Covid (mainly) Links I Liked

May 18, 2020

     By Duncan Green     

And the overall winner of our Corona Cartoon competition is….. the unknown creator of Zoom Last Supper – anyone know who we should be congratulating? It was tight though – Last Supper got 46% and ‘turn it on and turn it off again’ got 42%.

Some Podcast news:

My #PowerShifts colleague Maria Faciolince is starting a new #PowerInThePandemic series. Check out episode 1.

Meanwhile I’m passing the time in lockdown by ‘zooming in’ to find out what my LSE International Development colleagues actually do all day. First up, Zooming In With Professor Ken Shadlen, on Intellectual Property, pharmaceuticals and a cure for Covid-19

And while we’re on IP, world leaders unite in call for a people’s vaccine against COVID-19.

UK Government provides a textbook example of ‘mathiness’ – looks like maths, but ain’t.

Do the ermmm, math: Alert Level = 4 R = somewhere between 0.5 and 0.9 Number of Infections = 219,000.

Residents in a poor neighbourhood in Zimbabwe set up a Covid-compatible community home school to keep kids learning during lockdown.

Twitter announces employees will be allowed to work from home ‘forever’. A lot of other companies could follow suit to cut costs. Fine for established people with networks and decent houses; bad news for early career entrants with neither?

Koen Vlassenroot on why, despite efforts to do things differently, guiding frameworks and research agendas in the Global South are still largely defined by researchers in the global North.

Plenty of disagreement about what to expect in Africa: the WHO predicts Africa facing a quarter of a billion coronavirus cases. On the other hand, there’s a problem with predicting coronavirus apocalypse in Africa

Trump as the Ultimate Triumph of Neoliberalism. Branko Milanovic on top form. Just realized Triumph is an anagram of ‘hi Trump’……

Really hope this 4 year old becomes a star one day so they can put this song on every biopic. Scroll down here for the proliferating cover versions.

May 18, 2020
Duncan Green