Some bad studies claim to show through inference that masks work, because a few place had lower case loads and wore masks -- but they ignore other better reasons for fewer cases and ignore outliers that prove them wrong. Other better studies/papers contradict the efficacy (especially before the politics of COVID), and credible places call them more placebos or "talisman's" -- good for politics or confidence but little else.
If the cloth masks worked against COVID, then cities, states or countries with masks mandates would outperform those that didn't. You can cherry pick places that had fewer cases and mask mandates (but it's nearly impossible to isolate it to masks as the cause and not other things), and other places that were disastrous despite mask mandates (like Belgium) which proves that they are not a prime contributor to slowing the disease.
We know that most people that got COVID were mask wearers. (The CDC says >85%, but other studies show U.S. compliance is closer to 93% and we still had a second outbreak).
There is a lot of evidence that masks may actually exacerbate issues: touching, talking louder, getting closer and repeating yourself, false security, moist place for virus to survive, all contribute to increased risk, not decreases.
Critical Race Theory is part of broader Marxist/Fascist Critical Theory -- the philosophy that we need government to rule us to create utopia. Different branches of it argue over what is the correct excuse to bring on the same central authority (tyranny), but they have the same ends. So whether they are using racial injustice, gender, sexual identity, class, culture, or other beliefs -- all roads lead to the same ends. And they all use the same excuse to get there. Tear down the systems and history and perception of what is and was good... so that you can sell people on a fiction of a better tomorrow, if you just give the Marxists control over all our lives. Critical race theory just one implementation of that, that says the proper excuse for destroying us as a culture is racial inequality.
The left used the big lie, to hide the many problems with Democrat Racism by prestidigitation: look over there, the Republicans are the racists. As long as the media is attacking the Republicans, and the Republicans are defending themselves, then the Democrats (and their media) can hide from all the bad things they've done or are doing.
Who do the bigoted Republicans have as some of the favorite figures?
Blacks: Candice Owens, Walter Williams, Condeleza Rice, Alan Keyes, Herman Caine, Ben Carson, Larry Elder, Clearance Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Colin Noir, etc.
Jews: Andrew Breitbart, Ben Shapiro, Andrew Kavlan, Dennis Prager, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos, etc.
Gays: Peter Theil, Richard Grenell, Dave Rubin, Liz Chaney (before she fell from grace), Milo Yiannopoulos, etc.
Women: Amy Coney Barrett, Margaret Thatcher, Nikki Haley, Laura Ingram, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, Condeleza Rice, Melania Trump, Kristi Noem (pre-turn-coat), Sarah Palin, Alveda King, Stacey Dash, and many more.
If Republicans are so White Supremacist, sexist and homophobic, why are they doing it so wrong? If Democrats are so much more sensitive on these matters, why are they so vicious towards women, jews and other minorities that disagree with them?
Could it be that the the Democrats (and their media) perpetuate a lie to distract their base from questioning their moral superiority, and recognizing that their tropes are just political gamesmanship?
In the mid-2000's, there was a well loved Apple Ad Campaign with Justin Long as the anthropomorphized Mac, and John Hodgman was the anthropomorphized PC. Inevitably, John would show the moral and technical flaws of being a PC, while Justin would cooly, just be there to observe the shortcomings, sometimes with a quip, sometimes with silent derision or pity. Well, Intel brought Justin Long back in five ads doing the same, with the shoes reversed -- at least as closely as intellectual property rights will allow.
Biden comes out of hiding: the most transparent administration ever is the slowest to address the nation in over 100 years, and still no press conference. His speech started, ended and was filled with lies and disinformation, that divides the nation, and politicizes a pandemic, in the name of unity and healing. This breaks that down.
The left (BlueAnon) and right both have some conspiracy theories. The left loves to associate QAnon with the right, which isn't quite true -- they are anti-left (generally), but they are definitely not establishment right or mainstream. Heck, the CNN watchers and Blue folks seem to know more about QAnon from their FakeNews sensationalizing it, than the right knows of them. Meanwhile, the left is, as usual, accusing the other side of doing what they do.
