The verbiage in the decision declaring PA's lockdown orders unconstitutional makes me proud to be an American.

This is our country. This is what we stand for.

Read it. Pass it on. It's beautiful.

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17 Sep
I have been MIA on Twitter (& publishing), in large part b/c I am a single mom who is trying to both work and homeschool 3 kids, one w/ autism.

Our local district is offering online-only ed at least through Oct & that doesn't work for our fam. So I'm figuring it out..

(1/14)
...We are fortunate. We have a safe home, ample food, reliable transportation, and supportive friends...and we are still struggling.

All 4 of my girls (one is in college) are stressed, anxious, moody, & tearful. They want to know when this will end & I can't tell them..

(2/14)
It's difficult to combat the message that they'll kill someone if they get too close & that their mere presence in public threatens ppl.

Things they've looked forward to for so long: friends, sports, parties, proms, graduation have evaporated & been replaced by a life...

(3/14)
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8 Sep
I was initially so struck by this gross error that I failed to address the rest of the article, which has even more misrepresentations, uses biased verbiage, and is lacking in context. Here's are my criticisms of the rest of the article:

1. Dismisses Dr. Atlas’s MD & public health expertise based on political affiliation
2. Characterizes a study analyzing France’s COVID cases up through May & the Diamond Princess cruise ship as “the most sophisticated estimates” of IFR & favors them over current CDC data
3. Biased, emotional language e.g. "virus-laden gobs of spit”, "lifelong illness", "wreaking havoc"
4. Cites a study finding 3/6 asymptomatic patients (out of 215 participants), ages 56-61, w/ lung findings w/i 12 days of testing +, as evidence of "long-term" abnormalities
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7 Sep
This is what passes for journalism these days and it took two seconds to identify this glaring misinformation:

The @TheAtlantic posts this story and the media and the “experts” (and the masses) run with it to justify keeping faces masked and schools closed...(1/4)
Right off the bat, in the second paragraph, they make this curious claim which goes against what anyone who has been breaking down the data knows to be true...(2/4)
So I popped the link they cite for the figure.

This is what the article they cite actually says:

3/4
Read 6 tweets
4 Sep
“Bracing for grim” is all many people have been able to do for 6 months (& counting) as they live the devastation of these mitigation measures, including:

* hunger
* non-Covid disease progression
* suicide
* poverty
* domestic violence
* child abuse...

(stay with me here..1/7)
* civil unrest
* lost livelihoods
* unemployment
* deaths of despair
* interrupted childhood development
* evications/loss of shelter
* debt accrual
* economic instability
* loss of trust in gov’t/public health
* social isolation
* shuttered businesses

(2/7)
* people forced to die alone
* people unable to be w/ loved ones as they died
* no funerals
* supply chain disruptions/impaired access to staples/medications
* deterioration of mental health
* unmanageable anxiety
* somatic manifestations of stress
* delayed healthcare

(3/7)
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1 Sep
This is important. Linked is an academic critique of the COVID public health response:

cambridge.org/core/services/…

Takeaways:

1. Back in March, both the WHO & the NEJM misreported the flu IFR as the CFR, overestimating COVID mortality to Congress and public health officials (X/1)
2. Fear-based public health campaigns cause harmful and the debilitating psychological effects on the population last long after the "threat" is gone...(x/2)
3. Reliance on PCR tests was a flawed choice and COVID mortality data is not reliable and likely overestimated. (X/3).
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18 Aug
This study by Franklin Templeton found what many of us who have been digging already knew: the majority of people grossly overestimate their risk from Covid...(1/4)

franklintempletonnordic.com/investor/artic… ImageImageImage
As FT points out, It’s headlines like these that scare people. They aren’t accurate and they are designed to generate clicks and persuade, but rarely inform.

And they are paralyzing otherwise intelligent and rational people, with fear. (2/4) ImageImageImageImage
Overreaching mitigation measures—closing schools, lockdowns, mandated masks & biz restrictions—have a cost.

And that cost isn’t remotely justified by the “safety” we are purchasing.

In fact, the world is a more dangerous, unstable place when we craft panic-driven policy...(3/4)
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