On November 11, the number of new COVID cases in one day in New Hampshire hit an all-time high. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/usa/new-hampshire/
This article on the misuse of COVID statistics and people's inability to understand the math is worth reading. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/math-covid-vaccinations-jeremy-mcanulty/2021/11/12/bfe89018-417f-11ec-a3aa-0255edc02eb7_story.html
Came across another news article citing COVID positivity rates instead of per-population infection rate. I think I know why. People get tested when they think there's a chance they have the disease, ergo the positivity rate is much higher than the per-population rate. This makes for scarier news. Scary news sells.
The involuntary 2FA here is getting really annoying. I've been getting it almost every time I log in. The worst part is that half the time, after I confirm with the emailed code, it tells me my email address or password was wrong. First, this is unlikely, since I use a password manager. Second, why send me a code if I used the wrong password? This is already cutting into my inclination to use Liberdon.
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
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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