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The issues we have with anti-mask protesters signal a strong sense of distrust in government and our institutions, much of it deserved. But the answer is to fix government, not abandon it. Look what poor leadership has cost us in lives. Happy Memorial Day
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conflating the results of two different types of coronavirus tests, distorting several important metrics and providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic. We've…
francine hardawaySeriously? How can we ever trust them again? For homework, they should be assigned the task of separating out the diagnostic tests from the antibody tests. States have made important decisions based on this information.
The Financial Times
– May 13, 9:00 PM
When the history is written of how America handled the global era's first real pandemic, March 6 will leap out of the timeline. That was the day Donald Trump visited the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. His foray to the…
francine hardawayGood summary from a source with global credibility. Wonder if the FT will now be added to the fake news.
The Wall Street Journal
– May 15, 9:08 AM
SAN FRANCISCO—Bob Wachter, the chairman of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, has had a front-row seat to the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Wachter's job, at least in part, is to keep the department's…
francine hardawayThat is the new form of public health! In the digital era, it's difficult to stop facts from getting out. Ditto misinformation.
The Washington Post
– May 21, 3:39 AM
China's ruling Communist Party gave its clearest signal yet that it plans to bring Hong Kong under its full control, with a top official saying Thursday that Beijing wants to “improve” the system that has allowed the territory to…
francine hardawayThis is big. No wonder people in Hong Kong have been protesting. At the beginning of this takeover, it was guaranteed it would be a merger, not an acquisition, and Hong Kong would retain independence.
If you were an adherent, no one would be able to tell. You would look like any other American. You could be a mother, picking leftovers off your toddler's plate. You could be the young man in headphones across the street. You could be a bookkeeper…
No matter how much time you've spent thinking through the future of work, it's time to rethink the future all over again. In my scenario planning, I didn't account for a world that would require overnight support for a remote workforce, new spaces…
francine hardawayFantastic and useful article by Brian Solis, who is a friend of mine, and who I know has given this a lot of thought. He has flown around the world meeting with enterprise companies.
Moderna's announcement Monday that its experimental coronavirus vaccine spurred potentially meaningful immune responses in eight patients was good enough news to lift global markets and enable the Massachusetts-based biotech to raise more than $1…
francine hardawayThis drives me bonkers. The market responded, people made money, other people now have false hope, and this press release meant next to nothing.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have transitioned to working—and socializing—from home. If these trends become the new normal, certain companies may be in for a big payoff. Popular video conferencing company, Zoom…
francine hardawayThings are rapidly changing. Buh-bye business travel. I can't imagine getting on a plane once a week now as I used to.
Carla K. Johnson
– May 14, 11:38 AM
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 13, 2020 file photo, Sheila Kelly, owner of Powell's Steamer Co. & Pub, center, stands behind makeshift barriers as she helps patrons at her restaurant in the El Dorado County town of Placerville, Calif. It was the…
francine hardawayBy that time people will have forgotten we ever sheltered in place. The only thing that might save Arizona is that most people stay home a lot in the heat of the summer anyway
The New York Times
– May 12, 11:43 AM
Before the coronavirus crisis, three of New York City's largest commercial tenants — Barclays, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley — had tens of thousands of workers in towers across Manhattan. Now, as the city wrestles with when and…
francine hardawayMaybe not the total collapse of the markets, but a bigger change than some of these NYC real estate titans expect. (Looking at you Steven Roth)$VNO