“Guillain–Barré syndrome” (Wikipedia). This disease came up in a discussion of vaccination risks. The article notes that “Guillain–Barré syndrome is rare, at 1 or 2 cases per 100,000 people every year”. I have no estimate how these figures would change if an insufficiently tested vaccine were introduced into widespread use. The article also notes that “[g]lobally, death occurs in about 7.5% of those affected”.
“Inspirational writing advice from Charlie Kaufman” by Charlie Kaufman (2011-09-30); video posted by BAFTA Guru (YouTube, 2017-01-06). Personally, I find the video editing distracting (and, ironically, against the authenticity and sincerity that Kaufman advocates). Ditto for the YouTube commercials (ironically, the very marketing and politicalization that Kaufman warns against). If you’re like me, you may prefer the transcript of the speech (BAFTA, 2011-09-30).
“The crushing reality of Zoom school” by Dan Sinker (Esquire, 2020-09-16). An opinionated article. “The lesson we refuse to learn with COVID-19 is that decisions we make today have no bearing on right now, but have a huge effect in a few months.”
“Facebook has been a disaster for the world” by Jamelle Bouie (NY Times, 2020-09-18). Another opinionated article. The author makes some valid points, but doesn’t make any attempt to search out evidence that would disprove his thesis, or even just add balance. I feel an analogy would help (the following is not the most helpful analogy): Facebook as a highway, that some (many? quantify!) people decide to drive on at speeds that endanger others. Is this behavior the fault of those who built the highway? No. The behavior of the users is on the users. But if those responsible for maintaining the highway and enforcing its speed limits refuse to do so, that’s on them. Which maybe clarifies an aspect of the Facebook criticism: Hold individual users accountable for misuse; hold politicians accountable for the lack of “speed limit” laws; and hold decision-makers at Facebook accountable when they ignore, break, or actively suppress these laws.