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Flu shot effectiveness Fri, Jan 24, 2020
The second most common excuse people use for not getting a flu shot, after "I didn't get one last year and I didn't get the flu", is that it's not even 100% effective.  It's true; the CDC says, "recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60%", which is indeed less than 100%.  But here's another way to look at it:  A flu shot is 50% effective, while not getting a flu shot is 0% effective. #science

The number line Thu, Jan 23, 2020
I hate when people say, "I'm 45, turning 46 in 3 months" or "He's 3 going on 4".  I know how the numbering system works.  I know which one comes next.

Dismantling the healthcare industry Tue, Jan 07, 2020
There's a lot of talk about changing how healthcare works in America, and that's good.  Things are too expensive; everyone agrees on that.  But none of the solutions I've heard so far mention anything about what happens to the industries and corporations, which profit from human sickness and death, if we go a different route.  Sure, I guess you could go in with a big powerful government and say, "You can't charge more than [x] for that," or "The government is now the sole insurer; your business is done."  As much as we'd like, we can't just demolish an entire industry, even though it's nothing but life-leechers and bottom-feeders.  This industry is full of publicly-traded companies which are full of people who earn a salary and pay taxes.  If you press [delete] on a company, it doesn't magically solve the problem, even though it certainly is a problem.  I don't know what the solution is, but it's probably not as simple as that. #politics