Public Health: Self-Inflicted Stupidity


In truth, some people don’t learn from mistakes. They simply repeat them.

In the early days of Covid, government officials — including those in public health — put out an array of messages, apparently because they felt the need to say something, even though key facts about the disease were unknown at that time. Covid was a “meeting engagement” as a military historian might call it. We needed to learn about the enemy before we could offer sound advice.

The misinformation that was put out helped to create the anti-mask and anti-vaccine movements and contributed to the massive US death toll. Now those movements probably would have come into being without the help of inept public health experts, but they helped nurture stupidity just the same.

Did the public health community learn anything from this? Apparently not.

The new example is an article by Paul Pinsky of the National Cancer…

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Columpio de remembranzas, de libro a manuscrito

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga


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Aquellas noches de mi infancia, tan distantes como la edad que celebro cada año, las tempestades y los relámpagos me parecían interminables. Las gotas de lluvia deslizaban en los cristales de las ventanas; las ramas de los eucaliptos se balanceaban y crujían al recibir las caricias del viento; los truenos se propagaban en todos los rincones de la casa solariega, en el jardín inmenso y en los escondrijos insospechados donde mis hermanos y yo jugábamos a la vida y protagonizábamos incontables historias y capítulos épicos; los árboles, la higuera, las flores y las plantas destilaban sus perfumes al mojarse.

En la finca, mi padre y mi madre derramaban un amor profundo y real hacia nosotros, sus hijos, a quienes consentían tanto. Entonces, las casas eran hogares que albergaban familias que se amaban y respetaban, sin que las diferencias de…

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European studies shed light on long COVID risk and recovery | CIDRAP

Symptoms lasting 15 weeks likely to persist

Researchers from the Luxembourg Institute of Health surveyed 289 people about whether they had any of 64 common long COVID symptoms 1 year after they tested positive. Patients were also asked about their sleep quality and the effect of respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath on quality of life. Average patient age was 40.2 years, and 50.2% were women.

The researchers found that 6 in 10 patients (59.5%) had at least one COVID-19 symptom, and that symptoms that don’t resolve by 15 weeks are likely to persist for at least a year. One in seven participants (14.2%) indicated that they couldn’t fathom coping with their symptoms long term. The most common symptoms were fatigue, shortness of breath, and irritability.

One-third (34.3%) still had fatigue, while 12.9% said respiratory symptoms were affecting their quality of life, and 54.2% still had sleep issues. Patients who had moderate or severe infections were twice as likely as those with asymptomatic cases to report symptoms, with 63.8% versus 38.6% still having poor sleep quality.

Source: European studies shed light on long COVID risk and recovery | CIDRAP

Two Things NOT To Do in Your Writing Process: Editing Journal Notes

Context, Critical Thinking, Continuous Learning: Project Do Better

These are notes from my Do Better editing journal (separate from my Do Better journal, which records my thoughts about the process while outlining, drafting, and editing this book).

1.) Do not journal on scraps of paper, even if it does save trees: keep a separate notebook for your novel journal, and use the scraps for To Do list items that can be checked off and recycled when done (as I ended up having to back-track through these Novel Journaling notes later, making To Do lists and matching up my journal notes with Story and Scene Detail notes…),


2.) Do not take a year long break to write another book in the middle of your novel! You’ll be unhappy about the novel when you come back to it, having lost momentum and key ideas that you had bouncing around in mind by not yet coagulated into written thoughts.


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31 Gang Members and Associates of Mexican Mafia Charged in Racketeering Indictment | OPA | Department of Justice

A 33-count federal grand jury indictment unsealed today charges 31 members and associates of the Orange County Mexican Mafia with racketeering offenses, two murders and six attempted murders, and related drug and gun charges.

The indictment further alleges that in or around 2016, and continuing to at least in or around April 2022, defendants Johnny Martinez, Robert Aguirre and Dennis Ortiz were the OC Mexican Mafia members in charge of criminal activities in Orange County and within Orange County jail and prison facilities. Defendants Omar Mejia, Miguel Jose Alvarado, Luis Heriberto Vasquez, Michael Cooper and Abraham Guajardo held positions of shot-callers or mouthpieces for Martinez, Aguirre, and Ortiz. Defendant Robert Martinez held a position of authority within the Orange County Jail as defendant Johnny Martinez’s representative. Defendant Brenda Vanessa Campos Martinez served as a secretary for defendant Johnny Martinez, and defendant Danielle Canales served in a similar capacity for defendants Johnny Martinez and Cooper. The violent crimes alleged against the OC Mexican Mafia include:

  • The Jan. 19, 2017, armed robbery and shooting death of R.R.;
  • The Aug. 21, 2017, shooting death of R.V., who was shot seven times in the back of the head and body, and left dead on the street in Orange, California;
  • The Aug. 5, 2017, attempted murder of defendant Munoz, who had fallen out of favor with The OC Mexican Mafia and was shot seven times;
  • The Dec. 1, 2017, attempted murder of D.D., a representative of a Hispanic street gang, who was allegedly abusing his power and authority within the OC Mexican Mafia enterprise;
  • The Dec. 12, 2017, attempted murder of E.O., an OC Mexican Mafia associate incarcerated at Calipatria State Prison, who was believed to have violated the OC Mexican Mafia’s code by warning individuals that they were targeted for violence by the OC Mexican Mafia, and who suffered multiple injuries, including puncture wounds to his shoulders, stomach, lower back, and upper back;
  • The Dec. 25, 2017, attempted murder of R.M. for showing disrespect to defendant Martinez;
  • The July 29, 2020, attempted murder of F.B., a member of an Orange County Hispanic street gang incarcerated at the Theo Lacy Facility, who was targeted because he purportedly claimed that he would speak to law enforcement about the Mexican Mafia, and whose throat was slit; and
  • Two murder attempts on Jan. 5, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2019, of defendant Cooper, who had fallen out of favor with defendants Martinez and Aguirre, and who in one incident was stabbed multiple times in the head and back area, and in the second was cut in the throat and face.

Source: 31 Gang Members and Associates of Mexican Mafia Charged in Racketeering Indictment | OPA | Department of Justice

D.C. police officer says in court he was attacked by former NYPD member –

D.C. police officer Noah Rathbun testified in the trial of Thomas Webster on Wednesday that the former New York City officer tackled him to the ground and grabbed his helmet to the point where he could not breathe during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Webster is on trial for beating Rathbun as rioters breached the grounds of the U.S. Capitol and interrupted the Electoral College vote being conducted by the House and Senate in 2021. Webster, a former Marine and security detail of Michael Bloomberg when he was mayor, is claiming self-defense in the incident, saying he was provoked by D.C. authorities.

Source: D.C. police officer says in court he was attacked by former NYPD member –