Quickies: COVID models, #JusticeForBre, and more…
with Cute Animal Friday actually on a Friday
What? The Friday Quickies are back on an actual Friday?! I mean, all time is Jeremy Bearimy anyway, but whatever bit of normalcy I can hang on to, I will.
First, some COVID-related stuff:
- The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them: A fascinating and straightforward explanation of exposure risks in everyday situations. Staying 6 feet apart won’t help anyone in an enclosed space like a restaurant or office building.
- Those willing to risk lives to reopen the economy aren’t only callous, they may actually be arguing from a faulty premise. One recent economics paper calculates that social distancing is actually better for the economy.
- I keep seeing people think we should strive for herd immunity… that’s a terrible idea without a vaccine.
- Yet more models that may determine whether your state or county should really be opening up.
For things that are not necessarily COVID-related:
- Racist violence doesn’t take a break during stay-at-home. In the wake of #JusticeForAmaud, regarding a black man lynched by white men while going for a run, #JusticeForBre is calling for the firing of police officers who killed a woman sleeping in her own apartment after they entered without a proper search warrant.
- I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this McSweeney’s Teaching Evaluation Form for Spring Semester 2020 that was shared at an informal (virtual) faculty event.
For Cute Animal Friday:
- It’s an honest-to-goodness, real-life, big-eyed, Kermit the Frog-looking frog in Costa Rica also YOU CAN SEE ITS ORGANS THROUGH ITS SKIN
- Via Muscadine, salamanders and caterpillars that get around by curling up into a ball and just ROLLING downhill.
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