Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
“The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club.” —Vox 2020-01-04
“And I came to the sage, and I said, Master, I am lost in these dark and confusing times. What am I to do? And the sage said, My son, now is when you must find a reassuring platitude to cling to, and be sure not to examine it too closely.” —@StevenBrust
“If you have ever watched symphony orchestra you may have noticed how inefficient the musicians are. They are not utilised 100%. Most have below 50% efficiency. Imagine how good the music would turn out if all instruments were playing all the times. Such is the science of efficiency.“ —@HumanSelection
In the Greater Toronto Area alone, for example, the proportion of kids who aren’t getting their shots is 30 per cent. That creates the risk for an outbreak of measles, since 95 per cent of the population must be vaccinated to create what is known as herd immunity.
Ontario is not alone in refusing to tackle this problem head-on. UNICEF reported last year that 287,000 Canadian children born between 2010 and 2017 have gone unvaccinated for measles.
That’s the seventh-highest rate of non-vaccination among comparable high-income countries.
“Germany decides to phase out nuclear post-Fukushima, Power production was replaced by coal. That increases pollution, and 1,100 people die per year as a result. This compares to 0-100s of deaths from Fukushima.” —@charlesjkenny — The Private and External Costs of Germany’s Nuclear Phase-Out
“To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.” —20 Lessons on Fighting Tyranny