Joe Rogan defends his vaccine programming

National Review’s Jim Geraghty quotes a statement by Rogan:

Rogan notes that the vaccine skeptics he had on his show include a cardiologist who is “the most published physician in his field in history,” and a doctor who pioneered development of MRNA vaccine technology.


The problem I have with the term disinformation, especially today, is that many of the things we thought of as misinformation a short while ago are now accepted as fact. For instance, eight months ago, if you said, “If you get vaccinated, you can still catch Covid, and you can still spread Covid” — you would be removed from social media. They would ban you from certain platforms. Now, that’s accepted as fact. If you said, “I don’t think cloth masks work,” you would be banned from social media. Now, that’s openly and repeatedly stated on CNN. If you said I think it’s possible that Covid-19 came from a lab, you would be banned from many social-media platforms. Now that’s on the cover of Newsweek. All of those theories, that at one point in time were banned, were openly discussed by those two men that I had on my podcast, that have been accused of ‘dangerous misinformation.’

I do not know if they’re right. I don’t know, because I’m not a doctor, I’m not a scientist. I’m just a person who sits down, and talks to people, and has conversations with them.

Do I get things wrong? Absolutely. I get things wrong. But I try to correct them. Whenever I get things wrong, I try to correct them. Because I’m interested in telling the truth.

Geraghty notes that Rogan is a Big Pharma critic.

As for me, I’m double-vaxxed, boosted. I go to public, indoor spaces as little as possible, and when I go I wear a KN95 mask. I follow government guidelines, not because I think government is perfect, but because I don’t see any better sources out there.

I don’t listen to Joe Rogan for a variety of reasons. His opinions are only part of it.

A philosopher explores the nature of reality using “The Matrix” and other science fiction as thought experiments

The universe of “The Matrix” is an illusion constructed by malevolent godlike AIs. Nothing in the Matrix is real. But we might also think of objects in a simulation as real, but digital rather than physical.

On Ars Technica, Jennifer Ouellette interviews NYU philosopher David Chalmers, author of the new book, “Reality+: Virtual Worlds and the Problems of Philosophy.”

Exploring mind-bending questions about reality and virtual worlds via The Matrix


I partly got into this about 15 years ago through watching my five-year-old nephew play with SimCity. He built up the city and the environment and all the people. Then he said, “Now, here’s the fun part,” and he just set fire to it all, sent in earthquakes and tidal waves. I thought, “OK, now I understand the Old Testament God.”

Even if we’re living in a simulation, if I stub my toe, the pain is real.

North Carolina man would rather ‘die free’ than get vaccine needed for life-saving transplant

Emma Colton on Fox News

A North Carolina man who said a hospital refused to carry out a kidney transplant because he’s unvaccinated against COVID-19 is willing to “die free” rather than comply with the vaccine requirement.

“I was born free. I will die free. I’m not changing my mind,” Chad Carswell told WSOC.

This poor man is dying over a foolish principle and a perverted idea of freedom.

Freedom is doing the right thing regardless of whether it is compulsory. Several famous Republican politicians oppose vax mandates but encourage getting the shot voluntarily.

It’s appropriate this story appears on Fox News, which is complicit in Carswell’s death by spreading anti-tax bullshit.

More musicians join Neil Young in demanding Spotify remove their content over covid misinformation

Joining Neil Young in the Spotify boycott are Nils Lofgren, who is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, as well as Joni Mitchell. Also, Brené Brown is suspending her Spotify podcast. Prince Harry and Meghan, who signed a deal with Spotify to produce a podcast, urged the company to combat misinformation but didn’t say say they’re splitting up with Spotify. Washington Post