Why aren't there more people studying the science behind stupidity? On this past International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I reread a bit of Bertrand Russell. In 1933, dismayed at the Nazification of Germany, the philosopher wrote "The Triumph of Stupidity," attributing the rise of Adolf Hitler to the organized fervor of stupid and brutal people"two qualities, he noted, that "usually go together." He went on to make one of his most famous observations, that the "fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt."
Here's what you need to know: Models predicting expected spread of the virus in the U.S. paint a grim picture. President Trump strikes a somber note as he warns of a "painful two weeks ahead." The Trump administration had invoked the Defense Production Act hundreds of thousands of times, but hesitated when the virus hit. Trump says he "hasn't heard about testing for weeks," but governors say they still lack test kits. Stocks dipped as Wall Street finished its worst month since 2008. The C.D.C. is reviewing its guidance on wearing masks. Asian countries see that success containing the virus can be tenuous, a worrisome sign.
"Bernie Sanders has always made elite political journalists uncomfortable, on a deeply personal level. When Sanders speaks in moral absolutes and refuses to compromise on core values, they respond with contempt at his inflexibility because they feel remorse over their own moral flexibility. When Sanders says that accepting corporate money is corrupting, they feel attacked. It's not just that most of their paychecks come from giant corporations, it's that their Washington is awash with corporate money. It funds their spouses and their friends. It buys them drinks." "They don't hate him because their corporate masters tell them to. They hate him because he is a walking, breathing, sometimes yelling reproof of the sacrifices they have had to make to succeed in their chosen profession."
President Donald Trump is expected to announce an executive order insisting on American-made medical supplies and pharmaceuticals in response to the coronavirus outbreak read more
"Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Kansas City Health Department, says his office currently has just five kits to test for possible cases of the new coronavirus. That's despite an announcement Tuesday evening from Vice President Mike Pence, who said "any American can be tested" for the virus. read more