Lots of interesting personnel changes: EDIT, VRTX.
Gossamer going public is fascinating.
Papers I’ve Read
The Structural Violence of Hyperincarceration – A 44-Year-Old Man with Back Pain. Karandinos & Bourgois. NEJM 2019.
Funny last name of the second author. The paper walks through the odyssey of one inner-city Spanish-speaker. The article notes 70 million US citizens have a criminal record (we can do better! why not 270 million!?), but wrongly places blame on incarceration as a cause of “structural violence”, an imaginary construct.
I am actually in prison, right now. Prison doesn’t create “structural violence”. The BOP has an efficient system of allocating violent people–you get classified to the appropriate security-level according to your actions. Healthcare has been fairly good, even relative to the care I receive “on the outside” with my millionaire lifestyle. The issue with this man’s distrust of the healthcare system is his lack of education and inability to speak English. He’s 44, likes to deal drugs and break rules. He distrusts doctors because he has a poor grasp on reality in general, not because he has “institutional distrust”. He doesn’t understand the world around him. He doesn’t want to.
The Imperative for Climate Action to Protect Health. Haines, Ebi. NEJM 2019;380:263-73.
Here we go. Surface temperature has increased by 0.7 degrees (Celsius) since the 1961-1990 mean. In 1850 it was negative 0.4 degrees. This is an abysmally poor data set to draw conclusions–without at least 50 periods similar in length one cannot even calculate the effect size of this change without information on temperature’s volatility (standard deviation). This lowly review articles relies on other similarly flawed data sets and their interpretations. Temperatures are probably increasing but give me a solid study that proves that. What inferences can we really draw? Do we assume humans stand there and do nothing, or react accordingly? Protecting health from possible climate change impacts is very important, and sounding alarms of danger is important too. But let’s not put weak meteorological data in the best medical journal.
Anyone else having a bout of seasonal affective disorder? Yeesh, January has always been rough for me. At least spring is almost here!
There was an article in WIRED (thank you) about Elon Musk which is a must-read. In my first major CEO job, I was a lot like Musk. Impatient, full of expletives and outbursts, basically unprofessional. I’m really happy that I grew out of that behavior. If you are yelling at your colleagues, you’re not only alienating your important partners but also you should simply be reflecting on your own inability to properly allocate human resources. That person in chemistry is an idiot? You hired them! Or, you hired the person who hired them. Your fault, buddy. Save your breath.
Becoming a “celebrity” overnight also happened to Musk and you can see what it did to him. Thankfully a lot of my celebrity came after being arrested and I resigned, but the overlap period was still harmful. I understand, to some extent, what Musk is going through. It’s probably best for him to stay CEO, for the sake of the employees, but turn off his outside life. There comes a pressure of feeding ‘fans’ that starts to distract–and I felt that despite modest fame. He also has SpaceX and other interests to manage. If the company has another good quarter, all the naysayers will be proven wrong, but in the meantime for his own health he should focus 100% on the businesses and turn off the media and any celebrity-type activities.