Posts by sarcozona

Keep trying, and please watch Don’t Look Up

They do not die screaming in terror, nor have they lost faith in each other.2 It is a similar moral to Albert Camus’ “Myth of Sisyphus”: the near-certainty of failure should not lead to resignation, but to even more determination. To end your life contentedly and without regrets, you need to know that you tried, […]

This is going to get ugly

I sure do wish Canada’s economy was more than fossil fuel zombies and a housing bubble. In February, a study of “the world’s least affordable housing markets” showed how Canada’s speculative bubble has made Toronto and Vancouver one of the world’s frontrunners when it comes to unaffordable housing. Using a scale in which a rating […]

American fascism

There’s a good article on American fascism in The Guardian this week. It’s not sensationalist, but it is frightening and sad. There’s a pandemic on that our governments continue to respond to in delayed and reactionary ways. There’s apparently no plan for actually dealing with covid which means the de facto plan is a dramatically […]

If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist, right?

Your Local Epidemiologist critiques a graph of daily covid case projections: I do disagree with this graph hitting 1 million cases. We don’t have the testing capacity to record this many cases. We will run out of tests, reagents, and plastic. Lab capacity is finite. We would hit a plateau in case reporting, while the […]

We don’t just need better ventilation because of covid

Because while we are investing heavily in vaccination, the sense that the pandemic is going to “end” at some point in the not-to-distant future is leading to an underinvestment in other structural solutions we are going to need – a revolution in filtration and ventilation so that buildings do not readily spread disease and free, […]

Asymptomatic covid is widespread and dangerous

When people get covid but don’t have symptoms, they spread the virus, don’t develop much immunity to future infection, and can get long covid. Most countries have done very limited asymptomatic testing and most research is obviously on symptomatic people, so it’s hard to know how many people this group includes. This meta-analysis summarizes what […]

We have done this to ourselves

The natural truths industry is financed by people, from politicians to CEOs, who know little about the projects they fund. An inverted relationship between researchers and donors has evolved in which the former, much like marketers or advertisers, must make constant promises that they will struggle to keep. — Read on newleftreview.org/sidecar/posts/sceptical-credulity