influenced by the setting in which the infection occurs.

How OCAD’s Dori Tunstall is rewriting the rules of design education

There’s a lot of talk about how design is going to save the world after COVID-19. I approach that talk with a sense of cynicism, because design hasn’t even addressed how it’s harmed communities for the last few hundred years. It’s only been in the last couple of months when all these brands like Mrs. Butterworth, Aunt Jemima, and the Washington Redskins moved away from racist representations of Black and Indigenous people for entertainment or consumption purposes.

Anti-GMO movement merging with anti-vaccine groups, escalating threat to global coronavirus response

The OCA [Organic Consumers Association] has specifically targeted immigrant groups in spreading its anti-biotechnology and anti-vaccine propaganda. It was among the activist groups that organized an anti-vaccine meeting in Minneapolis in 2017 that attracted many Somali-Americans. Their anti-vaccine message is blamed for leading to an outbreak of measles among the Somali-American community.

Wealth Transfer

Amazon: profit up 100%
Walmart: profit up 80%
Target: profit up 80%
Lowe’s: profit up 74%
Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Google: stock at record high
Small businesses: 21% closed; revenue for rest down 30%
We’re seeing a monumental wealth transfer from mom & pops to conglomerates [USA].

How the pandemic has sped up the passage to postcapitalism

The problem we face is not merely that our oligarchic regimes will fight tooth and nail against any such program. An even harder-to-crack problem is that an International Green New Deal, of the sort alluded to above, may be a necessary condition but is, most certainly, not a sufficient condition to create a future for humanity worth striving for. Can we imagine what may prove sufficient? My controversial parting shot is that, for postcapitalism to be both genuine and humanist, we need to deny private banks their raison d’être, and to terminate, with one move, two markets: the market for labour and the share market.

We need an era of quantum politics via @MarksStorm

The aim of our book is to provide a framework to help people navigate the future, stemming from the fact that we are at a turning point in the history of humanity where we are unavoidably connected to each other at an unprecedented scale. The old rules of interaction and engagement apply less today as quantum rules take over, resulting in more randomness and unintended consequences, local, global and personal. This inevitably reshapes what politics will look like in the future. If we still apply classical models to a quantum world, we will hold ourselves back immensely.

helsinki train station statues in masks

Helsinki Train Station — Image via @PekkaSauri

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