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 […]

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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding the Risks

A Facebook friend posted this article from the blog “Elemental,” with the comment that it convinced him to give up his weekly tennis game because he “finally could not ignore” his glasses steaming up when he put a mask on. Now my friend is probably wise to have been taking extra precautions all along; he […]

A Short, Sharp Break?

You’ve probably heard by now that England (not the UK, because Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have instituted different measures) has entered a second countrywide lockdown as of today, Thursday, November 5. Bonfire night, for some unknown reason. It is due to end, or be revisted, on December 2. Although Boris Johnson says he is […]

Dueling Documentaries

It is the eve of the US election and I assume most people who are voting have already decided for whom they are casting their votes. And right up until the eleventh hour, we’re still seeing stories of people using dirty tricks. In the battleground state of Texas, a convoy of Trump supporters surrounded a […]

How Is the UK Doing Now?

I promised in my last post that I’d look at the UK numbers in more detail today, after the government’s warning that further lockdowns may be on the horizon. So how is the UK doing now? As of September 17 (the last day for which Northern Ireland figures are available), the UK government’s COVID-19 dashboard […]