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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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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
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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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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: 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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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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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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Today’s News: Reality bites

Posted May 11, 2022 by Anonymous

First, this:

 
Such good news and a great game. Our son says that four out of five times, the team that wins Game 5 also wins the series! 
On to today’s news: 
There seem to be more people all the time who think that if they don’t like society they can just create their own – here’s an interesting observation:

The difference between the “reality-based community” and the “make your own adventure” community was identified in an October 17, 2004 New York Times article by Ron Suskind titled “Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush”. 

Suskind didn’t identify his source but it was likely Bush strategist Karl Rove. describing how the Bush – Cheney administration thought they could invade Iraq and “win” just because the US was a Superpower On A Mission From God: 

  The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do. 

It was chilling to read this at the time, and realize that the Bush administration didn’t see any limits in what it could do. 
But eventually, reality bites.
I have the feeling that Ford is now finding that Reality Bites in Ontario – Del Duca is peaking at the right time, while Ford is looking tired.

Ontario had a leaders debate today in North Bay and Ford exited without answering any questions from reporters:

Putin is finding this out in Ukraine now — the news from Ukraine is actually getting better every day:

This is what worries me about Ukraine winning:

This is outstanding:

And I believe the anti-abortion movement in the United States will rue the day they “won” in their battle against Roe v Wade – now they are going to have to spend a great deal of time and money trying and failing to get juries to convict:

Just as Canadian juries refused to convict Morgentaler, so US juries will also refuse to convict.

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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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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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“The conversation must include apology. But it must not stop there”

Posted May 3, 2022 by Anonymous

Tonight I wanted to conclude my coverage of the visit to Saskatchewan by the Archbishop of Canterbury the Reverend Justin Welby, and his apology for the residential schools. The Anglican Church committed grievous sins against the Indigenous, Inuit and…

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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: 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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Saturday Story: Pandemic Response Can’t Just Be Individual To Be Effective, And Focused Protection Is Bullshit

Posted March 5, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Katherine J. Wu, in The Atlantic, discusses the American shift to individualized COVID responses – a shift that is also being felt across much of Canada
Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, in Medium, covering the folly of “focused protection”.
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Today’s News: Here’s some good stuff

Posted May 21, 2022 by Anonymous

Busy day today so its not a long post tonight. First of all, here’s a great news story: On May 18, 2022Saskatoon Tribal Council had the pleasure of witnessing the unveiling of the Fred Sasakamoose statue at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.https://…

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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 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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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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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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Saturday Stories: Kid Myths, Monkeypox, and Healthcare

Posted May 21, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Mark Kline, in The Advocate, on kids’ COVID myths.Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on Monkeypox.Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on healthcare’s devastation.
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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: 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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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: 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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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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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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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. 
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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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Saturday Stories: Tracking, Motivated Reasoning, And Normal’s About To Be Tested

Posted March 26, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

The editorial board of Nature on the folly of stopping the tracking of COVID.
Abigail Cartus and Justin Feldman, in Protean, on the privileged attack on public education in the name of “normal”.
Katherine J. Wu, in the Atlantic, on how the looming wav…

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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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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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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 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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Saturday Stories: Normal?, Living?, Human Rights?

Posted April 2, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Jonathan Howard, in Science Based Medicine, more politely asks how did normal expand to include kids dying from vaccine preventable diseases?
Bill Hanage, in The Guardian, explains what “learning to live with COVID” should mean. 
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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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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: 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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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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Saturday Stories: Sweden’s Failure, More For Kids, And What Does Endemic Mean

Posted April 9, 2022 by Yoni Freedhoff

Andrew Nikiforuk, in The Tyee, on Sweden’s deadly COVID failures (which are playing out now here all over North America) Nathaniel Basen, in TVO, interviews Janine McCready on what more we could be doing to protect children during and after this …

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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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