COVID-19 Environment – Are Pandemics Good for the Environment?

COVID-19 environment - An anthropologist looks at past disease outbreaks to consider how the COVID-19 crisis may—or may not—benefit the environment. — Read on http://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/covid-19-environment/

Book Marks reviews of The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D Carter

Carter unearths the lost legacy of one of history’s most fascinating minds. The Price of Peace revives a forgotten set of ideas about democracy, money, and the good life with transformative implications for today’s debates over inequality and the power politics that shape the global order. — Read on bookmarks.reviews/reviews/the-price-of-peace-money-democracy-and-the-life-of-john-maynard-keynes/

When it comes to coronavirus response, superpowers may need to study smaller nations – The Washington Post

... smaller countries have gained newfound recognition as the world takes note of their early, and still tentative, successes. Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, put it this way: The largest and most powerful nations will need to study what went right among smaller and less powerful ones. “I’d like [...]

What is herd immunity and how many people need to be vaccinated to protect a community?

The term herd immunity comes from the observation of how a herd of buffalo forms a circle, with the strong on the outside protecting the weaker and more vulnerable on the inside. This is similar to how herd immunity works in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Those who are strong enough to get vaccinated [...]

From the Black Death to Covid-19: what history can teach us about managing crises and coming out stronger | Prospect Magazine

Whether the plague, the world wars or now coronavirus, serious crises reorder societies. With effort and imagination, can we shake off a nightmare and wake ourselves into a brighter tomorrow? It is never too early in a crisis to search the past for insight about what we might be doing right or wrong. If we [...]

Why conspiracy theories are dangerous – Asia Times

Conspiracy theories offer an easily digestible worldview that helps to make sense of our perplexing circumstances. But they are destructive and antithetical to constructive political organizing. Imagine if the energy wasted on believing that “9/11 was an inside job” had instead been poured into fixing American foreign policy in the Middle East. Claiming that the [...]

“Beating the Bounds” | JSTOR Daily

Maps are only one way of knowing the shape of a place. Before the borders of England’s parishes were definitively mapped, people learned the boundaries of their community by foot. Every year, a few days before the feast of the Ascension, the members of each parish would come together to walk the edge of their [...]

Toward a collaborative model of pandemic preparedness and response: Taiwan’s changing approach to pandemics – ScienceDirect

Over time, as newly emerging infectious diseases have become increasingly common and more easily spread, it has become clear that traditional response mechanisms have proven inadequate to the task of prevention and control. Drawing on Taiwan as a case study, we assess the role of the whole-of-society approach to epidemic response as arises from the [...]

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo | The Procession of the Trojan Horse into Troy | NG3319 | National Gallery, London

The Building of the Trojan Horse and The Procession of the Trojan Horse are part of a series illustrating the fall of Troy, an ancient city on the coast of Turkey that was besieged by Greek armies for ten years. The Trojan War was one of the most important events in Greek mythology. According to [...]