Latest Coronavirus Developments, an interview with infectious disease specialist Amesh Adalja

Today I did a wide-ranging interview with infectious disease specialist, Dr. Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. All the latest on the Coronavirus, including media coverage, politicization, a day in the life of a Dr./infectious disease specialist, risk factors/comorbidities, prospects for vaccines/cures/treatments/testing/tracing, and more!

Please like and share this episode, as Dr. Adalja is the voice of reason during this pandemic.

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Yaron and Amy: Combating and Escaping Coronavirus Era Authoritarianism, TODAY 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT)

How do we escape the effects of the sorts of authoritarian power grabs Yaron and I discussed last time? We have some fresh examples, but also some promising developments. What values will you take with you from this era? We’ll share some of ours.


Quest Direct (COVID Testing on Demand)

Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Shows Promising Early Results

Vaccine opponents are gaining in Facebook ‘battle for hearts and minds,’ new map shows (HT Benjamin Chayes)

Napa County art gallery objects to arbitrary reopening order

“Lawful access” is the new phrase fascists are using for an encryption ban
HT Tom Hall

Inside the closed-door campaigns to rewrite California privacy law, again

Legalize Privacy

L.A. County Coronavirus Update: County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer Apologizes For Controversial Remarks, “Confusion”

dontletitgo community at Locals (use code YARONANDAMY to get one month free membership)


Tamir Hendelman at Home 5/23: A Tribute to Harold Arlen

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Foot Voting, Migration, TEXAS, and Locals

Ok, Texas peeps, just to show you I’m not just any interloper: here’s the grave marker of Henry Henry, located at Creekmore Cemetery in Cass County, TX. He was my 3rd great grandfather. 

Note that it says on his grave marker that he was the great grandson of Patrick Henry. It would be really cool to be a direct descendant of Patrick Henry, would it not? It turns out that he was NOT the great grandson of Patrick Henry, even though it says he was in some family bible somewhere. (I am told that DNA evidence confirms this.)

I don’t know whether he lied about it, or whether his father (or someone else) did? I’m going to hope that he honestly believed he was the great grandson of Patrick Henry, and that he was proud of that fact. He was born in Tennessee in 1802, and then migrated to Texas sometime after 1860, where he lived until his death in 1876.

The several days I spent tracing my family tree to figure out whether I was actually descended from Patrick Henry, as my father told me I might have been, were quite a roller coaster, as you can imagine!

But in any event, I am descended from a freedom-loving resident of Texas, and so am not any kind of interloper 😀 

Speaking of “foot voting,” as I discussed with Dave Rubin at the end of my interview with him, I am now kicking the tires over at “Locals,” a new platform that might be described as a cross between social media and Patreon. I’d love to have y’all as members of my community as I try to get it off the ground. Go to: and use promo code DLIGBLOG to get two free months. Hope to see some of you over there, and that you’ll let me know what you think of it.

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