"Whenever you have money, reputations, power, ego, and complexity in play, it is irrational to assume you are seeing objective science."
"We are not atomistic. We do not live in isolation. We live as a decentralized network of free people, cooperating together out of choice and to our mutual betterment. We owe it to ourselves and to each other to fight for the right to continue to do so, and to beat back any and every attempt to take that right away."
"He is the ideal citizen of the corporate pharmaceutical Gods. Open to suggestion, vulnerable to propaganda, crouched with bayoneted rifle in trench against an unavoidable, invisible particle. Always willing to go above and beyond the unreasonable demands of tyrants. He trusts the government would only deliver a safe, effective vaccine."
"From the perspective of an infectious disease expert, you and your family are not individuals with rights and liberties. Instead, you are germ factories, whose movement and social interaction must be severely limited."
"Perhaps epidemiologists and virologists are so embedded in the world of science that they have no familiarity with the real world of economics. If so, it was the obligation of political leaders to take charge and balance competing considerations. The doctors mostly exceeded their authority and the politicians failed to stop them."
"Joe Biden and Xi Jinping both believe that the national interest comes before the individual’s peaceful interest; that the collective take priority over the person; that the state must have the authority and power to assign and direct most or all aspects of people’s lives and actions; and that constitutional rules and procedures written on pieces of paper are less important than the implementing, imposing, and achieving of the purposes in “the plan.“"
"Let's focus on the ethical obligation that now runs rampant in our broken societies: everyone’s health is everyone else’s business. Your wants, desires, habits, and routines are mine to police; after all, if we’re not careful, your body could be the source of the next global disease. That means I, or some national or global entity that I control, must be in charge of your life."
"Experience has shown that communities faced with epidemics or other adverse events respond best and with the least anxiety when the normal social functioning of the community is least disrupted."
“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable...”
"While public policy should be informed by science, public policy cannot possibly be determined by science. Anyone who says or suggests otherwise understands neither science nor society."
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Senior Engineer with Comcast’s Technology, Product, Xperience organization (TPX) from 2012 to 2019
I was a member of the Applications Management Tools Team consisting of six Developers (including myself), a Manager and a Business Analyst building Configuration Management Database systems and Asset Management systems that track configuration and network topology information for the 8000+ Applications and 750K+ Devices used within TPX.
Development stack: Ruby on Rails 4.x and 5.1.
For more information about my work experience at previous employers, please see my Professional page.
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I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Computer Science. Please see my Academic page for more details pertaining to my educational background.
United States Marine Corps , September 1968 to September 1972. Honorable Discharge with rank of Sergeant (E5).
MOS: 2841 , Ground Radio Repair with Cryptographic Maintenance
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