Headlines proclaiming the big success of this vaccine are ubiquitous. Write-ups virtually cut and paste across all corporate media. It's the same angle repeated a thousand times: 90% effective - what a triumph, millions of doses ready before year's end, billions of dollars next year... Something fishy is going on here. The results don't match the reporting. At all.
Everybody's waiting for a coronavirus vaccine and the media is full of hot takes, parsed to suit their politics and their audience. We've been tracking the reality of the vaccine progress. Here's the August 2020 latest.
Google: "How do I use your laptop webcam as a camera for your smartphone?" It used to be an art, finding the best wording to put into Google, to narrow down results until they're on point, no matter how esoteric the info searched for. It's a major problem: corporatized tech the world over is devolving. It's the opposite of progress. Tech itself is improving but function is degrading. This must stop.
What's the current state of play with coronavirus testing, both for active infection and post-virus antibody immunity? What's the non-hype non-fakenews status of the various peer-reviewed therapeutics? This piece is full of useful answers.
Time and time again the rump of voters choose the fantasy over the fact. People in their millions go for the snake oil (if it's delivered with the right dewy-eyed appeal) and reject the poor prosaic plain-speaker with the long record of real public service. I don't get it!
There's much talk lately about regulating social media corporations - for and against these companies having freedom to censor users or protecting individual access to platforms as ubiquitous as a public utility. Should social media be regulated?
On 12th December 2019 the United Kingdom goes to the polls in the most divisive, fucked up election in living memory. Whether the voters know it or not, the stakes are enormous. Similarly high stakes play out in the United States in November 2020. Will the UK (and the USA, in 2020) have woken up to the existential threats to their long-term future or has big capital already conditioned the people of these great nations into turkeys voting for Christmas?
For us human beings, born primate, bred storyteller, we are terribly mismatched with our technological future. Here's a 60 second definition of the fundamental science versus story contradiction.
First test pre-episode of UBERCYNIC podcast. Topic is reality in under a minute.