Lancet Editorial Calls for Trump to be Replaced

The Lancet has concluded that President Trump’s administration has had an “inconsistent and incoherent national response” to the pandemic, and accused the administration of relegating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a “nominal” role.Their editorial concluded that Trump should be replaced in November. “Americans must put a president in the White House come January, 2021, who will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics,” said the journal, which was founded in Britain in 1823.

2020-05-15T18:18:47-05:00May 15th, 2020|HomeRecommended|

Let’s Clean Up a Toxic Internet

• In Shira Ovide’s excellent On Tech essay of the same name in the NYT, Let’s Clean Up a Toxic Internet disparages the junk being thrown out there (e.g. the crafted misinformation of Pl**dem*c) by dubious actors who often stand to gain despite the secondary injury to the public. This carefully knitted crap, all designed to appeal to people’s paranoia and fears, is an insidious affront to science (and sometimes to democracy itself) and should be condemned. Ovide hopes that the larger social media purveyors will increasingly work together to identify and block this stuff and that we’ll all get better both at recognizing it and understanding how it is promulgated. Let’s work to promote truth over fiction.

2020-05-11T13:11:32-05:00May 11th, 2020|HomeRecommended|

Young Gu’s

• For anyone interested, the data scientist Guyang Yu ( Twitter | LinkedIn ) has created a remarkably accurate adaptive model of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can view projections by country or state-by-state. It’s based on the SEIR/SEIS model using the daily death total provided by Johns Hopkins’ CSSE to simulate the COVID-19 epidemic in each region. The parameters/inputs of this simulator are then incorporated using machine learning techniques that attempt to minimize the error between the projected outputs and the actual results. It’s one of the models the CDC now uses, and a terrific solo effort worth following.

2020-05-06T18:30:21-05:00May 4th, 2020|Home, Musings|
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