So now vaccinated people—many of whom proposed refusing unvaccinated people medical care on the grounds that they would unnecessarily overwhelm hospitals—are unnecessarily overwhelming hospitals…

And to be clear, I don’t actually begrudge them. People should be able to go to the ER when they believe they need to.

The problem is that they’ve been led to believe they need to — even when they have no symptoms or physical complaints…
For one thing, we should not be encouraging people to repeatedly test themselves at home for what they have been told is an indiscriminate deadly disease and them abandoning them to their own devices when they pop positive…
Covid is not an indiscriminate, deadly disease.

It is predictably discriminate and the risk of death is “minuscule” for most. (That’s a descriptor lifted from the NYT, mind you)

A (+) home test would send very few racing to the ER if accurate risk info were available…
Also, let’s remember that home tests instruct people to follow up a (+) with a PCR.

PCPs won’t do it & testing centers are overwhelmed. Where are they supposed to go?

In the meantime, all these (+) tests could easily result in a de facto shutdown, given quarantine policies…
It’s hard to believe that no one thought of these potentialities when they hatched this “Let’s convince everyone to test themselves all the time!” scheme.

Then again — in keeping with the theme of the pandemic — I doubt that public health was the primary motivator…
Who needs a functioning society when there’s far more money to be made and power to be consolidated by shutting it down?
And — to be clear — this is not saying it’s some grand conspiracy.

People capitalizing on ethically-dubious opportunities for enrichment does not require high-level coordination.

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29 Dec
I’d bet there’s an honest mea culpa out there that sounds a lot like this:

“In March 2020, my life didn’t feel particularly meaningful & I wasn’t contributing much to the world.

Suddenly, I had a chance to feel like I could, w/o sacrificing anything I didn’t already want to…
“And for awhile I’ve suspected that the policies I was supporting didn’t quite make sense and were only superficially consistent with my values. But I resisted changing my mind because I really needed to believe I was one of the “good” ones — that I was doing the “right” thing…
“It’s very important to me to believe that I’m a good person and that those around me agree…
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13 Dec
Yesterday, my 16y.o.’s exploration of our new neighborhood via skateboard ended with a high-speed, face-first collision with a telephone poll.

Do I regret letting her go?

Of course not. Exploring is healthy. Skateboarding is fun. I want her to live fully, free from…
… limitations imposed by my fears about what *might* happen - and that involves tolerating a certain amount of risk.

Could it have been worse? Sure— her head could’ve met the concrete instead of the more forgiving wood of the telephone pole. But it didn’t, in part b/c she…
…has been skating since she was 7 and has learned how to bail and how to fall. She wouldn’t know those things had I been too scared to let her try. She loves to skate, just like I loved gymnastics & my oldest loved swimming — both theoretically ‘risky’ but rewarding pursuits…
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11 Dec
Think of all the beautiful moments of your life that happened in-person:

- meeting your very first best friend
- your first date w/ the love of your life
- impromptu travel that changed your worldview
- 2am conversations that made you feel so connected and understood…

- a performance or presentation which was utterly terrifying but opened doors that were previously shut
- a crowded concert/rally/event where you shared in a moment so much greater than yourself
- witnessing your grand baby enter the world
- comforting your grandma as she left it
Now consider how many of those life-affirming moments/events/experiences people have foregone over the past two years.

And how many more people will forego if restrictions persist…
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9 Dec
Fear got us into this mess.

Courage will get us out.

Be brave…

What does that mean?

It means don’t self-censor, don’t go along with mandates and policies you know are wrong, put your principles ahead of your comfort, do things that terrify you, take short-term risks for a long-term benefit…
Think critically, use good judgement, speak up but also listen.

And when you know you’re right, stand up even when every single other person in the room is sitting down.

Yes, there will be costs and it’s not up to me to tell you which blows to absorb but…
Read 7 tweets
14 Nov
I’m on an @AmericanAir flight as I type & the crew has spent 90% of the time on the intercom delivering repeated warnings about letting masks slip, including a stern rebuke that two reminders will result in authorities meeting you at the gate & inclusion on a no-fly list…
What I don’t get is that all but the small, fearful minority know that masks are a mere performance whose only utility is *placating the feelings* of an emotionally dysregulated subset of the population…
which includes people with strong, self-righteous political/tribal allegiances, people who overestimate the actual risk from Covid, and people who are inclined - for whatever reason - to be society’s self-appointed hall monitors…
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It makes you wonder why we didn’t follow those tenets of public health and, instead, decided mandates, porous masks, lockdowns, and sowing panic was the solution this time.

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