Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters

John Gruber at Daring Fireball:

Think about how many lives Donald Trump could save if he barnstormed the states where he’s most popular to encourage everyone to get vaccinated. He could do it Trump style, taking personal credit for the existence of the vaccines, and I’d gladly thank him for it. He could save tens of thousands of lives and keep millions, perhaps, from getting sick.”

Trump got the vaccine himself, but did it privately. That’s because he doesn’t care about his supporters. They’re disposable bricks in the edifice of his own ego.

A former tea nerd

I went through a 10-year tea phase and sampled a lot of gourmet teas. I became a big tea nerd. But a few years ago I switched back to coffee in the morning, and I love coffee.

I still like one or two cups of tea in the afternoon. I like to be sipping something hot much of the day, except for in the hottest weather.

On Vaccine Passports, Maybe Ron DeSantis Has a Point

Jack Shafer at Politico:

You don’t have to be a howling paranoid like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who calls vax passports “Biden’s Mark of the Beast,” to appreciate the civil liberties issues posed by such a credential. …

Like random pat-downs on subway systems, metal detectors at Major League Baseball games, and most of what TSA does at the airport, the vaccine passport idea is an idea with obvious public appeal that gets a lot foggier when you start to weigh the potential benefits against the very clear costs.

A vaccine passport system would present enormous technical barriers, be expensive to administer and might not make us healthier.

What is the purpose of a vaccine passport anyway?

Bezos says Amazon workers aren’t treated like robots, unveils robotic plan to keep them working

Kim Lyons at The Verge:

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in his final letter to shareholders as CEO that the e-commerce giant has to “do a better job for our employees.” The letter comes amid ongoing reports of untenable conditions for Amazon workers. And it outlines a strategy that seems odd for a company that has been accused of treating workers like robots: a robotic scheme that will develop new staffing schedules using an algorithm.

Bezos pushed back on the idea that, according to news reports, Amazon doesn’t care for its employees. “In those reports, our employees are sometimes accused of being desperate souls and treated as robots. That’s not accurate,” he wrote.

To address concerns about working conditions, Bezos said the company will develop new staffing schedules “that use sophisticated algorithms to rotate employees among jobs that use different muscle-tendon groups to decrease repetitive motion and help protect employees from MSD risks.”

Better maintenance schedules for the meat robots.