Yes, this is an Astrophotography blog, but it’s also my outlet. So with all the news running around, and partisan divides skewing numbers toward supporting an agenda either way, I wanted to bring some reality to what’s going on around the world and in the US. There’s good, and there’s bad, but we do still need to stay the fuck at home for a good while! This post is only valuable as a whole, and not in this part or that part. The good and bad all go together and are not separate.
For my day job, I run numbers, analyze trends and predict outcomes. I like to think I’m pretty good at it. I know what data is bullshit, and what is real. Although I clearly have a political bias, I’m able to look at numbers for what they are and separate what I think recovery should look like. Hopefully this will help some people who are freaking out, but it does not diminish the seriousness of what’s going on. I have a high-risk child at home and I’m scared shitless to go outside, despite and because I know a lot of the numbers being reported are bullshit.
We have a tendency to look at and report on top-line, high-level numbers and not the meaning behind them – dumbing them down for general consumption. The devil is always in the details.Read more