I'll start taking Climate Models seriously once their developers have code reviews, write user guides for the software, write maintenance manuals for the software, and publish their code, documentation, and data publicly. Real software engineers do all of that. We develop code, expose our code to professional criticism from fellow engineers, document our code for the user, write maintenance manuals for subsequent software engineers. Modern software engineers often publish their code on public sites like GitHub, where other software engineers can learn from their code, or critique their code. The fact that they keep it all secret means that they aren’t confident and don’t want to expose it to scrutiny.
Child to mother: I'm a chicken, and if there's one thing us chickens know, it's how to self-identify.
Mother to child: that's absurd. You have no beak, no feathers, you don't lay eggs and you don't like bird seed.
Child to mother: you're wrong, I know I'm a chicken.
Mother to therapist: help me out here.
Therapist to mother: You're the one arguing with a chicken.
Welcome to what therapy and education brings to the new transgender craze.
Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, by Abigail Shrier, just lays out facts in about as non-agenda driven way as is possible... the problem is that the facts are shocking and offensive to the Woke Mob that doesn't like what the facts and what the science hints at. Basically, that before 2010, Gender Dysphoria was exceedingly rare (<.01% of the population) and was nearly exclusively the domain of boys, and was exposed early in childhood development (3-5 years old). After 2010, it became far more common, was nearly exclusively the domain of girls who used Social media, happened in social pods, and came on suddenly and inexplicable (with no prior indications), usually in late adolescence or often college (known as Rapid onset gender dysphoria). Since human biology and fundamental psychology doesn't suddenly change like that, what were the likely causes? The likely answers are a shock to no one: impressionable girls who are struggling at social interaction can find the ultimate ice-breaker and social riches ("Special" social status), based on how much identity and body mutilation they would go through.
Texas has its first major blackout in 50 years (2.8M customers), due to a freak storm, failing wind power, a nuclear reactor having to be shut down, and poor planning. In the same time, California has yearly failures that impact more people, and the national grid has collapsed on far larger scale a half dozen times. So California Progressives and the ignorant left all pounce to say, "Nya nya" and pretend this shows that Texas is stupid to not be on the national grid, and have more problems like they do. That's what healing, and unity looks like to progressives.
Ahhh, Disney has gotten woke, and it's impacting their bottom line and how rational people perceive them. Disney employs Jack Morrissey who in the wake of various violence and even murders of Trump supporters joked that "#MAGAKids should go head first into the wood-chipper" (along with a cartoon gleefully illustrating it). Disney re-hired James Gunn, who tweeted about sexually and physically abusing kids, and his membership in NAMBLA. They also defend their decision to work with China, including filming a movie near Muslim Uighurs real concentration camps. But Gina pointed out the historical reality that the problem with the Nazi's wasn't just the top down abuse of the Jews, it was that the government was reflecting the will of the people (or they fed off each other) -- and it was the people that did much of the persecution directly. Basically, that we should think on that before we look the other way on political venom that is being bandied about. Fired! You might think it was the Nazi references that was a bridge too far (they claimed anti-semitism, when the statement wasn't the slightest bit anti-Jewish), and trending on Twitter at the same time are a bunch of Democrats comparing Josh Hawley to Nazi's, and the star of Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) compared Nazi Concentration camps to temporary immigration detention centers, or Nazi's to Trump supporters. No firing for that far more offensive comparison. The problem is her comparison hit WAY too close to home to be tolerated by the left... she was fired from the Disney show Mandalorian, because demanding the left stop their hate (or consider the consequences), is a bridge too far for Disney -- but pedophilia and mass murder or comparing conservatives to Nazi's are more acceptable.
Electric cars are great for the tech side. They're quiet, torquey, and if you prefer to plug-in all the time over getting gas every other week or so, then they're clearly better. They also give you HoV lane access if you live in a completely asshatted part of the country. If you have solar and charge during the day directly, energy wise might be a bit green. There's lots of upsides. Just don't get preachy about it, because environmentalism is one of their weakest points, not their strongest.