This has led government outsiders to try and compile the data – groups like us, the COVID Tracking Project, which is housed at The Atlantic. For more than nine months, we’ve been compiling data from states to create a composite national picture of the pandemic. Time and again, we have found that a lack of government support has led the overburdened state health authorities to defend themselves, resulting in incomplete reporting, incompatible data definitions, and inconsistent data pipelines.
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With vaccine dates, the United States has the option of a revision. National vaccination efforts themselves are fragmented and inconsistent, and align with state and regional policies in the absence of a comprehensive federal support system. However, the data on vaccinations need not reflect this inconsistency. Tracking vaccine distribution and vaccination pace can provide meaningful insights into the volume of future cases, hospital stays, and deaths. And especially given the well-established racial and ethnic differences We see that in COVID-19 cases and deaths, we need to have access to data that shows whether these differences are being addressed or amplified by our national vaccination efforts. […]
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“The main problem in any democracy is that crowd pullers are generally mindless pigs who can go on a stage and get their followers into an orgiastic frenzy – then go back to the office and sell each of the poor bastards on the subway a nickel per Piece. “
~~ Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign ’72 (1973)
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That day at Daily Kos in 2007– The real outsider in the presidential race:
Meanwhile, John McCain’s identity as an “outsider” among thinking people has been pretty well shattered, despite stubbornly controlling certain areas of the media. Given McCain’s support for the overthrow of Roe v. Wade, his torture cave, his hiring of significant numbers of Bush-Cheney staff, his turn to Bush’s big donors and of course the McCain Doctrine of the escalation of the Iraq war, you ‘I think it would be the joke among journalists, among bloggers but what can i say I think they are slow.
Those journalists so desperate for an underdog presidential candidate should check out former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel (pronounced Gra-VEL), a longtime Democratic presidential candidate. Like McCain, Gravel would be the oldest president if elected. Like McCain, Gravel’s most important political experience is in the US Senate (1969-1981). Gravel is also a veteran who served in the Counter Intelligence Corps Army in the early 1950s.
And just as McCain’s initial reputation for courage was built in Vietnamese times – he refused early release from prisoner-of-war status – so was Gravels who made the Pentagon Papers public through his Senate Subcommittee on Buildings and Land Records had been taken and filibustering the renewal of the design. But unlike McCain, Gravel is truly an outsider, with the good and bad that come with that status.