Remember when Ron DeSantis said he was opening beaches and people accused him of murder?

Good times
Remember when Ron DeSantis said there would be no new state lockdowns but still let counties issue their own lockdowns and people accused him of murder?

Good times
Remember when Ron DeSantis said that counties could have their own mask mandates but they couldn't issue fines (which naturally were falling most heavily on the poor and minority communities) and people accused him of murder?

Good times
Remember when Ron DeSantis said that Florida was no longer going to have any state-wide restaurant restrictions but that counties could restrict up to 50% capacity at their own discretion and people accused him of murder?

Good times

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9 Jun
I wasn't a fan of the J&J pause at the time, but the ramifications of it have been insane
There is a case to be made that the J&J pause just coincidentally happened at about the same time that most people who wanted a vaccine had gotten one. However, I'm skeptical of that narrative.
If you follow the vaccine numbers state-by-state, you see a lot of variation in vaccine velocity. Some states (West Virginia) sped right out of the gate, some took longer to get going, but every state that I've look at saw a drop in vaccination velocity at exactly the same time.
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2 Jun
As someone who has the utmost respect for Dr Collins (go ahead, search him in my timeline), this makes me think that even the most brilliant minds can only digest so much info at one time & 90% of all things end up in a "everyone I know says this, therefore it is true" bucket
Now, this sounds like excuse making... and it would be if I were then disinclined to extend this kind of grace to people who aren't the director of the NIH

What I see among my social ingroup is a tendency to hold the average voter to a higher standard than Dr Collins
This should cause a pang of humility to run through any science writer who ever wrote a "All experts say X, therefore only idiots believe Y" article

Even the most honest, decent, careful experts don't know everything. Everyone has to focus their intellectual energy.
Read 6 tweets
28 May
so it's come to this
Some people feel genuine outrage over Jan 6th but, tellingly, none of them ever give a shit about Wisconsin 2011

They've never heard of it and, once informed, none of them ever say "holy shit! That's *was* bad! Why didn't I hear about this!?!"

That's how I know this is fake
Are you upset that a mob, aided by Democratic legislators who fled the state, paralyzed an entire state government for weeks?

"but but but those were republicans and they were BAD!"

ok bro
Read 5 tweets
28 May
I've been thinking about some recent polls about "what Republicans believe" and have come to the conclusion that is anyone actually believed those polls, they would be demanding a national divorce to remove these crazy people from having a vote to influence national policy
Of course, they are not doing this b/c no one actually believes that Republicans believe what the polls say or else no one believes they would ever act on it

They only like these polls b/c they think the polls dissuade the moderate voter from voting for the GOP
No one genuinely believes that the GOP "believes the election was stolen" in anything more than the metaphorical sense that Hillary told Democrats the election was stolen…
Read 5 tweets
27 May
Ok, here's a good example against which I can demonstrate how my mind works when I hear new COVID news

Step 1) How could we possibly know that the vaccine provides years of protection? I mean, I'd like that to be true, but how could we know it?
(btw, as of right this minute, I have looked nothing up. I'm doing this in real-time with absolutely zero presuppositions) /2
So searching for "COVID Vaccine" and "years of protection" takes me to this Reuters piece on how the CEO of Moderna says there is "potential protection for a couple of years" based on antibody decay…
Read 11 tweets
27 May
This is particularly interesting since the question of "how did this happen" is

(gets out megaphone)


(resumes composure)

to how we protect ourselves from the next pandemic
If this pandemic was started through lab escape, that means our best protection is to demand China allow embedded outside observers with independent access an unfiltered communication to the outside world into their virology labs
If this pandemic started through zoonotic spillover, then we should spend a LOT more time not only collecting and studying these viruses, but pro-actively creating potential vaccine candidates for them
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