This has left authorities outsiders to attempt to assemble the information—teams like us, the COVID Tracking Project, which is housed at The Atlantic. For greater than 9 months, we’ve compiled knowledge from states to create a composite nationwide image of the pandemic. Again and again, now we have seen {that a} lack of federal help  has left overburdened state public-health authorities to fend for themselves, leading to incomplete reporting, incompatible knowledge definitions, and inconsistent knowledge pipelines.

Read: America has not fixed its deadliest pandemic errors

With vaccine knowledge, the US has the chance for a do-over. The nationwide vaccination effort itself is fragmented and inconsistent, guided by state and county insurance policies within the absence of a complete federal system of help—however the knowledge about vaccinations needn’t mirror this incoherence. Monitoring the distribution of vaccines and the tempo of vaccination can present significant insights into the amount of future circumstances, hospitalizations, and deaths. And notably given the well-established racial and ethnic disparities we see in COVID-19 circumstances and deaths, we should have entry to knowledge that might reveal whether or not these disparities are being remediated—or intensified—by our nationwide vaccination effort. […]





“The primary downside in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are typically brainless swine who can exit on a stage & whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy—then return to the workplace & promote each one of many poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece.”
          ~~Hunter S. Thompson, Concern and Loathing on the Marketing campaign Path ‘72 (1973)


On this date at Every day Kos in 2007—The Actual Maverick within the Presidential Race:

By now, John McCain’s identification as a “maverick” has been fairly nicely demolished amongst pondering individuals, although it retains a tenacious grip on sure sectors of the media.  In gentle of McCain’s help for overturning Roe v. Wade, his cave on torture, his hiring of serious numbers of Bush-Cheney staffers, his flip to Bush’s large donors, and, in fact, the McCain doctrine of Iraq warfare escalation, you’d assume that it might be the joke amongst journalists it’s amongst bloggers, however what can I say?  I suppose they’re gradual.  

These journalists so determined for a maverick presidential candidate, although, ought to check out former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel (pronounced Gra-VEL), a long-shot Democratic candidate for president. Like McCain, if elected, Gravel could be the oldest president. Like McCain, Gravel’s main political expertise is within the US Senate (1969-1981). Gravel is also a veteran, having served within the Military within the Counter Intelligence Corps within the early Fifties.

And simply as McCain’s preliminary popularity was made on an act of Vietnam-era braveness—refusing to be launched from POW standing early—in his previous, so was Gravel’s—coming into the Pentagon Papers into the general public document by way of his Senate subcommittee on Buildings and Grounds, and filibustering the renewal of the draft.  However not like McCain, Gravel is genuinely a maverick, with the nice and the unhealthy that comes with that standing.


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