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Tens of millions of lost jobs, the largest trade deficits in history, the sharpest GDP decline in modern American history--and yet business applications are booming. The figures are staggering: Nationwide, business applications are up over 82% from the same time last year, with every single state recording double-(or triple-)digit percentage increases. Seems a little strange,... Read More
There is an increasingly common take on the jaded right that upon Biden's swearing in next January, all the hysteria and top-down dictates concerning COVID will evaporate like the morning dew. Same with the riots. The implicit deal with the American public is if they vote Biden/Harris things will return to normal. This blogger had... Read More
One of the more helpful frameworks for understanding American cultural dynamics is Thomas Sowell's Black Rednecks and White Liberals. It applies to beliefs and behaviors white liberals implicitly disdain white conservatives for having and doing, but that white liberals are forbidden from criticizing non-whites for having and doing--even though non-whites hold the beliefs and engage... Read More
It's nothing, stop being racist against the Chinese. Hug them instead. Wash your hands and sanitize inorganic surfaces to stop the spread. Don't wear masks, they don't help. The virus is far more deadly than the flu. Not many people have it yet, but it spreads fast so if many get it, millions will die.... Read More
The first bar for each group (uniform color) shows the percentages of respondents who view coronavirus as a "very serious" problem for the country, the second bar (varying colors) the percentages who view it as a "very serious" problem locally. Respondents can assess it as a very serious problem both nationally and locally or nowhere... Read More
When middle America became restless over the forever lock downs, breathless admonitions about the coronavirus catastrophe about to brought down on the country showed up in every article the corporate media put out, on the timelines of all the blue checkmarks, and in the public pronouncements of the legions of stern-faced labcoats. When protests and... Read More
Scientist, author, and entrepreneur Spencer Wells goes double-or-nothing: Nuremberg for being too laissez faire, for not being fascistic enough--that's an interesting twist. Before tearing into the American response in general and the Trump administration in particular, Wells offered that: This humble blogger bends his knee in observation of an awesome display of audacity that puts... Read More
When the US began shutting down in response to fears about an impending coronavirus catastrophe, we asserted the health effects would pale in comparison to the economic carnage the pandemic would initiate. That take drew equal amounts of derision and incredulity. Clarifying that coronavirus was the match starting the conflagration rather than the dry brush... Read More
The subsequent graph shows percentages, by selected demographics, who view governmental stay-at-home orders to be violations of Americans' constitutional rights. "Not sure" responses are excluded, so residual values represent those who see no civil rights violations in the orders: It may be deemed necessary, but good luck getting it to square with the first amendment.... Read More
The correlation between ascribed per capita coronavirus deaths by state and the percentages of residents in each state who report being "extremely concerned" about coronavirus is a vigorous .71. Seeing is believing, as they say. The demographic and partisan divides have become starker as time has gone on. We're getting close to the point where... Read More
Percentages of Americans, as of the end of April, who say restaurants should probably or definitely re-open, with the 6% answering "not sure" excluded so that the residuals are those why say they should probably or definitely remain closed: Though a sizable minority wants to open back up, most people want to keep things closed.... Read More
A plurality of Americans now believe coronavirus was "created in a laboratory". This doesn't necessarily imply a belief that it was intended as a bioweapon. Those who suspect it was used for other research purposes before spreading to the public through carelessness or disgruntlement will be included in the plurality alongside those who think it... Read More
Four weeks ago, we looked at the change in American sentiment towards China from the beginning of March, before the coronavirus shutdown, and again at the end of March, once shelter-in-place had been instituted nearly nationwide. Of mild surprise was the discovery that Americans expressed less hostility towards China after corona came to the US... Read More
Bold Brian or Callous Kemp? Mostly the latter, though it depends on who you're asking. If it's people who voted for the Georgia governor, there's an elevated chance for the former, but the odds are still long. The following graph shows the percentages of Americans who believe it will be safe to fire things back... Read More
