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I think this is great. I’m hearing more and more about similar set-ups and, of course, Evie and I kind of have our own going on here too in western MA.
But not at that scale or with that infrastructure. Not even close.
But it’s not the size that matters, but the incentives in play, the values of the participants, and the quality of the people you attract.
Give me great people and poor resources and we’ll do far better than a bunch of deadwood on a great property.
So, the most critical thing is to think through how you go about attracting the right people.
Honestly, the very first place to start is by reading (carefully and 2x) this book:
In there you will be taken through the most critical steps in forming and retaining community. It all begins with the vision, which has to be exquisitely precise and clear (and in writing, of course).
For example, saying something wishy-washy like “Our vision is to live in harmony with each other and nature” is a pure Rorschach test. Some will interpret that to mean “Oh, great we’re all going to practice non-violent communication and consensus-based decisions, while eating Vegan.”
Others will interpret that to mean “Oh great, we’re all going to be self-reliant and stay out of each other’s business as much as possible, while keeping our hedges trimmed.”
Both of those parties will be attracted and come onboard, and maybe even co-exist in seeming alignment until the first test (or community meal) and then the wheels come off because they aren’t actually sharing a common experience at all.
After the vision, comes articulating the values. Then the agreements. Then finally the details like how the resources will be utilized.
Many places start with that last thing and painfully work their way up backwards through those statements. Few survive the process.
Generally speaking AERs are underreported and they really don’t operate well if the time between administration and effect is > 1 month.
For that you need good epidemiological surveillance to detect if Group A is responding differently than Group B or if there’s any above trendline deviations from certain baseline rates in things like heart attacks or deaths.
So if there’s any down-stream effects we’ll only know about those if there’s really good tracking/surveillance happening. What do you think the odds of that are here?
Note also that the last three recorded dates in the series are way back on Jan 13, 14 and 15.
Why no more recent events? It’s the 26th. A gap of 11 days is an eternity in adverse event reporting…
There must be a good explanation for this. Maybe it’s contained in the large gaps in the ID #’s? Maybe there’s a bunch of mostly harmless AE’s and you pulled from a raw file that had already aggregated the most serious AEs?
Great find DaveF! Really well done.
A request – no politics?
Also kind of a site rule. Politics really lead nowhere in terms of fostering a civil conversation about the many (huge) predicaments we face.
I’ll be saying more about censorship on the site soon, but it’s a real thing, and I still have this quaint, unrealistic goal of reaching many more people of every sort of persuasion.
Hopefully things cool off and we can get back to equal opportunity harpooning of those who are failing to lead adequately which, I might note, is a skill set I see liberally sprinkled on both sides of the aisle.
I miss them too!
Thank you for all of your ideas…they are all good ones.
I might add:
6. There were officers in the line of fire.
I thought for sure this had to have been an accidental discharge, but this video shows it was quite intentional.
Bad shoot. Very bad.
I agree with Chuck …. Let’s keep our heads screwed on straight.
There’s going to be massive amounts of disinformation, gaslighting, propaganda and outright lies around the events in DC.
All I know for sure is that a lot of useful idiots will be deployed on all sides. There’s a much bigger game afoot right now. This we know because of the denial of Covid treatments…those who would do that will do things you and I would never do. But, here we are.
So deep breaths and remember to take screen shots…I can feel the memory holes opening up as I type.
I loved this paragraph. Captured the whole dynamic in a few sentences:
Theme for the year for copper: “things” replaced “experiences.” And it turns out, many “things” require copper. And most “things” are now made in China. China gave us the virus (well, to be fair, Fauci did fund the GOF reearch, so it was a team effort), and now they are cranking out stuff like mad. Someone’s relative Comprehensive National Power calculation is doing very well right now. The big winner this year: Chairman-for-life Xi. Sorry Hong Kong, Xinjiang, and the American worker.
One could be forgiven for observing that even if China hadn’t planned this whole thing out, it sure looks like they did. Everything broke their way. And I mean everything.
I get the sense that China is playing Grand Master level chess and the US, staffed with pathetically easily bribed or controlled losers, isn’t even aware of how the pieces move on the board.
I mean disappointingly low levels of money. You’d think millions or billions might be involved to buy these political cretins off but I’m guessing it’s low five figures at best, on average. Maybe a 7/10 hottie for the stray House Intelligence Committee member as extra insurance.
No mystery either that the ultra-toxic Silicon Valley sociopathic antisocial media companies were so easily manipulated against their own citizens. Nothing personal, they simply don’t care about society or their fellow countrymen. Or people. Humans are simply extractable units of marketable information to them, highest bidder take all.
Again, the amounts are so low in comparison to the damage done that they’d make you blush with shame.
Welcome to 2021, where the trends are definitely not your friend.
As a point of clarification, that’s not a PCR test, but a rapid antigen test. Not unlike a pregnancy test or the rapid HIV tests.
PCR tests get put in machines and cycled through many annealing/depolymerization steps.
So, here we see something in a kiwi reacting positively with the antigen test. Which means, it ain’t that good.
Can you imagine the backlash if women who ate kiwis were suddenly sporting positive pregnancy tests? Or there was an outbreak of detected HIV near fruit stalls?
Those tests would be yanked form the shelves and not used. Should be the same here. Instead we’ll probably see the video removed for violating community guidelines.