1) Dr. Marty Makary explains why masks are pointless. (Makary has been a professor at Johns Hopkins School for nearly 20 years. Dr. Makary is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine; he has published more than 250 scientific articles; and he is the author, most recently, of “The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care and How to Fix It.”)
I don’t wear a mask. I don’t wear a mask in public or with friends unless I’m at a bingo night at the local geriatric gathering where there’s a lot of people that have organ transplants. I wear a mask out of courtesy, but look at the farce of what’s happening. Not only do you have to wear a mask for the nine steps to walk to your table at a restaurant, but when you go to a gathering the workers are wearing a mask and no one else is. We’re imposing a new form of an oligarchy and exercising a power imbalance that would, in any other setting, be seen as disgusting.
Just look and see who is wearing a mask. These are people from minority communities. They’re low income people. They have to work in the pandemic and those of us that are enjoying cocktails, we’re told, you are dignified enough, you are noble enough where your transmission is somehow sanctioned. It’s OK. But for other people, it’s not.
2) Saturday Night Live is dying a slow and unfunny death. Lou Perez writes:
I don’t remember the last time someone shared something from Saturday Night Live with me because it was funny. The only times I’m now reminded that SNL is still around is either when the show upsets conservatives – like with its recent ‘Goober the Clown on Abortion’ skit – or when it produces something so bad that baffled friends of mine force me to watch it.
When I first started posting comedy sketches online over a decade ago, I would rush to get a new video out by Saturday morning at the latest – out of fear that Saturday Night Live might do the same joke and then I would be out of time, money and in the terrible position of being accused of stealing jokes.
For at least the past five years, I haven’t had that thought. I don’t even see SNL as competition any more.
3) The Democratic Party is broken – it’s not just Biden.
In the days after the Democratic Party’s collapse in the Virginia governor’s race, party strategists descended on the commonwealth to figure out what went wrong and understand just how bad the national outlook might be next year.
What they discovered, largely through focus groups and polling, was even worse than expected. The problems cut far deeper than the failings of their gubernatorial nominee, Terry McAuliffe, or President Joe Biden’s flagging approval ratings. Rather, the Democratic Party’s entire brand was a wreck.