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political philosophy 

Here's my base political philosophy:

the role of government is to minimize the number of people considered other in order to maximize equitable (re)distribution of resources within the in-group.

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I go to sleep every night listening to the neighbour’s kids jumping on their trampoline and it’s actually kind of nice.

Academia, negative 

I love research and I think that science is a powerful way of learning about the world, but the number of PhDs who tell me that the way to finish my own is to stop being careful and rigorous and ethical and just get something done is breaking my heart.

They often freely admit their own work is not reproducible or has bad errors they know about, and say things like “I’m sure the main conclusions still hold” or “on balance, the truth comes out in the literature so it’s fine!”

Covid, masks, ventilation and filtration 

My favourite part of the story is that a grad student having such paltry funding they couldn’t afford a somewhat expensive book almost kept us from figuring out our mistake.

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Covid, masks, ventilation and filtration 

Also as someone who studies the movement of pollen in air I gotta say the public health officials talking about droplets and distancing and poopooing aerosol transmission sounded bonkers to scientists who study small particle movement and it’s some of those scientists (not me) who helped figure out how medical science got so turned around on this.

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Covid, masks, ventilation and filtration 

This thread bright to you courtesy of the scientific community’s big OOPS turns out a lot more diseases are airborne than we thought sorry about that findings of the last 1.5 years.

wired.com/story/the-teeny-tiny

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Covid, masks, ventilation and filtration 

Air purification and lots of ventilation ARE very useful for being indoors together for long periods of time. When covid rates are relatively high, combining masks and good air purification and ventilation is extremely protective even for extended close contact, like a university classroom.

Our focus on “individual responsibility” NPIs rather than structural is so limiting! Don’t tell folks to use water purification tablets - provide clean water!

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Covid, masks, ventilation and filtration 

While wearing masks is an important and useful NPI it is not as good as you might think. Sitting in an office with poor ventilation for hours with other people wearing masks? Unless you’re all in very well fitted N95+ masks you may as well not be wearing one.

Masks like we’re all wearing are useful for relatively short contacts with other people, not extended periods together.

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Covid, masks, ventilation and filtration 

It would also make mask wearing less necessary. I hate wearing a mask: I can’t think quickly + clearly, I can’t keep my glasses from fogging up, it’s hard for people to understand me and to understand them, and wearing longer than about half an hour gives me a migraine.

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Covid, masks, ventilation and filtration 

I am so mad that we haven’t gone all out on ventilation and air filtration in the last 18 months. It would have a host of benefits beyond the very important benefit of knocking down transmission of covid, colds, and flus.

My neighbour gave me coffee and then opened a convo on housing prices and I might have dropped a socialist rant with a bunch of Polanyi spice and maybe I’m the neighborhood pariah now I don’t know.

A deer ate almost all of my green tomatoes. 💀

I started feeling crap 6-8 hours after my shot and am basically back to normal at the 40 hour mark.

Hooray antibodies!

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Folks if we want high vax rates we need paid vaccine vacations because this second dose is no joke.

Owwwww everything is hurty.

Second dose of the vaccine just obtained. Now to see how much of my energy my body diverts for antibody production.

Mammogram 

Breasts successfully squished and it was not painful at all.

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Mammogram 

I’m getting my first mammogram today. Please tell me about your first medical boob squishing event and advice!

Insomnia advice 

I’m very good at going to sleep, but staying asleep is very hard. Why?

susannah boosted

covid, vaccinating kids 

I’ll keep this short. Given an R of 6 for delta, tepunahamatatini.ac.nz/2021/06

We’d need to vaccinate 95-98% of the population to stop that without other NPIs. This is clearly not happening.

The ethical, arguably urgent thing to do right now is to start vaccinating under 12 kids immediately.

90%+ herd immunity will be reached, but the rest on top of vaccinations WILL come from people getting the disease. Kids are less affected, but it’s still dangerous. Vaxx under 12 ASAP.

Hasn’t rained in more than a month and absolutely no sign of it in the forecast. Dry season came a month early and hotter and drier too. We’re already watering plants with bath water. Pretty sure we’re going to be drinking bath water by the end of summer at this rate.

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