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A Simple Rule of Thumb for Knowing When the Pandemic Is Over

The Atlantic: “…The most obvious interpretation of “beating COVID-19” would be that transmission of the coronavirus has stopped, a scenario some public-health experts have hashtagged #ZeroCOVID. But the experts I spoke with all agreed that this won’t happen in the U.S. in the foreseeable future. “This would require very high levels of vaccination coverage,” said Celine Gounder, an infectious-disease specialist at NYU who served on Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force during the transition. The U.S. may never reach vaccination rates of 75 to 85 percent, the experts said. “The question is not when do we eliminate the virus in the country,” said Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center and an expert in virology and immunology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Rather, it’s when do we have the virus sufficiently under control? “We’ll have a much, much lower case count, hospitalization count, death count,” Offit said. “What is that number that people are comfortable with?” In his view, “the doors will open” when the country gets to fewer than 5,000 new cases a day, and fewer than 100 deaths…”

A guide to the identities and language of the far right

Poynter, James Stout:  “Journalists have had to cover the difference between white nationalism and western chauvinism in the last few months, with some confusion…Many of my colleagues more used to dissecting the differences between two parties that share a narrow neoliberal consensus have been, through no choice of their own, forced to cover the difference… Continue Reading

Flim, an Intelligent Movie Screenshot Search Engine

Kottke.org: “Flim is a movie search engine currently in beta that returns screenshots from movies based on keywords like “clock” or “tree”…You can filter results by things like genre, year, and film ratio. You can search by color and within movies, e.g. “tuxedo” in Titanic..” Flim is the answer to the statement: images are everywhere:… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence and Legal Disruption: A New Model for Analysis

Liu, Hin-Yan and Maas, Matthijs M. and Danaher, John and Scarcella, Luisa and Lexer, Michaela and Van Rompaey, Léonard, Artificial Intelligence and Legal Disruption: A New Model for Analysis (September 16, 2020). Law, Innovation and Technology 12, no. 2 (September 16, 2020): 205–58. https://doi.org/10.1080/17579961.2020.1815402. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3761620 “Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the latest… Continue Reading

Flood Factor – Find your home’s Flood Factor

“Flood Factor is a free online tool created by the nonprofit First Street Foundation that makes it easy for Americans to find their property’s risk of flooding and understand how flood risks are changing because of a changing environment. Flood Factor was created to make the most cutting edge flood science. First Street Foundation aims… Continue Reading

A new browser extension blocks any websites that use Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon

The Verge: “The Economic Security Project is trying to make a point about big tech monopolies by releasing a browser plugin that will block any sites that reach out to IP addresses owned by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon. The extension is called Big Tech Detective, and after using the internet with it for a… Continue Reading

AI can write a passing college paper in 20 minutes

EduRef.net: AI manages to score a “C” average across four subjects, failing only one paper. Feedback on human and AI papers looks remarkably similar. AI wrote shallow, less descriptive papers, compared to its human counterparts. “A world where computers think like humans is no longer limited to science fiction movies. The world has been in… Continue Reading

Trump reported making more than $1.6 billion while president

CREW: “Donald Trump reported making more than $1.6 billion in outside revenue and income during his four years as President of the United States, according to a review of his financial disclosures by CREW. While Trump publicly took credit for donating his taxpayer-funded salary, that ended up being less than 0.1% of the revenue and… Continue Reading

State of California Releases New Employer Portal to Assist With COVID-19 Compliance

National Law Review: “As the state of California approaches one year of being under various shelter-in-place orders, the Labor & Workforce Development Agency and the Department of Industrial Relations have consolidated resources for employers into a new website. The site provides information on how to ensure a safer and healthier workplace. It also has information on… Continue Reading