Anyone who reads this blog for any length of time knows that it is almost exclusively science and data oriented. I try to avoid politics and the comments I make about politicians are related to the decisions they have made in regard to the epidemic. Because of some of my conclusions, I tend to get picked up more by what are considered to be conservative outlets than those reflecting other viewpoints. It isn’t because I haven’t tried to present the same information to everyone. I originally worked very hard to get a response from both the Governor and the Commissioner of Health to my perspective. The only group I got any response from was a member of the modeling team. Since I was unable to provide what I considered appropriate input in that manner, I began running ads and writing the blog. Whoever passes on and uses this information, I am grateful to, regardless of their politics.
I fully expected that eventually the uninformed mob who use social media and other tools to basically name call would show up and you may have noticed in the comments today that some did. I assume that someone picked up a link to the blog from somewhere and alerted their intellectually challenged compatriots.
In any event, I welcome comments in general, I am okay with some venting, I do it myself occasionally in the commentary, and I really appreciate the many readers who have either corrected or supplemented something I have written, who have provided me with their own data analysis and otherwise really added to the value of the blog.
What I don’t appreciate and won’t tolerate is people who are incapable of anything other than boorish insults and puerile stereotyping. These people have never read one study, never looked at one piece of data, and don’t have any real interest in digesting and thinking about what I write. Any comments like that will be immediately trashed and the writer not permitted to comment again. I don’t mind disagreement, in fact I would welcome a reasoned discussion with other viewpoints, but incivility based on uninformed emotional responses is already commonplace in our public life and it can find another forum than this one.