++Addition++As of a few hours subsequent to this post being published, Trends results for the month of November 2019 now return "Hmm, your search doesn't have enough data to show here". I’m 100% sure I entered those parameters multiple times by cut+pasting the URL as I was opening new tabs and running other potential search... Read More
The following graph shows the percentages of people who prefer "the government respect civil liberties, even if that means accepting some risk to public safety". Residuals show the percentages who prefer "the government ensure public safety, even if that means limiting some civil liberties": Most Americans don't want a shot at liberty if it comes... Read More
Crude oil for May delivery plunged into negative territory today, the first time such a thing has ever happened. We have negative interest rates so why not negative rates for other prices? After all, an interest rate is fundamentally the price of money. I'm being facetious--mostly. The indications are everywhere. The global credit system is... Read More
This week's COTW duo is especially self-serving. Twinkie soberly urges patience and caution: It's obvious China has been underreporting its numbers for several weeks--even after adding around 1,500 Wuhan coronavirus deaths to the country's total death count, the number of confirmed cases remained unchanged. The cases had been identified from the beginning but no one... Read More
Iceland has a fortuitous combination of factors making it about the best place in the world to come by good data on coronavirus. It's an island, it has a small homogenous and cooperative population, and it is home to deCODE Genetics: Whatever the R0 of coronavirus is, the consensus seems to be that it is... Read More
Rusted Wardrobe? Rotted Retailville? Coin something as memorable and pithy as the phrase "Rust Belt" and you'll have made a lasting contribution to the lexicon, because the service sector shuttering is upon us. The desolation of the country's brick-and-mortar retail spaces, including bars, restaurants, botique shops, and the like will change the face of the... Read More
Correlations with coronavirus death rates as of April 11, 2020 at the state level are weak across the board: Obesity rate -- (.13) Median age -- .09 Clinton's 2016 vote share -- (.04) Population density -- .13 White population % -- (.18) Black population % -- .20 Asian population % -- .13 Hispanic population %... Read More
Majorities favor closing everything putatively non-essential. The following graph shows an index by sex, race, and partisan affiliation who maintain the minority position and think various things should remain open. It is calculated by taking the simple average by demographic characteristic across the thirteen things the survey asked about keeping open. The subsequent table shows... Read More
Searching up "coronavirus cases by country" returned these three suggested news stories ahead of the links retrieved in response to the actual query: The neo-liberal establishment isn't held together by scapegoating and subverting white conservatives. That's a conspiracy theory. What are you, some kind of bigoted extremist? Remember two weeks ago when it was racist... Read More
There is strong bipartisan (and non-partisan) support for showering the country with money. From the redwood forests to the gulf stream waters, this helicopter money was made for you and me. Yeah, ideally the Imperial capital's theater would be cut out, but it's a giveaway that can be overlooked. Support, by partisan affiliation, for various... Read More
As of April 3rd, the peak rate of growth in confirmed coronavirus cases is in the rearview mirror of every American state and territory. This welcome news comes in spite of greatly increased nationwide testing capacity that makes it less likely than before that symptomatic cases go undiagnosed. Absent a resurgence following the relaxation of... Read More
At the beginning of March, before coronavirus turned America upside down, YouGov surveyed Americans on their sentiments towards China. The survey did so again at the end of the month, after most of the country had been placed under shelter-at-home orders, the stock market lost a third of its value, jobless claims increased by an... Read More
Confirmed coronavirus cases per 100,000 people as of March 31, 2020: State Cases/100k New York 389.7 New Jersey 210.5 Louisiana 112.7 Massachusetts 95.2 Michigan 76.4 Connecticut 72.1 District of Columbia 70.1 Washington 68.1 Illinois 47.0 Rhode Island 46.1 Colorado 45.6 Vermont 41.0 Pennsylvania 38.8 Nevada 36.1 Georgia 35.3 Delaware 32.8 Indiana 32.1 Mississippi 31.5 Florida... Read More
Last week we found: Six days later, with the confirmed nationwide caseload approaching 20,000, the respective correlations have increased from .40 to .58 and from .09 to .16. Correlation does not necessarily mean causation, of course. When increasing the sample size also increases the strength of the correlation, though, it suggests we're onto something real.... Read More