You’ve read the stories. Postmaster Louis DeJoy is slowing the mail down and interfering with the operation of the Post Office to screw up voting by mail. Is he really? Or has our lying, corrupt President just behaved so badly that whenever there is doubt, we assume the worst? What would you see if you … Continued
Politicizing the Post Office and the benefit of the doubt
Because of this terrible chart in Georgia, people could die
Data is crucial in making decisions about reopening states. So is the visualization of that data. And the state of Georgia may have just published the most misleading and dangerous chart about virus infections ever. Here’s the chart. Take a close look. (You can see it bigger here.) The vertical axis is infections. The horizontal … Continued
I see you people. And I’m disappointed.
I’m not getting together in person with very many people these days. I connect with all my professional friends on social media and email. And you people are remarkably consistent — you either offer value, or you don’t. Here’s what I value: original, thoughtful content, and information I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. For example: Data, … Continued
There are viral disease models. And then there is presidential advisor Kevin Hassett punching random buttons on Excel.
In a chart posted by the White House Council of Economic Advisors, one curve projects no more COVID-19 deaths after mid-May. The curve, based on data from presidential advisor Kevin Hassett, is malpractice — it’s not even good enough to be wrong. Let’s take a quick look at what models are, how they succeed or … Continued
To my government: in the viral emergency, muzzling doctors erodes trust
Two recent announcements muzzling doctors have further eroded my faith in the way our national and state governments “manage” the truth. Congress would like to hear testimony from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the long-tenured director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and one of the clearest and most authoritative truth-tellers during this pandemic. … Continued
Why the White House guidelines for Opening Up America Again are so wimpy
The Trump Administration published a set of guidelines for restarting economic activity after the global pandemic. They’re so squishy that they’re meaningless. This set of guidelines follows a dizzying set of stances from the President, starting with Trump’s statement Tuesday that he had the absolute authority to order states to “reopen.” That flew in the … Continued
Yes, this is a political post. If you don’t like those, don’t read it. In fact, it could very well offend every single one of my readers. Based on news reports, it now seems likely that the Senate will call no witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Trump. The Senate could vote not to … Continued
What’s your 3-second brand?
A new year is coming up. Perhaps you want to try to get very well known for something this year — write a book, give speeches, become a thought leader. When people think about you, what will they think? What’s your personal brand? You may want to think very long and hard about that, and … Continued