“Deeply religious marriages have more spousal equality” and Sweden’s COVID-19 response “shouldn’t be a model for the rest of the world”

“Deeply religious marriages have more spousal equality” and Sweden’s COVID-19 response “shouldn’t be a model for the rest of the world” October 19, 2020


I like Stockholm. It's a pleasant city.
A Wikimedia CC public domain photo of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, by Tommie Hansen


It’s science.  Well, social science, anyway.  And it has a connection to Brigham Young University:


“‘Handmaid’ reality: Deeply religious marriages have more spousal equality”


Some will not be pleased by the item above.  They should, however, not shoot the messenger.  As in me.




Those planning to lash out at me about the articles below regarding Sweden and its response to COVID-19 should read them carefully and completely — even the longer ones — before doing so”


“The Swedish COVID-19 Response Is a Disaster. It Shouldn’t Be a Model for the Rest of the World”


“Sweden’s coronavirus strategy: has ‘culture of conformity’ saved the country from COVID fatigue?”


“It’s been so, so surreal.’ Critics of Sweden’s lax pandemic policies face fierce backlash”




From The Atlantic:


“Inside the Mind of an Anti-vaxxer: The majority of Americans will need to take the coming COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s how to persuade those who won’t want to.”




“We still don’t know what COVID-19 immunity means or how long it lasts: It’s unclear whether we could ever reach herd immunity without a vaccine or a high death toll”




The medical school at Johns Hopkins University is typically ranked at or near the top in American rankings, and, for whatever that’s worth, this article comes from the Johns Hopkins University Medical School:


“We cannot rely on magical thinking: Herd immunity is not a plan”




“Can supplements really help fight COVID-19? Here’s what we know and don’t know: There’s little evidence yet, except maybe in people who are deficient in vitamins and minerals”




I will resist the almost overpowering urge to identify such people on the basis of their online manners and their political and religious positions:


“Neandertal genes in people today may raise risk of severe COVID-19: The same risk factors may protect against other diseases”




My online friend Mark Kellner has reminded me of an article that he wrote for the Deseret News back in early 2015 — which is to say, long before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic in which we find ourselves but still very relevant to it:


“‘Religious’ objections to vaccinations? There really aren’t any”




“Trump trashes Fauci and makes baseless coronavirus claims in campaign call”




But on, now, to a couple of other bits of science news:


“World’s greatest mass extinction triggered switch to warm-bloodedness: Mammals and birds today are warm-blooded, and this is often taken as the reason for their great success.”


“The Milky Way’s most massive star cluster may have eaten a smaller cluster”



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