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College Presidents Fail to Mobilize to Protect Students from Covid-19

By Lambert Strether of Corrente This will be a short post, partly because it’s one those “I went to the swamp, but I didn’t find the bird” posts, but also because I want to make time for a clean-up on aisle Covid. America’s Covid-19 debacle can be, in one telling, traced to a failure of leadership, as for example in The New York Times headline: “Inside Trump’s Failure: The Rush to Abandon Leadership Role on the Virus,” with the deck: “The roots of the nation’s current inability to control...

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To Save the Economy, Save People First: Targeted Measures and Subsidies for Cost Effective COVID-19 Abatement

Yves here. The situation with the site is getting worse. Jerri and Lambert are finding it massively difficult to post, to the degree that Jerri was unable to finish her planned original posts due to the time it took for her to complete Links and load cross posts. So apologies for the shortfall of original material. However, the caliber of this INET post will hopefully be an offset. It gives a detailed set of “fix the economy” priorities that it explains are critical. It explains why making...

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Loneliness, Happiness, and Love in Times of Covid-19

Lambert here: Sorry for the lack of original posts, but our continuing server-side difficulties have made production really, really difficult. Hopefully, we will be back to normal soon. By Daniel Hamermesh, Distinguished Scholar, Barnard College; Network Coordinator, IZA. Originally published at VoxEU. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed not only how people spend time, but with whom they spend it. Partnered people may be spending more time with a spouse or cohabitor while singles spend more...

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Waste Watch: Carbon Emissions to Increase in the UK from Waste Disposal; Yet Another Reason We Need To Cease Making So Much Plastic

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. An article in Monday’s Guardian caught my eye, Increase in burning of plastic ‘driving up emissions from waste disposal’: By 2030 the government’s push to increase incineration of waste will increase CO2 emissions by 10m tonnes a year, mostly from the burning of plastics, the groups said. They argue that the growth in energy-from-waste incineration...

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How Biden Can Protect Workers on Day 1

Yves here. This is a terrific example of how the Executive Branch has considerable latitude in interpreting and enforcing existing regulations, in this case, how OSHA has authority to establish workplace safety rules for Covid. But this is the Biden Administration we’re talking about. We’ve already seen Biden made grand campaign promises for his plans to combat Covid, which included paid vacations, income support for employees and gig workers, and rental assistance. The plan his transition...

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Ticketmaster’s Reckless, Privacy-Shredding Covid Plan to Get You in Their Seats

Conservatives of the paranoid bent sometimes try to depict Covid-19 as wildly exaggerated threat so the government can take away their freedumbs.1 But as we’ll see, the government should be the least of their worries. The big threat is private sector actors like Ticketmaster, with bright ideas about get back their old normal economics, in partnership with companies like IBM who already want to get their hands on your health data. And to make matters worse, the Ticketmaster scheme, at least...

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Tapped-Out Tenants Take Charge as Landlords Pursue End Runs Around Eviction Moratorium

Yves here. THE CITY provides on-the-ground reporting on the war between landlords and tenants during a supposed eviction freeze. This is a disheartening view of what many renters are facing across the US, such as landlords engaging in illegal tactics like entering and seizing property or letting other people take over the rental. One reason the landlords feel so emboldened even in New York, which has strong tenant protections and a specialized housing court, is that the housing court is...

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Dealing with the Second Wave: Subsidies, Instead of Ordering Closures

Yves here. We’ve banged on about the need for income replacement if/when governments need to restrict activities to combat Covid. And Congress is still unable to agree on what the next round of stimulus should look like. Subsidies would certainly be an easier pill to swallow than yet more lockdowns and mandatory closures and would help more firms make it though the crisis. But it’s not clear the US would do something so sensible, or have the capacity to monitor compliance. By Daniel Gros,...

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