Gongol.com Archives: December 2019

Brian Gongol


December 6, 2019

Threats and Hazards Shooting at NAS Pensacola

A Saudi national was the perpetrator

Health Couple matches romantically online, then matches kidneys

The odds against that kind of dual coincidental match are pretty high

News The neologism of 2019: "Criming"

Plenty of linguistic evolution is necessary and unavoidable, but only one word a year deserves to be endorsed. This year, it's "criming". Rudy Giuliani has left us no other choice.

Threats and Hazards Trainees at West Virginia correctional academy take picture giving Nazi salute

If a person doesn't have the good judgment to decline to participate in a photo like this, then it's hard to believe they would have reliable judgment about how and when to use deadly force.

News Uber reports data on safety

The company is doing right by reporting on passenger safety. But they have serious work to do: The company's chief legal officer said "99.9 percent of those rides end with absolutely no safety incident whatsoever", which is true, but then the next step is to commit to deliberate, measurable improvement. To take 99.9% to 99.99%, then to 99.999%, then to 99.9999%, and then again to 99.99999%. While zero incidents is, of course, the ideal outcome, the action plan needs to take measurable steps towards achievable improvements.

Health Anti-vaccination isn't "more aware"

A clever retort to those who object to the use of the term "anti-vaxxer": "Do you think they'd prefer 'pro-polio' or 'infant mortality rate enthusiasts'?" People who are anti-vaccine are not more "aware"; they're just anti-vaccine. Be "aware" instead that widespread vaccination creates herd immunity that protects everyone -- but most critically protects those who *cannot* be vaccinated.


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