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Benjamin Zycher: Earth Day 2020: The Exhaustion of the Climate Left

The following article originally appeared in RealClearMarkets and was written by Benjamin Zycher: “Climate Action” is the theme of this 50th Earth Day, and it is useful to note that these five decades of apocalyptic warnings truly are amazing in their consistency: Not one actually has come to pass. The juxtaposition of two news stories, respectively from 1988 and from last January, is among the more amusing tidbits from decades of climate fearmongering. The former: “A gradual rise in sea level is threatening to completely cover” the Maldives. The latter: “Maldives to open four new airports in 2020.” Amusement aside, the theme this year is a clear sign...

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Patients Speak Out About Impact of Walz Postponing Elective Surgeries

There was an unmistakable urgency to Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm's remarks at the May 5 Covid-19 task force briefing explaining the reasons behind Gov. Tim Walz's executive order rescinding restrictions on so-called elective surgeries. "We are very mindful and becoming increasingly concerned about all the other services that are being put on hold, we think dangerously and unnecessarily. That yes, it’s a matter of keeping a balance," Malcolm told reporters. Yet at the same time, the state's coronavirus coordinator tried to distance the Walz administration from culpability for the decline in many surgeries for untold numbers of Minnesotans. In fact, Malcolm...

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Fed survey finds that Job losses have hit poor Americans the hardest

Thirteen percent of adults, representing 20 percent of people who had been working in February, reported that they lost a job or were furloughed in March or the beginning of April 2020. These job losses were most severe among workers with lower incomes. Thirty-nine percent of people working in February with a household income below $40,000 reported a job loss in March. Another 6 percent of all adults had their hours reduced or took unpaid leave. Taken together, 19 percent of all adults reported either losing a job or experiencing a reduction in work hours in March....

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Some Businesses Set to Reopen Regardless of Walz’s Expected Extension of Shutdown

Those in the know expect Gov. Tim Walz to extend his two months and counting stay-at-home order due to the threat of the coronavirus in a virtual address later today to Minnesotans. But there's trouble brewing among some frustrated and increasingly desperate small business owners who view the state's approach as a one-size-fits-all plan that's out-of-touch with conditions on the ground, particularly in exurban and rural areas. Some employers contend they have little choice but to take matters into their own hands and reopen for business tomorrow regardless of what Walz announces or the potential legal consequences,  according to the Pioneer...

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Does Covid-19 mortality data justify extending the lockdown?

Given the fact that most of Covid-19 deaths are among a specific demographic, it makes sense to focus isolation efforts on the more vulnerable groups while allowing businesses to open. Continuing with the current system in place does not provide extra protection to the most vulnerable groups. What we will end up having therefore is more permanent economic damage and increasing covid-19 deaths. Both of which could be prevented with more targeted efforts and expanded testing....

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