The new sick leave provision prevented 400 coronavirus cases per day per state in the U.S., according to the paper from researchers at Cornell University and KOF Swiss Economic Institute in Zurich. That roughly translates to 15,000 cases prevented in the United States, or one prevented COVID-19 case for every 1,300 workers. The researchers did not look at mortality rates.Paid Sick Leave Significantly Reduces COVID-19 Cases, Study Finds | HuffPost
Now do Literally Every Other Communicable Disease.
The Chicks, formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, are the best-selling female band of all time in the U.S. But they may be known just as much for a comment lead singer Natalie Maines made during the lead-up to the Iraq War — and the outcry that followed, in which the group was virtually banned from country radio. Fourteen years after their last album, the Chicks are backLeaving Dixie behind, the Chicks get even more personal — and political | PBS NewsHour
Regular reminder that the same political movement that now decries “cancel culture” as an overt liberal attack on free speech worked overtime to cancel this band.
In all, 137 million Americans own stock, either directly or through an investment fund — that’s 15 million more people than voted in the last national election. We can use that position as shareholders to push companies to our long-term interests and our deeper values.
Climate change is not a priority to most companies. Here’s how to hold them accountable. – Vox
It’s a good notion, but it overlooks the fact that most stock ownership outside the top 10% of the nation’s wealthiest citizens, is via 401(k) accounts that individuals don’t exactly have a lot of control over.
In a striking new sign of the broader role corporations are shouldering in society, Business Roundtable — the CEOs of America’s biggest companies — today announced a raft of initiatives “to advance racial equity and justice.”
Top CEOs admit racial divide, promise to work for “real change” – Axios
Well, to be fair, they’ve only known this was a problem and talked about fixing it for like 40 or 50 years. Let’s see if this turns out like their pledge to value employees and customers instead of just shareholders, though.
Comprehensive national data aren’t available yet, but reporting by NPR and our member stations, along with media reports from around the country, shows enrollment declines in dozens of school districts across 20 states. Coronavirus Appears To Be Driving Student Enrollment Drops : NPR
Meanwhile, the wealthy are enrolling their kids in private schools. Yet another way in which we will feel the impact of this pandemic for generations.
Cities urgently need to convince residents that it’s safe to ride public transit if they want to recover from the coronavirus-induced double whammy of dwindling ridership and higher fixed costs.
Public transit faces “existential” challenge after the pandemic – Axios
There hasn’t been enough conversation over the last several months about the necessary role public transit plays and the support needed to keep it operational. And this concern needs to be put in the context of reports the Trump Administration blocked CDC guidelines mandating masks etc on public transportation.
It’s not often that you see a US senator declare that “we’re not a democracy,” let alone to paint that as a good thing. Yet that’s exactly what Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) did in a pair of tweets spanning Wednesday night and Thursday morning, arguing that “democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prospefity [sic] are.”
Sen. Mike Lee’s tweets against “democracy,” explained – Vox
No other way to frame this.