Choosing Between Popularity and Effectiveness

If you are interested in achieving systemic change, you can’t be popular. Most people resist change. Some appreciate the privilege they get from current systems. Some think change is too hard and it should be incremental. Some think the change you want should come after the change they want. No matter what the reason, a desire to implement change means a change agent must choose between popularity and effectiveness.

Continue reading

Reviewing Ball Four

Jim Bouton’s Ball Four is one of the most famous books about baseball. Given my love of baseball and reading, it’s hard for me to believe I didn’t read it until now. Now that I have read Ball Four, I can see why it has been so popular for so long.

Continue reading

Shadow has Come so Far

It has been months since I have given an update on Shadow. For those who don’t remember, Shadow is a dog we rescued from an abusive, neglectful situation. The plan was to find a rescue group that would get him the help he needed adjusting and learning to socialize before finding him a new home. When that didn’t work, we decided to try to keep him. Mom and I wouldn’t let an animal die if we could help it. As the title indicates, Shadow has come so far!

Continue reading

Biden Ignores Science Too

The verdict for this episode is: corporate profits matter more than lives.

Transscript

Below is my first attempt to use Zoom to help me create a transcript for a podcast episode. Obviously, I need more practice.

Hello, and welcome to Jonathan’s verdicts. I’m Jonathan Simeone.

The title of this episode is: Biden ignores science too. The verdict for this episode is: corporate profits matter more than lives.

Before getting into the substance of this podcast,
I want to address a long standing issue that I have talked about before.

And honestly, one that has prevented me from recording more podcast episodes than I have.
That is a way to make the podcast episodes accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing

.

It has really frustrated me that I have never been able to solve that problem.
So today, I’m trying something new.
I’m using the Zoom platform to record this podcast, and also to make a transcription of what I’m saying.

My plan is to then edit the transcription file and post it to my website with the podcast episode.
If this works, it will solve my problem and make the podcast episodes accessible to more people.

So if you have any comments about this new way I’m doing the podcast, please let me know.

You can contact me at Jonathan@JonathanSimeone.com. Or you can find me on Twitter at Jonathan_Ufi.

As always, I don’t edit these podcast episodes, and I don’t have a script. They are just a chance for me to talk about whatever is on my mind.

So to refresh, the title of this episode is: Biden ignores science too. The verdict for this episode is: corporate profits matter more than lives.

Now, obviously, people who are at all familiar with my content know that corporate profits mattering more than lives is a constant theme in my communication.
Because I truly believe it.

That being said, I think what happened this week really highlights how true that is. Because here’s the straight up truth.

There is no scientific justification to advise vaccinated people to stop wearing masks. There is no rational reason to do that, especially if your primary concern is saving lives and keeping people from getting sick.

Because here’s the thing.
There are breakthrough cases, people who become vaccinated, And then get the virus.
An interesting case was reported this week where New York Yankee shortstop Gleyber Torres, had the virus last year, became fully vaccinated, and now has the virus again.

So, this is a person who’s fully vaccinated, whose body presumably generated antibodies from his first infection, and yet he’s infected again.
Although the chances are much smaller, it is undeniably true that vaccinated people can get, can transmit, and can even become sick and die from the virus.

So why is this happening? Why is someone who ran on we respect science, I’m going to listen to the scientists. Why is this happening?

There’s a very simple reason.
Companies are having trouble making money.
Businesses are having trouble staying open. Yes, there’s the political concern that people really are tired of this, and they just want to go about what they remember as their lives.
That’s true.
But this is about money. Offices need to open up.
People need to go back to work. People need to earn money so they can buy stuff and pay their rent.

And because the government has adopted a vaccine or bust strategy,
it must get as many people vaccinated as possible. That’s just the truth of it.

But again, if you are truly interested in keeping yourself safe.
If you are truly interested in protecting the people around you.

Whether you are vaccinated or not, whether you have waited two weeks past your second dose or not, you really should wear a mask.

Yeah, it sucks.
It’s not the most comfortable thing. I don’t like doing it either.
But that’s the reality of it. Biden’s CDC is ignoring science because it puts profits over the value of our lives.
That’s just a fact. It may be an uncomfortable fact for people.

But here’s the bottom line.
I would love to see someone ask the CDC, ask Biden’s press secretary, and Biden himself,
can you tell people that this new policy around vaccinated people not wearing masks will not result in additional deaths?

The problem is if they tell the truth,
they can’t say that.

What they have decided is that they are comfortable with losing a certain amount of lives with a certain amount of potentially serious illness.

That’s what they’ve decided. It’s up to each and every one of us as individuals to decide if that’s the game we want to play.
Do we want to risk our safety, even for those of us for whom this risk is small. Do we want to risk the safety of those around us.

Just because the government is irresponsible and quite frankly doesn’t care about all lives the same way.

The last point I want to make is
this is another example of how the work done by essential workers is essential,
but so-called essential workers are expendable.

They are truly expendable to the ruling class, restaurant workers, grocery workers, and the like.
They will experience more death and more illness,
because of what Biden and his CDC have done.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Jonathan’s verdicts.
I appreciate your support.

Reviewing the Bottom of the 33rd

Dan Barry’s The Bottom of the 33rd tells the story of a 33-inning game played between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings in 1981. As a fan of baseball, I have been interested in this game since first hearing about it as a child. I would love to hear the recording of the radio broadcast of this game. It must have been a truly amazing event.

Continue reading