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From The New York Times: Herman Cain, who rose from poverty in the segregated South to become chief executive of a successful pizza chain and then thrust himself into the national spotlight by seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has died. He was 74.

PPP Loan Gossip

From Matt Levine, writing in Money Stuff: I have engaged in this sort of gossip before, but for the most part I am pretty chill about “inappropriate” businesses getting PPP money. The idea of the PPP is that if a smallish business lost revenue, the government would give it a cheap loan, and if it […]

You Gotta Wear a Mask, Bro

From Newsweek: The man gets up after falling down and continues to walk into the store as the security guard wearing a face mask attempts to block him from shopping without touching him. The customer pushes the security guard into a basket of tomatoes and continues walking into the store before he is surrounded by […]

Staying Home

From FiveThirtyEight: The Cuebiq data suggests that behavioral changes were largely driven by people making a voluntary choice to stay home rather than being forced to do so by a state-sanctioned stay-at-home order. One need only look at the behavior of residents in North Carolina and their neighbors in South Carolina: While North Carolina issued […]

But in the Face of Evidence

From FiveThirtyEight: Then how’d it get here at all? There’s a simpler, if less flashy, explanation for the emergence of a new SARS. A study, published in 2018, of four rural villages in Yunnan province located near caves containing bats known to carry coronaviruses found that 2.7 percent of those surveyed had antibodies for close […]

COVID-19andMe

From The Verge: The US Food and Drug Administration has issued the first authorization for an at-home COVID-19 test kit. LabCorp, the diagnostics company producing the tests, says it will give first access to health care workers and first responders. I’m sure this is very well-intentioned and has the opportunity to be effective. Currently racking […]