[conspire] Not an antivaxxer, nosirree

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue May 25 22:28:15 PDT 2021

Quoting Paul Zander (paulz at ieee.org):

> BTW, that headline is an assertion, not a question.  
> Wikipedia actually has a page on the Betteridge Effect.

The origin story (what prompted Ian Betteridge to make the observation) 
is a bit amusing, too:  It was a clickbait-ey TechCrunch headline:
"Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data to the RIAA?"

> Lastly, from what I read in the article by the real virologist, there
> seems to be a lot of evidence that COVID-19 was not deliberately
> cooked up in a lab.   Even if it had been, it would have taken a lot
> more time and resources than the relatively new facility at Wuhan
> has.  

I keep telling folks that reading James Doehr's FAQ is worth their time,
but of course (1) it's long, and (2) it's overdue for a new version.
But even though it isn't doing tit-for-tat for & against new assertions
in the press, many of the wrong assertions (such as Nicholas Wade's)
still being heard and taken seriously by many are evergreen, and get
taken apart there.

It's a pity we don't yet having Doehr's version 19.  In the meantime,
his recent Reddit comments give some advance notion of what a new FAQ
revision is likely to say.

I am _not_ considering what he says Word of God just because he's a
virologist -- but I am saying IMO he's worth heeding.

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