Still Not In It Together

Still Not In It Together

I have written several pieces based on the notion that, when it comes to COVID-19, we are not all in this together (here’s one, here’s another, and here’s yet another). They are mostly stories about people who reject information that doesn’t...
The Swedish Lie

The Swedish Lie

My neighbor recently took his car to a local service station for an inspection and was shocked to see that none of the employees — including the cashier — were wearing face masks. He asked why, and was told, “We don’t believe we need them...
Time To Reboot “Meteor”

Time To Reboot “Meteor”

Jonathan O’Callaghan wrote a story in the science section of the NY Times that began: If all goes to plan, in September, 2022, a NASA spacecraft, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission or DART, will slam into a space rock with the equivalent energy of...
A Herd Already Immune

A Herd Already Immune

We keep hearing that our society won’t be able to return to anything approaching normalcy until enough people are inoculated with an effective vaccine for COVID-19. The problem is the minimum milestone for achieving herd immunity is 70% of the population, and I...
As I Tweeted

As I Tweeted

It’s extremely improbable that there’s a parallel universe where positive is negative, left is right, and time runs backwards.   But if there is, in that universe, every movie is “Memento.”   Except...
No Ventilator For You!

No Ventilator For You!

On March 25, I wrote a piece suggesting that all those who insist on re-opening the country should first contact the Carnival Cruise people and book a trip that will only include others like them — the ones who won’t wear masks and don’t socially...