I've been wrong (I wrote a whole article about being wrong) but what is so frustrating about these Vox pieces is not that they are wrong, it's that they are smug

The authors read a WHO press release and then acted like anyone who disagreed was an idiot
And, in fact, I wrote about this too!

Most of the pundit and journalist class just regurgitates press releases. Very few of them have any kind of functional expertise. ImageImage
My sense of myself (which is certainly going to be a sanitized and self-aggrandizing vision) is that I "stay in my lane" more than I did before the pandemic

I talk a lot about COVID *data*, I try to understand viral function (though I mostly just point to experts I trust)
But I talk a lot less about things like law or police reform or foreign policy b/c I just don't know enough about them to feel like my opinion is in any way valuable

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23 Apr
I'm watching as people are getting concerned about the slow-down in vaccine rollout and I'm little frustrated b/c this seems like exactly the sort of thing the CDC should be making public statements about, helping us understand what is going on.
Everyone is out here trying to sift through the data, making educated guesses, wouldn't it be better / easier if the CDC was like "Yeah, after the J&J shots got cancelled, we saw a slowdown in vaccinations and we think we have a good idea why that is"
idk, maybe we'd all just still be arguing about it even if the CDC did put out a plausible-sounding explanation

That sounds like us
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22 Apr
Hypothetical for Evangelicals:

Let's assume that you think this is bad

Would you try to 1) join the conference in order to help steer the conversation? Or 2) abandon this group entirely?

If 2, where would you go instead?
This is some interesting context. Collins is an evangelical Christian and also a titan in modern genetics and the director of the NIH

I think I'm going to bow out of this debate since I'm worried Twitter is an unhelpful place to have it

This makes me so frustrated with the state of news

That Collins' view was included is *much more important context* than "Berenson spoke at a thing"

The attempt to isolate, separate, and destroy groups based on the worst perceived person is, I think, a conscious strategy
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22 Apr
My mom sent me a WSJ piece from one of the scientists that YouTube said was spreading COVID misinformation, which reminds me of how we now have corporate entities proactively censoring speech on behalf of the gov't

I recently had a conversation with my friend who spent a decade in China

He noted that businesses in China actively censor information they think the CCP *might* want them to censor in order to prove they are good corporate citizens

That is what happened here
Unlike China, the US gov't doesn't have the power to censor YouTube videos.

But the "good corporate citizens" over at Google are proactively looking for "bad" information they think someone in gov't wishes they could censor and then do it for them
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20 Apr
this is evil

respect for the dead is a fundamental human quality

the people who abandon it are letting you know that they would rather be dogs digging up corpses than humans with decency
If Hitler were buried in an identifiable place, I would say that the desecration of his grave was an inhuman evil

That's the baseline for being a decent person, that we respect the remains of the dead.

If you can't do that, you've lost a part of your soul
Every liberal has a story about their racist uncle or grandpa

Show your colors

A mob comes to dig up your grandpa and tear his long-dead body to pieces for the cause of social justice

Do you cheer them on? Or demand respect for the dead?
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15 Apr
Dear conservative movement:

The biggest thing that matters now is the purge coming in which corporate entities demand anyone right-of-left submit to their ideology

You need to help people know what to do here

"Have Courage" is not an answer

We need to be war-gaming this b/c it is coming. Employees will be subjected to ideological tests to determine who is and is not part of the blue tribe.

Critical Race Theory is the blueprint for these tests. How will non-leftists survive this?
This is not coming out of the blue

I was in a meeting this week in which my leadership demanded we all switch to the anti-racist tech terminology and set forth a plan to "stamp out" (their words) the use of this terminology among our partners

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14 Apr
If I had to pick one policy that I most misjudged, it would be the contact tracing policy

Contact tracing seemed to be how S Korea kept things under control last year but it just... didn't work here.
Part of the problem was our contact tracing wasn't consistently paired with testing.

We'd find someone who tested positive and run around slapping "quarantine" stickers on everyone they touched in the last 3 days but then... not test them.
Different states had different levels of contact tracing, states built apps to auto-contact trace, we spent millions on this problem but I don't think it made much of a difference in infection numbers.
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