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Saturday Stories: Not Over, Pandemic Coverage, And Childhood Hepatitis

Posted May 7, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

H. Holden Thorp, in Science, on how it ain’t over until it’s over and the failures of governments that pretend otherwise. 
Ed Yong, speaking at Yale, discusses 2 years of covering the pandemic (and winnning pretty much all the science awards ther…

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Saturday Stories: Numbness and Not Learning

Posted March 12, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on how we’ve become numb to the ongoing deaths.
Zeynep Tufecki, in The New York Times, on the lessons we still haven’t learned that could have saved millions of lives. 
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Today’s News: Children of Ukraine

Posted May 7, 2022 by Anonymous

Mother’s Day is coming up so here are some photos I have been collecting showing some of the children in Ukraine: 7-year-old Angelina, just arrived from Russian-occupied territory pic.twitter.com/3jxeI8FcXd— Matthew Luxmoore (@mjluxmoore) May 2, 2022 H…

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Saturday Stories: Endemicity and Japan

Posted January 29, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Aris Katzourakis, in Nature, on what the word endemic actually means
Hitoshi Oshitani, in the New York Times, on what Japan got right in its approach to the pandemic.
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Today’s News: Hard to believe, isn’t it, but Doug Ford seems to be winning

Posted May 24, 2022 by Anonymous

I still find it hard to believe that a lot of people in Ontario are still intending to vote for Ford and the Conservative party, in spite of his awful performance as premier. Then again, I also find it hard to believe that so many people in Saskat…

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Saturday stuff: funny, with a side of dogs too

Posted May 14, 2022 by Anonymous

this website is great because a super famous movie star like bette midler can get ratioed by [checks notes] uhh, jorts the cat pic.twitter.com/vwAAWaYCvA— the hype (@TheHyyyype) May 14, 2022 This is priceless shade, too: The only thing Melania wanted …

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Today’s News: Ha ha

Posted May 19, 2022 by Anonymous

 

Sorry, I just can’t help myself. 
It’s truly a Nelson moment today. Jason Kenny has resigned as Alberta premier and as party leader.

Charles Adler tried for years to tell Alberta the truth about Kenny and maybe now they have finally learned:

And this may be right, also:

And there may be some truth to this:


In other news, and speaking of the American primaries, here’s the tweet of the day:

Today also, Bush the Younger accidentally told the truth:

Today’s Ukraine news:

In other news about Ukraine, I thought these were good evaluations:

Some very bizarre tweet threads these days:

Finally, this:

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Saturday Stories: Treating the Unvaccinated, Will Omicron Hasten Immunity, And Airborne COVID

Posted January 22, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on why it’s a terrible idea not to treat the unvaccinated.
Katherine J. Wu, also in The Atlantic, on whether Omicron infections will translate into widespread immunity.
The Agenda, with a great segment on how COVID is airborn…

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Saturday Story: Just One. Read It.

Posted April 16, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on the immeasurable grief. Don’t look away. 
      Related StoriesSaturday Stories: Sweden’s Failure, More For Kids, And What Does Endemic MeanSaturday Stories: Normal?, Living?, Human Rights…

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Saturday Stories: Air, Hopium, And Kids’ Masks

Posted February 12, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Edward A. Nardell, in Time, on how to clean our indoor air.
Gregg Gonsalves, in The Nation, on the dangers of hopium and wishful thinking on COVID.
Melody Schreiber, in The New Republic, on how masks have no impact on child development.
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Saturday Stories: #Urgency of Normal Done With COVID x 3 And What To Do Post-Omicron

Posted February 19, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on how the #UrgencyofNormal/done with COVID talk condemns the immunocompromisedRamnath Subbaraman,  Michelle Holmes,  and Lakshmi Ganapathi, in Common Dream, on the privilege required to state that you’re done with …

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Today’s News: We like short shorts

Posted May 14, 2022 by Anonymous

Here’s the cover photo of 2010 book about the SlutWalk Movement — just thought I should help out that Ottawa school trying to “measure” the shorts and skirts of its female students today.Maybe if they used this photo as their guide, then their female …

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Saturday Stories: The Great Surrender, It’s Mild, It’s So Mild, With COVID

Posted January 15, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Chuck Wendig, in TerribleMinds, on our great surrender and how we let COVID win.Bruce Arthur, in The Toronto Star, on the myth of mild Omicron.Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, on how we’re long past the point of hoping ‘mild’ Omicron will spare us.Ed…

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Saturday Stories: Giving Up And Not Giving Up

