Who needs children when you have Pfizer profit?

I find I tend to reiterate I am not an anti-vaxxer a lot. It borders on the defensive.  I suppose it is because I am not and don’t want to be construed as such due to my extreme right-wing tendencies.  Unfortunately, there is a well-deserved image anti-vaxxers have cultivated of being quasi-insane, scientifically gratuitous charlatans…

COVID’s not Woke

A 14-year-old Colombian girl’s protest sign said it best in this NYT piece about COVID’s Latin America rampage. Inequality, a longstanding scourge that had been easing before the pandemic, is widening once again, and millions have been tossed back into the precarious positions they thought they had escaped during a relative boom. Many are venting…

Vaccine porn

It is sadly, a thing. Known interchangeably as vaccine signaling and vaccine romanticism, vaccine porn is growing more ubiquitous as April 19 approaches.  Vaccine porn floods the social airwaves like a noxious cloud.  Vaccines as a tool for resumption of “normalcy” and all that such a thing entails;  glorious vaccines saving us from a virus…

How I learned to stop fretting and love the vaccine

How have we not learned by now that the deadliest and most destructive force on this planet is human avarice? Throughout the march of time, we have continued to live and structure society in denial of this horrible, pernicious trait. Humans persistently practice a tradition of mortal greed. Oh yes, there are many examples of…

The Secret of Dr. Fauci’s Pharynx

*Real* scientists spend most of their lives in the lab, behind visual enhancement equipment and with sacrificial life forms.  They deal with objective data and props of their field.  As such, they do not generally develop extensive verbal talents. In fact, their ability to articulate may suffer, atrophying into obtuse vagaries when called to explain.…

COVID-19 human challenge trials coming at last

Now this is how it’s done. Let us dispense with the efficacy and placebo silliness. We’re dealing with a virus that is very contagious but not very deadly. The combination of these factors results in high numbers of deaths, but the human animal, preternaturally unable to parse ratios in every day comprehension, answers to absolutes,…