Got my Moderna COVID booster in the past hour. Feeling OK right now, but I'm allowing for being lethargic tomorrow. Or maybe I've timed it to get a really good night's sleep.
While waiting, I was reading a book that discussed, among other things, the death penalty. Remembering how people are usually executed these days, I skipped ahead a few pages when I got to that part.
Latest astonishing claim from the CDC: Masks reduce infection by more than 80%, according to unspecified "evidence." Doesn't say whether this number is for vaccinated, unvaccinated, or overall population. No wonder it has a credibility problem. https://reason.com/2021/11/09/the-cdcs-director-implies-that-face-masks-are-more-effective-than-vaccines-at-preventing-covid-19-infection/
Today is Germany's 9/11 (in European DD/MM notation), the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Walter Donway has posted an enthusiastic review of _The Magic Battery_ to The Savvy Street.
Next time someone tells you that a military draft creates a population of hostages that somehow keeps the government from going to war, remind them that Hitler introduced military conscription in 1935. https://www.upi.com/Archives/1935/03/16/Hitler-orders-military-conscription-in-Germany/5124911384073/
New Hampshire challenges OSHA's claim of authority to order vaccinations. https://www.unionleader.com/news/health/coronavirus/nh-joins-suit-against-covid-19-mandate-on-employers/article_d0b61dad-7b3c-5e03-9a2c-ca65a06b18a3.html?block_id=868819
I've just discovered this blog and added it to my RSS feeds. It's worth checking out. http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/
I think Comcast's market share is about to collapse. 5G broadband and fiber are now viable alternatives. Comcast has killed customer loyalty with poor service and large price increases. They made it as hard as possible for me to cancel my account. One more government-assisted monopoly is falling to competition from new technology.
Just watched a video pointing out the importance of credibility-enhancing displays, or CREDs, in persuading people of your views. Stripped of jargon, it says that if you want people to trust and believe you, practice what you preach. It may be obvious, but it's important. "Free market" advocates who support legislation to make businesses act in certain ways, for instance, have low credibility.
New on my blog: Some thoughts on J. K. Rowling. I may lose a few "friends" over this. No loss. https://garymcgath.com/wp/j-k-rowling/
Plea bargains are especially ugly when the prosecution gives you the choice to plead guilty or to die. Williams may in fact have committed a heinous murder, or he may just be trying not to die. Without a trial, how do we know? If the prosecutors are so sure, why did they need a plea bargain?
A wrongful conviction was overturned — after 17 years in prison. https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-ci-cr-david-morris-exoneration-20211103-shfdf2e43bgxpovsobfwksahke-story.html
Boston . com delivers the shocking news that the percentage of the Massachusetts vaccinated population who have reported a breakthrough case has been "steadily increasing." They don't mention that it's virtually impossible for it to do anything else, since it's based on a cumulative total. https://www.boston.com/news/coronavirus/2021/11/03/massachusetts-breakthrough-cases-november-2/
People misuse statistics because they don't understand them or because they're trying to manipulate others. When it's WHO, assume the latter. https://garymcgath.com/wp/right-statistic/
Doug Bandow: Whose Life Is It Anyway? – US Government Is Not Responsible for Saving Errant Americans Around the World https://original.antiwar.com/doug-bandow/2021/11/02/whose-life-is-it-anyway-us-government-is-not-responsible-for-saving-errant-americans-around-the-world/
Freelance tech writer. Lover of liberty, music, and cats. Author of The Magic Battery, Files that Last, and Tomorrow's Songs Today.
My latest novel is Spells of War, the sequel to The Magic Battery.
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