Posted March 19, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on the disaster being wrought by governments giving up on COVID control. 
The late and great Paul Farmer, in Noēma, on social medicine for a better future.
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Saturday Story: Ed Yong on Omicron

Posted December 18, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ed Yong, the best science journalist of this pandemic, in the Atlantic, discusses Omicron and how we’re definitely not ready for it. It’s so good it’s the only story I’m posting this week. 
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Today’s News: “Abortion is a fundamental right”

Posted May 4, 2022 by Anonymous

(Photo of Supreme Court protest today, by Jabin Botsford, WashPost)Today lots of comments and discussions about how the United States is criminalizing abortion again.I’m not sure which Justice the Washington Post Editorial Board is trying to speak to w…

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Saturday Stories: How the #UrgencyOfNormal ignores the #UrgencyOfEquity

Posted February 26, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Melody Schreiber, in The New Republic, on why the #UrgencyOfNormal cabal so badly want kids to be unmasked. The #UrgencyOfEquity, which I support, discusses how to best protect our most vulnerable and marginalized students during this pandemic.&n…

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Saturday Stories: Fitness and Health Aren’t Enough, 3 Cheers For Our Immune Systems, And Omicron

Posted December 4, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

By Soupvector – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=112983798
Sirin Kale, in The Guardian, with the life and death story of 42 year old triathlete, body builder, and anti-vaxxer John Eyers
Katherine J. Wu, in The Atl…

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Today’s News: Skippy will just wave his magic wand!

Posted May 6, 2022 by Anonymous

Lots of comments tonight about the first Conservative debate — apparently not an “official” debate though I’m not sure why that mattered. The big loser was, I think, Patrick Brown — this would have been his first opportunity to introduce himself…

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A few zingers and a little truth

Posted May 2, 2022 by Anonymous

Just a few miscellaneous but somewhat funny tweets today: Mr. Squirrel approves of the new Ukrainian postage stamp. pic.twitter.com/Vm6cXomrnc— Lorenzo The Cat (@LorenzoTheCat) May 1, 2022 ‘landlord’ and ‘landlady’ are needlessly gendered words. pls …

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Today’s News: Ukraine update

Posted May 23, 2022 by Anonymous

Here’s a collection of recent items from Ukraine. Now that Ukraine is winning this war, we are seeing some odd reactions – almost as though pundits can’t wrap their heads around the prospect of Russia losing its Evil Empire status quo. Is the…

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Saturday Story: Again Just One And Again It’s Omicron

Posted December 25, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine J. Wu, Ed Yong, and Sarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on how our response to Omicron to date represents all of our past mistakes on fast forward.
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Saturday Stories: Correlations, Trolling, And School Ventilation

Posted May 14, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Nans Florens, Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, Jérôme Barriere, Eric Billy, Fabrice Frank, Véronique Saada, Alexander Samuel, Barbara Seitz-Polski, Kyle Sheldrick, and Lonni Besançon, in OCF Preprints ask should we publish every correlation during the COV…

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Today’s News: The stupid, it burns!

Posted May 10, 2022 by Anonymous

Evan Scrimshaw sent out a newsletter tonight talking about Skippy and the Conservative so-called “debate” last week and its worth quoting from:  … It’s a busted ideology and a party infected by more than just bad opinions but stupidity at i…

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Marking #IDAHOBT2022

Posted May 18, 2022 by Anonymous

Almost two decades ago, the International Day Against Homphobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was set May 17 — it has become a celebration around the world of Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The only thing I am sorry …

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Saturday Stories: Omicron’s Teaching, COVID’s Teaching, And Teaching LeBron

Posted January 1, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Andrew Joseph and Helen Branswell, in STAT, on the lessons we’re learning from Omicron.
More Helen Branswell, in STAT, on 10 lessons she’s learned covering the pandemic.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in his Substack, helps LeBron James understand the differenc…

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Saturday Stories: America’s COVID Rules, COVID fatigue, And Omicron Healthcare

Posted January 8, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine J. Wu, in the Atlantic, on the dumpster fire that is America’s COVID rules (and for Canadian readers, much overlap with ours).
Gregg Gonsalves, in The Nation, on the impact of COVID fatigue on our morality. 
Ed Yong, in The Atlanti…

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Saturday Stories: Unused Tools, Unsolved Mysteries, and UVC

Posted April 23, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Selena Simmons-Duffin, in NPR, drawing from HIV to explain how having the tools to beat a virus isn’t the same thing as using them.
STAT staff, in, yes, STAT, with 6 COVID mysteries that have yet to be solved.
Donald K. Milton, Edward A. Nardell and D…

