Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson


Senior editor @TheAtlantic. Writes about the economics and psychology of work and play. Email: derek[at]theatlantic[dot]com

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The largest outbreak in South Korea came from a church. The largest outbreak in France came from a church. The latest outbreak in Germany came from a church. The latest CDC investigation traces a rural Arkansas outbreak—from a church.

Epidemiologists and infectious disease scientists rate the risk of summer activities Low risk: Going to beach or pool with distancing, camping, exercising outdoors Medium-ish risk: Staying at hotel, getting haircut High risk: Nightclub, a full church

You can see evidence of behavior divergence between the northeast cities and Texas in the software data. In mid-April, there was a 26-point gap between the decline in small business activity in NYC vs. Austin. Now it's a 40-point gap.

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@NateSilver538  I'd love the Times to offer a weekly list/digest of this incredible graph--> As of today, DC, Boston, Philly, Worcester, Chicago, Fargo, Des Moines, and Sioux Falls SD all have more confirmed cases/pop in the last 4 weeks than the greater NYC area

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I'm not very religious, and I want to be sensitive to ppl who are suffering from disconnection to their congregation and priest/rabbi/imam. But crowding into close unventilated spaces and chanting together is just disastrously risky right no. Is outdoor prayer an option?

You know what's kinda weird? There's branding for almost every category of spending: your phone, TV, furniture, food, car, backpack... But for the thing we spend the most on—housing—there's no real concept of corporate branding. No Apple of houses, or Microsoft of condos.

"WHERE do you live?" is the brand equivalent of "what kind of car do you own?"/"where'd you buy that chair?" But isn't it, like, kind of unusual that corp branding has taken over almost every part of the consumer economy since the 1800s EXCEPT for the category we spend most on?

@mattyglesias  yep. and Toll Brothers. and others mentioned Pulte. but they collectively have p low visibility. i get that, unlike computers, the national housing stock doesn't entirely turn over every ~10 years. but the lack of IP/brand awareness is kinda interesting.

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New @DataProgress  poll: - 52% of Americans under 45 have lost their job, had hours reduced, or been furloughed -35% of Americans under 35 now say they don't have health insurance

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Gregg Popovich is the best, and this quote is extraordinary.

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Now that's three CDC studies—from a Chinese restaurant, a Korean call center, and an American choir practice—all finding that talking, laughing, singing in close quarters, in unventilated interiors, for many hours, is the perfect storm for a COVID super-spreader event.

This paper should be a bombshell. Due to the electoral college and the extreme blue-state concentration of Democrats, Republicans are expected to win 65% of presidential contests in which they narrowly lose the popular vote.

Jaw-dropping story in the Wall Street Journal. High-income parents in Chicago are transferring legal guardianship of their children to friends so the kids can claim financial aid.

It's hard to pick out the most brutal detail from this overview of Bill de Blasio's horrible March, so I'm just going to go with ... this entire paragraph.

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New paper: More than 40% of white Harvard admits are “ALDC”: athletes, legacy, Dean’s interest (donors' kids), or children of faculty Researchers find: 1. 70+% of such admits would be rejected w/o preferences. 2. Without ALDC preferences, total admits would be more diverse.

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