Category: Liege & Lief

  • Covid-19 #3: 2023, Omicron

    Continuity This Post This post has been updated or republished periodically since January 3, 2023. It follows earlier posts: Omicron evolved Omicron, Pango lineage B.1.1.529, was discovered in South Africa and recognized as a variant of concern of Covid-19 by the WHO in November 2021. By the end of September, 2022, reports and studies of […]

  • Covid-19 #2: 2022, Omicron

    Continuity This Post This post was written over a few months from late August 2022 to December 2022, was first published in October, and revised. It follows an earlier post, Covid-19 #1: Covid-19 wanes, Omicron Rises. Omicron evolved Omicron, Pango lineage B.1.1.529, was recognized as a variant of concern of Covid-19 by the WHO in […]

  • Covid-19 #1: Covid-19 wanes, Omicron rises

    This Post This post was written in the spring and summer of 2022. I stopped working on it, subject to corrections, August 19, 2022. Covid-19 The Pandemic The SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) pandemic is a mass infectious disease, caused by repeated mass infections with SARS-CoV-2 viruses. The name means: The original SARS-CoV-2 virus was: An outbreak of […]

  • Populism vs. Elites – who is elite

    The United States of America was founded as republic. It does not recognize that members of a hereditary aristocracy have formal legal power to make laws or command other persons, or any personal legal rights and privileges. America has social classes, based on wealth and income. Sociologists recognize 6 classes: Upper Class or the SuperRich; […]

  • Wulfrunian

    A Wulfrunian 1A Wulfrunian is not a member of an alien people in a video game. Draconian was the name of a video game in the 1980s. Some lawyers, tired of the trope and hyperbole of comparing modern laws to Draconian laws, have joked that the Draconians were hostile aliens in an episode of Star […]

  • Energy Transitions

    Energy Transitions by Vaclav Smil, published in 2010, is short. Reading it took time. The book is a narrative survey of some studies of changes in the way humans have used energy to perform work. Humans and animals convert biological mass (food) and heat and light from the sun into chemicals that grow into muscles […]

  • Deer Hunting with Jesus

    Joe Bageant was a journalist who wrote about how America misunderstood its white working class. He said in an inteview with the BBC in 2008 that white working class “rednecks” have political power, and were tending to conservative populism. Bageant’s comment on the financial crisis of 2008, Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball almost predicted the […]

  • American Nations

    In the Marginal Revolutions blog, the economist Tyler Cowen mentioned American nations : a history of the eleven rival regional cultures of North America as a partial explanation for support for the candidacy of Donald Trump among American working class and middle class voters in the midwest in the 2016 American elections. I found a […]

  • Citizenship

    From AL Daily, top of the page on June 26/07, the Commencement Address by Dana Gioia to the graduates of Stanford University on June 17, 2007. Worthwhile and quotable. Speaking of the media and culture in the 1950’s: I don’t think that Americans were smarter then, but American culture was. Even the mass media placed […]

  • Another Meth Story

    The Free Press has published a couple more stories about crystal meth addiction and the governments’ strategies to restrict supply of meth. Last Tuesday, January 4, 2006, there was a Bruce Owen, “Mom blames crystal meth for daughter’s death”, published electronically at McIntyre’s site. On Friday, January 6, 200, there was a story that pharmacists […]