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Meanwhile, the innerboob's world population meter is still ticking up from 7.780* billion. Today, 0.04% represents total confirmed SARS-CoV-2 cases of "humanity." Here is another portfolio of Big Data visualizations seeking share of OECD subscribers.

Current occupancy value of the "field hospital", assembled one month ago by Maryland National Guard for 250 COVID-19 convalescents, is not published. WBALT local news broadcast file photo (26 April 2020); Baltimore coronavirus incidence data, updated daily

Contributors to Monthly Review (Mar 2020) annotate without irony Nassim Taleb's "black swan" critique of imperial plagues upon westworld governments:

The failures were actually programmed decades ago as the shared commons of public health were simultaneously neglected and monetized.12 A country captured by a regimen of individualized, just-in-time epidemiology--an utter contradiction--with barely enough hospital beds and equipment for normal operations, is by definition unable to marshal the resources necessary to pursue a China brand of suppression.

Following up the Taleb team's point about model strategies in more explicitly political terms, disease ecologist Luis Fernando Chaves, another coauthor of this article, references dialectical [!] biologists Richard Levins and Richard Lewontin to concur that "letting the numbers speak" only masks all the assumptions folded in beforehand.13 Models such as the Imperial study explicitly limit the scope of analysis to narrowly tailored questions framed within the dominant social order. By design, they fail to capture the broader market forces driving outbreaks and the political decisions underlying interventions.

Rein in the four horsemen of irreproducibility
by Cat on Mon Apr 27th, 2020 at 10:22:03 AM EST
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