Watching the Netflix Fyre documentary and amazed at how much high quality source footage there is from the run-up to it
Like they were filming it all for a triumphant making-of documentary after a successful event
Thought #Fyre was very good. Interesting to see how it framed McFarland as an avaricious fraudster out to swindle, and gives no consideration that he imagined it would be a success
Reminded a bit of the Anna Delvey case. Another person who thought they could push the envelope, engage in increasingly risky frauds until they actually make it big, and come out ahead in the long run… Image
So what if you fiddle the books for your startup's first few years? Get traction, milk publicity and eventually you'll land that big IPO. You can afford to fix your indiscretions then. McFarland had the charm and confidence to convince himself and others he could do it
Final thought on #Fyre - it was noticeable how most of the employees who spoke were junior. Those senior and more close to him, who had the experience to realise the scam that was being pulled, were conspicuous by their absence

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It still staggers me how many people don't take ventilation & airborne transmission seriously, despite what we now know, while overstating the very low, if any, risk of surface transmission

The other week a friend who works in (non-Covid related) healthcare talked a lot about the precautions - screens, alcohol rub stations, visors - they now have to take, and was dumbfounded when I told them there hasn't been a single documented case of surface-only transmission
Also on a call with my mum the other week, she complained about joggers not maintaining 2m distance in the park, then cheerfully remarked she took the bus home afterwards, and I almost screamed. Public health communication of the change in known risks has been abysmal
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With the line about leaving early for an afternoon in the sun, this is an ad clearly aimed at bosses, not workers
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"Hearing an alarm" ⇔ "You're disciplined if you're a minute late"
"Watercooler conversations" ⇔ "Everyone is a malicious gossip"
"Proper bants" ⇔ "He's a harrassment lawsuit waiting to happen"
"Plastic plants" ⇔ "Everything living in our office dies"
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