Because those who make policy, or at least those who advise the people who make policy, ARE on Twitter.
Time and again they have proven that they make decisions and guidance not based on science, but based on how the Twitter mob reacts. (2/x)
May 18 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
I just did a "Team Reality Origin Stories" interview with @erichhartmann , which made me think (and Erich will probably be mad at me for not talking about this in the interview):
My biggest issue with COVID NPIs is that they hurt the poor the most, because I grew up poor. (1/x)
I could immediately empathize with dads who lost their jobs and were unable to provide for their kids. Because my dad never had a well-paying job, and my mom didn't work.
I could immediately empathize with kids who were denied school because I went to a low-means school. (2/x)
May 15 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
A shooting happens, and as usual, the discussion revolves around the extreme views...
"That's why we need to ban guns..."
"This is a mental health issue"... (1/x)
Sorry, left, you cannot ban guns.
Sorry, right, this is not a mental health issue. Not 100%.
Why can we never elevate the opinions in the middle and work from there? (2/x)
May 13 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Nobody said, “we are resilient, we will get through this”.
They all said, “kids are resilient, they will be fine".
Because they knew what was being done to kids was not right. (1/x)
There is a huge gap in learning loss between low- and high-poverty schools.
But only if they went remote.
The learning-loss difference is only 1% among in-person low- and high-poverty schools. (1/4)
Given minority kids are mostly in high-poverty schools and given they are unlikely to fully recover from this since their families cannot hire tutors, etc...
We destroyed the lives of a whole generation of minority kids... (2/4)
Apr 23 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
When I started my Twitter account, I made a pledge - that I was going to deactivate it when “life returns to normal”.
Every once in a while, I thought about this promise and whether it was time… (1/x)
Then one of these times, it struck me: I was going to deactivate my account, and all my tweets would be lost. Forever. Many others in Team Reality would do the same.
Almost everything we had written over the past two years to fight the insanity would be lost… (2/x)
Apr 21 • 15 tweets • 17 min read
My project to immortalize Team Reality, in the form of a print book that we could keep for years. Maybe gift to others or to our kids.
To show that among all insanity, some stayed sane...
At long last, it is here...(1/x) amazon.com/dp/B09XZ34H6V
The idea was that we would all be gone from Twitter one day, but the fight had to be documented so it is not forgotten.
What we all did and witnessed here was simply too precious to disappear.
As I worked on it, it evolved into something more than just a keepsake... (2/x)
Apr 20 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
Ten lessons I learned from the pandemic:
1. Most people are not that smart. Those who are smart can easily be scared into believing whatever is told to them. People who are both smart and can continue thinking critically during crises are gemstones. (1/x) profthinks.substack.com/p/ten-lessons-…2. Our brains still operate under the assumption that being ostracized could mean death. While this is generally not a big problem, it can lead to insanity prevailing during crises. (2/x)
Apr 11 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Why did women shift more Democrat while men shifted more Republican during the pandemic?
Mask wearing is more common among women - but why?
It is possible that if I provide them with the messages I exchanged with the tweet owners, they might approve. But I am getting the feeling that they won’t.
Not sure if this is disguised censorship or genuine copyright concerns. (2/x)
Apr 8 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Just submitted to Amazon for approval.
Let’s see what happens.
From the preface…
Feb 13 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
I will quote tweet my buddy here in slight disagreement.
I will never forgive the govt. for creating a society in which half thinks the other is fascists and the other thinks others are selfish a**holes who don’t care about lives, while neither of these is entirely true. (1/x)
The bad guys here are the government, media, and “experts” who intentionally distorted information such that those who trusted them believed that the virus was very deadly for everyone and masks/lockdowns/etc. were very effective. (2/x)
Feb 7 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I am putting it together. I currently have 50+ Team R accounts who agreed to let me use their tweets.
There are some I am still waiting to hear back from and some I couldn't reach out to yet because they don't accept messages. I will work on those later. (1/x)
I also decided to deviate a little from the original idea of listing tweets by accounts on their own pages.
Instead, I will use a few pages in which I will post the bios of everyone whose tweets are in the book, with page numbers showing where their tweets are. (2/x)
Feb 6 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
Can somebody tell me who the masks at schools are supposed to be protecting at this point?
Is it kids, who are at extremely low risk of severe outcomes to begin with?
Or is it teachers & parents who have all but moved on and living normally? (1/6)
If you are a teacher and is at high risk for any reason, go to your HR and ask for an accommodation. Just like you would do in 2019.
Otherwise just quit.
Stop demanding that kids sacrifice their childhood for you, who have sacrificed so much of it already. (2/6)
Jan 14 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I have an idea but I need to run it by you all first:
Soon, COVID will lose its salience, and COVID Twitter will cease to exist. Many people will leave Twitter. Even if people stay, they will stop tweeting about COVID. (1/x)
Years from now, we won't even remember many of the people we were following on here.
On one hand, it is a good thing. We will move on.
On the other hand, memories...
I have a poll below. Please distribute if you want this to reach everyone. (2/x)
Jan 6 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Because the "experts" made people believe that eradicating COVID was the goal and it was attainable, millions are still denying the fact that COVID is never going away.
This is causing the self-inflicted harm to society to get worse. (1/x)
Some still believe that if we only sacrifice a little more, COVID will go away and we will all live happily ever after. They don't understand that the sacrifices are for nothing and will only increase the total burden.
This is all on the "experts". (2/x)
Jan 2 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Duke University ABC collaborative recently completed a study of test-to-stay to see if it resulted in increased transmission compared to quarantining of healthy children after exposure.
The twist: They only studied schools with universal masking... (1/x)
Rationale: "ABC Science researchers have raised concerns that this widespread “test-to-stay” approach is likely to overwhelm resource-limited schools..."
So they say masks should still be universal or there will not be enough tests. Does their own data support this? (2/x)
Dec 31, 2021 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Here is a crazy theory:
At certain times during the year, we constantly get exposed to common respiratory viruses. Each has a specific time of the year to run.
Most of the time, they can't get much further than our noses, but they still leave a trace there. (1/x)
Sometimes, we either get exposed to a higher dose (someone in the house gets sick), or our body gets weak, and we actually get sick (i.e., have symptoms).
That doesn't mean we are only exposed when we get sick though. We are exposed all the time when it is peak season. (2/x)
Dec 2, 2021 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
I have some initial thoughts to share regarding omGicron, and then I will offer my predictions about the coming weeks.
First, if you are so inclined, take a look at my delta thread from July. There are going to be some parallels. (1/x)