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A More Philosophical Approach

I started thinking about this when it was announced shortly after Captain Sir Tom’s death that he’d been on holiday to Barbados in December. For anyone who doesn’t know Captain Tom, he’s the centenarian who raised over £32 million for the NHS. by walking 100 laps of his garden by his one hundredth. He inspired […]

Playing “telephone” on Facebook

If you are from New Jersey, or have Facebook friends from New Jersey, you’ve probably seen a post that begins “For those who live in New Jersey and those who visit ….” The very long post goes on to detail a number of “facts” about New Jersey, over half of which are suspect. It occurred […]

Manipulating the Facts

A friend recently introduced me to the newsletters of Tom Woods, a libertarian author with an impressive pedigree (A.B. from Harvard, Ph.D. from Columbia). This is his latest newsletter. You kind of know what the slant of an essay with the title “Pretend this COVID chart doesn’t exist, or get canceled” is going to be, […]

When they go low…?

I’d already planned my last post when I woke up to this video of Nancy Pelosi’s response to the Capitol Hill riot, sent to me by a friend: Now I was horrified by the scenes at the Capitol, and I think it’s obvious that the President, and his consiglieri Rudy Giuliani, caused it. I don’t […]

All the News that’s Fit to Print?

In the days since the January 6 attempted takeover at the Capitol Building, I’ve been seeing the news media, even Fox News, mostly condemn what happened and condemn the President’s (and Rudy Giuiliani’s) obvious instigation of it. I wrote a post talking about it and the rise of conspiracy theorists who believe they are poised […]

Insurrection and Unease

I am scared. If you haven’t been on the email list, and I assume most of you aren’t, something big’s about to happen, according to those in the know. Sometime between now and the inauguration (at least I think I got the timeframe right), President Trump will be notifying people over the Emergency Broadcasting System, […]

Make up Your Mind

This week was the first time I’d seen a new bit of misinformation being bandied about. Evidently, some COVID deniers are now misusing data from a study conducted with data from Wuhan to support their claim that asymptomatic transmission of the virus is impossible. What makes this particularly odd is that these are the same […]

Some More South Dakota Numbers – and a Success Story

After I published yesterday’s post, my husband sent me this story by the BBC about the state and about one particular city in that state that bucked the trend. Brookings, the fourth largest city in the state, mandated masks inside businesses and on public transportation starting in September. The city also launched one of the […]

We Are Number One!

I woke up to the news on the BBC that the United States has scored another first. Yesterday, the US reported over 3,000 deaths for the day: According to Johns Hopkins’s COVID site, the number was 3,124, surpassing the toll from 9/11. The difference, of course, is that tomorrow will see roughly the same mortality […]

What Did You Expect?

As I write this, still more people in and around the Trump administration are jumping ship, finally acknowledging that there is no proof of corruption or fraud in the presidential election. Bill Barr is the latest, stating publicly that the US Department of Justice found no evidence of widespread fraud (although his actual words hedge […]

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