Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Socialism in a Nutshell: Vaccine Confiscation by the French Government

 

When I saw this story originally in the Wall Street Journal last week, it just made me gasp, then shake my head in exasperation.

The American Government, in the institution of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, has been providing funds to French pharmaceutical company Sanofi, in their attempts to come up with a vaccine for the Wuhan Coronavirus. Because of that funding, the company said that the U.S. would be in line to receive the first batches of the vaccine whenever it is deemed ready for the public.

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Who will be watching the launch, weather permitting, this coming Wednesday. We should have a live chat. SpaceX generally does a good live program. http://www.spacex.com More

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It’s good to know while scientists around the globe are studying the coronavirus to find vaccines or even cures, other scientists haven’t abandoned their ongoing research: https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/beards-evolved-men-punches-head-study More

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We live in a time where a pandemic seemed almost impossible until this one. Modern advances in science (biological, medical, vaccines and drugs), spurred by capitalism, have given us amazing tools to diagnose, treat, prevent, and even cure many terrible diseases. This prolonged success has also given us the illusion that a healthy society is […]

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Recent media reports have detailed what some defense think tank types are concluding from war games. This article looks at this, and looks at conflict domains which are not classically military but which are being systematically contested by China. First the military: One summary: More

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In this episode, Host Joe Selvaggi and Co-Host Barbara Anthony speak with the heads of Partners in Health Drs. Sheila Davis & John Welch on how they are bringing their expertise battling Ebola in West Africa to defeating the COVID-19 epidemic in Massachusetts. They explore precisely how and why tracing is an essential element in battling the epidemic.

Dr. Davis is Chief Executive Officer at Partners in Health. She holds a doctorate in nursing and has a long history of serving the poor and marginalized—working closely with patients suffering from HIV in the 1980s, both in the U.S. and abroad. For the past decade, she has held multiple cross-site roles at Partners In Health. After joining the organization in 2010, Dr. Davis was instrumental in the planning and opening of Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, a 300-bed teaching hospital in Haiti. When PIH entered West Africa to help address the Ebola epidemic, Dr. Davis, then Chief Nursing Officer and a member of the executive leadership team, led the organization’s Ebola response. Later, she took on the additional role of Chief of Clinical Operations.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. An Inquisitive Look at Naming Species: ‘Charles Darwin’s Barnacle and David Bowie’s Spider’

 

Looking for a good read? Here is a recommendation. I have an unusual approach to reviewing books. I review books I feel merit a review. Each review is an opportunity to recommend a book. If I do not think a book is worth reading, I find another book to review. You do not have to agree with everything every author has written (I do not), but the fiction I review is entertaining (and often thought-provoking) and the non-fiction contains ideas worth reading.

People like order, especially scientists. The naming of living things has even become a science called taxonomy.

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What do I have in common with Tom Holland, James Holland, Roger Moorehouse, Guy Walters, Joshua Levine, Mary Beard, Dan Jones, Dan Snow, Clare Mulley and Catherine Edwards. Until today, the answer would have been not much. But now we all have appeared on the History Hack podcast. Here’s a general review of it. I […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Professor Ferguson Caught … with Garbage Code

 

Ever since my post “The Perfect Storm for a Self-inflicted Depression,” I have wondered when some computer programmers would get their hands on the program Professor Neil Ferguson and his colleagues at Imperial College London used to scare most of the world into a depression-inducing lockdown. It’s happened.

We have a two-fer this week. First, Prof. Ferguson was caught by a British newspaper canoodling with his lover (a married woman) at his home in London, thus violating the lockdown order he so fiercely advocated. The woman lives with her husband and two kids in another part of London, hence the violation. Second, a real programmer, Sue Denim (30 years total experience with eight years as a senior software engineer at Google), got a purportedly cleaned-up version of the program the supposed expert epidemiologists used for computer models that forecast millions of deaths from COVID-19. The conclusion was that no one should use the output from the program as a basis for any decision and that all scientific papers using the program’s models should be withdrawn.

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As long as we are sitting around bored, in lockdown, how about a little controversy? This is currently running in Scientific American. The essay is an adaptation from my book The Autonomous Revolution. Here’s the opening, and a link if you want to read further.

Artificial intelligence is still in its infancy. But it may well prove to be the most powerful technology ever invented. It has the potential to improve health, supercharge intellects, multiply productivity, save the environment and enhance both freedom and democracy.

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Christiana Holcomb, legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, joins Teri to talk about ADF’s lawsuit in Connecticut that seeks to ban biological males from competing in girls’ sports, Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act and the many religious freedom challenges during COVID-19.

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I am new to Ricochet and apologize in advance if someone else have made this point. Our governments have been guided by models on coronavirus infections and deaths, but they have not compared these virus models to any model looking at the effect of the shutdown. A quick google search does not reveal the existence […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Getting Myself Phished, a Quick Yakking about Hacking

 

Phishing is the email version of pretending to be someone you’re not. The end goal is to talk some dupe into clicking on your link, to either steal their information or otherwise break into their computer. I know a thing or two about what this is and how it works, and yet I clicked on the link last night. Let’s go straight to story mode, shall we?

I see an email in my inbox, from Admin PayPal. Subject line “Your account has been limited. (Code: E8 -s0me-malarky)” I open the email. I’ll screenshot the message for you to see it for yourself.

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We talk a lot about the models and what we think they tell us, but most of us are forced to evaluate what we hear and read on some rather limited bases. If it’s not our custom to do the math ourselves, we’re stuck with unreliable meta-observations: who is telling us things, do we like […]

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As usual, a bunch of idiots now believe evil 5G technology is thought to be the villain behind the Chinese Flu (AKA Coronavirus): https://fortune.com/2020/04/06/5g-coronavirus-conspiracy-theory-telecom-tower-fires/ More

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My latest narration was released on Audible today, and this is as close to a favorite as I have. Ambassadors from Earth is a personal, very irreverent, and fascinating look at unmanned space exploration, from the V-2 to Voyager. There are tons of details here that you won’t find in history books. The Russians picking […]

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I am picturing places where there is just one person with a disease. Or rather where there is still one person. Not zero; but not two either. The disease arrived, somehow, but did not advance. One such place may be Cape Verde. A week ago I noted that this island nation had no coronavirus cases, […]

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The MCAT didn’t happen to mention these, but it could have. Had it done so, I might not have done so badly on the biochemistry section. Though the receptors, or at least their other-than-marijuana-borne ligands, had been discovered after I was in graduate school, and graduate school really was a terminal experience for me, I […]

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As many of you know, my father worked on the space program from 1952-80. He designed Vanguard 1, the fourth satellite to reach orbit and the oldest one still there. Many Vanguardians were at the 50th celebration in 2008. Here are my notes about this: About 160 people gathered at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) […]

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For the space flight fans out there, let me point you to a fantastic archive of the Apollo missions: Apollo In Real Time. It is a record of the Mission Control audio, video, photos, and experiments during the Apollo flights, delivered to you in “real time” as you listen. You can select a time you […]

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