So today is the day that I am eligble to apply for New Zealand citizenship. Done. Now we wait.
We had our 3rd GFANZ AGM on Saturday morning. I made some changes to the format this year in an effort to bring some new things to the group and make it a bit more interesting. We had a discussion about the Indigenous Genomics Institute lead by Lisa Warbrick. We also had about an hour long conversation with my old friend Peter Schweitzer.
One of our principles at GFANZ is sharing information as broadly as possible. We recorded the video conference of the discussion with Peter and published it the next day. This is that video.
I've been working on pulling together a call for review and renewal of our science system here in Aotearoa. A huge part of the problem with the system is a mistaken understanding of the role of fundamental reasearch, what innovation is, and the effects of venture capital based capitalism. This podcast and the transcript breaks it down.
Also the transcript.
The corporate Democrats are blaming progressives for a mediocre performance at the polls. Progressives won big. It was the corporate Dems who didn't do so well. AOC explains why that is and why the corporate Dems need to get their shit together or there will be Trump version 2 in 4 years.
Between the calling of the election and the installation of a the new president, it looks like there will be no plan for dealing with the pandemic from the Trump administration. Not that this is new or anything. It is cold and flu season in the US and there are the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holidays on top. Those holidays typically involve travelling around the country, gathering in large groups, and sharing meals. There are a lot of people acting as if it is over. Ugh.
Systemic, global, long time, and ongoing raping of children covered up by the church all the way to the top of the pope's pointy hat. Not just the article linked, but also those linked to from this article. It is very well documented that the Catholic Church has many child rapists amongst its clergy and leaders, and that they cover for these people while punishing those who were abused. For this reason alone, any decent person would condemn this horrible institution.