State-by-state COVID rates are not (at the moment) tracking particularly well to vaccination rates, which should, but won't, cause us to engage in a moment of self-critical humility
Most news is about what is happening RIGHT NOW but only if what is happening RIGHT NOW conforms with the newsmaker's existing biases
If what is happening contradicts those biases, they simply don't talk about it
The end result is that we perceive a stream of news in which the data seems to endlessly reinforce a certain worldview b/c they don't write headlines or news articles when the data contradicts that worldview
The very first issue of Cinefex covered the turbulent and astounding creating of Ridley Scott's Alien, which was a miracle of production design and practical effects
Enormous credit goes to HR Giger, the surrealist artist who designed nearly all the major visuals for the film
(side note: I wish more filmmakers would pull out-of-the-mainstream artists to do production design. The Alien aesthetic was so unique and worked so well, it's part of what made the film such a masterpiece)
That is a tighter definition than the ALA uses when they publish their banned books list. Their definition is when someone says "I don't want you to carry this book" even if the library laughs them off
There is a case to be made that the J&J pause just coincidentally happened at about the same time that most people who wanted a vaccine had gotten one. However, I'm skeptical of that narrative.
If you follow the vaccine numbers state-by-state, you see a lot of variation in vaccine velocity. Some states (West Virginia) sped right out of the gate, some took longer to get going, but every state that I've look at saw a drop in vaccination velocity at exactly the same time.
Remember when Ron DeSantis said he was opening beaches and people accused him of murder?
Remember when Ron DeSantis said there would be no new state lockdowns but still let counties issue their own lockdowns and people accused him of murder?
Remember when Ron DeSantis said that counties could have their own mask mandates but they couldn't issue fines (which naturally were falling most heavily on the poor and minority communities) and people accused him of murder?
As someone who has the utmost respect for Dr Collins (go ahead, search him in my timeline), this makes me think that even the most brilliant minds can only digest so much info at one time & 90% of all things end up in a "everyone I know says this, therefore it is true" bucket
I've been thinking about some recent polls about "what Republicans believe" and have come to the conclusion that is anyone actually believed those polls, they would be demanding a national divorce to remove these crazy people from having a vote to influence national policy
Of course, they are not doing this b/c no one actually believes that Republicans believe what the polls say or else no one believes they would ever act on it
They only like these polls b/c they think the polls dissuade the moderate voter from voting for the GOP
No one genuinely believes that the GOP "believes the election was stolen" in anything more than the metaphorical sense that Hillary told Democrats the election was stolen
If this pandemic was started through lab escape, that means our best protection is to demand China allow embedded outside observers with independent access an unfiltered communication to the outside world into their virology labs
If this pandemic started through zoonotic spillover, then we should spend a LOT more time not only collecting and studying these viruses, but pro-actively creating potential vaccine candidates for them
Pundits looking at the data and saying "Huh, looks like people under state-enforced lockdown acted a lot like people who weren't under state-enforced lockdown, therefore lockdowns had no effect on the economy and we should have more of them!" /1
This is, in my opinion, an absolutely repulsive intellectual slight of hand
B/c this means people will independently judge their own risk and act accordingly even if the gov't doesn't force them to but these pundits *prefer* the state-sanctioned action over volunteerism /2
I look at this data and say "lockdowns don't seem to make a difference, so why have them?"
They look at it and say "lockdowns don't seem to make a difference, so why not have them?"