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Today’s News: Odds and ends

Posted May 17, 2022 by Anonymous

Just a batch of somewhat-random tweets tonight, sorted into some topic areas.   Ontario Election:I didn’t watch the debate but I saw a few funny tweets coming out of it: Michael De Adder: Debate notes https://t.co/6b4fWU0u0g via @torontostar—…

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Today’s News: Fuddle Duddle

Posted May 5, 2022 by Anonymous

A 1972 Merle “Ting” Tingley cartoonToday turned out to be the perfect day for this old cartoonThe original remark, from 1971: pic.twitter.com/aLLy1r13Q1— Sarah Sears (@iamSas) May 4, 2022  Trudeau dropped the f-bomb when he apparently got fed up w…

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Dogs, bruh….

Posted May 22, 2022 by Anonymous

Rex Chapman titles many of his dog videos “Dogs, bruh” so I thought I would use it for this post: Good boy loves fireworks 💥 pic.twitter.com/XB0UJzIkBq— CCTV_IDIOTS (@cctv_idiots) May 15, 2022 short dog problems pic.twitter.com/Bk0DFSD3Mi— ᴘᴀᴠʟᴏᴠ ᴛʜ…

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Saturday Stories: Great Barrington’s Failure, and The Pandemicine

Posted April 30, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Orac, in Respectful Insolence, on the baked in failure of the Great Barrington Declaration.
Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on how climate change may be underwriting this and future pandemics. 
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Soldiers of Ukraine

Posted May 20, 2022 by Anonymous

I have been struck by the number of outstanding photos I am seeing of the brave soldiers fighting for Ukraine. I have been collecting these now for more than a month, and tonight I thought I would post some of the best:

Here are members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces hold Easter cakes near the trenches, outside Kyiv on April 23.

Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

I am so impressed by this young soldier, in a photo taken outside Kyiv as the Russians were leaving earlier in April:

 Marcus Yam/ LA Times
How beautiful is this?

There are so many other First Responders worth highlighting too — here’s a firefighter taking a break:

Emilio Morenatti/AP

And here’s a fellow who arrived in Ukraine as a volunteer – he’s not a soldier but likely should be someday:

On the Russian side, today’s Darwin Award goes to…

Moving back to Canada for a moment, I couldn’t resist retweeting this classic:

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Today’s News: But did the rocks actually hit you?

Posted May 13, 2022 by Anonymous

I can’t help it. I am comparing the sympathetic media reaction today toward Singh, after a few jerks screamed curses at him as he was moving toward his vehicle after a campaign event, with the cynical media reaction last September toward Trudeau, …

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Today’s News: We need to remember the ones we have lost

Posted May 16, 2022 by Anonymous

it’s not the ocean you hear when you hold a seashell to your ear, or your own heartbeat drumming and echoing back at you. it’s the ones you’ve lost calling to let you know they made it to the other side and they’ll be waiting around the campfire unti…

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Today’s News: the tide is turning in Ukraine

Posted May 15, 2022 by Anonymous

Just a short posting tonight, but it appears that the tide in Ukraine is turning: Long story short. Russia seems to be pulling out of the area to the north of Kharkiv entirely, and still cant make significant advances in the Donbas. https://t.co/DE1Fc…

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Today’s News: It’s the end of choice in America

Posted May 3, 2022 by Anonymous

A draft SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe V Wade on a 5-4 vote leaked tonight, and of course we saw the usual pearl-clutching toonight about how unseemly it is to leak a draft Supreme Court decisions:What is that line from Shakespeare? Oh yes, “Fuck thei…

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Saturday Stories: Treating The Unvaccinated, Omicron, And Mildness

Posted December 11, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

Steven Novella, in Science Based Medicine, on why we cannot and should not withhold medical care from the unvaccinated. 
Sarah Zhang, in The Atlantic, on why Omicron’s explosive growth is so concerning. 
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Saturday Stories: Endemicity’s Meaninglessness, 1918’s Flu, And Hospitals

Posted February 5, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Jacob Stern and Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, on the meaninglessness of endemicity.
John M. Barry, in The New York Times, on learning from 1918 the risks of pretending it’s over before it is.
Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on the state of our hospitals…

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Today’s News: Sad Trombone Sound

Posted May 12, 2022 by Anonymous

I guess expecting Canadian Conservative voters to listen to an actual DEBATE is just too much to ask of the Youngs today, not to mention really B-O-R-I-N-G, man!  Brother Wells over on his Substack: “Well, that was a national disgrace.” #cpcldrdeb…

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