My friend (no, not me) recently had the opportunity to respond to a @tacobell "Tell us about your visit" survey - specifically the "Heath & Safety" portion.

I sure hope that tweeting this doesn't ruin her chances in the $500 sweepstakes.

It made me laugh & had to share ...😂
"I don’t care about your COVID health and safety measures.

I am not operating under the delusion that a fast-food vendor can protect me from a respiratory virus.

You claim to be 'committed to my health' but if that were the case, you’d stop selling me your 'food'...
"The truth is that you don’t give a shit about my health, as evidenced by the nutritional content of your product.

And I'm good with that! In fact, that's been our explicit arrangement all along.

It seems you suddenly misunderstand the role Taco Bell plays in my life...
... which, just so we’re clear, is an on-the-go supplier of not-quite-Mexican-food.

I don’t want you to pretend to care about me. I want you to sell me $2 consumables that we've mutually agreed to call 'tacos'...

So in the interest of problem-solving, and since you asked...
"I offer you the following suggestions for improvement:

1. Tone down the insincere displays of “concern” for my well-being. They’re weird and creepy and presume a level of familiarity we absolutely do not have. I am not infirm; Taco Bell is not my caretaker...
"2. Stop taking your customer service cues from the TSA and Britney Spears’ dad.

3. Stop trying (and failing) to satisfy chronically paranoid misanthropes who demand a guarantee that fast food employees won’t breathe on them. Nothing you do will ever be enough...
"Their issues are beyond your scope. Instead, accommodate people who want to give you money in exchange for your tacos, without subjecting them to the 1984 LARP sesh."
This is my favorite line. 👇 I have been unable to stop laughing since she texted me this.

"I am not infirm; Taco Bell is not my caretaker"

And I wasn't going to out her but her ability to articulate absurdity is top-shelf. She set up this handle last month after I told her she was wasting her jokes texting them to me.

Again - not me (but she's also a writer) & totally worth a follow.

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11 Sep
What's the word for an economic system in which the government can artificially restrict a company's (or even an entire sector's) customer base at will?

Because it's not capitalism...
And, yes, we have regulatory oversight: FLSA, FCC, CPSC, EPA, etc... the list of regulatory agencies is extensive.

But what we're facing mass disruption of the most basic market forces using a flimsy justification that crumbles under the most superficial scrutiny...
Does removing people from the economy reduce the transmission of a primarily non-lethal virus? No.

So you can tell me this has been going on for years and there's truth in that...but this is a matter of scope, scale & lack of any reasonable explanation.

It's a paradigm shift.
Read 4 tweets
8 Sep
Yesterday, @Medium informed me via email that they were deleting my account for “elevated risk of potential harm to persons or public health”

The only piece I pub'd there in the last 9mo. was a narrative essay expressing shock at how we’ve treated children - 6w ago...


And for that thoughtcrime, they are burning my books in the town square.

All my books.

Even the ones on parenting and autism and writing and health.

Medium thinks I am a dangerous dissident in need of silencing...
Understand I wasn’t cited for dispensing medical advice or ‘misinfo’ (which we know means inconvenient truths) like I was when they censored The Curve is Already Flat in April 2002.

This time, it was my opinions and morals that were deemed a risk to people or public health...
Read 16 tweets
6 Sep
Part of the problem here 👇 is that people no longer understand what journalism is.

The ethics standard is not, “Run the story unless it’s ‘completely negated’.”

The details must be accurate & verified.

There no excuse for the @RollingStone story to still be up anywhere…

A bigger part of the problem is cognitive dissonance.

Despite being thoroughly debunked, people are still defending the Ivermectin OD article.


They need to believe it’s true or else their world view falls apart,

Firmly held beliefs can be excruciating to dislodge…
What this moral panic narrative has done is herd people into two camps.

Believe us? You are ‘good & smart’.

Believe them? You are ‘bad & stupid’.

To admit the story was wrong, they’d have to either admit they are bad & stupid and face exile, or reject the false dichotomy
Read 9 tweets
5 Sep
If pre-2020, you child’s pediatrician had said,

“Listen…there’s a new vaccine & it decreases your child’s risk from a disease w/ 99.9972% survival rate by .0027%. We also have zero data on long-term side effects (& not much on the short-term either.)”

What’s your reply?
I’ve yet to see anyone say “Sign my kid up!”

And that’s because when we’re thinking rationally, we don’t subject kids to a medical intervention that has almost no benefit and unknown costs.

This is what the precautionary principle *actually* looks like.
Cue all the contrarians saying “Sign my kid up!” 😂
Read 4 tweets
5 Sep
“Those who insist on refusing the vaccine for no reason…”

I’m going to stop you right there, @RuthMarcus. No one does anything for ‘no reason’. No one.

That’s not how human decision-making works…

Thread 🧵🪡…
Ppl make the best decisions they can with the information they have at the time.

That includes info you don’t have re: med history, life experiences, values, input of their trusted advisors & countless other factors.

Don’t dismiss ppl’s reasons just b/c you made a diff choice…
And I *could* list some of those reasons here but I won’t - b/c we’re talking about private decisions & you are not moral arbiter of others’ choices.

They don’t owe you an explanation.

And if they did, your own would be equally subject to their scrutiny & criticism.

That’s #1
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4 Sep
What if we allow ourselves to entertain the possibility that the reason schools weren't a primary source of transmission is that kids were exposed & recovered long before we knew Covid was here & developed robust natural immunity, halting transmission...…
And that, like w/ other CVs, adaptive immunity will eventually wane, esp w/o continued exposure.

And that waning immunity doesn't mean they're in danger. They just need to build more adaptive immunity.

Maybe it's time we actually 'listen to the experts'…
If so, even when it was novel, kids weren't at serious risk from C19 & the symptoms were/are so non-specific, that it could've looked like any other bad cold/flu.

I believe my kids all had it back in Jan 2020 & I've heard countless similar stories...…
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