Mark Draughn from the Windy City. Classical liberalism, criminal justice, the drug war, economics, free speech, sex work, technology, immigration, and cats.

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Joined November 2008
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Replying to @DougHenwood
"Stalin's lived experience" wins the internet today
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Laziness = giving every household the same number of tests Equality = adjusting the # of tests given based on household size Equity = adjustments for vulnerability, etc. Fantasy = free tests for all, accessible to all
Equality = giving every household the same number of tests Equity = adjusting the # of tests given based on household size, whether there are structurally or medically vulnerable household members, etc. Justice = free tests for all, accessible to all
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Windypundit retweeted
Luckily for the FBI, their blatant attempt to blackmail MLK into committing suicide wasn't a serious punishable offense like say, Snowden's exposing of mass unconstitutional domestic spying or Assange's embarrassing revelations of US war crimes.
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This. At least a third of the time. Over and over…
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The Oxfam study is BS. We know this because it starts in March 2020, which was a low point in the stock market, cherry-picked to make the pandemic gains seem larger than they really were. An honest study would start at the real start of the pandemic a few months earlier.
Billionaires added $5 trillion to their fortunes during the pandemic, according to Oxfam, exacerbating economic inequality as the pandemic pushed millions of people around the world into poverty cnn.it/3FGfu4g
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I keep hearing this, but I haven’t seen anyone name names. What “big-name public-health types” abandoned Covid precautions for the protests?
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Windypundit retweeted
A strip club where dancers seductively remove N95s to reveal the skimpier surgical mask beneath.
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Consent is not meaningless. Consent matters. It’s practically the only thing that does. The only people who think consent is unimportant are rapists and tyrants. And, I suppose, would-be saviors when the people they’re trying to save have objections.
Ppl who 'choose' prostitution are just as harmed by it that those that don't. Consent is actually a meaningless red herring argument when considering harm
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This is not a good look for the United States. This is from @CovidActNow, and dark red is the worst risk level.
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I don't know what's wrong with Idaho. The New York Times has data from there just fine, and it looks about the same as everywhere else:
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That's actually not too bad compared to the US time-series chart of new cases, which makes it clear that the current wave is almost three times as high as last winter's wave:
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Here in the Chicago metropolitan area, the figures are very similar -- with a peak about three times as bad as last winter.
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The good news is that we might be past the peak. Other countries have reported that Omicron has sharp peaks with fast increase followed by fast decreases. We can hope. It's only been a few days, and there have been other declines in the past few months that didn't pan out.
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And zooming in on daily case reporting for the last few weeks, it really does look like the most recent week is lower than the week before. Because of delays in both symptom onset and test reporting, I'd like to see another week or two before I'll feel comfortable about it.
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Covid skeptics like to claim this is a "casedemic," because most of these cases aren't as severe as previous strains. That's technically true, but because there are so many more cases, hospital loads in the Chicago area are still slightly worse than last year:
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On the other hand, ICU loads aren't as bad as last year. But like hospitalizations, they are still climbing. (Hospitalizations lag cases, so they haven't peaked yet.)
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Fortunately, the Chicago area has a *lot* of hospital resources, and even with 1866 people in the ICU (783 for Covid) we still have 565 ICU beds available, which an OK number.
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Our death rates are not as bad as last winter either. Omicron is mild (in part) because we can treat severe cases, but since it looks like we'll have enough ICU capacity to make it through this wave, it seems likely the death rate will stay relatively low.
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So in conclusion, it's pretty bad right now, with 78 people dying every day in the Chicago area (out of 1960 death/day nationwide), but it looks like things could get better soon.
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