Transparens i myndigheter
”De uppdaterade modeller som Folkhälsomyndigheten ska presentera idag bör alltså tas med en nypa salt, de också. Men jag är ändå glad för transparensen. Utan modeller finns det ingen grund för att göra några förutsägelser om framtiden, annat än magkänslan. Ska det gissas, bör vi få veta på vilka grunder.”
”Under dagens presskonferens delgavs siffror om att ”det går cirka ett bekräftat fall på covid-19 på 1 000 fall totalt”. Det skulle innebära att det i Stockholm fanns 6 miljoner fall totalt. Under presskonferensen höll man fast vid siffrorna – men nu pudlar man.
– Det blev alldeles galet, säger Lisa Brouwers, på Folkhälsomyndigheten.” Läs mer
Builders or caregivers
Our nation and our civilization were built on production, on building. Our forefathers and foremothers built roads and trains, farms and factories, then the computer, the microchip, the smartphone, and uncounted thousands of other things that we now take for granted, that are all around us, that define our lives and provide for our well-being. There is only one way to honor their legacy and to create the future we want for our own children and grandchildren, and that’s to build.
”I want to see us recognize the work of the educators, those that analyze and characterize and critique, everyone who fixes things, all the other people who do valuable work with and for others—above all, the caregivers—whose work isn’t about something you can put in a box and sell.”
”I don’t think Anderssen has watched season 4 of the Wire. If he had, he’d understand how school quality is inextricably linked to city and state politics. It’s a really hard and long term problem that is rarely solved by budgets and technology alone.”
So let me end with my answer to Andreessen’s question: What should we build? We should build institutions biased toward action and ambition, rather than inaction and incrementalism.
“Action” is a different word than “build”, but, at least from my perspective, they express the same sentiment: bend the world to our will, instead of simply accepting our fate. In that light Andreessen’s article was meaningful not for the examples of what might be built, but rather for arguing for the action of building as an end goal in and of itself.”
Oil, radio and climate
”But there is nothing self-interested about wanting to survive. That’s not selfish. But the climate community kind of falls for that shit a lot. And there’s just nothing self-interested about it. There’s nothing insensitive about it. They’re bullying you, and you should be able to see that.”
”I started with water, how we never have enough unless we have too much. I talked about how temperatures are increasing throughout the state, and how rainfall is becoming more erratic in many regions. I showed predictions of drier and hotter summers as the world warms by one, two, or even three degrees. Then I focused on what we can do: Make smart water choices, plan ahead, and prepare for a water-scarce future. During my presentation, I avoided the words “climate” and “change” in sequence, even though that’s what the talk was about.”