Just left a graduation in Texas and I don't know how to describe it.

Those of us in Blue America truly have no idea that outside of our bubbles, life is 99% normal.
The graduation was split in two because the graduating class was so large and each student was given 10 tickets.
Everything was 100% normal - no mask requirement, no social distancing stickers, no policing of anyone's seating, no hint of COVID other than maybe 1% of the attendees who wore masks.
What really got me was the speeches from the students.

They talked about the beginning of the school year - several described how they fell into despair, sleeping until 1 pm and barely doing their work.
As the school year progressed, restrictions loosened.

They went back in person, and were so grateful to have the opportunity to do so.

They were grateful to have the ability to celebrate in person with their families, and to have prom, and everything else that a Sr should have.
They talked about how they made the most of a bad situation, but ultimately, the school came through for them - and they were truly grateful.
Of course, I am mentally comparing that to my state and city, where my friend @AppletoZucchini has been fighting to get their school to do a graduation ceremony to no avail.

Where we have to beg to have an outdoor, socially distanced, masked gathering, & can still be denied.
I thought about how we prioritized profit over public education, despite having among the highest tax burden in the country, and supposedly some of the "best" schools.

Would our children's sacrifice have been worth it if it actually saved lives?

Maybe, but I'm not going to lie - It's not a straightforward answer.

But I don't have to, because it didn't.

The sacrifices were not actually necessary, and yet they continue.
For a year, I have been listening to people say that Republicans politicized the virus by "refusing to wear masks".

I just don't know how to get through to people that the data has been clear for quite some time - restrictions are simply not correlated to outcome.
The prolonged restrictions that we have been subjected to were cruel and inhumane, and they accomplished very little, other than to steal precious time from our family's lives.

We relentlessly focused on behavior modification, and ensuring that we had a constant visual reminder that life couldn't be normal - but why?

We are in a sunk cost fallacy, with our leaders unwilling to acknowledge their errors.

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12 Jun
The @nytimes won a Pulitzer for their COVID reporting. 🤣
Remember this study that showed that 90% of US COVID reporting was negative, compared to 50-60% of int'l coverage?

How is it possible to ignore NYT's role in this?

This is my favorite @nytimes piece ever written.

Not a single one of these predictions came true, and not a single person was held accountable for the fear-mongering and inability to question failed model after failed model.

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10 Jun
Another example of this was a story from last year about a nurse who claimed that COVID patients were saying "it wasn't real" as they died.

It was eventually debunked by @davidzweig but how many still believe this?

This was another one that never passed the sniff test.

A third hand account of a kid apologizing to their grandparent for giving them COVID via video chat.

The @latimes is addicted to their narrative.

And this was my other favorite @latimes piece.

Hospital overload! Panic!

But ...

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9 Jun
This is a scientific journal that is describing whiteness as an affliction.

This has to be a joke, right?
I really wish I didn't read this - I would never allow my kids to internalize this. I still can't process that this was published.

Surely this is another Sokal?
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19 May
Anyone want to help me chronicle the last 14 months of lies, deception, & goalpost moving?

I'll start - 14 days to flatten the curve.
Children are superspreaders
If we had just locked down for "X weeks/months/years", COVID would be gone!
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18 May
I have to make some confessions.

Last year, I was absolutely insane and I was one of those people who yelled at people outside for not wearing a mask.

It wasn't actually the virus that I was afraid of, but the lockdowns.
I was so deeply psychologically damaged from the NYC lockdown in the spring that I lived in perpetual terror of it happening again.

Cuomo spent the entire summer & fall threatening and browbeating us for our "bad behavior" and I deeply internalized this message.
I remember screaming at my neighbors and telling them that if they didn't put on a mask, they were going to face my wrath if my kids' school was closed.

At one point, he put us into an arbitrary microcluster and we escaped closed schools by only a few blocks.
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18 May
I am not exaggerating when I say that about 40% of the people in my circle (MC outerborough NYC) are leaving @NYCSchools next year.

2 are mortgaging their homes for private tuition.

This is how little trust parents have that you will do the right thing @MeishaPorter @NYCMayor
The alternatives that people are leveraging are:
Private, suburbs, relocate completely out of the area

NYC has always been a punitive place to raise kids - expensive, small spaces.

But parents won't tolerate not having their kids be educated for years. @MeishaPorter @NYCMayor
It's MAY, and we still don't know what the plan is to ensure that every child is back in a classroom in Sept.

We know that your promises have not been kept. @MeishaPorter @NYCMayor

Our kids deserve a 100% normal school yr in Sept, like kids all over the US will have.
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