Here’s what I was doing in February, 2020, two years ago this month.
Two years ago at about this time I was in discussion to work on a freelance project in early March that would have required overnight business travel.
Soon after agreeing to take the gig, I remember thinking maybe travel wouldn’t be a good idea. But I didn’t want to alienate a first-time client by saying “yes” and then “no.”
Soon after that, I didn’t have to worry about alienating the client. The event was canceled, and I did the work remotely.
The last business trip I went on was Dec. 2019. I went up to San Francisco for a Cisco event. The business part was a big success, and I got a little free time to walk around that beautiful city, as I like to do.
Business travel was a big part of my life for 30 years. Now that I’ve switched careers, I do expect the occasional trip but not like it was before.
Very few of us realized Feb. 2020 was going to be the last normal month for a while.
JWZ: Neoliberal Jon Snow:
“I respect the individual choices of all Londoners in this 1854 cholera epidemic. If you have cholera and want to defecate in the drinking water, that is your individual freedom. If you are afraid of getting cholera yourself, simply don’t drink, cook, clean, or bathe with water.”
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.
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.
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
iPhone users will soon be able to unlock their phones with FaceID while wearing a mask, using the next version of iOS, which is now in beta. Macrumors
178 health care workers suspended from Houston Methodist hospital system for refusing COVID-19 vaccination — John Bacon at USA Today.
I would not want to be treated by an unvaccinated healthcare worker. Their refusal to take such a simple precaution would lead me to wonder what other basics they’re overlooking — washing their hands, masking when performing surgery on me, etc.
San Diego County Moving into Least-Restrictive COVID-19 ‘Yellow Tier’ – Debbie L. Sklar at Voice of San Diego
I’m looking forward to resuming eyeball-licking parties this weekend.