InfoMullets Archive

InfoMullet: Pocket full of Posies (pt2 of 4)

TLDRUpFront: The second of a four-part series as the United States, and the world, begins tipping-over from COVID-19. The next nine days are going to be hairy. This InfoMullet focuses on the intermediate economic impact preparing the mental model of readers for what’s going to become apparent between now and March 31st .

InfoMullet: Ring Around the Rosies (pt1 of4)

TLDRUpFront: The first of a four-part series as the United States, and the world, begins tipping-over from COVID-19. The next ten days are going to be hairy. This InfoMullet tries to prepare the mental model of readers for what's to come by making several forecasts of what happens between now and March 31st, and what

InfoMullet: Comparing Five Most Common National Strategies to COVID-19

TLDRUpFront: We examine the five emerging national strategies to confront COVID-19: People’s War, Pandemic Panopticon, Mobilization & Lock Down aka “People’s War Lite”, Fire Break, and Induced Herd Immunity. We contrast this with the recent national approach in most of Europe, the United States and Canada of “business as usual” and how that early response

InfoMullet: The FAQ & the Furious 18 questions to begin asking.

TLDRUpFront: As governments worldwide respond to the COVID-19 pandemic journalists and advocates need to be asking the right questions. This FAQ provides a starting point with eighteen suggested questions to ask government officials at local, state/province, and national levels in developed and developing countries alike.

InfoMullet: (3/24 Update!) COVID curiosity. Outbreak or containment and why #FlattenTheCurve matters.

TLDRUpFront: (3-24 UPDATE) Italy, Spain, and France are all set to exceed China in confirmed cases within the next week. And the United States will surpass even those countries in the next 1-2 weeks with the most confirmed cases globally. Death rates in Italy, Iran, Spain, and France continue to increase as the decline in

InfoMullet: Adjusting our Mental-Model of COVID-19

TLDRUpFront: A growing fear in the United States is that COVID-19 may kill millions. This fear is based on an incomplete mental-model of how viruses work fed by COVID-19 reporting that highlights facts in isolation from context and triggering our cognitive biases in how we evaluate risk. This InfoMullet provides a mental model for understanding

InfoMullet: Canceling OK is the Wrong Approach – Here’s a Better Idea

TLDRUpFront: The OK hand-sign meaning “white power” started as a hoax but became self-fulfilling as hate groups began appropriating the ubiquitous hand sign. In response some seeking to counter hate-speech are trying to cancel OK, and though the concern about radical or violent non-state actors is legitimate, the approach of canceling is in this case

InfoMullet: The Eunuchs are Running the Asylum

TLDRUpFront: In a fortnight that saw the GOP go full Reek in the Senate and Democrats struggle to play duck-duck-goose without losing track of the ducks; this Radical Moderate has a few things to get off his chest about the self-neutering effect Partisan Populism on common sense and basic competence. Content Warning: Radical Moderate

InfoMullet: Splitting the Baby on Calling Witnesses for Senate Trial

TLDRUpFront: We propose a compromise for consideration by the Senate on calling new witnesses and subpoenas for the President’s Trial. Let the House Managers and President’s Legal Team both present their requests and reasons why. Then let the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court rule on the relevance of each request. Then the Senate, in

InfoMullet: CoronaVirus Mass Ejection

TLDRUpFront: The outbreak of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan province of China has resulted in 2,000 confirmed cases and as many as ten times that number may remain undiagnosed. China has quarantined 50M people in an effort to halt the spread even as the country is on the move for the New Years. As