See update for March 2, 2022, at end of post.
Tom Nichols advocates that the U.S. should do nothing in response to Vladimir Putin putting his nuclear forces on high alert. Nichols is right, and not just for the reasons he states. Read more
I recently wrote that
There are a number of reasons I find driving for Uber and Lyft intolerable. First, these are companies that show no sign of ever being profitable which means that they will surely someday, probably sooner rather than later, fold, leaving me entirely unemployed. Second, the low pay means I have no life beyond driving for Uber and Lyft; I am compelled to work every day. Third, the job takes a toll—something approaching 70,000 miles per year—on my vehicle, even without the risk of collisions, even without the potholes, and I do worry that I will end up with a vehicle that becomes unusable while I’m still making payments on it. This is not, in any sane reckoning, a sustainable situation. But fourth, having earned that Ph.D., I am clearly capable of something better. That I’m stuck driving for Uber and Lyft crushes my soul.
I didn’t mention crime. Read more
In the Atlantic, Ed Yong writes about immunocompromised people and the dilemma they face as society rushes to drop COVID-19 restrictions: Read more
Dave Id has been ranting on Twitter since San Francisco voters recalled three school board members: Read more
See updates through February 19, 2022, at end of post.
We seem collectively have decided that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is no big deal. But people keep dying. The toll in the U.S. now exceeds 900,000.
We got the medical science right. We failed on the social science. We failed on how to help people get vaccinated, to combat disinformation, to not politicize this.
This post reminds me of an Uber passenger who, on reading the sign I have hanging for my passengers, wanted to assert the value of “innovation.” The final bullet point on my sign says, Read more
I “see” Whoopi Goldberg’s point, but while I can’t say she’s right, I also can’t say she’s wrong:
I feel, being Black, when we talk about race, it’s a very different thing to me. As a Black person I think of something that I can see.
There are a couple of issues with Goldberg’s claim. The first and most obvious is that race has not always been reducible to skin color. Irish migrants were regarded as an “inferior” race, subject to relentless stereotyping and disdain, when they arrived in the U.S. in the early 19th century. Read more
See update for December 29, 2022, at end of post.
The lede in the Reuters story is this:
Georgetown University Law Center has placed incoming faculty member Ilya Shapiro on administrative leave while it investigates Twitter messages he posted last week suggesting President Biden’s pledge to choose a Black woman for the U.S. Supreme Court would ensure a “lesser” nominee.
Ilya Shapiro has apparently deleted the offending—he says “inartful”—tweets but denies violating university policy. I will leave the semantics of whether or not those tweets indeed violated policy to others. Shapiro is profoundly wrong for other reasons. Read more