Since Joe Biden wants social media companies to deal with disinformation, can they start with banning this image?

It is 100% bullshit but it is causing real harm b/c people in charge believe it Image
ok, so people are asking me why this is bullshit

Here is the original study and the original chart

Those % outward leakage numbers are not measured numbers. They are extrapolated from another study and mushed together with yet a third study.… Image
None of these studies were done through actually measuring anything. They were done with simulations, theory, and mathematical extrapolation.

All the data is derived & extrapolated, it bares only a distant relationship to actually measuring mask efficacy in a pandemic.
We should not be making policy based on made-up charts with fake numbers describing theoretical scenarios.

But we will! We will make policy based on this chart b/c the people in charge have no idea what they are doing and are numerically illiterate.

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hey y'all

I like Glenn Beck

17 years ago when I was young and doing a shit job for shit money, he was the only joyful person on the radio. He was funny and kind and it was a delight

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No one else does this
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