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Journalist, immigrant, solo parent. Sort of Scottish. Ik rot niet op naar mijn eigen land om jou te pesten. Podcast: https://t.co/QVcHprHirH
Jul 9 26 tweets 9 min read
Extraordinary to see how Trumpist partisan milkmaid
@EvaVlaar
manages to pack at least 10 lies into two and a half minutes of deranged commentary on Fox News about the #DutchFarmers protests. Let's take a walk through them.
Lie #1. 'This is about the Dutch government stealing our farmers' land.'
Farmers who stop working will get 130% of the value of their land and assets under the environmental planning agency's recommendations. Where do I sign up to be robbed on these terms? boerenbusiness.nl/mineralen/arti…
Jul 9 25 tweets 8 min read
Extraordinary to see how Trumpist partisan milkmaid @EvaVlaar manages to pack at least 10 lies into two and a half minutes of deranged commentary on Fox News about the #DutchFarmers protests. Let's take a walk through them. Lie #1. 'This is about the Dutch government stealing our farmers' land.'
Farmers who stop working will get 130% of the value of their land and assets under the environmental planning agency's recommendations. Where do I sign up to be robbed on these terms? boerenbusiness.nl/mineralen/arti…
Jun 10 26 tweets 8 min read
After a couple of weeks' respite, I'm afraid it's time for a thread on coronavirus in the Netherlands. Because the numbers aren't looking great and the preparations for an autumn wave are non-existent. Let alone a summer wave. #zomergolf The trend in the testing numbers has been pretty encouraging since the last peak of 70,000 positive tests a day at the start of March.
Universal testing ended on April 11, by which time the number had dropped below 7,000, and it continued to fall to 1,500 by the end of the month. Image
Jan 23 16 tweets 5 min read
I'd been planning a thread on reasons to be cautiously hopeful about Dutch coronavirus infections. Then I got distracted. In hindsight that was a good thing, because in the last week much of the hope has evaporated – just as a new wave of magical thinking has broken out. 1/16 The magical thinking is that 'hospital numbers are low, omicron is mild, we can relax and treat it like a flu now.' None of these statements is wholly false, but taken together they're leading to some rash and premature decisions. 2/16
Oct 27, 2021 16 tweets 5 min read
I wish I could ignore it, but professional bullshitician* Thierry Baudet's latest foray into the Covid numbers is almost a work of art. Let's take a closer look. (1/16)
(*portmanteau of 'bullshit' and 'statistician'. You're welcome) I mean, that chart looks alarming, right? Baudet certainly thinks so and intends to ask questions in parliament about the 5,500 unexplained "excess deaths" he's found in the 6-month period from weeks 15-40 (mid-April to mid-October). (2/16)
Oct 26, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
A lot of talk at the moment about stricter rules for non-vaccinated people. Hugo de Jonge said yesterday we were dealing 'increasingly with a pandemic of the unvaccinated'. But leaving aside the moral and legal implications, the latest figures don't support that claim. The latest RIVM press release says 80% of people in the ICU are unvaccinated. But that refers to a study published nearly 2 weeks ago based on data from September. rivm.nl/nieuws/4-op-de…
Mar 31, 2020 10 tweets 4 min read
You can see from these latest charts that the #coronavirus infection rate is slowing down almost everywhere - and fastest in those countries that restricted movement first. (I don't put different countries on one graph because a) it keeps it simple and b) testing regimes vary.) The coloured gridlines represent exponential growth rates. Red = 41.3% (doubles in 2 days). Blue = 26.0% (3 days). Orange = 18.9% (4 days). Green = 14.9% (5 days). Purple = 12.3% (6 days). Yellow = 10.4% (7 days). Raw figures are shown beneath the charts as a guide.