We've had a halcyon year. It was just a wonderful year, with no significant natural disasters, advancing global health and prosperity, and people working together for the common good. Yes, we had a halcyon year. I think it was 1956. It certainly was not 2020.

As I write this in late October, the election looms, with both Democratic and Republican voters believing that democracy is threatened if their candidate loses. Yesterday the CDC reported over 300,000 excess deaths in the U.S. to date, an estimate that includes both deaths from COVID-19 and deaths from suicide, domestic violence, and delayed surgery and primary health care attributable to COVID-19. COVID-19 is surging in Europe, with daily cases increasing more than 10% per day in some countries. A similar surge is predicted for the U.S. Southern states are facing the worst onslaught...

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