What are we reading? May 21, 2020

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.


Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

A look at family farms on B.C.’s coast suggests that compact local agriculture can react more swiftly than big corporate operations to markets disrupted by the pandemic. – National Observer



U.S. president Donald Trump, who famously claimed that COVID-19 was a “hoax,” has launched new attacks on the World Health Organization, blaming it, and China, for the crisis that has killed more than 90,000 people in the United States. WHO fired back Tuesday, with member states backing a resolution to support the health organization. – The Guardian



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Where are all those trillions of tax dollars in government fiscal support (US$9 trillion and counting) coming from, where are they going and does anyone know how we are all going to pay multitrillion-dollar debts back? Insights from the International Monetary Fund



Anyone want to wager on what is behind 86% of data breaches? 



2020 qualifies as being a good time to switch to a parallel universe. Fortunately, NASA might have found one where time runs backward. Maybe clock it back to around mid-2019 or so; or before the current madcap White House regime took over the reins of world affairs. – the New York Post



Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor:

Commentary: How we ‘recovered’ from Spanish Flu should be a warning. – IndeOnline.com