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(They blinded me with science.)

Was gonna mask up for Covid-19, but Jess, the kitchen supervisor at [location withheld], reassured me that it is just another “flu.” (SARS, MERS and the common cold are ALL “flus,” as it turns out.)  Jess is an anti-masker, by the way.

You can find me tonight writing angry letters to the CDC, the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins for misinforming me for [checks watch], more than a year now.

SCIENTISTS SCARE US BECAUSE THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM. Our non-scientist, kitchen-supervising, common-sense FREEDOM.

And if you wear a mask, then the scientists really have won.

All I want for Christmas is a new Commander-in-Chief.

I know I’m addressing here what’s already appeared all over the news, but here are the seven words that the Trump administration has allegedly banned from appearing in The Center for Disease Control’s budget documents.  (In fairness to the administration, CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald tweeted Sunday to dispute those claims, which first appeared in The Washington Post.  You can read about her response here.)



A short review of “The Bay” (2012)

“The Bay” (2012) deserves credit for its effort to give viewers a detailed and well developed, found-footage science fiction-horror movie.  In depicting a brutal parasitic infection eradicating a small coastal town, writers Barry Levinson and Michael Wallach appear familiar with the basics of epidemiology and public health.  And they make nice use of a time-honored sci-fi standby — pollutants causing small organisms to mutate into large ones.

Levinson and Wallach are ambitious too.  “The Bay” follows a number of intertwining narratives winding through the entire town,  making use of more than a dozen actors and innumerable extras.  Some of those actors are quite good — especially those portraying emergency professionals, like the local emergency room doctor, the staff for the Centers for Disease Control and the bureaucrat from the Department of Homeland Security.  I think a story with this scope, and with this many characters, would have made a fine ecological techno-thriller novel.  The filmmakers really do serve up a thoughtful, serious cautionary tale that is sometimes frightening.

Despite its strengths, however, “The Bay” is still encumbered by some noticeable flaws.  There’s little structure to it, the pacing feels off, and we follow so many characters that it is hard for the viewer to get to know any one of them.  There is a news reporter whose point of view serves as a framing device, but she’s performed with little energy by the main actress, and her character isn’t scripted to be terribly likable to begin with.  Parts of the film feel redundant, too.  Levinson (who is also the director here) keeps replaying footage and key dialogue, and it’s a poor choice.

All things considered, I’d rate “The Bay” a 7 out of 10.