A pundit who mistakes pundits for experts and attributes certainty to science

Pandemic

Josh Glancy mistakes pundits for ‘experts’ and seizes upon a few errors made by pundits, politicians, and yes, some actual experts to slam them for ‘arrogance’ and ‘being wrong’[1] when all anyone can do is work from the best information available at the time. In this, Glancy is himself both arrogant and wrong: Actual science is never 100 percent certain of anything.

Associated Press, “U.S. now averaging 100,000 new coronavirus infections a day,” Los Angeles Times, August 6, 2021, https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-08-06/u-s-now-averaging-100-000-new-coronavirus-infections-a-day

Annie Linskey, “Biden officials weigh using regulatory powers to spur vaccine mandates,” Washington Post, August 6, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-regulate-vaccine-mandates/2021/08/06/aa9bf73c-f6e2-11eb-9068-bf463c8c74de_story.html

Andrew Nikiforuk, “Alberta Joins Team ‘Just Give Up,’” Tyee, August 6, 2021, https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/08/06/Alberta-Joins-Team-Just-Give-Up/

Todd Zywicki, “Why I’m Suing Over My Employer’s Vaccine Mandate,” Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/vaccine-mandate-natural-immunity-lawsuit-covid-19-coronavirus-11628281507

Rowena Mason and Jessica Elgot, “JCVI ‘largely opposed’ to Covid vaccination for children under 16,” Guardian, August 7, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/07/jcvi-largely-opposed-to-covid-vaccination-for-children-under-16

Luke Money and Faith E. Pinho, “Wary of ‘breakthrough’ infections, some vaccinated people eye another shot. Is it needed?” Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2021, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-08-07/with-breakthrough-infections-some-vaccinated-people-look-for-more-protection-are-boosters-needed

Josh Glancy, “Calling Covid experts arrogant and wrong doesn’t make you a nutjob,” Times, August 8, 2021, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/calling-covid-experts-arrogant-and-wrong-doesnt-make-you-a-nutjob-6jnfsx3d0

Edward Helmore, “Rightwing radio host and anti-vaxxer dies of Covid,” Guardian, August 8, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/08/rightwing-radio-host-dick-farrel-anti-vaxxer-dies-covid


Joe Manchin

David Moore, “Manchin Bailed Out a Power Plant That Helps His Family Profit From Coal Waste,” Truthout, August 7, 2021, https://truthout.org/articles/manchin-bailed-out-a-power-plant-that-helps-his-family-profit-from-coal-waste/


Pittsburgh


Fig. 1. Photograph by author, May 5, 2020.

I’ve driven past the old synagogue (figure 1) countless times. It’s one of a number of houses of worship around Pittsburgh that have been abandoned. Only this one, it turns out, has not. It will be converted into housing and a community space.[2]

Megan Guza, “Former Pittsburgh synagogue to become apartments, urban farm in $18.5M project,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 6, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/former-pittsburgh-synagogue-to-become-apartments-urban-farm-in-18-5m-project/


  1. [1]Josh Glancy, “Calling Covid experts arrogant and wrong doesn’t make you a nutjob,” Times, August 8, 2021, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/calling-covid-experts-arrogant-and-wrong-doesnt-make-you-a-nutjob-6jnfsx3d0
  2. [2]Megan Guza, “Former Pittsburgh synagogue to become apartments, urban farm in $18.5M project,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 6, 2021, https://triblive.com/local/former-pittsburgh-synagogue-to-become-apartments-urban-farm-in-18-5m-project/

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